Rankin Family History Project
Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 09 July 1875
MARRIED, on Monday, June --, 1875, at St. Marys, Mr. Raymond Hagan to Miss Mary A. Hall.
THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER is reported to be mounting upward, and may possibly go over the banks.
PAINTED. -- Mr. Joseph Buisson has given his new residence a coat of white paint, which helps the appearance of it very much.
THE STORM on last Monday afternoon blew down a considerable amount of oats, corn and fences in the west part of the county.
SPROUTED. -- We understand that some of the wheat which was recently cut, was bound and shocked while wet, and much of it has sprouted.
THE 4TH. -- On Sunday some of our citizens congregated together not far from Perryville, and celebrated the 4th day of July, and had a gay and festive time.
HAND MASHED. -- Mr. Raymond Tucker, residing one and a half mile north of Perryville, while working about a reaper a few days ago, accidentally had his right hand badly injured.
DR. F. A. GOFF, recently of Fredericktown, has located in Perryville for the purpose of practicing his profession, and he comes well recommended. His card will be found in another column this week.
A COLLISION occurred at Highland on Saturday last, Two carriages which were ladened with precious weight, collided, but fortunately no body was injured, though there were some frightened persons aboard.
A RATTLE SNAKE. -- Mr. Andrew Meyer, residing some five miles east of Perryville, killed a rattle snake a few days ago, which was over four feet in length, and possessed eleven rattles and a button. It was an ugly customer.
TRANSFER. -- Mr. Florence Feltz has purchased two acres of land from Dr. Shelby, situated between Judge Robinson and Judge Bennett's residences, and will soon commence the erection of a brick dwelling upon it. It cost $200.
NOT BEHIND. -- Mr. Frank M. Moore residing five miles north of Perryville, has raised wheat this year, the straw of some of which measured four and a half feet in length, also containing six grains in the breast and eighty-six grains in the head.
BITTEN BY A DOG. -- A little daughter of Mr. Emanuel Counts, residing three miles southwest of Perryville, on last Sunday, while attempting to part a couple of the canine tribe that were engaged in a fight, was bitten on the right arm by one of them, but the wound will not prove serious.
THE BODY of a downed [sic] man was taken out of the Mississippi river above Rockwood on Thursday of week before last, supposed to have been about thirty years of age. On the Sunday after another body of a man was taken out of the river at the mouth of the Okaw, thought to be twenty-five years old.
TWO HEADS. -- A rather strange thing was shown to us a few days ago. Among the wheat grown this year upon the farm of Mr. Vincent D. Layton, residing about three miles northwest of Perryville, was found some straw which contained two distinct heads of wheat, and those who doubt it can see same by calling at our office.
RELIGIOUS SERVICES. -- We are requested to inform the people of the Claryville parish, that circumstances require that the Mass be said for them this month on third Sunday instead of the fourth. The people at Allen's Landing are invited to attend, as it is not probable a priest cannot go there, this month, unless further notice be given.
CHRISTENING. -- On Sunday evening last a christening party was given last the residence of Mr. John F. Dickinson, at Highland, our and a half miles south of Perryville. A little daughter of Mr. Dickinson received Catholic baptism at St. Mary's Seminary. A number of invited guests were present at the party and a ice time was the result. Next time friend Dickinson, should not forget to extend his invitation a little farther.
BIRTHS. -- A little stranger stopped at the residence of Mr. Peter Fassold, three miles south of Perryville a few days since.
A little black eyed boy put in his appearance at the home of Mr. Everastus Layton, five miles north of Perryville on the 18th ult.
A little boy called at the residence of Mr. Joseph Fenwick, seven miles west of Perryville, last Saturday morning.
DIED, on Tuesday, June 22d, 1875, at her residence seven miles east of Perryville, Mrs. Weidt, wife of Mr. John Weidt, aged about 20 years.
DIED, on Thursday night, July 1st, 1875, at the residence of its parents, five and a half miles west of Perryville, a little child of Mr. George Evans.
DIED, on Sunday, July 4th, 1875, at her residence near Silver Lake in this county, Mrs. Lucinda Maddock aged about 59 years.
DIED, on Tuesday, July 6th, 1875, at his residence in Silver Lake, Mr. Simon L. Duvall, aged about forty years.
BADLY CUT. -- A cutting affair occurred in Callier & Hoskin's saloon on Sunday afternoon last. An altercation took place between James Gremaud and Flavin Guyot. The latter individual was stabbed in the left breast, and a severe stab was inflicted on the right hand which severed the artery. The wounded man was promptly attended to, and he is now getting along as well as could be expected. James Gremaud was arrested and taken before Esquire Halbrook on Monday, and was required to give a bond for his appearance at said justice court on Thursday, the 8th inst.
PERSONAL. -- Mr. John Sands and lady, of Kaskaskia, Ill., arrived here last Saturday on a visit to Mr. John Hooss and family.
Mrs. Annie Tucker and Miss Christina Tucker left our county on Sunday last for the city of St. Louis on a visit to their relatives.
Miss ----- Klein, sister of Mr. Fred. Klein, left for her home at St. Louis on Friday last.
The four Sisters who recently closed their term of school at the Perryville Convent, left for St. Louis on last Wednesday morning, and will be absent until the last days of August, and will reopen their school early in September.
Miss Charlotte Bollinger and her mother left for St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon, the former for the Good Sheppard institution, and the latter to her brother, where she will hereafter reside.
Mr. Sam. Moranda, the nurseryman, returned to Perryville on last Wednesday morning.
4th of July Celebrations.
SILVER LAKE. -- The celebration at Silver Lake on the 3d was a very good one, quite a large number of people being present. Among the amusements were Mr. Grant's fine rotary swing and a dancing floor,at which Prof. -----'s string band furnished the music. The Perryville Cornet Band was also present and furnished music at short intervals during the day. The speakers that were expected having failed to put in their appearance, it was supposed that this part of the programme would have to be omitted, but about noon Mr. John Hooss, of Perryville came to the rescue and delivered a short speech, which was highly appreciated. Everything would have passed off pleasantly had it not been for some quarrelsome characters who created a disturbance in the evening.
WILKINSON'S LANDING. -- The 4th was celebrated in good old basket dinner style at Wilkinson's Landing Saturday. Quite a large number of persons were in attendance and every body seemed to enjoy the occasion. The rotary swing which has become so popular of late, was over whirling the young folks through mazes of delight. Mr. Howard, who might be called the "good natured and jovial," was master of this part of the ceremonyu, and his wit and humor made his audience, which was always large, feel contented and happy.
Plenty of refreshments of every kind, excepting intoxicating drinks were on the grounds. A few amused themselve with a game of Croquet, while others amused themselves in different ways. Noon arriving, a beautiful scene was presented of the many groups clustered here and there upon the green grass partaking of the many good things the ladies of that neighborhood know how to prepare.
The String Bank of Jackson was on hand to animate the souls of all, with the enrapturing strains of their music, and though some proclaimed as the poet sung of the dance at Brussels, "Onward with the dance, let joy be unconfined," yet the dance went on, and joy was turned loose.
The afternoon was partly taken up by the speaking. The first oration was delivered by Mr. William R. Wilkinson on the part of the Union Literary Society. To say his oration was a fine one and eloquently delivered is no exaggeration. Mr. Wilkinson is a young man of considerable promise.
Hon. J. Perry Johnson, of Chester, Ill., was the next speaker. he reviewed the history of this country and the causes of the revolution, and then wound up by showing the tendency of our government, and the influence it was having on the world, in a very eloquent and a fluent speech.
He was followed by Judge W. H. Bennett, of Perryville, in a short address, in which he portrayed the condition of the world, and that the largest part of the inhabitants of the globe were wrapped in political darkness and fettered in the chains of superstition and slavery, and that the free states of America was the only place where the people enjoyed all the rights of civil and religious liberty, and called attention to the importance of preserving our freedom.
Let it be said of the audience that with a few exceptions, perfect order was preserved while the speaking was going on. Nothing took place to mar the pleasures of the day, except that two or three persons came on the grounds who were intoxicated, and raised some disturbances, but the committee soon "squelched" them.
THE CELEBRATION SOUTH OF PERRYVILLE. -- A grand old time was had on last Saturday on White Water, known as the camp ground near Mr. Whybark's farm. Early in the day persons commenced going to that celebration, a large number of Perryvillians having visited the same placed with joyous hearts and wellfilled baskets.
The exercises were commenced by the reading of the Declaration of Independence, which was done in a masterly manner by Rev. Henry Dalton, of Perryville. Following this came an excellent address from Mr. David W. Crow, which was well delivered and very suitable to the occasion, which was attentively listened to by the audience. After he got through several declamations and dramatic performances were given by the young people, interspersed with singing, all of which was really good, and was so received by those present.
At the proper hour an abundance of good things were spread out upon the grassy lawn, and everybody partook of them with a right good will. At least four hundred persons were upon the ground to participate in the day's joys and pleasures, and the very best of good feeling prevailed throughout the celebration, and all retired to their respective homes, well pleased with the day's enjoyment.
STE. MARIES SEMINARY GROVE CELEBRATION. -- The usual amount of patriotism, welled up among the quiet citizens of Perry county on the anniversary of the nation's birthday. The memorable 4th of July falling on Sunday, the orthodoxy were divided as to which day to choose for the national celebration, hence the 3d and 5th came in for honors on the occasion. The patriotic and the pleasure seekers were at no loss for places of resort, where eulogies on our forefathers, and the great cause of American liberty greeted the ear, and the good things of a bountiful harvest spread on nature's own green damask, tempted the appetite; but among the many unions on the occasion, the one at Ste. Maries Seminary grove, one mile west of Perryville, deserves notice. Though only a few days were given to preparation, yet, at the suggestion of the Superior of Ste. Maries, the ladies enlisted in the cause, furnishing ample provisions, and making the day pleasant for all. Swinging, croquet, public speaking by Judge Robinson and Hon. Wm. H. Bennett, engaged the attention of the assemblage, and at a late hour in the evening the grounds were deserted, all returning home the happier for having passed the day together, commingling in the society of friends.
THE CELEBRATION EAST OF PERRYVILLE. -- According to announcement on last "Monday" morning, at about eight o'clock, the Perryville Cornet Band proceeded through Perryville followed by quite a number of children, bearing small American flags, to the grounds about one mile east of Perryville, which had been chosen for the celebration of the nation's birth-day. A number of persons were appointed to act in the capacity of policemen, and they performed their duty well. Early in the day the people came flocking to the g[r]ounds, and long before soon a large concourse of people had assembled together.
At an early hour in the day the speaking commenced. Dr. C. A. Mann, the Marshal on the occasion, introduced the various speakers to the audience. Judge Robinson made the opening remarks, which were eloquent and appropriate, evidently intended, however, as a mere introduction to the speeches and performances of the day.
Then followed Hon. B. B. Cahoon of Fredericktown. His address was an eloquent delineation of the spirit and genius of this great Republic, and a grand exhibition of the principles upon which this government was founded. The speakers referred to the influence of those principles upon the nations of the earth, and the tendency of the age to peace and unity, with universal good will to all nations, and as an illustration cited to the Geneva arbitration, also referred to the anticipated Centennial celebration which is to take place at Philadelphia on the 4th of July, 1876. His descriptions were vivid and striking, his thoughts broad and logically, his rhetoric glowing, in short, was full of sublime eloquence and pathos. His speech was well received.
John V. Noell, Esq., was called upon to address the people, but he only made a few brief remarks, as he had made no preparations for it.
The Perryville Cornet and Concordia Spring Bands played excellent music, and greatly enlivened the scenes of the occasion.
Among the amusements upon the grounds were two rotary swings, and they were well patronized.
Everything passed off peaceably and quietly, and nothing, so far as we are able to learn, transpired to mar the feelings of any one, or to cause them to regret that they had participated in the celebration of the 99th anniversary of our national independence.
At night a grand ball was given at Hooss' Hotel, which was well attended, and as was expected in advance, everybody enjoyed themselves hugely.
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