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Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 26 November 1875


SPELLING MATCH. -- There will be a spelling match at the school house next Monday night.

A NEW STABLE. -- Dr. Futrell has erected a new stable upon his premises. It was needed.

PERSONAL. -- Messrs. Henry Rolf and Nicholas Guth left for the city of St. Louis last Sunday.

THE EPIZOOTIC has paid our neighboring county across the river a visit, and several horses are troubled with it.

MARRIED, on Monday, November 22d, 1875, at Ste. Mary's, by Father Lilly, Mr. Henry Cissell to Miss Gussie Leclare.

NEW BARN. -- Mr. C. F. Megit, residing some four miles west of Perryville, has just erected a substantial barn upon his farm.

BIRTH. -- A good looking, bright-eyed girl stopped at the home of Mr. James Hart, eight miles north west of Perryville last Friday night.

TWINS. -- Mr. Jule Lhomme, residing in the southern part of Perryville, had two little girls to call at his home lat Sunday night, and he now seems to be the happiest man in the world.

     Baby buggy

MR. FERD. SITTNER has a portion of his wagon broken and some harness damaged at Biehle's store on Thursday of last week, by his team running away.

INSURANCE. -- Quite a number of agents for insurance companies paid Perryville a short visit on business, last week, and among them we noticed Mr. J. M. Brown of Chester.

Notice. -- L. P. Ruff, Resident Dentist at Perryville, will visit Brazeau, Perry county, Mo., on Monday Nov. 29th, and will remain four or five days. Office at Mr. James Bull.

SCHOOL COMMENCED. -- On Monday of last week Mr. George A. Hayden commenced a school in the building known as the Clement Knott school house. A session of four months will be taught.

TRANSFER. -- Mr. Peter Zahner, a few days since, purchased of Mr. John Wilhelm eight acres of land, situated about six miles southwest of Perryville, paying for the same eight hundred dollars.

SAVE  Money by buying your furniture at John Kiefner's.

THAT MILL DITCH at Silver Lake which is half mile in length, was completed on Monday of last week, and water is now running through it at a good rate. Messrs. L. J. Prevallet & Co. are now prepared to do grinding at all times.

TIME CHANGED. -- The hack line between this place and Ste. Mary's has changed its time table. The hack will hereafter leave Perryville at seven o'clock in the morning, and returning, will leave Ste. Mary's at eleven o'clock the same morning.

DIED, one day last week, at the residence of its parents near Bailey's Landing in this county, a son of Mr. Martin Cotner, aged 12 years.

Died, on day last week, at the home of its parents in Bois Brule bottom, a child of Mr. Carl Forster.

SCARED. -- Mr. F. M. French, residing eight miles northwest of Perryville, while working about his team a few days ago, they became unruly and attempted to run away, and in doing so, broke a portion of the wagon, but no other damage was done.

ON THE HUNT. -- A few nights ago Mr. Ode Layton, accompanied by and acquaintance visited the woods some seven miles northeast of Perryville, and before they returned home, killed five coons, two possums, and one of those animals that prefume [sic] the air.

THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLICAN. -- It is hardly worth our while to say anything in regard to the above journal as it is acknowledged to be the best newspaper in the western country, if not in the United States. In another column will be found the prospectus of this paper.

THE FOG. -- The fog, on Friday the annoyance was occasioned, but no collisions occurred on account of it. We understand that the steamer Elliott was compelled to go ashore at Water's Landing, where she remained several hours.

Mr. J. B. GOTTO, agent for the Washington Marble Works of Douglas & son, of Chester, Ills., is now preparing to sell tomb stones and monuments for this well known firm at very lowest rates. He will also travel through the southern part of this State and northern part of Arkansas in behalf of this firm.

COUNTERFEITS. -- Look out for counterfeit money, as there are several persons who are now engaged in shoving this article upon the people near at home. Southern Illinois is now troubled with counterfeiters, and it is probable that they will visit our part of the State. Keep a sharp look out.

AN ACCIDENT. -- Mr. John F. Renaud, residing five miles south of Perryville, while on his road home from Frohna on Saturday last, accidentally fell out of his wagon, one of the hind wheels passing over his right foot, injuring it badly, though not seriously, but will not be able to be about for some days.

THAT BEE HIVE. -- A gentleman informs us that he discovered quite a large bee hive upon a limb of a tree near the farm of Mr. C. U. Prost in Bois Brule bottom a few days since. The comb which was well filled with honey, is as large as a water bucket. This is something seldom found in these parts.

ROBBERY. -- A young man by the name of Deirk, work hand of Mr. Christ. Popp on Tuesday last, it appears upon an examination had before Squire Halbrook, stole from Mr. Popp sixty-five dollars, and was making good his escape, but was overtaken at Ste. Mary's by the sheriff and arrested. Upon examination he plead guilty, and was committed to jail.

JUSTICE COURT. -- A case involving a hog was before Squire Joseph E. Callier, for the second time, on Saturday last. Both parties claimed the property, but after a careful bearing the jury gave a verdict in favor of the defendant. Another site for the sum of one dollar was also before Squire Callier, but the case was continued until December 4th at cost of the defendant.

A NEW TEACHER. -- Three out of the four rooms in the Perryville public school building is now occupied, and it will not be a great many years, probably, before the whole building will be used. We now have three teachers, the last one employed being Miss Emma Doerr, daughter of Mr. Wm. Doerr. She commenced teaching the young ideas how to shoot on Monday.

$16  Will buy a very handsome Dressing Bureau at John Kiefner's.

A RUNAWAY. -- On Tuesday evening of least week, while Mr. F. Guyot was on his way home from Highland, his team became frightened and ran away, scattering things somewhat promiscuously. The bed of the buggy with the hind wheels was left at one point, while the other portion of it was deposited in another locality, but as strange as it may seem, the occupant of the vehicle escaped unhurt.

MORE KILLING. -- Shooting and stabbing is becoming a common occurrence now a-days. Almost every day we notice such things chronicled. They had a cutting affair in a church at Sparta, in our neighboring county of Randolph on Sunday of last week. Jones and Perkins, both colored individuals, were the parties in the affair. It seems that the latter had been joking the former about a certain colored lady, which so infuriated him that he entered the church and drew forth a knife and stabbed him several times, from the effects of which Perkins expired the next morning. The murderer is now imprisoned in the jail at Chester.

     Ball and chain

DEPARTED THIS LIFE, Mrs. Martha Lawson, residing near 76 Landing, in this county, of inflammation of the lungs on Wednesday, November 17th, 1875, aged 69 years 6 months and 2 days. Her last remains were interred in the Wilkinson graveyard along side of her husband. Mrs. Lawson was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, in the year 1806 and emigrated to the United States at an early period. At the age of sixteen she was married to Mr. Thos. Lawson, who has been dead some years. In 1827, she with her husband, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. -- Some five years after, they removed to St. Louis, where her husband carried on the plumbing business. After a residence of thirty-four years in that city, she moved to Perry County,...up to the day of her death. She was a good, pious lady, and much respected by all who knew her. She leaves many relatives and a large circle of friends to mourn her demise.

SCHOOLS IN PERRY COUNTY. -- We copy the following from the report of the County School Commissioner of this county:

No. of white persons in the county between 5 and 21 years of age 3,803
No. of colored persons in the county between 5 and 21 years 150
Total 3,962

No. of children attending school during the year

Average number of days attendance by each child 61
Average number of scholars attending each day 1,675
No. of teachers employed in the county 54
Average salaries of teachers per month, males $39.50
"          " females 34.25
Average of cost for tuition of scholar 5.25
Amt. received from State, county and township funds $4,098.49
Amt. received from district tax 7125.445
Bal. on hand from last year 1,770.23
Total $12,904.17

Amt. paid to teachers

Amt. paid for fuel, repairs &c. 4,217.59
Total $12,914.44

The number of children of school age is a fraction less than last year, but the attendance is considerably above that of last year.

The Literary -- EDITOR UNION: According to the change of time, the Platonian met at the school house on last Monday night. A large audience was present. The society was called to order by the President. The names of Miss Teresa Litsch and Dr. Ruff were proposed for membership, and the candidates admitted. The song and chorus, "She Sleeps in the Valley," was beautifully rendered by P. F. Halbrook, Carrie Klein, Katie McAtee and Emma Burns, Miss M. C. Crosby at the instrument. Miss Crosby read an Essay entitled, "Labor." The subject was vigorously handled, and presented in its proper light. There was that native force and originality of thought in the production that never fails to command respect, and elicit admiration. Miss Emma Burns read "Sorrow for the dead," also Miss Carrie Klein read "Confessions of a Bashful Man." Both pieces were well read.

The regular debate on question was opened by John Dalton, assisted by d. W. Crow, C. A. Killian and J. L. Crow responding. After a short and interesting discussion, the resolution was decided in favor of the affirmative. The resolution was a follows: "Resolved, that the sword is mightier than the press."

A short recess, and then music, conducted by P. F. Halbrook, and the irregular debate was called. The society discussed the resolution in committee of whole. Very excellent speeches were made by C. A. Killian, Dr. Mann and Rev. H. Dalton, all on part of the negative. The committee reported in favor of the press. The resolution for debate at the next meeting is: "Resolved, that the prevailing customs and fashions of the present day are as great an evil as the use of intoxicating drinks."

Article 1 of the by laws were changed so as to read: The meetings at the society shall be held on Tuesday night of each week.


$17  will buy a Portable Wardrobe at John Kiefners.

Union Township. -- EDITOR UNION: The area of this township embraces congressional township thirty-four, range twelve and one row of sections off the eastside of township thirty four, range eleven. The major part of the lands are medium in quality. -- Some farms, by mismanagement, have been damaged considerably - red gullies, wide and deep, have taken possession of them. The best farming lands of the township are located along Indian creek. here we find some valuable ranches. Christine Bock, John T. Fiehler, Gotthold Hopper and Dr. O. W. Cline, being among the fortunate holders. The row of sections from township 34 range 11, is better than any similar portion of the municipal township. Peter Wirth, Andreas Haccker, Wm. Buckheit, Isidore Layton, Martin Layton, Stephen T. Moore, Anson Garner, Gottfried Blechle and a few others have good farms upon this strip. S. T. Moore's farm comprises a part of the John B. Chartier grant, made in lieu of lands sunk by the New Madrid earthquakes, and its excellence is surpassed by no tract of upland, of equal extent, in the county.

There are two village in this township -- Longtown and Uniontown. The former has made some improvements during the year. Fritz Metzner has erected a handsome brick residence. -- The town is surrounded by a substantial farming community, and has undoubtedly a prosperous future before it. The latter has made little or no improvement within the year. It is not located so favorably, but has a living, substantial business.

The township has 305 bona fide resident freeholders, twenty-one tax paying widows, whose aggregate of personal property amounts to $19,550; thirteen widowers, and three confirmed bachelors.

Joseph Welker, residing in the south west corner of the township, has built an addition to his residence, and otherwise tastefully improved the same.

The Lutheran congregation, in and around Uniontown, has built a fine brick edifice, in which to worship, just north of the town.

The crops of the township were good this year, especially corn, as compared with the previous year.

Two of the substantial citizens of the township, had the misfortune to lose their wives -- Wm. Brandes and Christian Hilleman. The wife of Mr. Brandes, while preparing the noon day meal, fell and never revived.

Benj. Knox, Dr. Cline, R. R. Milster, H. C. Telie, John A. McLaine, Peter Schmidt, Caswell Abernathy, C. Bohnert and John O. Abernathy have our thanks for their generous donations.


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