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Jersey County Democrat – 1880Typed excerpts from the Jersey County Democrat. There may be typos.

January 13, 1880

One thing we have notice and often thought there should be some remedy for it, and this is the lack of suitable provisions for the “incurable insame.” The officials at the asylum will not receive them, and their friends have either to provide a place for them or send them to the county house, and it is impossible to care for them in the latter place as they should be cared for. . . .

Burglars are still at work in our city. Saturday night, Jan. 1, about 2 o’clock, W. BURNS, who is acting night police during the illness of Officer FAHEY, heard a crash in the rear of P. DUNPHY’s saloon. going down the alley he saw a man standing near the stable, which is on the east side of Dunphy’s lot, who, upon seeing him, blew a whistle, and immediately another man came out the back gate and both ran down the alley to Arch street, then east. Burns fired four shots at them, but without effect as far as learned. He then returned and woke Mr. DUNPHY up, and together they investigated the matter. They found the shutters open and one light of glass broken. If there had been two night police, themen could have been bagged.

The difference in price between the necessities of life here [note: Carrollton] and in Jerseyville is quite noticeable. We pay 12 and 13c for coal, the people in Jerseyville pay 17c; we pay $2.50 for wood, they pay $5 and $6, and so all through the catalogue. From the Carrollton “Patriot.”


March 4, 1880

Eli CADWALADER, of Otterville, left for Colorado last week.

The mother of Hugh BLANEY was buried last Saturday.

Miss McREYNOLDS is visiting the DEY family at Morrisonville.

Daniel COMBS, jr., of Plainview, is here visiting his father Daniel, sr.

Mr. PICKET, of Bethalto, is here on business with Mr. John W. DAVIS.

Mrs. Wm. H. ALLEN and Miss Ruth ALLEN, of Grafton were in the city last Friday.

Mrs. H. D. STELLE left for Defiance, Ohio, this week to join her husband, who is in the employ of the Defiance machine works.

Fidelity news:

Miss Caddie CAMPBELL goes to-day to join her brother, Charles CAMPBELL, over whose household she will in the future preside.

We were treated to something of a sensation here last Thursday morning. A boy came running breathless into the village spreading the alarm that help was wanted to capture a crazy man who was murderously assaulting Mark CASEY in Mr. QUINN’s corn field. A number of the villiagers repaired hastily to the spot where they found Mark holding firmly to the ground a stranger whom he said had furiously rushed upon and without other word of warning, announced his intention to kill him, and proceeded at once to put his threat into execution. The scuffle that ensued must have been a hard one as both parties are strong and muscular. Mark however, knocked the maniac down, and when found the latter was almost breathless and pulseless. He was removed to the village where, after the application of restoratives, he rallied, became rational, and gave his name as Charles VOSBURGH, of Shopiere, Rock county, Wis., where he says his mother, Mrs. Ruth M. FOND, now resides. She was telegraphed to in the evening, but as no response was received by morning, the man Vosburgh was released from the Medora lock-up where he had been placed for safe keeping.

The news has just reached us of a sensational wedding at Piasa last Sunday. It appears that Mr. Charles JOHNSON had been paying court to Miss DAVIS, who reciprocated his affection, but whose father, Mr. Charles DAVIS, interdicted her intercouse with the young man, but as the irate father failed to give a reason for his conduct satisfactor to the young people, they concluded not to be governed by his whim. So on last Sunday Miss D. prepared herself for Sunday school just as usual, and went to the village, but instead of presenting herself at church, she repaired to the residence of Mrs. JOHNSON, where she met her happy lover with whom she was soon bound in the holy bonds of wedlock, the Rev. J. W. CALDWELL tying the knot.

Otterville news?:

J. H. CADWALLADER last week purchased 160 acres of land of James BUCKLES. The property lies two and a half miles east of Otterville, and is now occupied by Mr. Det CALHOUN.

John LEFFLER will remove to Otterville in the spring.

S. C. ELLIS and S. W. RODGERS are making preparations for a trip through Kansas and Nebraska this spring.

The most interesting topic of last week was the marriage of Miss Mary J. McADAMS to Mr. John AUTEN, of Alton. The ceremoney was performed at the Baptist church, Rev. Carlton E. TAYLOR, officiating. A large number of friends of the contracting parties were in attendance. After the ceremony and congratulations the bride and groom immediately started for Alton, the future home of the happy couple.

S. J. M. DOUGHERTY, one of our well known old citizens, is recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia. For some days Dr. HERRIOT, of Grafton, and Dr. CURTISS, of Otterville, both attended at his bedside, and for a while almost despaired of his recovery.


April 1, 1880

Robert SCHMIDT has two children sick with lung fever.

A little girl of officer KINSLA is very sick with lung fever.

Mrs. Michael COOK is dangerously ill of typhoid pneumonia.

Hon. John JUDD, mayor elect of Whitehall visited our city Tuesday.

Spencer WYCKOFF will be a strong candidate in Missippi township for supervisor.

Miss Libbie GRUBB, of Kane, is visiting her mother, Mrs. FREDENBURG, at Otterville.

John H. O’NETTO, of Elsah, is dangerously ill, and no hopes are entertained of . . . [cut off on photocopy]

The prisoners came very near escaping yesterday afternoon. It seems they had everything ready – a hole in the wall had been cut and everything was ready for them to push the outside brick out and crawl through. Ad. GOODRICH and Bob KINSLA, it seems, both told Sheriff YOUNG yesterday morning that they had the night before dreamed that the prisoners all escaped. Mr. Y. did not think anything of it when spoken to by the first dreamer, but when told the same thing by dreamer No. 2 he concluded to examine the jail and discovered the plan.

Charley WARREN is still confined to his room. [note: “confined to his room” seems to be a phrase used when a person was seriously ill]

Isaac ELY, of Fidelity, was in town last Friday.

Dr. WASHBURNE, of Fieldon, was in the city Monday.

Jim EADS is sufferrng [sic] with the rheumatism, and is now using mustard plasters.

J. E. BOYNTON will soon move into the brick house lately occupied by the KRUNPANITZKY family.

Uncle Dad NAIL(?) is soon to move to Litchfield to live. Sheriff YOUNG will occupy his residence here.

Geo. COCKRELL has bought the property of D. R. STELLE, now occupied by Sheriff YOUNG, and will move into it soon.

Judge Wm. H. ALLEN, of Grafton, attended court Monday as a witness. He appears very much improved in health.


April 8, 1880

Lewis C. THUSTON, who has been sick for a long tiem, is slowly recovering.

Judge KING’s brother, in Franklin county, Mo., is dangerously ill and not expected to live.

Jim HOLCOMBE went to St. Louis last Saturday to see the Oates English comic opera company.

Fred HARTMAN, three miles south of Jerseyville, will pay the highest cash market price for poultry. . . .

If you don’t want your family history raked up to the time when your great grandfather’s aunt knitted stocking for a living, keep out of politics and don’t be a candidate for office. [note: I couldn’t resist this one, times haven’t changed.]

Maj. CARLIN has fitted up a room next to the DEMOCRAT office, and will give up his present residence. His children will reside with mr. and Mrs. Hugh CROSS, their grandparents, for the present.

John CRAY gets off the following good hit on the scarcity of timber in Nebraska. While out there recently he stopped with his old griend and nieghbor John STOUT, and says that early next morning John’s wife was hurrying him off to feed the hogs so she could have the cobs to cook breakfast with.

Presbyterian sociable at the residence of Mrs. E. K. EVANS, next Friday night.

Judge STOECKEL is not improving and is still confined to his bed, with rheumatis, at his brother’s at Kane.

Wm. L. STONE has quit the “Examiner.” Ed REYNOLDS takes his place.

T. S. CHAPMAN is fixing up his office.

Jim MAGURE left yesterday to join a theatrical troupe as advance agent.

Miss Mary DENNING, Otterville, is visiting Mrs. M. A. COREY, in this city.

Miss May RICHARDS went to St. Louis yesterday, on a visit to Miss Lizzie STANLEY.

Mr. P. KENNEDY informs us that it is a mistake about him going to quincy to locate.

Chas. S. SMITH, of Louisiana, Mo., was in the city this week.

Election for two School Trustees next Saturday. Tish(?) CRAY having resigned, leaves a vacancy to fill, and one to succeed Geo. EGELHOFF. John W. DAVIS and Stephen BOWMAN have been mentioned to fill the positions.

Hon. Wm. McADAMS was well received by the scientists of Chicago, and his paper on the “Mound Builders” was listened to by an audience of several hundred in that city. Mr. McAdams will read his paper before the Nationa Academy of Science, in Boston, some time next August.

The social event at Fieldon, was the marriage of Miss Hester REDDISH, daughter of Capt. John REDDISH, to W. Douglas SEAGO, last Thursday evening. About two hundred were present and that they enjoyed themselves, it is needless to state as every one knows the hospitality of the Reddish family and their desire to entertain their friends. The wedding took place at W. Robert WILDER’s, a son-in-law of Capt. John’s.


May 20, 1880

Tom O’DONNELL is busy assesing this township

Cahrles MYERS, of St. Louis, is visiting reltives in this city.

Hon. T. J. SELBY left for Nebraska last Saturday night.

Joe VOOHERS was up from Elsah Monday. Joe is in business at that place.

F. BERTMAN returned from Nebraska last Saturday morning on the Kansas City Express.

Charles PERRINE celebrated his majority birthday by presenting himself with a new buggy. Geo. Egelhoff made it.

We learn from the Macoupin Enquirer that Robert NEWTON has sold his Medora property to Thomas RONKESLEY for $800.

John A. SHEPHARD and A. A. GOODRICH have gone on a business trip to Iowa and Wisconsin and will be absent about two weeks.

Capt. Jim BURKE is a smarter man than we think he is, if he can find out the ages of all the unmarried men and women in Jerseyville.

Judge KING is having an addition built on the west end of his residence, to be used as a summer kitchen. Nick SMITH, jr., is doing the work.

A good way to protect young trees from cattle and boys is to bind a few pieces of hedge brush around them. . . .

Last Friday evening about 7 o’clock, Geo. PARENT started for his home at W. L. SCOTT’s, driving his brown horse hitched to the open wagon, so familiar to all. The horse felt pretty frisky as usual and was making pretty good time. When opposite Sylanus HILL’s house, about a half mille from Mr. SCOTT’s residence, some person threw an armful of grass over the fence to a cow. This so frightened the horse that he bolted suddenly to the right, and the seat not being fastened it was thrown out taking Mr. Parent with it. Although falling on his back he held to the lines and was dragged about fifty yards, when Wes VAN PELT caught the horse by the head. Mr. P. supposed of course that he would hold him and therefore let go of the lines and tried to get up, but was injured so badly that he could not rise. . . . Mr. Parent was not injured seriously. . . .

Prof. Fred LINDLEY went to Springfield last Monday to join the brass band with the Great Inter-Ocean Circus.

Jim BURKE, Charles BUSBY and Mr. WILKERSON, delegates went to Springfield to attend the Republican convention.

Dr. A. K. VAN HORNE will leave for Philadelphia next week to attend the meeting of the National Medical Association.

Cyrus BUFFINGTON, of Indianola, Iowa, and brother of our popular townsman, Clark BUFFINGTON, is home to try and recuperate his health.

E. F. BROWN has removed from Fieldon to Otterville.

Charley PARENT is going to give Jim BURKE a little contest for the leadership of the Republican party when the next county convention is called.

Dick KIELEY and wife have returned from their wedding trip, and now occupy the house east of Bonnell’s ware house on Spruce street.

The cases of the People vs. Lewis DUEAST(?), N. B. and Isaac MOORE, John P. KREAMER, Wm. NEVELIN, James C. FROST, John STONE, against whom indictments were found by the last grand jury for violation of law, have been certified down to Judge KING’s court and will come up for trial at the June term.

Jerseyville’s new band discoursed sweet music at the court house yard last Friday evening to the delight of a great number of our citizens. . . .

The supervisors, members of the bar (legal, we mean) and several others, paid the poor house a visit last Friday, where they were entertained by Mr. SCRIBNER, the keeper, in a royal manner. . . . They found things looking all right and had no complaint to make about the management.

Seven accessions to the Methodist church at Kane last Sunday – five by immersion in the creek at Jalappa, and two by sprinkling at the church. Hon. Jos. CARR was one of the former, and he has made up hismind to lead a new life from henceforth. The parties were converted during the late revival at the Methodist church.

The Morrissonville Times says Mrs. SMITH or Jerseyville is here visiting her daughter Mrs. Charles VAN DYKE. Mrs. Jason TERRELL and mother, Mrs. WYCKOFF, returned from Hot Springs last Saturday. They report a pleasant sojourn at the life-giving fountain, the former much benefitted by the warm baths. D. T. BONNELL of Jerseyville, is here visiting his daughter, Mrs. N. K. BEARDLSEE.


May 27, 1880

Harry ALLEN came up to the burg last Sunday.

Miss Corra COLEAN is visiting relatives at Girard.

Mose DAGGART mowed his orchard. Good thing.

Johnny REINTGES, of Elsah, was in the city Sunday.

Jim COLEAN is having a buggy built at Egelhoff’s factory.

Charley WARREN is slowing recovering, but isn’t able to get about yet.

Will ALLEN, of Grafton, was up attending the Baptist festival last Sunday.

The teachers of Carlinville will receive $45 per month the coming year.

Cyrus BUFFINGTON who came here to recover his health is now able to be on the street.

John SHEPHARD returned from his trip to Iowa and Wisconsin last Monday morning.

R. R. NUGENT, of Grafton, candidate for the Legislature gave us a call Tuesday.

The undersigned gives notice to all fishermen not to trespass on his property, in Otter Creek township, or they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Timothy MAGUIRE.

Singleton CAVE was in the city over Sunday.

B. F. CALHOUN has got his house raised and roof on.

Harry ALLEN will attend the millers convention at Cincinnati.

The ladies of the Episopal church cleared $75 at their festival last week.

Wm. LYNN closed his school at the Haynes school house last Friday. He now enjoys the hot days in peace.

The funeral of Mike POWERS was the largest we ever saw here. Eighty-eight vehicles in line on their way to the cemetery.

Frank PERRY informs us that he has sold a large number of twine binders in this county.

Yank BOWMAN informs us that his hourses have not had epizootic.

Jim BURKE will commence enumerating the census the 1st day of June.

At the close of the exercises of romm eight at Villinger’s Hall, Wednesday evening, Prof. PIKE, in behalf of Miss Jennie PITTMAN, extended an invitation to the classes of ’78, ’79, and ’80 to participate in a social reunion at Mrs. Jane PITTMAN’s, on Thursday evening, and in accordance with that request, the following persons presented themselves, and took part in the sociabilities of the hours. Misses Francis HASSETT, Lottie BOTHWELL, Maggie LURTON, Birdie LINDLEY, Cora DUNSDON, Jennie PITTMAN, Rosa FOSTER, Charlotte DARBY, Messrs. Douglas ERWIN, Thomas WEDDING, Ormand HAMILTON, of the class of ’78 and ’79. Misses Helena ROSS, E. R. DARE, M. E. RIDER, Jennie D. HERDMAN, Messrs. W. E. KINGSLEY, Otis D. LEACH and James POTTS, of the class of ’80 and Professors Joshua PIKE, Mrs. M. F. COX, Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. SCHCKELFORD, Mrs. Jane B. PITTMAN, Wm. PITTMAN, and John W. VINSON. The evening was spent in toasts, reminiscences, reading the class record, &c., and at the close they presented Prof. Pike with a handsome bible as a slight token of their regard for him. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Ormand HAMILTON, president; Miss Jennie PITTMAN, vice-president; W. E. KINGSLEY, secretary; Miss Chalotte DARBY, treasurer; Douglas ERWIN, master of ceremonies, and Miss Rosa FOSTER, Miss Lottie BOTHWELL, Miss Jennie D. HERDMAN, O. D. LEACH, James POTTS, executive committee.

Ed BARRY thinks he will let circus riding alone after this. While out practicing last Monday night, in an endeavor to turn a hand-spring, double somersault, or something of the kind on horseback, he got entangled in the bridle rein and the horse struck him with his fore foot, knocking him down, and dragged him quite a distance before he could stop him. Ed now walks with a cane, and also limps, which is not appreciated in a circus performer, especially the limping part.


June 10, 1880

Elsah news:

Nelse ENGLISH was down on election day, attending to his own electioneering. He carried the day.

Mr. NUGENT of Grafton also gave the boys of Elsah township a call, but did not stay long enough.

Mr. McADAMS of Ottherville gave us a call this week . . .

Miss BEIRMANN of Hardin has been visiting her friend, Miss ada WARREN, who returned home with her to spend a few days in visiting old friends.

Mr. A. WORTHY is able to be up and walk around again. . . .

At Iron Bridge, last Wednesday, we met our little friend, Miss Birdie ASHFORD, formerly a citizen of our town. She was as bright and witty as of old.

Mr. VAN CLEVE left on Monday for commencement of McKendree college. He will be missed by the younger members of his flock

Joe CHAPPEE, E. M. FULLER, John RANGER, B. L. SLATON and Sam FOREE were the delegates to the democratic convention from here.

Howe LAME, pilot on the Golden Eagle, lately burned on the Mississippi river, is a nephew of Charles and William ONETTO of Elsah. Howe received a vote of thanks from the rescued passengers for his heroic conduct during the fire.

Miss VOOHERS of your city is visiting her brother Joe, who at present is engaged in merchandising with J. M. EIBERSON.


July 1, 1880

Prof. MURPHY is home from Pittsfield.

A. A. GOODRICH went down to the the city Tuesday evening.

The population of Jersey county will be nearly twenty thousand.

Many of our farmers are threshing their wheat out of the shock.

A. F. ELY, of Fidelity, takes Doug SELBY’s place in the county clerk’s office.

Miss Theresa WAHL has been visiting her sister, Mrs. W. KROTZSCH, the past week.

Dr. Du HADWAY has been quite sick the past week.

Hon. Wm. McADAMS, of Otterville, enthuses over Hancock.

Hon. H. N. CROSS hass returned from his visit New Jersey.

The youngest child of Rev. C. E. TAYLOR died, last Tuesday morning, of cholera infantum.

Mr. D. SELBY, returned from Springfield last Friday, where he has been for some time on the U. S. grand jury.

Mr. Geo WILBUR, of Chicago, is here spending the present week with his mother and sisters. He is emplyed in the C. & A. general freight office in that city.

W. MURPHY, who tends bar for Mrs. HEGARTY, had his watch stolen last Saturday night. It was hanging in his bedroom and he did not miss it till he dressed Sunday morning.

Rube DARLINGTON came to town last Tuesday morning in his wagon, and driving to Hamilton’s store after sacks, left his team a moment without hitching them. When he threw the sacks into the wagon it grightened the horses and they started off on a run, turning south at the Baptist church and again east at Osborn’s mill. As they turned at the latter place, the wagon swerved to the right, and striking the fence in from of H. D. FIELD’s residence tore off about a panel of the pickets. The further they ran the more frightened they became till, coming to Main street, one tried to go south and the other north. This caused them to run directly for C. Boyle’s store, and the people who were watching expected to see them deshed against the stepps, but the neck-yoke hit the lamp-post, breaking it off and smashing the lamp. For the lamp-post Mr. DARLINGTON may be thankful, as one or both of his horses would surely have been killed had they not struck it. As it was, no damage occurred to either, though thrown to the ground. The wagon also escaped injury, and Rube can congratulate himself on his good fortune.


July 8, 1880

Wm. ELY, of Fidelity, was over to celebrate the 4th.

Ed SANFORD, is now in the butchering business at Stering, Neb.

Doc LUCKEY, the man who was shot in the neck last week, is getting along as well as could be expected.

Mrs. E. KELLER, of Elsah, was on our streets last Wednesday. She was here attending to some legal business.

Mr. J. J. SWEENEY and Miss Ada L. McKINNEY were married by Esquire LANDON last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard FAIN start to Tennessee next Monday to visit Mr. Fain’s mother. They expect to be absent about four weeks.

Judge WARREN, Wm. M. JACKSON, A. A. GOODRICH, Robert KINSLA, John DUNPHY and others went down to St. Louis, Saturday morning, to see the sham battle.

County Clerk EADS and Shortie HANSELL received a dispatch last Monday that one of their skiffs had floated up the river some way to Naples. Shortie thinks it went up on a steamboat.

City Marshal PAGE was granted a leave of absence by the council Tuesday evening, for the purpose of visiting his old home, near Boston, Mass.

Dr. A. B. ALLEN and daughter, Miss Tillie, accompanied by Miss Bertie EATON, started last Monday evening for Kansas City. The Dr. goes on professional business and will be absent about three weeks.

To the members of the Jerseyville Fishing and Gun Club. Will hold a shooting match of glass balls and pigeons, on the farm of F. P. HENDERSON on Friday at 2 o’clock sharp.

Mr. Jett KIRBY received an ugly cut from the horns of a bull, last Tuesday. It seems that Jett had gone to his brother’s place to secure a bull; he brought him home and as he was opening the gate to turn him in, the bull threw his head around and the point of his horn struck Mr. Kirby over the right eye, cutting it so the skin dropped down of that optic. The blow knocked Mr. K. down, and what transpired after that he has no recollection, but on coming to he found himself in the yard and the bull standing looking at him. Dr. ENOS was called and sewed up the wound, and left him very comfortable. Mr. Kirby says the bull is not a vicious one, and dows not think he had any intention of hurting him.

Public Notice: Whereas, my wife, Nancy SLOVER, has left my bed and board without any just cause or provocation, I warn the public that I will not be responsible for any debts contracted by her. Henry SLOVER.

Marriage licenses issued during June:
William S. KNOTT to Sarah M. PROUGH
James H. SHERMAN to Ella PORTER
William BRAY to Adaline TOPPING
J. J. SWEENEY to Ada L. McKINNEY
R. W. BAYLES(?) to Eliza CRAIG
J. F. RISS to L. J(?) LUMAN

Births during June:
To Mr. & Mrs. W. A. RYAN, a boy
To Mr. & Mrs. Milton S. EDWARDS, a boy
To Mr. & Mrs. John L. CROSS, a girl
To Mr. & Mrs. J. M. VAUGHN, a boy
To Mr. & Mrs. Lewis BROWN, a boy
To Mr. & Mrs. Charles BRAINARD, a boy
To Mr. & Mrs. Albert AMBURG, a girl
To Mr. & Mrs. J. P. SANDIDGE, a boy
To Mr. & Mrs. Foster McQUELLIS, a boy
To Mr. & Mrs. John FARREL, a boy
To Mr. & Mrs. I. M. BAILY, a boy
To Mr. & Mrs. Michael SHEPHARD, a boy
To Mr. & Mrs. John H. McDOW, a girl
To Mr. & Mrs. Richard M. MEDFORD, a girl
To Mr. & Mrs. William A. DAY, a girl


August 12, 1880

Elsah News:

Dr. Lee SCOTT in town frequently of late.

Mike MICHAEL joins the Hancock and English club; also Mr. Henry WACTHTER, on the Piasa.

Mr. BEEMEN, Jr., drives a good rig and takes the ladies riding frequently. In fact is quite a gallant.

Hon. Same FOREE in town Saturday. He is the life of a political meeting.

Mr. John SHERMAN drives a nobby team and visits our place frequently.

Hard McDOW was in to see us last Saturday; reports the threshing business good.

Mr. DODSON of Newbern has brough out a new engine and separator. W. P. RENFRO runs the engine.

T. C. BROCK wakes the echos with a banjo and fife. He is learning fast.

Mr. X. SCHNEIDER has all of his force at work making barrels for the mill.

The road leading from town to Notch Cliff is being repaired under the supervision of Wm. BESTERFELDT.

R. H. GRAHM, constable, has bought a sulky and is training his famous mare, “Never Sweat,” for the fair.

Wm. MATHEWS has been quite ill, but is now better. Dr. W. P. WARREN attending.

Farmers are bringing in wheat to the mill as fast as it is threshed. Money is more plenty than it has been for some time.

Rev. Mr. PARKER has been quite sick but is able to be on the streets again.

Mr. PINNEY of Indianapolis is visiting his brother, Ed PINNY, of our place. We find him a very entertaining gentleman.

Johnny RANGER is busy working for the best interests of the democratic party. He is a good worker.

Mr. MASSEY, candidate for sheriff, called last Friday. He will receive a strong support in Elsah Township.

Mr. R. GIBERSON divides his time between Medora and Elsah, as he has stores in each place.

Prof. LEAK discovered the skeleton of an Indian woman on John WARD’s farm a few days ago.

Mrs. SWANN contemplates moving back to her farm this fall. She has made many frieds while living in Elsah.

On last Saturday evening the democratic boters of Elsah met at the N.C.C.B. hall and organized a Hancock and English club. . . . The Hon. Wm. McADAMS delivered an eloquent and patriotic speech, showing what the democratic party had donw and still would do. He was listened to with interest both by democrats and republicans. The Hon. W. H. POGUE followed in a logical, throrough, democratic talk, and all felt that he explained the principles of democracy in the full sense of the word. The Hon. Nelse ENGLISH gave us a few facts as he ahd seen them when in the legislature, and show up the record of the republican party at Springfield during the meeting of the last legislature. . . . Elsah township, under the leadership of such men as FOREE and KELLY, will show a full vote for the full ticket this fall. Among those we noticed from a distance were McGREADY (candidate for circuit clerk), Nelse ENGLISH, Henry BRIGHT, Brack ENGLISH, Frank HENDERSON, and last, but not by any means least, the Hon. Mr. PENNINGTON, our excellent superintendent of public schools. On the evening of Aug. 21st there will be another meeting at the Shop of Johnnie RANGER . . .

Otterville News:

W. W. DABBS is building a barn.

Weather extremely dry. Corn and grass suffering.

A young man named Loring VAN ORSDAL is very sick – probably has consumption and will not recover.

John G. DOUGHERTY is building a new dwelling house.

J. K. CADWALLADER is building a new dwelling house.

Frank LINKOGLE is the boss well digger and has more work than he can do.

CONNOR, the Elsah mason and contractor, is spreading mortar in Otter Creek.

J. M. DOUGHERTY was 70 years old last week and John G. DOUGHERTY 60 years old. As their birthday came on the same day the event was duly celebrated with a family dinner.

Greenback discussion Wednesday evening, between CLARIDGE of the Ind. and T. C. BROCK and W. W. DABBS. The two latter have been greenbackers but are now republicans.

Wm. H. EDGAR and Minor S. GOWING, the latter formerly a resident of Otterville, orated to the Garfield club in Otterville last Saturday night. The shook the bloody shirt, showed their ghastly scars, and fought the terrible battles of the war over again.


August 19, 1880

Administrators Sale of Real Estate. By virture of an order of the county court of Jersey county, in the state of Illinois, made at the August term, A. D. 1878, upon the petition of the undersigned, administrator of the estate William P. JARBOE, deceased, against Harriet M. JARBOE, Elizabeth L. JARBOE, Lloyd L. JARBOE, and Orville A. JARBOE, I will on Monday, September 20th, A. D. 1880, . . . sell at public vendue, on the premises, in said county and state afresaid, all the interst of the said William P. JARBOE in the following described real estate, situate in the county of Jersey and state of Illinois, to-wit: All that part of the south-east quarter (s. e. 1/4) of lot number one (1), in section number sixteen (16), in township number eight (8), north of range number eleven (11), west of the third principal meridian, that lies wes of the west line of the St. Louis, Jacksonville and Chicago railroad, contaiing eight (8) acres, more or less. Will be sold suject [sic] to a certain mortgage bearing date of August 20th, A. D. 1866, executed by William P. JARBOE and Harriet M. JARBOE, his wife, to Daniel P. SNELLING, which mortgage is recorded in Book “Z,” on page 430 in the recorder’s office of Jersey county, state of Illinois. The same land which was sold by me on the 1st day of October A. D. 1878, the purchaser failing to comply with the terms of sale. . . . Harley E. HAYES, Administrator of the estate William P. JARBOE, deceased. Jerseyville, Ill., August 11, 1880.


September 16, 1880

Otterville news:

The drought still continues, water is getting more and more scarce, but few wells in this whole vicinity furnish enough water for drinking and many wells are entirely dry.

The Otterville mills are now is [sic] fine running order, Frank WAGGNER buying all the wheat brought to him. Best flour $2 80 per hundred.

Frank LINKOGLE brought from Alton last Saturday a load of tile for the repair of the school house, the roof of which received serious damage from the hail some time ago.

School will commence at Otterville next Monday. Prof. ALLEN of Jerseyville again in charge of the pupils.

Thos. CASE of Otterville will teach school at Douglass.

A new school house is just being finished on W. W. DABBS’ farm, three miles west of Otterville. A son of T. B. BROCK will be the teacher.

Mr. H. T. ESTES, the enterprising agent of the Wabash School Furniture co., sold to W. W. DABBS on Monday all the necessary furniture for the new school house three miles west of Otterville.


November 11, 1880

Charles V. PERRINE received his furniture last week, and is now busy putting it to rights in his residence at the Perrine farm.

Lloyd JARBOE has returned from Philadelphia, where he left the Great London Circus, with which he has been connected the past season.

Elsah news:

Cosmos KELLER, Jr. is sole proprietor of the business owned by his deceased father.

The bridge over Mill Creek is now finished. Mike MICHAEL, superintendent. The highway commissioners met at Geo. F. LANE’s office Wednesday and drew orders to pay the builders of Mill Creek bridge. Cost, $250.

Bro. CONNORS is still engaged in laying one stone on another near Old Newbern.

R. H. GRAHAM has all he can do attending to his constable business.

John KEYSER is putting the road in good condition that he has the contract for.

Joe VOOHERS and wife made a visit to friends in Jerseyville last Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. MYERS of St. Louis is visiting her sons, Henry and George MYERS, of Elsah.

Mr. DORAN is repairing the house lately bought of the estate of J. H. ONETTO, deceased.

Ed PINNEY steps high, looks wise, and throws himself around rather promiscuous like. Reason for all this, there is a bran new baby at his home.

Joe KELLER’s new crop of oysters is ripe and being gathered fast. Sheriff MASSEY is one of the fastest gatherers, as O. B. can testify.


December 23, 1880

Charley BARNHARD and Jack FRAZIER had a little matinee Saturday, on the corner of Main and Pearl streets. No blood spilled.

I want a good hand to work on my Nebraska farm. C. T. EDEE.

Miss Nonie THOMAS, sister of Mrs. Will EADS, who is here attending school, returned to her home near Virden to stay during the holidays.

Profs. PIKE and MURPHY, started for Springfield last Monday evening to attend the teachers State Association.

Owing to the serious illness of a little child of Mr. and Mrs. Paul THATCHER, the celebration of the tenth anniversary of their wedded life was postponed, but will take place about the second week in January, notice of which will be sent to friends. We are happy to say their little girl is better and considered nearly out of danger.

Ed. KINGSLEY, who has been working in the Pacific car shops at Kansas City, came home lst Friday morning to spend Christmas with his parents. He was obliged to go to St. Louis to get back the rebate between full fare and one dollar the price of cut rates.

C. NEUMEYER received a Christmas present of a pair of jack-rabbit’s ears, about six inches long, sent from Nebraska. He also has a beautiful bridle and whip made of leather and horse hair woven together, both being useful adn ornamental.

Miss Annie McGANNON received an envelope containing $25 at the Baptist church last Friday night. It was hung on the Christmas Tree by her friends as a slight token of their appreciation of her services as organist.

China Wedding. Among the many brilliant celebrdtions [sic] of wedding anniversaries occurring in the past few months, none have been superior to that of Hon. W. H. POGUE and wife, held at their home on East Arch street, last Monday night. The walk leading from the gate to the door was covered with carpet and lighted by Chinese lanterns suspended from wires stretched from the street to the dwelling, presenting a fantastic appearance with their numerous hues. Although the night was severely cold (the thermometer being below zero) the house was filled with friends of the couple who for a score of years have buffeted life’s stream together. Owing to the lack of room, the invitations had not extended to the younger portion of their friends, and Miss Mamie FOOTE was the only one of that class we noticed. The evening passed pleasantly in social converation interspersed with music, vocal and instrumental, by Mrs. H. D. STELLE. About ten 0’clock supper was served, and in the gastronomical occupation of attending to the inner man all took part with a zest born of a love for the choice viands and delicacies of the season with which the tables were spread, and it was nearly midnight before the door closed upon the few who lingered seemingly loth to dejpart, all wishing their host and hostess a happy life till on the dial of time has been told the other thirty years necessary to an observance of their golden wedding. The present consisted of articles in china, both beautiful and useful, and were as follows. Chamber set (10 pieces), Col FULKERSON and wife, Rev VAN WINKLE and wife, Mr. and Mrs. R. NEWTON, Mr. and Mrs H. N. WYCKOFF, Mrs. C. J. SHEPHARD; beautiful bouquet of natural flowers, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. HAWLEY; fruit basket, Mr. and Mrs. L. D. CORY; flower basket, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. CARKHUFF; moustache cup, P. D. CHENEY; mustard cup, Mrs. COX; pair beautiful vases, Mrs. E. A. HAMILTON, Mrs. H. Z. GILL, Mrs. J. S. DANIELS, Mrs. J. E. CORY; toilet set, mrs. and Mrs. G. W. WARE; majolica pitcher, E. A. HAMILTON; finger-bowl, Mrs. J. J. PARIS; card receiver, G. E. WARREN, Jr. and wife, St. Louis; magnificent fruit set in case (12 pieces, each a different pattern) A. A. GOODRICH, G. C. COCKRELL, O. B. HAMILTON, G. W. HERDMAN, O. A. SNEDEKER, M. R. LOCKE, T. S. CHAPMAN, J. WL. SLATEN, J. A. SHEPHARD, members of the bar; pitcher, D. R. STELLE and wife; butter dish, H. N. BELT; hanging lamp, Judge WARREN and wife, Mark WARREN and wife, Dr. G. S. MILES and wife; and one dinner and tea set (158 pieces), one tea set (70 pieces), one chamber set (10 pieces), and two fruit dishes by the following: Rev. STARK and wife, Ford LEWIS and wife, Mrs. C. E. EVANS, Mrs. P. A. CONE, B. C. VANDERVOORT and wife, T. S. CHAPMAN and wife, R. C. GLEDHILL and wife, Robert WHITEHEAD and wife, G. F. EDGAR and wife, H. D. STELLE and wife, T. F. REMER and wife, Mrs. M. A. VANDEVENTER, Mrs. Mary E. JACKSON, Judge BAGLEY and wife, Mrs. Jane RANDOLPH, Oliver TANDOLPH and wife, Dr. SHOBE and wife, John I. WHITE and wife, Miss Josie SMITH, Mrs. Emily B. KING, H. N. CROSS and wife, W. E. CARLINE, John C. WINSOR and wife, Misses Aggie and Jennie WINSOR, Mrs. Mary E. PORTER, Elias COCKRELL and wife, Geo. C. COCKRELL and wife, James M. YOUNG and wife, U. D. HOWELL and wife, Prof. PIKE and wife, Mrs. and Miss FOOTE, James EADS and wife, J. C. BARR and wife, Voorhees STRYKER and wife, A. W. CROSS and wife, I. M. BEARDSLEE and wife, S. H. BOWMAN and wife, J. C. DARBY and wife, J. L. C. RICHARDS and wife, H. O. GOODRICH and wife, R. A. KING and wife, R. L. BEARDSLEE and wife, L. M. CUTTING and wife, W. S. ROSS and wife, Dr. ENOS and wife, G. H. FORD and wife, S. A. HOLMES and wife, Charles SULLARD and wife, S. J. SNEDEKER and wife, Dr. BARNETT and wife, John A. SHEPHARD and wife, Henry BEEKMAN and wife, Mrs. Mary A. DAVIS, J. M. PAGE and wife, John W. BINSON and wife, Mrs. L. J. CASAVANT, and J. I. McGREADY.

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