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Mr. Pearl Francis
The dwelling house of Mr. Pearl Francis, an old and respectable citizen of the county, living about nine miles from this place, on Georgetown road, was burned to the ground, and almost everything in the house entirely destroyed, about the 3rd inst. This is a serious misfortune to Mr Francis and at this season of the year to be left houseless, with a large family, is truly severe afflicting. But he is bless with good neighbors, who are ever ready to lend a helping hand in time of necessity. We understand the fire originated by accident. 
Source: [Jefferson Inquirer , Dec 15, 1849; contributed by: Mary Wilson - 2008

Dr Robert Harrison In Critical Condition
Dr. Robert V. Harrison, who suffered a fractured skull and multiple fracture of the right thigh when his motor car crashed into a! Missouri Pacific engine on the Bagnell branch at. the Highway 50: crossing Saturday, remained in a critical condition at St. Mary's hospital last night. Attendants said that while he had spent a "fairly good day his recovery remained doubtful. W. W. Tanner, of Louisville, Ky., who was riding in the car with Dr. Harrison, died a half hour after the accident
Daily Capital News | Jefferson City, Missouri | Tuesday, January 26, 1937 transcribed by: Janice Rice -2009.

Mr. Christ. Roth
a German farmer, who lives about seven miles southeast of town, missed a valuable mare several weeks since.  He made diligent search for the missing animal and finally came to the conclusion that she had been stolen.  About two weeks since in passing through the timber near his house, he discovered her wedged between two trees--dead.
Source: The Peoples Tribune, Jefferson City, MO, Sept. 4, 1878

Harry Weatherby
Last Friday evening, little Harry Weatherby and a playmate were on a fence in the yard of Capt. D.C. Weatherby.  Harry was at the bottom of the fence, whith his arm between the planks- his playmate was on one of the boards above.  The weight of the boy above broke the plank and in falling, Harry's arm was caught between the boards and dislocated.
Source: Peoples Tribune, Jefferson City, Mo, Sept. 11, 1878


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