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Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 16 July 1875


MOVED. -- Mr. Augustus Mercier and Mr. William S. McBride changed residences last Tuesday.

NEW WHEAT from this section of the country has already found its way to the St. Louis market.

LOSS. -- Mr. Edward C. Brewer, residing three miles southwest of Perryville, lost a valuable mare on last Sunday night.

TOADS. -- One of our farmers tells us that it really rained a large number of toads on his premises on day last week, but they did no serious damage.

CHERRIES. -- There has been but a little of this fruit raised in our county this year. But a small quantity, if any, have been brought into our market.

MARRIED, on Monday morning, July 12th, 1875, at the German Lutheran Church by Rev. Charles Demetro, Mr. Adam Rodewald to Miss Parres.

POST OFFICE DISCONTINUED. -- The post office department at Washington City has discontinued the post office at Claryville in this county, at least late dispatches so inform us.

A FLOATER. -- Another body of a drowned man was taken out of the Mississippi river, near Rockwood, a few days since. Nothing was found about his person whereby to discover his name.

WE LEARN A NEW MAIL ROUTE has just been established from Mr. Henry Yount's store, in this county, by way of Bristolville, Dollis' mill and Arensburg to Appleton in Cape Girardeau county.

APPLES. -- Early varieties have found their way in to our market, and are selling at sixty cents a bushel. We understand that there will be a pretty fair crop of this kind of fruit raised this year.

KICKED BY A COLT. -- On last Sunday a little son of Mr. D. W. Crow, residing five miles south of Perryville, while endeavoring to catch a mare, her colt kicked him above the left eye, inflicting an ugly cut.

CARELESSNESS. -- Bernard Bendendistle, residing eight miles south of Perryville, carelessly handled a sythe a few days since, and the consequence was, he cut his right shoulder, however, the wound inflicted as not serious.

FARMER AND MINER. -- We have received the first number of a newspaper, just started in Fredericktown, bearing the above title, edited and published by Mr. Charles W. Dunifer. It is very neatly gotten up and edited with care.

BIRTHS. -- A little stranger stopped at the residence of Mr. Frank Gagnepain, three miles west of Perryville, on Monday morning last.

A little girl stopped at Mr. Robt. A. McCauley's on last Wednesday morning.

     Baby buggy

PERSONAL. -- John Burke, son of Mr. Martin Burke, who has been on a visit from school, returned to St. Louis on Thursday last.

Mrs. Mann left for Chester on last Wednesday morning on a visit to her father.

THE TEAM THRESHER, of which we made mention in these columns a couple of weeks since, purchased by our city miller, Mr. Clement Schindler, passed our office the past week. It is quite probable that it will be at work next Monday.

CUT HIS FOOT. -- Mr. John Lybarger, residing six miles south of Perryville, while on his way home after dark week before last, stumbled and fell down in to a fully, cutting one of his feet quite badly on a sythe he was carrying with him at the time.

IMPROVEMENTS. -- Our fellow townsman, Mr. John B. Gotto, has just erected a brick addition to his residence, and has built a neat portico ... ing other improvements about his premises. Mr. Gotto is a live, energetic man.

BALLOU'S MAGAZINE for August has been received, and its contents are just what the people want during the hot season, for no magazine in the country has such a variety of stories, sketches and poetry, and all by popular authors, who are noted for their literary ability

DISCHARGED FROM CUSTODY. -- In our last issue we made mention of the cutting of Flavin Guyot by Jas. Gremaud, and of the arrest of the latter. On Thursday of last week the matter was brought before Esquire Halbrook, and after a careful examination, the prisoner was discharged from custody.

NEW INSTRUMENTS. -- The Perryville Cornet Band, Mr. Thos. Hooss leader, have ordered a full sett [sic] of silver instruments from John F. Stratton & co., of New York city. This band has a good sett of brass horns, but as the increase in members compel them to get more horns the boys concluded to make a clean sweep and get new ones all round.

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. -- One day last week, during a storm, the lightning struck a stove pipe that passed through the roof of the residence of Mr. Joseph F. Besand, two and a half miles south of Perryville, knocking it into pieces and also tore up a portion of the floor and killed several chickens that were under the room at the time. No other damage was done.

NOT HURT. -- One day the past week, while a gentleman, whose name we have failed to learn, was seated in his wagon during homeward, his horses became mischievous and finally ran away, but were suddenly brought to a stop by striking a stump on the side of the road and turning the wagon upside down, but the most singular thing about it is that the occupant of the wagon escaped uninjured, and the wagon was not very seriously damaged.

A WOMAN DROWNED. -- It is reported here that a lady who was seated in a skiff on her way across the Mississippi river at Bailey's Landing in this county, a few days ago, was drowned. It is stated that when some distance from shore she fell out of the skiff into the river, and was drowned. Since the above was in type the news has been confirmed of the lady's drowning. Her name is Mrs. Clifton, wife of Mr. Adolphus Clifton, residing on the Illinois side of the river, and nearly opposite Bailey's Landing.

A MAN DROWNED. -- A very sad affair occurred on Saturday morning last in our county. A gentleman by the name of Mr. William Doerr, nephew of our county collector, was making an effort on that morning to cross the bayou at Jones' island, and when but a short distance from the shore, the animal upon which he was seated, from some cause or other, attacked probably by an allegator [sic] gar sank with him twice, but rose again. After coming up the second time, Mr. Doerr dismounted, so our informant says, and attempted to swim ashore, but failing to do so, found a watery grave and up to the last accounts, his body had not been recovered. He leaves a wife and children, and other relatives and friends to mourn his untimely loss.

EXPERIMENTING WITH POWDER. -- A little son of Mr. George Zahner's residing about eight miles south of Perryville, took a notion into his head to have a little fourth of July all to himself, his parents being absent from home at the time. He concluded to start a fire under a kettle, so straightway gathered up some straw, and taking a flask of powder, poured a portion of it upon the straw and touched a lighted match to it, and it went off, sparks of which got into the flask, igniting the powder and an explosion followed. The little fellow had his face, hands and portions of his feet badly burned, though not seriously. We expect he will be a little more careful about handling powder in the future, and has doubtless found that it is not a good material to start fires with.

DIED, at twelve o'clock on Thursday, July 8th, 1875, at the residence of her parents in Perryville, the youngest daughter of Mr. Augustus and Mrs. Mary Mercier, aged about nineteen months.

DIED, on Sunday, July 11th, 1875, at his residence in Bois Brule bottom in this county, Mr. William Morgan, aged 50 years.

DIED, at three o'clock on Tuesday morning, July 13th, 1875, at the residence of her son in Silver Lake, Mrs. Henrietta Barbier, in the seventieth year of her age, , and interred in the St. Mary's Seminary cemetery on Wednesday morning. The deceased was born in France, and emigrated to the United States and settled in Perry county in the winter of 1853, where she ever since resided. She was a strict member of the Catholic church. She leaves to mourn her loss, seven children and other relatives and friends.


The Mississippi river is now higher than it has been since the summer of 1862, and the latest reports we have from it is that it continues to mount upward.

The St. Louis Republican says that "Boatmen of the olden time say that is all its aspects, the weather we are now having in a fac-simile of the weather of June, 1844, the time of the great time. -- It is useless to waste space in predicting what the river will do in the future so long as the weather continues so variable." Along the Missouri, Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers much damage has been done to crops, and a large amount of property has been destroyed, besides several lives have been lost.

In Perry county some mischief has been done in the low lands along the father of waters. We understand that a few farmers in Bois Brule bottom have sustained some loss. Several acres of Mr. Joseph Klump's farm is now under water, also some four or five acres of corn on Mr. Isaac Merideth's farm, also about ten or twelve acres of corn belonging to Mr. Joseph Deger, also a few acres of corn, on the farm of Mr. Henry C. Hardin, and also several acres of corn belonging to Mrs. Edwards is under water. Some wheat has been destroyed, but how much we have failed to learn.

We understand that in Kaskaskia bottom some twenty thousand dollars worth of property was destroyed and should the river continue to rise, there is no telling how much damage will be done, but it is to be hoped that the river has reached the highest point, and that it will soon commence to recede.

Since above was in type we learn that the river is now on the decline, and no further mischief will be done.

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