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Jersey County Democrat, 1881Typed excerpts from the Jersey County Democrat. There may be typos.

February 8, 1881

“Guss” McFAIN is very sick.

Ed. RUE is in a precarious condition.

Miss Tillie BOTHWELL returned to Jackonville Tuesday. She graduates in music next June.

Jacob SMALLEY is here from Iowa, visiting his parents and brothers.

Mr. BROWN and sister, Bridgeton, Mo., are visiting the family of L. L. KIRBY.

Daniel COMBS, Jr., came down from Plainview, last Saturday, on a visit to his parents.

Four dogs killed ten fine Southdown sheep belonging to H. W. WRIGHT, in Greene county.

Mr. and Mrs. ELLISTON returned to Edwardsville this week. Mrs. ELLISTON is a sister of Dr. ENOS.

Officer KINSLA was taken suddenly sick, with congestion of the stomach, last Saturday, but is all right now.

Lodge No. 53, I. O. O. F., of this city will give a terpsichorean soiree at the hall, Feb. 11th.

The railroad, being an assured fact, we would advise all persons who have timber, to cut ties for it, as they will be salable even in quantities of fifty. This will also give a great many men work show are now idel, and the ties are a cash article. The road wants 225,000 and the dimensions can be had by calling the general offices in Jerseyville.

Hall & Nevius opened their gorcery store to customers this week. They are both energetic and will ‘tend to business. Mr. HALL has had several years experience in the grocery business . . .

J. P. HOLCOMBE moved from the National Hotel last Tuesday, and now resides with his mother in the late residence of J. CORBETT on East Spruce street.


Jersey County Democrat, March 1881, possibly March 10.

For sale. The residence of C. T. EDEE. Inquire of W. E. CARLIN.

Owing to the storm Sunday night, but few were in attendance at the Baptist church to see Prof. Heagle’s illustrated map of Heaven.

Hon. Wm. McADAMS started for Springfield Monday night to attend the meetings of the State Historical Society. He took his illustratons [sic] and a large carpet sack full of geological specimens with him.

Rev. Heagle, of the Baptist church, was obliged to adjourn church, last Sunday from the audience room to the basement, the wind blowing the smoke from the east stove down the chimney till the congregation were nearly choked.

Wanted. Five hundred Butcher’s Bulls. Fred HARTMAN, Jerseyville, Illinois.

Mr. Edward BEARDSLEE, who was reported dead, is still living and may possibly get out again.

Mrs. Peter VOORHEES has been seriously ill the past few weeks, but is a little better at the present writing.

March 31, 1881

Wm. DONNELLY, Sr., was arrested last Saturday on the charge of disposing of his property in order to keep from paying the debt contracted by him as security for his son, Wm. DONNELLY, Jr., who was arrested for rape.

Mrs. CHAPPELL was arrested Monday for having too many husbands. She first married a man named DABBS and a short time ago married Chappell, although Dabbs was still living. In an interview with her she stated that she told Chappell when he came after the license to see if the law allowed her to marry again while her first husband was still living, but forgot to ask him about it afterward. She wants to go home and leave them both, for she says neither one of them ever gave her a decent living.

Otterville news:

John SISSON shipped 32 fat hogs to St. Louis on Thursday of last week.

Mlt.(?) NOBLE married – no cards.

Winter term of Otterville shool [sic], out last Wednesday. Spring term begins a week from next Monday.

Otterville string band plays for the Salena exhibition.

Van WHITE, of New York City, was in Otterville this week. He is a native of this region.

Stephen WHITE, formerly of Otterville, late of Morrisonville, left his wife some two years ago, and went to Nebraska, from where a report came that he was dead. His wife after suitable mourning, married again. Last week Stephen WHITE, like Enock ARDEN, returned alive and well, and is visiting relatives in this vicinity.

Rev. FAHS has gone to Union county on a visit.

Jane DODSON preparing to take wheat.

R. N. CURTISS moved to Jerseyville last week.

James ASHFORD will move to Jerseyville.

April 7, 1881

Miss Helen PERRINE has the mumps.

Melville LAMB is sick with the chills.

Mr. Striker NEVIUS, who has been very sick with pneumonia, is better.

Mrs. P. KENNEDY, Jerseyville, has a young Alderney cow for sale cheap. Will soon be fresh.

Wm. LYNN closed his school last Thursday, till next Monday, on account of sickness among his scholars.

Mary DABBS pleaded guilty to the charge of bigamy and was sentenced by Judge BURR to the penitentiary for one year.

Dan KELLER, who obtained a divorce from his wife the first week of the present term of court, was married the next day, at Jacksonville, to a young lady named Florence DADLSMAN. No cards.

April 21, 1881

Jett Kirby returned from Kentucky last Sunday.

As soon as oak lumber can be obtained we will have some new sidewalks.

Judge King and family go to Colorado for a month’s visit. They start next week.

The insane asylum at Anna, was partially burned last Tuesday, and one or two patients burned to death.

Stephen Catt will sell, on easy terms, from one to three acres of is homestead, . . .

The “kids” that usually load around the depot have begun to fall off since there is night watch stationed there.

Charles Holnback shipped a car of horses and mules to Veince, Wednesday night.

Gill?am & Smith’s car of household goods left here last Thursday night for Beatrice, Neb., via Kansas City.

We wonder why the long platform at the depot is so well patronized by promenaders, during the moonlight evenings. Can anyone solve the mystery?

Railroad Rumblings. The following Jurors have been drawn in the cases aas below mentioned, to try the right of way for the new road:

    RR. Co. vs. Lewis Gillworth: John H. Belt, Andrew Bierman, David E. Beatty, Jacob S. Darby, E. O. Hartwick, James H. Belt, Mord J. Richey, Charles Cooper, J. H. Lamb, Richard Nutt, John A. Allen, Edwin Colean.

    RR. Co. vs. Wesley Updike and Addie Updike: A. J. Thompson, Dennis Gaffney, Charles Voorhees, T. J. McReynolds, Nathan Cope, G. Berkemire, I. R. Ely, Wm. Noble, Richd. Compton, John Egelhoff, Henry Ryan, A. A. Barnett.

    R.R. Co. vs. H. S. Ross: Wm. H. Edwards, Thos. H. Edsall, Henry Lurton, P. Eldridge, Andy Prough, Michael Hurting, A. C. Houseman, G. W. Miner, Joseph Chambers, T. Gearing, H. D. Edwards, C. C. Buzby.

    R.R. Co. vs. Samuel Darlington: B. F. Campbell, F. P. Henderson, A. J. Brown, Joel Henson, Geo. W. Edwards, Henry Meinsinger, Andrew Cope, W. H. H. West, Wm. J. Campbell, John Cray, J. L. Montague, J. G. Erwin.

    R.R. Co. vs. Thos. Lahey, Edward Lahey, Stephen H. Bowman and J. A. Locke: J. L. Post, John Bott, Wm. Simonds, Artemus Bartlet, Wm. P. Williams, Allen Barrett, J. O. Stilwell, Lewis Terrill, James Sloman, N. C. Beatty, B. R. Thatcher, Geo. Embly.

    R.R. Co. vs. George W. Perrings: Ford Lewis, J. S. Daniels, Joseph Maloney, John C. Daniels, R. Quinn, Hugh Snell, Lewis Sutton, Reuben Noble, F. M. Cowen, John W. Davis, J. J. Ballard, Alphonso Bartlett.

    R.R. Co. vs. Wm. Gill, Marildan Veitch, John N. McDow, Joseph O. Reed, A. W. Cross, John Fox and First Nat’nl. Bank: J. B. Woolsey, Alvin S. Hart, Chas. Neumeyer, Daniel R. Stelle, Jacob McCurdy, Calvin Jewsberry, Lawrence Houbner, J. R. Bell, Henry J. Hoffman, Ed. Trabue, Jacob S. Loux, Charles Frost.

    RR. Co. vs. Than Kirby: H. N. Wyckoff, A. J. Cannon, Peter Mier, A. Baird, C. S. Olney, W. L. Ruyle, T. J. Campbell, Charles Brooks, M. F. Rowden, Henry Maxwell, Ira M. Baily, Amos Stroud.

May 26, 1881

Mrs. Rosilla CLIFTON, living four miles west of Fieldon will sell a lot of farming implements and stock next Saturday at the above mentioned place.

Married, at the residence of W. H. ROADES, in Medora, May 18th, 1881, Mr. John F. FOADES, of Medora, and Miss Eunice N. HARTMAN, of Virden, Rev. A FARROW officiating.

Hon. G. W. HERDMAN, left Jerseyville for Chicago and Springfield Tuesday night on business, connection with the order of Knights of Pythias. He will return Friday or Saturday.

Will H. CALLANDER, St. Louis, was up and spent Sunday with friends.

Mr. Sprague WHITE, Greenville, is here visiting his brother John I. WHITE.

N. F. SMITH has commenced on the calaboose [note: jail] and will soon have the foundation in.

While painting the residence of C. POST last week, two brothers named NUGENBEEL employed by C. F. HAWKINS, fell with a scaffold, one of them receiving severe injuries.

Lou CAMPBELL left for Denver, Col., yesterday.

O. A. SNEDEKER, with his “Egelhoff” barouche and his “Pitt” harness, puts on lots of style, and can afford it, too.

“Sidewalk statuary” is a good name for the boys who stand around a church door waiting to see the girls come out.

June 2, 1881

The bus was a little behind time in getting to the depot last Saturday evening, and Mr. and Mrs. J. K. SMITH, who were on their way to Jacksonville, and were in the bus, intending to take the 7:30 train, came very near being left, but through the courtesy of the conductor, the train, which had left the platform, was stopped at Rue’s lumber yard and the jpassengers got aboard.

The locusts are indeed here and fill the air with their noise. The forests present a curious appearance, the leaves being nearly covered on the under side by the shells that have been shed, and the noise is continuous and extremely annoying. They have as yet done no damage, and we are not certain that they will, unless it is to sting the trees and fruit. Their cry is peculiar and by aid of the imagination can easily be construed into “Pharo.”

In our article last week recounting the closing exercises of our schools, we neglected to mention the recitation give by Hattie HAWLEY. This little lady is one of the brightest in her room, and spoke in a perfectly audible voice and in a manner far beyond that expected from a child of her age.

Marshal WHYTE and Officer KINSLA arrested W. CASSADY and two women last Monday night in a vacant house in the north part of the city, and lodged them in jail on a charge of living in fornication. They were tried before Judge COCKRELL and fined $50 each, with the privilege of stay of execution if they left town. They left.

Dr. ENOS has a telephone running from his office to his residence.

Misses C. DARBY and Mattie PERRINE were visiting in the country last Monday.

Misses Blance CROWE and Ida KENNEY, of Alton, were visiting Miss May COLEAN Monday.

Miss Birdie LINDLEY went to Jacksonville last Saturday, to see her sister graduate at the conservatory of music.

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. BARR and son Hugh went to Jacksonville, last Monday, to attend the graduating exercises att he Conservatory of Music, where their daughter, Miss Annie Lindley, graduates.

The friends and acquaintance of Mr. Edward Beardslee, father of I. M. BEARDSLEE, will be please to learn that he has recovered so as to be out again and has obtained seemingly another new lease of life.

A man named HARRIS stole some cloting from Dan ORSBORE near Newbern and ws arrested by Officer KINSLA at the depot. he was lodged in jial under a charge of larceny, Mr. Nat GREENE making the complaint. When arrested he had a “life preserver” made of a piece of lead covered with leather and having a leather handle attached.

Harvy MILTON the man bitten by a snake near Fieldon has recovered under the treatment of Dr. PARK who administered an antidote. . . .

July 14, 1881

The infant child of Officer SPELLMAN died Sunday night of cholera infantum. This disease is quite prevalent, cause by the heat.

Rev. J. M. SCOTT sold his horse, which has been used by Dr. ENOS since Mr. Scott’s removal from here, to A. HOLNBACK for $87.

Constable TITUS returned Wednesday of last week from a two weeks’ sojourn at Eureka Springs.

The lawn party at the residence of W. FORD last Thursday evening, given by the ladies of the Second Presbyterian church, was an enjoyable affair, and well attended, also the one Friday evening at the residence of Dr. BARNETT.

Mrs. Schuchard, who was appointed master in Chancery for Union county, has won her case in the supreme court, and will now perform all the duties of the office, the court holding that a woman could be Master in Chancery. [note: not Jersey county, but I couldn’t resist this one ]

A five year old son of Dr. REYONLDS’, Kane, while examining the mysteries of a breech-loading shotgun last week, shot a hole through the floor.

Mrs. John H. LAMB started for Edwardsville last Saturday evening to visit friends. Before reaching Alton her baby was taken sick and continued to grow worse, and she was obliged to return on the Sunday morning train.

August 25, 1881

Mr. Charles SULLARD of Jerseyville was in town last week.

Dr. E. L. HERRIOTT of Jacksonville came down to the setting of Mr. ALLEN’s broken leg.

Elsah news:

Miss Mary HAYS of Grafton is visiting Miss Kittie HUSS.

Mr. FLANIGAN, gentlemany clerk of same place was down last Sunday.

Mr. Geo. SPANGLE and wife visited Elsah same day

Wm. TONKINSON and wife, Christian county, are visiting Mr. H. T. KEYSER and family.

Mr. FLANIGAN of Grafton send the most stylish rigs down here that we see come to town.

Mr. Fred WHITE and Miss Mary SWANN were married last Thursday.

S. K. LATHAM and family of Mt. Vernon, are visiting Mrs. BROCK and other relative in Jersey Co.

Mr. Xavier SCHNEIDER has a full force of coopers at work to fill his contracts.

Mr. Rowe GIBSON sent for three more new wagons last Monday, for the farmers.

Mr. Wm. BESTERFELDT, Mrs. AMES’s superintendent, is busy collecting rent wheat.

Mr. A. D. SCOTT of Tree View, is up from St. Louis looking after his farm.

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