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December, 21, 1864. From the Jerseyville Union. A horrible crime was committed yesterday, near Fidelity on the person of the wife of Esq. Hoffman, a highly respectable citizen of this county, by a negro man by the name of Tom. Tom and his wife were in the employ of Mr. Chapman. Mrs. H. has been a confirmed lunatic for many years. Mrs. H. went to the house of Mr. Chapman and when she left for home the wretch Tom followed her, and knife in hand threatened to kill her on the spot if she resisted, or made the least noise. After he had accomplished his hellish purpose he told her he would ‘cut her throat’ if she made it known. She immediately returned to her home and informed her husband. Wm. Colburn, a brother of Mrs. H. and Mr. Savage caught Tom and took him before her who instantly identified him and wanted to shoot him herself, but was prevented; when they took him to the woods and Colburn shot him. Thus the wretch was speedily called to answer his crime. This is the second case of crime committed in the vicinity of Fidelity, within a few weeks, which met with quick and awful retribution. Since the above was in type, we learn that the negro was still alive, and had been brought to Jerseyville and lodged in jail.


At an election held at the residence of Moses Cockrell in District No. 10, Township No. 7, Range No. 11, Jersey County, Illinois on the 30th day of October 1871 for directors of said district, Henry Slover, Moses Cockrell and Fred Hartman were chosen judge of said election and Joseph Chambers clerk of said election.

Jacob Jokers, Richard Chappell and Joseph Chambers were chosen directors for the above named district. Lots being drawn, Joseph Chambers drew the term of three years, Richard Chappell drew the term of two years and Jacob Jokers drew the term of one year. Joseph Chambers was chosen clerk of board of directors.

At an election held at the house of Samuel Darlington in dist. No. 10 township no. 11 Jersey County Illinois the 15th day of Nov. 1871 for the purpose of voting a tax to build a school house, a majority of votes being cast in favor of levying said tax. The site offered by Moses Cockrell of a mile east of his residence was selected.


B. H. Express, February 5, 1878

Jeff King, our well known blacksmith has just returned from a visit to his aged mother, who, with four sisters and one brother, reside at Broad River, North Carolina, twelve miles from Rutherford, county seat. Mr. King was born at Broad River, and has not visited the series of his boyhood or seen his relatives there, for thirty-two years. Jeff was gone about a month and enjoyed the trip immensely.


The McNair brothers have completed their invention. It is an attachment for a corn planter, doing more easily, cheaply and simply, the work of the check rower, not in use. They have been already been offered $20,000 for the exclusive use of the patent, as soon as it is secured. They are confident that they will do much better. Robert H. McNair is now in St. Louis, getting castings made to put up a test a machine for immediate trial in the field.

Wedding in High Life

Wednesday morning the youth and beauty, male and female, assembled in the spacious auditorium of St Francis’ Church to hear Father James Hearty, parish priest, pronounce Frederick Joseph Bertman and the beautiful and accomplished Miss Sarah Fannie Massey, second daughter of our esteemed and opulent fellow citizen Henry C. Massey, man and wife according to the ritual of the Catholic Church. The attendants were: Barkley Wedding, and Miss Elanora Weitfielt of Upper Alton, Willie Bertman, and Miss May Cockrell of Newbern. The bride was elegantly attired. The dress was of white satin, panier skirt, point waist, pompadour neck, elbow sleeves and beautifully trimmed with point lace, the bridal veil was gracefully arranged with orange flowers. Miss Wiefielt wore white tarlatin dress with blue satin bodice and point lace headdress; the tarlatin was relieved with an elegant spray of natural flowers. Miss Cockrell was attired in a turquoise blue silk, princess style, trimmed with satin and natural flowers, with point lace headdress. The groom and groomsman were dressed in black. The wedding train assembled at the altar before the officiating priest, who celebrated the High Nuptial Mass and administered the ordinance of marriage, whereby the high contracting parties became one; on heart-one soul. “Whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” The ceremony was witnessed by a goodly number of relatives and friends.

The presents consisted of: a fine gold watch from the groom to the bride; silver castor, Mr. & Mrs. F. Bertram; silver butter dish, Mr. & Mrs. Hebert E Porter; French clock, Barclay Wedding and Willie Bertman; silver card receiver, Mrs. Mena Cassavant; set of point lace, Miss Elanora Weitfielt; silver spoons, Miss Lillie Schaffer: nut crackers and pickle fork, Mr. & Mrs. John L. C. Richards; napkin rings, Miss Mena Flamm; berry dish, Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Bowman.

The happy couple left the same day on the 4:45 train via Alton and thence by steamer to Quincy, visiting Mr. & Mrs. William Figgin. From thence they proceed to Chicago.


State of Illinois, Jersey County – SS. In the circuit court to September term, A. D. 1879. John S. Williams, petitioner in chancery for partition and assignment of dower, vs. Joseph D. Beck, Stephen C. Beck, Mary A. Walters, H. Wright Beck, Charles A. Beck, Frances M. Barber, Josephine E. Beck, Harriet S. Smith, William A. Smith and Emeline S. Beck, defendants. Affidavit of the non-residence of the above named *(repeat of those already named) defendants, having been filed in the clerk’s office of the circuit court of said county, notice is therefore hereby given to said non-residents defendants, that the complainant filed his bill of compliant in said court, on the chancery side thereof, on the 8th day of August, A. D. 1879 and that thereupon a summons issued out of said court, wherein said suit is now pending, returnable on the fourth Monday in the month of September next, as by law required. Now, unless you, the said nonresident defendants above named, and the unknown heirs of Mary Hudson, shall personally be and appear before said circuit court, on the first day on the first term thereof, be beholden at Jerseyville, in and for said county, on the fourth Monday in September next, and plead, answer or demur to the said complainant’s bill of complaint, the same and matters and things therein-charged and stated will be taken as confessed, and a decree entered against you according to the prayer of said bill. M. E. Bagley, Clerk Warren & Pogue, Compt’s Sol. Jerseyville, Ill., August 13, 1879


In the circuit court, September term, 1879. William F. Farrow, complainant in chancery for partition, vs. James J. Haycraft, John M. Haycraft, Margaret Bevers, Mary Loper, Charles C. Farrow, Olivia J. Hewitt, Stephen A. Farrow, James R. Welch, Emily Welch, Louisa Welch, the unknown heirs of Mary Hudson, Letitia Jeffers, Albert Reno, John Reno, Sidney Reno, Justin Reno, John Snow, Mary I. Rhoades, Hattie Bell, Frances E. Snow and Lydia P. Snow, defendants. *(repeat of names) and that the heirs of Mary Hudson, deceased, are unknown to the complainant having been filed in the clerk’s office of the circuit court of said county, on the chancery side thereof, of the 11th day of August, 1879, and that thereupon a summons issued out of said court, wherein said suit is now pending, returnable on the fourth Monday in the month of September next, as is by law required. Now, unless you, the said non-resident defendants above named, and the unknown heirs of Mary Hudson, shall personally be and appear before said circuit court on the first day of the next term thereof, to beholden at Jerseyville, in and for said country, on the fourth Monday in September nest and plead, answer or demur to the said complainant’s bill of complaint, the same and matters and things therein charged and stated will be taken as confessed, and a decree entered against you according to the prayer of Said Bill.


The Ladies of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Jerseyville, Ills., will give an Open-Air Festival! In the court-house square, Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings, June 21 and 22, 1881. Proceeds for the purpose of refurnishing their Church. Strawberries and cream, raspberries and cream, will be served each evening. You are cordially invited. By Order of the Ladies.


January, 4, 1882. The small-pox is again prevalent in Jerseyville.


May, 23, 1883. At Jerseyville, Illinois, yesterday afternoon, Walter Dodson shot and killed Mrs. Nellie Dodson, and then shot himself, but only inflicted a slight wound. He is in jail.

May, 31, 1883. At Jerseyville, Illinois, Walt Dunsdon shot and killed Nellie Dodson, a divorced woman with whom he had been on intimate terms, and then made two ineffectual attempts to end his own life, after which he surrendered himself to the sheriff. Jealousy is supposed to have been the cause of the tragedy.

July, 14, 1883. Jerseyville – Thursday the six year old daughter of Geo. Marshall, who lives in a tenant house on the farm of H. N. Cross, three miles north of here, was accidentally shot in the face by a 14 year old boy who lives at Mr. Marshall’s. They were out playing in the yard and the boy was playing with the revolver that accidentally went off. The ball entered the nose and lodged in the head. The child is still alive, but in critical condition.


March, 29, 1884. Mrs. Kate Kingston, of Jerseyville, has obtained a verdict of $50 against Patrick Dunpy, James O. Halleron, Nicholas Fallace, Reming Hurd, and Fred Hurd, for selling liquor to her husband, Dr. Thomas A. Kingston, thus contributing to his habitual drunkenness and depriving her of her means of support. [Note: Kate C. Kingston, dau of James C. & Elizabeth Coff Swock Frost]

July, 2, 1884. Jerseyville, Ill., July 1. Clarence Miles of Solomon City, Kansas and Miss Flora Cory, daughter of Levi D. Cory, of this city, have eloped. Mr. Miles, age 18, came here a few days earlier to visit his parents and left for St. Louis. Miss Cory went to Delhi to visit a friend. They met by chance at Godfrey and took a train for Kansas City where they were married. Mr. Miles, father of the groom, received a letter from his son stating his intention. Ed. Bagley was with the two until they arrived on their way to Kansas City.


August, 23, 1887. George Hayden, who disappeared from Jerseyville, Illinois, August 2, is believed to have been murdered.

Jerseyville is jubilant over the electric light. The city pays $3 per month for each light and is now using 57 of them. The Edison system is used. Decatur Herald, December 10, 1887.


NOTICE OF PUBLICATION. State of Illinois, Jersey County, ss. In the circuit Court to the March term A. D. 1890.

Charles P R. Campion, Carrie C. Simmonds, Complainants Vs. Hannah E. McGee, Jonathan McGee, her husband; (and if said George W. Rogers is dead, then to his unknown heirs at law.) John C. D’Arcy, Defendants. Bill in the chancery for partition.
Affidavit of the non residence of George W. Rogers, impleaded with the above defendants, Hannah E. McGee and others, having been filed in the Clerk’s office at the Circuit Court of said county, notice is there fore hereby given to the said non-resident defendant that the complainants filed their bill of complaint in the said court, on the Chancery side thereof on the 29th day of January, 1890, and that there upon a summons issued out of said Court, wherein said suit is not pending, returnable on the 17th day, being 3rd Monday in the month of March, 1890, as is by law required. Now, unless you, the said non-resident defendant above named, shall personally be and appear before said Circuit Court, on the first day of the next term thereof, to be holden at Jerseyville, in and for said Count, on the 3rd Monday in March, 1890 next, and plead answer or demur to the said complainant’s bill of complaint, the same and the matters and things therein charged and stated will be taken as confessed, and decree entered against you according to the prayer of said bill.
J. I. McGready, Clerk
Jerseyville, Il. Jan 30, 1890
A. M. Slaten, Compl’ts Sol.

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION. State of Illinois, Jersey County, ss. In the Circuit Court to the March Term A. D. 1890.

Ann M. Shehard, Complainant, vs. Flora O. Webster, Defendant. Bill in Chancery, foreclosing Vendor’s
Affidavit of the non residence of Flora C. Webster, the above named defendant, having been filed to the Clerk’s office of the Circuit Court of Jersey County, Notice is therefore hereby given to the bill of complaint in said Court, on the Chancery side thereof, on the 23 day of January, 1890, and that thereupon a summons issued out of said Court, wherein said suit is now pending, returnable on the third Monday in the month of March, 1890, as is by law required. Now, unless you, the said non-resident defendant, above named shall personally be and appear before the said Circuit Court, 0n the first day of the next term thereof, to be holden at Jerseyville in and for the said County, on the 3rd Monday in March, 1890, and plead, answer or demur to the said complainant’s bill of complaint, the same and the matters and things therein charged and stated will be taken as confessed, and s. decree entered against you according to the prayer of said bill.


CHANCERY NOTICE. Affidavit of the non-residence of Eva Jaynes, defendant, having been filed in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Jersey County, State of Illinois, notice is hereby given to said defendant that Isaac Jaynes, complainant, has filed a bill in Chancery for divorce against her in said Court, and that a summons has issued thereon for said defendant, returnable to the next Term of said Court, to e help at Jerseyville, in said County, on the Third Monday of March, a. D. 1891. Dated at Jerseyville, this 17th day of January, A. D. 1891. J. I. McGready, Clerk of said County. O. B. Hamilton, Complainant’s Solicitor.

A son of F. Chappell was robbed in Jerseyville, Ills., by unknown persons who got him drunk. Decatur Morning Review, May 12, 1891.

August, 29, 1891. Joseph Barry and David Wells, both 15 years old, were arrested at the union depot in St. Louis, having run away from their homes at Jerseyville and Jacksonville, Ill., with the purpose of going west to fight Indians.

T. M. Conkling, president of the Jersey County Fair Association died at Jerseyville on the 19th. He was born in Warren county, Tenn in 1813 and moved to Jerseyville in 1864. — Sanford A. Shaw and John East who were tried at Jerseyville for the murder of James Rogers on Aug. 23 last year were sentenced, the first for natural life the latter for 25 years. The murder took place at a platform dance and picnic at Fidelity, Jersey county, and was brutal and cold blooded. The trial lasted six days. The jury was out four hours, the character of penalty to be infliced, hanging or penitentiary, detained them. Edwardsville Intelligencer, October 28, 1891.

November, 4, 1891 – Jerseyville, Ills. – Mike Faber, a farmer living near this town, quarreled with his wife Sunday night and drove her from home. The following morning she returned and Faber in his rage killed her and burned the house over his victim’s body. [Note: Michael must have been convicted. He was found, age 71, in the Southern Illinois Penitentiary in the 1900 census. According to the 1880 census, his wife was Elizabeth.]

December, 23, 1891. Ornan Clark, age 35, a carpenter of Jerseyville, committed suicide by hanging and shooting himself Friday. He went to a closet, standing on a trestle put a rope around the beam above, then tying it around his neck, shot himself through the head with a revolver. [Note: probably husband of Celia.]


May, 11, 1892. The Jerseyville Democrat says: “In speaking of the 100th birthday of David Ames, which was celebrated the other day, it is interesting to note that he was baptized through a hole in the ice in 1823; that he has used tobacco for 85 years, but no intoxicants.”


The Piasa Improvement Company’s hotel, lands and lots near Elsah were sold for $300 delinquent taxes last week. This is a summer resort owned principally by parties living in St. Louis, Alton and Jerseyville. Edwardsville Intelligencer, May 31, 1893.

Piasa Bluffs, Ill., Aug. 7 – James Kirbey, of Jerseyville, and Melville E. Lamb, farmer and stock raiser of this county, with three companions crossed the river here to bathe. Not knowing how to swim the two remained on a sandbar. A sudden change in the river’s current swept away the strip of sand on which they stood and they disappeared before aid could reach them. [Note: see James Kirby, burial index]


Dr. & Mrs. C. R. Enos of Jerseyville celebrated their golden wedding at the family residence in Jerseyville. They were married in St. Louis Feb. 2, 1845. The family includes seven practicing physicians. The father is a physician, as are also five sons and one daughter. The roster is: Dr. C. R. Enos, father; Dr. Will H. Enos, Alton; Dr. Laurens Enos, Decatur; Dr. Charles Enos, Denver; Dr. Jospeh Enos, Dr. Clinton Enos and Dr. Cordelia Enos, Jerseyville; Mrs. Ellison of Emmettsburg Ia., and Miss Grace Enos of Jerseyville. Decatur Daily Review, February, 7, 1895.

Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, IL), April 16, 1895, p. 1.

Drowned in the River. Prof. Wm. McAdams Meets Death in the Father of Waters.
Prof. Wm. McAdams, of Alton, the noted archaeologist is dead. He was drowned in the Mississippi river, Thursday. That morning he started in a sail boat up the river to make some researches and to join a party of hunters, which included his son Clark, who left Alton about a week before. The son returned to Alston Saturday and learning that his father had left, started with his brother John to look for him. They searched the river banks until they came to Eagle Nest Island, where they learned that Mr. McAdams had been there at noon Thursday, and appeared to be in good health. Some further up the river they were informed by a fisherman that Mr. McAdams landed his boat on the upper end of the island. Here on the bank the sons found the boat and the faithful dog which accompaniedMr. McAdams on all his tours. No trace of the missing man was found and the boys returned to Alton, Sunday. Other parties with H. M. Schweppe’s steam launch, Nina, and Beall Bros.’ yacht, Glad Tidings, started out to make a search. They visited the island and found the same traces of a mishap as the boys did the day previous, but were unsuccessful in making any new discovery. At this point the marks of the prow of the boat were plainly visible in the sand. On the bank were marks of his foot prints and of the dog.
Yesterday morning at 5 o’clock Beall Bros., with the yacht, Glad Tidings, took a small party to the island. After a thorough search of the vicinity they became convinced that Mr. McAdams was dead. They believed that his boat became loosened from its fastenings and that he waded out to recover it or attempted to reach the opposite shore. They accordingly let down a line of hooks and began to drag the river. The form of a dead man was caught and raised to the surface. It appeared probable that he waded out about 20 feet and came to a “step off,” where he was drowned. The body was found at 10:30 o’clock, Monday morning.
Prof. McAdams was widely known. He was a member of the legislature twenty years ago, representing Jersey county. He has been a relic hunter all his life and was considered an authority on arachaeological and geological matters. He had charge of the geological exhibit at the World’s Fair, and at the time of his death was preparing an exhaustive report. He was a good writer and an author of note. He had attained the age of 60 years,and leaves a wife and family. The funeral took place this morning from his home. The remains were interred at Otterville, Jersey county.

ROSEDALE (Deferred Letter)

A good shower Saturday night.
J. B. Legate and wife visited at Mrs. Weddings, Saturday.
A very large crowd attended church Sunday night.
Robert Gettings and family visited his father, O. D. Gettings, Sunday.
Luther Myers, of Plainview, is on the sick list.
Misses Bertha and Fannie Thompson visited relatives here the last part of last week.
Misses Tiny and Eva Brown, of Fieldon, were calling on friends at Rosedale, Sunday.
Corn husking is all the rage at present.
Mrs. D. M. Highfull and G. E. Duncan started for Desoto, Mo., last Friday.
L. D. Ward and S. Porter made a business trip to Jerseyville, Monday.
Miss Clara Highfill gave a very pleasant oyster supper and party to her many friends last Friday night. Willie seemed to enjoy himself; Charlie expressed himself as well pleased, and as for Grant, his face was all smiles that night. After supper the tables were cleared away and games were enjoyed till the clock struck twelve, and then the merry crowd went home.
Our young Bro. Gave us a good discourse Sunday night from Prov. 21:21. He seems to be a nice social young man and we hope his coming among us will greatly benefit all.
We are sorry to announce the death of Mrs. S. Brown, who died at the residence of her son, Wm. M. Brown of this place Saturday, Oct. 25, at 5:55 a.m. Funeral services were held at the Hartford Church, Sunday, at 2:00;p.m., Rev. S. Catt officiating. A complete obituary will be given in another place.
Some of our people are organizing against the “Flag Law,” calling it a nuisance, saying “Familiarity breeds contempt,” and similar remarks. For our part we think nothing could be more beautiful that the “Stars and Stripes” waving over our schools. As for the statement “Familiarity breeds contempt, we do not believe it. If this be true why do we not feel contempt for other things? Money for instance. The more we see of it the more we want. Even so with “Patriotism.” Instill it in the minds of the children while at school and they will always remember the “Emblem of Liberty.” Teach them.


December 8, 1896. Thomas M. Boyle, a prominent businessman of Jerseyville, Ills., was adjudged insane and ordered committed to the asylum. Business and domestic troubles are given as the causes of his mental aberration. [Note: Charles M. Boyle was a prominent businessman in Jerseyville, Thomas M. Boyle not found.]


January, 28, 1898. Mrs. Mary Henderson, aged 82 years, has been teaching a Sunday school class in the Methodist Episcopal church at Jerseyville for over thirty-five years. Her class, all over forty years of age, some of them grandmothers, and some of whom have been under her instruction since they were girls, gave her a surprise the other day at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. N. English. [Note: Mary A. Henderson, husband Richmon Henderson. Maiden name Mary Ann Douglass.]

Col. Fulkerson
May 26, 1898

The regiment being formed by Col. Fulkerson is rapidly assuming completion. There are two companies from Jersey, two from Winchester, one from White Hall, one from Roodhouse, two from Calhoun county, one from Carlinville, two from Pike county and one from Olney, twelve in all, that have signified their desire to go with him. There seems to be enough material for two or three regiments.

The Kirkpatrick-Lamb wedding at Jerseyville Thursday evening was a pink and white one and the guests agree that a more beautiful one has seldom been seen. The Jersey County Democrat says: “At the appointed hour, as Miss Clara Krome of Edwardsville played Mendelssohn’s wedding march accompanied on the violin by Miss Jennie Pogue of Edwardsville, Dr. J. J. Porter, the officiating clergyman, entered the parlor; following him, were the two ushers, Mr. Wilber Gillham and John Lamb, then came Mr. Paul Jones of Edwardsville, a distant relative of the bride, who took the part of best men, and the groom, Mr. Kirkpatrick; following these was the maid of honor, Miss Mamie Lamb, who was charmingly gowned in pale blue organdie made with decollete bodice; she carried a large bouquet of American beauty roses; then came little Alberta Lamb, niece of the bride, scattering rose petals along the way; she looked fairy-like in her dress of white organdie, and lastly came the bride Miss Minna Lamb, who looked exceedingly beautiful. Her dress was of white liberty silk and white satin, the skirt was made with a demitrain, and was elegantly simple. The waist was a creation of white liberty silk and white satin, she also wore a very pretty bridal veil. The ceremony was indeed a very pretty one; at the close of this, some time was spent in congratulating the happy couple. Refreshments were served by negro waiters from Edwardsville, the decorations were of pink and white, and were very attractive.” Harry has always been one of the most popular young society men of Edwardsville and his fair bride is also a favorite here, and quite a number from this city went to Jerseyville to attend the wedding, among them: Mrs. Ruth Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Judge Wm. H Krome and Misses Clara and Minna, Mrs. W. P. Jones and Miss Minna, Mrs. Jas. T. Keller, Miss Jennie Pogue, Roy Barnsback, Paul H. Jones, Fred C. Gillham, and E. J. Nix. Mr. and Mrs. Kirkpatrick will be at home at the St. James after September 15. Edwardsville Intelligencer, August 26, 1898.

Company A Jersey Volunteers
May 26, 1898

Monday night the members of Company A of the Jersey volunteers met in G. A. R. hall and elected the following officers: Captain, Edward Jacoby; 1st Lieutenant, Perry Lurton; 2nd Lieutenant, Froman Smith; Orderly Sergeant,k Eugene Hill.

Another company is being formed and Rev. Rainey of Fieldon is assisting and requests that all in that vicinity notify him.

Regimental Formation
May 26, 1898

I have offers of companies formed and forming sufficient to constitute a regiment in case of another call. I earnestly desire to complete the organization of the Jersey County Company being formed. Besides those mentioned last week who are authorized to receive names for this company are the following:

Clarence E. Hamilton, Jerseyville
J. I. McGready, Jerseyville
Martin J. Dolan, Jerseyville
Will McClure, Jerseyville
George Dougherty, Otterville
John Chambers, McClusky
John Maples, West of Jerseyville

And any post master in this county. The company chooses its own officers. W. E. Carlin.

July, 19, 1898. Announcements have been received by friends in this city, of the marriage of Miss Lora Frances Terry to Mr. Frederick Marshall Edwards, which occurred last Thursday, at “The Maples,” the home at Otterville, near Jerseyville, of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Terry. The bride is a relative of Mrs. F. T. Weir, and has often visited here as her guest. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards will be at home after August 10 at Delhi.

Jersey County Democrat, December 29, 1898

LETTERS FROM OUT-OF-TOWN FRIENDS. One of Uncle Sam’s Volunteer Engineers.

Camp Fornance, Macon, GA.
Mr. J. M. Page
Jerseyville, Ill.

As I have not written to you for a long time I thought I would let you know that the 3rd U. S. Volunteer Engineers are still in existence. We are camped about two miles from Macon at camp Forance, which was named after Captain Forance, of the 13th U. S. Infantry, who died from wounds that he received in the Battle of San Juan, Cuba. We have a fine camp here as it is a sandy soil, and it nevers gets muddy, which is much to our advantage, for this is the rainy seaon down here, and it rains about four days out of the week. We had a nice day Thanksgiving and we had a fine turkey dinner in our company, which was more than some of the other companies had. We are enjoying the best of health, Bert Smith is getting so fat that he can hardly walk and as he is now the Colonel’s orderly he is having quite a nice time. I think that I will close for this time. I still remain, Yours truly, Walter Grafford

[Note. These articles may relate to: On April 25, 1898 the United States declared war on Spain following the sinking of the Battleship Maine in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898.]


November, 21, 1903. Springfield, Ills., Nov. 21 – John McGee of Jerseyville was sentenced yesterday to serve four months in prison for entering a false pension claim. He served in Company B, 144th Illinois infantry, and was given a pension on a claim for that service, but made another claim.


January, 17, 1905. Dr. S. Cordelia Enos and Miss Grace Enos, daughters of Dr. Charles Enos of Jerseyville, were burned, their father and several others slightly injured and their home set on fire, a result of a blaze that followed an explosion of gasoline yesterday. The burns to Dr. Cordelia Enos are the worst. The explosion occurred at noon after Miss Enos had cleaned a woolen skirt with gasoline. She hung the garment in the kitchen and closed the doors. In a few minutes the gas from the gasoline filled the room. As Dr. Cordelia opened the door from the dining room to enter the kitchen the gas took fire from the heat in the range and the explosion followed. The blaze reached Dr. Cordelia and Miss Grace went to assist her and her clothing also caught fire. When the aged doctor reached the room his daughters were enveloped in flames, and in his effort to help them he was slightly burned. Dr. Cordelia ran into the yard and gave the alarm. Ernest Wedding, William Pope and Lurton Akard responded. The condition of Dr. Cordelia is extremely serious. Dr. Charles R. Enos, the father, is age 85.


Newbern, March 1907

Cumberland Presbyterian Church was organized in 1857 and the church built in 1858. Charter members were:

Nelson M. Lurton, Nancy E. McDow, Martha Bell, Joshua Manning, Ellen Burleigh, J. W. Russell, Mary C. McDow, Anna Sloman, Jonathan Ward, Elsie Cornelius, Hannah Snyder, John Manning, Selma E. McDow, Martha McDow, Mary J. Lurton, Bartholomew Melford, Mary Dymond, Leonard Briggs, Sarah Manning, Wm. C. Bell, Mariah Bell, John M. Piggot, Robert Dymond, Nancy E. Bell, Ellen Laraby, Julia Ann Lurton, Wm. C. Melford, Daniel King, Eliza Cornelius, Emma Lurton, Manuel Manning, Elijah J. McDow, Martha Burleigh, Leonard P. Bell, John R. Cornelius, Melvina Wade, Daniel Cornelius, Mary J. Wapman, Wm. Seago, James Bell

Nelson Lurton and Robert Dymond were first ruling elders and William C. Bell and Daniel Cornelius were the first deacons. Nelson Lurton was clerk of session.


March, 16, 1908. James Orin Ritchey, whose body weighted with bricks, was taken from a well near Jerseyville, Thursday, was buried by moonlight at 1 a.m. Saturday in Oak Grove cemetery. The father, who had haunted the post office for weeks, waiting for a letter from his son that never came, was at the burial. Ritchey had been missing since early in February and the father thought he had gone to Texas for his health.


The Fire of 1911 (Grafton)

On March 17, 1911 there was a fire that burned Mr. Lewis’s telephone office and residence, Mr. Dempsy’s residence, Mr. Slaten’s office, Mr. Tucker’s barbershop and Mr. LaFavre’s residence and saloon. Most of the buildings were rebuilt. Mr. LaFavre did not rebuild his house there, but built where the “Old Valley House” used to be. He first run a saloon but now has a drug store. The telephone office was rebuilt of concrete. Mr. Lewis run it for about five years, but Mr. William Pohlman is overseas now. Mr. Tucker rebuilt his barbershop and is now carrying on business. Mr. Dempsy’s residence was rebuilt of brick, which is known as “Dempsy’s Hotel.” But they have not been keeping boarders lately. Mr. Slaten did not rebuild his office but moved it over the V. C. Confectionery.


Stump blowers at the Snedeker farm south of Jerseyville had an unusual experience with dynamite Monday. Three charges were failures. The failures were unexplained until one of the men saw Ted, the farm dog, dart at a burning fuse and bite it off. The dog had to be locked in a shed in order that the work might be continued. The owners of the dog say an explosion angers him. Edwardsville Intelligencer, March 3, 1915.

Horsemen from all over the United States are beginning to arrive to attend the first annual horse sale, which will be held tomorrow. Jersey county and the adjoining county of Greene have produced more holders of world’s records than any other part of the country. Some of the best blood in the horse world will be placed on the auction block at the sale. Edwardsville Intelligencer, March 3, 1915.


Jersey County News, April 6, 1916

NUTNOOD. A misnomer for an old landmark of the locality was laid off in lots and called Pittsburg. At the mouth of Otter Creek another embryo town was known as Philadelphia. Nutwood has only one street, which is known as Lawler boulevard, which terminates at the Red Onion. The primitive fire department consists of a six-foot stepladder, a tobacco bucket and a horse syringe. An old lady informed us that there wasn’t a man despicable enough to assume the office of chief of police. The old lady, in opposition to most of her sex, was not loquacious – a two hour rapid conversation was her limit. Your scribe was surprised to see the changes in this locality. When we first knew it the Civil War was in progress. Nevlin conducted a booze bazaar. This old building is there now intact. N. kept a distinct brand known as “squirrel whiskey.” One drink would make you climb a tree, two would make a rabbit spit in a bull dog’s face. He had a milder preparation that contained tansty. This was kept for the use of candidates and politicians. It was in this building that Frank Brookins (alias Big Injin) was killed by Nevlin and Lee Snyder, a brother of the late John Snyder. N. had money and S. none, so Snyder was the goat, and was sentenced to Joliet. Three fourths of a mile east of here Columbus Rowden was killed by a Benj. Spry. A very worthy man named Jump sold N. a pair of oxen for $55 early on morning. Jump started in to see how much he could soak up; next day he was broke.

ROSEDALE. “Widder Ridge,” Rosedale, was founded by the late Capt. J. D. Sinclair. It is located on the north bank of Coon Creek. This turbulent stream, ordinarily small, gets on a rampage and does an immense damage to the adjacent farms.
Coon Creek Academy is an old knowledge mill built by “Hack” Andrews in ’58 or ’59. Andrews lived in the residence now owned and occupied by Jas. Wedding.

NECROPOLIS. In this graveyard the writer’s father is buried and many of our old friends, neighbors and acquaintances there rest. The visitor to this place will observe a monument erected to Cyrus Archy. It reads “Killed by the hand of assassin.”

“WIDDER’S RIDGE.” Perhaps two miles from the noise and bustle of R –, on the highest point in Jersey county, the traveler beholds a collection of houses. He is informed by Uncle Sam’s R. F. D. man that this is “Widder Ridge.” It received this cognomen from our friend, the late Edward Prentice Lowe. We were informed that these ladies are bound under an objuration not to remarry under penalty of death.
It is claimed that the cause leading to this alliance was occasioned by a widow who made it a business of miscuous marriage – she had entered the matrimonial arena seven times – and contemplated doing so again, saying in a jocular conversation that as long as the Lord kept taking her husbands, she would too.

Yours, Bob Maltimore


July, 5, 1917 – Four persons were drowned at Hardin, Ill. late last night when an auto was driven off a ferry boat into the Illinois river. The dead are: Mr. and Mrs. Houghtlin and their 4 year old son, Leslie, of Jerseyville, Ill., and Mrs. Houghtlin’s cousin, Miss Rena Johnson, of Los Angeles. The party had been on a Fourth of July picnic trip. [Note: May be George and Emma Houghtin]


Commencement Exercises. The commencement exercises of the Grafton high school will be held at the Masonic Hall Friday evening, May 17th. The class had a meeting a few evenings ago and decided not to have invitations to friends and relatives, as it was always the custom, but they would turn the money over to the Red Cross society. The sum of $28 was recently raised at a social given by the Seniors. The girls will deliver orations but the boys who have been working at the Rippley Boat Co., will not have to have an oration. The class will not have flowers this year.

Attend Wedding Dance. Many Graftonians journeyed to Brussels in machines on Thursday evening of last week to attend the wedding dance of Claud Marshall. Mr. Marshall was recently married to Miss Grace Adderton of Jerseyville. Those who attended were Harry Robinson of Alton, Ernest and Leo LaMarsh, Charles Campbell, Dewey McDow, Robert Goodrich. Miss Zona Powers and Leo LaMarsh furnished the music.

Grafton Personal Items.

Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Carey of Alton motored to Grafton Sunday where they spent the day at the Frank Rippley home. They were accompanied home by Mrs. Carey’s sisters, Misses Camille and Bernice Rippley, who spent Saturday evening at their home.
Mrs. Harry Edwards departed Friday morning for Duquoin, Ill., where she will be the guest of Miss Lillian Mifflians, for a few days.
Mrs. Thomas Calahan and son Frederick, who have been visiting for the past two weeks with St. Louis relatives returned home Saturday evening.
Miss Thelma Wagner of Grafton had as her guest during the weekend Miss Dorothy Long of Alton,
Howard Davis of Granite City spent the weekend with his mother, Mrs. M. Davis, in Grafton.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Freeman spent Wednesday evening at the home of the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kaslick, at William’s Hollow.
Mrs. Ella Allemang and Mrs. Wm. Daubman were among the Alton shoppers Friday.
Charles Overmeyer of Jerseyville spent Sunday evening at the R.H. Mears home in Grafton.
Miss Margaret Ruebel of Alton spent the weekend at the home of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Ruebel. She was accompanied by Miss Minnie Beiser.
Messrs. Edwin and Robert Warren, who are attending St. Louis University, spent the weekend with their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Fred Warner, and family
Charles Eichorn and daughter, Miss Golda of Deer Plain, were among the Grafton business visitors Monday.
Mrs. Sidney Rayborn, Mrs. Steele and Mrs. Charles Thomas and children of Alton were entertained at the home of the latter’s mother, Mrs. Frank LaMarsh on Wednesday of last week.
Mrs. James Freeman and sister-in-law, Miss Zita Freeman, spent Thurs- (cont. page 3) [remainer of article missing]

Leg is Broken. Fred Breitweiser. A prominent farmer of the Delhi vicinity, had his right leg broken in a peculiar manner Saturday. He was driving a young team of horses hitched to a harrow in a field near the road when an auto passed. The team became frightened and swung the harrow around against his leg, breaking the large bone just above the ankle.

October 1918

FUNERALS RESTRICTED TO RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. Funerals must be restricted to immediate relatives and close friends, according to a notice sent to local undertakers by the state board of health. This order, which has been in force since October 12, was issued as a preventative measure against the influenza epidemic. It applies to all funerals, whether the deceased died of a contagious disease or not.


June, 11, 1919. Everett Parsell, son of Peter R. Parsell, a wealthy farmer living south of Jerseyville, has gone to Chicago to take the Pasteur treatment for rabies. The dog was killed and its head taken to Chicago for examination. Several weeks ago a mad dog ran at large for several days.

Suit has been brought by Mrs. Adelaide Timmons of Jerseyville to break the will of her father the late Charles W. Fairbanks, former Vice President, which disposes of $8,000,000 worth of property and left her an annuity of $2,500. This property includes 10,000 acres of land in Greene county. The will was filed for probate at Carrollton in 1918. Edwardsville Intelligencer, September 20, 1919.


News from Lebanon, N.H. states that the engagement of the Rev. Harold S. Farrill, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Jerseyville, and Miss Elsie Babbit of Lebanon, has been announced after a courtship of seven days. They were childhood friends when the Jerseyville pastor lived in Lebanon, but had not seen or heard from each other for 18 years. Rev. Farrill was installed last summer as pastor of the Jerseyville church. The wedding will take place in November. Edwardsville Intelligencer September, 10, 1920.


H. U. Landon of Jerseyville was elected by the Madison County Farm Bureau and will take up the duties here on February 1. He is a son of W. D. Landon, well known farmer of Jerseyville and member of one of the old families of Jersey county. Mr. Landon is a graduate of the Jerseyville High School and afterwards finished a course in agriculture at the University of Illinois. After graduating from the University he took charge of his father’s farm of 360 acres and has built it up to a high state of cultivation. Edwardsville Intelligencer, January, 5, 1921.

Another woman is charged with causing the family troubles which resulted in Mrs. Dorothy Sunderland of Granite City to file a suit for divorce against her husband, Dr. Jett Sunderland, a Jerseyville dentist. She says she is now employed by a St. Louis hardware firm to support a minor child. They were married at Jerseyville on October 4, 1907 and separated on [October?] 31, 1918. The petition states her husband declared he did not care for her. According to papers he has paid $8 monthly toward the support of the child. Edwardsville Intelligencer, September 27, 1921.


The fall term of the circuit court will convene Monday, the twenty sixth of September, with Judge Norman L. Jones of Carrollton as presiding judge. The docket for this term is not very heavy. A large number of cases continuances from the past term There are nineteen criminal cases on the docket, twenty common law eighty – one chancery cases. The criminal cases consist this term of four appearances before the grand jury. One of the appearances is for violation of the prohibition law, one for larceny and two for burglary and larceny. On the docket outside of appearances are five larceny charges, two burglary, on burglary and larceny and four charges of confidence game. Most of the criminal cases aside from this term’s grand jury appearances are continuances from the March term of the court. The common law branch of the docket also shows numerous continuances.


Miss Anna Norris, age 18, step-daughter of Henry Schults, farmer, of Jerseyville, was instantly killed in in Jerseyville at 8:30 o’clock Saturday night when an automobile in which she and her fiance, Russell Campbell, were riding, collided with a buggy. Campbell and Miss Norris were on their way to be married when the accident occurred. Campbell, who is a farmer, sustained minor injuries. Edwardsville Intelligencer, October 16, 1922.

Miss Juanite Woolsey, 17 years old, of Jerseyville, and Charles Howell, 19, of Alton, were taken into custory by detectives at 3915 Blair avenue, St. Louis, Monday after another roomer had reported Howell had a wife and family in Alton and had come to the Blair avenue address with the girl two weeks ago. Howell told police he believed his wife had obtained a divorce and that he was preparing to marry Miss Woolsey. An hour after the man and girl had been detained police received a telegram from Alton police, asking for the arrest of Howell, for wife abandonment. The girl was placed in charge of the matron. Edwardsville Intelligencer, October 11, 1922. [Note: daughter of Stephen and Eva Woolsey.]

William P. Dunham of Jerseyville who was killed Saturday when a truck he was driving overturned, left insurance to the value of $75,000. Dunham left a wife and seven children and it was thought that there was no money for the family. Dunham ran a grocery store at Jerseyville and had only a modest income, but had managed to carry the insurance. Edwardsville Intelligencer, November 14, 1922. [Note: William Parker Dunham. See Dunham family link on main page.]

Bible reading and church going will be required of persons getting paroles from Judge Chapman of the Jersey county court, the justice announced. Those paroled will have to attend some church every Sunday and will have to read a portion of the bible every day, and be able to pass an examination on the portions read. Decatur Review, December 28, 1922.


Jersey County News, Spring 1927

ROSEDALE WAS WINNER OF DOUBLE HEADER. Rosedale’s ball team won a double header at the Rosedale Diamond near that village Sunday afternoon. The first game was between Rosedale and Rockbridge and was a close contest, the former team wining by the score of nine to ten. The battery for Rockbridge was Crockett and Crockett, and for Rosedale, Wesley Dabbs, Narup and Plummer. Dabbs started the game for Rosedale and retired after the third inning in favor of Narup. Dabbs made four hits out of five trips to the plate during the first game. A feature during the first game was a running catch of what looked to be a three base hit. The catch was made by Clifford Johnson the center fielder for Rosedale.
The second game was an easy victory for Rosedale, the opposing team being the nine from the Beal Plant at Alton. Griesemer pitched for Rosedale, and at all times held the visiting team at his mercy. The final score of the game was 13 to 1 in favor of Rosedale. The hitting of W. Dabbs, Plummer and Jimmy Crull was the feature of the game. Dabbs connected for three safe hits, Plummer for three, and Jimmy Crull clouted a home run with two men on bags. Next Sunday afternoon Rosedale team will meet the Grafton nine at Grafton.

Letters to the Newspaper, Jerseyville, Illinois, December 9, 1927

Dear Santa Claus: Will you please bring me a dog harness, tricycle, steam engine, Sandy Andy, printer outfit, a pop gun. I would like to have one dozen baloons, a canon, a tractor and equipment, a fish pond, some stencils, a map of United States, shooting gallery, a stocking full of toys, a chime, a phone, a globe of the world. I would like to have jig saw puzzles, clever tricks and a circus outfit. Pick out what you think is best for me. With love, Vincent Pearce Jerseyville, Ill
Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me oranges, candy, nuts and a book. I am a little boy 6 years old. William Burns, Dow, Ill.
Dear Santa: I am a little boy seven years old and go to the Shakerag school. I want a flashlight, wagon, marbles, house slippers, truck, cap-gun and caps, and candy, oranges and nuts. And don’t forget the other boys and girls. Yours truly, Arthur Krause. Jerseyville, Ill.
Dear Santa Claus: I want a doll named Bubbles, some games, a music roll, an over night bag, ka doll house and furniture and family, a set of dishes and a cutout dolly. Virginia Rose Mercurio 506 South Washington St. Jerseyville, Ill.
Dear Santa Claus: Please come to my home Christmas eve. Bring me a “suck-a-thumb” doll, ironing board, clothesline, dresser and dishes and Christmas tree. Brink Franklin the new Ford. Your little girl, Florence Lola Schmidt, Fieldon Ill.
Dear Santa: I am a little girl 9 years old in the 4th grade at school. For Christmas I want a set of dishes, knives and forks and spoons, and also candy, nuts and oranges. So Santa please don’t forget me. From your little girl, Irene Busch, Jerseyville, Ill. Route 4 Primary room, Otterville, Ill.
Dear Santa: Please bring me an electric train and a sled which is called Flying Arrow, pump gun or a bebe gun that has 1000 shots. Your friend, William Douglas Sunderland Jerseyville, Ill.
Dear Santa Claus: As the roads are rather bad down our way, we decided to write and ask you to come and bring our presents in your aeroplane. All of the planes that have Otterville have landed on top of Humiston’s store. Following is a list of our names and what we’d like to have:
Floyd Ayers, Cork gun and car.
Phyllis Blasa, Mamma doll and a sled.
Alvin Ayres, B. B. gun
Helen Wahle, Sled and new dress
Harold Newberry, Watch
Lewis Henson, Cork gun
Estel Henson, B. B. Gun
Francis Tucker, Pump gun
Vernon Ayres, Blackboard and a gun
Walter Egelhoff, Bicycle and knife
Irene Busch, Sled, a set of dishes and knives, forks and spoons.
Clyde Gowin, Watch, knife and story book.
Hazel Ayres, Doll and a box of handkerchiefs
Arlenda Tucker, Twin dolls and a pair of 4-buckle overshoes
Ralph Maguire, Repeating Rifle
Pauline Cory, Wrist watch, handkerchiefs and 4 buckle overshoes
Ralph Ayres, Knife and sled
Harry Price, Train and car
Wayne Ridenour, B. B. Gun and a knife
Melba Noble, Sled, table cloth and napkins
Ruth Kappler, Doll and tea set
If we haven’t asked for too much, will you please bring us some candy nuts and oranges, also? Your little friends of Otterville. P. S. – If you aren’t too “awfully busy we’s like to have you come to the school program given Thursday evening, 7:15 at the Baptist Church.


Jersey County News, Thursday, September 20, 1934

3 PERSONS DIE IN JERSEY FIRE. Trapped by Flames As Rescue Attempts Fail at Legate Home. Three, Leaping From Second Story Window, Are Injured After Effort to Reach Victims. MOTHER OF BABE GIVES THE ALARM. Funeral of Grace and FredaLegate and Orville Crull To Be Held at Meadow Branch Friday.

     Three lives were lost and three people were injured when fire destroyed the five-room county home of Mr. And Mrs. Harry Legate a quarter of a mile northwest of the Meadow Branch School in the Grafton vicinity about three o’clock Wednesday morning.
     The dead are: Grace Legate, 21, and Freda Legate, 11, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Legate, and Orville Crull, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Crull of Rosedale.
     The injured are Earl Legate, 26, Cora Legate, 15, and Charles Crull. Miss Cora Legate suffered a severe back injury in addition to severe burns when she jumped from a second story window. Earl Legate and Charles Crull also suffered burns.
     Mr. and Mrs. Crull were staying at the home of her parents while Mr. Crull was assisting in picking apples at the Luther Legate orchard nearby.

Discovers Fire.
     The fire was discovered by Mrs. Crull, who was sleeping in an upstairs room with her small son and sisters, Grace and Cora. Earl Legate and Charles Crull were also sleeping in an upstairs bedroom. Mrs. Crull awakened about three o-clock and saw a bright light in the kitchen. Mrs. Legate had been feeling ill Tuesday and when Mrs. Crull saw the light in the kitchen she thought her mother had taken ill and rushed down to see what was the matter. When she opened the kitchen door the flames burst into her face.
     Being unable to reach bedrooms of her mother and father and Walter, 8, and Thelma Legate, 7, who were sleeping downstairs, she ran around the house and awaken them.
     Earl Legate, running into the burning room to rescue the children fell forward when one foot ran through a hole burned in the floor. He crawled to a window and jumped to safety. Miss Grace, going to the bed, fell through the same hole where her brother had fallen and was able to escape.Charles Crull also escaped by jumping out of a window. Each of the three, escaping from the upstairs jumped through different windows. Freda, 11, also suffocated in the burning room.

Origin of Fire Unknown.
     The origin of the fire is unknown as there had not been a fire in the kitchen, where the blaze is believed to have started, since about five o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Only a small amount of bed clothing from the downstairs beds and a few chairs were saved. Six hundred quarts of fruit were also destroyed. A small amount of insurance was carried on the property.
     Mr. and Mrs. Legate and family and Mr. and Mrs. Crull are staying temporarily at the home of the former’s brother, Luther Legate, but will later make their home in the property belonging to the late Mrs. Elizabeth Stahl estate.
     Coroner William E. Hopper, who was summoned to the scene of the tragedy, conducted an inquest and the jury returned a verdict of “Death from suffocation by fire in a burning house.”
     Members of the jury were James Wedding, foreman, Ezra Crull, August Stahl, Fred Burch, Hallie McCoy and James McCoy.
     Misses Grace and Freda Legate are survived by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Legate, four brothers, Walter and Earl Legate at home, Roe Legate of Grafton and Howard Legate of San Antonio, Tex., and one sister, Miss Cora Legate.
     Orville Crull was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Crull and was born on the farm where his death occurred. Besides his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Legate, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Crull of Rosedale.

Triple Funeral Services.
     Triple funeral services will be held for the tragedy victims at Meadow Branch cemetery Friday afternoon, September 21, at two o’clock. All three bodies will be placed in the same casket.
     Rev. L.L. Hampton of Jerseyville will officiate and interment will be in the Meadow Branch Cemetery.
     Yesterday morning’s tragedy was the second to visit the Legate farm. About six years ago Meriam Legate, eight year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Legate of the Grafton vicinity, cousins of the Mr. Legate at (unknown word) home tragedy occurred yesterday was burned to death on Christmas eve when their home was destroyed by fire.

From Marty Crull.

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