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Hon. Henry Gray, a leading Democrat of north Missouri, and the sole candidate for the Senate against Mr. Benjamin last winter, has also expressed his determination to vote for Breckinridge and Lane.
Illinois State Democrat, Wed. Oct. 10, 1860  - C. Horton 09


Counterfeit Missouri Fives.

Exceedingly well-executed fives on the State Bank of Missouri have lately been thrown upon the community.
The bill, can, however, be easily detected by a glance at the signature of R. A. Barnes, in the right-hand corner.
This is poorly done, and is not at all consistent with the skill displayed in the other portions of the bill.

Illinois State Democrat, Oct. 3, 1860 - C. Horton 09


We learn that Hon. Duncan F. Kenner, a leading Whig, of north Missouri, and once a candidate for the U. S. Senate, has declared himself for Breckinridge and Lane.
Illinois State Democrat, Wed. Oct. 10, 1860   - C. Horton 09

On Wednesday morning last the passenger train on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, about 20 miles below Leavenworth, was thrown from the track, three cars badly smashed and the engineer, fireman and several passengers badly bruised.
The Quincy Whig, Saturday, June 26, 1869, Page1, [transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Col. Wm. D. Switzler, who claims to have been elected to Congress last fall in the Boonville District, has sued Francis Rodman, Secretary of State, for $2,000 damages for incorrectly certifying the election returns.
The Quincy Whig, Saturday, June 26, 1869, Page1, [transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Prof. J. M. Parker, late of the Christian University at Canton, has accepted the Professorship of Mathematics and Physical Science in La Grange College.
The Quincy Whig, Saturday, June 26, 1869, Page1, [transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Newark Advocate (Newark, Ohio), July 1, 1901
Kansas City

Missouri and Kansas are suffering from hot winds that threaten great damage to corn. Atchison reports the greatest drought in
northeastern Kansas since 1860. Abilene, Kan., Mexico and Sedalia, Mo., also report very hot, very dry weather.
[Submitted by Linda D. - 2009]

September 14, 1867
THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
MISSOURI TIN. -The tin ore found near the Iron Mountain in Missouri is the first fount in the United States, in quantities sufficient to pay the cost of working. Great excitement prevails in the neighborhood, and there is a prospect that a wild and ruinous speculative fever will break out, like the gold and oil discusses of California and Pennsylvania. Several thousand acres of land have been entered in Madison and Iron counties, upon which the own are hope to find tin-lands which have heretofore been considered as almost worthless, because of their hilly, rocky character, and their remoteness from river and railroad communication. These lands have been entered and purchased by parties respectively from Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, Wheeling, and Pittsburgh, about in the order named as to quantity, U.K. Booth of Detroit taking the lead. The St. Louis parties have three Corawall miners at work exploring with very favorable results. The “tin fever” has assumed a contagious form, and everybody has the “attack.” Farms, which could have been bought a few weeks ago from $10 to $15 an acre, are now eagerly snapped up at from $100 to $300 per acre.
submitted by: C. Horton -2008

November 2, 1861
THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
THE IRON MOUNTAINS OF MISSOURI. - Letter in Chicago Tribune.

There are three iron mountains in this vicinity, literally such, viz.: Pilot Knob, at the terminus of the Iron Mountain Railroad, Shepherd's Mountain, less than a mile directly opposite, and Iron Mountain, six miles north, on the line of the railway. The surrounding valleys are about a thousand feet above St. Louis, and these with almost an endless number of mountains from three to a dozen miles around them, have been thrown up a few hundred feet above the general level of the country. The top of Pilot Knob is 576 feet above Arcadia valley, which separates it from Shepherd's Mountain. Shepherd's Mountain is a few feet the higher of the two.

The top of Pilot Knob is composed of immense masses of solid rock, one of the principal ingredients of which is iron, and being far above the trees, it affords a splendid view of the surrounding country.

On Saturday afternoon, in company with a citizen of Ironton, we spent several hours in examining the works of the Ironton Company, at the base of the Knob; in exploring the vein that is worked three hundred feet up the side of the mountain, and in enjoying the magnificent views from its summit. Two furnaces are situated on the north side of the Knob, only one of which is in operation, making about twenty tons of iron per day. The ore is brought down from the mine, three hundred feet above, on a railway.

So far as we have observed, the rocks of the entire mountain are composed largely of iron; but the vein that is worked is some twelve to twenty feet thick, and though workmen have been vigorously engaged upon it a dozen years or more, very little impression seems to have been made upon it. The ore is a deep blue specular variety, very finely granulated, and so hard that it wears the drills very rapidly in boring it. It makes the very best of iron. The ore from Shepherd's Mountain is magnetic, some of the specimens being very highly polarized. It makes a softer and even a more tenacious iron, than the ore from Pilot Knob. Each has its excellencies, and together they have no superior. We believe the Lake Superior, and the very best Swedish iron, can alone approach, and perhaps claim an equality.

The magnetic ore of Shepherd's Mountain yields 70 per cent. of iron. Prof. Swallow estimates the amount of iron in Pilot Knob alone at 13,000,000 tons above the surface, and the capacity of Pilot Knob, Iron, and Shepherd's Mountains, and the adjoining hills to be fully 1,000,000 tons of manufactured iron annually for the next two hundred years. What folly, then, to be sending abroad and draining the riches of the nation for iron to build our railways and for other uses, when Providence has thrown far above the surface such vast quantities of the best iron that can be found anywhere upon the globe.

But the iron treasures form only a portion of the riches of South-eastern Missouri. Commencing in Madison, the county southeast of Iron, and passing around through St. Francis to Washington county on the north, is one of the richest and most extensive lead districts in the country. Some of these mines have been wrought for more than a century, having been discovered by the early French settlers of St. Genevieve and Cape Girardeau. Nor is this all, for copper exists in large quantities, and manganese, cobalt, nickel, tin, and silver have also been discovered in this rich mineral district, and it is believed that some of them will be found in large quantities, and in positions where it will pay handsomely to work them. As the geologist would expect, where so many varieties of oxides combine to color the adjacent rocks, the most beautiful marbles are found in several localities and in exhaustless quantities. Some of them have been used in the ornamental work of the capitol at Washington. They will in a few years be a source of great wealth to the State of Missouri.

This magnificent mineral region, with that in South-western Missouri, afford the most undoubted assurance that Missouri is, in a few generations, to be one of the most populous and wealthy States upon the American continent. Nor are her mineral resources, wonderful as they are, her only reliance for future greatness; for both the soil and the climate of Southern Missouri make it one of the best fruit and wine producing regions upon the continent, while for agricultural purposes, the valley of the Missouri and the country north of it, are not excelled in the valley of the Mississippi.

submitted by: C. Horton -2008

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
June 23 1824

St. Charles, Missouri
, May 13
New Mexico

We have been politely favored with the perusal of a letter from a gentleman in Franklin to the Secretary of State in this place, representing that the Governor of the Providence of New Mexico had dispatched a special messenger to the Council Bluffs, to apprize the commandant of that post he should arrive there on or before the 10th day of June, next, with 1800 men. His object, as we understand from the express, is, to make an impression on the Indians between this place (Franklin) and Santa Fee, to secure the trade, and facilitate the intercourse between the two countries.

A friendly intercourse between Missouri and Santa Fee is of much importance to our citizens, and we hope great care will be taken to secure and place it on a safe foundation.  There is much wealth to be drawn from this source, and perhaps the way may be opened for that laudable enterprise, which has been prevented from ascending the Missouri, to draw from the bosom of the wilderness and immense wealth which must now be left to grow and perish where it grows, or be gathered by the citizens of some other government, to the great loss of Missouri.
[Contributed by: Nancy piper - 2008]

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
May 12 1824

[Contributed by: Nancy piper - 2008]

We have received a letter from our enterprising fellow citizen.  Mr. Martin Ruggles, of  Washington county, in answer to some enquiries about the iron works in which he is interested, and are authorized to state that the number of hands now employed is forty, who make weekly 2000 lbs first quality of bar iron, and 3500 lbs of castings and pig iron, which for cash can be had at the Tennessee, Alabama or Kentucky prices. The ore worked yields 60 per cent, and the celebrated Iron Mountain within 12 miles of the furnace, yields 75 per cent of a quality unknown elsewhere in America.  The furnace is in the range of pine hills running from the Grand Tower on the Mississippi to the Gasconade, and which in many places yields 75 cords of wood to the acre Mr. Ruggles writes that a number of workmen from Kentucky and Tennessee are now at their works, and they are much pleased with the general prospect and the healthy situation, that the company of which he is a partner, have it in contemplation to erect another factory form the manufacture of bar iron, with five fires and two hammers, and that they then will be able to make 2000 lbs. per day.

The Company have as yet made but one blast at their furnace but in April or May they will again have it in operation and will be able to furnish all kinds of machinery for steam boats, steam mills, horse boats, water mills, carding machines also, salt and sugar kettles, cotton screws, staves, forge hammers, and all kinds of small ware.  The water courses convenient are Cedar creek, Grand River, St. Francois, &c. St. Louis Enquirer.

First Arrival of Furs from the Rocky Mountains

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
November 20  1822  Page 2
Transcribed by: Nancy Piper- 2007

St. Louis, Oct. 12
First  Arrival of Furs from the Rocky Mountains

Capt. Perkins, of the Missouri Fur Company, arrived in town this week, with a boat load of furs and peltries worth $14,000 from the Rocky Mountains.

Another parcel belonging to the same Company, worth $10,000, is on the river, and expected to arrive in the week coming. 
The whole has descended the Yellow Stone river, and must have been transported 3000 miles to arrive at this place; such is the extent of country laid under contribution by the commercial position of St. Louis.

In this first adventure (since the revival of the fur trade) to the Rocky Mountains, it is gratifying to learn that no hostilities of any kind have occurred with the Indians, and that present appearances promise great success to the enterprising citizens who are now extending their trade to that remote region. – Enquirer.

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
November 27  1822  Page 1 - Nancy Piper 2007

A letter to the editors of the National Intelligencer, from a friend at Fort Atkinson, (up the Missouri) under date of Sept. 25, contains the following: “Gen. Gaines and his aids arrived here yesterday from Fort Smith, on the Arkansas.  He will remain here until Monday next, when he will proceed across the country to For St. Anthony, at the mouth of the river St. Pierre.  The General will descend the Mississippi to St. Louis

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
December 4 1822  Page 3 -
Nancy Piper 2007

By the bursting of the boiler of the Steam boat Hecla, on the Mississippi, near Point Chico, on the 27th of Sept., two men were killed and seven others severely scalded.  The Hecla was from New Orleans, bound to St. Louis, and had lost during the voyage, the Captain, Mate, Pilot, Steward, and seven others, (five of whom were passengers) by fever. – Amer. Sen.

The Republican Compiler  (Gettysburg, PA)
13 Aug 1823 Page 1

Missouri Flood

The late rise of the Missouri river has caused serious injury to the planters occupying tracts of country adjacent to the Chariton, Grand River and South Island, and other places below.  In many places, the land, with its growth of lofty trees, was swept from one side of the river and lodges on the other, thereby making a great alteration in the channel of the river.  The newspaper at Franklin, after giving the above facts, thus speaks of the Missouri:

The Missouri reaches the ocean by five separate channels, either or which is sufficiently deep to admit ships of the largest size.  Although we are 1400 miles from its mouth, the water formed at its source, by the solution of snow, does not reach us until about the first of July. It witnesses almost every variety of climate; and while one extremity is bound in fetters of ice, and sees, in every surrounding object, the desolation of winter, the other looks forth upon smiling verdure, and all the beauties of spring.
[Contributed by: Nancy piper - 2008]

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
July 28, 1824
From New Orleans

By the steam ship Robert Fulton the editors of the New York Gazette received papers to the first inst.  The Eagle steamboat, just arrived there in 5 days from St. Louis, brought information that the waters in the upper country were rapidly on the rise.  The Missouri, above its junction with the Mississippi, was five feet higher than ever before known.  At St. Louis it was nine inches higher than last year, and still swelling. Rain had fallen continually for ten days, and a great part of the State of Illinois was reported to be inundated.  The Ohio was also on the rise.  There was serious alarm at Natchez and New Orleans, as the rising had commenced at the former place.
[Contributed by: Nancy piper - 2008]

The Adams Sentinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
December 17  1828

Emigration For the last 2 months, the various avenues to this State have been filled with emigrants, principally from Virginia and Kentucky.  A traveler, while journeying from Louisville to St. Louis, counted not less than two hundred wagons, destined for Missouri.  The accession to the population of the State is computed at several thousands.
[Contributed by: Nancy piper - 2008]


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