Rankin Family History Project
Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 05 November 1875
A DROVE of sheep and cattle passed through Perryville on Tuesday.
MOVED. -- Mr. Joseph Buisson and family moved into their own home, west of town last Wednesday.
IMPROVEMENTS. -- Mr. Thos. Hooss is adding more improvements to his property, in the way of picket fences.
JUDGE ROBINSON left for Ste. Genevieve last Sunday, where he went to hold circuit court, which began last Monday.
DR. J. W. FUTRELL on Wednesday last, moved into the residence lately occupied by Mr. Jos. Buisson, opposite our office.
THE EPIZOOTIC or something similar has made its appearance in Perry county, a large number of horses being affected by it.
GEO. W. GOSTORF, Esq., of the city of St. Louis, arrived in Perryville last Tuesday, and will probably remain several weeks.
THE WHEAT. -- We understand that not more than a half crop of wheat will be sown in our neighboring county of Randolph across the river this year.
CATTLE. -- Several of our farmers are busy gathering up cattle preparatory to driving them to Illinois to market, a number of droves having already been crossed at Claryville.
A PROTRACTED Meeting will be held at the Methodist Church, to begin on next Sabbath morning. -- Preaching every night the following week. The public are cordially invited to attend.
BURNED. -- A farmer in Randolph county made a fire on some stubble land the other day, and now has eight hundred bushels of wheat less than he had, and he has a large amount of fencing to build.
MESSRS. BEY & BRO., have just received a large and fresh supply of goods from St. Louis, which they are now selling at 25 per cent below former prices for cash or country produce. Give them a call.
BUILDING. -- Mr. Varece Reed, residing on the Ste. Mary's road, six miles from Perryville, has commenced the erection of a substantial residence on his farm. The cellar and foundation are completed. It will be a frame house.
DURING THE FAIR AT Chester a gentleman was knocked down and robbed of over one hundred dollars by thieves who were hanging about on that occasion. Several persons were relieved of their small change and other valuables.
LOSS. -- Mr. W. F. Rudisaile, residing some nine miles south of Perryville, lost a fine horse one night last week.
Mr. Vanderwald, living in Bois Brule bottom, lost a valuable mare a few days ago.
NEW WAY OF BORROWING. -- A gentleman borrowed a horse from one of our farmers a few weeks ago, and since that time nothing has been heard of the borrower, but somebody also is said to have the animal in Illinois. That is "one way" of borrowing.
A RUNAWAY. -- On Tuesday morning last while Mrs. Nancy Vessels was driving along in her carriage, her horse got frightened and ran away, but fortunately no other mischief was done than the breaking of one of the shafts and damaging the harness.
THE ROCK PILE. -- Two men who were arrested for violating some of the town ordinances a few days ago, not being able to pay their fine were put to work breaking rock, one of them, however, after working half a day "lit out". The other is still busy improving our streets.
A VALUABLE HORSE, belonging to a Mr. Reid in our neighboring county across the river, while on his way home, became frightened and ran away a few days ago, and in the run fell and was so badly hurt that she was shot. The animal was valued at three thousand dollars.
THE ROCKRORD Insurance Company of Rockford, Ills., have appointed our fellow citizen, Mr. Henry G. Kiesler, a special agent for Southeast Missouri. We have had a personal acquaintance with Mr. Kiesler for nearly ten years, and do not think the company could have made a better selection.
NOT PROFITABLE. -- A farmer in Bois Brule bottom had a field of corn that he desired to plow, preparatory to sowing it in other grain, an as corn had to be removed, he struck upon a novel plan to do it. We are informed that he set it a fire but it didn't burn well, however, some of his fencing was burned.
IN TROUBLE. -- A colored woman named Harriet Meredith, residing near St. Mary's has got herself in to trouble. On last Sunday night she gave birth to a child. The next morning the child was found upon the ground about one hundred yards from the house. The matter is being investigated.
THAT STORM. -- On Friday night last we were favored with rain, hail and wind, and it blew quite hard for a while. Large hail stones fell and a few panes of glass were demolished. A number of rail fences, some corn, and several trees were leveled to the ground, but so far as we have been able to learn nobody was hurt.
AN EXPLOSION. -- One night last week Mr. Henry T. Tucker and his family, residing five and a half miles northwest of Perryville, retired to bed, leaving their coal oil lamp burning. But a short time after, they were awakened by the explosion of the lamp, and found it all a blaze. It was extinguished. No other damage than the burning of a small amount of wallpaper, was done.
HUNGRY. -- On last Sunday week, while Mr. Jules Vallroy, residing four miles north of Perryville, was absent from home, some body in search of food, visited his smokehouse and took therefrom a lot of pickle pork. Mr. Vallroy would much prefer that such characters would make a convenient to call when he is at home, as he should give them a warm reception.
SCHOOL REPORT. -- The following is a synopsis of the first monthly report of the Perryville public school Scholars in 1st department 40; scholars in 2d department 63., Average attendance in 1st department 30; average attendance in 2d department 36. Pupils standing highest on record of recitations, John Kiefner and Emma Burns. For good conduct Martha Weber, John Kiefner and Willie Cashion.
A WATERING PLACE. -- Mr. Anton Feltz, residing in Bois Brule bottom while on his road home on Wednesday of last week, drove into the pond near Mr. James McCauley's farm on the Chester road, to water his team, and he had considerable trouble to extract them from it. He got pretty wet before he reached terra firma. It is not a very pleasant thing to get into such places, and persons ought to use care in driving in to ponds.
BIRTHS. -- A little girl stopped at the residence of Mr. William Hietman, fourteen miles southwest of Perryville, on Monday night of last week.
A little boy called at the home of Mr. Frank M. Robinson, eight miles northwest of Perryville last Friday night.
A little girl put in her appearance at the residence of Mr. Joseph Taylor, five and a half miles northwest of Perryville on Wednesday of last week.
THE ELECTION passed off quietly in our county last Saturday, and resulted as follows:
The majority for the new constitution is 448.
MARRIED, on Monday, October 25, 1875, at St. Mary's Seminary, Mr. Lawrence R. Bishop to Miss Rosa Simmons.
Married, on Thursday, October 7th, 1875, by Squire James I. Greenwell, Mr. Samuel L. Zeigler to Miss Martha N. Clary.
Married, on Monday, October 25, 1875, by Squire James I. Greenwell Mr. John H. Nosley to Miss Martha E. Randleman.
Married, on Friday, October 22d, 1875, by Squire James I. Greenwell, Mr. James H. Stovall to Miss Ella A Pie.
DIED, on Wednesday, October 27, 1875, at the residence of its parents near Perryville, a daughter of Mrs. Taylor, aged about nine months.
Died, on Monday, October 25th, 1875, at Claryville in this county, John O. Duvall, aged about twenty years.
Died, on Monday, October 25th, 1875, at his father's residence in Claryville, a child of Mr. Varece J. Tucker.
Died, on Saturday, October 30th, 1875, at his home eight miles north of Perryville, Mr. John B. Layton, aged 60 years.
Died, on Friday, October 29th, 1875, at his residence near Claryville, in this county, Mr. ----- Noland, aged about 40 ears.
Died, on Sunday, October 31st, 1875, at his residence miles north of Perryville, Mr. Hilary Vessels, aged 22 years.
Died, on Saturday, October 23d., 1875, at her residence ten miles south of Perryville, Mrs. Elizabeth Blaylock, aged 56 years.
Died, on Saturday, October 30th, 1875, at the residence of its parents ten miles east of Perryville, a child of Mr. Leo Saddler, aged ten months.
Died, on Tues, November 2d, 1875, at the residence of its parents in Perryville, the infant child of Mr. William Scherer.
MESSRS. JULES VALLROY & Co. threshed wheat this year in Perry county for the following persons:
|For Whom Threshed
||JULES VALLROY & CO.
County Court Proceedings.
Monday, Nov. 1st. -- County court met on Monday morning, Judges John H. Abernathy, William Conrad and Joseph G. Weinhold present, Charles A. Weber, Clerk, at his post keeping a record of the proceedings, and Sheriff Guth was on hand.
The following allowances were made:
|To Judges and Clerks of election of Saline Town.
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||Silver Lake precinct
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To V. Parres, a poor person, $9; to Dr. C. A. Mann, attending on prisoner and paupers $16; to A. W. Thompson for new bridge $200; to Edward Moore commissioner $6; to Baltimore bridge company $1,227.25; to Chas. Boehme commissioner fee, &c. $181.15; to same for pauper coffin $5; to g. Edgert for burial of J. Raiser 45.15; to Serilda Edwards for Mrs. Cox $30.
The new bridge over Rocky branch on the Perryville and Rozier landing road was reported finished, and it was paid for.
The Apple Creek iron bridge was reported finished to a good substantial and workmanlike manner, and is now in full use by the public. Commissioner reports this bridge to be an ornament to Perry county.
In appreciation for change of the Farrar's Landing and Wilkinson's Mill road near said mill, an order was made to continue the matter for report of commissioner until next term of court.
In the matter of the Schreiner ford road, the report was again presented, accompanied by a remonstrance, where upon the court decided that said road was not of sufficient utility to warrant its establishment, and the prayer of the petitioners for the same was rejected.
John C. McBride presented a petition for a change in the Perryville and Fredericktown road near Silver Lake on his own land. He made proof of notice and the commissioner was ordered to survey and view the change thus proposed.
Tuesday, Nov. 2d.-- The following allowances were made: To Zeno Layton, a blind min,$8; to Washington Polson, a poor cripple, $7.
The raccoon Bridge has become a fixed fact. Four thousand dollars has been appropriated to construct an iron bridge over our Cinque Homme Creek at said point. The total length of the bridge will be one hundred and seventy feet, the main span eighty feet, the approaches ninety feet, piers fifteen feet and twenty four feet high. The commissioner, Mr. Robt. F. Gatewood, was ordered to let the masonry and approaches.
The following allowances were made to John V. Noel, the county attorney, $100; to James Rice & Co., shrouding for E. Saddler, $1.65; to Mary E. Hagar, grave and funeral of E. Saddler, $12; to Mary Dubois for support of A. Dubois $8; to Thomas Layton, medicine furnished paupers and prisoners $28;.10; to O. C. Nabert for stove pipe &c., $7; to Wm. H. Bennett, stationery for probate court, $9.30.
Wednesday, Nov. 3d. -- The following allowances: to Wm. Logan for crippled girl $8; to Frank Walter for making zinc boards $2.20' to James Burgee, circuit clerk, criminal costs $149.24; to same fees $29.25; to John Kiefner repairs and material for jail $8; to Nicholas Guth sheriff fees $51; to same for transportation of prisoners and their board $187.20.
In the matter of the new road from H. Winter's residence to Apple Creek from bridge, the commissioner makes report which is filed and continued.
Same proceedings were had in the new road from Claryville to the Chester and Perryville road.
In the matter of the new road from F. E. Bergman's field on the Chester road to the Allen Landing road,the report was continued until next term.
Thereupon the court proceeded to the county farm for the purpose of inspecting and viewing the farm, as well as the manner in which it is kept, and the inmates thereof.
The following allowance were made: To James R. Hagar, superintendent of the county farm $7.70; to Arsan Callier for hauling wood to the court house $23.75; to R. M. Slaughter for the judges and clerks of Cinque Home precinct $10; to Wm. Litsch for stationery bought for the treasurer's office and court house $18.40; to C. A. Weber, clerk fees, $117.60; to each judge $15. Court thereupon adjourned until court in course, to wit: The 3d Monday of January next.
EDITOR UNION: This township is the wealthiest, per acre, of any in the county, owing to its rich bottom lands, extending along the Mississippi river some twenty miles, perhaps. The sandy land of the bottom is easily cultivated and very productive, whilst the black, sticky land is hard to work, but productive when properly cultivated. -- The later, last year, utterly failed, in many instances, whilst the former made considerable corn in some places, as it could be worked without rain. Owing to the drouth last season a greater breadth of wheat was sown in the fall than usual -- much more than will be sown this season, as the rank vegetation, resulting from the excessive rain fall precluded the possibility of preparation.
The yield of wheat this year was good, but no better, in the aggregate, than the previous year, that is, per acre. We here give the yield of a few crops:
|Vincent Hagan's farm
|H. L. Caldwell's farm,
The corn, this year, in most instances, is very good, however, too much, by far, will not pay the rent. Wet weather, had management and over-cropping being the cause. We witnessed farms adjoining, the one good, the other bad. An illustration of this can be seen in management Mrs. S. A. Edward's and J. C. Bey's farms. -- The Dippold and Preston farms, next the bridge on the Chester road, are corn failures this year.
We usually canvassed this portion of the county first, in order to secure dry footing, but after having delayed this year till the 16th of August for the same purpose, we found the water, mud and musketoes [sic] saddle skirt deep -- the water we mean. The fording of one "slash" in the upper end of the bottom alarmed us, as to the safety and propriety of such proceedings, and afterwards we went round them
Considerable improvements have taken place tin the township within the last year. Almost every farm has been enlarged by enclosing newly-cleared land, the Seminary and Judge Bennett's perhaps, taking the lead in this direction. Judge Bennett's 45 acres of new-ground corn will most likely yield 80 bushels per acre. The Seminary farm surpasses all in the Hungarian grass crop, having sown 30 acres.
Claryville has improved by little, whilst West Chester, that existed only on paper last year, has built a residence, occupied by Theo. Picou, the gentlemanly school teacher of Claryville, the "Magnolia saloon," two story frame, run by one Mr. Meher, and a Catholic Church, a frame building.
More houses have been built, during the year, at Isaac Meredith's Landing than at any other point in the township. Two store houses, one by Allen & Hogard the other by Eli M. DeLassus -- Mr. DeLassus has also built him a neat, cozy residence; a saw mill put in running order by A. Drake, and black smith ship, and a doctor's shop, the latter occupied by Dr. Beadle.
We found considerable sickness, consequent upon the continuous rains and rank vegetation. Death had claimed three of our patrons, viz: Wm. Morgan, lineal descendant of the original Spanish grantee, bearing the name -- Joab W. Burgee, Jr., son of Judge Burgee, and John R. Abernathy, of Jones Island.
The transient population of the township had shifted about considerably, many having moved off,and strangers taking their places.
The hog cholera and scarcity of corn had materially diminished the number of swine.
Mrs. Pitman gave us some choice peaches; Mrs. S. A. Edwards a splendid dinner, as did also Messrs. T. G. Chadwick, Vincent Hagan, J. B. Davis and J. W. Burgee, Sr. Messrs. Isaac Meredith, John L. Vessels and Moses Rales' hospitably entertained us of nights, all of whom have our sincere thanks.
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