Rankin Family History Project
Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 26 February 1875
WANTED, a number of good workmen. Apply to Thomas Doyle foreman on St. Marys Seminary farm, Bois Brule Bottom.
GAS. -- They are talking of lighting up our neighboring city of Chester with gas.
CERTIFICATES. -- L. H. Davis, Esq., and R. J. H. Rider have received their certificates of election.
WELL DONE. -- Mr. Eugene Blanc has killed nineteen wild turkeys this winter. No, we didn't get any of them.
ERRORS. -- In the probate court docket in our last issue, several errors occurred, we having neglected to read the proof.
CORN $1.10. -- A sale took place in our county last Monday, at which corn sold for $1.10 per bushel. A pretty good price.
A PARTY was given at the residence of Mr. Lunsford Ellis in town on Thursday night of last week, and lots of fun was had.
DIED, on Wednesday morning, February 17th, 1875, at his residence eight miles northeast of Perryville, Mr. Jacob Swink, aged about fifty-five years.
MARRIED, on Tuesday, the 9th instant, at St. Marys Seminary, by Rev. M. Rubi, Mr. John Layton to Miss Layton, daughter of Mr. F. H. Layton, all of this county.
CLOSED. -- Miss Hattie Bell has just closed a four months school at the Brewer school house, and we understand that she has already been engaged to teach a schools at the Moranville school house, three miles northwest of Perryville.
GOT WET. -- While the Saline was up a few days ago, a young man, in attempting to cross, fell off his horse and was carried about one hundred yards down the creek, when he succeeded in getting hold of the limb of a tree, and thus effected his escape.
AN ACCIDENT. -- A couple of weeks since J. F. Mercer, residing near Silver Lake, was engaged clearing land, and while using his ax, a falling limb from a tree struck it, throwing the ax against his forehead, inflicting an ugly wound, though not a dangerous one.
PULLED OFF. -- On Thursday night of last week while Vincent Hagar, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Hagar, residing two and a half miles south of Perryville, was handling a large stick of wood, had his right hand injured, and the nail on the thumb of the same hand was completely torn off.
BALLOU'S MAGAZINE. -- We have received the March number of Ballou's Magazine, and fine it as interesting as instructive and useful as ever. For the price Ballou's Magazine is the best in the country, as it has something to suit every taste. -- Published by Thomes & Talbot, Boston, Mass.
CLEARING. -- Though we have had a remarkable cold winter, many of our farmers have not remained idle, but have been adding improvements to their farms. We understand that a good deal of land has been cleared during the past few months, and more is being cleared, notwithstanding the cold weather.
A DROVE. -- One of our citizens had occasion, one day last week, to travel through a portion of our country, and while on this trip, came up on a gang of twelve deer, but they soon disappeared from his gaze into the thick forest. if he had had a gun he would have saved them the trouble of "getting out of the way."
BREAK UP. - The Saline creek was on a regular "bender" on the 10th inst. This stream, which had been closed by ice, rose to a considerable height, forcing the ice to give way, much of which was launched upon the shore along the creek, some of the pieces of ice being at least twenty five feet square and eight inches in thickness, but no serious damage was done.
THAT "Beautiful snow" fell in this section on Thursday evening of last week, butt it soon after disappeared from the ground. At this writing sleighing is played out, but the mud is not "very deep."
Since the above was in type, the weather has changed. It commenced snowing on Thursday morning, and has become quite cold.
ST. LOUIS DAILIES. -- In another column of this week's issue of the Union, will be found the prospectus of the St. Louis Republican, St. Louis Times, and St. Louis Globe. All of these papers are ably conducted and worth a good deal more than their subscription price. The two first mentioned papers are Democratic, while the latter is a Republican journal.
PERSONAL. -- Mr. Corrigan, agent for the St. Louis Mutual Life Insurance company of St. Louis, arrived in town on Thursday of last week.
Mr. Wm. Kennedy, of Chester, was in out town the past week on a collecting tour.
Messrs. S. C. Barbier and Joseph Halbrook made a flying trip to Fredericktown and the mines last week, but have since returned to their accustomed places at Silver Lake.
John H. Nicholson, Esq., left for Chester on Wednesday, to take depositions.
NEW LUTHERAN CHURCH. -- The contract for building a new Lutheran Church near Uniontown, was let out last Saturday. The contract for the carpenter work was awarded to Grosh & Co., of Altenburg, for $3,500. The brick work was let to a Cape Girardeau firm at $4.75 per thousand. The same firm also got the contract for making the brick, but we did not learn at what figures. This church, when finished, will be one of the finest in the county.
AN ACCIDENT. -- A little step-son of Mr. Henry F. Miles, residing two and a half miles north of Perryville was accidentally hurt on Friday morning last. Mr. Miles was engaged cutting down a tree, and the little fellow was standing near by when the tree commenced falling, but before he succeeded in getting far away, the tree fell to the ground, a limb of which struck the child on the shoulder and knee, but most fortunate no bones were broken though he was bruised.
BIRTHS. -- A little girl called at the residence of Mr. J. B. Hutson, near Silver Lake, in this county, on the 10th inst.
Mr. M. M. Maddock at silver Lake, had his working force increased a short time ago, by a fine boy. The little fellow is not working in the shop yet, but is helping his mother.
Mr. Henry Ernst has another little responsibliity at his house. It is a boy.
THE LITERARY. -- EDITOR UNION: On last Friday night, not being allowed henceforward to meet in the court-house, the society met at the school house. This is as it should be. The public school being the conservator of intellectual freedom, and the palladium of liberty, its doors are ever open to the oppressed. On the other hand, who would be willing to be responsible for the consequence if in the course of human events, the meetings of the society should conflict with the interests of some representative of the grand art of hocus-pocus, or interfere with the right of the people to be humbugged? No one with a thimblefull of brains could entertain such an idea for a moment; so the society met at the school house at the usual hour, President Dr. Mann in the chair. Regular business disposed of and the programme dispensed,with, down to the irregular debate on the question, "Resolved, that the acquiring of any more territory by our government would be bad policy." which was made the order of the evening. The tendency of governments of extensive territory, combining a variety of conflicting interests to dissolution, and the dangers of admitting to citizenship those incapable of self-government, were brought forward in favor of the resolution. On the other hand the increase of commerce and revenue, and the duty of our government to extend its benign influence, as far as possible, were presented. Cuba was the objective point, while some of the more ambitious claimed the whole western hemisphere. After in interesting debate, the previous question was called for, and the resolution sustained.
A motion was made, the intent of which was to "go back" on the night of the 22d of February, and drop the programme for that occasion. -- This motion seemed likely to be adopted, when Dr. C. A. Mann came to the rescue in a telling speech, and the society determined to carry out the programme in honor of the father of our country; so, on last Monday night,m the school house was brilliantly lighted up, and many men, fair ladies and happy children were present. The order of the evening was music, speeches, declamations and reading. In the absence of Judge Robinson, who was to deliver the opening speech in honor of the occasion, Judge W. H. Bennett was requested to take his place. The Judge responded with a very interesting and practical speech. Epluribus unum, a declamation by D. W. Crow. The father of our country, an oration, by Wm. A. Cashion. The Revolutionary rising by John H. Simpson. Music, and then a recess of fifteen minutes, after which an able oration by Rev. Henry Dalton. Washington, as a Patron of Husbandry, by C. A. Killian. -- Music. Declamation by D. W. Crow. The Rum Maniac, a declamation by Wm. A. Cashion, (a master piece of personation.). Music, vocal and instrumental, &c., finished the programme, every part of which was well presented. The music, singing by Miss Zora Block, Miss Alice Block, Miss Emma Klein, Mr. Fred. Klein, and young John Kiefner, let by P. F. Halbrook, instrumental music by Miss M. M. Chase, and that beautiful song by Amelia Block, a littloe Miss of eight years, formed the charming feature of the entertainment. Dr. C. A. Mann, the President, was master of ceremonies, and presided in his usual courteous and amiable manner. It is useless to say that everybody was well pleased.
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