Rankin Family History Project
Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 25 June 1875
BIRTH. -- A good looking little boy put in his appearance at the home of Mr. William Rhodes near Claryville, a few days since.
HARVESTING. -- Our farmers are now very busy harvesting their wheat crop, and many of them inform us that it promises a good yield. We are glad to hear this.
GAME. -- There is a considerable game in our county at the present time. A son of Mr. C. J. Fenwick, in a couple of hours one day the past week, killed nine oppossoms [sic]. This is not bad.
ROGUES ABOUT. -- On Friday night of week before last some unknown thief visited the tent of a deguarrian at Highland, four miles south of Perryville, and took therefrom a lot of valuable chemicals.
STEAM THRESHER. -- Our enterprising miller, Mr. Clement Schindler, has purchased a steam threshing machine, which will be here in a few days.
NEW MACHINE. -- Mr. Nereus Layton, residing four miles west of Perryville, passed through town a few days ago with a bran[d] new Champion threshing machine.
A RUNAWAY. -- One day last week while Mr. Joal [Joel] C. Thorp was on his road home, his team became frightened and ran away, but he escaped unhurt, his wagon, however, was broken in several places.
SPELLING. -- The spelling match was pretty well attended last Friday night, and Miss Alice Block proved the champion on that occasion. -- There will be another spelling match at the public school house next Friday night.
TOBACCO CULTURE. -- Mr. Prails Robbins, residing some seven miles east of Perryville, last week set out twelve thousand tobacco plants, and we understand that this gentleman intends to devote his attention to the cultivation of tobacco.
BITTEN BY A REPTILE. -- William Layton, son of Mr. Leo Layton, residing six miles northeast of Perryville, got to[o] near a black snake, a few days since, and the consequence was, he was bitten on the hand by the reptile, but the wound did not prove serious.
DOGS. -- These animals still continue to roam about, and occasionally go for the sheep. Mr. Mathew Brewer, residing about four and a half miles west of Perryville, has recently lost nine sheep by the dogs, and his neighbor, Mr. James E. Elder, has lost eleven.
LARGE HAIL. -- During the heavy storm on Wednesday of last week hail stones fell upon the Seminary farm in Bois Brule bottom, which measured seven inches in circumference, and it is believed that some fell that were even larger than this. Such visitors are not welcome.
SLIGHTLY HURT. -- On Thursday of last week, while Mr. John Nesslein was on his way to a neighbor's, his horse became frightened and ran away, and in the run stumbled and fell, young Nesslein's right leg being caught under him, but no limbs were broken, though he was somewhat bruised.
SNAKE BITTEN. -- On Tuesday of last week Mrs. Martha Cannon, residing six miles south of Perryville, while endeavoring to treat a snake according to Scripture, was bitten by the reptile. Whisky was freely administered, and no other difficulty other than a painful wound was experienced.
NARROW ESCAPE. -- Mr. John Angerman, residing eight miles north of Perryville, while engaged plowing one day last week, a tree fell up on his horse, which knocked him down, and Mr. Angerman narrowly escaped being injured. The horse was not killed, but he was considerably bruised.
MARRIED, on Sunday, June 20th, 1875, at St. Mary's Seminary by Rev. M. Rubi, Mr. Hilary Vessels to Miss Mary Morgan.
Married, on Monday, June 21st, 1875, at the Catholic Church in St. Mary's, by Rev. Father Lilly, Mr. George M. Dean to Miss Hagan, daughter of Mr. Vincent Hagan.
BADLY SCALDED. -- A little son of Mr. Joseph Bey, residing three miles west of Perryville, was badly scalded on Monday last. it seems that a coffee pot, full of boiling coffee, which was sitting on the stove was accidentally knocked off, the contents of which fell upon the child burning him quite badly.
SOME TURTLE. -- Mr. Henry Frasier, residing on the St. Mary's road, killed a "snapping turtle" a few days since, which must have been the daddy of the tribe. This animal measured just eighteen inches long and twelve inches across its back. Mr. Frasier says it was not a whale but that it was nevertheless a large turtle and made several meals.
FOURTH OF JULY coming on Sunday this year, it has been decided by our two musical organizations, viz: the Perryville Cornet and Concordia String Bands to have a picnic and celebration on Monday, the 5th of July, at the grove near the Killian sawmill, and to judge by the preparations that are being made, it will be a good place to spend the day.
CAVING IN. -- The land along the Mississippi river below Allen's Landing, has lately fallen into the river a good deal, so much so, that Mr. Bernard Huber was compelled to move his residence back some distance in order to save it. Mr. William Meredith who is a neighbor, had several acres to tumble into that stream a few days ago, and a large number of rails went with it.
SCHOOL. -- On Thursday of last week was the last day of the school near Highland, taught by Miss Fannie Bollinger. There has been a good attendance for a summer school. A record of recitations was kept and a premium promised to the one standing highest in his or her class. Marion Dickinson received the premium in the first class, and Bertie Crow in the second class. The patrons of the school were well pleased with Miss Bollinger as a teacher.
DEPARTED THIS LIFE on Friday June 18th, 1875, at the Convent in Perryville, after an illness of several months, Sister Jane Wirth, aged about twenty-five years. The deceased was born in Stuchlingen, Baden, Europe, and during the year 1872 emigrated to the United States, and in September, 1873, she came to Perryville and entered upon the duties of a teacher of music and fine needle work. She belonged to the order of the Sisters of Precious Blood of which she has been a member about seven years. Since last November this lady has been in ill health. She was fully prepared for the change. Her demise will be mourned by many scholars and a host of friends.
HABEAS CORPUS CASE. -- Wednesday of last week a writ of habeas corpus was issued by Judge Robinson, directed to the constable of St. Michael township, Madison county, commanding him to produce the body of E. H. Day, who had been bound over to answer before the Circuit Court, on the charge of willful and unlawful trespass on the premises of one Joseph Parkins. It appears that Mr. Day, who is an agent of the Singer Sewing Machine company, had been boarding at Mr. Parkins, and at the same time his brother-in-law and wife left a few weeks afterward, but did not settle his account with Parkins. -- When Day quit boarding with Parkins he left two machines which he told Mr. Parkins he would call for when he needed them. Having sold them he went for the machines; Parkins family were not at home, but the house was open, and Day brought the machines away. Parkins then had Day arrested, charging him with unlawful trespass and larceny. He was acquitted on the last charge but bound over on the first. His counsel, Messrs. Cahoon and Dunifer, at once applied to Judge Robinson for a writ of habeas corpus, on the ground that trespass is not an indictable offense under the laws of this State. The case was heard on Friday last and the prisoner discharge.
PERSONAL. -- Mr. Dunifer, formerly of the Fredericktown Bee, and a young attorney, was in to see us on Friday morning last, and we found him to be quite an agreeable and intelligent gentleman, and a practical printer. Mr. Dunifer contemplates starting a newspaper in Fredericktown at an early day.
Several of our citizens left for the city of Cape Girardeau last Sunday morning to attend the closing exercises of the St. Vincent Female Academy, and of the St. Vincent College. The students from here attending the former school, is Christina Cissell, daughter of Mr. Joseph Cissell, Teresa Litsch and Isabella Berhle, also M. J., M. L. and M. O. Cissell, daughters of Mr. Bernard Cissell, Teresa Moore, daughter of Mr. Isidore Moore. The students attending the college from this section, is [sic] Joseph Elder, Leon DeLassus and Caldwell Waters.
Mr. L. J. Hutcheson and family who have been residing at Uniontown for some years, returned to Perryville on Friday of last week.
Dr. L. P. Ruff, a dentist by profession, visited Perryville on Saturday last, and gave us a call. The Doctor contemplates locating among us to follow the practice of dentistry. He is a worthy gentleman and we should be glad to have him settle here.
Dr. Reuben Shelby who has been at Jefferson City as a member of the State Board of Equalization, returned home last Friday.
Mrs. Kirn, and Mrs. Bergee and children, all of St. Louis, arrived in Perryville last Sunday morning, on a visit to Mrs. Litsch.
Mrs. J. C. Killian has left us for Hillsboro, Montgomery county, Ill., on a visit to her daughter, residing near that point.
Mr. Fred. Schindler, accompanied by his lady, left for Illinois, by way of St. Louis, last Wednesday, on a visit to relatives.
Mr. Augustus Mercier and family have returned to Perryville to reside. He is now one of the proprietors of the Callier livery stable.
Dr. Goff and son, of Fredericktown, were here on Monday last on business.
Mr. Harry Furth, brother of Mr. William Furth, arrived in Perryville on Wednesday.
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