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from The Springfield Leader (Weekly),
Greene County, Missouri
November, 1891


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Thursday, November 5, 1891

Probate Court.

Estate of James W Lee; will admitted to probate after hearing testimony of attesting witnesses.

Estate of George Murrell; refunding bond of Emily Tracy, Avalia Wommack, Nancy Minard, Luella Wommack, Wesley Wommack, Tabatha Wommack, legatees under the will of deceased, for the amount of their legatees filed and approved.

Inventories filed and approved in estates of Harrison, Nora, George W., Albert H., John H and Clara B Smith.

Estate of Mary M Payne; ordered that the executor be ordered to lease the real estate for the next year for $150 cash, payable at the end of the year or ten per cent off for cash at first of year.

Estate of George Murrell; refunding bond of Clara Bass, one of the legatees under the will of said deceased, approved.

Estate of M A C Dennis; application filed by Lewis P Dennis for letters of administration on said estate heard and bond for $800 ordered.

Estate of Eliza Jane Henslee; Thomas R Davis selected as guardian of her person and bond of $60 given.

Estate of James W Brockman; report of commissioners to set off homestead filed and approved.

D.D. Denton allowed $6 against estate of Thomas Smith.

Estate of William Kelly; S H Horine, guardian and curator, files petition asking for an order to invest $1,500 of minor's money in guardian's hands; petition heard and prayer granted.

Estate of John Kassler; second annual settlement approved; balance due estate, $660.35.

Estate of Fred Kassler; same entry.

Estate of Thomas Farrier; petition of creditor filed to enforce administration and D T Farrier, next of kin, cited to appear and qualify.

Annie E Noblett allowed $40 against estate of Richard Noblett.

A C Wright allowed $6 against estate of R J McElhany.

Estate of Josiah Zink; final settlement, heretofore filed, disapproved and executor ordered to make an amended final settlement; annual final settlement filed.

Adjourned until Saturday, 7th inst.

County Court.

Reports of the following road overseers were presented and ordered approved: T.M. Roberts, Phillip Schneider, H.T. Kelso, J.D. Hutchinson and W.S. Brower.

The monthly report of Howard Grantham, superintendent of the Alms house, was approved. The expenditures for October were $279.15. Number of inmates, 43; admitted, 2; discharged, 2; deaths, 1.

L. Lyman, road overseer of district 2, 28, 21, made semi-annual report of the amount of poll tax collected and amounts due, which was approved.

J.E. Wier was appointed deputy clerk. He is well qualified for the place, having graduated at Prof. J.A. Cobban's Business College last year.


R.L. Ramey, the grocer, is on the sick list.

George Emsley and wife, of Saginaw, Mich., are at the Central.

A.L. Drew has gone on a short trip along the Chadwick branch.

Rev. F.B. Hines, of Carthage, contemplates locating in Springfield.

George W. Horton went south this morning over the Memphis route.

Rev. F.T. Ingalls, president of Drury College, has returned from St. Louis.

James Orchard, a prominent attorney of West Plains, registered at the Metropolitan this morning.

Thomas J. White, one of the Second Ward councilmen, is expected to return shortly from Southern California.

George Reed, postmaster, and Dr. _. T. Gray, both of Ebenezer, are in town to hear the election news. They say we had more rain than they did.

Engineer Bates returned yesterday from a visit to Fort Smith, Ark., where he had been on a visit, and he says that he had a pleasant time, socially and otherwise.

Rev. W.D. Hawkins, a Presbyterian minister, accompanied by his family, have arrived from Willow Springs and are at the St James. They come with a view to locating.

J.D. Porter, vice-president of the American National Bank, Hon. J.C. Cravens, C.V. Buckley and J.P. McCammon returned last night from Greenfield, where they had been attending circuit court.

George Wetherspoon, a handsome young gentleman, business manager of the Rose Coghlan Company, paid THE LEADER a pleasant visit this afternoon and told the paper all about the "Dilemma," which is "Dorothy's." He says that the best points of the horns of the dilemma are better seen than described.

At the early hour of 6;39 Monday morning a pretty little angel slipped down from heaven and nestled on the bosom of one of our fairest young matrons. The father is George W. Hughey, Jr., and the lady his sweet wife Fannie K. THE LEADER extends its congratulations to the little visitor, especially upon having so renowned a grandfather as the Rev. Dr. Hughey, who all not only admire but love.

Justice William Sheffield presented to a LEADER reporter an exquisite boquet of chrysanthemums of various colors, and he says that he will give him rose buds, in the morning, hereafter. This looks like a bribe, but the judge and the reporter know what flowers are, and the Man About Town loves them.

"Who struck Billy Patterson?" is a conundrum easier answered than the quest, "Who has not seen Billy Florence?" If there is such a hapless individual in Springfield that person will have an opportunity of spending an evening in his company at an early day. Watch these columns for the announcement of his arrival.

They Got Turkeys.

Messrs. Lee Campbell and Charles E. Cox went out to the Gumbo mine yesterday and, after admiring the situation as much as possible in a short time, began their return journey. When a few miles from Pearson Creek they encountered a flock of wild turkeys, and as the gentlemen had their guns they were far from being afraid. Mr. Cox says that he knocked down one of the birds with his first barrel and the second bird fell upon him, nearly breaking his neck. He also says that he does not claim having captured either of the birds, but he insists that Lee Campbell be less fleet with his gun, as a comerade should have some show.
It goes without the suggestion that Mr. Cox is better at mining than Mr. Campbell, and Mr. Campbell knows more about banking and shooting than Mr. Cox could imagine.
All the same, the Man About Town wants to know who ate those same birds.

Many Persons are broken down from overwork or household cares. Brown's Iron Bitters rebuilds the system, aids digestion, removes excess of bile, and cures malaria. Get the genuine.

Land Sales.

John H Bouslog to the Parce Buggy and Implement Co.; lots 13, 14 and 15, block 32, North Side...$2,640.

Same to J C Rule; lots 11 and 12, block 32, North Side...1,700.

John Vaught to Archie T Cast; tract in 10, 30, 22...1,800.

James F Gates to John E Warden; part of lot 11 and lot 12, block 18, in Woodland Heights addition...2,500.

Alban B Fairbanks to William W Tuttle; lot 33 in John M Richardson's addition...250.

William J McQuerter to I U McLaughlin; lot 6, block 5, in Woolley, Porter & Hubbell's addition...600.

A B Fairbanks to Vint N Bray; quit claim to several lots in Richardson's addition...100.

J A Harris to W P Patterson; lots 20, 21 and 22, block 6, in the town of Brookline...400.

Frederick Ames, of Easton, Mass., to J H Woodward, of Greene county; 80 acres in 25, 30, 22...520.

W D Sewell to C E Best; 40 acres in 28, 30, 23...200.

W D Sewell to Elizabeth Manning; quit claim to same tract...200.

Andrew McMehan to William McMehan; tracts in Greene county...1,400.

A A Renshaw to J R Vestal; tract in 5, 30, 23...200.

E T Robberson to Harvey Stockstill; lot 7, block 6, Kellett's addition...450.

James R Stokes to the Parce Buggy and Implement Co., quit claim to the west half of the division wall between lots 15 and 16, block 32, North Side...200.

Charles T Stokes to Richard A Ollis; quit claim to lot 13, block 3, Emery & McCann's addition...1,000.

Julius Goakey to J M Winsett and others as trustees of M E Church, one acre in 29, 30, 20...60.

B L Warren to J McQuerter; lots 240 and 241 in Prospect Place addition...1,000.

James F Gates to John E Warden; part of lot 11 and lot 12, block 18, Woodland Heights addition...2,500.

H E Williams to R M Fink; lot 46 in Ozark Land Co's second addition...2,500.

Frank Merigold to Wilhelm Rienhoff; lot on St Louis street...16,500.

Patrick Amber to Louis Friedmeyer; lot 4, block 4, Union addition...1,300.


Rev. G.W. Pursley recently married William Patterson and Miss Dora Cavin, both of this city; also James Mears and Miss Emeline Bedell.

On November 1st Rev. J.W. Hawley, of Ebenezer, married John Ryan and Miss Mollie Fishman, both of Robberson township.

John R Simpson yesterday secured a license to marry Mrs. Nancy A. Bledsoe, both of Nixa, Christian county.

Death of a Pioneer.

John Knox, former owner of the famous cave, residing eight miles northwest of this city, near Bethesda, died Monday morning, aged about 65. He was attacked a few days ago with pneumonia and gradually grew worse. He was an old settler, a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church and leaves a large family and many friends to mourn his demise.

He's All Right.

The suit brought against J.D. Porter by the Mt. Vernon Bank has very properly collapsed. The defendant was tried yesterday in the Circuit Court of Dade county and it was developed that the assault was instigated by malice. The case has attracted much attention throughout the State and THE LEADER is glad to state that E.P. Mann, of Greenfield, and W.B. Skinner, of this city, were able so easily to show how innocent their client is, who is one of the best men in the community.

Bits From Barry.

SELIGMAN. Mo., Nov. 2. -- William McCoy, of Washburn, is spending the week at Marionville.

Exeter, like all other Barry county towns, is improving greatly.

William Ashcroft and family, of Webb City, are spending a few weeks visiting in this, and Carroll county Ark.

Morgan Baker and family, of Roaring River, departed for Jackson county Indiana, last week.

There has been considerable hay and fencing destroyed along the railroad in this county in the past few days, being set by passing locomotives.

Secretary Chubbuck, and other noted men will attend the next meeting of the Horticultural Association of this county which will be held at Cassville, the 24th inst.

Quite a number of horses have been stolen in different parts of the county of late. It is also supposed that a number of the thieves were intending to rob the express near Butterfield a few days ago.

Taney County News.

Clayton McCord, a deputy sheriff from Taney county, arrived yesterday after some witnesses in the case of State vs Alonzo Watson and wife, charged with murdering their child, Jesse Carter, about five years old. Both were indicted at the April term for murder in the first degree. The unfortunate little fellow was treated burtally being whipped, frozen and starved to death. We understand he was a stepson and they did not wish to be bothered with him. The wicked couple were married in Greene county two or three years ago.

Ellis E Decker, charged with forgery, was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment in the penitentiary.

Judge Hubbard expects to adjourn court Friday or Saturday.

All of the Springfield lawyers have returned home except Ben B. Price.

A shower visited Forsyth yesterday morning, the first for about two months.

The cotton crop will be an average this year, while corn is good as a general thing.

There is considerable game and plenty of fish in and around Forsyth and Nimrods are taking advantage of their opportunities.

Thursday, November 12, 1891

Probate Court.

Estate of Squire Horn; ordered that the letters testamentary be revoked, the executrix, Ella Horn, having failed and neglected to make her settlements after being cited to do so; W H Pipkin, public administrator, ordered to take charge and administer said estate.

W H Pipkin, public administrator, filed bond of $40,000, with J F Bryan, E T Robberson, L H Murray and J M Doling securities, which was approved.

Estate of Isaac P Edwards; last will and testament filed and admitted to probate.

Estate of Joseph Gott; amended final settlement of Mary Gott, executrix; on her resignation filed.

Estate of J C Howard; application of ---- Howard for letters of administration filed; application granted and bond of $6,000 ordered.

Inventory and appraisement approved in estate of George Ghan.

Estate of J C Howard; notice of next of kin served on Mrs. Howard and she failed to qualify; therefore letters are ordered to issue to S W Howard, her son.

Estate of Henry Small; bond of Nancy Small, administratrix, filed in vacation, approved and letters granted by clerk in vacation approved.

Estate of Martha A Campbell; application of Stephen M Campbell, husband, for letters of administration de bonis non filed and ordered to give bond.

Estate of Isaac T Ferrier; application filed for administration and bond of $200 ordered.

Estate of W M A Townsend; final receipt of distributees on final settlement of said estate filed.

Estate of Josiah Brown; renunciation of the will filed by Annie Brown, widow of said deceased.

Estate of George Murrell; refunding bond of Alvin Bale_, one of the legatees under the will, filed and approved.

Same entry in regard to Laura VanHook.

Coal, Ice and Transfer Co. allowed $12 against estate of R J McElhany.

Estate of John C Montgomery; annual settlement approved; balance due estate, $2,118.93.

Estate of Katie Hardin, annual settlement approved; balance due estate, $1,930.22.

Estate of Martha Thomas; application filed to enforce administration.

Estate of Joseph McNees; application of widow filed for order refusing administration on said estate and court, having heard the evidence, finds that there is no more property than said widow is entitled to; ordered that no letters be issued and that the widow take all the property as hers absolutely.

J.A. Brown, allowed $25 against estate of Louisa Graves.

Estate of John H Rogers; final settlement approved; balance due administratrix, $892.29; ordered that administratrix be discharged.

Mr Neagle allowed $25 against estate of Wash Shackelford.

Estate of William McAdams; petition of Florence J and Charles K Priest filed praying for an order that the will of deceased be now declared as duly probated by the former clerk of this court, which said probate was never made of record. Court finding the matter in petition to be true, it is ordered that the action of the then clerk be and the same approved and confirmed.

Estate of Josiah Zink; petition and affidavit of James Miller in matter of distribution filed.

Adjourned until next Saturday, 14th inst.

County Court.

R D Kelley granted a dramshop license for six months.

L S C Lay resigns as road overseer of districts 1 and 1, 29, 22 and 23. Frank Lay appointed his successor.

Court ordered to sell all property of J S Cravens, which is incumbered by school loan.

August Lohmeyer, coroner, allowed accounts in the following inquest cases: W E Hale, $27.91; James W Brockman, $31.17; W Carr, $30.96; Dr. John Hyde, $27.21; unknown man, $21.87. The bill of costs in Joe Baringer inquest, $34.86, was disallowed.

After allowing several accounts the court adjourned until Monday, 9th inst.

County Court was in session all day yesterday, 9th instant.

Road petitioned for by L.S.C. Lay, ordered opened.

John Glass was allowed $45 for filling bridge over Sac river; T F Spragins, services, $120.90; F E Atwood, rent of U S Court room November 1, 1891, to February 1, 1892; J H Keller, guard, $15.

Samuel Woods, county treasurer, was ordered to pay over township funds belonging to Polk, Dallas and Christian counties.

The S M Poland road case consumed most of the afternoon and was continued until November 23, 1891.

T F Spragins presented an account for $1,569.07, making tax books for 1891 for use of the collector, containing 1,569,058 words and figures at 10 cents per hundred words and figures. Ordered that a warrant for $874.50 be drawn on revenue fund and remainder certified to State Auditor for payment.

Mr. Spragins also presented an account for $803.66 for extending the taxes for 1891 on the assessor's books. Ordered that a warrant be drawn on the revenue fund for $536.44, it being two-thirds of said amount; the other third was certified to the state auditor for payment. He also presented an account for $25.50 for making merchants' tax book - one-half to be paid by county and one-half by state; $3.50 for railroad and telegraph tax book; for making school tax books for county and city, $615.39.

Adjourned until Monday, 23d inst.

Circuit Court.

The divorce case of J W Chipman vs Anna Chipman has been set for trial December 8.

The case of Stifel & Benson and Julius Humenstine vs H R Gehrs et al, account, has been dismissed by plaintiffs.

H G Gaston vs A A Lampkin et al, venue from Jasper county; motion to strike case from docket. A temporary writ was granted.

Walnut Street Railway Co, condemnation; James T Neville elected special judge for the reason that Judge Hubbard is kin to some of the Walnut Street directors; continued until November 30.

P B Freeman has been granted a divorce from his wife, Cynthia.

Judge Hubbard has returned from Forsyth and says Alonzo Watson was convicted of manslaughter in the fourth degree and sentenced to two years in the penitentiary. His wife was acquitted.

The judge convened court here today to hear an argument in the Jasper county court house muddle, a temporary injunction being asked by Hon. M.E. Benton and George Hubbert, of Neosho, while Samuel Reynolds, of Carthage, and Galen Spencer, of Joplin, represent defense. On July 14, 1891, a tax levy aggregating $70,000 was voted by a large majority. The case is very important, but lack of time prevents even a synopsis.

Lights And Shadows.

Sheriff Cook, of Taney county, has safely lodged in the penitentiary Ellis E. Decker, sentenced to two years for forgery in the third degree, and Alonzo Watson, two years for manslaughter in the fourth degree.

Mrs. J.B. Montgomery and daughters, Misses May and Antoinettte, are at Jefferson City, at the Madison House. Friday night a reception will be given them at the Mansion by the Governor and Mrs. Francis.

Rev. W.J. Hayden has returned from a missionary tour, and reports successful evangelical work wherever he goes.

Mrs. Chas. Neiswanger, of Chicago, is in the city, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Stonebraker. Her numerous friends greet her cordially and are pleased to learn that Time has not brought a wrinkle to her brow, nor plucked a blossom from her cheeks. She will remain several days.

Some nocturnal prowler broke into J.M. Shockley's hennery Monday night and carried off a number of White Leghorns and Black Langshires, which are prolific egg producers. Mr. Shockley is grieved and authorizes THE LEADER to say that if the thief will return them as he took them no questions will be asked.

Harvey Likins, a brakeman on the Memphis Route, while making a coupling yesterday had his thumb severed, and looks rather pale today from the affects of his injury.

Superintendent Fairbanks called on THE LEADER this morning and stated that there was no rule requiring pupils to go out of their rooms to eat dinner. The school board makes the rules and he never heard of such a one being passed. Will the gentleman who informed a LEADER reporter that his little daughter had to go out in the rain and eat dinner please furnish the name of the school, in justice to Superintendent Fairbanks? Our columns are open for his statement.

At the "Echo" meeting in Cumberland Presbyterian Church last night, a gentleman tried to put on a pair of rubbers belonging to a lady - by mistake, of course, but she caught him in the act, and they did not walk under the same umbrella home.

Messrs. J.W. Jones and Jess had splendid sport at Cave Springs yesterday, having bagged 85 quail in a few hours. This shoot breaks the local record unless it is successfully assailed by other gunners.

Wilson Gooch and Miss Alice Caple, both of this city, were granted a marriage license this morning. The groom weighs over 200 and the bride 335 pounds. This is the heaviest couple that has been before Recorder Wilson.

The general prayer for rain has met with a sumptuous response, and now it is in order for somebody to pray for a temporary suspension of the celestial concession. Enough is enough. Springfield was never a dry town, but it does not want to be too much wetted.

William M. Dyer, first assistant of General Baggage Agent Garwood, of the Frisco, says that his name on the Cumberland Presbyterian Church books stands as "Wm. H. Dyer," and as a gentleman by the name of William H. Dyer was appointed cow marshal, Mr. W.M. Dyer, who has been guyed considerable today, wishes it understood that he is full of milk of human kindness but not aspire to be a cow catcher.

Judge H.E. Howell, chairman of the bar meeting yesterday, has appointed the following committee on program for the Travers banquet next Saturday night at some place hereafter to be selected by the committee on arrangements: F.S. Heffernan, J.C. Marcy and C.W. Hamlin.


C.G. P__zer, Route Agent of the Adams Express Co., with headquarters at Monett, is in the city today.

A little daughter of Elder J.H. Hardin is reported to be afflicted with diphtheria, and is very low.

Train Master, Herman Lessel, of the Frisco, with headquarters at Monett, is in the city today.

Mrs. J.D. Gipson, of West Center street, who has been confined to her bed for some time, is happily convalescing.

Mrs. Alf Adams, wife of Councilman Adams, is in a very precarious condition, but hopes for her recovery are entertained.

Motorman Harry Goll, will be without a family for two or three weeks as his wife and two children have gone to Oswego, Kas., on a visit to Mrs. Goll's sister.

Division Supt. Thoms, of the Frisco, is at his desk again after a few days absence, and is gratified on account of the rain, which furnishes abundant water supply for the railroad.

Mrs. Hooker, of Lebanon, Mo., and Mrs. Clara Denhardt, of Washington, Ill., have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lawson the past week.

Dr. E.S. Sweet has returned from an extended professional tour in the southern country, and he is again at home in his office in the postoffice area.

Mr. R.W. Stewart, the well known dealer in musical instruments, has been sick several days. His many friends hope to see him speedily restored.

Mr. Frank Lawson has returned from an extended tour of the State, representing the well known J.H. Treasdale Commission Co. of St. Louis. He says North Missouri is in excellent condition, but Springfield shows more life and business activity than any town he has visited. Frank is connected with an excellent house and will prove a valuable addition to it.

J.H. Douthett, passenger conductor on the Frisco, who lives on Pacific and Jefferson streets, lost a valuable St. Bernard dog last night by poison. This morning Conductor Douthett's little son carried his tin bath tub out and placed it over the remains to keep the rain off, and then sat down on the tub and cried. He forgot it was raining on him, poor little fellow, and his mother had to take him into the house against the loyal little fellow's vigorous protest. When discovered he was soaking wet, but he wanted the body of his dead companion protected.

Capt. Joe Pollock, agent of the Frisco at Pearl, came in this morning on railroad business. He came to Springfield during the "cruel" war, and until about 1870 was a prominent merchant in this city. Venus threw her zone around him a thousand times in vain, but at last he succumbed and married one of the handsomest and most accomplished ladies of the county, related to one of the best families, who induced him to throw aside the yard stick, "sheep clothing" and merchants' measures, and repair to agriculture, which he did, and since has lived a happy and contented life, spending his leisure moments in attending to the business of the Frisco at Pearl. Always glad to see you, Joe, and shall never forget our pleasant associations in the long ago, which are almost blotted from memory except the bright moments we lingered with you and a few other kindred spirits.

[This is all there is on the microfilm roll for the Springfield Leader for 1891]

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Microfilm, Springfield Leader; Nov. 6, 1890 - Nov. 12, 1891; The Library Center/Springfield-Greene County Library, 4653 South Campbell, Springfield, Missouri 65810-1723; obtained March 20/April 30, 2006.

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