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Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 16 September 1870


SAD ACCIDENT. -- Miss Rosa Moore, while working with a sorghum mill, had her finger so severely crushed, that amputation became necessary.

THE WEATHER. -- We were visited with fine showers of rain during the past week. Rain was badly needed in these parts, we having had a long dry spell of weather.

HEAT. -- During the past two or three weeks, hundreds of bushels of wheat has been taken to the Perryville mills, and the price of wheat is on the downward tendency.

IMPROVEMENTS. -- The German Catholic school house and Priest’s residence is being rapidly pushed forward to completion. The brick work has just been finished. We understand that C. A. Weber & Co., intend erecting a business house up on their town lot on the west side of the public square. Mr. Henry Rolf is make preparations to built [sic] a family residence on the south side of town.

NOT SO PLEASANT. -- A short time since a young man in the county was riding along the road and saw a large hawk start up from the road side, and tried to fly, but it immediately came to the ground, seeming to have something in its claws. He rode up to it when he saw it’s [sic] foot was fast. It appears the hawk had made a grab for a terripin’s [sic] head when Mr. Terripin went in a hole closing his shell on Mr. Hawk’s foot. The hawk was immediately put “Hors du combat.”

PERSONAL. -- John B. Robinson, Esq., left Perryville on Sunday morning last for Marble Hill, in Bollinger county, to attend circuit court, now in session in that place.

Mr. John C. McBride and Vincent Tucker left town for St. Louis on Monday.

Mr. Geo. W. Gostorf left for his home in St. Louis on Friday of last week.

Dr. S. T. Hall arrived in town this week to attend to professional business in his line.

Hon. James R. McCormick visited our town on Wednesday of this week. According to announcement he made a speech in the afternoon to not a very large audience at the court house, which was attentively listened to. We were unable to be present on the occasion, but from those who were in attendance we learn that the General made a good speech.

Bernard Cissell, Esq., left town the early part of the week for Marble Hill to attend circuit court.

SHEEP KILLING. -- We learn that Mr. Josiah McCauley had four of his sheep killed on Tuesday evening by dogs. They did not eat the sheep, but merely sucked their blood, after killing them. St. Mary’s Seminary has lost quite a number of sheep lately in the same manner. Is there no way of stopping this? If we had not so large a number of dogs among us, we would not have quite so many moonlight excursions made by them in large droves doing damage far and wide, and raising the sleepy inhabitants from their beds.

AND STILL THEY COME. -- Judge William Carter, announces himself a candidate for Congress in this district, subject to the action of the district convention.

It will be seen that Mr. Forrest Shepherd, of Washington county, announces himself a candidate for Congress in this district. He is highly spoken of.

Mr. Thomas Layton, this week, informs the people of Perry county that he is a candidate for the office of Treasurer at the November election. He is the only candidate yet mentioned for this position.

Judge F. F. Fischer announces himself a candidate for re-election to the office of County Judge. There are now three candidates in the field, and the people can have their choice.

Mr. Jer. A. Abernathy to-day announces himself a candidate for re-election to the office of Assessor.

MINERALS. -- We were shown some specimens of mineral ores on Thursday last by Mr. Oliver P. French, an old citizen of our county. Lead, iron and other minerals were among the specimens. These minerals are found upon the land belonging to Mr. French who is now engaged in digging it from the bowels of mother earth.

Sept. 10th, 1870

About 9 o’clock on Friday last, the stave factory at Wittenberg was discovered to be on fire. Fortunately there was a goodly number of people in town from the surrounding country., (from Illinois as well as Missouri), and added to those the officers and crew of the Adam Jacobs, we soon succeeded in extinguishing the flames, with comparatively a small loss, we will say $500, but had the wind been from the north instead of the south, a great portion of the town might have been destroyed. We are under many obligations to the officers of the Adam Jacobs, and also to all others who assisted us in our time of need.


DIED, on the 8th of September, 1870 at 8 o’clock A. M., of bilious fever, Sarah A. May, aged 43 years and 10 months.

“Blessed are they that die in the Lord,
for the Lord has said without his work
thou shalt not be saved.”

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