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Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 27 July 1877


NATURALIZED. -- Three persons received their naturalization papers last Monday.

A NEW HOUSE. -- Charles Frentzel is making preparations to erect a dwelling at Uniontown.

A MAN was drowned in the Okaw river recently. He leaped in to the jaws of death by committing suicide.

THE PERRYVILLE MILL is now in full operation, and is turning out flour rapidly at $3.75 per hundred pounds.

CAPT. WILLIAMS, of the Chester ferry, is kept quite busy now crossing wheat wagons, and he isn't sorry, either.

CHILLS AND FEVER, so it is said, are prevalent to a considerable extent among the citizens of Bois Brule bottom.

THE TOWN of Claryville was troubled with paupers a short time since but through the energy of her citizens, they were disposed of.

RANDOLPH COUNTY had seventy-one thousand acres of land in wheat this years, while it has 24,938 acres in corn, and 11,418 acres in oats.

JUDGE BENNETT having gone to Wisconsin to visit relatives, he has appointed James Burgee probate clerk to attend to any business in his absence.

HAS RETURNED. -- An uncle of Bud Douglas, of Claryville, after an absence of twenty-five years in the wilds of the far West, returned one day last week.

LOSS. -- Isidore Horrell, residing two miles north of Perryville, had the misfortune of losing a fine horse a few days since, valued at one hundred and twenty-five dollars.

A PLEASURE TRIP. -- On Tuesday last Judge Wm. H. Bennett boarded the railroad train at Chester for Chicago and the Northwest, visiting a sister in Wisconsin, but will return in a few days.

FINGERS CUT. -- A few days ago while John B. Zahner, residing six miles southwest of Perryville, was engaged about a threshing machine, accidentally had two fingers on his left hand cut.

FARMERS in Bois Brule bottom are breaking stubble. Corn is suffering greatly for want of rain, and should the weather continue dry for a week or ten days longer, there will be but little corn made.

A CORRECTION. -- In the last issue of this paper, in publishing the docket of the probate court, we made an error in saying said court would convene on the 6th of August, when it should have been on the 13th of August.

REPORTED DEAD. -- A man named George Hagan, who a few years ago went to the state of Texas to dwell, is said to be dead. It is reported to us that he got into an altercation with another man in that section not long since and was killed.

THE EXPOSITION. -- We have just received a complimentary ticket to the Exposition, to commence at Kansas City, in the state, on the 17th of September and end on the 22d. We should like to attend it, but our business will prevent us from doing this.

AN ACCIDENT. -- On the --- inst. a frightful accident occurred in Randolph county. A man named Henry Berger, was thrown from a mowing machine and had his left leg cut off, his right arm severed, and was otherwise terribly injured, from the effects of which he soon after expired.

HE ESCAPED. -- A gentleman whose name we have failed to learn, accidentally got lost in Bois Brule bottom a few days ago, and had it not been for the shrill whistle of Messrs. Schindler & Chappius steam threshing machine, he would probably never have found his way "out of the wilderness."

DIED, on Wednesday, July 18th, 1877, at her residence three miles south of Silver Lake, Mrs. Julia A. Layton, aged about 50 years.

Died, on Saturday morning, July 21st, 1877, at the residence of her parents six miles southwest of Perryville, Anna, infant daughter of John B... [page torn].

... Saturday, July 21st, 1877, ... ille, a child of George ... years. [page torn]

The Sixteenth Volume.

Fifteen years ago was an exciting period in the history of our county. A relentless civil was was then being waged, and some fears were entertained that our Republic would be severed in twain, and republican government prove a failure, but the rebellion was mastered and the Republic is now stronger than ever before, and the people more closely and firmly united.

Commencing the sixteenth volume of the Perryville Union to day, brings back to our recollection that exciting epoch in our country's struggle, and though the time seems short, yet it was seven hundred and eighty weeks ago since that eventful period. On the 14th day of July, 1862, and entire stranger to the people of Perryville, we landed here with our family and a small printing office, to engage in "the art preservative of all arts." On the 16th day of the same month we issued the first number of the Perryville Union (the first newspaper ever printed in the county) it being a twenty column short. A few years afterward we added four more columns to it, and some time in the year 1869, we enlarged it to a twenty-eight column journal, at which size it has ever since remained, and though there are larger sheets published, yet we believe it present size is large enough for all practical purposes, and whenever our business justifies another enlargement, we shall not be slow in making it.

     Printing press

The Union has reached its fifteenth year, and has just entered upon the sixteenth, our prospects being as encouraging as at the beginning of any volume. It is now a fixed, permanent institution of Perry county, and nothing but the death of its founder will shorten its days. We came here to stay, and here we propose to remain. We are fully aware that conducting a newspaper is not always a pleasant and agreeable task, or a remunerative business -- far from it, for there is no sweet that is not some times mingled with gall, and though our path has not always been strewn with the choicest of flowers, the many years that are now numbered with the dead past, yet we have no regrets to make that we pitched our tent with the good people of Perry county, but shall forever bare in remembrance the kindness shown to us and our family in the early years of our newspaper life, and return many heartfelt thanks for the liberal patronage they so kindly extended to us in the past, trusting they will believe us still worthy of their patronage in the coming future.

We have endeavored to make the Union a live, local, newspaper, but whether we have displayed any ability in doing this, we shall not attempt to say, but shall leave this matter with an impartial public to decide, who, we believe, will render judgment according to their honest convictions, and at least deal leniel [sic] with us.

THE CATHOLIC PARISH of Claryville are making arrangements to hold a picnic about the middle of next month, in order to raise money to complete their church. A committee of arrangements will be organized at Claryville.

DROWNED. -- On Friday morning last a horse belonging to Wm. Martin concluded to graze along the bank of the father of waters in Bois Brule bottom, and while doing this, the bank caved in and the animal was precipitated in to the st[r]eam, and before assistance could reach him he drowned.

A RUNAWAY. -- Mrs. Jas. L. Crow, while returning home form berry hunting with her little girl in the buggy on the Greenville road near Reubin Hagar's, a few days ago, her horse got frightened and ran down the hill, and had it not been for the assistance of Mrs. Hagar, might have proved very serious, but fortunately neither her or the child was hurt.

A SERIOUS ACCIDENT. -- As Ferdinand Baudendistel was endeavoring to enter Perryville livery stable on Thursday morning of last week with a load of hay, he was caught between the top of the entrance and the hay in such a way as to seriously injure his spine. All that hindered him from being instantly killed, was having a tractable team that stopped instantly when spoken to, as it is, it will be a long time before he recovers, if he ever does.

DESTROYED BY FIRE. -- A Mr. Reed living on the Block farm, in Bois Brule bottom, met with quite a loss last Monday. He was threshing wheat, and the wind being quite high, the straw stack caught fire, probably from the engine, consuming the same, communicating to the threshed wheat, and over one hundred sacks were burned. The wheat however, was mostly saved in a badly damaged condition.

BIRTH. -- A little boy called at the residence of John Lux, six and a half miles south of Perryville on the 19th inst.

A little boy stopped at the residence of Lewis Beichle, a short distance west of Perryville on Saturday.

A little girl stopped at the residence of Gabriel End in Perryville last Monday.

     Baby buggy

A WAR WITH SNAKES. -- One day last week three young men named Columbus and George Hoffman and Frank Renaud, residing about three miles southwest of Longtown, experienced a little excitement so they did. While about their work they came up on a battalion of snakes, said serpents showing fight by making the first offensive movement, when quite a spirited engagement occurred, but after a short and determined onslaught, the young men succeeded in over powering the enemy. Seventy six snakes perished upon the field.

CIRCUIT COURT. -- A special term of the circuit court of Perry county convened in Perryville last Monday morning for the trial of Frank Maddock for the murder of John O'Brien. The following gentlemen constituted the grand jury: William A. Cashion, foreman; Christopher Popp, George Klein, Henry Fassold, Vincent Javaux, Michael Zink, Clement Knott, Adam Hornberger, James L. Crow, Herman Kahle, Theo. Picou and Isidore Layton. After the finding of the bill of indictment, and effort was made to secure a change of venue, which failed, when the case was continued until the 2d Monday in October next, when court adjourned until that date.

TWO CHILDREN KILLED. -- On Tuesday of last week a terrible accident happened on our southern borders, some fourteen miles from Perryville. From the best information we are able to gather, it appears that two children of Elihu Miller, said to be eight and ten years old respectively were engaged hauling oats from the field, and while seated upon the loaded wagon driving along, the mules got in to a hornets nest, which frightened the animals badly, and they stampeded at a rapid rate. In the run the two children were thrown from wagon, one of whom was precipitated under the front part of the wagon and was kicked to death, while the other was caught between a tree and the wagon and was crushed to death. The two unfortunate youths were buried on Wednesday.

WM. L. MALONE of Texas, formerly of the Jackson Cash Book, and brother in law of the editor of the Forum, has been here the past few days, engaged selling a valuable article for preserving fruits, vegetables, meats, &c. The article possesses considerable merit, and will be a great saving to those desiring to preserve fruits, &c. and we bespeak for Mr. Malone success, and the public will find him an honorable man to deal with.

Some meat, berries, corn and tomatoes were pickled here last week and on Wednesday last the same were taken from the pickle and cooked, of which we ate, and they tasted as sweet and fresh as when they were put up. It is no humbug, but a real valuable article and remarkably cheap. Go and see Mr. Malone.

PERSONAL. -- Mrs. Alice Silverstone and child of the city of St. Louis, arrived in Perryville last week on a visit to relatives.

J. A. Eddlemon of our county, left us last Thursday for Barton City, Barton county, in this state, where he goes to teach school.

Miss Ware, of St. Louis, is here on a visit.

C. Reed left our county a few days since for Pittsman's Ferry, Arkansas where he will remain awhile.

Mr. William Ponder and lady were in Perryville last Monday on a visit to relatives.

Mr. Besand, a printer in the Times office of the city of St. Louis, who was here last week visiting relatives has returned. Martin Williams, editor and proprietor of the Fredericktown Jeffersonian, was in Perryville this week on a business visit.

Mrs. Bridgman and Mrs. St. Vrain and children, of Chester, Ills., arrived in Perryville last Wednesday visiting relative.

Mrs. John R. Moore, residing near Claryville, was in town the present week visiting relatives.


--Editor Union: We refer to Rev. E. M. Anthony. Though not a citizen of our county, his labors were fully half devoted to three different points in Perry county. He is favorably known to many of our citizens on account of his true worth. He always had his eye over his people for their good, whether in advice or reproof. None of his predecessors gave better satisfaction or had a larger influence over the field of labor, especially have his churches become more united, and jointly own more property. He seemed to be "instant in season and out of season."


He is good in the pulpit, and wise in church council. He is a true upbuilder. On account of his willingness, his labors were very extensive, having rode thirty thousand miles or more in seven years of his stay. He is excellent in the sick room, while he is able to give the consolation incident to his profession, he is also able to give valuable advice in the capacity of a physician. He never refused to attend a call, unless unable to go. The nights were never too dark, or the weather too severe. We cannot afford to lose such a valuable man, but he feels compelled, through disease, to leave us. May God grant him and family a happy home.


Silver Lake News

EDITOR UNION: Your correspondent from this place is, and will be absent for a few weeks threshing wheat so, in his absence, I will drop a line occasionally.

Farmers are through harvesting and hay making, and are now engaged in yielding better than was some time ago expected.

Corn looks very bad on account of so much rain in the spring.

The apple prospect in anything but flattering. Peaches we will have in abundance.

Business at the Lake is improving.

Messrs. Dickinson & Moore are building a new store house. The carpenters began work on Monday of last week. Their site is on the hill near the Catholic Church, about a quarter of a mile west of the lake. The house is to be twenty four feet wide, fifty feet long, and two stories high. Mr. Moore says he doesn't care about risking his health by living so near the lake.

While hauling hay last Friday morning John C. McBride met with an accident. While seated upon a load of hay, the wagon turned over and he was hurled to the ground, bruising his left arm and shoulder badly though he was not seriously hurt.

On the 17th inst. F. Prevallet shipped from near Silver Lake for the St. Louis marker, ten head of real fine hogs.

Henry Barbier, the miller, is now engaged fixing up his mill, getting ready for the new crop. Farmers who want to get a good turnout, and nice flour should patronize him. You will find him very accommodating and his flour second to none in the country.

J. M. J.

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