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January 27, 1870

NOTICE – Services will be held in the new M E Church in this city, for the first time, next Sabbath, January 30, at the time announced in the church directory. The church is not complete however, sufficiently enclosed to be occupied temporarily, in order that the old one may be moved away. Completion of new church in spring.

April 7, 1870

Miss Minnie SUNDERLAND, of Delhi, pronounced insane and sent to the asylum at Jacksonville.

July 21, 1870

On the 17th inst., Joseph TUTTLE, alias Joseph TUTEWILLER, committed to jail for horse stealing, and John CROOKMAN, escaped from the jail in this city by unlocking the doors from the inside. Undoubtedly they were furnished with implements by some one outside. Sheriff BELT offers $200 reward for the return of Tuttle and $50 for Crookman.

For Sale. One self raking McCromic Reaper, used only two years, and has been kept under shelter all the time – nearly as good as new. Price $90.00. Also one four horse wagon in good repair. Price $50.00. Apply 2 miles northwest Brighton, Ill., to Phinneas ELDRIDGE.

Removal. Charles M. BOYLE has removed his stock of wines and liquors into the building formerly occupied by Pat KENEDY, as a dry goods store, where he now intends to carry on the business, including the bottling of soda water, ale and porter. Family or retailers can be furnished with his goods by leaving orders at his store, at southwest State street. Charles M. Boyle.

July 28, 1870

George W. HERDMAN has returned from Kansas.

Hon. William SHEPHARD has the contract for building the Illinois Farmers’ R.R. from Jacksonville to Waverly.

As yet there is no clue as to the whereabouts of the prisoners who broke jail here on the 17th inst.

The potatoe bug in several parts of the county continues to do great damage to late potatoes, and in some localities has entirely destroyed the maturity of that crop.

The new Masonic hall at Otterville was dedicated last Thursday night. Charles E. MINOR, W.M.; J. S. Daniels, S.W.; J. G. MASTON, J.W. adn twenty other masons from the city were in attendance. J. Milton HALL, Frederick GRIER, Wm. McADAMS, Jr., John CADWALADER, A. M. SLATEN present.

August 18, 1870

Mr. JARBOE has a fine vineyard north of town.

September 29, 1870



February & March, 1871


It seems that a young man about 21 years old, named Wm. Claridge, in company with his brother and sisters, was going home from a singing school, which had been held at Shiloh, the name of a school 2 1/2 miles south of Otterville. Some distance from the school house a young man named Sylvester Mc Corory on horseback, came up with the Claridges, who were afoot. An altercation arising between Mc Crory and Wm. Claridge, resulted in Mc Crory drawing a pistol and shooting young Claridge dead on the spot. An ill feeling had existed between the parties for some time previous, the parents becoming involved in the children’s quarrels. Young Mc Crory, who did the shooting, is about 10 years old and small for his age.

The sad affair has cast a gloom over the entire community, coming as it did so soon after the tragic death of John A. Coe. The old story of “bad example, &c., &c.,” can hardly be set forth in this case, for we are credibly informed that the father of Claridge is a Baptist preacher, and Mc Crory’s father a Methodist class Leader.

Mc Crory, the next morning after the shooting, went to Grafton, and delivered himself up to the authorities. The parties are neighbors, and live 3 1/2 miles southwest of Otterville. The preliminary trial comes off today before two Justices of Grafton. What the evidence is we do not know. Our friend, O. B. Hamilton of Otterville, is retained for the prosecution and will take care of the case for the people. The case was set for Saturday, before the Magistrates, but owing to a post-mortem examination being made by Dr. Herriott, the case was continued until Monday.


We learn that after a long and thorough examination of all the facts in the shooting case mentioned above, young Mc Crory was held to bail in the sum of $3,000 which he gave, for his appearance at the next term of our Circuit Court.


That this road will soon be built there is no doubt. The original charter was granted in 1867, and amended in 1869. The company is now fully organized with Wm. Shephard, President; Wm. H Alton, Treasurer; E. A. Pinero, Secretary; Giles F. Filley (?), St. Louis, James E. Starr, Jersey Landing, C. F. Jones, Jersey Landing, W. R. Means, Grafton Director.


The tornado of last week was even more destructive than at first reported. A track of from 100 yards to a quarter of a mile wide across our county, from South-West to North-East was swept as with a besom of destruction, trees, fences, orchards and buildings, when in its path being, leveled to the ground. Of the amount of damage done no definite estimate can be made, but it must be counted by thousands, and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The storm first struck this county at the north of Babb’s Hollow, where it leveled a log house occupied by a German family.

From here it passed on, leveling timber, fences, etc., until it reached the place of Abram Worthy. His smoke house was unroofed and house blown in.

The next building in its course was the granary of Wm. J. Allen. This was leveled and the wheat it contained, some 200 bushels, scattered over the ground. His smoke house was also destroyed.

The stable of James Slaten was torn down and his orchard nearly ruined, two out of three trees being blown over.

A portion of the roof and one side of the barn of Addison Green was blown away.

A colored man who was caught in the blow with a four horse team at this point, on his way back from Jersey Landing, where he had been with a load of flour. His wagon was placed across the fence, with the fore wheels on one side and the hind wheels on the other, and up to this writing, the wagon bed had not been found. The man himself was dashed against a tree, but not seriously injured.

The house of Joab White was unroofed and the roof of the barn was also blown away.

The roof at the barn and house of Joshua White were also taken off.

The house of William Rush was leveled to the ground, a perfect ruin. The family escaped without serious injury.

The roof was taken off the large corn crib of James Lamb.

The Union Baptist church was torn down flat to the ground, a perfect ruin.

Next north-east of the church some 40 or 60 yards it struck a house occupied by an Irish family, whose names we have not learned. The building was lifted bodily from over the heads of the woman and two children, leaving them sitting in the storm, but miraculously uninjured.

The chimneys of the residences of Geo. and — Kirby were blown off, but the buildings escaped without serious injury.

Mr. Kirby also had two and a quarter miles of fence scattered in every directions

Thomas Lamb’s residence was moved from its foundations, and several houses were unroofed, while not a panel of fence is left standing.

The fences on the farms of William Davidson, Hon. Joel Cory, Sr., Mrs. Mary Cummings, Jeremiah Beaty and several other of our largest farmers, were badly damaged.

Mr. Wm. Marshaw and L. M. Brady were near Mr. Lamb’s when the storm came up and drove under one of his sheds for a shelter. The first blast buried them in the ruins, the second lifted the roof which was crushing them and their teams with its weight, and hurled it away in fragments. Both men and teams escaped without serious injury though somewhat bruised. The hind wheels of Mr. Marshaw’s wagon were blown out from under the bed and carried a distance of some 30 or 40 feet, leaving the team, fore wheels and bed, and Mr. M., in a rather disorganized condition.


May 17, 1872


Fidelity still lives and is doing finely. There is great excitement prevailing about the railroad. Men can be seen at all times standing around on the streets building railroad. The party of surveyos and engineers passed through this place on Thursday, and returned on Friday.

Everyone is doing a good business. In the store of WHITFIELD & HUTCHINSON we find a very nice stock of dry goods, groceries hardware, tinware, etc., etc. Charley ROEMIG is doing a good business in the wagon and carriage line. The genial face of THOMPSON is there also, and is willing to accomodate you. Jerome does Charley’s painting, and all are satisfied with it but one man that I hear of. Jas. McGRIFF is doing a good business in the blacksmithing line, and keeps a large assortment of agricultural implements. Adolph is doing well in horse shoeing. Mr. STOCKTON has recently opened a first class ice cream saloon. MERCER is doing a good business in the grocery line, and Drs. KINGSTON & HOFFMAN in the drug store. Cal BALL is doing a large business.

Mr. J. N. HUTCHINSON started to Kansas on Tuesday last.

Mr. J. T. HANSKINS sold 800 bushels of wheat to G. W. HUNTER at $2, and Isaac McCOLLISTER sold 1200 bushels to J. J. HAYCRAFT at $2. Good.

Farmers are about through planting corn, and report wheat looking fine.

Charles WHITFIELD is expected home from Kansas daily.

J. C. FROST and Adolph went to the coal fields at Chesterfield and got a barrel of coal for a sample. It will be taken to Jerseyville an left at the banking house of Cross & Swallow.

July 26, 1872

Horse thieves are venturing to operate in this vicinity again. Last week two horses were stolen, one from Abijah DAVIS and the other from Wash PERRINGS. The thieves attempted to sell the horses at a stable in St. Louis, where they were suspicioned and arrested by the police. Sheriff Stephen H. BOWMAN and Than KIRBY went down last Saturday, and on Monday Mr. Kirby brought one of the thieves to this city. The other one was taken ill and left at the hospital in St. Louis, and will probably be brought up some time this week. They are both St. Louis thieves and well known to the police of that city.

Several of our citizens went down to St. Louis last Monday night to hear Carl Shurz make the great speech of the campaign. Among them were Hon. R. M. KNAPP, candidate for congress from this district, Col. W. H. FULKERSON, Hons. Geo. W. HERDMAN, H. O. GOODRICH and J. Carl BEATTY. Mr. Beatty is a Liberal Republican and expects to take the stump during the campaign.

Last week two little boys of Frank COLEAN, while riding a couple of horses, one of them riding with only a halter, and being unable to hold the horse, was thrown, breaking his arm between the elbow and wrist, turning his hand completely back. Dr. DuHADWAY set the arm, and the boy is doing well.

R. C. WADDELL, executor of the estate of Wm. G. WADDELL, dec’d, will sell at public vendue at the late residence of said decedent, 6 miles north of Jerseyville, on Saturday, August 10th, all the personal property belonging to said estate.

A wheat stack of James BUCKLES, two miles and a half east of Otterville, was struck by lightning Monday night. The fire caught to another stack which was also burned. The neighbors turned out and hauled off the other stacks.

Notice to Contractors. Persons willing ot bid on the erection of a school house to be built near Newbern in School District No. 10, Town 7, Range 11, Jersey county, can see plans and specifications at the office of Wm. EMBLY, arachitect, on Exchange street until August 3, 1872. Bids to be directed to Joseph CHAMBERS, Newbern, Jersey County, Ills. By order of directors, R. CHAPPELL, Jacob JORER(?), Jos. CHAMBERS.

August 23, 1872

J. P. SUNDERLAND insures his new residence at Delhi, with James A. & Morris R. LOCKE.

The German Greeley and Brown club met Wednesday evening at Silverman’s Hall. Speeches were made by J. Carl BEATTY and Judge CALKINS.

Ford LEWIS owns 20,000 acres of land in Nebraska.

Isaac R. ELY has one of the best houses on the Shipman road.

Hon. R. M. KNAPP, our candidate for Congress, will speak to the Greeley club at the Court House tomorrow evening.

J. N. HUTCHINSON, of Fidelity, has a policy in the Life Association of America. James A. & Morris R. LOCKE, agents.

James A. & Morris R. LOCKE have money to loan, houses and farms for sale and rent, and will write deeds, wills, mortgages, powers of attorney and other legal documents.

Go to the Pearl Street News Depot, call for the latest styles of green, blue and pink tinted note paper. Wheeler & Wilson’s sewing machine needles, weather guages, Mark Twain’s “Roughing It” and peerless ink can only be obtained at this place. A. H. CUTTING.

Wanted. 10,000 bushels of peaches and apples delivered at my vineyard, for which the highest market price will be paid. J. Geo. SCHWARTZ.

August 30, 1872

Mrs. HALSTEAD will open a select school in the Son’s Hall, on Monday, September 9th. Tuition per quarter of ten weeks, $4.00, $5.00 and $6.00. Tuition payable half in advance, the remainer at the middle of the session. No deduction for lost time, except in case of sickness.

Miss Lynn’s Select School will be re-opened Monday, September 24, 1872. Terms: $2.00 and $1.50 per month. Tuition payable in advance. No deduction for lost time.

Mr. A. A. GOODRICH, who has been reading law for some time past in the office of Knapp & Herdman in this city, will go to Springfield in about a week to complete his studies with his uncle, Hon. A. L. KNAPP. He will endeavor to pass an examination and be admitted to practice by the first of January, when he will return to this city and hang out his shingle.

September 20, 1872

If you want to get your carriage or buggy painted in the latest style and on the most reasonable terms, go to Signor & Krotzsch’s new carriage painting shop, two doors south of Locke, Stoeckel & Co.’s grocery store, State Street, up stairs.

On Wednesday evening last Mr. Budd McDOW, living near Ottervile, went with his family to his father’s house, a quarter of a mile distant, to take supper. After supper some of the family saw a light at the house of young McDow. Old Uncle Billy, Budd and the hired man started immediately to ascertain the cause of the light in Budd’s house, knowing none of the family were at home, and there having been frequent robberies committed in the neighborhood recently, they suspected something was wrong. Uncle Billy took along his shot gun loaded with buck shot. Upon approaching the house some one threw a stone against the building from a clump of weeds near, and the light was immediately extinguished. The party then surrounded the house to cut off the escape of oneof the thieves, but in the confusion of striking a light the thief rushed out of the house and dived into the weed patch before Uncle Billy could get his gun discharged. The papers in the private desk of Mr. McDow were rumaged over and strewn on the floor, but nothing of value is missing.

Knox SMITH, who for the last year has been with Isaac TREPP, and LOVELL, lately in Vandervoorts, have concluded to open dry goods store in Herdman’s building, and are now purchasing goods.

The ladies of the Baptist Church are to have a festival and supper on the evenings of Tuesday and Wednesday next. The supper will be first class and we are in hopes it will be well attended.

Horace Greeley don’t use liquor of any kind, and advises other not to. But when men will drink, always get the best. Col. GREEN keeps the best of liquors and cigars at his Pearl Street Saloon. John, his barkeeper, says it is good ague medicine. From the number who are trying it, we are led to believe there is considerable ague in town.

Frank EDGAR is clerking in Vandervoort’s store.

Piano Teaching, 50 cents each lesson; tuning, $2, the lowest by Charles de ROESCH.

Mr. Samuel DOUGHERTY, an old citizen of Otter Creek, is seriously ill.

Sad affair! On last Wednesday a week, between 11 and 12 o’clock a difficulty occurred between two shoemakers – Charles O’NEIL and James NELSON – whose shops are near together on South State Street, just below Ames hardware store. From the testimony on the witnesses before the coroner’s inquest, held by Judge Calkins last Saturday, it seems that Mr. Nelson, who was under the influence of liquor, used very insulting language to Mr. O’Neil in regard to his wife and her daughter, who is only a stepchild to Mr. O’Neil. Three witnesses, Mr. HARDIN, Harry SHEPHARD, and Tony RECAPPE, saw Mr. O’Neil strike the deceased one blow with his fist, knocking him down, and then giving him one kick about the head and past on up the street. Mr. Nelson was picked up and helped into his house (where he lived all alone) and laid upon a bed. In the afternoon he was seen by a lady who has rooms over Ames’ store, in his back yard, walking very unsteady and falling once among some grape vines, and on going into the house falling against the door, bursting it open. Mr. Thomas ERWIN, who keeps a livery stable on the opposite side of the street, went in to see him, about half past six o’clock in the evening, and asked him if he could do anything for him? Nelson said he had been drinking too much whiskey and beer, and would like to visit the privy if he would assist him. Mr. Erwin complied with the request, and after arranging him in bed, left him. He was not seen any more until next morning, and was then unable to speak. [Nelson died at residence of Dr. DuHadway]

The Liberal Republicans of Otter Creek held a meeting at Humiston’s School House on Tuesday evening. Mr. John LINKOGLE, a prominent Republican and for Grant four years ago, presided. Mr. Wm. McADAMS, our candidate for the Legislature in this district, having been invited to address the meeting, spoke for an hour and a half, presenting the issues of the campaign in an earnest and impressive manner. Mr. W. W. DABBS followed with an eloquent appeal to the Republicans present in behalf of Horace Greeley and the reform movement. Mr. Dabbs, at the Radical Convention held in the court house three weeks ago, was elected a member of the Republican central committee for Jersey county. Four years ago he was the vice president of the Grant Club in Otter Creek, the strongest Republican precinct in the county, and served during last campaign as the acting chairman of the club. Mr. Dabbs is a gentleman of fine education, a fluent and logical speaker and will go into the campaign with earnestness and ability. He spoke for half an hour and was followed by Mr. Linas HUMISTON, of Otterville. This gentleman also occupied half an hour, stating his reasons for supporting Greeley in preference to Grant. Mr. Humiston was an abolutionist of the old school and has always voted the Republican ticket, was for many years the teacher of the public school at Otterville, and prominent as an educator in the state. He served as a soldier under Grant during the war, and is perhaps one of the best posted men in political history we have in this part of the state. Mr. Humiston is a fluent and forcible speaker, and has consented to take part in the campaign against Grant.

November 1, 1872

Married, on the 29th, by Rev. P. Perry, at the house of Mr. George S. RANDOLPH, Mr. Israel SQUIRE and Mrs. Margaret Ann RANDOLPH, both of Jerseyville.

Donation. The numerous friends and acquaintances of the Rev. J. W. PHILLIPS and lady will give them a donation at the parsonage of the M. E. Church, in this city, afternoon and evening of Nov. 8, 1872. ‘Tis the 20th anniversary of their wedded life.


January 3, 1873

The people of Otter Creek are about perfecting a plan to build a town hall in Otterville. It is to be built and owned by a stock company, and 100 shares of stock, of $25 per share are to be sold. An exhibition, to be held in one of the churches, is to be given soon. A number of old and prominent citizens, among whom are Judge TERRY, Noah ROGERS, William McDOW, Henry DOUGHERTY, Linas HUMISTON, John LINKOGLE and others will take prominent parts in the programme. An old fashioned good time is expected, and the proceeds of the exhibition are to be applied towards the erection of the new hall.

July 4, 1873

New School House. The undersigned desire to receie proposals for building a new school house in Otterville, Jersey county, Ills., according to plans and specifications of C. B. Clark, of St. Louis, Mo. Said proposals to be for entire building above foundation, or for brickand cut stone in one contract and balance of building in seperate contract. By order of the borad. J. T. CURTISS, President, F. GIERS, Secretary.

The injunction suit brough by parties in Otterville to stop the building of the new school house n that place was tried last week before Judge Epler, in Jacksonville, who dissolved the injunction. We suppose the Trustees will go ahead now and put up the building. It is to cost about $7,000, will be two stories with basement, and will be the handsomest school house in the county, outside of Jerseyville. [Note: this is the well-known Hamilton School building in Otterville]

Left in the hands of Chas. M. BOYLE my lawful agent, the following articles to-wit: 4 billiard tables, and everything belonging thereto, 1 ice chest, 1 bar counter, &c., which he is authorized to sell and will be sold cheap if applied for soon. L. SILVERMAN.

We saw a lady to-day walking through the muddy street to avoid the crowd which blockaded the walk at Old Krump’s corner – and thes, too, when officers were on the spot. Shame!

If you have occasion to stop your team when in town always make it a point to stop it on the street crossing. In this way you can afford pedestrians an excellent opportunity to walk around you and your team.

The pigeon shooting tournament is to come off on the 22d inst., and a good time is expected. Capt. A. H. Bogardus, champion single bird shooter of America and probably the best shot in the world, will present and perform the feat of killing fifty birds in eight minutes, loading his own gun.

Wm. DUNCAN has returned from Salem, Va., where he has been attending school.

In one of our Colorado exchanges we notice the marriage of Mrs. Sarah PARKER, formerly of this city, to Mr. Geo. H. HOWARD, a merchant of Pueblo, Colorado. The wedding occurred in Denver on the 21st ult.

On last Sabbath morning we had the pleasure of witnessing the quarterly exercises of the Mission Sabbath school. The Superintendent, Mr. POGUE, first read the quarterly reports of the officers and teachers, after which we listened to a beautiful piece of music, “Eve’s Lament,” sung by Mrs. Callender with a delicacy and truthfulness which is seldom excelled. Next followed the panorama consisting of a number of large crayon sketches, plain and colored, illustrating the lessons of the past quarter, drawn by Mr. Callender. All the sketches were credible in design and happily illustrative of the different topics, and some of them were evidently executed with considerable care. An interesting exercise of mingled music and recitation, entitled “Jesus, the Rose,” was then given, the following scholars participating: Ada HARRIS, in charge, Louisa ROSENBERG, Annie DENTON, Fiora OLMSTEAD, May HURD, Julia FARRIS, Annie GRIGGSBY, Kate WOODS, Mary CRAYTON, Thrazy BILCHER, Nettie HAND, and Estella HOWEY. The music was by Mrs. Callender, Mr. Callender (violin), and Henry McFAIN (bass viol.). Stella HOWEY was declared the banner scholar and received from the Superintendent the handsome banner of the school. Armina JONES received the 1st prize for having secured the greatest number of new scholars, Susan SMITH was entitled to the 2nd prize but was not present to receive it. Class 10 took the palm for the recitation of scripture, having committed a total of 1032 verses. A large number were present, the hall being quite crowded and the occasion was one of unusual interest and heartily enjoyed by all.

August 1, 1873

There will be a base ball pic-nic near the Rock Bridge on Piasa creek on next Saturday. The Modocs of Delhi and the Clippers of Buck Inn will play a match game in the afternoon. Several other clubs will be in attendance; a basket dinner will be in order and a good time is expected.

Dissolution Notice. Notice is hereby given that the firm of Signor & Krotzsch is this day dissolved by mutual consent. Mr. SIGNOR will retire and Mr. KROTZSCH will continue the business at the old stand.

August 22, 1873

We learn that there has been one or two cases of cholera near Newbern.

Mr. O.(?) A. J. BIRDSALL is now foreman in the news room of the little Rock (Ark.) Gazette office.

The assessed valuation of the real estate of Jersey county for 1873 is $4,707,637, against $2,568, 902 for 1872.

The citizens of Kane have petitioned the managers of the Alton & Chicago railroad for a new depot at that place.

Rube DARLINGTON has returned to Jersey county to live after trying Audrain county, Mo. for several years.

Joshua ALLEN and wife returned last week from a visit to their son-in-law near Virden. The corn crop is reported almost a failure in that section.

New Business. Mr. Charles SIGNOR has established himself in the building known as the Hogeland carriage factory, corner of Pearl and Jefferson streets, where he will engage in carriage, sign and ornamental painting as a speciality. He will also do house painting, graining, gilding and paper hanging.


June 4, 1874

Geo. VOORHEES, living two miles south east of the city, had a brown mare stolen last night.

Mr. AMES is putting new show windows in his building and otherwise improving its front.

Rev. A. H. MUNSON of Potosi, Mo. has been visiting his son-in law, Hon. R. A. KING, in this city the past week and returned home yesterday.

The Mission Sunday school has purchased an entirely new library for the amusement and education of the little one.

The city fathers have wisely concluded to build a new fence on the street line of the cemetery, and Mr. EMBLY has prepared plans for a tasteful and appropriate gateway and entrance.

We call the attention to the advertisement of Mr. J. F. BARNETT, of St. Louis, who will sell his Jersey county farm.

Jerseyville has a new legal firm. Orville A. SNEDEKER, of this city, and O. B. HAMILTON, of Otterville, have formed a copartnership for the practice of law.

Tramps are becoming numerous.

A fine assortment of grass scythes, grass hooks and the celebrated Willoughby whet stones, at Ames’.

Mr. Villinger has finished repairing and repainting his residence.

Mr. William KEITH is making repairs and alterations in his residence on State street.

At the invitation of our friend, Mr. Tom WALKER, we had the pleasure of attending yesterday, a pleasure excursion, under his auspices, to the river and return. The party, some thirty in number, went to Elsah in carriages, and the programme was to spend the afternoon at that place as pleasantly as possible, and in the evening to go aboard Captain Bruner’s “Spread Eagle” and make the trip to Grafton and return, with the accompaniment of music and dancing on the boat. Arriving at Elsah, a large brick building on the bank of the river was at once seized and the gentlemen amused themselves in various ways while the ladies were preparing lunch. An improvised table was soon spread with an array of good things sufficient to have fed a regiment. At the table we noticed the following: G. P. ELY, Chas. CASEY, James BOTHWELL, Charley PARENT, T. F. TERRY, Tom TERRY, Tom WALKER, Jim WALKER, Mark WARREN, E. McREYNOLDS, Geo. BOTHWELL, D. M. BONNELL, Joe POWELL, N. E. STALLINGS, Jim FLAUT, Geo VAN HORNE and L. L. JARBOE. The ladies were: Misses E. PARENT, Fannie BONNELL, Annie WARREN, Gracie COCKRELL, Mattie BROOKS, Leella(?) BARR, Flora EVANS, Hattie ELY, Mary WALKER, Rosie CORY, Annie BAILEY, Nettie VAN HORNE, Mary GARDNER, Fannie TERRY and Addie GARDNER. Dinner was despatched with much mirth and merriment, and shortly afterward, Mr. RUE and his seconds having arrived, the hall was cleared for action and dancing was commenced and continued – with a few breathing spells – for the remainder of the afternoon. About four o’clock the festivities were interrupted by one of the most violent rain storms we have ever seen. The wind blew a stiff gale, and the descending sheets of water made it impossible to see a hundred feet in any direction; the water came tumbling in torrents from the bluffs, and in a moment the one street of Elsah was a small river in itself. About the only inconvenience to the party, however, was the indefinite postponement of a pleasant excursion which had been comtemplated to “Notche Cliffe,” the residence of Mrs. L. V. S. AMES. At sunset the whole party sought water’s edge and an anxious watch for Bruner and the Spread Eagle was commenced and continued for some two hours, when tired of the delay the dance was resumed. At about 11 o’clock the lights of the steamer were seen down the river, and with the conviction that it was “better late than never,” the party returned to the landing only to be again disappointed. The boat was the Fannie Keener with the Eagle’s freight, and people, and the intelligence that the latter boat in backing out at St. Louis had collided with the Andy Johnson and broken a paddle wheel. To return home was now the order of the day – or the night, rather – and a general scramble for carriages ensued, but the “wee sma’ hours” were upon us ere the party wound out of the “hollow” by the light of the broad silvery moon. It is but just to say that Mr. Walker, to whose exertions the excursion was due, did all in his power to make the occasion a pleasant one, and the disappointment was one which could not be foreseen or prevented.

September 24, 1874

James C. ROSS, auctioneer, has rented an office in the Arcade building.

Corn sold for $24.50 per acre at Mrs. McKINNEY’s sale, west of town last week.

Col. KELLAR, of Jersey Landing has our thanks for a large cat fish he brought us last Monday.

Steve BOWMAN recently bought the Murphy property on the north-west corner of Pearl streets, and will soon erect a brick stable 46 x 100.


January 7, 1875

Dr. TELLEY, having bought the property opposite the depot, will soon build a stable and establish a horse hospital. He now has room to keep seven or eight horses when left with him for treatment.

Lloyd JARBOE, he who comes around with a little book and asks for your signature and a little change in payment of express charges, had a mishap lst Monday night, and carries his arm in a sling now. He says he slipped and fell and struck his arm against the ground with such force as to dislocate it.

Mr. L. JARBOE, found some money this week, which will be turned over to the owner, who will be required to describe and prove the same, and to pay for advertising.

Charley BLISH has been dangerously ill the past week. He has an attack of pneumonia.

Our Lecture Association has made positive engagements with the following lecturers to come to Jerseyville this season: W. H. H. Murray, Mrs. Louisa Foss, General Kilpatrick, Schuler Colfax and Burbank.


You can’t guess what a glorious time we have just partially recovered from. The “Young Men’s Debating Club” of Elsah ushered in the new year with a gay and festive party, and a grand affair it was. The Odd Fellows’ Hall was filled with some of the sweetest girls, the best mothers, and the most indulgent fathers. Bless their souls! they could not keep their feet still. Chas. SCOTT’s Band bewitched them all, and, with a hearty gusto, they joined in the merry dance. All seemed joyous enough for mortals; but the climax was reached, when the doors were thrown open and the supper announced. All repaired to the well loaded tables (with an appetite) to do justice to a well arranged provision for the “critter” (man). At the birth of the new year “oysters and coffee for two” was the order. Upon the whole, the affair was a success, and to be long remembered by the boys. Nor were our spiritual requirements overlooked in Elsah. Our Methodist friends watched the old year out, the new one in, as is their custom. John SMITH, secretary Y.M.D.C.

January 21, 1875

J. G. READ, of Coon Creek, is lying dangerously ill.

Wm. FORD, formerly foreman in Netwon’s shop, is back at his old place again.

The many friends of Wm. V. SHEPHARD will regret to learn that he is quite ill.

Hon. O. P. POWEL came home on last Saturday, and returned to Springfield Monday.

Paul LERESCHE will give a masque ball at Villinger’s Hall in the early part of February.

The championship match between the colored shooters will come off March 15th, between Pete JOINER, the holder, and Willis BROWN.

Esq. MAINS has a pen of 31 hogs, now ready for market, which he thinks will average 280 pounds.

Charles BLISH is improving slowly. He looks as though he had been called for and came near going.

Mr. David HUNEL has removed from Kane to this city, and last week opened a tailor shop in the Seago building over Faust’s establishment.

L. P. SQUIERS, who, some tiem since, had the misfortune to break is leg, is again able to be on the streets, tho’ on with the use of crutches.

George GILWORTH, one of the most successful farmers of Jersey county, sold last week to Preston MILLER, of Shipman, 91 head of hogs, averaging 332 pounds, for $6.80 per hundred.

James SUNDERLAND tells the following, the truth of which we will not vouch for: It appears that certain loafers, or dead beats were in the habit, last fall, of using Jemes’s hay loft as a public boarding house, or, in other words, a convenient place to sleep when in needy circumstances. Now, Jemes is good natured, but there is a limit to every one’s patience. Jemes thought the time had arrived when forbearance ceased to be a virtue – the thing must stop. On going into the barn one morning early to feed the horses, he soon discovered the presence of lodgers in Hotel de Sunderland, and though to surprise them by making an early call. So, going into the loft with the fork, for the purpose of getting hay, he soon found evidence of a temporary grave. The hay seemed loose and would be nice for the horses. Carefully selecting the proper spot, he thrust the fork with considerable energy through the hay and into a man’s posterior. There was a howl of pain, then the man tumbled forth. James seemed surprised, tried to apologize, said he looked on the slate, but did not see him registered, so of course he was not to blame.

May 27, 1875

To Whom It May Concern. Be it remembered that, on the 15th day of May, 1875, personally appeared before me, Jason H. AMES, who states that on or about the 10th of October, 1872, his store was broken into and merchandise, consisting of pocket and table cutlery, pistols and fancy goods, valued at about six hundred dollars, was stolen. J. H. Ames. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 15th day of May, A. D. 1875. J. C. Beaty, Justice of the Peace. The above affidavit is made in rebuttal to a report circulated by maliciously disposed persons: that I never was robbed, and that the whole affair was fabricated by myself in order to excite the sympathy of the community. J. H. Ames.

On last Tuesday a suit was brought by the city before Esq. Cockrell against Lewis GROSJEAN, for violating the Sunday law by keeping open his place of business and selling cigars, contrary to an ordinance forbidding the same. After much discussion and reading of the law by the several attorneys engaged in the suit, the case was decided by His Honor Judge Cockrell against the city, he thinking that the city charter did not give the council power to pass such an ordinance.

Married. On Thursday, May 27, by Father Harty, at the Catholic Church, Mr. John F. BERTMAN to Miss M. L. MASSEY, all of this city. The happy couple left on the northern train for Winchester, Jacksonville and Quincy, where they will spend about a week visiting friends.

July 29, 1875

On Tuesday last Geo. ENGLAND was driving a spirited mare that was hitched to a butcher wagon, belonging to Wyatt & Hume, which, when in front of the post office, displayed proficiency in the kicking line seldom equalled; not did she stop until she had cleared herself of harness and wagon.

Dr. E. L. H. BARRY has removed his office from over Ware’s drug store to the new building he has been fitting up on North State street. He has one of the finest offices in the city. The lower story of the building is for rent.

S. H. BOWMAN has adopted a sensible method for producing muscle and the vigorous growth of the constitution. He has completely ignored the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, sand bags and “sich.” He is the happy possessor of a beautiful lawn mower, with which he takes his regular exercise before breakfast, dinner and supper.

We are in receipt of a letter from W. H. POGUE – dated St. Louis, July 27 – which informs us that John Bennett Anderson, the English revivalist and temperance lecturer, who has been preaching in the tent at that place, will visit Jerseyville and hold a series of religious and temperance meetings.

September 23, 1875

Married. At the Methodist parsonage, on Saturday, Sept. 18th, by the Rev. Fred L. Thompson, Mr. Henry ZELLE to Miss Elizabeth HANN. All of Jersey county.

October 14, 1875

John A. SHEPHARD returned from his visit to the East on Friday last.

Col. John FOX spent the greater part of last week among the denizens of the marsh near Columbia Anna, in Greene county.

Capt. John M. SMITH, with a party of friends, were rusticating a portion of last week in the wilds of Calhoun county catching fish.

KRUMPANITZKY and HUTCHINSON, both expert taxidermists of this city, are now engaged in setting up and American White Pelican for Col. John EVANS. This remarkable and rare bird was shot by Jas. EVANS, a noted hunter of Greene county, and a brother of the Col.’s on the Illinois bottom. The length of its wings from tip to tip, is ten feet and six inches. It is certainly the largest bird of its kind we have ever seen.

G. P. CHENEY of Virden, was in town last week.

There will be a public sale of the personal property of James E. VAN HORNE, deceased, on Wednesday, Nov. 3d.

O. A. TIFF advertises a public sale of property at his farm south of town, for Saturday, October 23d.

Lee SIMON, our fellow townsman, discovered a hand in his pocket, other than his own, on the fair grounds, and promptly had the intruder locked up.

Mrs. L. SNYDER, at the solicitation of many friends, has opened a Dining room at her old residence of South State street, 2 doors south of Ames’, where she will be pleased to serve meals at all hours, for all who will favor her with a call. A few day boarders solicited.

November 4, 1875

As the cold weather approaches, and the evenings are getting long, the spelling school mania is beginning to be felt in our midst.

Prof. John SNYDER began teaching school, for the present term, in the school house near the residence of L. W. SUNDERLAND.

Four dwelling houses for sale and two office rooms for rent. Inquire of John CORBETT.

A burglar, while taking an inventory of the contents of the second story of Mrs. A. B. ALLEN’s millinery store, one night last week, was caught in the act by Dr. A. B. ALLEN.

Considerable complaint is being made by some of the adjoining counties, that horse thieves are becoming more numerous than the morals or welfare of the county demands.

On Sunday night last, a horse attached to a buggy belonging to Mr. Jas. KIRBY took fright, and broke loose from the hitching post, and ran away making a complete wreck of everything.

An attempt at highway robbery was made on the person of C. E. NALY, station agent at Kane one night last week; but did not prove successful.

Grand Reception. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. SNEDEKER. Thursday evening last was the eventual evening of the week. On this occasion were gathered, by invitation, at the beautiful residence of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Snedeker, situated in the eastern part of the city, the friends and acquaintance of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Snedeker, to congratulate them upon their happy union in the bonds of matrimony, and wish them a God-speed through life. At an early hour the guests began to arrive, in carriages, buggies, on foot, and by the bus, until it seemed to ge a general holiday, so great was the assembly. But many as there were, they one and all were received at the gate and greeted with that genial and home-like welcome, that none know better how to extend than does Uncle Isaac (as he is familiarly called), who seems to be particularly adapted for this pleasing position. His pleasant countenance was radiant with smiles, and the shake of the hand gave token of equally as hearty a welcome. Nor was the reception within the house by other members of the family, less cordial; one and all, endeavored to impress upon the minds of their guests that this was an occasion of rejoicing; they they were gathered there for the purpose of welcoming home, the son and new-made daughter to the father and mother. Spacious as this hospitable dwelling was, it was scarce large enough for all. Every available spot was filled, by friends eager to congratulate the new-made bride and groom. And many must have went away without even so much as a “Godd bless you!”

November 18, 1875

I.O.O.F. Hon. John H. Oberly, editor of the Cairo Bulletin Most Worthy Grand Master, I.O.O.F., State of Illinois, is to be in Jerseyville on Thanksgiving day, and will deliver an address on the subject of Odd Fellowship, at the Methodist church, at 3 o’clock p.m. Just preceeding his address there will be a parade by the members of the Order. Neighboring Lodges have been invited and a good attendance of Brothers is expected from Carrollton, White Hall, Kane, Carlinville, Alton, Medora, Grafton, Otterville and Elsah.

Gone to the happy hunting grounds! Jas. CANNON, or as he called himself, “Injin Jim,” well known to many of our readers, was killed in the northern part of the state recently, in a fight.

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