Benton County, Missouri
The dilapidated cover over the public well should be split into weather strips and in its place should be put a substantial one with two "iron bound buckets" and a good pulley. Every indication shows we are going to suffer for ice, and if the well is put in good condition, it will afford a valuable substitute, even for ice water. Boats are in great demand. Mechanics are being kept busy building since the Osage ascension. The high water caused a great loss to farmers owning bottom lands and it will keep them busy for a few days replacing it. James Graham, who resides on Little Tebo, lost ten out of eleven head of fine cattle he had purchased only a few days previous to the heavy rise; also an oat stack valued at forty dollars and a large amount of fencing. Several wagons were encamped at the south side of the river last week, but as this is not the time of miracles, they could not "divide the waters asunder." Almost every day we hear of another victim of the flood. Loss of stock will amount to a great many hundreds of dollars. The large trestle two miles north on the narrow gauge railroad stands six inches lower at one end than the other. When will the discoveries of damages caused by the flood cease?
The "fun manufacturer," James Walls, had it large Sunday a fternoon. Characters -- two "yaller nigger's." Furniture -- two dozen soda crackers. Reward--a nickel to the boy that devoured his portion first. Scene -- choking sensations, with teeth "unmeetable." Tablaux-more crackers than boy. Curtain.
Warsaw can say, not with pride, that she has the worst set of good for nothing loafing Negroes that ever disgraced the streets of a respectable town. The Van Pelt family is reported to be in needy circumstances and, seemingly, without a plausible reason. Mr. Van Pelt seems to be a man who is fully able, if not capable, of earning a support for his family and taking better care of them than he has done. While we appreciate the friendship of the band boys, love to see them study and improve, we are opposed to having daily practicing in our office. We have work to do that keeps us busy till past the hours of 11 and 12 every night, and, we cannot afford to be blowed to death throughout the day.
March 22, 1882
Which is the stronger, March winds or the Narrow Guage? March winds. Why? Because they stopped the Narrow Guage on last Friday so completely that, she had to wait for a calm before she could make Sedalia.
Our good friend, Geo. W. Feaster, son of Capt. Feaster and a prominent young merchant of Quincy, Mo., captured a charming young Ohio belle, Miss Lizzie Thomas, on her way back to her home in Circleville. George brother to Warsaw to take the train, won her on the way, plighted their troth on the ferry-boat while crossing the river, drove to Squire Morgan's residence and the Squire, in a very graceful manner, pronounced them man and wife. The Squire is a good "marrier." His motto is promptness and dispatch.
Another train of immigrant wagons passed through our streets last week, bound for South Benton. Mr. A. K. Marshall, formerly cashier of the Benton County Bank, . has his bookkeeping class in running order. The largest lot of walnut logs that have been seen for years are now anchored at the tow-head. Warsaw has quite a number of musical instruments of various kinds. One brass band, 23 pianos and organs, several thousand harmonicas and one melodious sheet-iron Jews-harp. Who can beat it? Warm spring days are about here, and it will be next to impossible to hire any of the "unbleached Americans" to strike a lick of work. It is astonishing to see the amount of freight that comes to our depot. The platform is at times almost impassable.
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Lincoln items -----
Dr. Rhodes of Joplin, Mo., has located here and intends practicing medicine with Dr. Magill.
Fred Brill is still pegging away to the last and Samuel Orr still enjoys that healthful laugh. John Luft, our wagon maker, has all the work he can attend to.
Lincoln's singing class will meet on Thursday at 7 o'clock sharp at the M.E. Church. All invited.
Tom Proffit is counter-jumping for A. Bernes & Co. He makes a liv ely jumper. He is about the right length to jump a counter with ease.
April 5, 1882
Wheat is looking fine but, hold the fort, the flies are coming. The river soon will be fordable again.
Warsaw is supporting not less than a dozen well-paying boarding houses.
Comes the 16th of this month and the time is out when Mr. Waldo P. Johnson is to remove the old court house. In a few years, the trees in the court house yard, if they are kept trimmed, will make that place a lovely resort for croquet and grace-hoop players and besides, it will be a beautiful little park -- that is, of course -- if we have a new court house. The band boys made a general serenade of the town one night last week and the effect of the music was complimented by all who heard it. We want more sidewalks. We are a city of the 4th class and can enact a law making the laying of sidewalks compulsory. April 19, 1882
The president of the Benton County Bank has been" set free." Marshall is perfectly innocent and the idea of arresting him for "embezzlement " is perfectly ridiculous.
Both saw mills are in full blast, cutting up logs for shipment. Everybody should attend the Friday evening prayer meeting conducted by Mr. Dan Hurlbut. It is productive of good to all who attend.
M. Hobbs of Fairfield is putting him up a store 20 by 70 feet, to be divided into a saloon, harness shop, grocery store and doctor's office.
Our marshal should see that there are no horses hitched to the shade trees on Main Street. What little beauty our city has, we think, ought to be protected.
A party of Sedalia citizens, including the Mayor, visited Fairfield, via Warsaw last week, on a fishing trip.
Uncle George Blanton came in town Saturday to lay in a supply of chewing tobacco. He said it would be his only chance for three months to come in and he couldn't do without his "baccy."
Warsaw's new drug store is a model of neatness and quite an ornament to the many attractions of our classic little town. We call special attention to the increasing business of our popular milliners, Mrs. Jarman and sister, Miss Kate Ireland. Their rooms are crowded daily with ladies. They have just received a new spring stock of hats and yet, cannot fill all the orders that come in.
We are glad to notice the vast improvements, both intellectually and socially, among our school children, since Prof. A. R. Elder has had the training of them.
It will soon be time for camping at the Sulphur Springs. We want to see a great many campers on the grounds this season. It is one of the pleasantest spots around Warsaw. We hope that some Christian denomination will hold a camp meeting at Cold Springs this summer.
Lincoln Items ----
Dr. Geo. Cress of Warsaw gave us a friendly call last Friday and says he intends visiting Lincoln once a month to practice dentistry.
Any person wanting any work done in this line should give him a call.
He is about the right size to walk into a mouth and examine teeth without injuring the wheel works.
East Lincoln businessmen are in good spirits. N. Johannen, hardware dealer, F. Boerner, general merchandise, Wm.. Heerrnan, saddle and harness maker, and Henry Buehler, wagon maker, say business is very fair for this season of the year.
If there are any No. 1 marksmen in Old Benton (Frank James and Sam Hildebradt excepted), let them come to Lincoln. Dr. Magill will be their antagonist. The doctor shot at a dog the other day four times with a revolver. The distance between him and the dog was three feet. The canine walked off as easy as an old shoe, with not a hair touched. The doctor, being ashamed of himself, walked into the house and laid away his weapon. And will let the canine pass, and come into, his yard whenever he pleases.
Several cases of typhoid pneumonia are reported by Dr. Trolinger at Palo Pinto. The following: Charles Thomas, Uncle Rubert Fristoe and Mrs. C. Stevenson.
Ye Sons of "Aesculapins!" Two have laid aside the Lancet and S capel and are wielding the birch, Dr. Harrie Taylor at Palo and Dr. Will
Halbert at Sunny Side.
Some of the Republican newspapers speak of Jesse James as a Democrat. Jesse may, indeed, have been a Democrat and sincere in his
Democracy, but his Republican practices led many to look with suspicion upon his political profession.
May 3, 1882
Mr. Hoffman has closed his saloon. Four saloons won't pay in this town. He has rented out his pool table.
There are lots of rafts moored to the river, belonging to various parties. Geo. Drake owns 2000 ties.
Our friend, Chas, M. Morgan, is on the point of building a yacht to ply up and down the Osage and carry jolly picnickers on moonlight excursions. It will carry from 50 to 75 passengers. Success to you, Charlie. Pitching washers -- "little holes with iron around them," have gone by the board, succeeded by the horseshoe.
Jas. McMurdo and family of Kansas, formerly of this county, arrived the past week and intend making this their future home. Ole Benton beats Kansas yet, or at least it appears so, the way people come back.
June 28, 1882
We need a bridge across the Osage at Warsaw. If we had a free ferry or a bridge, Warsaw would soon become the business center for the counties south of us.
At last, Oh! Lord, at last -- we are to have a public well. The petition was signed by a great many citizens. Some few "couldn't afford it," you know.
John Reno, one of our Republican friends, drove the nail in the other day when he said that "one of the meanest and basest men who ever held an office was old man Grant." How was Hayes? All persons who have homes in Warsaw and are somewhere else this June had better return. We are living, as it were, in a great big basket; we sleep, it might be, on soft green bluegrass, and cover up, as it were with tablecloths. If life in Warsaw is not a "picnic," what would you call it? Thursday evening, at the suggestion of little Johnny Morgan, the band boys turned out in full and serenaded the proprietor and the proprietress of the Benton County Bank. After the rendition of three late and very popular pieces of quite difficult music, Mr. Hall made his appearance and, with warm words of praise, invited the band in. Johnny was immediately dispatched to the city refreshment stores, while Mesdames Morgan and Stone were slicing and stacking cake, Uncle John pumping fresh water, and Mr. Hall in the cellar mashing lemons. Presently, little Johnny returned loaded down with soda pop and cigars and, a few minutes later, the gentlemen of the band were enjoying one of the nicest treats ever given them. After supper, an hour or so was passed in smoking and conversing and Uncle John was wrestling with his first bottle of soda pop, which afforded not a little amusement for all present. At a late hour, the band played two more pieces of appropriate music and goodnights were said. The band took its departure with many pleasant wishes for happy lives for Mr. Hall and his future bride.
John Lufts has added a porch to the front of his hotel, which adds greatly to its appearance. J. talks of building a two-story addition soon.
Croquet is the order of the day in Lincoln. Hours for playing from 3 to 10 p.m., Moonshine and torches.
July 5, 1882
Our young friend, Robert E. L. Hall will leave the city Monday to take up a term of school in the country. Immediately after its close, he will start for Baltimore to attend the Medical Lectures. Well! We have succeeded in getting a town well drilled and an excellent pump put in it. Mr. Bob Parnetha and partner took the contract week before last and finished it on Saturday. The well is 101 feet deep and runs over 100 gallons of water per hour. Mr. Parnetha thoroughly understands his business.
August 9, 1882
The Confederate Reunion will take place at Sedalia commencing August 15. Grand preparations are being made for the sustainment of a large crowd. The old Confederates of Benton and Hickory counties should take advantage of this opportunity to meet their old comrades. Reduced rates on all railroads to and from Sedalia. Every old Confederate and his family should attend.
Charlie Smith, son of Capt. S. W. Smith, started yesterday morning for the West. Charlie has grown to that age when ambitious young men begin to feel an interest in their future lives and we are proud to see him so determined to make a man out of himself. But we are equally sorry to acknowledge that he is going to such 'a country as Colorado, for we believe it to be the last place in the world for a young man who has no definite profession. His main reliance for a livelihood must- be on hard labor. And when he finds out that three low ordinary meals will cost him $2.25 per day and place to lay his tired form at night $8 per week, we fancy our advice to him to remain in Missouri will not be thought so lightly of as before he left all his friends behind.
The man who owns the dirt road locomotive and steam-engine, which stands near the depot, would do well to come after it before some devilish kid builds a fire in it and sends it to him. Messrs. Clarence Hackett, Will Wisdom and Fred Petts, three of Warsaw's most popular and handsome young men, departed Monday morning for Sedalia, where they will take a three month's course at the Commercial College. There are very few men like Joe Thomas. Only here a few weeks and already is investing his capital on every hand to the profitable end of public improvement. He is a rare man, fully deserving of the name of Enterprising Joe Thomas. A plank walk will probably be lain in front of Joe Truex's book store. Our streets need raking. Geo, L. Walls was out buggy riding Saturday with little Edie Richardson. He, he, he.
August 16, 1882
That platform-of-a-sidewalk in front of the new saloon and barber shop is an unnecessary unimprovement, The only excuses we can
imagine for it being there is to make it the more easy for "g one" individuals who are too full for utterance to crawl in and get "just
one more an' I'm goin' (hic) 'ome."
A number of Negro loafers are at work in the harvest fields. Again, we call the city's attention to that hog-wallow by the public well. It is a public nuisance and, besides, such things are productive of miasma.
Krensky's Restaurant has a large bell to announce when his meals are ready. It has taken the place of the triangle he formerly used.
The lamps are being lighted earlier each night in Warsaw. This will suit all lovers.
Our tin shops are busy making fruit cans for the coming crop of fruit.
Four Lincoln ladies went to C. W. Davis to see a sick child Monday night. On their return about ll, they were suddenly alarmed by seeing a ghost. They ran in all directions and such screaming was never heard in Lincoln and the ghost went in the opposite direction. The
ladies, on picking up courage, decided to investigate and found the ghost was Boss Parasate, who had gotten on one of his spells (walking in his sleep) and we hear that the oddest feature about the affair was that he had forgotten to put on his pants.
August 22, 1882
These summer Sundays are duller than the back of a sharp razor.
But a grand and brilliant dance was the programme at the Campbell House last night.
A party of five persons who emigrated from Germany to Hickory County last spring passed through this city Monday bound for the west
on a few months' pleasure trip. They, like all others who come to this section of the state, "struck it rich."
From South Union items: South Union stands solid for "old reliable"
Eli T. Rhea for re-election to the office of Circuit Clerk. We consider it more of an accomodation to us to have Mr. Rhea hold that office that it is to him. Eli stands by the laboring man "as firmly as the Rock of Eternal Adamant" and allows no illegal change of county records. Even John H. Edwards, a leading Republican, says there would be no use for U. S. Grant to run against Democrat Rhea in Benton County. Delinquent subscribers should be careful and not allow their wives and daughters to wear this paper as a bustle. There is danger of contracting a cold from the "due" that is on it.
October 18, 1882
Dr. Crawford's church is being used for the court house during the present term of court. Representations have been made to people south of the river that if they would vote to remove the county seat to Lincoln, the people north would vote to allow the south part of the county to be cut off to Hickory County and the south side would escape by Benton County debt. This is erroneous. When a part of a county is put into another county, it takes along with it its proportion of the debt of the county from which it goes.
November 15, 1882
Pettingill, Love & Co., would appreciate a ten-foot rise in the ri ver at present. This firm has 900 walnut and 1500 oak logs lying on or near the banks of the Osage.
The whisky shops in Warsaw are musical. Every night, the soft and melodious mill-dam tones of the hog-skin banjo may be heard blending discordantly with an old bologna-sausage-strung fiddle. It is true; we are living in a progressive age! Messrs. Turner and Smith have already packed 2020 bushels of apples and this morning, the eighth car load was shipped to Sedalia.
Today they are expecting between five and six hundred bushels from the country. Altogether, their shipments will reach between four and five thousand bushels.
Lincoln's street commissioner, Dr. Rhodes, is having their streets worked. He says if they can't have a courthouse, "we're bound for solid streets."
November 20, 1882
Uncle Tommy Trent was circulating a petition last week for the financial benefit of the afflicted family of Mr. J. R. Walthall. Mr.
W., in the past ten days, lost two members of his family and has three
others lying at Death's door. The sympathies of the entire community
are with him in this terrible hour.
There was an attempt made Sunday night by some person or persons to set fire to and destroy the town but before the ignited article had made any headway toward finishing the job, it was discovered and extinguished. The men who attempted to set the fire were exceedingly bold and daring. Breaking through a pain of glass in the back window of Mr. Eyerly's furniture store, they set fire to a rag saturated With coal oil, placed it in a cigar box and thru the shebang in. Several insurance policies were issued Monday morning due to the incident. Vote on county seat removal to Lincoln was yes, 767, no, 1275.
December 6, 1882
Wonders are increasing! Waldo P. Johnson has paid all back taxes on his various lots of land in this county. Hurrah for Waldo!
Squire Morgan had quite an interesting case on hand Saturday last-a dog case. Mat Alexander laid claims onto the canine and a Mr. Tharpe did likewise. Mr. A. claimed that he could produce fifty witnesses to testify that the dog was "his'n." Mr. T. claimed the testimony of fifty witnesses in his favor. Squire Morgan suggested to both parties that to bring all their witnesses into court would cost over a hundred dollars and either one or the other would have to pay. After consideration, a compromise was effected and Mr. Tharpe took the dog.
Social circles have been considerably agitated for the past few weeks, looking forward to the event of Monday evening, it being the occasion of the 25th wedding anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Smith.
We have a man selling goods here who was born in England and saw Queen Victoria three years before she ascended the throne. We refer to Mr. Spencer. Our pedagogue has a pocket knife which was made in 1781 and has been in possession of his antecedents all the time. We also have a Democrat who has lived over 100 years. B. B. Combs, now in Dickson County, Kansas, writes us that his son, George and family, have gone west and will continue to the sea. Benton County people in Dickson County met at the house of the father to bid them goodbye, the group including 13 children and nine grandchildren and Sam Kinkead and family, and there was a feast of provisions and everyone able for table duty.
The six o'clock train brought quite a number of Sedalia's most prominent citizens and by 7 o'clock, the spacious parlors at the home of Capt. Smith were filled with the elite of Sedalia and Warsaw. And beauty, mirth, music and wit, mingled with congratulations to the happy bride and groom, reigned supreme until supper was announced. It was a most magnificent spread, and reflected great credit upon Mrs. S. W. Smith and her assistants.
Rooms had been prepared at the bank building for the dancing, etc., and after supper the company adjourned to the dancing floors, where the festivites were kept up until the "wee small hours."
The presents were numerous and elegant:
Solid silver tea set, five pieces--J. G. White, J. M. Clute, G. W.Ready, S. P. Johns.
Hand painted vase silver holder- Mr., and Mrs. Albert Parker.
Toilet set silver holder--Mr., and Mrs. W. S. Shir, Mr. and Mrs. Dee Reese.
Cake basket--Mr., and Mrs. A. H. Hackett.
Silver coffee pot--J. H. Lay, T. C. Hornbuckle, H. A. Thompkins,W. B. Ham.
Set tea spoons--O, J. Stephenson.
Silver castor--R, H. Melton, wife and daughters.
Syrup stand--Mr. and Mrs. Jas, A. Clark, Miss Mattie Spencer.
Pickle castor--Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Naftzger, Mr. and Mrs. A. S. McGowan.
Fruit dish--Mr., and Mrs. C. C. Clay.
Butter dish and napkin ring--Mr., and Mrs. E. T. Rhea.
Pickle caster--Mr., and Mrs. R. Holly.
Individual--Mr.; and Mrs. Marcellus Jeans.
Butter dish--Mr., Jeff Morgan, Miss Rill Morgan.
Solid silver watch--Tucker & Lewis. P, D. Logan. J. H. Bibb.
Set knives and forks--D, B. Hurlbut & Bros.
Butter knife--C. M. White and lady.
Table spoons--Walton & Hamilton, R. A. Harrison.
Napkin ring--Mrs. E. H. Richardson.
Table spoons-N, B. Petts & wife
Wedgewood silver teapot and ink stand-Lou and Will Van Wagner
Napkin ring--Miss Hattie Phillips.
Napkin ring--Fred Smith.
Napkin ring--Mr., and Mrs. A. R. Krensky,
Butter knife--Ned Spencer.
Sugar spoon. in case--Mr., and Mrs. P. D. Hastain,
Napkin ring--Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Jones.
Individual castor--Warsaw Cornet Band.
Napkin Ring--Dr, and Mrs. Meng,
An elegant bouquet of Warsaw's young folk were also present and looked their sweetest.
January 24, 1883
Cold weather has had a disastrous effect on the water tank at the narrow guage depot. Several times. the pipes have frozen almost beyond thawing. causing trouble and loss of time.
Warsaw's Odd Fellows contemplated a grand time in Lincoln on Saturday night. But their anticipations were not realized. The occasion promised to be one of rare pleasure and frolic, oyster suppers, ten cent cigars, etc, but on account of no water in the tank, the trip had to be postponed, notwithstanding the voluntary proposals to call carry in buckets and fill the tender. Even if the tender had been full, it is doubtful whether the trip would have been made. The engineer is reported to have said that Jay Gould didn't have enough money to hire him to go to Lincoln that night.
Mrs. Judith O. Mallony is dangerously sick. Mrs. Mallony is one of the very few pensioners of the War of 1812.
W. W. Hockman. Esq. of Climax Springs reports things being on a regular boom at that celebrated place. He reports a sale already of 65 lots. which is good for the time the town has been laid out. Mr. H. is a live. energetic. enthusiastic worker.
Mr. John Eoff of St. Louis County has purchased the store building of Snider Brothers at Fairfield and will open a large stock of merchandise about March 1.
Last night a party of prominent citizens met at the Warsaw House parlors. in compliance with an invitation extended to them by Capt. W. A. Radcliffe, Grand Chancellor of Knights of Pythians of Missouri.
Some very nice speeches were made showing the benefits and objects of the order. Mr. Rhea favored the organization and signed the roll of honor. A large delegation of Sedalia Knights will shortly indulge in an excursion here to organize the new institution.
Lincoln--John Luft is going to build a stable in connection with his (The Green Tree) hotel this spring.
The Lincoln Debating and Literary Society is starting a paper called the Lincoln Review.
A tramp phrenologist came to Lincoln last week and amused the boys at H. Ham's store by examining the craniums of some of our citizens and pronouncing them fit subjects for the Presidency, Congress, Senatorship, etc. His first night's income was $2.50. He commenced his second night's performance at Ham's, thinking he would make a few more shiners. The boys came to the conclusion they'd show him he was a fraud and not wanted here. They gave him a subject to work on, and while he was examining the bumps of amativeness and combativeness, giving the Senatorial qualities of the gent, the crowd (about a dozen) fell soundly asleep, and went to snoring at a furious rate. The Phrenologist stopped a few minutes, then continued with his good work, thinking they would wake up soon. The snoring increased to a higher pitch. The phrenologist took out, saying the people of Lincoln were most d---d sleepy, and he'd be d---d if he wouldn't go to the hotel and go to bed. This was the last seen of him. The boys enjoyed a hearty laugh for about an hour, then retired to their homes to finish the night in solid sleep, to finish the night in solid sleep.
February 14, 1883
Ned Murrell has sold the Warsaw Enterprise to Bob Richardson, a sound Democrat and a good fellow.
Our excursion boat, "Bertha See." went down with the ice gorge . Parties from Nebraska have bought the Martin farm for $3200.
Mr. Zal Golden has bought the old Short farm, near John Fowler's, for $3000.
Our promising young attorney, W. B. Ham. passed a rigid examination before Judge Gantt and the Bar, during court last week, and received his license to practice.
Ben Shacklett, one of the bully boys of Wheatland, and Jack Shield, Quincy's "boss fellow," were around Warsaw this week.
Will Robbins and Henry Martin had a little fisticuff last Monday, which cost Henry four dollars and fees.
From Lincoln--Our notorious Republic--oh! we overshot ourself-Notary Public Fred Brill, is in readiness to attend to all business in line. His elephant foot arrived.
Mrs. Lane, widowed sister of our prosperous townsman, Geo, King, with several small children, is reported as being in destitute circumstances, without food for herself and children, and in a suffering condition.
The Warsaw Social Club tendered an Honorary Hop to Mr. and Mrs. F, F. Hamilton, on the eve of their departure from our city. It came off last evening at Campbell House and was well-attended, Richardson & Son have purchased a hack for Mr. Shields of Quincy and he will commence about Feb. 20, making regular tri-weekly trips between Warsaw and Wheatland, via Fairfield and Quincy. This is a good move, bringing us in direct connection with those enterprising towns. We will have a direct daily mail over this route after July 10
February 22, 1883
The case of old Uncle Lewis Ferguson, who has been confined to his room for about two months in a helpless condition, is a mute appeal to all who are charitably disposed. He has been an honest, faithful old darkey and any little kindness shown him by our citizens will be gratefully received.
Two of the piers of the bridge across the Pomme de Terre at Fairfield gave way from the heavy pressure during the ice gorge, This is a terrible loss to our county and will be a great hindrance to trade and travel until repaired, which the county must do as soon as possible.
We cannot afford to have the trade of that portion, south of the Pomrne, cut off. We must repair the loss promptly or drive the trade to Osceola, which will soon be a competing railroad point with us.
S. Orr cannot say he is the biggest man in town, any longer. Our new citizen, Mr. August Horn, takes the rag off, two to one, in point of weight.
Mr. Bruns and family, of St. Louis, have moved to the McGowan farm, three miles north of Lincoln.
The threatening overflow of the river at Warsaw last week alarmed the residents of Melton & Briggs' addition and they moved to more elevated quarters, When the island was overflown last week, somebody asked Nat Jeans what he would take an acre for it. He replied that he was selling it by the quart.
March 15, 1883
The hoodlums who came through Warsaw a day or two since, with what they called an "Indian show," are frauds of the deepest color. They departed from her e leaving several unpaid bills.
Linn County is to have a new courthouse--at least they want one over there. What about Benton?
The amount due Dr. Crawford ($1000) by the Baptist brethren has been paid and that denomination now has a deed to the property formerly known as " Dr. Crawford's church." Not only our own citizens donated money to assist the Bap tist people, but St. Louis, though miles away, also responded.
The steamer that was to have left St. Louis for Osceola a few days ago has not yet made her appearance and, owing to the stage of the river, it is reasonable to suppose that the trip has been abandoned.
While at Fairfield Saturday, your editor met Dr. Nelms and a whole souled, genial companion he is. The Doctor is an old acquaintance of Henry Clay Warmoth, ex-governor of Louisiana, and tells us that he has seen the day when Hen couldn't get credit for fifty cents. Dr. Nelms also Tully concurred with us in the opinion that Warmouth is the greatest scoundrel unhung, with the exception of Ben Butler. Conductor Ben Blythe is the happiest man in the employee of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, all on account of a new and nobby passenger coach that has been furnished for his road. It is the work of the Barney & Smith Company in Dayton and is a model of neatness. The co ach has a seating capacity of forty-five and one end is cut off into a cozy, comfortable smoking room. People along the line owe much to Ben, as he favors every scheme that pertains to their comfort.
James M. Riddle, one of the best fellows on the south side of the creek, was in town yesterday.
W. G. Kays, a prominent farmer of this section, called and paid a year's subscription.
Major Wm., Gentry was in town, as was Len. West of Cole Camp. Judge Shirk has disposed of his interest in the ferry above town.
Lincoln--Our public school closed last Friday, after a four month term under the supervision of Dr. Knox, an excellent instructor. Dr. S. E. Bickford of Mason City, Ill., an old acquaintance of Drs. Magill and Rhodes, was here last week and will locate at Quincy. Dr. Rhodes has been located here one year now and since that time has been very attentive to business.
A collision took place near town last Friday between Sterling and Joe Davis (colored) with the former upsetting the latter with a fence rail, almost laying him out for Bill Shannon. We do not like to advise road overseers, but let ours go two and a half miles north of Lincoln on the Sedalia road. Here he will find a ditch one-quarter of a mile long, fourteen feet wide and about six feet deep up and down the center of the road, which makes it impassable. If it should rain, our advice would be to put on locks and place a steamer on it, as it is about the right size for a 20~foot steamer.
March 29, 1883
Prof. Samuel Wheeler's school opened Tuesday, with a very fair attendance.
Dr. M. S. Sands has chosen Warsaw as a place for practicing his profession. We bid him welcome and hope he may find a pleasant Home here.
Next Tuesday is the day set apart for election of Warsaw's board of aldermen and great care should be taken lest the wrong men are chosen.
No man of narrow, contracted ideas should be an alderman in Warsaw. Let us look to the interests of the Queen City of the Osage and weigh well the merit of any man before elevating him to a position wherein so much is at stake.
Miss Mattie, daughter of Jerry Savage, and Miss Mary, daughter of Wm. Galbraith, will attend school in town this session.
Cole Camp--Henry Grether, ex-assessor of this county, and family have moved to Texas. Henry Giemeier, a consistent democratic German, has bought the Henry Mahnken farm near here, the consideration being $4006. Henry hails from Illinois and says he has come to be one of us.
Quite a number of young people came from Sedalia Monday evening to attend the dances at Damm and Smasal's halls. Among them was Ben Behrens, an old-time Cole Camper. Ben is a whopper, Henry Berry, long a resident of Williams township, will remove from this place to Kirkwood, St. Louis county, on April I. Henry used to figure consciously in the political areas as a Republican.
Was one of the supervisors of registration under the inglorious Drake consist ion and iron-clad oath system of election. He lashed us Democratic souls. Of course, he is now liberal and consistent independent. Lincoln--Chas. Davis says he can take his cow and tie a tin pan to her tail and a couple of rocks to her hind feet, and she will pay Yankee Doodle (with the doodle left out) and outrun any horse in the neighborhood. Louis Davis, blacksmith of Duree, has moved to Lincoln and is going into the shoo with his brother. Charles Davis. An agent of the Sedalia Journal (German) was in our town last week trying to get subscribers for that paper. We Lincoln Germans don't read German papers. Hogmithorfal court was in session two days this week, with Judge Pleas. Bird on the bench. James Mock will open up a stock of goods, near the old ferry landing, on south side of the river, at an early date. Lincoln--Advt.
Matt. Davis is handling all kinds of furniture at Lincoln, also coffins and burial clothes for dressing the dead so they may be put away cheap and neat. Call for the clothes when you come after the coffin.
January 8, 1885 (Thomas Benton White now editor) The ferries have been making regular trips since last Friday and stock-buyers doing a lively business this week. Shipments from the Warsaw station since last Thursday have been as follows: C. C. Lightner, four car-loads of hogs; Fred Schwettman, two carloads; W. Q. Harrison, two car-loads; Strauss & Bass, four carloads, and J. H. Alexander, four car-loads. Lo cal prices range from $4.10 to $4.
This morning W. C. Carroll, manager of the Dolman packing house in Warsaw, shipped two carloads of hogs, destined for Butte City, Montana. They numbered 198 head and weighed about 25,OOJpounds. Slaughtering was done at Horn & Gillett's mills, the steam boiler furnishing an ample supply of hot water. Mr. Carroll has had a force of 22 men, women and boys at work for several days. The hogs were nicely dressed and will carry joy to the hearts of the miners and Chinamen out west. This is said to be the largest number of hogs ever killed at one time in the county.
Fairfield-Solomon Jones fell through the ceiling in his house last Sunday morning and precipitated about 100 feet of lumber to the lower floor, greatly frightening his wife, children, mother, and Victoria Jones, who is convalescing at his home. He will recover.
Fairfield "boys" voted the bracelets offered by Professor Scott to the handsomest ladies to Ida Alexander and Dora Howard and the book offered to the most industrious pupil in school was carried off by Miss Alta Martin. The handsome butter stand offered for best cook was modestly borne home by Ida Alexander. Professor Scott is a phrenologist of the first water. He goes to Quincy, Wheatland and Hermitage from here. January 22, 1885 An ice bridge across the river! The river closed Monday night and footmen crossed Tuesday. On Wednesday, loaded wagons were pulled across by attaching a single horse ahead of the pole. Today, the ice is substantial enough for all purposes.
Mrs. Julia Castle Holmes, who is remembered in Warsaw by her singing class and concert last summer, and is a vocalist of rare ability, died in Sedalia last week. She was taken ill with malarial symptoms. There was nothing in her illness to warrant the gossipping rumors as to the cause. Her private character was unassailable, even amidst her peculiar domestic afflictions.
January 29, 1885 There were nearly one-thousand real estate transfers in Benton County during 1884. Major Melton has received letters which state that the Missouri Pacific intends to purchase all the ties that can be produced in Benton County. If this should be so, labor and money will be plenty.
February 5, 1885
Granville C. Smith and A. C. Lacy of Union township, are talking in favor of a new post office between Mt, View and Cross Timbers, at Mr. Lacy's.
The runaway Hackberry ferry-boat has been located at a point near the Iron Works in Camden County, 50 miles down river. Messrs. Smith and Wills have contracted with Chas. Barkus of Climax for return of the boat as soon as the river clears of ice, agreeing to pay $150. In the meantime, a boat will be procured to accommodate the public at Hackberry as soon as the river breaks.
Lincoln--Dr. Chastain has removed from Lincoln to his former residence on David Ralston's farm, five miles northeast of here. The doctor thought doctors were too numerous here. March 6, 1885 Last Friday, Mr. H. Schnackenberg, while on the Boeschenville road, found an old lady named Mrs. Greestmann, about 70, who was mired fast in the mud. But for his timely help, she might have perished.
The City Council of Warsaw has done well the past year in making sidewalks. But better crossings at the upper end of Main Street, from the livery stable corner across to Wherrit & Co's. and to Lingle Bros., is greatly needed. The lat ter crossing is so much used that it should be in the very best condition. The city tax for 1884 was 20 cents on the one-hundred-dollars, balance of the revenue being derived from other sources.
Marshal Jeans and Sid Boulware returned from Kansas last Monday. They report a great many people going to western and southwestern Kansas and think that very many will be disappointed.
Several boys in Nest Cole Township, after a "chivaree" and wh ile in an intoxicated condition, broke in the windows of the Feaster School. Sheriff Newell and Deputy Hays arrested the parties, but on agreement of parents to make good the damage and see that the boys kept quiet hereafter, they were released. All boys should remember that it is a serious offense to commit depredations on property.
March 13, 1885
If the Missouri Pacific strike should continue any great length of time, there would be plenty of work for a number of steamboats. Post Office authorities put a mail agent on the narrow-guage the 1st of the month. The arrangement will he a great convenience and relieve the Warsaw Post Office of a great deal of mail distribution. Mr. Brown, until recently one of the mail agents between Sedalia and Denison, Texas, is the mail agent.
Fully half the calls made on our physicians are made in the night. If the doctors would charge double price for all night riding, except in extremely urgent cases, it would have a salutary effect on this phase of the practice.
Fairfield--School boards in want of teachers can be accommodated at Fairfield by calling on the principal teacher. A half dozen wide-awake students who have attended school 10 and 11 months the past year would accept spring schools and guarantee satisfaction. Call early.
Tom Suiter, the genial clerk is again comfortably ensconced behind the counter and desks of W. H. Shaw & Co. Tom is a success and Fairfield is glad to welc ome him back. The melodious music of the sawmill has been heard in Fairfield for the past month, from the wee sm' hours of the morning until late at night.
March 20, 1885
L. Lindsey of Lone Spring, Hickory County, was a guest of E. T. Rhea Tuesday. Mr. Lindsey was a lieutenant of the 8th Missouri Cavalry and Mr. Rhea was a member of his company. James B. Tindle, one mile west of Sunnyside School, is the owner of the fine Norman horse, Young Rum. Stock raisers should see him. Louis Grother of Cole Camp has associated himself, Louis Schroeder and Claus Junge under the firm name of Louis Grother & Co. In addition to their stock ofgeneral merchandise and drugs, they have another building well-stocked with hardware and agricultural implements and invite attention of the people of the county. The sheriff will have a guard of 60 men at the hanging of Hopkirk and Brownfield at Clinton. Press tickets will be issued, also tickets for attorneys of both condemned men and all physicians wishing to attend. The scaffold will be 12 feet high, trap 12x16, trap door 4x6, beam 18 feet from the ground, with a six-foot drop.
Last Monday, the Hackberry ferry-boat was returned to her proper place and on Tuesday, doing business in the old way. It has been two months since the running ice forced the boat away from her moorings and took her adrift down the river, to lodge two miles about Linn Creek. Charles Backus took a contract for returning the boat to her owners, Messrs. Smith & Wills, for $150, and, with the help of four men, was successful after 18 days' hard labor. He says the hardest day's work was the one when they only made one mile. The boat is 55x12, built strong and, of course, it was very difficult to force it against the current and over the rapids.
The records of Benton County, from its organization 50 years ago, with the exception of two years in an early day, are in perfect condition and the chain of all titles can be easily verified. March 27, 1885 It is said that some of the country people hesitate in coming to Warsaw on account of the prevalence of the measles. We can say to them that, where there have been few cases during the winter, there is little chance of anyone being exposed in the business houses or in the streets. Fairfield's three egg merchants, W. A. Grace, W. H. Shaw & Co., and John T. Eoff have taken in as many as a ton and a half of eggs in a day In the aggregate and presently have 4500 dozen on hand -- four and a half tons. W. C. Carroll of Warsaw will ship his first carload of eggs --10,000 dozen -- next week and still calls for more.
Taylor Scott has sold his farm, one mile and a quarter northeast of Warsaw, to John T. Ryan, late of Cross Timbers. The farm consists of 150 acres, 65 acres of bottom land in cultivation, frame house and barn, good fencing and other improvements. Consideration, $1800. Mr. Scott will remove to California about the middle of April.
Shiloh items --
The roads have been impassible for wagons between here and Fairfield, but are rapidly getting better.
Asa McKinzie is dangerously ill.
John E. Bailey has finished a clearing of splendid bottom land -- some 30 acres or more -- and himself and hands are busy hauling rails and setting fence.
William Turner has traded for Britton Walden's homestead claim.
The Shiloh "college" will swing open its doors and commence business again in a few days.
John T. will be happy again in teaching the young how to master the three R's.
The sale of chattle property of W. D. and Martha McMillian, deceased from measles, brought in the aggregate $486.50.
Stock sold unusually high.
April 3, 1885
Boon Hart, proprietor of the Duroc ferry, has a new wire rope and says the banks are good and ferriage as cheap as anywhere on the Osage River. W. C. German, agent of the United States fish commission, arrived in Warsaw with 3000 live fish of the German carp variety, which were placed in the river with the expectation they would multiply in large numbers.
W. W. Hockman and Parson C. A. Bell of Edwards, inform us that there is a great need of a bridge across Turkey Creek near Hockman, and that the banks are very favorable for building a bridge cheaply. The ford is not a good one and ordinary rains often make the crossing unsafe.
April 24, 1885
The Hughes are going to take their cattle, about 125 head, from Leesville to the Turkey Creek hills and keep them there. Rev. Wells, the well-known blind preacher, now of Webster County, formerly on the Warsaw circuit, will preach next Sunday at Turkey Creek chapel and remain in the neighborhood a week or two.
Shiloh news -- James Boring is our "boss rail splitter." He sp lits near 600 a day and doesn't hurt himself either. Isaac Weaver has built more new fence this spring than all of his neighbors put together.
Fairfield items -- Our city dads have had a calaboose erected but the first night after its completion it blew down. Nevertheless, there are those who have an inkling that the gentle zephyrs which prevailed were aided by the arm of man. The good people of our usually quiet little village of Fairfield have been considerably exercised of late by being annoyed with subpoenas to appear as witnesses before the grand jury. No less than half the voters in the place were served with subpoenas. The disproportion as compared with other parts of the county is all the more to be criticized when the fact is there is not as much criminality under the game laws. gambling laws, etc., going on here in one year as there is in some other towns in the county in three months. The grand jury system allows a man to stab you in the dark and leave you to select your weapons of defense. It is un-American
May 1, 1885
The Warsaw mills have passed into the possession of D. L. Horn and J. B. Stone, an experienced miller. The machinery has been overhauled and repaired. The Lincoln Roller Mill, since putting in their improved machinery, has adopted the exchange system. Customers can trade their grain for any desired grade of flour. May 8, 1885
In reference to the epidemic of measles at Fairfield, Dr. Jones: informed us that about 1000 cases came under the care of himself and Dr. Nelms. Only about one-half percent proved fatal -- or about three deaths in each 200 cases.
Fairfield items -- There is a disposition on the part of some people living outside Fairfield to cry "Down the town." Who is it that gets drunk and disturbs the peace of our quiet little village? Not the citizens. Who ever saw any of the present businessmen or property owners drunk in our streets or using language unbecoming a gentleman? Who of our citizens have ever killed anyone here? Who of our country neighbors ever come to town and find our merchants, mechanics, teachers, physicians, etc., engaged in any but peaceable things? Not one. It is wrong to lay the blame of a tragedy or crime at the door of innocent parties. Look at the shooting scrape at Warsaw the other day and consistently charge it to the law-abiding citizens of that town and see how the good people of Warsaw will take it!
May 15, 1885
Fairfield -- Our town is profusely decorated with large posters from two or three commercial colleges, proposing to teach penmanship, etc. A stranger passing through would think from the flaming posters on every corner that the town was sadly. in need of instruction from competent penmen. T. J. Williamson talks of starting a new mill in Fairfield to be run by Wind. The motors will be D. Jones and J. T. Eoff. The wind work is already on the ground. W. T. Edmonson, the saw-mill man from the Byler district, was in Warsaw yesterday and reports an active demand for lumber, having one order for 125,00C feet, besides other small orders from abroad and a local trade. He has 19 men and 20 horses at work, and 54 men, women and children receive their support from his manufactory.
May 22, 1885
The resignation of A. Berens as postmaster at Lincoln has caused a ripple in that prosperous and newly-incorporated town out of proportion to old-time village ways. Petitions are out, one favoring the appointment of Fred Brill, of Ham & Co., for postmaster, and the other H. D. Steele, both Democrats supposed to be of the all-wool kind. The question is further complicated by the rivalry between the western and eastern portions of the town. Fairfield-- We were at the farm of John Howard a few days ago. He is one of the most successful farmers in the Pomme de Terre Valley. You'll find him competent to judge the qualities of horses, cattle, mules and school teachers.
Fairfield is steadily improving. In the past 18 months, there have been built six dwellings, two commodious hotels, two store houses, one physician's office, two barns, a sidewalk the whole length of Main Street and a calaboose. Also ten yard fences around as many homes. Ten wells have been sunk and the lumber is on the ground for two more good houses and lumber delivered to fence three more. More than half the fences have been painted, with nice well-houses artistically pointed over each of the wells alluded to. How is this for a village with hardly a hundred inhabitants? The town has paid in the past fourteen months more than $600 for the support of its school, exclusive of the building fund.
May 29, 1885
Fairfield--The famous Philharmonic society, of Fairfield, will offer their services in song, accompanied by instrumental music, at Warsaw on the 4th of July next. They have secured the services of Miss Howlett, one of the finest organists in the state. This choir has improved 150 percent since their fine spurt last Fourth in Fairfield. The Misses Ida Alexander, Stella "Eoff, Dora Howard, Arra Ashinhurst, Ella Colbert, Lissie Snyder, Altia Martin, Hattie Howlett and Messrs. D. Jones and William D. Vance are the team that expects to proffer their services.
Young Mr. Snyder and his affiance have been successful in their wedlock efforts and are spending the honeymoon on the beach at Fairfield. Visitors, pleasure-seekers, fishermen and others should not fail to call at Mr. William Cunningham's and take a look at his home-like premises. Few farmers enjoy the comforts and conveniences possessed by this model farmer.
We had the pleasure of a visit from Messrs. Jack Wisdom, Mayor Patten and lady and Mr.. Wright, Sr., of Warsaw. A part of the company registered at the Hotel Colbert and a part at the Hotel de Ashinhurst. Both houses are enjoying a good run of "biz."
June 19, 1885
Shiloh--Mr., Frank Fox on Hogle's Creek has built a little box house on his homestead and moved the little Foxes therein. The smallpox scare on lower Hogle's Creek is still on the wing. There appears to be some foundation of truth in the report now. A person known as the "Indian doctor" is just recovering from the disease, he having contracted it from his son, whom came home from Ft. Scott, Kansas, disguised as a woman and having a veil over his face. No other cases known as yet.
July 10, 1885
The Warsaw brass band has reorganized with the following members: Mark Sutherland, John Morgan, Charles Smith, Charles Bibb, Donald English, Ed Robbins, W. G. Robbins, Clarence Hackett, Willis Wright and Alex. Harrison. Every encouragement should be shown by the public in assisting the boys, as a city without a band appears to great disadvantage. The two ferries, Alexander's and the Hackberry, had their capacity tested to the utmost on the Fourth. At Alexander's, a count was kept, and 640 persons were crossed in their vehicles or on horseback. No count was made at the Hackberry, but Dr. Smith thinks that many or more, were transported at the upper ferry. This means that 1200 or more people were at the celebration from the south side. This is a reminder of what Warsaw would be if there were cheap or free facilities for crossing the Osage. Then such crowds would be frequent and the business of the city increased many times. The Warsaw of the future will be very frequently visited by its surrounding population
August 7, 1885
Two Kansas men are here this week to look after the interests' of a mining company to work a gold mine on the old "Cunningham place," on the Osage River, five miles west of Warsaw. Ex-sheriff Arthur was found last Saturday some distance up the river in a helpless condition, where he had been all night. The old gentleman, who is quite feeble, had wandered along the river and, falling down, was unable to rise. Parties were out all Friday night on the lookout for him and when there was scarcely any expectation of finding him alive, he was accidentally discovered by Geo. Drake and J. W. Alexander. He was in a very helpless condition and could scarcely have survived the day in the sun.
Mrs. Helen Gilette, widow of the late Colonel Gilette, has sold her residence on Jackson Street, including 7 acres, to H. Boeschen, Consideration, $1200.
Last Friday afternoon, July 31, it was ascertained that H. H. Quick, cashier and sole owner of the so-called Farmers' and Drovers' Bank at Hermitage, had absconded with all the funds of the bank. He had sent the keys of the building back to County Treasurer Marsh, with a request for him to take possession. The safe was opened and $4.25 was all the vaults contained. Treasurer Marsh has $2200 in good notes as collateral and has a first lien on about $5000 worth of property, including Quick's farm. The other creditors will lose. Quick left Hermitage on horseback and went east on Sunday, the 26th inst, Nobody was satisfied that he had absconded until Thursday. July 30. J. H. Bentley has gone to the north part of the State where Quick formerly lived, in hopes of getting some clue of his where abouts, The bank was started last January.
August 15, 1885
Giles Harris, formerly of Benton County, recently at Dallas, Tex. went riding down the street ringing a cow bell, went to the court house square and mounting a dry goods box, announced that he was a Southern Methodist preacher and opposed to the Campbelites, Prohibitions and the union and confederate reunions. After talking a while, the officers took him in charge and notified his friends. He has many of them here who will be sorry to learn of his condition. W. M. Bowman of Lincoln has invented a broom-corn machine that will save the labor of seven men. Anton Behrens, late of Lincoln and so well known in our county, is now in Germany and J. R. Stege recently received a letter from him, written at Eslohe; he had arrived at Bremen July 5 and was having a happy time among relatives and old friends. He said crops were fine and fruit in the greatest abundance. Mr. B. was in good health and expected shortly to start on a trip up the Rhine. He probably will remain until the latter part of September.
The Osage Mining Company has taken out a charter to work a gold and silver mine on the old Cunningham place and claim they have struck excellent ore, with promise of great abundance, at a depth of 15 feet.
August 21, 1885
J. J. Donnall, who perambulates the county a great deal on his real estate and county business, says that Wm, Keseman, near Lincoln, has one of the finest corn crops in the county and that his wheat crop, notwithstanding the unfavorable season, will average 18 bushels to the acre. August 28, 1885 George W. Blanton and family, Bob Kinkead, John Coombs and Frank Y. Jones will bid old Benton farewell next Tuesday, as they are bound for Texas. The immigration societies at Warsaw, Lincoln and Cole Camp should now be on the alert to receive the immigrants in response to the "t rade journal." Our hotel accomodations are ample for ordinary occasions but with a big rush would easily overflow. No strangers should be allowed to sleep outdoors now that the nights are cold.
Young folks at Spring Grove enjoyed a few pleasant hours playing croquet at Mrs. Wiley Jones' last Saturday evening. There were present Misses Mattie and Percy Gregory, Mattie Minter, Mattie Wright, Ella Foster, Mary L. Hartle, Mollie Gilcrist and Messrs. Richard Minter, Com. Hartle, Robert Kinkead, David Gregory, William Gilcrist, Charles Gilcrist, Lew Gilcrist, Long Gregory, James Wright and John McCubbin.
Fairfield--The teacher at Fairfield, taking his text at the passage which reads: "Verily he that blowest not his own horn, verily it shall not be blown; and verily he that bloweth his own horn, verily it shall be blown with muchness" proceeds to discourse as follows: That he has trained over 100 singers in the past year, and that the said singers have sung at more than 10 public festal occasions, conventions, exhibitions, etc., a task performed by no other teacher in the county in the past year, this in addition to having taught 11 months in the past twelve. Notwithstanding this, he has received more criticism than any man in Alexander township, or, for that matter, in the whole county.
September 4, 1885
The harvest festival picnic at Dr. Henry Holtzen's grove, near Lake Creek, was a success and dancing, swinging and other games were indulged in. Plenty of refreshments and the Lake Creek cornet band discoursed some excellent music.
August 21, 1885
The wife of Mr. Quick, whose recent departure from the classic shades of Hermitage created such a commotion in Hickory County, writes as follows: "Now that the papers have done their duty in publishing the bank failure in Hermitage and each and everyone has relieved their minds as to the past, present and future of Howard Quick, I now desire to make my bow, say my piece and tell a few plain facts. "In the first place, no one will lose a cent, as enough, enough and more than enough, property is left behind to pay every debt and some of the people in Hermitage imagined their time had come to make a big haul and live in luxury ever afterwards--especially T'reas, Marsh, who has attached enough property to pay the county debt and have a sweet little sum left for family expenses. This is the case even if the property sells at a very low rate. "I am in hopes of soon seeing Howard, as one of our merchants who is noted for brightness and speed is now on his track and will no doubt land him on the shores of Hermitage, amid the applause of the howling crowd. We all know the county officials won't waste their precious time hunting fugitives from justice, as their ability in that line was displayed the time the safe was blown up and the county funds stolen. "I think the fine article which appeared in "the Index last week certainly come from two souls. each with but a single thought, and that thought to injure their fellow beings, both with the truth and with good, big» solid lies. "If people knew from the first that Howard Quick was a rascal, it is strange how they followed him around and fairly worshipped at the feet of one who was ever ready to loan or give money, or anything else, whenever asked for it--who always paid for everything he got. "Well, I guess turn about is fair play. Now, if you want to make anybody chew and swallow this, come to the one that wrote it, and I will spit it in your face. By-By. Alice F. Quick"
September 18, 1885
Probate Judge H. T. Patten this week moved into his new home on State Street opposite the residence of B. F. Balliatt, on high and nicely-located lots, with the commanding view which is so beautiful a feature of Warsaw scenery. The main building is 56xl6, with a wing 32x16, one story cottage of five rooms, with hall, pantry and closets, a bay window in front and double windows on the south side, and presents an exterior appearance denoting taste in the design and master workmanship in executing. The interior presents the appearance of beauty and comfort, With mantels hard-finish walls and handsome and enduring woodwork. L. C: Stevenson was the contractor, H. F. Henderson built the foundation 26ff'bundation and cellar walls, J. F. Blanchard did the plastering and Whitten & Towns the painting. A. J. Wright, the Warsaw lumberman, had the pleasure of furnishing all the first-class material in his line. All the workmanship exhibits skill and there is no evidence of hasty or inferior work. The total cost is nearly $1800 and without being pretentious, it can be classed as an elegant and comfortable home, of the kind that are numerous in Warsaw and we hope each year the number will be increased.
Lincoln--Henry Steele's store and the Lincoln opera house is reaching completion as fast as weather will permit. Profit Green and J. A. Huebner are -builders. This will be the most showy building in Lincoln, being 22x50 feet and 28 feet high. As Dr. Ming and J. W. Bagby were standing on the tie-raft this morning, they discovered a big catfish which appeared to be cornered. Two colored men, Albert Wright and Wilson Alexander, jumped into the water and completed the capture and it was born in triumph up the street and the scales proved its weight to be 65 pounds
September 25, 1885
Last Wednesday, your editor (Thomas B. White), in company with Marcellus Jeans and W. C. Carroll, visited the so-called silver mine near Warsaw and found Mr. Calhoun, one of the five of the company, with Mr. John N. Davis, owner of the land, and two other men taking rock out of the shaft. The Shaft is situated at the base of a hill and down about 40 feet. The men claim that pay ore was struck at nine feet and indications of better pre have Increased with depth. The shaft is about. five feet wide at the surface and seven feet at the bottom and the lode is claimed to be sixty feet wide. Mr. Calhoun says they have received assays as high as $120, $175 and $320 per ton.
October 2, 1885
Last Tuesday, R. H. Melton and Dee Resee made a visit to a copper mine four miles northeast of Lincoln, owned by Mr. Melton and Judge Shirk. The vein was discovered and opened about twenty years ago, but owing to the unsettled times, its owner closed the shaft and concealed its location. Before he was ready to resume work, he died and ever since then the vein has been hidden. Recent research, however, has again located it and a Kansas City company is preparing to work it. The vein is a perpendicular vein of pure copper and when worked some 2000 pounds of ore were removed and the vein was increasing. October 16, 1885 An emigrant with team and family in a covered wagon last Friday mistook the Alexander ferry road for the ford and plunged into the river and was soon in water swimming deep. They called for help. Uncle Billy Wright went to their assistance in a skiff and took the women and children out of the wagon. The horses were struggling to the sandbar about thirty yards below, reached it in safety and were able to drag the wagon after them. The straight road often leads to destruction. Levi Gable, manager of the Osage silver mine, writes John N. Davis that the assays do not discourage him. He expressed confidence that the mine will average well and says he has found others willing to assist him in the way of machinery, etc. Work continues in the shaft as usual.
October 15, 1885
Circuit court commenced its regular term October 13, with Judge J. B. Gantt presiding. His charge to the grand jury was more brief than usual. He spoke of the light docket for a county of 15,000 Inhabitants-- only 18 civil and 14 criminal cases and said it spoke well for the peace and good order of the community. In commenting on youth, the judge said he believed a whipping was as good for a boy as currying for a horse.
October 30, 1885
Dr. W. C. Smith returned Monday from St. Louis and other cities where he has been perfecting arrangements to put his patent improvement on stoves on the market.
November 6, 1885
Dr. Crawford was called Wednesday to make an amputation of a leg of Daniel Williams, a young Union township man, and accompanied by Dr. Wilson and A. S McGowan, proceeded to the house of the mother of the afflicted man, Mrs. Judith Williams, which is 22 miles from Warsaw. Dr. Crawford arrived back home the next day. Williams is suffering from a severe ulceration of the leg, said to have been caused by an abrasion from a boot-let. The doctor found him in such low physical condition that amputation was not to be thought of.
November 27, 1885
John Ragner of Alexander township who week before last sold his farm to Mr. Delaney of Virginia, disposed of his personal property last Saturday. Everything brought 'good prices. On Monday morning, as the narrow-guage train was going north, a couple of horses got on the track and, notwithstanding the whistling, ran ahead of the train. Finally one of the horses jumped down the embankment and ran into a wire fence where he was severely hurt. The other ran on the trestle, about a mile from Warsaw, and after hobbling more than half across, fell partially through and remained fast. The train was stopped and the men took the freight car doors and made a way off the trestle, then pried and lifted the horse up, expecting him to walk off the bridge, but he jumped to the ground, a distance of 15 to 18 feet, and was killed. It was a good strong team and is a heavy loss to John Carner, the owner.
December 4, 1885
Three Polanders, with two large bears, were through the county this week, giving street exhibitions, where a sufficient amount of money was contributed, of the men wrestling with the bears. It was good sport and noisy and laughing crowds greeted the actors. The bears were large ones of the cinnamon and black variety and showed wonderful capacity for their part of the game. Oliver, son of Tompkins Davis, is reading medicine in Warsaw with Dr. Crawford.
December 11, 1885
The post office will be moved to temporary quarters in the A. J. Wright building, in the store room formerly occupied by Wherrit & Co. Postmaster Alexander is also opening up a stock of stationery, books and holiday goods. The Warsaw cornet band, in an improvised chariot, behind four and six horses, with W. C. Carroll "pushing" on the ribbons, paraded the streets last Saturday and also on Tuesday, to the tune of lively and well rendered airs. It was a public reminder to Warsaw of their entertainment. It also made Warsaw appear somewhat cosmopolitan.
Corn in Benton sells at 30 cents per bushel, while hogs keep steady at over three cents per pound. Turkey Creek chapel was dedicated Sunday and the event was largely attended. One of the best features of the dedication was that there was no indebtedness on the new church building. Benton County has been so free from crime that a raid by thieves creates quite a sensation. Last Friday night, the house of Enox Moxley, in West Lindsey, was entered and robbed of $32 in money, a silver watch and revolver, bed clothes and Mrs., Moxley's new hat, and a gallon pail of cream and some canned fruit. Wm., Moxley, who was in the house, had his gold watch stolen. Thomas McCartney's and William Hartle's homes were also burglarized the same night. On Sunday night, the house of John Hackler in Alexander township was entered. Mr. Hackler had six or seven dollars taken from his clothes and John E. Bailey, a brother-in-law, was robbed for $49, the money being taken from his pantaloons which were at the head of the bed. Mr. J. S. Howard was robbed the same night of $3; and Professor Jones of his cigars, the thief or thieves never taking the time to look after the professor's gold watch and diamond scarf pin, his new No 6 hat, his No. 12 boots or well-filled purse. There is no clue to the perpetrators but they should be shot on sight.
December 18, 1885
There are three shoe shops in Fairfield. Two of these make shoes out of iron and steel and the other one manufactures from leather.
January 6, 1888
Dyson Freeburn has finished packing his new ice-house, at least until there is more freezing weather. He has stored 300 tons of Ice, averaging about 7 inches in thickness, and has room for 100 tons more. Manly Smith and wife, the oldest residents of White township, and perhaps in the county, have just received a pension for the loss of a son in the late war. The old people were much in need of this help, by which they have been enabled to build themselves a neat little residence and have something left.
January 13, 1888
The furniture and undertaking business of the late J. G. Phillips of Warsaw will be carried on under the firm name of Mrs. T. A. Phillips & Son, the latter, Charles B., being the manager. January 27, 1888 Warsaw's colored school this past month had an average attendance of only six pupils, which made the expense for teaching $5 for each scholar. Number enrolled is about twenty. As the law provides that where the school attendance is less than fifteen the board is authorized to close any school, the board has therefore closed the colored school. The Chicago, Jefferson City, Girard and El Paso railway company. which passes through the southeast portion of Benton County and by way of Cross Timbers, Wheatland and Hermitage, has secured subsidies from nearly all the towns along its entire length, some 180 miles, from Jefferson City to Girard. Early in March, the company will start grading. The Alton has been suspected all along of being back of this enterprise.
February 10, 1888
Hockman items--Mr. Frank Osborn was immersed at the ford of the creek near Hockman of the 29th of January. Evening Shade School has been closed for some time due to bad weather. Hockman will soon have another blacksmith. Mr. Furgeson is the man for the job.
February 17, 1888
Fred H. Petts and bride returned home Wednesday. A number of young ladies and gentlemen visited W. Y. Wilson on Saturday evening and congratulated him on his success in remaining an old bachelor. The evening was passed very pleasantly and when the time came to depart, they left W. Y. in good spirits.
February 24, 1888
A Warsaw building and loan association has been organized as follows: directors--A. J. Wright, president; Dr. J. S. Wilson, G. W. Campbell, James A. Clark, T. C. Chapman, R. Holly, R. A. Stephens, N. B. Petts. Secretary, T. C. Chapman. Treasurer, George H. Drake. Already 236 shares have been subscribed and success is considered assured. J. M. Logan of Alexander township, who has been preparing himself for the medical profession, returned home from the medical college at Kansas City last week. He would have finished his course but for a serious attack of pneumonia and fever. He now has permission from the State Board of Health to practice medicine under his preceptor, Dr. Nelms, and will locate at Mt, View. He is a son of Rev. Logan and has been a faithful student. John Failer, of Lindsey township, brought to Warsaw last Saturday a short-horn steer, two years old on March 7 next, which weighed 1370 pounds. This is said to be the heaviest animal of its age ever produced in this county. John Metscher, who lives on Ross Creek, ten miles southeast of Cole Camp, is 91 years old and is still active, enjoying life. He often walks to Cole Camp and ·back home, attends to his business and then takes a glass of beer. He was in the Prussian army at the battle of Water100, in 1815. "Are you superstitious enough to believe the howling of a dog u nder your window at night is the sign of death?" "Yes, if I find my gun befor e he gets away." March 9, 1888
A wolf hunt, last Monday, southeast of Warsaw, with James A. Clark, Clay Drake and James Duckworth as managers, was able to scare up a wolf but the animal got away through a break in the lines. Another trial will be made. The nights of July 22 and 23 will afford our young people an excellent excuse for staying out late. A total eclipse of the moon will occur, beginning about 9 o'clock and ending about 2:30 in the morning. Choose partners! Last Saturday, about 30 citizens of Benton County, mostly homesteaders, went to Jefferson City to answer in the federal court the charge of illegally cutting timber from government land. It is likely that all, or nearly all, will plead guilty and on account of their ignorance of the law, will receive the lightest punishment the court can afflict. The 108th anniversary of the great Irish patriot, Robert Emmitt, was celebrated by a grand banquet at Sedalia Monday evening. Dr. Crawford of Warsaw was assigned to respond to the sentiment: "Ireland as a nation fit to govern itself" but was unable to attend and sent an appropriate letter which was read and published. Capt. E. H. Richardson was also unable to attend. Real-estate sales in Benton County, for February, numbered 69. Aggregate amount of sales is $43,559. Perhaps this county will soon get out of its apathetic, stagnant and unchanging condition.
March 23, 1888
Jerry Savage and J. B. Clark started north Tuesday with some 20 mules which they had purchased south of the river. They expect to find a market at Sedalia or Boonville. Price paid for the mules ranged from $75 to $150 and the lot is considered a fine one, as Mr. Savage is considered a first-class judge of the valuable long-eared animals. At the annual school meeting in April, Walnut Grove will vote on a proposition to borrow $500 to build a new school house. The present one is of logs and out of repair, being about 50 years old. There are 93 pupils on the rolls and district valuation is over $40,00n. Our city council would give evidence of a high degree of civilization if they would prevent sheep and swine from running at large in Warsaw. Their presence on the streets is a good excuse for strangers to growl because there are not more trains running, so they can get out of town quickly.
Edwards--Two corps of the Chicago, Hannibal & Springfield railroad engineers, twenty in all, have kept the citizens of Deer Creek in a state of fermentation the past ten days. No doubt at least one road for southeast Benton. Climax and vicinity is fair possibility. Al Sally, general merchant at Edwards, sold a large amount of eggs to A. H. Hackett the past week, likewise the dealers at Climax. Wheat is promising wherever seen. W. W. Hockman has 40 acres in fine condition. A subscription paper was circulated in Warsaw recently to send Wilson Alexander, a colored man, to California, and almost everybody accustomed to signing their names to avoid argument was down for sums varying from 25 cents to $10. It is a generous community that sends a healthy person on so delightful a journey as a trip to the Pacific Coast at this season. And as Wilson descends the Sierra Nevadas into the Sacramento valley, and regales himself with the perfume of blooming trees and the myriads of flowers, and gazes on the unsurpassed scenery of mountain and valley and winding streams, and stands enraptured by the music of birds, he should thank his stars that he was raised among the generous people of Warsaw, instead of in some cold, unsympathetic community of higher latitude who, to his appeal for railroad fare, would have said: "lift up thy heels and walk."
April 20, 1888
Capt. E. H. Richardson of Warsaw, a Democrat, is announced as a candidate for state senator. Fairfield is certainly neglected in the matter of preaching. Several months have passed without any preaching, not a single discourse. And some residents say " a cry from Macedon is heard--come over and help us; there is a great famine from hearing the words of the Lord." A brand-new saloon is open in Fairfield. It will not tolerate the patronage and loafing of boys--no minor need apply. The music soirees given the past week in the homes of Messrs. Alexander, Eoff, Allison and T. C. Ashinhurst of Fairfield were enjoyable affairs. Indeed, Fairfield claims to be the hub of the county in matters of vocal and stringed music. Dr. A. W. Fleming, son of J. T. Fleming of Palo Pinto, has been visiting at home. During the past year, since his graduation from medical college, he has been holding a position in the St. Louis hospital and has a numerously signed petition to Mayor Francis for promotion. The mail route from Warsaw to Preston, supplying Dell Delight, Mt. View and Cross Timbers, has been increased to a daily mail. Louis Meachem leaves Warsaw every morning for Mt, View and returns by 6 p.m., D. E. Raines leaves Preston every morning for Mt, View and returns by 6 p.m. The irrepressible W. W. Hockman of Union township went to Jefferson City last Monday to serve his country in the capacity of a juryman. When he comes back with his fees, we expect to confer upon him a deserved military title. The Colorado railroad has 200 hands in southeast Benton cutting ties, John B. Smith of Lincoln informs us.
April 27, 1888
Tom township folks last Monday pricked up their ears over the sensation that the wife of young Wm.. Taylor had run away on Sunday with one Pet. McCullough. The Mt, View steam mills, Cochran & Co., are turning out a good article of hour, which, with the superior quality of wheat raised in that vicinity, they are easily able to doc They grind the last three days of the week and saw the first three. Owing to a charivari in north Fristoe and the sitting of the grand jury in Warsaw, some of the boys south of the river took a trip further south for their health, horse swappin' and fishin' . Now comes a wicked drummer who saith that our Chicago, Hannibal & Springfield R. R. surveying is a wicked hoax, gotten up by Springfield real estate agents. John Yount, who came south of the river six years ago, settling on a "ridge" place. has shown what can be done with no other capital than strong arms and hands ever willing to labor. John has fair log buildings, twenty-five acres cultivated, besides an assortment of small fruits, with near 200 trees commencing to bear.
On the evening of the 19th, Abe Riddle, Will Scott and the young people of the "Savage's Kingdom" and vicinity treated Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Scott to an old-fashioned house warming in honor of their new dwelling. The turnout of girls was unusually large and of course they were modest and well-behaved. Thos. Townes and T. J. Leach furnished music for the occasion. Mrs. Scott served an abundant lunch at 11, assisted by Mr. Riddle and Miss Carrie Townes. Dancing was continued until 2 a.m. and we shall long remember this "hop," the best ever held in Irish Hollow, as Mr. Scott calls the domain he can see over.
Last Thursday, Rev. Son and wife of Lincoln were returning from the young Ficken boy's funeral and Mr. Son alighted from the buggy to open the gate. Mrs. Son proceeded to drive the buggy into the yard. On stopping the horse, she closed an umbrella, at which the horse took fright, ran around the yard at great speed, dashing through a couple of wire fences, and at last, threw Mrs. Son, who had a young baby in her arms, against a tree so violently that it was feared she was injured fatally. The baby was unhurt. Dr. Dick was called and Chas. Davis came quickly to Warsaw for Dr. Crawford, as the other Lincoln physicians were absent. It was found that the lady sustained a fracture of the thigh and was severely bruised.
Benton Countians, in a meeting at the courthouse Thursday night, formed a Benton County Auxiliary to the Southwest Immigration Society. In order to attract to this county a portion of the great tide of immigration sweeping westward, it was proposed to distribute a pamphlet and maps by the hundred thousand. Dr. S. K. Crawford was named president; vice-presidents, Dr. Keiffer of Cole Camp and John Alexander of Fairfield; secretary, T. B. Wheeler; treasurer, W. J. Huse; director for Benton County, Thomas Benton White. Funds will be solicited in each township. The new Alpine Roller Mill, Davis Bros. & Schupp, started up their machinery last Tuesday. This makes four new roller mills started in the county since The Enterprise started grinding out progressive ideas.
June 8, 1888
Fairfield now boasts of a first-class telephone. John T. Eoff has put up a telephone, connecting his store with his residence. A. conversation can be carried on in a whisper over the wire. Ladies of the Christian Church gave a strawberry and ice-cream sociable at the A. J. Wisdom residence last Tuesday evening. Tables were spread under the trees of the handsome lawn (where the K. N. Keefer-Gene Bibb home is now located) which was lighted by Chinese lanterns. There was music by the Warsaw orchestra and a large attendance of old and young folks.
Last Thursday afternoon. at 4 p.m., the trial of the case of the State vs., B. Allison and W. A. Grace was begun. The defendants were charged with slander and Miss Ashinhurst of Fairfield was complaining witness. Hastain and Wheeler appeared for the State and Lay and Chapman for the defense. Various efforts for a compromise and a dismissal failed.
A jury was chosen. A number of witnesses were sworn and the courthouse was crowded with people from Alexander township and elsewhere, who had heard of the case, as well as a large delegation from Warsaw and vicinity, all of whom had their ears in good condition for hearing. At last, after waiting all day, the legal "mill" commenced to grind, by examination of a State witness. The witness was to give the details of a conversation on which the suit was based. He promptly told his name and residence, etc., and then was asked where the conversation occurred, He promptly replied "in St. Clair County." The trial came to an end, so far :as a Benton Cou nty court was concerned. And the disappointed audience, many of whom had left their corn plowing, dispersed. We trust it is also the end of the case.
June 15, 1883
Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Calbert (nee Miss Anna Gallagher) of White township will leave soon for their future home in San Bernadino California. They were married May 24 at the home of her parents: Mr. and Mrs. George Gallagher. Mr. Calbert only recently returned from California, where he spent the past year. At the late magic lantern show in Warsaw, the house was crowded with children, with grown people scattered sparsely throughout. When the reflection of George Washington was thrown upon the canvas the old gentleman showman called attention to some particular merits or the Father of His Country and Dr. Crawford, from his back seat in the hall, attempted to start a lively applause. The showman, not being used to noisy boys immediately lifted his voice and hands and stopped the racket and administered a severe reprimand to the imaginary unruly urchin and the doctor shrunk himself as much as possible and took it like a boy.
June 26, 1888
The Warsaw Cornet band boys have received their new uniforms and on or before the Fourth will make their appearance in their elegant new bandwagon, the workmanship of Russell and Powell, Neace and Ryan and A. H. Townes.
State vs, Ben Allison, slander of Miss Ashinhurst, dismissed in Warsaw on account of jurisdiction two weeks ago, came up for trial before Justice Johnson at Iconium last Monday. A jury was selected and the trial occupied until Tuesday afternoon, when the jury retired and after being out three or four hours, returned a verdict of not guilty. The great strike and lock-out which prevailed at Fairfield a few days ago at the Hobbs' shops has closed and two-thirds of the hands have gone to work, and one-third struck for higher wages and the cornfield.
Governor Morehouse, Mayor D. R. Francis of St. Louis, Col. Pace of Butler and other notables were in Fairfield Friday. Professor D. Jones has challenged the Rev. Dr. Rutter of Mexico, Mo. to a discussion of the following: Resolved, that the Kingdom of God, so frequently spoken of in the Scriptures, was set upon the day of Pentecost. Deny -- D. Jones. Affirm -- Rev. Rutter. The challenge, has been formally accepted.
June 29, 1888
Last Tuesday, Mat Alexander, Al Cobb and John Christie were in hot pursuit of the horse thief who got the McKinzie mule, but when they got to the Dell Delight neighborhood, they were about three hours behind him. The thief is some stranger. The mule, saddle and bridle, was stolen from the McKinzie boys' stable Monday night. Representatives of the Sedalia Y.M.C.A. have been in Warsaw. After a visit to the famous Cold Spring picnic ground, one mile east of Warsaw, than which there is no more beautiful and healthy retreat in Missouri, decided to hold their summer holiday meeting here, to begin July 10 and continue ten days. In addition to the usual program, there will be sports, games, hunting and boating on the beautiful Osage.
Advt.--Wool Carding and Corn Grinding, at the mouth of Turkey Creek, ten miles east of Warsaw. Parties can leave wool at Clem Autrieth's store in Warsaw and it will be taken to the machine once a week and returned. Wool must be washed, cleansed and free of burrs. Parties coming to the carding machine and staying all night can take their rolls back with them. Best work at reasonable prices and everything warranted. Corn grinding on Thursday and Friday of each week. G. W. King. From Dell's Delight -- Prof. D. Jones was passing the streets of our little village with the soles of his elevens, last week. But the most noticeable feature of the professor was the towering Cleveland hat. We are always glad to see him.
July 20, 1888
Camp McPheeters, summer holiday headquarters at Cold Springs for the Sedalia and Hissonville Y.M.C.A., was formally occupied Tuesday. On the arrival of the 12:30 train, a large number of Warsaw citizens were on hand to greet 'the association, also the silver cornet band. A committee headed by J. H. Lay welcomed the young men. Rules governing the camp and grounds include:
1. Everybody expected to conduct himself as a Christian gentleman.
2. No pistols or revolvers allowed on this trip.
3. No loaded guns allowed within camp limits.
4. Use of tobacco prohibited within the large tent.
5. Breakfast, 6 to 7; dinner 12 to 1; supper 6 to 7:30.
6. Parties wishing to leave camp for a day or more at a time must get an order for a boat and rations from officer of the day.
7. Morning prayer at 6 a.m.; Gospel meeting, 1:30; evening prayer, 9p.m.
Campers have enjoyed hunting over the hills, thousands of acres of which remain in their native forest condition. They have also enjoyed boating and swimming in the beautiful Osage.
July 27, 1888
John Ashby of the People's Ferry, informs the gentleman whom he shot at in his watermelon patch that he can get his hat by calling for it. We note where some of our dentists have petitioned Congress to take off the duties on dental instruments, teeth, gold foil, etc. As we see it, so far as getting any help from the Republican party, they might as well pray to a Chinese idol.
August 3, 1888
There will be a picnic on Breshears' prairie, at Monroe Breshears' spring, on August 11. R. Norman, S. Lopp and F. Breshears are the committee. Prof. W. H. McCubbin of Hockman, a singing teacher, says he has a class of ten singers who are drilled for campaign singing and their terms for singing at political meetings are reasonable. Prof. Crookshank, formerly principal at Warsaw, has been engaged as principal of the Visalla, California city schools for a ten month. term, at $125 per month. His many friends here will be glad to hear of this recognition of his ability as a teacher. The colored picnic at Warsaw last Saturday was not very largely attended but they danced, ate good victuals and watermelons, listened to speeches and appeared to have a good time.
August 10, 1888
The following letter from a former citizen of Alexander Township gives an idea of the destitution of people who have allowed themselves to be deceived by false representations of the agricultural resources of western Kansas:
Mr. W. H. Cunningham, Fairfield, Mo. -- Dear friend: The times are so hard that people can hardly live here. It is so terribly dry. The hot winds have been blowing for the last week so that crops are dried up. There won't be anything raised here. Everybody is fixing to leave. I think this country will be left for the wolves and buffalo to take it. I never was in such a place. There is no work to be had at any price. Everybody is in the same fix. Doc Martin is going to leave. To tell the truth, I don't know of anybody who is going to stay. They cannot do it. There is nothing for them to live on this winter. I am going to leave here as soon as I can get away. Signed: William Holland, Greensburg, Kiowa County, Kansas.
The season for camping at the famous Clark Sulphur Springs has arrived. Yesterday, the following parties of Warsaw took their departure for the springs: Mrs. J. M. English and family, Mrs. W. Y. Wilson, Mrs. George A. Kull and Miss Lizzie Eyerly.
August 17, 1888
The corps of mill experts at work at Snyder Bros. Mills are one of the most expert gangs ever together in this county. Mr. Huebner believes he can dam the Pommede Terre with a "frame" dam that will dry the streams to the height of the dam. Working are: Smith, foreman; Huebner, of Lincoln; Wolf of Richwoods; McQuinn of Fairfield, and McCarl, Humansville, H. Johnson of Chilhowee. No such variety of tools as they are using can be purchased in the state in any town outside of St. Louis
The Hirsch brothers, of Warsaw, are erecting a commodious building for their meat market, between the Krenzky Hotel and the post office. D. W. Yeager, with his new well drill, has dug wells for John Carner, B. R. Lingle, and on the Clark property on Main Street. Depth at which a plentiful supply has been found has not varied much from 40 feet. Mr. Y. is at work now at the residence of Geo. E. Murphy. J. D. Briggs, the veteran ex-banker, formerly of Warsaw and Sedalia, arrived in Warsaw this morning from his home in Brooklyn, New York. He is here to visit his son, who is a farmer in this county and to look after his Missouri property interests. He is a Republican of the pronounced kind and the kind of man who doesn't slop over. He thinks Cleveland will carry New York.
August 31, 1888
Miss Ida Alexander opened her school two weeks ago at Hogle's Creek and the best reports are coming in. She is an outcome of the Fairfield School, which will recommend her to all who are familiar with the school. She cannot fail. September 7, 1888 At Jefferson City a couple of weeks since, a marriage license was -issued to the well-known old Osage River pilot, Capt. Wm., Towns of Osage City, and Miss Mary Ann Rahden of Lebanon. Capt. Towns is pretty well up in years and his bride is but 22.
John B. Lemon of Lindsey Township has bought the Warsaw property known as the Rice Hotel, now occupied by Mrs. Bartlett, Milliner, and will make all necessary repairs. The property is in the center of population and in sight and easy access to the depot and is considered the most eligible location in the city for a hotel. Charles F. Bibb and Stanley Drake succeeded to the grocery business of Clem Autrieth Monday. The young men have the best wishes of their friends for success. September 21, 1888
Henry Lay left Monday for St. Louis, to attend Washington University. M. Estell of Warsaw is engaged in pumping water out of the shaft which is being sunk by a Kansas City company at what is called the Lishal mine, three miles southeast of Cole Camp. The steam-pump runs night and day and the shaft is now down to 175 feet. P. Stewart Hay, of Philadelphia, who is happily remembered by many of his friends of former days in Warsaw, has kindly sent the Enterprise some Philadelphia papers, showing a great Democratic awakening in that heretofore Republican stronghold. Rev. Ditzler, the famous Methodist lecturer from Louisville, still lectured at Warsaw in August. As many as a thousand people heard the reverend gentleman, near the Brush Creek Church in White Township, some two weeks ago. Services were held in a grove.
Mrs. J. Z. Canton, a Pettis County lady, last week gave birth to five babies, three boys and two girls. One of the boys died soon after birth but the others are well and hearty. The family has refused an offer of $200 per month from the proprietor of a museum in Chicago. The father is a Democrat and has named one of the boys, David Francis Canton (for gubernatorial candidate David Francis, mayor of St. Louis.) Geo. Holland & Co., of Lincoln will open at branch shop in Warsaw for making hoops and will buy all good poles offered.
November 30, 1888
Far-away newspapers are having a good sensational item about the discovery of gold and platinum on the farm of B. W. Glazebrook, two and one-half miles east of Wheatland. Glazebrook was recently visited by an expert representing a Colorado company who requested him to set his price, which Glazebrook declined to do. The Colorado man then, on behalf of the company offered the owner of the mine a bank check for two million dollars, which also was refused.
December 21, 1888
John W. Alexander has traded the old Alexander homestead farm and the post office building in Warsaw for property in Creighton, Henry County, and agricultural land adjoining. T. B. Wheeler was agent. Capt. J. E. James, formerly of Warsaw, recovered $8500 for damages from the Missouri Pacific last week. He was injured at the Appleton City depot by a heavy mail sack thrown from a passing train. The Wheelers are organizing in every school house in Alexander precinct and expect to open an agency store for the purpose of vending goods at a rate of not over ten per cent profit. Miss Nora Wright of Baird College, Clinton, is home for the holidays in Warsaw. Wesley Spangenberg, four and a half miles from Ft. Lyon, is rapidly completing a residence which will be one of the finest in the county. Mr. Taylor of Sedalia is contractor. It will cost from $3000 to $4000. C. P. Wheeler is also finishing a fine two-story house, by Mr. Taylor, which will cost over $2000.
January 11, 1889
The Warsaw Club, recently organized, will meet Tuesday night at the old bank building. The club is composed of young men for social purposes and will have a reading room, billiard table and other means of pastime. G. A. Kull is president; AI Schupp, vice-president; Barton Smith, secretary, and James H. Jones, treasurer. Fairfield -- The revival commenced here two weeks ago, under the auspices of the Methodist Church, and still continues without any sign of abatement. A general religious awakening has certainly struck Fairfield; several additions to the church, including praying men. It can't be said now that Fairfield has no praying men. Steps have been taken to build a church in Fairfield and several hundred dollars have been subscribed. On the building committee are Wm. Cunningham, Jordan Shaver, John Snyder, Smith Bailey and J. T. Eoff.
January 18, 1889
A filthy crowd of Mexican Indians, men, women and children to the number of 16, with two large trick performing bears, which gave some respectability to the caravan, were the attraction on the streets of Warsaw last Saturday. The women begged from house to house and received charity on account of fear of hearing abuse and profanity. It is just such a crowd that should not be allowed to travel but should be compelled to work for a living. John R. Hackler of Alexander braved Monday's bad roads to haul an elegant new organ from the Warsaw depot.
February 1, 1889
A Fairfield man was arrested last Monday on a charge of passing a $10 Confederate bill on Ed Boeschen at the soldiers' reunion in 1887. Several men are at work on the new Fairfield church, with some hauling stone, others getting logs to the mill, still others putting down the foundation. The ladies' aid society is also on the alert. They will give an oyster supper at the school February 14. Admission 15 cents, which will entitle the ticket holder to a dish of oysters or, in lieu thereof, a substantial lunch consisting of cake, pie, etc.: additional dishes at the same rate. Children under 8 free. The finest kind of vocal music will be rendered by the Fairfield Philharmonic Society and there will be a Valentine post office. Calvin James is county lecturer and organizer for the Agricultural Wheel. He is located at Fairfield and will visit any locality in the county where a subordinate wheel is located.
February 22, 1889
Last October, the Benton County grand jury found an indictment against John W. Barnes of Duroc for carrying a concealed weapon. Week before last, Barnes came to Warsaw and the sheriff, in line of duty, arrested him and placed him in jail, where he still remains in default of bail. He is a poor man, .in bad health and an ex-soldier and pensioner. He has never before been under arrest, is nota drunkard and so far as we know is a peaceable citizen. He ascribes the indictment to spite work on the part of individuals with whom there is some dispute about tie timber. Barnes lives in the woods with no one but the only member of his family, a boy about 10 or 12 years old. He says he is innocent. Grand jurors are selected with about as good a chance to average wise and intelligent men as a blind man would catch on running in a promiscuous crowd, There is no chance for the accused to know who are his accusers or have them cross-examined or impeached. The witnesses, unknown to the grand jurors, may be the scum of the earth. It is the duty of the prosecuting attorney to give the accused the benefit of the doubt. A man can be placed in jail with no chance of a trial for months or, if able to procure bail, must rest under the stigma of an indictment which may be prompted by mercenary motives or prejudice. We think the law against carrying concealed weapons is a farce, which results in placing decent people at the mercy of rowdies. James F. Ryan, the well-known Warsaw blacksmith, has received an appointment as a guard at the penitentiary, by the influence of Senator Richardson and left Tuesday for Jefferson City.
Rev. Dempsey's revival meetings at the Christian Church, adjourned Wednesday night for one week. There have been about 70 additions and conversions, which is a good showing numerically, considering that the field was so well-gleaned by Rev. Lord two years ago. There will be 18 or more immersions in the Osage, mainly benefitting the Methodist and Christian churches, with probably scattering recruits for the Baptists, Presbyterian and Episcopal churches.
March 8, 1889
It is reported that James and Horace Savage, sons of Jerry Savage of Turkey Creek, will open up a Wheel store in Warsaw, in the Wisdom brick block. George Hancock of Dell Delight, left a clock with W. A. Halliburton of Warsaw for repair, which bore on its face the mark that it had been repaired by Josephus Gill on March 20, 1846. It has wooden works, was made at Waterbury, Connecticut. In the clock is the census report of 1820, when Missouri had a population of 66,500.
The city government should see that street crossings and sidewalks are kept in better condition. During the late wet weather, several places on Main Street, between the post office and depot, were in such a plight as to be a great annoyance to ladies and children, even if aldermanic doctors, hardware, furniture and lumbermen could wade through.
James Leeper of the Clark's Sulphur Springs vicinity was in the federal service eleven years, including the Mexican War and his service in the Civil War. This is a longer term, he thinks, than of any other soldier in the county. James F. Ryan returned from Jefferson City Saturday. He concluded he did not want a place in the State prison guards.
March 1, 1889
John H. Purnell, north of Warsaw, one of the Mexican War survivors, is wrestling with an attack of pneumonia. On Thursday of last week, the second big wolf hunt by the people of western Johnson County came off. Nearly 1000 men and boys composed the four lines that gradually contracted to a designated stalk field. One big gray wolf and three red foxes were the trophies of the drive. The circle, at the start, included about 40 or more square miles. One wolf got away. One of the foxes was captured alive.
A Wheel was organized February 21 at the Blanton school house and another at Cornhill on the 22nd. The Wheelers of Benton say the drummers and middlemen must go. And if the Wheelers hold on and keep increasing their forces as fast as has been in the past two months, drummers will soon play out.
March 16, 1889
Last Saturday, representatives of several lodges of the Wheel met at Warsaw and drew up and signed a contract with the Savage Bros., to sell at 10 percent net. The new firm will open soon in the Wisdom block Every storeroom and, we believe, every dwelling house in Warsaw is occupied. While there is no particular boom in sight or hearing, to the unassisted eye or ear, yet there are healthy indications of substantial growth.
From Climax Springs -- Climax is on the eve of a great boom. Miners and prospectors are almost omni-present and real estate men are establishing offices in the town almost daily and it is a settled fact that Climax will be a railroad town in the near future. Invalids are making their appearance now to partake of the healing waters of the world-renowned Climax Springs.
March 22, 1839
James H. Jones, son of Judge J. R. Jones, who for the past two years has been a popular and faithful clerk in the drug store of R. A. Stephens, will leave Warsaw next week for Wheatland, California, where he has accepted a clerkship in the drug store of W. H. Shephard. His many friends who have known him from childhood will wish him a pleasant journey and a prosperous future. Those who think of settling in Oklahoma should not be in a hurry about starting for that much-advertised region. The lands are not likely to be opened to settlement before July or August and no advantages can be gained by going there sooner than that. "The poor ye shall have always." In this and other communities there are families that are very poor and they frequently suffer for food, fuel and clothes. They are generally anxious for employment and a little help from some organization, in the way of assisting to procure labor, will be of great benefit. Boys and girls can often be found places where they can at least earn their board and clothes. We ask the ladies' relief corps and W.C.T. U. to see if the wants of poor families, after temporary relief is given, cannot be provided for by procuring work for them.
March 29, 1889
From Corn Hill -- The ferry boat on Grand River near the B. B. Combs place is sunk about half the time and at the very time when people need its use. If Mr. Lay and others who own the large tracts of land in the bottom would put in a good boat and get some energetic man to run it, there would be considerable travel on that road and the boat would soon pay for itself, as well as being a great accommodation to the traveling public. It shortens the route to Warsaw and would save two ferriages on the Osage.
April 5, 1889
From Mt, View -- R. A. Mitchener has bought an organ and his daughters, Emma and Mattie, and his son, James, are taking lessons under the instructions of Miss Mattie Owen, who is a good organist. Many of the young people of this vicinity were in attendance at Mr. Mitchener's on Sunday last and joined in singing exercises. Mrs. Belle McCurdy is preparing to put in a stock of millinery goods at Mt. View and is having a new building going up.
From Fairfield -- The Ladies' Aid Society will give its long-talked of entertainment and supper on the evening of April 10. Music and scenic exercises, lunch, etc. The album quilt, from which the society has already realized over $70, will, together with other articles, be sold at auction. The quilt contains over 500 names, nicely worked in fast colors, and is a great curiosity and reflects great credit on the ladies who made it. The lunch will be served in baskets, containing pie, cake, bread, butter and meats. Admission 25 cents to gentlemen; ladies free. Tickets entitle the holder to a lunch basket, which will also contain a lady's name, who will share in the edibles. Any gentleman may select his own partner to the lunch by paying 25 cents extra, provided that the lady accepts the condition. Proceeds to go toward the church being erected here. A laudable enterprise!
Two more new students enrolled in Prof. Jones' school--Cora Hudson and Etta Holly. Of the 25 teachers who have attended some of Prof. Jones' classes, we know the whereabouts of the following: B. F. Edwards, principal of penmanship and bookkeeping in the Bentonville, Ark. commercial college; King Gist, Emma Colbert, Ida Alexander, Lou and Kate Mayginnis, Arra Ashinhurst, Willie Root, John Bennington, Dora Leech, Lum Robinson and Granville Hooper, on deck and teaching in Benton County; while Wesley Richter died in Illinois, Clint Dickerson died in Kansas City; Dora Howard, now Mrs. L. T. Suiter, is in Fairfield; Ella Snyder is teaching in Texas; Thomas Feaster is a physician at Climax Springs; Fanny Hood, nee Bailey, lives in Montana, and many of the old class are still about Fairfield, many of them ripe scholars and useful members of society. From Northwest White--The prairie chickens are making merry with their gladsome song and the farmer prepares to his to his annual school meeting.
April 12, 1889
Preparations are being made in Warsaw for playing, at the courthouse, the lately-produced comedy of "The District Skule" of the olden time. There will be forty or fifty characters, including the teacher, scholars and "skule" directors. In Sedalia, receipts for admission amounted to $350 and there is a demand for its being played again. Receipts in Warsaw are to aid in repairing and repainting of the Christian Church and also for the removal of the unsightly large wooden posts and putting in their place neat iron ones. Ladies of the Warsaw Relief Corps gave a supper and festival last Wednesday in the second story of the old bank building. There were also literary exercises and music, and attendance was large. If the following from the St. Louis Republic represents the public sentiments of the untamed natives of the upper waters of the Pomme de Terre, the colonels of Alexander township had better call their men together and commence fortifying. It says: "An esteemed correspondent at Bolivar inquires with vigorous earnestness if there cannot be enacted law enough in this State to prevent the fish from being dammed up. In the dam on the Pomme de Terre at Fairfield, the people of Benton County have a fish 'trust,' which operates to corner the fish descending from the upper river in the neighborhood of the dam, Here they luxuriate in good fishing, while the people of Hickory, Polk and Webster counties can fish the lower river all season long, with small results except in mosquito bites. "As the officials of Benton County are nearly all interested in this 'trust,' it is idle to expect them to open the dam and allow the natural law of supply and demand to control the amount of bites along the lower river. As the dogwoods will soon be in bloom, the matter is of serious importance and we submit it to the wisdom of Jefferson City, with the recommendation that it be inquired into with a view to the relief of Hon, John W. Ross of Bolivar and other victims of this monopoly."
April 19, 1889
Ex-sheriff Samuel Webb of Fairfield, who was prostrated a long time with pneumonia, was in Warsaw Thursday and looked good-natured enough to have danced at his son's wedding. If they had only given the old man a chance!
London prophets have decided that the world will come to an end on March 5, 1890. If the world must go, and America with it, that is a wise dispensation of providence that saves it three long and weary years of Republican rule.
Geo. Holland & Co. of Lincoln, hoop-pole manufacturers, will close up their workshop in Warsaw this week, having used up all stock, and all the hands will go to Lincoln, where they expect to finish the season's work about the middle of June. Their total shipments will number about 35 narrow-guage carloads and amount paid for the poles has been $5000. Work will begin again in September. They have furnished employment for half a dozen or more men.
To the farmers, Wheelers and Grangers: If you will let up on boycotting the towns, as soon as possible, everything will be forgiven; always excepting delinquency on our subscription book. The Wheel has had no effect on the so-called drummer, as the town is full of them every day, Dr. E. L. Rhodes of Lincoln was in Warsaw Wednesday and visited Dr. Wilson's patient, the three-year-old daughter of Mr. Shrum at Rev White's residence, who has been in a low condition for six weeks. Dr. Rhodes has somewhat of a similar case, although not so bad, in Rev. Auld's fifteen-month-old boy at Lincoln. Dr. Wilson visited him last Monday. The baby has been suffering with what may be typhoid fever for six weeks. During his sickness, he has not taken as much nourishment as an ordinary child of that age should take in two days. The boy maintains his reason, though reduced to a skeleton.
May 17, 1883
Last Monday, Sheriff Payton arrested Thomas Cowen of Tom township ~n a warrant from Fredonia, Kansas, where he is charged with seduction. Cowen says his accuser is a woman of frail character. P. McKissick, an old youngster of 75, living north of Warsaw, says that he recently laid four thousand rails in two weeks, besides tending to his horses, cattle, hogs and sheep. He came to Benton County from Indiana over five years ago and says he has enjoyed better continuous health here than in any like period during the past 15 years in Indiana.
Ex-Judge S. W. Davis and G. C. Smith of South Union were in Warsaw Tuesday and expressed themselves as highly gratified at agricultural prospects. Dr. Davis, who is fifty, was born in Missouri, as was also his father, now deceased, born in 1815. , Gangs of workmen are now busy on the narrow-gauge, replacing all bridges with dimensions suitable for a wide guage and Conductor Blythe has gotten accepted a requisition for between 30,000 and 40,000 wide guage ties to replace that number of the narrow-guage ties at once. A wide-guage will have an excellent influence on business prospects along the line. Warsaw's cheapness of living, allowing a saving in labor from 30 to 50 percent, good schools, low price of real estate, healthfulness, good schools, as well as an abundant supply of various materials, have been commented on by business visitors.
May 24, 1883
The Warsaw Band, after attaining such proficiency that they were complimented on every hand, has allowed themselves to get into a disorganized condition. The boys should pull themselves together and make music during the summer weather. If they only could realize how nice they look in their uniforms and how they make everybody's heart swell with sentiment and patriotism when "the band begins to play," they would forget all discords and be once more the pride of the county. No serenade wanted for these few remarks.
Dr. Tanner, the gentleman who fasted forty days and now proposes to be buried for the same length of time, arrived at Appleton City one day last week. The doctor's coming was announced in the local papers and a large crowd congregated at the depot and hotel to get a sight at him, at which the doctor was much displeased. It is said that Dr. Tanner is looking for a quiet place in which to write a book. If there is one thing plentiful just now, it is "quiet places." Even Warsaw would be a quiet enough town to write a book in, if the men and boys would forego marble playing. S. D. Smith, teacher of Mount View School, having been accused by certain patrons of the district of showing partiality toward pupils, was called upon by three directors to investigate the matter. Upon investigation' it was found that the accusations were untrue. Signed by directors--T. A. Tucker, D. R. McCarland and C. T. Davis.
May 31, 1883
A communication firing into the Wheel, from a religious standpoint, claiming that they are creating divisions in the church and families, contrary to the teachings of St. Paul, is declined for printing. It would provoke a fierce religious controversy, which never results in good. The commingling of men and women together in the Wheels is more likely to get up matrimonial unions, and St. Paul, who was a bachelor, would probably have declaimed against it on that account. From Fairfield--Amidst the centennial anniversaries celebrated the past ten years, we should not forget that we have a man in our midst who has seen Washington, Jefferson, Charles Carroll, John Adams and a host of patriots contemporary with last century. Uncle Charlie Crawford is now nearly 102 years old--will be in February, 1890. Mr. Gower, who recently bought the Ashinhurst property, invited him to take dinner with him last Saturday and it is an event not common to have a guest 100 years old to sit at dinner and discuss matters relating to the last century and relate circumstances and conversations with Washington and other dignitaries of that time. Uncle Charlie is wonderfully well-preserved for a man of his age. He had a son who died some time ago of old age, being some 80 years old, and he has a son now at Fairfield, who stays at J. R. Hackler's, who is in his sixties.
Lincoln--S. C. Stratton, W. Nicholson and Z. T. Davis last Wednesday finished appraisement of the personal property of the late Anton Behrens, "the fathe r of Lincoln." There were no debts and amount of property, comprising money, notes and accounts was found to be $4,313.59. Value of real estate $2000.
There was no truth to the report that Mr. Behrens was a partner in Schwettman & Co. He was a heavy loser in the firm of Behrens & Stege. Public administrator Ira Gill will have charge of the estate. Heirs live in Germany.
Lincoln items--We defy any town in the county to beat Lincoln for good-looking girls, marriageable material and gray horses, but in red-headed girls, we have a figure below par. A grand surprise will soon take place in our town. S. Orr talks of painting his drug store soon. Fred Schwettman, one of our energetic merchants, arrived home last Friday from a two-week sojourn in Texas. He came home without his best girl, but renewed his claim while there. He was accompanied by C. Gerken, a stock dealer and farmer of this vicinity. Fred says western Texas has the best-looking girls but, as far as living goes, the citizens of old Benton County should stay where they are. He says he visited the Gulf of Mexico but would not take a salt water bath, as he feared it would wash him across and his fair damsel would weep herself to 'death. He did not inform us if this meant his Lincoln, Texas or St. Louis girl.
June 28, 1889
The African Club of Osceola and the Sambo Club of Warsaw played a match at the Warsaw grounds last Friday, witnessed by a large crowd, and the Warsaw boys came out easy victors. The Warsaw Blues went to Leesville last Saturday to play with the club of that rural city. They made the trip in a four-horse wagon, accompanied by amateurs in carriages and J. W. Alexander in a dog-cart as guide. They found the grounds after a drive of 25 miles, 18 of those on the right road. Having plenty of solid lunch and no "liquid courage," they surprised the Leesville boys by beating them badly.
A "Crazy I" supper was given by the Methodist ladies Wednesday evening, but given at the Baptist Church instead of the Mrs. T. A. Phillips residence (because of the rain). Asplendid supper was spread, in which there was a confusion of dishes--that is, cream in the sugar bowl and sugar in the cream jug, etc. It was all pleasant and total receipts were over $25.
July 5, 1889 B. F. Clements of the Goodspeed Publishing Co. of Chicago was in Warsaw last Monday distributing the "History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage counties," including a department devoted to sundry personal, business, professional and private records. It is a volume of 1172 pages, elegantly printed and bound. About 100 pages devoted to Benton County. Subscription price, $15. The Union Wheel has pledged itself not to use any more coffee until after the 39th day of June, 1889, or until it is sold at a reasonable and just price. Committeemen are John T. Wayne, W. R. Wiseman and Wm.. H. Godfrey Apetition has been circulated for a saloon in Warsaw. If there is any one thing that our city does not want it is a saloon. It is a standing invitation to drink and the drink habit is the concentration of all selfishness, because it takes money that by every right should go to the maintenance of a man's family or dependent relatives. Warsaw has had a surfeit of red-nosed, bleary-eyed whisky drinkers, with their disgusting habits and maudlin walk. How anyone who is familiar with Warsaw history would want a relapse from its present quiet and peaceable condition, we fail to understand. Business may be dull and times hard, but no business should be solicited at the expense of good order and morality.
June 7, 1889
The Benton County Wheel meets at the courthouse today. Subordinate Wheels in Benton now number 65 and the county Wheel is composed of the subordinates. Dr. Crawford has been visiting patients in a two-wheel chaise. He says that is what a Missouri $1 a day legislator has come to. Although it had been given out there would be no ceremonies on Decoration Day on account of the weather, it was found on the morning of the 30th that a number of old soldiers from the country had come to Warsaw for that purpose and the G.A.R. Committee determined to go through with the program, omitting only the street parade. Speeches were made by T. C. Chapman, Dr. Crawford, Rev. Cecil and Capt. S.W. Smith. G. W. Campbell presided and the Warsaw Cornet Band discoursed most excellent music. The singing was more patriotic than artistic. Last Tuesday, a crowd assembled at the baseball grounds to witness the game between the Warsaw Commercials and the Warsaw Reds. The Commercial Club is composed of the following nine: Willis F. Wright, Charles B. Phillips, R. A. Stephens, F. A. Shupp, Dr. S. O. Davis, Dyson Freeburn, J. E. Morgan, Jr., W. Y. Wilson, Garrett Keiffer. Aggregate age of this matured, full-grown nine will figure up about 300 years. Names of the Reds are: B. Frank Alexander, Albert L. Porch, W. A. Halliburton, Cullie A. Cain, John Wingate, Fred R. Schmidt, Frank B. Authrieth, Wm. Schmidt, Lowell B. White. And aggregate age is about 150. The Reds won.
June 14, 1889
Resolutions at last week's County Wheel convention: Whereas, certain manufacturing companies of binding twine have combined to put up the price of such twine to an extortionate rate to once more fleece the farmers, it is resolved we will not pay more than 13 cents per pound for such twine. Whereas, it is evident that certain merchants of Lincoln, Palo Pinto and other towns have caused drummers and wholesale merchants to refuse to sell goods to Wheel merchants, it is resolved that our County Wheel requests all members to decline to patronize merchants engaging in such low practices. Dr. L. T. Shadbourne and three other invalids of Windsor are down on Cole Camp Creek for their health and are in a reviving condition. Last Tuesday they went to B. R. Lingle for a gallon of medicine for snakebites, a slab of bacon and other necessaries, and we expect to hear that they have astonished the natives with dancing and footracing. L. C. Stevenson and a gang of workmen have been engaged this week in making repairs on the Christian Church. The large, unsightly wooden pillars have been taken out and neat iron ones substituted and new windows put in and the flooring and ceiling repaired. The church was built some forty-five years ago. Expenses paid by money raised by the ladies at "sociables" the fund resulting from "Deestrick Skule." A horse-trading caravan was in Warsaw the past week, leaving Tuesday. One of their number got the "bulge" in a trade for a couple of mares and $40 for a fine span of mules with J. E. Wright. The guarantee for a mare which had the heaves badly was that she was sound as far as the owners knew. Last Monday evening, John Ed got out an attachment by replacing and Deputy Sheriff Hayes found the men with the mules, who said they were willing to trade back and did not want any trouble.
July 12, 1889
A prayer meeting has been organized for the benefit of Sunday fishermen at Fairfield. It meets every Sunday morning and members are required to bring their poles and bait and assemble on the banks of the Pomme when the water is not too high. Several serve the Lord this way every Sabbath. No liquor bait allowed. Gus Seidle, a little orphan boy, 12 years old, who was brought to Warsaw a few weeks ago from St. Louis by Rev. Dempsey, forged the firm name of Davis Bros. & Schupp of the Alpine Mills to a check on the Warsaw bank for #100.55. The check was paid by Cashier Tompkins, with some misgivings, not so much on account of the signature, which was well-executed, as the unusual way the firm sent the check to the bank. That afternoon, Mr. Tompkins went to the mill and found the check was a forgery. The boy, in the meantime, had bought a ticket to Sedalia and was on the train but seeing Mr. Tompkins and James Davis approaching ran away. The sheriff was apprised of the crime and a reward was offered and a search commenced. After about an hour's hunt, the boy was found near the depot hiding among the saw-logs. Little Bill Schmidt was the discoverer and got the award. The boy was placed in jail to await trail, said he had had no assistance on forging the check, had just seen Mr. Davis making them out. He says he wanted to go to California. When Mr. Dempsey came home from out of town he took the boy home with him and says he will endeavor to lead him into a useful life and that he is confident the boy did not know the criminality of his act. He will not be punished to exceed a month's imprisonment.
July 19, 1889
Mrs. Dr. W. B. Smith of Cross Timbers celebrated her 80th birthday July 9 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John F. Ryan, north of Warsaw. She is in good health and recently walked to town. She has ten children, 52 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Thos. Fields of Dallas, Texas, a son of Mrs. Wm Fields who kept a hotel long ago in the old Hastain block and who left Warsaw during' the war, is now one of the owners and the manager of a company building a hotel in Dallas at the expense of half a million dollars. He is a wealthy and enterprising man. He is a nephew of Wm., Thompson, who lives on Big Tebo, and of the Yancey family, north of Lincoln.
Conductor Blythe says the narrow-guage carried nearly 1300 passengers during July, which is a gain over last year. Geo, Holland's hoop manufacturing will commence soon at Lincoln and Warsaw. Last year they made over 700,000 hoops, which made 26 narrow-guage carloads.
The 1889 school census shows 5251 children attending school in Benton, a decrease of 65 from last year. Amount to be received from the state is $4,118.95, a $248. increase over last year.
Mrs. Victoria Tipton of Fairfield will send her daughter, Iba, to the Missouri School for the Blind in St. Louis. Iba is totally blind, is nine years old and very intelligent. She recognizes people by their walk and voice after they have been absent for months, and is quite an elocutionist, being able to recite some of the most complicated pieces know to elocutionists.
George E. Ashinhurst has taken charge of the Fairfield photograph gallery and it will be a permanent thing in Fairfield.
August 9, 1889
The long-anticipated fishing party in the Allen school district came off last Saturday. About 35 people and one fishing pole present. The ladies came with well-filled baskets so what was lacking in fish was made up of other good things. Joe Dice, ever thoughtful for the comfort of others, came with a barrel of water from the living spring in Mr. Williams' yard. Rowing on the river was good and Abe Riddle, a good oarsman, was kept busy.
Mrs. E. L. Rhodes and two children of Lincoln left last week for Boonville, Indiana, Mrs. R's former home. She will visit the celebrated Dagonia and Ash Iron springs, hoping to recuperate her health. The peanut social at the Warsaw Baptist Church, by the ladies, was well-attended and enjoyed. Invitations and programs, on one tiny sheet, were each encased in a peanut shell. Receipts were nearly $27.
September 13, 1889
Last Tuesday night, a colored girl came after Marshal Hayes to arrest Sam Miller, colored, who was drunk and brandishing a razor and threatening to carve up the frightened colored folks. The marshal immediately went to the cabin in the western part of town but was refused admittance. After forcing the door, Miller came out and, on being arrested, struck at the marshal with a razor and cut his clothes. The marshal succeeded in knocking him down with his club but, being unassisted, and with some of Sam's colored friends interfering, he got away, pursued by three shots fired by the marshal from a pistol procured by a bystander who had just come up. Sam was not hit and escaped. Charles Parker (Chalk) was arrested for disturbing the peace and was fined $10 and costs next morning. Miller was arrested last Wednesday at a tie-yard near Lincoln and placed in jail to await trial on a charge of disturbing the peace and felonious assault.
September 20, 1889
The building for the Warsaw manufactory was commenced last Monday and it is expected to be finished and ready for work inside of three weeks. It is located near the depot and will be 60x20 feet, with a shed attached for engine room of 2-x12. At the commencement, only broom handles will be made. G. H. Wallace and G. W. Neece are among the owners and will engage in the active work of the factory. A. C. Dunn, late of Glasgow, has bought out the hotel fixtures and will succeed Mr. Kranzkey in business. The latter expects to go to Sedalia.
October 11, 1889
Excitement is sweeping the area in reference to the distribution of the Fisher estate in Germany, consisting of $51,000,000. About fifteen of the seventy-five heirs live in Saline County and it is said there may be six heirs in Benton. Well, if there are only six in Benton, they could still buy all the rest of the people out and run things to suit themselves. But if the Germans let $51,000,000 leave that country in a heap, they let go their hold on cash easier than their kinsmen in America have a reputation of doing. Mrs. Sarah Quinby and Albert Allen of Union township were married last week in Sedalia and created quite a sensation on account of the disparity in their ages-a-the bride acknowledging to having seen fifty summers, while the groom is an evergreen of less than twenty-five years. Benton County was given credit for the novelty and they paid their way and eased up the tightness of the Sedalia money market. While Mrs. Quinby-Allen was on her bridal tour, Miss Belle Quinby, a daughter, looked with favorable eyes on the figures offered for a lot of steers, belonging to the family, by Harvey and Haines, the heavyweight stock men of Lincoln, and a trade aggregating $400 was struck up. A part was paid in cash and a draft was given for the balance and the stockmen drove the cattle to Lincoln. When Mrs. Allen returned home and found that her daughter had sold the cattle, she immediately took steps to regain them. Payment of the draft was stopped and negotiations entered into to "trade back". And Allen becomes the lord, if not of a youthful bride, of at least a well-stocked farm. November 8, 1889
Charles Easily, of northwest Benton, was exhibiting a pelican here last Saturday, he having killed six of these birds on the Nydigger pond the day before. The one he had with him was a magnificent specimen, being eight feet, four and one-half inches from tip to tip of the wings and a little over five feet high. Its bill was 13 inches long and the pouch underneath of enormous size. The other five were said to be equally as large. Some were killed sitting on the pond and others flying. They were covered so thickly with feathers that it was only in a few spots that the shot could penetrate to make a fatal wound. The feathers are very soft and fine and may prove to be valuable. Owing to the excitement at Marshal over the death of Minnie McMillan from hydrophobia, everybody went gunning for dogs and already 200 have been killed. Last Monday, Walter Nicholson, well-known hotel keeper at Lincoln, was bit in the hand by a strange yellow shepherd dog, which soon after bit a steer and was killed, with a club, by Tom Russell, near H. F. Buehler's shop. Mr. Nicholson went to Sedalia that afternoon and, at first, desired to test the efficacy of a mad stone but when the fact that it is a fraud was explained to him, he called upon Dr. Trader and had the wound scarified, cupped and cauterized. The gentleman's intelligence led him to a preventive that has more common sense in it than all the mad stones in the country.
Richwoods items--We are having a revival in the way of "Shindy'; da nces at present. It is to be regretted that people who neither patronize school or any other literary enterprise can lead the community in getting, up dances. We hope our young people who are trying to make scholars of themselves will resolve to distinguish themselves in some other and better way.
December 20, 1889
Benton County will be entitled to four or more census enumerators. The pay will be $4 per day for a hundred days work. Last Saturday, at the Warsaw race course, there was a race once around the track for $60, between Sam Arnold's sorrel horse and Walter Morgan, who had Davis' buck skin horse. The race was won by Arnold's horse.
There will be a Christmas tree for the colored folks of Warsaw on Wednesday evening. The Warsaw Union Sunday School will have their tree on Christmas night and everybody invited to use the tree for hanging up presents. Tree committee is composed of R. A. Stephens, H. A. Tompkins, W. J. Huse, Decorating committee-Mrs. S. W. Smith, Mrs. George Leech, Mrs. T. B. Wheeler, Miss Jennie Bissell. Committee for the Destitute-Miss Julia Bissell, Miss Mary L. Stevens, Mrs. S. W. Smith.
R. H. Wright of Bellevue, Idaho and John N:Wright, of Clinton old time Benton County men, came to Warsaw Tuesday to visit with their brother, Wm, Wright, John H. Alexander and other relatives.
Friday, May 16, 1890
Waldo Clark, who lives southwest of Palo Pinto was bitten by a dog belonging to Charles Ditler. on May2. Next morning: the dog licked the hand of Mrs. Clark, on Which there was a pin scratch The same afternoon, having shown decided symptoms of hydrophobia the dog was killed. ' Clark and wife, the next day, went to Leesville to use a madstone belonging to a Mr. Hill. The stone was applied to Mrs. Clark's hand and adhered 15 1/2 hours. It was than applied to Mr. Clark's arm and adhered one and one-third hours. After a few days, Mrs. Clark, having peculiar and unusual symptoms, had the stone applied again and it adhered nine hours. It would not adhere again to Mr. Clark. After each application, the stone was soaked in milk and the latter turned green. Last Saturday, the couple were feeling well and have great confidence in the efficacy of the madstone.
May 31, 1890
In court this week, the State of Missouri against Martha E. Brown, charged with keeping a disreputable house, occupied Judge Jones' court. Some rather spicy testimony came out in the course of the trial, which seemed to be especially interesting to persons living in the neighborhood. The contest was a hot one. Defendant found guilty by the jury and a fine of $200 assessed against her, from which she appealed to the circuit court.
June 20, 1890
J. H. Lay has written to the State veterinary surgeon, asking him at what times and under what condition is clover injurious to stock. Mr. Lay's special hobby is clover and he believes that the hill country of Benton is especially adapted to its growth. He says that the productive capacity of the county for stock and for all crops could be vastly increased by putting every acre possible into clover.
July 4, 1890
The census of Warsaw shows 142 families and a population of 690; a gain of over 20 families since 1880.
July 25, 1890
Mrs. English expects to furnish meals at the Clark Springs and probably, lodgings, early next month. There will probably be a large number of visitors in August. Jno. B. Clark has about completed a two-room cottage at the Springs. Hundreds of families of our county would find it a good physical investment to build dwellings, however, small and plain, and spend a few weeks in using the most excellent waters. Families can live at the springs almost as cheaply as at home. It would be far better to build cabins, if no larger than the common tent, because it would allow the owners to visit the springs at any time and stay as long as contemplated, regardless of weather changes. There are no pestiferous mosquitoes at the springs, or at Warsaw, for that matter. There'll be a picnic tomorrow at the Scott Sulphur Springs, near the railroad tressel.
November 14, 1890
South Side Items--The "Shindy" dances have received a wholesom e setback south of the river by the recent "slicing" which took place at one a f ew nights ago. By the time it is settled, some of our young folks may get properly advertised for attending such places.
Just as we write, a report coming from an eye-witness describes another carving of clothes and human cuticle at a church on Turkey Creek Saturday night. A large dose of criminal law might have a good effect. if we can get a diagnosis of such cases in our courts. One John Cusick. who was on his way Home from church, where he had been to worship. was assaulted by some person hid behind a tree. Cusick will be under the necessity of replenishing his wardrobe and other paraphernalia.
January 9, 1891
Edmondson items--There will be a new store. two new dwellings and one flouring mill erected about a 1/2 mile southeast of here at an early date. and a new town started. to be called Brickley. There is already one flouring mill and one saw mill in operation in this town.
January 23, 1891
The Warsaw Gun Club had their first weekly shoot last Wednesday, with 25 Blue Rock Pigeons at 18, yards rise. Following is the score: R. M. Moore. 17; W. F. Wright, 15; Will Lay. 14; Frank Blanchard, 11; James A. Clark, 9; James Allen. 9; T. B. Wheeler. 8; James Savage, 7. Regular shoot is on Monday of each week. January 30. 1891
From Palo Pinto--Last Thursday was the 41st anniversary of the wedding day of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Fristoe and their children, with their families and friends. gave a surprise dinner. Each family took a bountiful supply of provisions and whilst the men and children entertained the old folks in the parlor the ladies repaired to the dining room. At high-noon, the doors were thrown open and dinner announced. Uncle Rob took his lady in and seated her as gallantly as if she had been a bride of but a few hours. The tables were spread the entire length of the dining room and loaded with everything you could imagine belonging to a wedding feast. Uncle Rob is one of the oldest residents of his neighborhood and has been living in his present home about 45 years. There cannot be found a happier or more genial couple in old Benton.
February 13, 1891
Lemuel Oakes and wife of near Fort Lyon are visiting the family of Dr. J. Wade Gardner and other relatives of Osceola. Nowa Benton citizen, Mr. Oakes arrived in St. Clair County from Virginia in 1841. He is 76, but active and jovial as ever. He did some very active work on the fortifications at Springfield during the war and maintains that he could do it again if necessary.
The Shawnee Bend Literary Society met February 3 and subject debated was whether a person can get more information by reading than traveling. R. C. Jones affirms and E. O. See, denies. Question decided in favor of the affirmative. Question for the next meeting is "Which is the most pleasant, married or single life." J ohn Allen affirms, C. B. Ferguson, denies.
February 20, 1891
Deputy Marshal Hudson came from Jefferson City last Saturday with a warrant for the arrest of James Young, to answer to the charge of selling whiskey without a license. The marshal subpoenaed Wm., Bradly, Wm., Hobbs and Ed and Albert Place as witnesses and said he would pay their expenses to Jefferson City and take it out of their allowances. The party took the train Monday morning but when the conductor called for fares, the marshal refused to pay for the witnesses and all four were put off the train at Failer's and had to walk back to Warsaw. The' deputy and Young went on to Jefferson City. James Young was released Tuesday and returned home Wednesdayo Case dismissed because he was in employ of Derrick, who has a license.
February 20, 1891
From Walnut Grove--Quite a large number of relatives and friends were at the home of O. H. Hazel on the occasion of a birthday dinner honoring his two daughters, Misses Parthenia and Josie. A good time and a splendid dinner and neighbors brought their axes along and gave Mr. Hazel a "Chopping bee." The young fo lks had a party, with plenty of singing.
March 20, 1891
John Holtzen, wife and two children returned from Kansas City last Friday, whither they had gone for the purpose of having a madstone supplied to the wounds of the children, who had been bitten by a mad dog. The stone adhered to the wounded parts and the physician who applied it assured the patients they were cured and need fear no further trouble.
April 3, 1891
William Huebner, wagon maker of northeast Lindsey, has a large German family Bible which was printed in Hamburg in 1765. W. F. Keseman, who has examined it, says it is one of the most complete and largest editions he has ever seen and it's well worth a trip to see it.
April 17, 1891
Mrs. Almira D. Hancock, widow of Gen Winfield Scott Hancock, has sold a farm comprising 320 acres, about two miles from Windsor, to John H, and Perl B, Borden, consideration being .$6520. Frank Blanchard, the well-known and competent plasterer, started yesterday for Dallas, Texas where he is engaged on a job. Last Wednesday night, the well-known Anchor Mills of Cole Camp, belonging to Wm, Schenewark, were set on fire supposedly by lightning and totally destroyed. Nothing was saved and there was no insurance. Mr. Schenewark had just gotten in 265 bushels of wheat. Everything he possessed was invested in the mills. He had recently refused $4000 for them. The building was a well-built, two-story frame and with the roller machinery total initial investment was around $8000. Mr. Schenewark has the sympathy of his many friends. He is young and plucky and will get ahead again a long time before he is numbered among the aged.
May 1, 1891
Mr. and Mrs. Geo, W. Campbell of Warsaw are in Vernon, Texas and will go to Mangum, Greer County, on a visit to Mr. Campbell's brother whom he has not seen since the war. When the war broke out, Mr. Campbell went north and enlisted in the federal army and his brother stayed south and cast his fortune with the Confederacy. J. V. Pettigrew. who lives on the old Alexander farm, west of Warsaw, in digging post-holes, came upon a vein of red ochre which is pronounced by Wm., Whitten, the painter, as undoubtedly genuine. Its value will depend upon its purity from clay and gravel. If marketable, it will be valuable and Mr. Pettigrew would doubtless be willing to sell a great bulk of his land at $30 a ton or thereabouts.
May 22, 1891
Cole Camp--A man with a double-barrelled gun and a belt full of cartridges passed through town Wednesday looking for a fellow with seven names who stole a gun, a horse, a man's daughter, etc. None of the parties belong to our town.
Lincoln--A force of miners are now operating the Melton mines and quite a large amount of lead ore is being taken out. Mr. Fettman of Cole Camp is erecting a large and capacious store building and intends to put in a large stock of merchandise. We understand a petition is being circulated for a postoffice there; in fact, Melton seems to be on the boom! Mr. Crudginton, the senior of Crudginton & Son, and Frank Staupp of Cross Timbers, were in Warsaw last Friday and Saturday. They both talk enthusiastically of lead and zinc mining in their locality. Mr. Crudgington will ship a car-load of lead ore to St. Louis in a few days. Samuel Orr of Lincoln is one of Governor Francis' appointments to the trans-Mississippi convention which met at Denver Wednesday. Among other delegates are Lieut-Gov, Claycomb, ex-Govs, Crittenden and Morehouse, ex-Congressman Stone, Speaker Tuttle, Nat Dryden and a lot of other solid men. Design of the convention is to increase the commercial interests of the western states.
June 5, 1891
J. W. Bagby accompanied the surveying party of the Springfield. Sedalia, Marshall and Northern railroad a few days last week. In coming from Hickory County, the surveyed line enters Benton County on Big Turkey Creek and follows the creek to the mouth, eight miles east of Warsaw, goes up Cole Camp Creek to the head and thence in as direct a line as possible to Sedalia.
June 12, 1891
The rejuvenated Warsaw band Sunday afternoon embarked in skiffs and gave Warsaw a nice serenade along the river front, which, by the way, ought to be a park. Early last Wednesday morning, J. T. Eoff's general merchandise store and warehouse and the Wilson Drug Store, the building belonging to J. R. Hackler, were burned at Fairfield, also the small office between the two stores, occupied by Drs. Snyder and Wilson. The entire population turned out to help fight the fire.
June 26, 1891
The great rainstorm of last Friday caused considerable damage in the county by washing away of fences and water-gaps and the overflow of cultivated land. At Warsaw, six to seven inches of rain fell in a couple of hours. The Osage, at daylight, was found to have risen about sixteen feet and continued to rise until Saturday evening. Severe lightning accompanied the storm and the belfry of the Baptist church was struck. The narrow-guage was detained by a washout at Sterrett's creek and Spring fork. Matt Blanton, Howell Gray and James Graham, on Big Tebo, lost nearly their entire crops and fences. Lon and Dave Gregory lost their wheat crops and James Ramsey, a good part of his acreage. Albert Kinkead is reported to have lost five head of cattle and his sons, Albert and Bob, one each. Many others also have losses.
July 3, 1891
Judge J. H. Lay returned home from Butler, the first of the week, after an absence of seven weeks in holding the Henry and Bates counties circuit courts. He has stood the labor of the long terms without the exhaustion which is usual in taking up a new line of intricate work.
July 17, 1891
Several Benton County young men have made a good record at school. Samuel Pogue of Palo Pinto was first in his class in the medical school of the State University. His brother, "Bud" Pogue, graded 90 to 94 in the law school. Hen ry Lay of Warsaw was second in his class of sixty or more in the law school of the Washington University of St. Louis.
August 7, 1891
The colored folks of Benton County went to Lincoln last Tuesday to celebrate the 4th of August, the anniversary day on which the slaves of the British West Indies were emancipated. The wash clothes of last Monday were left in the suds, if they had got that far, unless the woman of the house got their "dander" up.
September 4, 1891
Our Turkey Creek friends, who are suffering from fear that the North and South railroad will cut their farms into little pieces, can take heart. Before the road is permanently located, a new survey will be made which will change its course both north and south of the river. And there are unofficial reports looking more encouraging for the road. September 18, 1891 Richard Leary runs a hack to Brownington and Deepwater and carries the mail, leaving Warsaw onthe mornings of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, returning alternate days. He charges only $1 for the trip, which makes a short route to Kansas City.
October 2, 1891
Bill Wright and Ace Tindel, both colored, got into a row Tuesday night and Bill is dieting with a broken jaw. Ace skipped. Conductor Ben Blythe says there has already been more wheat shipped on the narrow guage this season than in the past five years. A. W. Wilson recently sold his 160 acre farm three miles north of Lincoln to Wishmeyer and Lumpe of the same neighborhood. Price per acre $21.25. October 23, 1891 James Boring informed us Wednesday that David McKinzie, near Shiloh, Alexander township, in digging a well struck a vein of good coal, which was found to be six feet thick. On getting through it and going down about 10 feet, he struck another vein four thick. Robert Brownlee, near McKinzie's, has good coal on his land, which he uses for fuel.
October 31, 1891
Last Friday George Yeater of Sedalia superintended removing the remains of Mrs. Archie Cox to Clinton. She was buried on her husband's farm, in Benton County, near Quincy, 33 years ago. The coffin was pretty good condition, also the silk dress in which the deceased was buried. The strange thing about the remains was that about one-half the body was turned to stone and the balance left a skeleton. The new Nicholson hotel in Lincoln will be, in appearance at least, the most prominent of any in the county. The new building is square, has four large rooms on the first floor, six on the second and four on the third, with dormer windows. To this will be added the eight rooms -of the building to be moved from the west side, making 22 in all. The Nicholson family have managed the hotel and livery business successfully and will continue to do so.
November 20, 1891
Lincoln items--If our friends on the south side or any other "s ide" will come and take a look among the farms north of Lincoln they will se e an exemplification of the scripture; "The cattle on thousand hills are his" . The following men can count on average over a hundred head each on their places: John W. Fowler, Henry Ficken, John Ficken, Mac Hunter, the Henry Boys, Wm. Warren, Mr. Suhl, Hut Windsor, Bob Bernethey and a score more.
November 27, 1891
Rev. Calvin Roan, of the colored M. E. church, preaches at Warsaw. Windsor, Mt, Zion, east of Palo Pinto; and Calhoun. He is an intelligent man and if a number of the colored men and boys would listen to him and leave alcohol and whisky alone, they would find times better.
December 4, 1891
One of the lamps in the courtroom exploded last Friday night' before the entertainment commenced and the fire was extinguished with considerable difficulty. Sheriff Houser and Prof. Pinkston had their hands burned in fighting the flames. The lamps are complicated and dangerous and should be replaced by something safe and simple. The entertainment was for the benefit of the school library fund and receipts were over $30. Miss Nora Wright had drilled the little boys and girls in the "Mother Goose" quadrille and it was very pleasing. Thirteen young ladies, wearing red waists, black skirts and black girdles, gave a "Tambourine Drill": Jennie Murrell, captain; Emma Lingle, Clara Wolfort, Ella Holly, Mattie Rhea, Elka Wolfort, Mabel White, Lea Lingle, Etta Jones, Carrie English, Nellie Petts, Fame Bibb and Alice Drake. From Lincoln the Nicholson house, of old Lincoln, slowly climbed the hill between the two towns last week. Mr. Dullmage of Sedalia furnished the motive appliances and Saturday evening the building was planted at the rear end of the new hotel in East Lincoln, where, in the future, thoroughly trained mechanics in the culinary art will prepare edibles for the hungry to fare sumptuously every day.
December 11, 1891
Wm. Salley of South Fristoe township has been evading the officers of the law, who want him on an indictment for disturbing a Dunkard meeting. He is also wanted for breaking up a spelling school and constables have been unable to find him at home, Last Tuesday morning Sheriff Houser and Deputy SheriffBristow wentto his mother's farm and saw Bill at the barn. He started for a field with a straw stack in it and acted as if he hadn't seen the officers, who followed him. They called him to stop but having the straw stack between him and them, he paid no attention and the next seen of him, he was running like a deer, jumped a fence and disappeared in the woods. He lately returned from Texas. Last year, when a deputy called for him" he met him at the door with a shot gun. He has said he would not allow himself to be taken.
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