Rankin Family History Project
Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 22 June 1877
PLAYING base ball on a hot sultry day is quite a refreshing pastime.
THE GRAND REPUBLIC is the fine steamboat that now runs the Mississippi river.
O. C. NABERT is preparing to enlarge his residence by adding another story to it
A NEW ROOF has been put on the dwelling belonging to Mrs. Block -- west Perryville
A LAND SLIDE recently occurred near Rockwood, opposite Allen's Landing, but nobody was injured.
DROWNED. -- The body of man --- found near the mouth of the Kaskaskia river above Chester one day --- week.
THAT'S RIGHT. -- Henry Quick, residing ten miles east of Perryville is treating his dwelling to a nice coat of paint.
BIRTH. -- A little girl stopped by the residence of John W. Brewer three and a half miles west of town last Friday.
CHARLEY HUBERT keeps ice cream and other nice things on hand on the north side of the public square. Go and see him.
HARVESTING has been the order of the day hereabouts the past week, and a large quantity of both wheat and hay have been cut.
DIED, on Tuesday, June 12th, 1877 at the residence of James Hagan, four miles north of Perryville, Geo. McAtee, aged 28 years.
LIVE LOCAL NEWSPAPER. -- If you want a live, local, home newspaper, subscribe for the Perryville Union. Only $1.50 a year.
IMPROVEMENTS. -- John P. Bergman, residing two miles north of Perryville, is making some improvements about his premises.
MOVED. -- One day this week Peter M. Dean and family moved in to the dwelling belonging to Aus. Mercier near the Perryville Mill.
JUST THIRTY SUCCUMBED. -- Frank Gagnepaine, residing a few miles southwest of Perryville, has lost just thirty head of hogs in a very short time by the cholera.
MEDICAL TREATMENT. -- Mr. Isidore Moore, accompanied by his lady, left for the city of St. Louis Thursday of last week, Mrs. Moore going there for medical treatment.
POTATO BUGS appear rather scarce in this part of the universe the present season, which has not been the case for several years. And we can readily get along without their presence.
THE PROBATE COURT of this county adjourned to the second Monday in August next, that being the regular term under the new probate law, instead of the first Monday in September.
ST. LOUIS TIMES. -- In another column of this issue will be found the prospectus of the St. Louis Times, a first rate newspaper. It recently changed owners, and we think that the paper has been improved and made better.
PERSONAL. -- Mrs. K. Collier, Cape Girardeau county, has been here visiting relatives.
Four Sisters who have been here the past ten months teaching school left for St. Louis on Tuesday morning last.
KILLED. -- A little son of Jos. S---rel, residing near Sparta, in our neighboring county of Randolph was a few days since kicked upon the head by a vicious horse, fracturing his skull, from the effects of which he soon after died.
POSTPONED. -- owing to the absence of some of the members of the minstrels, and its being very busy time, the concerts which were to have taken place on the 25th and 26th of June have been postponed to the 4th and 5th of July.
FELINE MONSTROSITY. -- Recently a cat made its appearance upon the premises of one of our farms, living four miles north of Perryville, that possessed two noses and four eyes, but before Barnum could be informed of the freak nature, it died.
BITTEN BY A HOG. On Sunday morning last ... Alex. Courtois, living two and a quarter miles south west of Perryville was endeavoring to catch a hog, he was bitten on the right hand by the swine, but the wound inflicted was not a very serious one.
A LITTLE UNPLEASANTNESS took place on the east side of the public square in town last Saturday between two young men, and the affray terminated by one of them getting his head slightly disfigured, making it necessary to have a physician to "repair" it.
WHEAT FIELD. -- Henry L. Caldwell and Thomas G. Chadwick, both owning farms in Bois Brule bottom, have pretty fair wheat field. The former has a wheat "patch" containing one hundred an sixty acres, and the latter has one hundred and and forty acres in wheat.
BITTEN BY A SNAKE. On Friday evening last Oscar Morgan, residing a few miles from Perryville, had occasion to visit his corn crib, and while doing so, was bitten on one of his feet by a snake. An antidote was applied, and the unfortunate man had no further trouble.
TRUSTEE'S SALE. -- The farm belonging to James Preston, situated in Bois Brule bottom near the Chester road, containing about two hundred acres of land, was sold under a deed of trust last Saturday evening and William Furth became the purchaser, he paying $2,150 for it.
SCHOOLS CLOSED. John C. Doerr and lady, Augustus Doerr, James Ric?, Mrs. Kahle and others left on Sunday last for the city of Cape Girardeau, where they have children attending the educational institutions at that place, but have since returned, accompanied by their children.
TOO MUCH LYE. - A cow belonging to Henry Huber, Sr., residing one and a half mile north of Perryville, con...ded to change her diet some what a few days since, and accordingly visited a large kettle containing lye and partook of it too freely, from the effects of which she died.
EXHUMED. The body of James Phillips which was interred some twenty-six years ago, at a place four miles southeast of Perryville, was disinterred on Saturday last, and the remains being placed in a new coffin, then were conveyed to the Bois Brule Baptist Church cemetery, and were reinterred.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE BLANKS. Executions, Summons, Subpoenas, Writ of Attachment, Affdavits, and Attachment Suit, and various other blanks neatly printed and for sale at the office at lowest figures. Come and see for yourself.
A RUNAWAY. -- One day last week one of ---s. Burns' sons, living about nine miles north of Perryville, having quit plowing for the day started homeward, when the horse got frightened and stampeded, and in the run the animal got one of his legs cut, though the wound was not a serious one.
AN ACCIDENT. -- On last Monday while the workmen were engaged in taking down the roof of O. C. Nabert's house, they called on John Hooss to assist them in lifting off a portion of it, and in doing so, Mr. Hooss slipped and fell, sustaining injuries which will compel him to use a cane for some time.
A HUGE CORN FIELD. -- Sebastian Oliver is attending the lower Seminary farm in Bois Brule bottom, and will have a few bushels of corn to dispose of this fall, nothing preventing. He tells us that he has two-hundred and fifty acres in corn, which ought to yield him at least ten thousand bushels of corn. No one farmer in our county will hardly raise a larger crop.
CHAMPION FOOT RACE! -- On last Monday evening our quite little town, or at least a considerable portion thereof, was in a fever of excitement over an anticipated race for the championship between Jacob Dewein and Brown Dean. The race took place at about 5 o'clock p. m. on the south side of the public square. Jake won the race. He says he gave Brown a "clean drag."
BAPTIZED. -- On Tuesday last two ladies of our town concluded to go "berry hunting" east of here. -- They started and reaching a pond near the saw mill, and tarried a while. While there, they discovered something in a tree, and one of them endeavored to ascertain what it was, and while doing this fell upon her companion, both being precipitated into the pond, and both received a wetting. It wasn't a particle funny.
A NARROW ESCAPE. -- On Saturday evening last a family of movers camped near what is known as the Cedar Fork Church in the west part of our county. After the mantle of night had been thrown around the earth, they entered their wagon to repose. Some time during the night a large tree was blown down, which fell across the wagon, and strange as it may seem, no one was killed, though the man and his wife were slightly injured.
ANOTHER INVENTION. -- Perry county has some inventive genius, more than many of the counties of Southeast Missouri. John W. Brewer, residing three and a half miles west of Perryville, has just invented a contrivance, which will prove useful as well as labor-saving. It is a turning lathe and saw mill (on a small scale) combined and has thus far proved good thing. We understand that the inventor contemplates securing a patent. We wish him success.
DEPARTED THIS LIFE. -- In our last issue we published the death notice of Mr. Moses Cline, father of Dr. O. W. Cline of Brazeau Township in this county. The deceased was born in Cobarrus county, North Carolina some time during the year 1814, and when yet a youth he in company with his parents, emigrated to Missouri and settled in this county, residing here up to three years since, when he moved to Wayne county, where he recently departed this life. The deceased was much respected by all who knew him. He leaves many relatives and friends to mourn his demise.
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE DONE. -- The storm on last Saturday night did considerable harm in some portions of our county. Along some streams the land was very badly washed, and a large number of fences were swept away, corn was washed up and wheat and oats were more or less injured, some totally ruined. - James F. Tucker who resides not a great distance from Silver Lake, tells us that many farms situated on the Saline creek were badly damaged. He thinks that the farms in that region have been damaged to the amount of ten thousand dollars. This is bad news.
A MAN KILLED.
We are called upon this week to chronicle a murder in our county, some thing we should much rather not have to do, for Perry county bears a good name, but it is the duty of publishers of newspapers to give its readers the news of the day. Two men named Frank Maddock and John O'Brien, residing in the neighborhood of Silver Lake, were the parties in the terrible drama, resulting in the death of the latter.
On Tuesday evening last at about half past five o'clock, the fatal shot was fire by Frank Maddock, in Silver Lake, nine miles west of Perryville. The weapon used was loaded musket, the contents of which penetrated the breast of O'Brien near the region of the heart, causing almost instant death.
We are told by a gentlemen who was present, that last Monday and the greater part of Tuesday the two men labored in the harvest field together, and appeared to be on friendly terms up to within a short time before the terrible deed was committed. Maddock was not injured until after the fatal shot was fired, and while being arrested he received a wound up on the forehead and also head, but the wounds will not prove serious. Maddock was brought to Perryville late on Tuesday evening and turned over to the sheriff. He now occupies quarters in our county jail.
John O'Brien was about twenty-two years old, and leaves a wife and one,child, an aged mother and other relatives and friends to mourn his untimely taking off.
A coroner's jury was impaneled last Wednesday morning, and Dr. Mann held a post mortem examination on the body of the deceased, the verdict of the jury being that he was murdered.
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