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Miss Nina Crull returned home last Wednesday after spending several days visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Crull. — Wesley Dabbs and Orville McGrew of Alton spent Sunday at the home of the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Dabbs. — Mr. and Mrs. John Peterson and family and Mr. Jason Corwin of near Hardin attended the children’s day program here Sunday — Miss Alma Ridenour was on the sick list the past week. — Marshall Myers of Newbern is visiting his sister, Mrs. Leone Crull this week. — D. B. Grether made a business trip to Jerseyville one day last week. — Children’s day was observed at the M. E. Church last Sunday. There was a large attendance. Seventy-four were present. The following program was rendered:

    Opening song — Cheer and Blessing — Intermediate Class
    Greeting — Lucille Crull.
    I’ll Tell You Something — Leslie Bull.
    If — Glennon Myers
    Scattering Love — Mary Bull.
    The Puppy — Woodrow Crull
    Making Sunshine — Velma Groppel
    Brighten Your Corner — Dimple Gilleland
    Tit for Tat — Nellie Levi
    Song — In The Garden — Junior Class
    Exercise — A Basket of Flowers — Dorothy Dabbs, Dimple Gilleland, Velma Groppel, Fern Schmidt, Nellie Levi, Beulah Dabbs.
    In Our Sunday School — Irene Grether
    Give A Smile — Lester Crull
    Look Ahead — Ray Ridenour
    Duet — I’m the Child of a King — Clara Myers and Anna Wedding
    Flag Drill — Intermediate and Junior Classes
    Song — Betsey Ross — Intermediate and Junior Classes.
    A Summer Day — Thelma Reed
    Come Unto Me — Mildred Jackson
    Forest Praises — Floy Johnson
    I’m Glad You Come — Mildred Crull
    Good-bye to Children’s Day — Charles Crull
    Song — We Are Willing Workers — Intermediate Class

The church was beautifully decorated with pink roses, ferns and crape paper. The flag drill given by eight girls dressed in white and wearing red hair ribbons and blue sashes was beautiful. Every girl carried a flag and at the conclusion of the drill they sang Betsy Ross. After the program a basket dinner was served at the grove near the church. Louis E. Groppel returned to Jerseyville Sunday spending the weekend with his son Edward. — Adele Stafford departed Monday Morning for Norman, Ill., where she will spend 6 weeks.

HONOR ROSEDALE COUPLE ON SILVER WEDDING DATE. Supervisor and Mrs. William J. Groppel of Rosedale were the central figures in a large gathering of relatives and friends Sunday at the town hall in Rosedale in honor of the 25th anniversary of their marriage. The affair was successfully planned as a surprise basket dinner and eighty guests were present. A social feature of the celebration was the performance of a mock wedding, with Mr. and Mrs. Groppel again appearing in the roles of bride and groom. The “ceremony” was in charge of Rev. Henry Heyer of Grafton, pastor of the Grafton and Rosedale M. E. churches. Mr. and Mrs. Groppel received a number of remembrances appropriate to the occasion. Both have many friends and are highly respected in the county, where they have resided many years. Mrs. Groppel was, before her marriage, Miss Ella Crull. The guests included Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dunsing and son of Wood River, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Groppel and daughter –in-law, Mrs. Albert Holteen, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Groppel, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Groppel, Mrs. Rhoda Crull, mother of Mrs. W. J. Groppel, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Lowe of Jerseyville, Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Crull and son, Laverne, Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Crull and family, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schellenberg of Brighton, Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Lowe and family, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Grafford and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Murphy and family of Jerseyville, Rev. Henry Heyer of Grafton, Mrs. Emma Grant of St. Louis, Mrs. Mary Johnson and family, Miss Elizabeth Eddington and Miss Mildred Vermillion of Brighton and Edward Groppel of Jerseyville. April 26, 1934.


     An epidemic of mumps has raged throughout Jersey County for several weeds, affecting the attendance in city and rural schools. Practically all pupils who were absent from the city grade schools on account of the disease have recovered and are again at their desks. The malady has run its course in many of the country districts also, with an occasional new outbreak reported.
     Franklin school, east of Jerseyville, was closed Friday morning, due to the illness of the teacher, Miss Helen Utt, who is ill at her home in this city. Miss Utt is a victim of mumps, being among the last in her school to acquire the disease. With the exception of two all the Franklin pupils have been ill during the epidemic of mumps. Miss Jean Sunderland, teacher of the Douglas school, has returned to her duties convalescent from the prevailing malady.

Old Landmark Doomed

The work of wrecking the Sunderland blacksmith shop on North State Street is progressing this week. The shop is one of the old landmarks of the city and harks back to the early days when Jerseyville was but a struggling village.
     With the advent of the automobile, the blacksmith shops in the country began to diminish in number, for there was less and less use for old dobbin, and the art of horse shoeing at the present date is rapidly passing into the same category as the manufacture of damascus steel.
     The log cabin was erected by Dr. Edward A. D’Arcy, one of the pioneer settlers of Jerseyville, who came to this locality in 1833. The cabin was erected by D’Arcy for the accomodation of a negro servant whom he brought here from New Jersey. The name of the negro was Samuel Evans, and he was the father of the late Israel Evans.
     It is reported that a modern filling station will be erected on the site of the old cabin.

     Perhaps the largest catch of fish with a seine ever know in Jersey County was reported last week by William Galore and William Richter, two fishermen of the Grafton vicinity, whose haul totaled more than 15,000 pounds.
     Galore and Richter used one hundred yards of seine, setting the snare around a huge eddy in the Illinois River near the mouth of Coon Creek. The seine was drawn as near the shore as possible and dipnets were used in removing fish to boats, nine of which were filled with the catch of perch, buffalo and carp.
     William Shafer, a Grafton fish dealer, arrived at the scene and assisted the fishermen in transvcerring the large catch. John Galore a son of Wm. Galore, also helped land dthe record-breaking haul. The fish were sold to Grafton, Hfardin, St. Louis kand Alton markets.
     The largest previous catch of fish with a seine in the Grafton vicinity was twelve years ago when a group of fisherman landed 6,000 pounds.

     Five generations, representing a span of more than ninety years, are shown in the above picture [no picture available], the oldest being Fred Schmidt, 90, of the Grafton vicinity, and the youngest being his great -great granddaughter, Loretta McKinney, eight-week-old, of Medora. Seated beside Mr. Schmidt holding the infant is his great granddaughter, Mrs. Thelma McKinney, 20, of Medora. Standing is Mrs. Lloyd Weaver, 38, of Rosedale, granddaughter of Mr. Schmidt, and his son, Fritz Schmidt, 65, of Rosedale.
     Mr. Schmidt is one of Jersey county’s few nonagenarians and anyone who did not know his age would take him for a man much younger. Mr. Schmidt was born in Hanover, Germany, on December 25, 1847. He received his early education in Germany and because he did not desire to serve in the German army, which was compulsory, he decided to come to America and arrived in New York City on July 4, 1868. Accompany him to America was his oldest brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Deitrich Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt later came to Jersey County arriving in Jerseyville of January 4, 1869. Another brother, August, and other relatives had come to the United States prior to Mr. Schmidt’s arrival and served in the Civil War.
     Mr. Schmidt, a visitor at the News officer Tuesday afternoon, stated that when he first came to Jerseyville the only brick building in the town was the old National Bank Building on Main Street, all the other buildings being of frame construction.
     After arriving in Jersey County he engaged in farming for a time and then took up the trade of a stone mason. He worked on a number of buildings in Jerseyville including the rectory at St. Francis Xavier’s church and the Wagner & Flynn building.
     Mr. Schmidt has always resided in Jersey County since arriving in 1869. He was married on June 9, 1872, in Jerseyville to Miss Mary Baldridge. They were the parents of five children, all of whom are living. The death of Mrs. Schmidt occurred on September 22, 1904. Their children are Fritz Schmidt of Rosedale, Mrs. Lena Thomas of Jerseyville, Mrs. Herbert Dabbs of the Grafton vicinity, John Schmidt of Fieldon and Mrs. Luther Meyers of Elsah. Mr. Schmidt has for several years made his home with this son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Dabbs, of the Grafton vicinity. He has fifteen grandchildren, thirty-nine great grandchildren and five great -great grandchildren.
     A few years after arriving in Jersey county Mr. Schmidt got his naturalization papers at the old courthouse in Jerseyville, and cast his first presidential vote in Fieldon for Hayes, the Republican candidate for President. He has always been a Republican but several times he says he cast his vote for Democratic candidates in Jersey County.
     Mr. Schmidt is quit active for his age and is enjoying good health. He is well-informed on present day affairs and when asked his opinion on Hitler said, “Well I believe he turned out better than we expected.” He assists Mr. Dabbs with work about the farm and only a few days ago helped cut corn. He is also still active in the stone mason work and about two years ago laid the foundation and walls for a large barn on the farm of his grandson, Truman Dabbs, in the Fieldon vicinity.
     Mr. Schmidt did not speak the English language when he first came here and said he learned most of the language after his children were up old enough to go to school. He knew the letters but could not pronounce the words. He said he would take the schoolbooks and spell the words to his children who would tell him how to pronounce the words.
     He has never made a visit to Germany since he left in 1868.


     The disputed theory that the original builders of mounds in the Illinois and Mississippi valleys were a separate race of people apart from the Indians is given strength by research work and findings made by George H. Dougherty of Otterville, Illinois.
     There has been a decided tendency on the part of modern historians to discredit the mound builders as being a different race that the Indians. The findings of Dougherty stand as mute evidence, and the observer may draw his own conclusions.
     Dougherty lives in the little historic village of Otterville, the town where free education in Illinois had its birth in 1834. The average party driving through the small town little dreams that in the house where Dougherty lives may be found one of the finest collections of Indian and Mound Builder relics any place outside of a museum of nationwide scope.
     Dougherty has been collecting his relics over a long period of time, and practically all of his collection was taken from mounds in Jersey County where mound builders and Indians buried their dead. The collection contains some extremely rare pieces and objects that prove conclusively that other that Indians at one time occupied the Mississippi and Illinois River valley.

     Possibly one of the rarest finds made by Dougherty consists of two pieces taken from a mound along the Piasa Creek in Jersey county. One piece of jade is in a circular form and has a hole through the center of the jade disc.
     Another piece of jade consists of a truncated pyramid some four inches in height with a base about one and a half inches square, the lesser base at the top being about three quarters of an inch square.
     Since jade is found only in China and New Zealand the discovery of Dougherty would have a tendency to prove a migration to this section of America prior to the Indian period or a possible migration from the Mayan empire of prehistoric days of Central America where some pieces of jade have been found, tending to prove that possibly the ancestors of the Mayans were of original origin.

     Another fact that tends to prove that the Orientals may have settled in this section of the new world prior to the Indian period was the discovery by Father Marquett on the river bluffs in the Elsah vicinity of pictures of two monsters described by Marquett in his journal of the exploration trip as follows: The creature was as large as a calf with horns on the head like those of a deer, frightful look, red eyes, beard like a tiger, the face something like a man’s, the body covered with scales, the tail so long that it made a circuit of the body, passing over the head and returning between the legs, terminating in a tail like that of a fish. The colors that composed it were green and black.”
     The Indians when questioned about the images on the cliff apparently had no knowledge of their origin other than [remainder of clipping is missing]


Pasteur treatment is being administered to Gertrude Ridenour of Otterville, seven year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ridenour of the village seven miles south west of Jerseyville, as a result of an attack by a mad dog. The child in company with her brother five years of age was playing in a field Friday, the thirteenth, near the children’s home. The dog which was a large hound, attacked the girl and bit her severely. The girl’s brother came to the rescue of his sister who had been knocked down by the vicious brute and pelted the animal with stones until it desisted from its attack. The dog then continued its antics and went on a rampage in the vicinity of Otterville. It attacked a number of other dogs and bit several cattle and horses before it was finally killed by a farmer. The girl was brought to Jerseyville to the office of Dr. H. R. Gledhill for medical attention and he began the administration of the Pasteur treatment. Emmett Castor, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Castor, is also under medical treatment with Dr. C. F. Lewis for wounds obtained from the attack of a dog. The Castor boy was attacked while he was visiting relatives east of white Hall Sunday afternoon. The dog bit him several times and then began to have fits. It then continued to run and bite at other animals in the vicinity. The dog was killed and its head was forwarded to Springfield for an analysis of its brain to determine if it was suffering from rabies.

UNITED WAR WORK DRIVE. Jersey County’s Quota Raised To $21,000. School District Committees Named to Raise Fund Nov. 11th to 18th.

To The People of Jersey County:
     The United States Government again calls you to perform a patriotic duty for the welfare of our soldiers and sailors. Their glorious achievement will result in a triumphant victory.
     Jersey County has answered every call and met every quota since our country entered the war. It must and will answer this one.
     By request of the government the following seven war activity organizations will conduct the United War Work Campaign to raise $255,770,000 in the United States during the week of November 11th to 18th; Young Men’s Christian Association; Young Women’s Christian Association; National Catholic War Council; Jewish Welfare Board; American Library Association; War Camp Community Service; Salvation Army.
     This sum has been apportioned to the States. The States have been apportioned their quotas to the counties in the State. Jersey County’s quota is $21,000. This amount has been distributed to the school districts of the County on the personal apportionment basis, similar to the plan adopted in the County for the Fourth Liberty Loan drive. In the Liberty Loan campaign the personal apportionment was computed on the basis of four per cent on the individual’s valuation, no one being given an apportionment where holdings are less than $1000.
     The personal apportionment in the United War Work campaign has been computed in the following way: A man is worth $1200 and was apportioned a $50 bond. His apportionment in the United War Work campaign will be five per cent of his bond apportionment, or $2.50. Any person can compute his assessment by taking five per cent of his bond apportionment; this will be the rule whether the bond apportionment was under subscribed or over subscribed. All persons in Class AA (valued under $1000) are expected to subscribe for $1.00 and up.
     The apportionment lists for all the school districts are being prepared and will be placed in the hands of the Chairman of the district committees for verification and reference.
     On account of the influenza no public meetings in the school houses and towns will be planned. The committee in each district will be held responsible for the work in the district. The committee is authorized to name others to assist them. Every Church in the County is requested to name an auxiliary committee to assist the district committee where the Church is located.

District Committees. Following are the district committees charged with the responsibility of raising the district quotas:

1. Bott – George Hays, Geo. Grabble, Henry Yost.
2. Pembroke – Chas. Wendle, Thos. R. Welsh, Calvin Klotz.
3. Diamond – Dixon Mundle, Martin Fitzgibbons, Wallace Ingersoll.
4. Delhi – Clarence Sunderland, John Gibbons, Thos. Kell.
5. Wagonblast – Louis Wagonblast, John Massears, W. H. Rowell.
6. Central – Karl Diestelhorst, Ed J. Norton, C. P. Long.
7. Eldredge – Peter Michael, Harry simpson, Os Hanold.
8. Prairie Union – Tunis Craig, Grover Pearce, Jerry Lahey.
9. Paradise – Garret Craig, Thomas Trotter, Dean Hickman.
10. Brighton – Thos. Ingham, Martin Fuser.
11. Brush College – W. R. Hewitt, Frank Komarck, Lloyd Day.
12. Franklin – B. L. Gorman, Hugh Moore, John T. Shine.
13. Fidelity – Arthur Rich, W. K. Dodge, Chas Gaffney.
14. Oakland – M. C. Elliott, P. W. Dougherty, J. L. Tober.
15. Hawkins’ Prairie – Edw. Ruyle, H. Y. Gilworth, Thos. L. Bradshaw.
16. Jefferson – Ed Rintoul, Walter St. Peters, Mike Fessler.
17. Randolph – C. E. Locke, R. L. Smith, George Wendle.
18. Elsah – Albert Spatz, Wm. Tonkinson, J. B. Reintges.
19. Plainview – Harry Terry, Albert Godfrey, Ray Nevius.
20. Kemper – Thos. B. Ruyle, L. T. Elliott, John McKernan.
21. White Oak – Gustav Wagner, Marion Price, Court Johnston.
22. Dow – Tell McDow, Clarence Updike, Bert Chappee.
23. Round Prairie – Firm Cook, Martin Walsh, Oscar Rintoul.
24. Irene – Henry McClusky, George Bell, W. S. Lynn.
25. Webster – E. G. Cornwell, J. H. Seago, Chas. Updike.
26. Union – Eugene Everets, Andrew Walsh, J. B. Johnston.
28. Blackjack – H. J. Tuetken, J. P. Walsh, Frank Novotny.
29. White – John Duggan, Fred Egelhoff, Clifford Stanley.
31. Clayton – H. U. Landon, C. A. Waddell, James Lynn.
32. Henderson – John S. Kallal, John Kuebrich, Freeman Burger.
33. Centennial – J. C. Downey, F. M. Cowen, J. J. Quinn.
34. Jerseyville – Executive Committee.
35. Spencer – O. P. Parsell, Matt Henneghan, Rollo Cook.
36. Pleasant Hill – H. J. Steinkuhler,Richard Voorhees, Sam Sinclair.
37. Victory – Perry Pritchett, Warren Mains, Lester Shortal.
38. White Rose – F. J. Graves, Geo. W. Perkins. Frank Beierman.
39. Tolman – Frank Fulkerson, Richard Allen, Chas. Mourning.
41. Washington – Geo. A. Riley, Louis Prough, H. Frech.
42. Sherman – Gred Prough, Jas. F. Mains, F. W. Baptist.
43. Grafton – J. W. Newland, R. V. Jones, G. M. Dempsey, W. T. Byrnes, E. P. Edsall.
44. Liberty – Herbert Dabbs, Fritz Flunker, Pat McGrath.
45. Shiloh – Chas. W. Noble, George Mears, Ed. Highfill.
46. Salem – W. J. Chaplin, Geo. Erb, Robert McDow.
47. Pleasant Grove – H. J. Depper, D. J. Osborn, Adam Hagen.
48. Otterville – Chas. H. Terry, C. C. Calhoun, Leslie Dougherty.
49. Buckeye – Don M. Beach, Oscar Dabbs, Chas. Russell.
50. Fremont – Thos. Allen, Dennis Roach, Thos. J. Erwin.
51. Grank – A. J. Stamps, John Frazer, Oscar Henson.
52. Douglas – W. L. Sinclair, Fred Landon, Chas. Faulkner.
53. Buena Vista – Hugh Whitlow, Ed Fleming, Henry Feyerbend.
54. Franklin – Wm. Decker, Leo Beierman, Lawrence Powers.
55. Washington – P. F. Drainer, Henry Garrel, John Tonsor.
56. Central – Chas. W. Hunter, J. V. Kallal, Mike Costello.
57. Shakerag – F. A. Downey, Asa Beckner, F. J. Kallal.
58. Hickory Log – Chas. C. Harmon, J. L. Erwin, Harry Rice.
59. William’s Hollow – John Kaslick, Chas. Franz.
61. St. Andrews – P. O. Crull, A. J. Dabbs, Ed Skinner.
62. Meadow Branch – Luther Legate, W. J. Stahl, James McCoy.
63. Rosedale – Ernest Reed, Darius Crull, James Wedding.
64. Teneriffe – Grant Thompson, Wm. Lawler, John Isringhausen.
65. Pleasant Cove – Louis Kirchner, Wm. Stemmler, W. H. Dunsing.
66. Fieldon – Frank Rowden, Dr. B. M. Brewster, Tony Wheaton.
67. Lone Star – C. H. Reardon, Henry Heiderscheid, J. P. Combs.
68. Gunterman – L. J. Krueger, Wm. Weighard, John C. Hagen.
69. Reddish – Geo. W. Medford, Mrs. Tillie Morrison, Roy Medford.
71. Pleasant Hill – Thos. L. Seago, Virgil Smith, Lee Devening.
72. McKinley – Jesse G. Hopkins, Clifton Schudel, Stephen Healey.

     The entire amount should be secured during the week. Committees in the district should meet at the earliest time possible to plan their work.
     The committees from each district are invited to a luncheon and conference in the basement of the Baptist Church Saturday evening at 6 o’clock. At this conference the plan and work will be explained and pledge cards and buttons will be given out.
     The peace negotiations will not in any way change the plans of this campaign. It will take fully fifteen months after peace is declared to demobilize our army. The critical time with the patient is when his fever leaves. So, too, the critical time with our soldiers will come when peace is declared. That will be the time of relaxation when the morale of the man goes down. The work of these seven organizations will keep the boys clean, strong and cheerful.
     We are sure Jersey County will meet its full quota in one week. J. W. Becker, C. M. Hanes, D. E. Beaty, C. P. Atchison, P. M. Hamilton, B. H. Bowen, Flo Daniels – Executive Committee

Venerable veteran Henry C. Turner on Mar. 1 rounded out his 82 years which he spent in Jersey county and Jerseyville, 3 1/2 years active services during the Civil War expected. The old gentleman is still hale and hearty and a regular caller at this office every Saturday afternoon. We regret that he failed to report his birthday anniversary sooner as this item must be classed with stale news.

     Jerseyville is going to have a theatre if which it will be proud. The Gem has been practically rebuilt and is as pretty a theatre as there is in any city of this size in the state. The whole interior has been decorated, steam heat put in, large reflecting lights placed in the ceiling and the film room made seperate from the main room and is fire proof so that the whole machine could burn upand not a bit of the fire reach the audience room. Two exits have been made in the north wall and there are no steps the doors opening outward and onto a granitoid sidewalk. There are 580 comfortable chairs in the audience, and to keep from overheating in summer or winter two large ventilating fans have been placed over the stage so that the room will be comfortable summer and winter, doing away with the airdome.
     Mr. Pirtle will maintain the best of order and those who go to the theatre to talk or make lewd remarks will be invited out. No theatre in a city permits talking or other annoyance during the performance, whether the screen or in stage work, and this is as it should be. People who attend a picture show should not be annoyed by some smart alec desiring to be conspicuous. Messers. Reddish and Pirtle have gone to a great deal of expense to give Jerseyville a good theatre building and they should be patronized. Mr. Pirtle, the manager, assures us that the pictures shall be clean and instructive and the best that can be secured.
     There will be a glass awning on the front of the building profusely lighted with vari-colored lights makin a fine outward appearance as well as on the inside. There is also a ladies retiring room in the northeast corner of the auditorium. The whole building is fire proof and there will be an asbestos curtain that will shut off the stage from the auditorium, therefore patrons can feel perfectly safe while enjoying the show.
     A good theatre has been long desired here and now we have it. There will be occasional plays as well as screen entertainments.

Use of the Mad-Stone, by Howard Lurton

     I have an oval-shaped mad-stone about 2-1/2 inches in diameter and about 1-1/4 inches thick, which I inherited from my grandfather, N. M. Lurton.

     Description and use: A mad-stone is a porous stone, the pores of which do not extend entirely through the stone. Tradition describes its origin as the result of an accumulation of hair, dirt and other matter in the stomach of a deer or other animal, which was swalllowed during the licking of its body. It is used for the purpose of sucking or drawing the poison from the body in such cases as result from the poisonous bite of a mad dog, hence its name.

     Directions for its use: The mad-stone is first submerged in sweet milk which is then heated to a point that will no longer permit ones holding his hand in the same. This drives the air out of each and every pore and creates a vacuum in each of them. When the rock is no warmer than can be held in the hand, it is taken from the milk. The slow removal from the milk seals the pores, and the rock or stone is then ready for immediate application to the patient.

     Preparation of the patient: A small distance (one to six inches if possible) from the bite or wound, select a part of the body as smooth as possible, and with a sharp knive.scratch off the epidermis, or outer skin, until the blood can be seen, in small particles. The mad-stone is then pressed firmly against the prepared surface and given a slight rotary motion, to remove the milk sealing over the pores of the stone, and the sucking process beings. Permit the stone to remain for some time, usually from ten to tyhirty minutes, when the stone is removed and again placed in the milk. As the blood returns to the heart, through the veins of the body, the sucking of the stone draws the poison through the capillaries and stores it in the pores of the stone. By heating it in the milk again the stone is ready for another application. After four or five applications in succession discontinue the treatment for four or five hours, then use fresh milk again. Be sure to use care to prevent any foul or animal from drinking the used milk.—N. M. Lurton, Newbern, Illinois

In the list of chancery cases appears thirteen suits for divorce. The bills filed charge the usual causes of cruelty, non-support, adultery and abandonment. The following divorce suits appear on the docket: Ralph RAULSTON vs. Estelle RAULSTON; Ida May MILES vs. Wm. Miles; Wm. MAIN vs. Esther MAIN; Sarah SCHAAF vs. LOUIS SCHAAF; Susan SPRADLIN vs. Dennis SPRADLIN; Florence E. MULKEY vs. Benj. O. MULKEY; Chas. B. SHELLABARGER vs. Mazerty SHELLABARGER; Freda McCORMICK vs. Clifford McCORMICK; Fred PICKETT vs. Lottie PICKETT; Clara B. KING vs. Harry N. KING; Irene SCHELLENBERG vs. Lewis SCHELLENBERG; Dollie M. COPE vs. Claude L COPE; and Lottie M. PERDUN vs. Walter PERDUN.
In the suit of Clara B King vs. Harry King the bill sets forth that the couple were married on the 11th of June and the bill for divorce was filed exactly two months later in the 11th of August. Then the bill charges King with non-support and cruelty. In another bill filed three local women are named as correspondents in the case. The charge against the husband is adultery.


Testimony was taken in the case of the Grimes-Neely Memorial Ass’n. vs. Mackelden, et al, Tuesday before Master-in-Chancery Joseph M. Page. The complaintants had introduced testimony on a previous occasion and called a number of additional witnesses Tuesday. Their testimony was to prove that the cemetery association had been in the exclusive possession of all the ground now occupied by the cemetery for more than the period of the statute of limitations, establishing ownership by possession. However, a good deal of testimony was offered to show that on the plot of ground claimed by the Mackeldens a number of graves have been found, but who were buried there was not proven. There was also testimony to the effect that an Indian was buried there in the very early days, and there is said to be an interesting legend connected with the burial of the Indian. The defendants claim that the Indian was not buried on the ground now occupied by the cemetery but was buried on the ground owned by the Mackeldens and that their father never permitted the grave to be farmed over. The complainants concluded their testimony Tuesday and at a later date, a day will be set for the taking of testimony for the defendants, who are represented by Frank A. Whiteside and M. J. Dolan. The complainants are represented by Wm. Reardon and Clarence Reardon.


     Rev. Grover Cleveland Cross, pastor of the Franklin Park Baptist church in East St. Louis former pastor of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist church in Medora, and central figure in a two days’ religious disturbance there, decided to pay a visit to his band of followers there last Saturday evening. His visit, however, was cut short necessitating cancellation of plans for an all day picnic and love feast to have been given Sunday in his honor.
     Rev. Cross was met in front of the residence of Mrs. E. B. Ashurst on North Main Street, where he had been calling, by S. F. Simpson, a sharpshooter in the Indian wars. Simpson, it is reported, was well armed with a revolver, rock and cane.
     Rev. Cross got a good running start when Simpson fired his revolver the first time was still running when he fired it the last time. A series of performances in artful dodging and wiggling landed the minister in the open, hatless and unscathed. When he had crossed the danger zone the last shot was fired.
     A night’s search for the fleeing minister was unavailing, but the deep anxiety felt for his safety was relieved Sunday morning when Rev. Cross Telephoned that he had arrived at his home in East St. Louis. Burlington trainmen reported that a hatless man, answering Cross’ description, had boarded an early train at Piasa, five miles south of Medora. Former Village Marshall S. R. Clampitt who heard a shot fired and saw a man running eastward, called Night Officer Yotter to the scene of disturbance. Mr. Simpson pleaded guilty to a charge of peace disturbance and was fined five dollars and costs in night session of police magistrate Burns’ court. Having proved that his weapon was not concealed, he escaped a fine for carrying concealed weapons.
     Rev. Cross left Medora last November to become pastor of the Franklin Park Baptist church in East St. Louis. There were continual upheavals in the Medora Church during his pastorate, in one of which fifty-two members of the Helping Hand class were excluded from membership. Among those cast out were Simpson’s mother and several of his sisters prominently identified with the church for many years.

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