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Jefferson Democrat, Hillsboro, Jefferson county, Missouri
WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY 1883
William MORTIMER LEE, an old-time school teacher of the
county, but who now lives in Texas, was here last week, on a
visit to his cousin, Dr. BREWSTER.
At the residence of John TUTTLE, near Vineland, May 15,
1883, Thomas DEGONIA and Miss Lucy POUNDS, were united in
married, by 'Squire Thomas WELCH.
Our new subscribers for the past week are - John CASE, James
HENON(?), Alexander HUSKEY, C.W. HARMONY, Rev. J. PHILLIPS,
M.U. GRAHAM and Mrs. M.L. SPALDING.
M.U. GRAHAM of Byrnsville lost eleven head of sheep last
Fall - seven marked with crop off left ear and under half
crop on right. He will pay for information of same.
The following renewed their subscriptions - Peter DUNNINGAN,
W.A. WHITE, Henry KOHR, Roman SPITZ, W. MOCKBEE, Louis
IEUDE, Louisa POSTON, Louis SAYERS, R. WASHBURN and Philip
H. Ed. GREEN and Alfonse BREWSTER arrived home, from the
State University, last week. Ed. wants to get a good school
for next Fall and Winter, and we can reccommend him as a
Salathiel COLE, an old resident of this county, died at
South St. Louis, on the 12th inst., aged 68 years. He for
many years carried on the business of merchandising and
farming in Valle township, and until the war was very
prosperous. He leaves several children and three brothers.
John HARNESS, who purchased the Moss WHITE farm, on Big
River, is well satisfied with his purchase. He has made
considerable improvement since he moved on it, such as a new
barn, stone fences, &c., and cleared out a good deal of the
timber, including the box-elder shade tree, under which Mr.
WHITE used to sit so much.
Marriage licenses were issued the past week to Charles BOYNE
and Alice JONES, Adolph HERMANN and Mary HEINBURGER, John
HOSKIN and Mrs. Josephine LASTER, James ROBINSON and Mrs.
Evy HARRIS (colored), Frank LAWRENCE and Emma M. DIEHL, Wm.
A. MILLER and Mrs. R.B. WILLIAMSON, Frank HENSLEY and Lily
E. JOHNSON, Wm. SHEAVES and Mary HOPKINS.
Miss May JONES, who taught music in this place a few years
since, and who was well known and popular among young and
old, both here and at De Soto, disappeared, on the 23d of
April, and her anxious friends have had no tidings of her
yet, although diligent search has been made. She was a niece
of Col. WEAR, who now lives at Poplar Bluff, and was making
her home with him. Col. WEAR passed thro' here on the 14th
inst., searching for her; but as he wished the matter kept
secret, nothing was said about it, till yesterday the St.
Louis papers got hold of it and published all the details.
Her friends are using every means they can think of to find
her. Their theory appears to be that she had become insane,
and left home on some mission suggested by her diseased
The FOXes are on the increase in this city. One arrived last
Friday at J.C.'s, and he is not at all happy, because it is
of the female persuasion.
The school board elected as teachers in the public school,
for the ensuing year -J.M. SHELTON as principal, and Misses
Genevieve MURPHY, Sallie PINSON, Kora THOMAS and ----
FITZGERALD, and Mrs. Fannie RANKIN, as assistants. This is
a good corps of teachers, and the success of the school is
Robert BRINKER, for many years a conductor on the Iron
Mountain railroad, died at the residence of 'Squire RANKIN,
on the 17th inst., of pneumonia, aged 38 years. He was a
brother of Mrs. Charles RANKIN and universally liked. He
was buried at Farmington by the Masonic lodge, of which he
was a member.
MARRIED - FAKE - McNUTT - May 16, 1883, by rev. J. ADDISON
SMITH, Charles FAKE and Miss Madie S. McNUTT.
Mr. FAKE is but recently from Arkansas and his bride
of this county.
There were a good many of their friends present - among them
we noticed the Hon. N.J. COLMAN, wife and daughter and
nephew; Mr. CATLIN, Miss WHITE of Potosi, and Major D.W.
BRYANT of Waterloo, Ills. Among the presents we noticed a
beautiful silver tea set, by Col. COLMAN and wife; a
handsome silver water pitcher, By Rev. J. Addison SMITH and
wife; silver set of tablespoons and holder, by Major BRYANT,
and other presents too numerous to mention. After a
sumptuous repast, the bride and groom started for Pevely.
May they live a long and prosperous life is the wish of AN
OLD FRIEND. Crystal City, May 16, 1883.
CIRCUIT COURT NOTES - M.F. BRESSIE, from whom his wife had
been divorced, had his disabilities removed, so that he may
legally marry again.
Max. V. FRAGSTEIN was granted a divorce from Francisca V.
Charles SEAPORT vs.. Elizabeth SEAPORT; judgment for
defendant for $25 alimony.
Mack MARSDEN has been indicted for the murder of VAIL, and
he and John MARSDEN and Allen HENSLEY for hog stealing. It
will not be known until to-morrow what will be done with
their cases. Mack has applied for a change of venue in the
murder case, and to-morrow the court will hear evidence as
to whether or not the people of this county are so
prejudiced that they will not give the prisoner a fair
trial. The defendant is having three witnesses from each
township hunted up to swear to the prejudice, and the State
is to have the same number to testify on the other side. In
any event, he can not be tried at this term, as the term
will have to close on Saturday, as the court begins next
Monday in Reynolds county. The desire of the people, so far
as we have heard any expression, is for a fair and impartial
trial, at as early a day as possible, as they want to know
whether the accused ----
WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY 1883
RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT - De Soto, Mo., May 11, 1883, Hall of
Industry Lodge, No. 251, I.O.O.F. - The following memorial
was adopted in honor of Dr. John E. MORRIS, deceased.
Whereas by a dispensation of that Mysterious
Providence. Whose ways
are past found out, our worthy brother, Jno. E. MORRIS, has,
after a short and painful illness been removed from a
condition of eminent usefulness on earth, by death, and
exalted to a higher and more extended sphere of existence
-possessing a generous soul and sympathetic heart, few men
have passed away whose loss their friends more deeply felt,
or more deeply deplored, than that of Dr. MORRIS; therefore,
Resolved, That in the death of John E. MORRIS this
lodge has lost one
of its most respected members; his wife and children a very
devoted, kind and loving husband and father; the community
one of its most worthy and useful citizens.
Resolved, That Industry Lodge, No. 251, L.O.O.F.,
tender to the wife
and children of Dr. MORRIS their most earnest and heartfelt
condolence in this, their sad afflictions and irreparable
loss, and commend them to our Covenant-keeping Father, who
has promised to, and ever will, watch over the widow and
orphans. Chas. E. HOPSON, Sec'y.
The following preamble and resolutions were adopted at a
recent meeting of Dry Creek Grange, No. 1827, of Jefferson
county, Mo., in commemoration of the death of B. DOVER, who
departed this live, April 27, 1883.
Whereas, our Heavenly Father, in his infinite wisdom,
has called from
earth hence. Bro. B. DOVER; and
Whereas, our brother was a faithful patron and
zealous worker in the
grange, from its very first organization in this county, and
has served faithfully as secretary of this grange from its
organization until his death; therefore, be it -
Resolved, That in the death of Brother DOVER this
grange has sustained
an irreparable loss, which it deeply mourns; the family a
kind husband and father, and the community at large one of
its best citizens.
Resolved, That to the family we extend our heartfelt
commending them to the Great Master Above.
Resolved, that a record of this action be placed upon
the minutes of
this grange, and that a copy here of be furnished the
"Jefferson Democrat" for publication. Francis CAMPBELL,
John S. McKAY, Thomas M. BAKER [committee.]
WEDNESDAY, 20 MAY 1883
There is a new boy at Constable FRAZIER's house, since last
Friday, and the Constable "feels his oats" of course.
Sheriff WEAVER took John Henry MOEHLMANN to the penitentiary
last Monday. He also took Mack MARSDEN to St. Louis for
'Squire E.F. HONEY united in marriage - at CLARK's Hotel, in
Hillsboro, on 23rd inst.,- Jasper ALEXANDER and Miss Sarah
E. ARMSTRONG, both of Crystal City.
They say that Mr. CURTISS went home to his wife the other
night, rather bothered. Someone had told him to oil the
fifth wheel of his buggy, and he could only find four wheels
on it. (I thought people might like the humor in this one.)
LICENSED TO MARRY - Jasper ALEXANDER and Sarah E. ARMSTRONG,
Wm. L. ROBERTSON and Mary McKEE, Rousain POLITTE and Alice
J. SHORT, Gas. F. GROOMA and Annie COOPER, Charles R. LAMAR
and M.J. FROST.
Leopold LEICHT and Miss Mary HILLIARD were married, at the
residence of the bride's mother, in Rock township, on the
22d inst. A number of guests were present, and Mrs. HILLARD
had a fine supper prepared, to which ample justice was done.
The friends of the happy couple wish them a long and
The following renewed their subscription to the J.D. the
past week - John MURPHY, S.S. WILEY, Joseph SALE, M.W.
GREENE, W.J. KIRK, James BLACKWELL, Dr. B. BERKLEY, John P.
LOLLAR, C.E. KENEY, Henry HOFFMINSTER, Martin HAUSE and
M.ZIEGLER(?). New subscriber - Charles BOOTH and Pleasant
Recently while Peter and Sharp DUGAN, Peter BOYER and George
MERSEAL, were crossing Big River in the latter's canoe,
near Frumet, a small bass jumped up and bit MERSEAL in the
face, and on reaching the opposite shore, another fish
jumped into the canoe. Should this seem rather fishy, there
are witnesses to testify to its truthfulness.
Charles T. VINYARD, aged 62 years, departed this life, on
the 21st inst., near Crystal City. He was born in Virginia
and reared in Jefferson county, MO., He leaves two brothers
- William and Jackson - the only survivors of a family of
eleven. He leaves four children and many relatives in this
county, who mourn the loss of a kind friend. His funeral
sermon was preached at the grave by Rev. J.T. McMULLIN.
A FRIGHTFUL TRAGEDY - A horrible tragedy occurred near Cedar
Hill, this county, last Sunday. the facts as near as we can
learn, being as follows: Hiram SULLENS, a young man 19 or 20
years of age, son of Henry SULLENS, had been for some time,
paying his attentions to Miss Martha McDANIEL, of the same
neighborhood. Lately, a young man, named DORRENCE, had
succeeded in gaining the young lady's affections, and this
so enraged SULLENS that he determined to kill them both.
Last Sunday he loaded his gun and tent to McDANIEL's to
carry out his threat, but the family were at church; so he
stationed himself near the road, where they would pass on
their way home, and as DORRENCE and Miss McDANIEL came
along, he fired, killing DORRENCE instantly and shattering
the lady's arm. He then reloaded his gun, walked off a
little ways into the woods and emptied both barrels into his
own head, scattering his brains in every direction. The
terrible affair greatly excited the people of that quiet
neighborhood, but the deed was effectually done, and
expressions of horror could not remedy it. He have not
heard whether or not there is any prospect of the young
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