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Old Glory

Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 12 July 1872


MISS LITTIE WATERS, of St. Louis, is here on a visit to her relatives.

THE BALL at Burgee’s hall on the evening of the 4th was a grand affair.

JESSE F. MERRITT is a candidate for Constable of Cinque Hommes Township.

JER. A ABERNATHY has announced himself a candidate for Assessor of Perry county.

JOHN BOLAND informs the people that he is a candidate for Constable of Cinque Hommes Township.

MARRIED on the 4th day of July, at the residence of the bride’s father by ‘Squire Jos. G. Weinhold, Mr. Wm. Lawson to Miss Mary E. Farrar, all of Brazeau township.

LARGE POTATO. -- On Tuesday last Mr. Augustus Doerr made us a present of an Irish potato, raised in his garden this season, which weighs considerably over a pound. It is of the Rose variety. Who can beat it?

ON OUR TRIP up to St. Louis on Sunday last, we had the pleasure of forming the acquaintance of John Bogy, County Clerk of Ste. Genevieve county, and Robert Madison, Sheriff of Ste. Genevieve county. -- They are both whole soul and clever gentlemen, and well worthy of the positions they fill.

THE ST. LOUIS AND MEMPHIS PACKET COMPANY. -- We would advise all our friends who have occasion to travel by river between St. Louis and Memphis, to take this company’s excellent steamboats. The officers are all intelligent and accommodating gentlemen, and a trip is enjoyable in every respect. Mr. Scudder, its worthy and efficient President, is one of the most affable business men we have ever met. He evidently knows his duties well and does them faithfully. We are under obligations for favors shown us during our trip.


THE NEW BUILDING. -- We started for St. Louis on Sunday morning last, to buy lumber and other materials for the new printing office which we are erecting and which, we flatter ourself, will be as fine an office, in every particular, as any outside the “future great city of the world.” While perambulating the streets in the performance of our business we had the pleasure of meeting our old friend, George W. Gostorf, Esq., with whom we took a sociable dinner, discussing between times the affairs of Perryville and its worthy citizens, not forgetting the fair sex, for whom George seems to have a prejudice, and especially one coon, whom he seems anxious to tree.

After finishing our business we went aboard the City of Chester, where we enjoyed a cool trip to the benighted town of Ste. Marys, and now we have returned to resume our labors and execute all kinds of job work in the best of style and at figures which will defy competition.


Thursday of last week was the 96th anniversary of the Declaration of American Independence, and was duly celebrated by the good people of Perry county. Early in the morning large-caravans of buggies, carriages, horsemen and pedestrians began to put in an appearance at every point of the compass, and by eleven o’clock a vast concourse of men, women and children had assembled in the beautiful grove at Ste. Mary’s Seminary, dedicated to the occasion.

At half past eleven o’clock the Declaration of Independence was read by J. H. Simpson, Esq., after which ecstatic and patriotic airs were discoursed by Raymond Tucker’s string band, which wafting out on the balmy breeze, reminded the young folks, seated under the heavy foliage of the live oak “breathing the language of love” of the quaint lines of the poet:

“Music oh, how faint, how weak;
Language fades before they spell,
Why should feeling ever speak
When thou cans’t breath her soul so well.”

After the reading of the Declaration of Independence was concluded “everybody and his wife and cousins” repaired to the sumptuous tables upon the grounds, groaning under edibles and supplied well the inner man. Being thus refreshed, all “were eager for the fray.” Numerous calls were made for Mr. John V. Noell, who, by previous arrangements, was to deliver the oration of the day. Johnnie finally came forward, made his bow, smiled upon the ladies and delivered a flowery address, which was by the audience well received. Calls were then made in regular order for and appropriate impromptu speeches were made by John B. Robinson, Wm. H. Bennett, A. G. Abernathy and Jones A. Rutledge, Esqrs., interspersed now and then “music by the band.”

By this time the clouds of evening were hovering around and everybody’s thoughts naturally turned “to home sweet home,” and very soon the branches of those beautiful “monarchs of the forest: were left to play in silence upon the zephyr. -- Everybody seemed well pleased -- hilarity and mirth manifested itself on every part of the ground. May we live long and with our friends in old Perry, participate in the celebration of many of the natal days of the Republic.



EDITOR UNION: According to the announcement of Messrs. Frank Brenner, Fred. Nennert and our Fritz, the national holiday was celebrated in our town on a scale of magnificence, never before equaled in Wittenberg. The place where the celebration was held is a beautiful grove, situated on the hill immediately back of our town, and was fixed up for the occasion, by the above named managers as nice as could be wished for with benches, shady arbors and a good dancing floor.

At about nine o’clock large crowds of people began to pour in, and each trip of the steamer Toledo brought additional crowds of people from Grand Tower and vicinity and mine host, Frank Brenner, had a lively time in serving out the beer, wine and lemonade to the thirsty ones, and I may here state that the wine was of an excellent quality, being grown by Mr. Fritz Neupert, of our town, proprietor of the Hamilton Hill Vineyard.

At about ten o’clock the people were preparing themselves to trip the light fantastic toe, and enjoy themselves generally. Our friend Frank Brenner had purchased a pair of No. 8 slippers, expressly for the occasion, and was fixed “for to dance mit do gals,” also Capt. Murdock, an old salt, was ready to reef in his jib boom, east anchor on the starboard watch, and walk abaft on a wire to the tone of a home on the rolling deep, (by the way ladies who lunch on onions are positively prohibited from kissing him).

The Wittenberg String Band under the leadership of Mr. George Anderson, were doing their best, and with Mr. Greenwell as floor manager, every thing went as nice as could be wished for. The speeches that were announced, I am sorry to say, did not come off as from some cause or other, the gentleman engaged for that purpose, did not come to time, upon the whole; however, the celebration passed off as it should, pleasant and agreeable to everybody without any disturbance whatever. Yours &c.,


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