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Jersey County Democrat, 1884 – 1886Typed excerpts from the Jersey County Democrat. There may be typos.


January 31, 1884

Orin CARPENTER was indicted by the grand jusry at Lincoln for the murder of Zora BURNS. Judge HERDMAN refused bail and ordered him to jail. The sheriff refused to let his family make the cell comfortable for him, and they petitioned the court for the privilege, which was granted, except allowing him his watch, which Judge Herdman said could be used to escape with by using the springs as a saw.

Supervisors CARLIN, SEGREAVES and LANDON, the committee appointed to receive bids for the building of a temporary court house, met last Saturday and awarded the contract to N. F. SMITH, who was the lowest bidder. The bids were as folows: John McGEE, $1,050; U. D. HOWELL & Sons, $1,032; R. H. CLARK, $984; McNAIR Bros., $950; H. C. LEAK, $940; N. F. SMITH, $850. Mr. Smith began work Monday, and will push it forward to completion a srapidly as possible, the contract giving him till March 10th.

Mr. J. H. HAGGARD, state organizer of the Prohibition party, delivered two lectures last week in Son’s hall, in which he urged the policy and benefit of that party, if rightly presented to the people. A county central committee was organized, composed of the following: Dr. C. W. ENOS, chairman; A. J. OSBORNE, secretary; J. A. BARR, J. NORRIS, J. H. DUFFIELD, George HEAD and William McBRIDE. They will organize the conty for the fall campaign, both locally and nationally.

Mike FITZGERALD was tried in Judge POGUE’s court last week, and declared insane. He was confined in the calaboose till the morning train, and kept the tramps moving around lively all night. He choked one of them pretty badly, and they did not know which would be the better – for them to go out into the cold or hold him.

Mr. and Mrs. Will EGELHOFF, who went to Texas three weeks ago today, returned last Sunday. The latter did not improve in health, and they thought it best to return. She is some better since their arrival and rest from the journey, and we hope the spring weather will help her to improve still more.

Dr. E. L. H. BARRY has bought of Dr. G. S. MILES the lot west of the Episcopal church, on which the latter’s residence formerly stood, and will erect a handsome cottage thereon his spring. Price $1,200.

October 30, 1884

Last Friday evening Mr. and Mrs. J. H. LAMB celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage. One hundred inviations had been issued and the house was filled with friends. The bride and groom surrounded by their children, stood in the parlor and received the many congratulations tendered them. A person would supposed they were married very young judging by their youthful appearance, but Father Time has dealt kindly with them and they are nearing the half century mar. About ten o’clock an elegant repast was served and on such occasions this is always an enjoyable feature. After supper the guests were called together, and the editor of the Democrat read the follwoing poem composed for the occasion by Miss Annie McGANNON:

We come with greeting; from far and near,
The tones of the “wedding bells” we hear;
And we catch the echo while we may,
And HONOR this silver wedding day.
A reminiscence it stands to-night,
Of a day long vanished out of sight;
And yet, its tender memories cling,
Like remnants of song we often sing.

The treasured past hold jewels as rare,
As dew is pure ‘neath the mountain air,
We look along down the line of years,
And we find our smiles effaced by tears,
The “remember me,” “forget me not,”
Are “touching stones” in a hallow’d spot;
And the tend’rest yearning nevermore
Recall them from the echoless shore.

But ah! if “then” was a scene subline,
The “spring” has merged into “summer time,”
Together you fold the garlands gay,
And tenderly lay them all away.
Content with the fragments gathered up,
That fills to the brim – life’s joyous cup;
Secure in the mellowed light of joy,
That ne’er succumbs to the word destroy.

Your lives have had theri thorns and flowers,
Their autumn winds, and April showers;
While sunbeams peeping form their abode,
Elipsed the shadows along the road,
Time has imprinted with talent rare,
Uponyour faces the lines of care,
And ne’er did youth more tenderly speak
Than the autumn resting on your cheek.

And into your home has came life’s pearls,
The “sturdy boys,” and the “laughing girls,”
Treasures that naught on earth can compare.
Precious the casket of jewels rare.
Oh! happy home where the light of love,
Is e’en o’ershadowed,like that above;
May the years be few and far between,
If aught but happiness intervene.

But words are vain and of little good,
The silent part is best understood,
And “thoughts,” perhaps; we never express,
Are the ones that purify and bless.
If “length of days” be your promised boon,
And life ekes out beyond “high noon,”
Twenty-five years from to-night may you
Celebrate one of a “golden” hue.

And through life’s long circuitous way,
Rifts in the cloud, but preface the day,
Only a little ways farthr on,
The low decline of its setting sun.
Looking at you I lovingly think,
That whenyou come to the river’s brink,
How sweet “the trust” in the “clinging hand”
Guiding you over the golden strand.

Be this any wish, that your days may be
One purely calm and untroubled sea;
Whose harbor all may securely know,
And changes not at its “ebb or flow,”
And when “the Master,” on wings of peace,
Shall whisper the message of release,
May it find you closer to HIs dear side,
Waiting together – at eventide.

The sentiment was touchng and at its conclusion tears were seen in many eyes,and the young authoress received the congratulations of the company. The presents were handsome and costly and were as follows: Handsomely chased sardine dish, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. ELY; Elegant fruit stand, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. VOORHVES, Mr. and Mrs. O. R. TERRELL, Mr. and Mrs. M. R. LOCKE; Handsome cake stand, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. CROSS; Beautiful gold lined cake basket, Col. FULKERSON and wife, J. E. BOYNTON and wife; Sugar and mustard spoons, Mrs. D. GILLESPIE; Cut glass pickle caster, J. A. PRITCHECT and wife; Silver and cut glass pickle basket, Chas. KEITH and sisters; Handsomely chased and ornamented pudding dish, S. H. BOWMAN and wife, R. C. GLEDHILL and wife, O. A. SNEDEKER and wife, W. S. ROSS and wife, J. M. PAGE and wife, D. DELZELL and wife; Elegant silver ice-water set, gold-lined goblets, T. F. REMER and wife, J. H. DUFFIELD and wife, J. A. CORY and wife, G. R. VOORHEES and wife, Mrs. Geo. KIRBY, M. C. STEELE and wife, C. A. VOORHEES and wife, Dr. C. W. ENOS and wife, C. KIRBY and wife, D. LAMB and wife, E. CHRISTOPHER and wife, R. NEWTON and wife, W. CORY and wife, L. TERRELL and wife; Gold thimble, Mrs. E. A. HAMILTON; Elegant silver sugar spoon in beautiful case, Mrs. Dr. PARKS.

December 4, 1884. The Soldiers monument assoc. has had printed a number of Certificates of Stock, which will be issued to parties who have subscribed to the fund, or who will do so. These certificates are handsome, and anyone can procure one for one dollar and the money will go towards erecting a soldiers monument for the county. Plans for it have been submitted and it is desired that the work will be completed by May 30th that it may be dedicated on Decoration Day. This is a worthy object and we hope to see the full amount needed, $1,500, raised by that time. There is now on hand over $l,000 saved from the late reunion. Certificates can be had at the office of J. M. Page.


Jersey County Democrat, Thursday, June 25, 1885


A telegram was received by A. J. Osborne, commander of Lowe Post G. A. R. of this city, last Tuesday night stating the bill for a Soldiers’ Home had passed the house, making it a law as soon as the governor signs it. Mr. Osborne, Geo. Sturdevant and J. M. Page, on behalf of the soldiers of this county, telegraphed their thanks to the general assembly for its action. This bill appropriates $200,000 to build a Soldiers’ Home at some place to be hereafter located in this state for the purpose of keeping indigent soldiers out of poorhouses. As the U. S. law now stands a soldier cannot be admitted to the government Soldiers’ Home unless his disability can be traced to his service shile in the army. This leaves thousands of worthy men in the poorhouses all over the country who are worthy of a good home but can not get into the National ones. This bill allows all soldiers of this state who are not able to support themselves because of infirmities to be admitted upon proper examination and credentials. Care must be exercised however that all the indigent from other states are not shipped here as but few states, if any, have these homes. We believe more homes for the disabled soldiers preferable to so many indiscriminate pensions.

Jersey County Democrat, Thursday, July 2, 1885

There is no reason why the Soldiers’ Home lately voted by the legislature should not be located in Jersey County. No better location could be found than on the bluffs neas Elsah or Grafton. The scenery surpasses that of the Hudson and water in abundance could be supplied from the Mississippi at a small cost. As it would be above the muddy Missouri the water would be comparative clear and pure. Access to it could be had both by rail and river, the Mississippi and Illinois, the former bounding the state on the west and and the latter traversing it diagonally from the north to a few miles above Grafton when it empties into the former. The Wabash system, of which the Jerseyville and Grafton branch is a part, is one of the largest railroads in this country and every facility would be afforded by regular trains. The cost of erecting buildings would be comparatively light, as the best of building stone would be close at hand in the Grafton quarries. The land could be purchased for a very reasonable figure and there is no place in the state more beautiful nor healthier than on these bluffs. Southern Illinois has but a small portion of public buildins, most of the appropriations going to the north and central portion. The following amounts have been appropriated by the last legislature for public institutions north and northwest of this county: $25,000 to Thomas Ragsdale for work done on Jacksonville Asylum before the war; $52,500 for running expenses at Champaign University; $23,000 to rebuild the burned wing of the Kankakee Asylum; $123,000 to complete the Hospital at Kankakee; $21,500 per annum for the school at Normal; $55,900 for Soldiers’ Orphan Home at Bloomington; $17,000 per annum for salaries at Champaign University; $316,000 for Jacksonville Asylum; $11,000 for land at the Asylum at Lincoln; $20,000 for Chicago Eye and Ear Infirmary; $212,800 for the Jacksonville Deaf and Dumb Asylum; $165,350 for Reform School at Pontiac; $5,000 per annum for Deaf and Dumb at Chicago; $21,500 for repairs at Joliet penitentiary; $68,500 for Blind Asylum at Jacksonville; $11,000 to repair Governor’s mansion at Springfield; $80,000 for Illinois and Michigan Canal; $23,600 to pave and repair around Governor’s mansion; $10,000 for Women’s Hospital at Chicago. A total of $1,300,150. This is about the amount appropriated by each legislature for the section named. Added to this must be the great cost of these buildings and the immense sums paid yearly heretofore. The appropriations south of Jacksonville this session are as follows: $152,000 to rebuild the Normal school at Carbondale, and $17,000 per annum for running expenses; $26,500 for repairing levees at Shawneetown; $235,000 for Asylum at Anna; $174,875 for expenses at Chester penitentiary; and $28,300 for buildings at same. A total of only $633,675 for the southern half of the state, as Jacksonville is but fifty miles south of the centre. The immense amount of money at Springfield is the State House and other buildings should also be added to the northern half, and it thus shows there is comparatively little don for southwestern portion. We hope this matter will be presented to the governor and this part of the sate be represented on the board to locate the Soldiers’ Home.

Jersey County Democrat, Thursday, July 23, 1885

Acting upon the advice of the DEMOCRAT the citizens of this county are making an effort to secure the location of the Home on the bluffs between Elsah and Grafton. The matter was presented to the citizens there and they have taken active interest in it as will be shown by the communications sent us in answer to letters written them. Tuesday we called on Morris R. Locke and he favored the idea of getting the Home for this county, and on behalf of the Piasa Bulffs Assembly offered two hundred acres of land to be selected by the Board of Commissioners out of 1,200 held by the Association. We wrote to Gen. Wallace and Col. Berry, members of the board and received answers that the location comtemplated should be visited and inspected. It seems to us that a united effort on the part of the citizens of the county should be made and this institution secured. Surely it will not be located by the Commissioners without work on the part of the county, and we hope all will take an interest in it and verify the prophecy mentioned in Mr. Stafford’s letter. The following is the correspondence referred to:

Elsah, July 22, 1884(5?)
Friend Joe: At a meeting of the citizens of Elsah held in the G. A. R. Hall, Tuesday evening, the folowing were appointed a committee to lay the claims of Elsah for the Soldiers’ Home, before the Governonr; C. J. Ward, Dr. B. F. Farley, Geo. F. Lane and Capt. Jas. E. Starr, and in the event that the committee appointed by the Governor to select a site for the Soldiers’ Home should visit Elsah, Capt. Jas. E. Starr, B. F. Farley and Geo. F. Lane were appointed a committee of reception. Yours truly, George F. Lane

Grafton, Ills., July 21, 1885
J. M. Page, Esq.: Dear Sir – Yours of the 19th inst, received last evening and contents noted. I fully agree with your proposition of make an effort to locate the Soldiers’ Home between Elsah and Grafton. There is a strong probability that the Piasa Bluffs Assembly will locate at Babbs’ Hollow. If so, and the Home was located in the same neighborhood it might be a mutual advantage. Let us get it through if possible and verify the prophecy Joe Piggot made a great many years ago that the seat of government would be established between Grafton and Alton at some future day. Yours truly, C. P. Stafford

Jersey County Democrat, Thursday, July 23, 1885

The governor has appointed a commission to locate at state asylum for indigent and disabled Illinois soldiers of the late war. There is no just reason for the creation and maintenance of such an institution. It is certainly the duty of the national government to care for the heroes who fought for its maintenance, and the burden should not be left for Illinois or any other state, to bear. But if an institution of the kind is to be established, the buildings of the “Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home” might be utilized for the purpose. The youngest of the orphans of the war period must be now about 20 years old, and may be reasonably supposed to be capable of self-support. – CHICAGO TIMES

The above shows how little the editor of that paper knows of the wants of a soldier. It is true that the national government should card for the heroes who fought for its maintenance, when they are disabled and objects or charity, but it does not, and no soldier can get into a Home unless disabled by the war, or his disability directly traceable to it, and there are thousands now suffering who, although in apparent good health, are indirectly sufferers from maladies brought on by exposure at that time, and till the national government does provide for helpless and poor soldiers, regardless of the time or place whence their infirmities arose, it is a blessing to them that Illinois will make a home for the poor sufferers. The TIMES also shows how far retched are its arguments when it says the Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home “might be utilized for the purpose.” The youngest of the orphans of the war period must now be 20 years old, and may be reasonably supposed to be capable of self-support.” The TIMES editor evidently forgets that there are still soldiers with little children who are liable to be be left orphans without suport, and it is not required that a soldier should die before the close of the war to have soldiers’ orphans left to an unfeeling world. Probably it will be thirty years longer before there ceases to be little children born of soldier parentage and in many cases they will be left poor orphans for it is a well know fact as a rule the soldiers are poor, they not having had the opportunity to emass wealth that the stay-at-homes had. We hope the people will not feel they are being robbed because $200,000 are expended to make them a home when so much is spent on state houses and other less needed structures.

July 30, 1885

Kindergarten Entertainment. Last Thursday evening was signalized by the exercises which annual close the Kindergarten school, over which Mrs. Lou ALLEN presides each summer. Not a large crowd assembled at Villinger’s Hall in the evening, as the weather was extremely warm, but a very comfortable, appreciative audience were present to witness the little ones perform the parts that had been assigned to each. Mrs. Allen was ably assisted by Miss Fannie TYSON, who was teh pianist of the evening. Prof. BLISH’s orchestra was present and discoursed sweet music at intervals. The program: 1. Overture, orchestra; 2. March by the Kindergartners; 3. Welcome, Mollie ALLEN; 4. Song of Welcome by the Kindergartners; 5. Declamation with Tableaux, Fred BEARDSLEE; 6. Pantomime, “Tooth Pulling Extraordinary;” 7. Song “Over Field and Meadows, Kindergartners; 8. Piano solo “Idle Hours,” Hattie HAWLEY; 9. Recitation “Little Mischief,” Bessie ALLBRIGHT; 10. Pantomime “Cupid in the Kitchen;” 11. Recitation “A merry little girl,” Lenora VINSON; 12. “Song of the Shoemaker,” kindergartners; 13. “Anabel’s first Party,” Maggie SUMRALL; 14. “The Critic,” Alex BLOCK and Tony YOUNG; 15. “Song of the Season,” kindergartners; 16. Recitation “A little love scrape” (with song); 17. Song “See Saw,” kindergartners; 18. “A Midsummer Frolic;” 19. Piano solo “Moonlight on the Hudson,” Lucy McGREADY; 20. Song and Play “The Butterflies,” kindergartners; 21. Piano duet “Golden Bells,” Nellie and Mollie ALLEN; 22. Overture, orchestra. [Next] Minuet “En Cosume” of time of Louis XIV, Maud FALES, Florence PITT, Tessie SCHMIEDER, Nellie COPE, Alex BLOCK, Tony YOUNG, James BAILEY and Fred BEARDSLEE. [Next] Operetta “Puss in Boots”: Mother cat, Nellie ALLEN; Rose, Mollie ALLEN; Tabby, Grace VOORHEES; Mackey, James BAILEY; White Cat, Hattie HAWLEY; Velvet, Lucy McGREADY, Erminette, Bessie VAN HORNE. “Three little kittens who lost their mittens”: Ruth VINSON, Cina CAMPBELL, Nellie LOWE. Puss in Boots: Prince, Louis BLOCK; Whisket, Tony YOUNG; Silken Ear, Fred BEARDSLEE; Dairy Maid, Clara SMITH.

August 20, 1885


Harry SCRUBY, Harry WILLIAMS and Ted SULLIVAN of Carrollton were in town Monday.

M.M. LEIGH and Miss Annie PARKER returned from New Jersey Tuesday. Miss PARKER’s health is bad.

Miss Jane MAYES swore out a warrant against Ike HENNEY, better known as Ike POWERS, in Squire CORY’s court(?) Monday, charging him with being the father of an unborn child. Henney has not yet been found.

Misses Ella BIRDEN and Hattie THOMPSON were visiting in Jerseyville Monday.

Mrs. J. S. CARR, of Jerseyville, was visiting her Wednesday.

J. C. WHITE, of Carrollton, was here Wednesday on business.

Quite a number from here attended the Masonic picnic at Wines’ spring Thursday.

Miss Sallie BROWN, of Carrollton, was visiting Mrs. C. S. SMITH Wednesday.

Miss Katie CASEY is visiting Miss Mamie HENRY at Jacksonville this week.

R. E. POPE brought suit agains R. P. ESPEY in Squire Cory’s court Friday to compel Espey to pay him a $34 livery bill. Espey took a change of venue and the case was tried before Squire BRIDGES who gave a verdict in favor of Espey. Pope will take the case to Carrollton.

Bert DECK, of Roodhouse, is here on a visit.

Geo W. CADMUS returned from Ohio last week.

John BRIGGS and Milt ADAMS, of Carlinville, were in town Sunday.

Miss Maggie McCARTHY visited in Jerseyville Monday.


March 25, 1886 (Alton)?

While Col. J. B. (Wilton/Nunton?) was in Jerseyville on business Wednesday, he was caned by John Powel of that city. Mr. Powel was an old soldier in the Colonel’s regiment and presented him with a nice California Mahogany cane, which he cut on “ Fremont’s Trail”! The Col. values it very highly.

April 1, 1886, J. M. Page, Proprietor

“Stonewall” Jackson’s horse “Old Sorrel” died last week, at the age of 32. He was about the last of the old horse of note in the Confederate army. The old horse belonging to Col. Fulkerson of this city, which was in the first battle of Bull Run, died a few weeks ago, aged 35. A brother-in-law of the Col’s was shot off his back, and the horse lost an eye and part of one ear in that battle. Jackson’s horse was cared for at the Southern Soldier’s home near Richmond, Va., and was a great pet among the confederate soldiers.

– Farmers say the wheat looks better than for years at this season, and there is a good prospect for a big crop.

– The peaches are killed, but cherries, pears, plums, apples and all the smaller fruits bid fair to yield a bountiful crop.

– The funeral of the late Will Callender took place Friday afternoon from the Baptist church in this city and was well attended, although the notice was short and the day stormy.


– Architect Embley, is very busy and will get some one to assist him in his detail drawings. He is finishing plans for a large store to be built by Levy at Carrollton and also on the plans for the new building to be erected by Judge Herdman. The latter building will be the handsomest in the city with a tower on the corner surmounted by a flag staff. The upper story will be occupied by the Democrat office and the lower room by Smith & Warren. The building is to be 25X90 and will be the best lighted store in the city. This will greatly improve the town as a vacant corner on the main street looks bad and indicates business depression. The new building erected by C. M. Boyle will be occupied by Will Powel now proprietor of the Erie House, as a Hotel, he also using the room now occupied by the Democrat office. Marston & Halliday and H. Scheffer & Son, are also having plans drawn for a joint building and with the present fine prospect of a crop it looks as if Jerseyville would boom. We hope so at least.

– Farmers call on Robert Newton at the Jerseyville Agricultural Works. If you need the best and only first class implements in the county, to wit: New Model Sulky Plow. Barlow Rotary Drop Planter. Walworth Check Rower. Long and Allstatter Cultivator. Capital City Cultivator. Minneapolis Binder. Turnbull Wagon. Manny Chain Power Mower. And general line of all kinds of farm implements. I will sell the best goods for the money ever sold here. Don’t be deceived by the report that Newton is not in business. Come and see me and by fair and square dealing I hope to secure your trade. Robert Newton

– Photographer Burleigh, went to Taylorville Saturday and brought his family here Tuesday. It consists of his wife and two children. We welcome them to Jerseyville.

– Don’t think because to-day is first of April that Mother Earth is trying to fool you. It is real snow you see on the ground and plenty of it too.

– Judge Herdman is holding court at Carrollton this week and next week goes to Calhoun.

– Mr. Hohn Horn formerly of Fieldon, has moved to this city and opened a shop on the corner of Main and Prairie streets where he will be pleased to see all who desire work done in his line. He will keep a good stock of goods on hand to suit all prices.

From Grafton.

Snow on Monday night. We have had three long months of winter by counting December out and March in.
It has been a very favorable spring on wheat and the prospect for a crop is as good perhaps as if Blaine had been elected.
The Mississippi is on the boom being nearly bank full and still on the rise.
The Spread Eagle commenced making daily trips on Monday.
The rise in the river makes the fisherman happy. The Spread Eagle took about six tons at one trip, and the market is good in St. Louis.
Charlie Brannard has a pair of twin boys at his house, and at the present writing they are doing well.
The quarry is running with a pretty full crew of hands and none of them talk of a strike. Men are not apt to strike when they get their just rights which is fair wages.
Rev. Van Treese, of Jerseyville lectured in the M. E. church in Grafton, on Thursday night last and though the weather was very unfavorable the house was crowded. His subject was the new Chatauqua. None who were present took stock in the new enterprise though he gave them an opportunity but he left in the hands of Parson Wilder power to take subscriptions.
A concert at the M. E. church, Friday evening April 2nd.
All the boys belonging to the Band of Hope wear crape for Wilie Redel who shot himself a few weeks ago, he having been a member of their order.
Our town very narrowly escaped having a conflafration on Sunday last, fire having started in the basement of Mathers bakery, by the explosion of a lamp. The town was in a uproar and even broke up Sunday school for a short time, they got the fire stopped before it had progressed very far otherwise about 8 buildings would have been victims.
Services three times a week at the Catholic church, Mass rosary and Stations.

– A. H. Rue is upon the St. Croix river fishing. He leaves his ticket to the tender mercies of Col. Edgar during his absence.
– Miss Caltha B. Eads returned home from Carrollton Thursday morning where she has been visiting her uncle, John T. Rainey.
– Tommy Lynn, the pacer, was distanced a La Salle, Ill., last week on account of an accident after winning two heats.
– Whitehall has a female baseball club and they have sent a challenge to our home nine.

April 15, 1886

Rev. VanTreese is doing a good work for the Western Chautaqua. He has disposed of about one hundred shares at $50 each, Mrs. Ames of Elsah taking fifteen. When the grounds are fitted up and the hotels erected, it will be one of the finest resorts in the western country. All denominations will be given the use of the grounds, and no especial sect excluded. It is to be a place for genera religious exercises.

June 3, 1886

There is a town in our county known as Clendennen. This rustic little city is situated under the bluff in the nw part of Richwoods township and has existed as an infant city stamped with the ill-sounding name of “Spanky.” Our readers should be thoroughly acquainted with the geography and contents of our county, hence this sketch. It might be properly called Cenetennial town fir it first began to exist as such in 1876. Principal business enterprises are a store with general country stock, and a blacksmith shop. Wm Spaulding is the most extensive property owner. J.B. Gibson has been the live blacksmith and B. M. Spaulding is the genial storekeeper. Our readers residing in other parts should take a ride through that section. The grandeur of the scenery and the hospitality of the people would well repay the excurtionist for this trip.

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