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Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 07 September 1877


JUDGE CONRAD, who has been dangerously ill, we are glad to learn is convalescing.

THE ROADS. -- Overseers have been doing efficient work on several roads in our county.

COMMENCED. -- The Sisters school and German Lutheran school opened last Monday.

PEACHES are selling at thirty cents per bushel in our market, and are quite a dull sale at that.

HERE'S YOUR MULE! -- On Saturday afternoon last, our worthy sheriff sold a mule under mortgage to the highest bidder.

HUGE PEACHES. -- Mr. Clement Schindler has peaches growing on his property which measure nine inches in circumference.

MR. ARSAN CALLIER'S new brick residence, southeast of the public square, is progressing finely, and ere many weeks have passed, it will be completed.

OFF FOR SCHOOL. -- Odine Tucker, Misses Clara Moore, Emma Cissell and others left for the city of Cape Girardeau last Monday morning to attend school.

IN ASHES. -- One night quite recently the fruit drying house of E. Freyou, residing about two and a half miles southwest of Perryville, with contents, was burned.

MARRIED, on Sunday, Sept. 2, 1877 at the residence of Francis M. Wynn two miles from Biehle's store, by Rev. John Reynolds, Mr. Robert Blaylock to Mrs. Frances Wynn.

PERSONAL. -- Our young friend Mr. Henry Evans, of Chester, was in Perryville last Tuesday on a visit.

Dr. Ignatious Layton, of Illinois, was in Perryville the past week on a visit.

FOOT BURNED. -- A little daughter of H. L. Mayo, residing six miles north of Perryville, stepped into a lot of hot ashes last week, and burned her left foot badly, though not seriously.

PROPERTY DESTROYED. -- On Saturday night last the house used for drying fruit, belonging to Louis Ferrier, six miles south of Perryville, along with a lot of fruit was consumed by fire.

LIVE LOCAL NEWSPAPER. -- If you want a live, local, home newspaper, subscribe for the Perryville Union. Only $1.50 a year.

A RATTLESNAKE, measuring four feet and eight inches in length, having eight rattles and a button, was recently killed by Philip L. French on the Saline. He don't think there is any larger rattlesnakes in that section.

A NEW FIRM. -- Messrs. Herman Kahle and Fritz Strobel are now conducting the saloon and brewery on the east side of the public square the old firm of Hooss & Strobel having been dissolved. We wish the new firm success.

BEDS OF Fossalized Marble has been discovered near Chester, and some of it has been manufactured in to ornaments. A lot of this marble has been taken to St. Louis to be worked up into various things, and it is said it can be highly polished.

RATHER ICY. -- Last Friday afternoon Brewersville was visited with quite a rain and hail storm, and though the latter was not scooped up by bucketsful, nor as large as goose eggs, yet the icy substance fell thick and fast for a few minutes, but no mischief was done by it.

BIRTHS. -- A little girl stopped at the residence of A. Y. Strode, not a great distance from Silver Lake, a few days since.

A little girl stopped at the home of Frank Renaud, Jr., five miles south of Perryville, on Wednesday of last week.

     Baby buggy

THE BUILDING occupied by the Lion drug store has been treated to a couple of coats of paint, which has helped its appearance very much, but then paint is expected to do this, as well as to preserve the wood work otherwise it would be profitless to go to the trouble and expense of doing it.

EARTH SHAKING. -- Several points in Southeast Missouri have recently been visited with earthquakes, but it appears that no serious harm was done by said visits, though some uneasiness was caused. A slight shaking was felt in our county a few evenings since, but nothing serious transpired.

JUSTICE HALBROOK'S COURT was in session last Friday afternoon. -- The case of the State vs. Vincent Hagan was the first case called up, which was tried by a jury who acquitted the defendant. Several other cases of minor importance were up for a hearing, which were disposed of in favor of the plaintiffs.

CONSUMED BY FIRE. -- On Wednesday night of last week the fruit drying house belonging to John C. Farrar, about two miles north of Longtown, caught fire and building with its contents was consumed by the flames, proving a loss to him of some three hundred dollars. The structure burned was only lately erected by Mr. Farrar.

CAPT. JAMES JOHNSON, who resided near our county line in Bollinger county, departed this life last Friday, aged about 55 years. The deceased is known in this county, being quite a prominent man during the early days of the rebellion in which he took an active part for the Union. He leaves a family and other relatives and many friends to mourn his loss.

HOUSE MOVING. -- On Monday afternoon last a house moving took place in our quiet little town. The structure was moved from the east side of the public square to the residence of Thomas Hooss on the west side of the public square, six men performing the job. On inquiry we ascertained that the building was a huge four story bird cage, the largest ever erected in these parts.

DIED, on Saturday, Sept. 1st, 1877, at the residence of her parents in Silver Lake, an infant daughter of Henry Barbier.

Died, on Sunday, Sept. 2d, 1877, at the residence of its parents, four miles northeast of Perryville, a child of Aaron Schrenk.

Died, one day last week, at his residence near Young's store, Mr. Jeptha Johnson, aged about 34 years.

Died, on Monday, Sept. 2, 1877, at the residence of his parents, four miles northwest of Perryville, a son of Leo Hagan.

CHESTER SELECTED. -- On Saturday last the commissioners of the Southern Illinois Penitentiary came to an agreement, and have, this time, selected Chester as the place for that state institution, and it is probable that the governor, auditor and attorney general will acquiesce in the selection, in which event work will be commenced, and at no distant period we shall have a penitentiary in fifteen miles of us.

A BRISK FIRE. -- We are informed that while one of our citizens was on his way home from the southern portion of the county a few nights ago, somebody lying in ambush, discharged the contents of one barrel of a revolver at him, when he returned the fire. Several shots were fired, but so far as we have been able to learn, nobody was killed, or seriously injured. It has not been ascertained who it was that endeavored to take the life of our citizen, but probably a tramp is guilty of the deed.

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. -- On last Friday night, during the storm, the residence of Cassimere Chappuis, about a half mile north of Perryville, was struck by lightning, and he and his family were slightly shocked by it, but fortunately none of them were injured. Soon after this occurred Mr. Chappius visited the attic of his dwelling when he discovered that the lightning had struck the west end of the south side of the roof, tearing one rafter and a cross piece into fragments and also tore off a lot of shingles, but no further damage was done.

A HEAVY STORM. -- On last Friday night this portion of our planet was favored with a heavy rain storm, accompanied by considerable wind. In Perryville the stable standing on the lot belonging to Mrs. Bridgman was blown down, a horse owned by our constable, Henry Caho, was very badly injured, from the effects of which it has since died; also a swine or two were made to give up the ghost and die near the stable; a tree was blown down in front of Dr. Murphy's property, a small frame building on the Hooss Hotel property was gently turned over, and several fruit trees were relieved of some of their limbs. On the farm of Jos. Blechle, south of town, several peach trees were blown down, and a large quantity of apples were shaken off, and a considerable amount of corn was levelled [sic] to the ground and some other mischief was done. Some of the small streams were swollen considerably, but did no serious mischief. Trees were blown down in the track of the storm, and the growing crops were more or less damaged.

On the 24th ult. an altercation occurred near Potosi, in Washington county, wherein a man named Jules Politte was stabbed several times, from the effects of which he soon after died.

SEMI-ANNUAL STATEMENT of the finances of the town of Perryville, Mo., Sept. 1st, 1877:
Revenue Fund.

April 5th, 1877, to balance due treasurer, as per statement, $183.70
To warrant No. 7 (old) 48.00
To warrant No. 1 (new) 15.60
To warrant No. 2 (new) 23.35
To warrant No. 3 (new) 50.00
To warrant No. 4 (new) 78.63
Total $399.28


May 12th, by cash received of N. Guth, collector $120.04
June 30th, by cash received of N. Guth, collector, 50.00
Aug. 18th, by cash received of N. Guth, collector 100.00
Total $270.04

To balance due treasurer 129.24
Fire Department Fund
April 5th, 1877, by balance due funds as per statements
June 30th, by cash received of N. Guth, collector, 50.00
Total 184.18


To interest paid on bonds No. 6 and 7 $32.00
By balance due fund 152.18

J. R. WALKER, Chairman

Proceedings of the Perry County Teacher' Institute

The Perry County Teacher' Institute convened at the school house in Perryville at one o'clock on last Monday, D. W. Crow, president, in the chair, D. C. Farrar secretary.

The Institute was called or order by the president. The election of officers resulted in the choice of D. W. Crow for president, Judge Bennett for vice president, D. C. Farrar for secretary, Katie McAtee assistant secretary, G. W. Crow treasurer, J. A Preston auditor; Executive Committee D. W. Crow, Judge Bennett, A. N. Huff, C. K. Hayden and Wm. T. Huff.

After recess of ten minutes the programme was taken up. The method of conducting primary classes in orthography, reading and penmanship was presented by D. W. Crow, and discussion of the same by C. K. Hayden and Wm. T. Huff.

The method of conducting advanced classes in orthography and reading was handled in an able manner by C. K. Hayden, followed by a discussion by A. N. Huff, D. W. Crow, L. G. Leonard and Dr. Mann.

The night session was opened by the reading of the minutes of the Institute of last year by the secretary.

The Question "Should the Natural Sciences be included in the course of studies pursued in the common schools," was discussed. Dr. C. A Mann made a very interesting argument in favor of the resolution.

G. W. Crow read a selection. C. K. Hayden delivered a very entertaining address.

The question "Should all teachers be required to take a course at the Normal school", was answered in the affirmative by Mr. Hayden.

TUESDAY SESSION. -- The session was called to order by the president. Roll called and minutes read and approved.

J. A. Preston lectured on penmanship, and this commonly difficult subject was rendered very entertaing by the speaker. Discussion followed by A. N. Huff and W. Huff.

After recess the subject of Written Arithmetic was taken up in detail. The fundamental rules and compound numbers by Josephus McNew factoring by L. G. Leonard, common fractions by Jesse Crow.

AFTERNOON. -- The session was opened with music, conducted by Miss Sallie Brown.

Mr. Baker presented the subject of Proportion; Percentage by D. C. Farrar; Square and Cube Root by D. W. Crow. Then followed a lively discussion of the rules of Written Arithmetic, participated in by a number of teachers, concluding with a very entertaining and humorous lecture by Dr. C. A. Mann.

The night session was opened with music by Mr. Hayden. A. T. Crow lectured upon the moral qualifications of teachers. Dr. L. P. Huff delivered a lecture upon education as it is in our common school, which was well delivered. Mr. Hayden, Misses Klein and Litsch sang, Miss S. E. Bowman and J. A. Preston read selections, D. W. Crow lectured upon compulsory education.

A motion was unanimously carried requesting the publication of Dr. Ruff's lecture.

John H. Simpson was invited to address the Institute, which resulted in some good advice and sage counsel to teachers.

St. Mary's Items

We are having pleasant weather.
The river is rising.
Married, on Sunday last by Rev. J. J. Lily, Mr. Emanuel Morgan to Miss A. Thies.
Dr. S. E. Strong, having build a handsome building where Caldwell's saw mill stood, has moved his office into it, where he may be found.
Henry Evans of Chester was in town last Tuesday.
Out public school began on Monday last.
A. D. Caldwell goes St. Louis University on Saturday next, and we wish him success.
James Russells, a well known cattle trader of Perry county, is at St. Louis very ill, and is not expected to live.
Old Dan Rice was here and his circus was anything else but a fraud.


The painter has just put the finishing touch on the elevator.
The mill runs night and day. Capacity per twenty-four hours two hundred barrels.
Jules Rozier's building is growing every day. Its dimensions is 26 x 50 two story brick, and before the verdure green gives place to coming winter, the building will have been completed.
Jon J. Seipel contemplates building at an early date, he having already hauled the rock for the foundation. The building will be an addition to his house, in order to make room necessary for a shoe shop. -- John is an excellent workman.
Wm. Face finished burning a kiln of brick Tuesday last. The kiln contains over 140,000 brick.
The city council met last Monday evening, pursuant to adjournment, and passed an ordinance prohibiting the dram shop keepers from selling or giving away intoxicating drinks on the Sabbath.
Married, Sept. 4th, 1877, by Squire Bogy, Mr. Josiah M. Baugh to Miss M. Brown, both of Randolph county, Illinois.

St. Mary's, Sept. 5th, 1877

That Murder

In our last issue we stated that a murder had been committed near St. Marys, and this week we give the particulars of it, which we copy from the St. Louis Times of the 30th ult. it being a true statement of the disgraceful transaction. it says:

"The victim was John Bonds, proprietor of a floating bagnio that has cursed this locality with its presence for a short time past. The murderer is Lewis England, his partner. From the testimony adduced before the Coroner at Chester it was a premeditated and deliberate affair.

The scene of the murder was on the fork of the island, in close proximity to which was anchored the floating sink of iniquity, known along the river as a "gunboat" the occupants of which were five degraded women and the same number of no less degraded and villainous men. It is worthy of remark that of the five women constituting the outfit of the concern, but one could sign her name, and she the mistress. She claims to be the wife of the murdered man, and had it not been for her, the murderer would have escaped, as he jumped in to a skiff and attempted to leave, but she drew a bead on him with a rifle and compelled him to return to the boat.

The testimony shows that the boat needed repairs. Bonds procured lumber amounting to $40 during England's absence, of which, on his return he refused to pay his portion. Words followed, when he struck the man Bonds with an oar twice, and when he was down stabbed him with a bowie-knife. From the position of the wound it would indicate that he had made a deliberate slash at his heart, and it is presumed that Bonds threw up his arm to protect himself, and the knife entered there. It is a fearful cut, entering the left arm from above, coming out almost at the arm pit, and extending nearly to the elbow. Arteries, veins, muscles and tendons were severed in its path. He lived but eight or ten minutes afterwards.

One of the parties engaged in the assault, by the name of Lofford, escaped into Missouri, and at this writing is at large. The only evidence against him is that he drew a revolver, and one witness swears that he struck Bonds also with an oar. Upon the alarm being given, some one crossed to St. Mary's and told it there, and a number of young men came across and bound the murderer, headed the boat for Chester, and upon their arrival delivered their prisoner to the authorities. Bonds' family live at Griggsville Landing, on the Illinois river. His age was 28 years.

The Coroner, D. S. Lybarger, empanelled a jury Tuesday night. Their verdict was "that deceased has came to he death from concussion of the brain, produced by blows of an oar, and hemorrhage, occasioned by loss of blood from a stab inflicted by Lewis England." The murderer was lodged in jail, and four of the crew were placed under bond for their appearance as witnesses at the next term of the Randolph county circuit court, but failing to do this they were put in jail."

The Mormon Leader Dead

Well, on Wednesday of last week Brigham Young departed this life at Salt Lake City of imflammation [sic] of the bowels. In his death the Mormons has lost the head and brains of their church, and though we detest his doctrine, yet we are compelled to admit that he was a man possessed of considerable brains and administrative ability, and his loss will be deeply felt by those who still cling to his faith.

It will be remembered by some of our readers, at least, that Joseph Smith was the founder of the church of the Latter Day Saints or Mormonism, which denomination was established about the year 1826. He remained the recognized head of the church until his death, which occurred some time in the year 1844. He being dead it was thought necessary to have a head or president to succeed him. After considerable wrangling among the foremost men, Brigham Young was selected for the position, which he held up to the hour of his demise, and in this position wielded an immense influence among the followers of Mormonism, and it is not likely that they will ever produce another leader who will exert the influence that Brigham Young did.

He managed to accumulate considerable property, his estate being valued at seven million dollars, which will probably be divided amongst his very large family. Over fifteen thousand person attended his funeral. For the present the government of the church has passed in to the hands of the twelve apostles, where it may remain.


Obligations to my creditors force me to respectfully request of all who own me for medical attendance, &c., to settle their accounts as soon as possible.



My wife Virgin[ia] Ann left my bed and board on the 15th August last or thereabouts, with out just cause or provocation and I therefore warn all person not to credit her on my account, as I will not be responsible for any debts she may make.


Having located permanently in Perryville, I respectfully inform the public that I am prepared to do all kinds of stone cutting and masonry work at living rates and guaranty satisfaction. Those wishing any work of this description executed, should leave their orders with me, and they will be promptly attended to.

Horse and buggy
The hack leaves Ste. Mary's at seven o'clock in the morning, and returning will leave Perryville at eleven o'clock the same morning, running daily

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