Rankin Family History Project
Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 27 August 1869
THE HEALTH of our county at the present time is quite good, so far as we can learn, much better than it was this time last year.
THAT INSTITUTION. -- We understand that a large dwelling house will soon be erected upon the County Poor Farm. This would certainly be an excellent move.
RIVER FALLING. -- The Mississippi river, who we are informed, continues to fall. -- The stage of water from Ste. Marys to St. Louis is said to be low.
ON THE SICK LIST. -- We understand that Esquire John J. Seibel has been on the sick list for the past few days, but is convalescing.
PROF. JOHNSON has furnished us with his observation of the thermometer during the past week ending on Wednesday. The thing averages pretty well. We dont like this rise in mercury. Some body may get salivated.
MEDICAL. -- In another column of to-days paper will be found a bran new professional card from W. P. Newman, M. D. Read the advertisement. The Doctor is so well known here, that it is quite unnecessary for us to speak of him as a physician.
WIND AND RAIN. -- On Tuesday evening last this portion of the universe was visited with rain, accompanied by a heavy wind. -- Not a great deal of rain fell, still small favors are thankfully received and larger one in proportion.
MORE IMPROVEMENT. -- We understand that our neighbor across the way -- Mrs. Minor -- has made arrangements for the erection of a brick addition to her residence. Vincent Jarvaux is to do the brick work, while Nerius Cissell will do the carpenter work.
FRUIT GROWERS. -- That good natured, whole-souled farmer, Mr. Thomas French, present us with a lot of nice apples this week, and in addition thereto, gave us some really delicious plums and prunes, raised upon his farm in our county. Thomas has a good farm, and he informs us that, ere long, he will have a number one orchard, and a variety of the fruits. Fruit growing is a very profitable business, when correctly followed, and our only wonder is, why more of our farmers do not turn their attention to it more than they do.
The soil and climate here, is about a well adapted for fruit growing as can be found anywhere in Southeastern Missouri. The farmer can almost always find a ready sale for such things at home, but suppose they did not, they have a never failing outlet to the markets of the world - the Mississippi River - and it is quite probable that they will soon have another by the way of rail, as it is almost certain that a railroad will be constructed or built from the little town of Ste. Marys to some point on the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad ere many years have passed in to futurity. In many localities, less favorable for the raising of fruit than our own, the farmers are turning their entire attention to that pursuit, and we understand, are doing a thriving business, many of whom have really made respectable fortunes in the raising and selling of fruits, in a few years time.
We have been told that it was the best paying crop that a farmer can raise, but whether this is the case or not, we, as a matter of course, are not sufficiently posted to say; but that there is money to be made in the raising of fruit, we certainly believe, and probably fortunes, if rightly managed. We hope that a portion of our farms, at least, will turn their attention more to the cultivating of fruits in the future than in the past. We think it will pay them to do so.
PUGALISTIC. -- Our town is exhibiting quite a pugalistic feeling of late. Guess the extremely hot weather has something of the effect that it has on dorgs [sic] - makes them snappish. During a trial on last Saturday an attorney allowed himself to become irritated by a man whom he was prosecuting on a criminal charge, and made some pugnacious demonstrations. Several saloon keepers have gone in on their muscle with persons attending their premises, to cool off during the hot season (because the same article will cool you off, when too hot, and heat when too cold) with various success, sometimes carrying off the belt, and at others failing to come to time. If it dont rain soon we are afraid there will be work for the city police.
A NEW HACK TO STE. MARYS. -- John J. Seibel, Esq., the gentlemanly and accommodating proprietor of the Perryville Livery Stable, has just received his new and elegant hack, and has started a daily line for the accommodation of the travelling public to Ste. Marys and return, connecting with the regular packets, both up and down the river. It is a splendid outfit, both hack and horses, and we doubt not friend Seibel will receive a large share of the public patronage. By the way, Jake keeps good horses and buggies for hire, and has a large stable and good feed for the accommodation of his customers. We make our bow for the kind invitation to christian [sic] the hack, Jake, but were to far behind without work to indulge in such a luxury.
THAT MAIL ROUTE. -- There is a question of some importance being agitated in regard to establishing a mail route between Perryville and Chester. That there is a grand necessity for the route, is patent to all. There is considerable business done between here and Chester, Illinois, which must all be done through St. Louis, if done by mail.
We live about sixteen miles from Chester. If we wish to do any business by mail, it must all go through St. Louis, and then down through Illinois, traversing a distance of more than two hundred miles. There is no connection between this part of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois, by any established mail route. There was some years since, a mail route between here and Chester. It was discontinued for some reason, not known to us, but we suppose that during the war it didnt pay and was suspended; but with the growing business in this part of the State, it seems to us we should have the route again re-opened.
We believe there is now a route between Wittenberg and Grand Tower. - We certainly ought to have one between Perryville and Chester, which would immediately connect Southeast Missouri with Southern Illinois. We think the business fo the country demands such a route. -- There should be a Postoffice [sic] established some where on the route between here and Chester.
THAT CASE. -- The case of the State vs. James Gregory alias James Irvin (as he is known by both names by persons who have previously met him) who was arrested on the 17th inst., on a charge of stealing a horse from Joshua Bess, and brought before Esquire Seibel on a preliminary examination, and whose trial, on application of defendant, was continued till the 21st inst., for material witnesses, and in default of bail, was committee to jail. On the day set for trial defendant was brought out, and the witness for the State examined , when defendant insisted on another continuance for witness, whereupon the attorneys for the State in order that he should have every opportunity to establish his innocence, by rebutting or disproving the evidence for the State consented to a further postponement until the 28th, and in default of bail, defendant was committed to jail until the day of trial.
PERSONAL. -- Mr. Hogg, formerly engineer of the Perryville Mills, was in town this week.
Mr. Henry Smith and lady left Perryville on Monday evening last for Fredericktown. Mr. Smith will be absent but a few days, as he will return to our town to do business.
Mr. Louis Doerr and family are in St. Louis on a visit to their relatives. They will return home this week.
Charles C. Rozier left town for his home in Ste. Genevieve, on Wednesday last.
Father Groll, after an absence of two weeks, returned to Perryville on Saturday last. While from home he purchased a handsome Malodeon for the German Catholic Church.
A WOOLEN MANUFACTURY. -- Would it not be of some advantage to us, at least, to have a woolen manufactury [sic] in our county, say, in our town. We cannot help thinking it would. We notice through our exchanges, that these establishments are springing up in various parts of our State, and are represented as doing a good business. We are not, of course, fully prepared to say that Perryville would be a number one point to locate such an establishment, yet, we cannot help but think that it is as good a locality for such a business as many places in which they have been started.
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