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Prairie State July 15, 1850

COLONIZATION SOCIETY OF ILLINOIS. Colonization Society of Ill. – Persons giving to it. Dr. E. A. D’Arcy, A. Finley, J.A. Potts, A. McReynolds, J. Nash, A. M. Blackburn, D. K. Campbell, C. H. Goodrich Esq., Mrs. Vandike, M. Cyrus Esq., T. L. McGill Esq., N. Downing, Geo. W. Potts, Jos. McReynolds, A.C. Hinton Esq., Aaron Rue. Amount of penny collection $1.00. Persons not yet paid can give money to Col. C. H. Knapp, D. J. Snow Sec. Ill. State Col. Society

SELECT SCHOOL FOR YOUNG LADIES. Miss Corbett’s school for Young Ladies will recommence on Monday, September 9th. A large and convenient building is being erected, the upper part of which is designed expressly for this school. None will be admitted who are not prepared, at least, to commence Mental Arithmetic, Geography, and Grammar. Those branches will be taught that are usually pursued in Academies and schools for young ladies. The coming session will be divided into two half terms, each consisting of twelve weeks – at the close of the first three will be a vacation of one week. The terms, including tuition, rent of rooms, fuel, &c., are $9.00 for the whole term of twenty four weeks, $4.50 for the half term. No scholar will be admitted for less than a half term, and no deduction will be made for absence, unless caused by protracted sickness. As the number is limited, it is desirable that applications be made soon. Jerseyville, August 17th 1850. – 3t.

MARRIED. Near Jerseyville, September 5, by the Rev. Justus Bulkley, Mr. Henry Whitehead and Miss Minerva E. Wyatt, both of Jersey County

Mr. Editor: You will please announce the name of Jacob Godfrey, of Grafton, as a candidate for Sheriff, at the next November election, and oblige

Jerseyville, Sept. 11, 1850. ATTENTION COMPANY! The annual meeting of the Jersey County Horse-thief Detecting Society will be held at the Court House in Jerseyville on Saturday the 28th inst. The officers are to be elected. All the members are requested to attend, as business of importance is to be transacted. By order of the President, J. A. GOODRICH, Sec. September 13, 1850. – 3t

BREUER & GROSJEAN, Boot and Shoe Makers, Jerseyville, ILL. The subscribers respectfully inform the citizens of Jerseyville and surrounding country, that they have just opened a shop in Jerseyville, where they are fully prepared to make all kinds of Boots and Shoes, from the finest lady’s slipper to the coarsest brogan, cheaper than any other establishment in Jerseyville. All qualities of work, both pegged and sewed, for men, women, and children will be executed in a manner inferior to none in the State. G. & B. beg leave to state that, having been employed in the largest establishments of Paris, Germany, and America, they consider themselves fully competent to manufacture all kinds of work. In order to give full satisfaction to all their customers they have purchased a new stock of the best materials. Persons wanting work done in their line cannot do better than by calling on G. BREUER & L. GROSJEAN. Main street, east side, over Mr. Cheeney’s store. N. B. Mending done with neatness and dispatch. – S14 1y

THE BEN FRANKLIN DRUG STORE. MOREAN. & ROBERT. DEALERS IN DRUGS, PAINTS, OILS, DYE STUFF, &c., WOULD respectfully inform the citizens of Jersey County that they have a full supply of all articles in their line of business, consisting of pure Drugs and Medicines; Patent Medicines of great variety; a fine assortment of Perfumery; the celebrated Ben Franklin Liniment, Cough Mixture, Cure-all Salve, and Cough Candy; all kinds of Pills, Essences, Ointments, and Vermifuge; Bull’s and other Sarsaparillas; Wistar’s Balsam; Sloan’s Moffat’s, Fahnstock’s, and Fitch’s medicines; Dr. Jayne’s celebrated medicines. Also, clocks, watches, breast pins, finger and ear rings; a small store of good books; a few pens, silver pens and pencils, waters, and lots and scores of fancy articles. One door south of A. B. Morean & Co.’s store, Jerseyville, Ills. August 3, 1850

KNAPP, GOODRICH & STAATS. Dealers in Dry Goods, Groceries, Boots, Shoes, Drugs, Medicines, and Dye Stuffs. The Prairie State JERSEYVILLE, Saturday, Sept. 2, 1850

COPPER, TIN, AND SHEET IRON WARE MANUFACTORY. The subscriber respectfully informs the public that he continues to carry on the above business at his old stand, and is prepared to execute all orders in his line with neatness and fidelity. A good assortment of Stoves and Pipe on hand, for sale low for cash. House Spouting and Guttering made and put up to order. Thankful for the liberal patronage hereto received he hopes by strict attention and good work to merit a continuance of the same. WRIGHT CASEY. N. B. The highest price paid for old copper brass and pewter.

Saml. L. McGill. A. M. BLACKBURN. McGILL & BLACKBURN, DEALERS IN DRY GOODS, GROCERIES, HARD AND QUENNSWARE, BOOTS AND SHOES HATS, AND READY-MADE CLOTHING. Jerseyville, Ills. Most kinds of Country Produce, also Lumber and Rails taken in exchange for goods. July 13, 1850 – 3-M

J. ARKEBAUER BOOT AND SHOW MAKER, Having for several years been engaged in manufacturing the finest and most fashionable work in his line, and having at all times on hand, stock of the best quality the country affords, tenders to the citizens of Jerseyville and the community generally, his services for any work in his line; all of which he warrants of the latest fashion, and unsurpass and durability. As good fits are of no small importance to the wearer, no person will be required to take his work, unless the fit gives perfect satisfaction. Mending will be promptly attended to, and in a neat and workmanship manner. Constantly on hand and for sale, at his shop, all varieties of gentlemen and ladies boots and shoes manufactured by himself, and therefore of the best quality; CHEAP FOR CASH. Jerseyville. – Feb 28 1y

R. T. MINARD. HARNESS AND SADDLE MAKER, warrants the substantiability of all work sold from his shop. As beauty and style are matters of taste, they will be left to the decision of the public. All orders for harness or saddlery will promptly be attended to, and executed in a workmanlike manner. Mending and repairing done with neatness and dispatch. Also, on hand and for sale, side saddles, men’s saddles and a general assortment of ready made harness. Jerseyville, Jan 31 tf

GRAFENBURG FAMILY MEDICINES. PURELY vegetable preparations, consisting of the celebrated Anti-Bilious, and Ague and Tonic Pills, Health Bitters, Eye Lotion, Dysentary, Syrup unequaled for the various Diarrheas of Summer months, Preparation of Sarsaparilla, Green Mountain Ointment, and Children’s Panacea. Also, Marshall’s Uterine Catholican. – These preparations are offered to the public as being the best Family Medicines now extant to purify the blood, cleanse the system, and remove disease. For sale by MOREAN & ROBERTS, General Agents for all Patent Medicines, Jerseyville, Ills. GIVE US A CALL, Aug. 8, 1850. – 2m.

Marriage. Married in Jerseyville, August 9th, 1850, by the Rev. Justus Buckley, Mr. Jonas Buzan to Miss Martha F. Wooldridge, both of Jersey County

Presidential Election. 1852. – Aliens who have been Three Years in the United States, and who did not arrive under eighteen years of age, in order to qualified to vote at the Presidential Election in 1852, must declare their intention to become Naturalized on or before the Seventh day of the month of November, 1850, otherwise they will lose the privelege of voters on that occasion. Saturday, September 28, 1850

Three cent pieces. – This new coin has just been issued in Philadelphia. – On one side are the words “United States of America,” in which is a circular wreath, enclosing the numeral “III.” On the reverse side is the Liberty – Cap, inscribed with the word Liberty,” and surrounded with rays. Underneath the cap are the figures “1850.” The Prairie State – Saturday, Oct’r 12, 1850

MARRIED. Near Jerseyville on the 10th inst. By the Rev. Mr. Bulkley, Mr. David Burley to Miss Susan A. Littlepage, both of Jersey County.

SCHOOL. I would respectfully announce to the public and my former patrons that I will open a common District School in my own house in Jerseyville, on Monday, the 30th of September, 1850. Having for many years officiated as an Instructress of youth, with more than ordinary success, I still solicit a portion of public patronage. Terms of Tuition, $2 per quarter of 60 days. Session to end in March, 1851. H. HARMON. Jerseyville, Sept. 28th, 1850. – 3t.

MARRIED. In Jerseyville on the 16th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Bulkley, Mr. Christopher V. A. Quick to Miss Susan V. M. Randolph both of Jerseyville. Saturday, Oct’r 19th, 1850

JERSEYVILLE, Saturday, Nov’r 2, 1850. TO THE PUBLIC. GRAFTON FERRY Across the Mississippi River. The proprietors of the Grafton Ferry would inform the public that they have now is use a good and substantial HORSE BOAT, And have employed competent and experienced ferryman with suitable apparatus to insure to the traveling community, patronizing this Ferry, dispatch as well as safety. This ferry offers inducement over other crossings. It is now the only ferry across the Mississippi, between the mouth of the Missouri and Illinois rivers. The banks and roads on either sides of the river are high and good. It is a newr route from Springfield, Vandalia, Hillsboro, Carlinville, Jacksonville, Carrollton, and Jerseyville, to the upper part of Missouri, and is a much nearer route from the neighboring and northern counties to reach St. Louis. The rates of Ferriage will be liberal; and with a constant desire to please, it is confidently believed that those who may cross the river at this Ferry cannot fail to be satisfied. Grafton, Jersey County, Ill. 2nd. Nov. 1850. [tf

TAILORING – TAILORING. Do you want a first rate suit of clothes? If you do go to Bertman’s The undersigned takes the method of informing his friends and customers; and the public generally, that he is still engaged in his old business of manufacturing all kinds of men’s clothing, from the finest broadcloth coat, to the commonest linsey woolsey breeches. His stock of cloths has been selected with the greatest care; and he feels safe in saying that they are not excelled in quality by any other stock this side of St. Louis. He has also a good stock of cashmeres, satins, &c. All of which he is prepared to make up in the best style, and at shortest notice. I refer to the specimens on the persons of his numerous customers scattered throughout the county, as sufficient evidence of his qualifications as a workman. My shop is at the old place on Main street, one door south of Clendenin’s store, where I invite all who are in want of anything in my line to call before they purchase elsewhere. F. BERTMAN, Jerseyville, Nov. 16, 1850, – 1y.

Notice – My wife, Lucretia, having without any cause or provocation, left the home which I had provided for her, and deserted me. I hereby notify all persons not to sell her any article on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting. ROBERT P. TOMPKINS. Jerseyville, November 6th, 1850

ODD FELLOWS’ HALL. Sealed proposals will be renewed until the 3rd day of December next at 2 o’clock P. M. by the undersigned for the erection of a good substantial frame building, 50 feet long by 25 feet wide, on the North half of lot No. 2 in block No. 14, in Jerseyville, two stories high, the lower part to be finished off suitable for a store room, and the second story for a Hall, to be completed by the 3rd of July next. The proposals to be handed in at the Post Office, where the Plan and Specification may be seen. One fifth to be paid when the frame is raised, and the balance as the work progresses. By order of the Director, E. M. Daley, Secretary. Jerseyville, Nov. 21st, 1850.

MARRIED. Near Jerseyville, December 19th, by the Rev. Justus Bulkley, Mr. James B. Clark, of Bunker Hill to Miss Rebecca F. Trabue, of Jersey County.

NOTICE. Whereas, my wife, Huldah, having without any just cause or provocation left the home which I had provided for her, I hereby forbid any person selling her any goods on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting. MADISON DARR, Jerseyville, Dec. 21, 1850,


Prairie State, 1851

NEW FIRM AND NEW BUSINESS. Gloves and Mittens. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL. The undersigned have on hand, and will constantly be supplied with a good assortment of Buck Skin Gloves & Mittens, of our own manufacture, which we guarantee equal in quality and finish to any thing of the kind in market. We intend to make it a permanent business, and expect by the superior quality of our goods to give satisfaction to all who may buy of us. Give us a call. Manufactory one door East of A. B. Morean & Co.’s store. E. S. WELLS & Co. Jerseyville, Oct. 5, 1850. – tf.

LAND FOR SALE. THE south east quarter of Section 9, Township 7, range 13 west, containing 160 acres,- Price $2 per acre. Apply to. M. B. MINER, Jerseyville. March 7, 1851 — 2m

LIST OF LETTERS Remaining in the Post-office at Jerseyville, Quarter ending March 31, 1851:
Armstrong, James
Alexandria, M. Mrs.
Botkin, Sarah
Buffington, Joseph
Burt, James
Barber, Franklin
Batts, John
Batts, Wm.
Book, Wm F.
Cubberly, Mary Ann
Colwell, Jas
Cole, Chas O. 2
Crawford, Wm
Corbett, Issac
Clark, Calvin
Davis, Mac J.
Donney, Hugh
Donney, Wm H.
Davis, Roberts
Doherty, John
Danniels, Dennis
Dalies, Jeshua
Davis Wm, 2
Davidso, Mary W.
Doughty, Felix
Daidson, Helty
Edwards, Isaac 2
Flemmin, Wm
Frost, Wm
Giberson, Daniel
Gutherie, Alfred
Ginther, Adam
Gaul, Wm
Hartsell, Wm J.
Hoagland, Isaac
Holland, M
Hassel, Michael
Hassel, Michael
Hooper, Johnson & Co
Hall, Joseph 3
Hewit, E. M.
Jones, Theodore
Jasper, John
Joiner, Abraham
Kelmi, G. W.
Leaden, Michael
Lewis, Eliza
Lamb, Francis
Lakes, Wm
Lake, CyrusWebb, G. L.
Leevenguth, Jn. Mrs.
Leach, Isaac C.
Liles, Alfred
Longwell, John
Lytaka, Elizin
Lewis, Thomas R.
McKinney, John W.
MacCuley, Geo. H.
McDaw, Charles
Meissner, Anton
Morgan, Elizabeth
Mass, James F.
McAfee, George
Miller, Fillman
Morrow, A. W.
Moran, Peter
Norman, Gee C.
Nelson, Thos
Newman, Saml
Nutton, Jacob 2
Neil, James
Nunon, George
Narr, Joseph
Norve, Wm
Newill, Calvin
Nain, James
Orr, Anderson
Ontis, Henry
Pegees, Wm
Portes, Mary H.
Parrin, O.
Penifill, Emaline
Past, Cab
Panic, Henry
Perrell, John
Smith, J. H.
Shoves, Maria
Sonier, A. C.
Stewart, James
Stewart, John
Seales, Noah
Stewart, Bise
St. Clair, Chas
Seeds, Alabama
Seeds, Alabama
Tourville, Peter
Thomas, Geo W
Thomson, Joseph
Thomson, R. F.
Ralster, Mr
Rowdan, Henry
Runert, Wm
Roberts, Pulions
Ritchey, Vincent
Routh, Elizabeth
Walker, B. H.
Whillack, John
Walker, Theodore
Widmer, F.
Walker, John
Winfrey, John
Windmer, Sharf
Wyhama, Mr.
Young, Coolman

Any persons calling for any of the above letters will pleased say they are advertised, or they may not get them. B. MOREAN, P. M., Jerseyville, April 3rd, 1851

Oxen for Sale. THE SUBSCRIBER has several yoke of work oxen, which he will sell at his residence, three miles south east of Jerseyville cheap for cash or approved paper. WM. GILL, Jerseyville, April 11th,

FOR RENT. A PART of the building in which this office is located, consisting of three good rooms, a bedroom, and cellar, and half an acre of ground. Will be let separately or together. Inquire of ABIJAH DAVIS. Jerseyville, April 4th, 1851

Prairie State, Jerseyville, Illinois, April 25, 1851
PREMIUM Daguerreotypes, C. FINLEY OF PEORIA, and late from C. C. Kelsey’s celebrated Photographic Rooms, Chicago, would inform his friends and the public in general, that he has fitted up rooms, on Main street, in FISHER’S HALL Where he will be happy to see all who may feel inclined to give him a call. Having procured a large and powerful instrument, he feels warranted in saying to the public that he is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes, which for strength of expression, life-like appearance, and elegance of finish, are unsurpassed by any artist. Parents may rely upon obtaining correct likenesses of their little ones. Miniatures put up in every style of the art. Those who desire can have the recently discovered
MAGIC BACK GROUND Instructions given and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms. Jerseyville, 11th April. [4t]


Prairie State, 1854

The Jersey County Democrat printed the following on September 22, 1887. Surname capitalization and information in brackets are those of the transcriber. There may be typos.

We are under obligations to H. W. FISHER for an issue of the above named paper printed in Jerseyville of date June 3, 1854. Augustus SMITH was editor and proprietor, and the paper had been running three years. It is interesting to scan the pages of the six column folio, just half the size of the Democrat, and note the names of the advertisers therein. At that time the only way for a man or woman to get their name in the paper was by advertising as locals were unknown, we presume because it was thought personalities should not be indulged in by the press. Not a local item appears in the issue, but we find the advertisers liberal. A. L. KNAPP seems to have been the prominent attorney in the county at that time, as we find his name attached to all the legal notices. J. H. BUFFINGTON extracted the aching molars for the people, and Alex B. MOREAN seems to have been a dealer in all kinds of drugs, paints and fancy articles. M. E. BAGLEY, J. M. HURD and C. M. HAMILTON, under the firm name of Bagley, Hurd & Co., occupied a two column ad in telling people how cheap they sold all kinds of goods, from a lady’s lace collar to a barn shovel. D. G. WYCKOFF also asks for a share of the patronage of the county, and tells them he sells clothing, dry goods, queensware, boots and shoes at very low rates and takes poultry, dry hides, rails, shaved staves, and rough boards for pay. J. H. MAUPIN made harness and boasts of having the best saddler in the state, in the person of Mr. Thomas SMIRL. Louis GROSJEAN sets forth the advantages of having boots made by him, as he has a new stock of leather and has moved into his new house on Main street, “opposite Mr. THUSTON’s cooper shop.” J. ARKEBAUER says he also is in the bootmaking business, and has moved to his new store “lately occupied by Mr. WILLINGER as a jewelry store.” A. CLENDENNIN in a three line display ad, says he has just received a choice lot of groceries. Wright CASEY & Co., take a two column ad, to tell of their new stock of stoves, tinware, etc., and A. CLENDENNIN & Co., “continue the grocery and baking business.” James HARTWICK wants 150 cords of wood delivered at his brick yard, and COWEN & GILLHAM say they have formed a co-partnership, having bought all the goods lately owned by George HODGKINS. The Steel Clipper plough is made by A. B. ESTES, and is “warranted to scour in any soil in the United States.” It seems that plowmen talked a good deal then as they do now. H. JOHNSON and J. E. DOUBLEBOWER advertise extensively the fact that they have formed a co-partnership, and bought the stock in trade of L. H. TURNER, and the latter tells the public that he is desirous of settling all his old accounts, as he has sold out to JOHNSON & Co., all his stock of harness, saddlery, etc. Asher HILL advertises an estray, and Wright CASEY and A. P. LORD put in a notice of dissolution of partnership. C. H. & R. M. KNAPP were in the dry goods business, and KNAPP & GOODRICH were agents for the, at that time, new patent McCormick Reaper, the Reaper being sold for $120, and with the Mower for $150. “No Credit at the Mill” was a flaming headline put in by McGILL and BLACKBURN. E. L. DIMMOCK & Co., sold boots and shoes, and the “Oak Hall Emporium of Fashion” was kept by John C. TACK. L. B. JARBOE sold boots and shoes in the “Red Corner,” also fancy notions. J. C. DARBY wanted people to call on him for “ladies’ hosiery, bonnets and gloves,” while John SHAAF & Son wanted everybody to bring them their wheat. William SHEPHARD & Co., say they have sold out their merchandising business at Grafton to G. V. GROSS, but will continue the commission business at theat place. Dr. H. C. HARRIMAN, Physician and Surgeon, had taken rooms at P. SILOWAY’S hotel, and “will be happy to wait on all who need me day or night.” H. BRIDGES & Co., were doing a large grocery business, also drugs and medicines, for “cash only.” F. BERTMAN & Co., offered “Something New,” in the line of clothing for gents, and dry goods for ladies. R. CLEVELAND said he would auctioneer off all kinds of goods as well as St. Louis or Alton auctioneers. J. P. BELL wanted a boy to learn the wagon and carriage making trade, and John L. TERRELL advertised a farm and house and lot for sale. S. J. BARRY “respectfully informs the public that he will take dagaurreotypes [sic] in the Court House” cheap. H. W. BILLINGS advertises a tax sale, and Lewis C. McNEIL, County Surveyor, could be found at P. SILLOWAY’S hotel. A. C. HINTON was justice of the peace, while W. T. HUCHINSON [sic Hutchinson ?] practiced medicine at Jerseyville and W. T. WINANS at Fieldon. HAMILTON & VEITCH sold lumber in Grafton, and BROCK & ONETTO did a Forwarding and Commission business at Jersey Landing. J. H. HOGELAND made fine carriages and wagons, and J. N. SQUIRES & Co., “dealers in Staple and Fancy Dry Goods,” solicited trade from the farmers. We noticed a long article by J. A. BAR concerning an attack made on the Grand Jury by the Prairie State, because that body failed to find a bill against one GOFF for resisting arrest, and Mr. BARR as foreman resented the attack, on behalf of himself, J. L. LINBARGER, O. CARTER, W. T. CAMPBELL, Jos. DUNCAN, C. B. FISHER, MC. C. STANLEY, J. C. FROST, and Chas. SMITH. The paper contains an account of the passage of the Nebraska bill, and says the friends of the bill were firing 100 guns at Boston. Another item tells about a fugetive [sic] slave case in Boston, out of which grew a great disturbance, 20,000 people congregating and a U. S. Marshal was killed in the streets. In those days the thieves and defaulters did not understand the Canada scheme, for it relates a story about one of the weighers in the Mint at Philadelphia stealing $10,000, “but when accused of the theft returned it and then took passage for Europe in the Washington.” Wheat was worth at Alton from $1.20 to $1.40 per bushel; corn in the ear, 35 cents; oats, 30 cents; hogs, $3.50 per 100 gross; sugar, 4 1/2 cents for N. O. and 6 cents for clarified; coffee, 10 and 11 cents; molasses, 24 cents per gal. for N. O. and 25 cents for Belcher’s; wool, 20 to 30 cents per pound; chickens, $2.00 per dozen; butter, 10 and 12 cents per pound; lard, 8 cents; eggs, 6 and 7 cents per dozen, and whiskey 20 1/2 cents per gallon for the best; nails were from $5.50 to &7.50 per keg. Another item states that the Newbern mail will soon make weekly trips and the same will be cause for rejoicing. By the above our readers will see that there has not been much change in affairs, prices (except whisky) and modes of living during the past third of a century, and that human nature is just about the same to the square inch now as then.


Prairie State, March 2, 1860

Our friend, A. B. Morean, Esq., has shown us a document which can lay some claim to antiquity. It is in the form of a Commission issued by the Post Office Department at Washington to Edward M. Daily, Esq., the first post master in Jerseyville. It bears date March 20th, 1835. Accompanying this document is a receipt from the Department for the percentage due from this office for the first quarter, ending July, 1835 amounting to four dollars and nine cents. The receipt bears the signature of Amos Kendal, Post Master General. The mention of the names connected with these documents will no doubt revive in the memories of our oldest inhabitants many interesting reminiscences of those early times. Who will take the trouble to write them down for publication in our paper?

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