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Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 15 May 1874


WHEAT is showing its heads and continues to look well.

WHEAT. -- Several loads of wheat passed our office the past week for the Perryville Mills.

AN AWNING. -- We notice that Mr. George Koch has just put an awning in front of his building.

E. L. ADAMS, residing in the north western part of our county, recently had ten valuable sheep killed by dogs.

THE LAND in Bois Brule Bottom is said to be harder to break than for many years past. The warm wet winter did it.

MR. A. H. HALL is the gentlemanly carder at Mr. Frank Moranville’s carding machine and he is an experienced workmen [sic].

THE FIRE Company of our town will be out with the "machine" for practice at six o’clock on Friday evening, by order of the foreman.

A LOSS. Mr. Nathan Montgomery, residing about five miles north of Perryville, had a valuable cow drowned in the Saline creek not long since.

CHINCH BUG. -- Some of our farmers inform us that the chinch bugs have already made their appearance among the wheat, and that they are doing mischief.

MR. PILCHER, organ builder form St. Louis, visited the Catholic Church near M. Biehle’s this week for the purpose of arranging the organ lately purchased for that place.

KICKED. -- A gentleman of our county, while in the act of mounting his steed one day the past week, was kicked in the side by the animal, but not badly hurt.

LOSS. -- Mr. Louis Guyot, one of our farmers, recently lost a good cow. It seems that she got into a mud hole, from which she could not extricate herself, and hence perished.

AN ACCIDENT. -- The little daughter of Mrs. Frank Cobbs, while playing on the porch at home on Sunday last, accidentally fell, hurting one of her arms quite badly, though not seriously.

THREE HORSES LOST. -- We are informed that Mr. F. Prevallet, residing on the Saline creek, lost a fine horse on the 30 inst., and also Pius Layton lost two good horses, one day last week.

WHOOPING COUGH. -- We are creditably informed that the whooping cough is very bad among the children in the southeast part of our county, and several children have died from the effects of it.

CHURCH. -- There will be preaching at the Luther Chapel, eight miles southeast of Perryville, on Saturday next at 5 o’clock P. M. by Rev. E. M. Anthony, and on Sunday communion service at 10 A. M.

THAT’S RIGHT. -- The Greenville road, running between Perryville and White water, is being rapidly improved by Mr. John F. Miles, the road overseer, and his neighbors, and some portion of it are being nicely graveled.

NEW BARBER SHOP. ---We understand that one of our very respectable citizens has established a barber shop in Bois Brule Bottom The shop is located in the hollow of a large sycamore tree, not far from John Hoffman’s farm.

DIED, at the residence of his father six miles northeast of Perryville, William H. Morgan, in the seventh ear of his age.

Died, on Saturday, May 2d, youngest daughter of Joseph and Josephine DeLassus, aged 18 months.

AN ACCIDENT. -- Joseph Zahner, son of George Zahner, who resides some five miles south of Perryville, while holding a mule to graze, one day last week, the animal kicked him in the face near the ear, hurting him pretty badly, though, fortunately, not dangerously.

BITTEN BY A DOG. -- While Ellen Emmendorfer, a little girl about thirteen years old, was on her way to school last Friday morning, she was attacked and badly bitten by a dog. It would not be much of a loss if that dog ceased to live. He is a dangerous animal.

WOOL AGAIN. -- Our old friend Mr. C. U. Prost, residing four miles south of Perryville, showed us some wool on Saturday last, that beats anything in that line that we have ever seen. A fleece of wool measured fully thirteen inches in length, and was very nice and fine, too. Who can beat this?

QUITE A FARM. -- Mr. John Hoffman, of our county, owns a good big farm in Bois Brule Bottom, and it is quite probable that a good many bushels of corn will be raised upon it this year. At the present time there are between twenty ant thirty plows being run daily upon this farm. That’s business.

AN OIL PAINTING. -- On Thursday evening of last week, the German Catholic Church of Perryville received from the city of St. Louis a splendid oil painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This beautiful painting is seven and a half feet in length and four feet in width, and cost one hundred and thirty-five dollars.

A CORRECTION. -- In our last issue in speaking of Mrs. Tweiman and a gentleman receiving a severe wetting in Cinque Homme Creek on Saturday week, we neglected to mention two other persons who were in the carriage at the time it capsized. There were four persons in the carriage, instead of two: Mrs. Tweiman, Miss Martina Moore, Miss Angeline Moore, and Mr. Felix Horrell, all of them being pretty thoroughly baptized in Cinque Homme Creek.

"THE PERRYVILLE Fire Engine arrived here last Friday, and it is nice too. On last Tuesday morning Mr. Rumsey, of the house of L. M. Rumsey & Co., St. Louis, from whom our engine, &c. was purchased , paid us a visit, and a pretty thorough trial of the machine was had, and so far as we know, gives general satisfaction. Mr. Rumsey left for St. Louis on the afternoon of the same day, taking with him several hundred dollars, which he received from our city authorities.

IMPROVEMENTS. -- Mr. Frank Moranville, one of our farmers who resides about three miles west of Perryville, has had his dwelling nicely painted, and is making other valuable improvements about his premises.

Our young friend, Thomas Moore, who resides a few miles east of Perryville, is busily engaged in erecting a frame dwelling upon his farm. -- Tom means business.

Mr. John Bierk, residing about five miles north of Perryville, is building a good barn upon his farm. It is forty feet square.

NOT HURT. -- We understand that Judge William Conrad came in town the other day, riding a descendant of "Baalam’s" and left it tied to the court yard fence. When he went to untie it to go home, it kicked at him and its foot shot into his pocket, and the mule could not get loose, nor could the Judge. Finally amid the scrambling and kicking, the Judge got under the mules feet. -- Some friends seeing the dilema [sic] came and aided the mule in extricating itself from the Judge. Fortunately neither of them received any injuries. They went on their way rejoicing.

AN INSANE PERSON. -- On Thursday of last week information was filed before Judge Bennett, that one Frank Lukefahr was insane and incapable of attending to his own affairs. Thereupon a special term of the Probate and Common Pleas Court was called to inquire into his insanity. A jury of twelve men was impanneled [sic], and on hearing the evidence returned a verdict of insanity as charged. He was confined in the jail, until he could be further cared for, but has since been taken out be some of his relatives. he has been at work at the St. Marys Seminary for a couple of years, and has accumulated some money. During the winter seasons of the year he attended school, and thus acquired a good English education. It is a great pity that he is not of sound mind.

THE FIRE MEETING. -- On last Saturday evening a meeting was held in the court house for the purpose of organizing a fire company, in Perryville. The meeting organized by electing Anton Hunt chairman, and Chas. A. Weber secretary. On motion Otto C. Nabert arose and explained the object of the meeting, after which it was moved that the chairman appoint a committee of five to draft a constitution and by-laws. The following persons were appointed as such committee: Otto C. Nabert, Charles A. Weber, Thomas Layton, Richard Herritage and Thomas Hooss. A temporary organization of the fire company was then effected by electing Otto C. Nabert as foreman with authority to appoint two assistant foremen; John E. Aikin and Richard Herritage were appointed as 1st and 2d assistant foremen, after which the meeting adjourned until Saturday, the 23d at 8 o’clock P. M., at which time the committee on constitution and by-laws was instructed to report

PERSONAL. -- Mr. J. A. Prost, formerly of this county, but now a resident of Ste. Marys, is on a visit to his children in this county. -- Mr. Prost has attained the good old age of seventy years, and is in the enjoyment of good health.

Mr. John C. Doerr and family, who have been on a visit to their relatives, returned home this week.

Dr. Farrar, Ed. Russell, and Mr. Keach, of Arcadia, Iron county, in this State, have visited our county in search of game.

Mr. Mich. Zink and daughter, and Nicholas Guth left for St. Louis on Sunday, and the latter has since returned.

Rev. C. Demetro and Rev. Mr. Vogt returned home from St. Louis on Monday last.

Mr. Pilcher, the St. Louis organist, arrived here on Tuesday.

Mrs. Louis Doerr’s sister and grandmother arrived here on last Wednesday morning on a visit.

Mr. Strobel and Mr. Crawford arrived here on Wednesday.

THAT CORNER STONE. -- At four o’clock on the afternoon of Sunday last, quite a number of our citizens assembled at the parsonage of the Methodist Minister, to witness the laying of the corner stone of the new Methodist Episcopal Church. -- At the hour appointed, Rev. Henry Dalton commenced the services by singing a suitable hymn, when a prayer was offered, after which Mr. Dalton delivered a very nice address upon the occasion, which was attentively listened to by the audience.

The corner stone was then placed in its proper position, but, however, before this was done, a neat tin box, some six inches in length, four inches in width, and two inches in height, was placed in a receptacle in the rock, which had been prepared to receive it. This box contained among other things, the names of the trustees of the church, the names of the mechanics who are to build the church, the name of the Presiding Elder, and the name of our present minister.

A contribution was taken up, and nearly every one present gave something to aid the erection of this building. In the closing services Dr. C. A. Mann made a few appropriate remarks. -- Every thing passed off pleasantly and quietly.

A FEW NIGHTS SINCE a lonely and benighted traveler, while cautiously and quietly passing along Main street in our pleasant village, was startled and for a time being, terribly frightened by strange and unearthly sounds. He was horrified! visions of ghosts and goblins crowded his mind.

Shoving his hat down to his ears did no good, as his hair promptly pushed it up again. While in this condition, uncertain which way to turn, or whither to go, he saw near him in the street, and object that at first view paralyzed him with fear, so that he was as it were, rooted to the spot. The object approached!

Like magic the vision change. -- Three men and a plow approached! two of them yoked like oxen and hitched as a team to the plow, while the other was holding the handles and urging the others on by words of encouragement and application of a pointed stick. At each application of the sharp stick, the man at its point uttered a sound something between a bellow and a groan and for a short time would paw the gravel with exceeding great vigor. The noise thus made was what had caused his alarm. That night so strange at the dead hour of midnight, as shown by the faint twinkle of the stars, was what had paralyzed him. The stranger saw, or thought he saw, through it at once.

Early next morning he entered our sanctum and handed us the above for publication. We asked him what he thought of it? what it was? -- Why, said he, can’t you see? They were installing a couple of grangers in to the order.

Strange mistakes are some times made. That man will believe, until his dying day, that he witnessed the installation of a couple of grangers, while every one of our readers knows that it was a part of our fire brigade out drilling in anticipation of the speedy arrival of the coming fire engine, just purchased by the city fathers.


The following particulars were furnished us by Mr. C. A. Weber, our County Clerk:

During Wednesday night of last week a fire broke out in the drug store of Wilford Layton, which, in a very short time, consumed three other adjoining buildings. The building was owned by Leon Bogy, and was not insured -- loss $1000. The loss of Wilford Layton is by him estimated at $2,500, including therein $525 in money and his books, accounts and notes, together with the post office, mail bags and other appurtenances.

Next on the north side of this drug store building stood the two story building owned by Benjamin Difani, valued at $1,500. It was occupied by himself and he lost part of his stock worth $800, and had no insurance either on the house nor stock, his total loss, therefore, amounts to $2,200.

South of the drug store building was Hasslingers’ two story frame house, occupied by August Kern, dealer in stationery and family groceries, and his was a total loss, amounting to $800. The estimated value of the building was $1,600, only partly insured.

Next to the south of Mr. Hasslingers’ building, stood the Ste. Marys House, which was owned by Mrs. Stieber, of St. Louis. It was valued at $3,000, and fully insured. Mr. A. W. Lenz, however, who occupied the corner department with his saloon and the second story by his family, lost his entire stock of goods, his household and kitchen furniture and nearly all the wearing apparel, beds and bedding of the family his lost is covered by the small insurance of $400. Part of this house was also occupied by Mr. John Wolf, a shoemaker, who lost all he had inside the building.

When the flames were discovered at about 3 o’clock in the morning of the 7th inst., they were so far advanced that they could not be extinguished, spreading at a very rapid rate, and only with superhuman exertions, did the citizens succeed in confining them to the burned district. Within one hour and a half after the fire was discovered, the buildings above described were reduced to a pile of smoking ruins.

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