Rankin Family History Project
Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 07 December 1877
F Go to F. Feltz & Co. for your Christmas toys.
THE SEASON for manufacturing rails and cutting wood has began in earnest.
CHANGED. -- The Platonian Debating society will meet after date, Dec. 4th, 1877, at the court house.
IMPROVEMENT. -- Francis Mattingly, residing two miles northwest of Perryville has just completed an addition to his dwelling, and he now has more room.
MARRIED, on Sunday, November 25th, 1877, at the residence of the bride's parents, four miles south of Highland, be Rev. Robert Blaylock, Mr. Frank Meyers to Miss Belinda Loberger.
POOR FARM. -- Last Monday our county court appointed a superintendent for the poor farm. There were several applicants, William Maisel proved the fortunate one, he being appointed at a salary of $300 per annum.
KNEE CUT. -- George Walker, living two and a half miles south of Perryville, while engaged bowing a plank, on Thursday of last week, the hitches glanced and struck his left knee, inflicting a severe though not a dangerous wound.
F Book-marks, Mottoes and also Chromos for sale at John Kiefner's, by John Kiefner, Jr.
FINGER INJURED. -- While busy sewing on her machine, one day last week, Mrs. McAtee, who resides near Mrs. Litsch's, unfortunately run a needle through one of her fingers, injuring the finger quite badly, and prevents her from doing work.
THE CHAMPION. -- Major Layton, living seven miles northwest of Perryville, dried the present year and shipped the same, just one hundred and twenty bushels of peaches, he being the champion fruit dryer of Perry county, in the peach line.
MUSIC. -- Miss Octavia Cissell has lately received a new piano from the city of New York. Perryville will certainly not be behind any town of its size in the state for the number of pianos it contains. We are tolerably well supplied with musicians and instruments.
F All new goods at F. Feltz & Co's.
HAVE RETURNED. -- Robert Mattingly and his brother, who some months ago left us for the Pacific slope for the benefit of their health, returned home on Thursday of last week, looking better than when they left us. They spent most of the time while absent in Portland, Oregon.
BIRTH. -- A little boy stopped at the residence of Nerius Hagar, two and a half miles northwest of Perryville on the 17th ult.
A little girl stopped at Col. Brewer's residence, six miles northwest of Perryville, on the 18th of November last.
REAL ESTATE TRANSFER. -- On Friday last Mr. Panier purchased of Charles A. Weber two town lots lying east Dr. Mann's premises, the price paid being $600.
William Holtman, on the same day bought of Mr. Panier, a lot lying south of Henry Boettner's property, paying $200 for the same.
HARD TO BEAT. -- On Monday last five hogs were killed at the home of Major Layton, seven miles northwest of Perryville, weighing, in the aggregate, 1,766 pounds, being an average of 353 pounds. The heaviest hog weighed 416 pounds, and the lightest one 332 pounds. Said hogs were about twenty months old. Can any of our farmers beat this?
A CONFLAGRATION. -- On Thursday of last week, while Dr. Feltz was out on a sick call, he approached the residence on the Waters farm, some five miles northeast of Perryville, occupied by James Preston, and discovered the roof of the house a fire. He dismounted from his horse and mounted the roof, and by superhuman efforts, succeeded in extinguishing the flames, but a new roof is necessary. Had the doctor not fortunately passed that way, it is quite probable that the entire building would have been reduced to ashes.
PROCEEDINGS of the Board of Education of the Perryville School District. At a meeting of the Board of Education of the Perryville school district, held at the court house on Friday evening, Nov. 30th, 1877, among other proceedings, the following were had, to-wit:
Ordered that the thanks of the Board be, and they are hereby tendered to our Representative in Congress, Hon. R. A. Hatcher for the large, beautiful and valuable map of the United States, presented by him to this district, with the assurance that his kindness and thoughtfulness are appreciated.
BY THE BOARD
Attest: C. A. WEBER.
F Christmas goods at rock bottom prices at F. Feltz & Co.s.
DIED, On Saturday, December 1st, 1877, at her residence in north Perryville, Mrs. Wm. Lyttle, aged -- years.
Died, on Sunday morning, December 2d, 1877, at the residence of its parents in east Perryville, a child of Dr. A. Henning.
Died, at seven o'clock on Sunday evening, Dec. 2d, 1877, at his residence of his son Adam, six miles north east of Perryville, Mr. Paul Klop, aged 75 years. The deceased was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1802, and came to the United States in 1840, and settled in Perry county, where he has ever since resided. He leaves two sons, a large number of grand children, and other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.
Died, on Saturday, December 1st, 1877, in Bois Brule bottom, a little ophan [sic] girl named Finnel, of Cerebro Spinal Meningetis [sic].
THE PLATONIAN DEBATING Society met at the court house last Tuesday evening, for the purpose of doing some very important business. They have before met at the public school building, but strange to say, have to vacate the same, as there having been some complaints made. The discussion of the question whether the society should die, was opened by John J. Seibel, followed by Wm. A. Cashion, C. K. Hayden, D. C. Farrar, J. B. Cashion and P. F. Halbrook. A vote was taken on the question, resulting in an unanmious [sic] vote for living. The committee on the programme report the following for next Tuesday, evening viz: 1st Reading by Judge Bennett, 2d. Declaamation by C. K. Hayden, 3d. Reading by Wm. A. Cashion, 4th. The question to debate: "Resolved, that Alexander was more heroic than Bonaparte." The society then adjourned.
F Every thing from a 5 cent whistle up at F. Feltz & Co's.
County Court Proceedings
Court met on Monday, December 3d, 1877, pursuant to adjournment, when the following proceedings were had:
Robt. F. Gatewood makes his last report as the commissioner of Raccoon Brdige, and is paid $18 for rock hauled on embankments, and $100 for his own services and discharged.
Allowances were made as follows:
James B. Young, former road overseer, files a receipt of his successor for $121.90, in full of balance of road funds in his hands and is discharged.
Eight bids were received and opened by the court, from persons desiring the office of manager on county farm, to-wit" N. J. Tucker bid $600, F. Holschen $400, B. B. Dean $400, J. R. Hagar $400, Jos. Taylor $500, John Essary first bin $600, second bid $500, and Wm. Maisel $300. -- The latter being the lowest bid, was accepted, and Wm. Maisel was employed as farm manager until the 1st day of March, 1879. His bond was fixed at $1,000.
To Wm. A Cashion for names to unclaimed lands $7; to Mrs. Roth, balance for keeping paupers $87.50; also for provisions sold to county at sale $80.75; to M. Biehle for M. Eugel and family $12; to Judge Weinholp this day's service $7; to Judge Conrad $5.44; to Judge Abernathy $4.12.
Court thereupon adjourned until court in course.
F Be sure and give F. Feltz & Co. a call before buying your Christmas toys and candies.
Probate Court Proceedings
Saturday, Nov. 19. --
C. A. Weber, admr. Wm. Litsch, filed receipt of the guardian and curator and the estate was discharged.
Monday, Nov. 25th. --
E. L. Walker vs. W. H. Walker, order to enforce contract for sale of real estate made.
John C. Doerr vs. Wm. Litsch, claim allowed for $43.93.
C. A. Weber vs. Wm. Litsch, claim allowed for $67.32.
R. A. McCauley vs. L. J. Prevallet, account allowed for $14.37.
Estate of Leo Manning ordered in to the hands of public administrator.
Jas. T. Greenwell, admr. F. Feltz, report of sale of personal property approved.
James T. Greenwell, administrator of William Stuart, report of sale of real estate approved.
Jas. M. Mattingly, administrator of E. L. Adams report of sale of real estate continued to next term.
Court ordered that administrators and curators having money in their hands, and using the same for their own benefit, will be, charged the highest legal rate of interest.
E. Urban, guardian and curator E. Weber et al, made settlement, and cause continued till further orders, there being no more assets.
John Black had claim classed vs. Miles F. Farrar for $22.76.
Basil Moore, admr. M. V. Moore, made final settlement.
Wm. V. Moore, guardian and curator of M. Moore, made first settlement, balance due ward $102.14.
Ste. Mary's Seminary vs. Varece Reed, had two claims classed for $750 and $1.500.
Christopher Popp, admr. Simon Popp, made final settlement.
Final settlement made by John Klobb, guardian and curator Henry Meyer set aside on motion of J. H. Simpson, present curator, and ordered to be continued.
Christopher Popp had claim allowed against Wm. Litsch for $7.
Andrew Nesslein, admr. Aaron Nesslein, made report of sale of real estate, which is approved.
From Yount's Store.
EDITOR UNION: The cold weather is compelling our farmers to get in wood in order to keep comfortable.
Considerable improvements are going on here in the way of building, clearing ground, &c.
William Eugas is putting up a barn 44 feet square, and uncle H. says it is 71 stories high.
James Mercer and son are building a frame dwelling house, about one half mile above here.
A little child of Francis M. Halbrook fell into the fire the other day and burnt both of her hands very bad.
Frank Yount killed four hogs a few days ago, that weighed just one thousand pounds, which he sold at 6 cents cash.
Good cows with young calves are selling here at $20.
H. Tacket has finished his frame dwelling, is living in it, and speaks of putting up a saddler shop here at once.
William P. Freeman was down in Bollinger county last week, trading in stock and other property, but has returned home.
Married at the residence of the bride's parents, on Sunday, November 25th, by Father Murray to Miss L. Counts, on the same day Mr. John Witz of Madison county, to Miss Murray of this county.
Squire Peter Conrad on last Sunday, the 2d of December, tied the connubial knot for Mr. John Heitman and Miss Mary E. Hahn all of this neighborhood.
Yount's Store, Eec. [sic] 3d, 1877.
F Pure candies at F. Feltz & Co.
EDITOR UNION: Please permit me through the medium of your valued paper, to make a statement of some of the facts in regard to the "Raccoon bridge, for the information of those of your readers who may desire to know them.
It is a first class wraught iron truss bridge, the main span of which is 100 feet long, and the two approach spans each have a length of 25 feet total length of the bridge 150 feet. The south end of main span rests upon a stone pier, the north end upon two wraught iron columns, firmly fastened together by means of stuts [sic] and braces, each of these columns rests upon a cast iron pedestal which is about 2 feet in diameter at the base, and each pedestal is placed upon a timber grillage seven feet square and two feet thick, sunk to the level of the bed of the creek. This grillage will always be covered with water and will therefore be practically everlasting.
This king of foundation for piers and columns has been extensively used by the Baltimore Bridge Co., particularly in the construction of the east approach tot he St. Louis and Illinois bridge, and is considered the best where always covered with water.
One end of the north approach of this bridge rests upon an embankment about 70 feet long, 13 feet high at one end, and contains about 900 cubic yards. The south approach rests upon a small embankment which contains about 90 cubic yards.
The cost of this was $4262.79, but in order to prevent washing, it will be necessary to cover the ends of the embankments with riprap which will probably increase the cost to nearly $4500.
It is erected over Cape Cinque Homme Creek at a point about two miles above Bailey's Landing in this county, and one and three-fourths miles from mouth of said creek. The back water from the Mississippi river generally reaches the point where the bridge is erected about the first of March in each year, attains a depth of from ten to fifteen feet and does not subside until September. This back water and the freezing weather during the winter, have been the principal obsticles [sic] to the earlier completion of this bridge, but there were many others not necessary here to enumerate, that would not be anticipated by any except those having much experence [sic] in this business.
The completion of this bridge supplies a want long felt by the citizens of that part of this county, is worth every cent paid for it, and the action of the county court in making the necessary appropriation for its construction, will no doubt, be properly appreciated.
F Where did you get those cheap toys? At. F. Feltz & Co's.
EDITOR UNION: About one mile and a half west of Perryville, is situated an ancient city of the dead, where some of the first settlers of Perry county "sleep the sleep that knows no waking." There are but very few stones left that mark the last resting places of those who slumber in their silent graves, having with stood the wintry blasts for upward of forty years. Some there are, that have undergone the corroding effects of times to such an extent, that it has became [sic] impossible to make out the inscriptions, while others have completely crumbled down until there is not a vestige left above the ground.
Those memorial structures yet extant, are produced from the Perry county free stone, and the work on them have been executed by some workman that was very deficient in the art of orthography. The style in which they were gotten up is of a very primitive nature, showing that there has been a great improvement made in monumental productions since those primeval times. How many friends and relatives clad in the habiliments of mourning, have, with the deepest melancholy, escorted those dear departed ones to their earthly tabernacles, and committing them to there [sic] last resting places? How many have with depressed hearts, visited the graves of those loved ones and strewed, thereon, garlands of flowers as a memorial, and have bowed in supplication for the commendation of their souls to Him that reign supreme? The inscriptions on some of the stones show that some of those old pioneers were born before the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed by our revolutionary fathers.
Prominent among those whom we noticed, is the name of Bernard Cissell. He was blooming into manhood when the Declaration of Independence was signed by our forefathers, which the following inscriptions will show as copied from the stone at the head of his grave:
According to his age, this venerable pioneer was about twenty years old when the thirteen colonies shook off the yoke of oppression and declared themselves a free and independent people. The subject of this sketch is numbered among, the many, who saw this Republic spring from its infancy -- after seven years of carnage and bloodshed with England, organize the first congress of the United States, and elect for its first President, "the father of our county," General Washington. As time passed on, and the ship of state was being shaped up for the future destiny of the American people; reciprocity treaties were effected with the civilized nations of Europe, the commercial interests were rapidly built up with foreign nations, manufacturing establishments were springing up throughout the thirteen colonies, and great preparations were being made for the advancement of the nations interest at large, when lo! the tocsin of war resounded with a death like knell throughout the length and breadth of this land, and for the second time this venerable pioneer seen the United States cope with England in the clash of arms for the right of her subjects, both domestic and foreign, and seen, once more, the American flag float, triumphantly, over this broad expanse of land, upon the high seas, and as far as our commercil [sic] trade extended.
Died, July 6th, 1833,
Aged 77 years.
J. W. WILLIAMS.
F Five crackers two bunches for 15 cents a F. Feltz & Co's.
F More crooked whisky individuals from Southeast Missouri, were up before the district court at St. Louis last Friday. Nearly all of the cases were from Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties, and the court remembered them by sentencing them to a shot imprisonment and fine.
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