Rankin Family History Project
Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 29 January 1875
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HON. R. A. HATCHER, member of Congress from this district, has our thanks for favors.
COUNTY COURT will convene on Monday next, it being the first day of the February terms.
SCHOOL. -- Mr. James F. Tucker is now teaching a four months school near Silver Lake, and has a daily attendance of forty-five scholars.
MR. JOS. VESSELS, while on his road home recently, his team became unruly and ran away, throwing him to the ground and bruising him rather severely.
A WILD CAT. -- A gentleman had a regular battle with a wild cat a few days ago near Silver Lake, but after a contest of one half hour, the animal was killed.
MRS. MARY JORDAN, daughter of Dr. David S. Booth, and niece of the editor of this paper, departed this life at Sparta, Ill., one day last week aged about twenty years.
BALLOU'S MAGAZINE for February is received, and it contains a choice number of stories, a vast amount of miscellaneous reading matter not [to] be found in any other magazine in the country.
MORE DISCOVERIES. -- Mr. Thomas Riney, residing about five miles west of Perryville, has just discovered new lead deposits on his property, but whether in sufficient quantities to justify working, we did not learn.
DROWNED. -- It's reported here that several persons, while attempting to cross the Mississippi river upon the ice near St. Marys a few days ago, fell through and were drowned, but we hope the report may prove incorrect.
A FLOCK of pigeons, said to contain fully five thousand of these feathered fowls, landed on the foot of Crane's island, near Waters Landing on Friday morning last, but made their stay short. Ten of them failed to fly away, as hunters killed them.
BADLY CUT. -- Mr. Augustus Layton, who resides near Silver Lake in this county, on last Monday morning, while on his way to work, his foot caught in a brush, throwing him down, his ax falling on his left hand cutting the two fore fingers nearly off.
BE CAUTIOUS. -- On last Tuesday afternoon little Herbert Booth, son of the editor of this paper, broke through the ice on the pond at Mr. Gotto's rock quarry, and but for the efforts of little Henry Boettner, would undoubtedly have been drowned.
A NARROW ESCAPE. -- On Wednesday of last week, while a young man named William Burke, was skating on the river opposite Chester, the ice gave way, and he fell throught [sic], but fortunately escaped without receiving any damage except being thoroughly drenched in cold water.
AN ACCIDENT. -- Mr. Pius H. Layton, residing near Silver Lake in this county, while engaged hauling wood recently, accidentally got his right hand caught in between between [sic] the wagon wheel and a tree, hurting his hand quite badly from the effects of which he is unable to work at present.
AN ACCIDENT. -- Mr. Robert F. Gatewood, residing at Bailey's Landing in this county, met with an accident a few days ago. While working about a wagon, the tongue of the same struck him a severe blow, injuring one of his legs so badly that he has been compelled to use a pair of crutches for a while.
PANTHERS AROUND. -- One day the past week three good size panthers were seen in the neighborhood of the Henry Knott mill, nine miles east of Perryville. They were followed a short distance by some of the citizens, but the chase was soon given up, and the panthers are still roaming about he forest in that locality.
LOSS. -- Mr. C. C. Frary lost a valuable mare eight miles north of town last. week. Also John Brown lost a good horse two and a half miles southwest of town last week.
Mr. Thomas Duggins, residing about five miles east of town, lost a mare last week. Also Mr. Jos. H. Walker, residing two and a half miles southeast of town lost a mare.
A SOMERSET. -- On Wednesday of last week a mare belonging to Mr. F. X. Miles, residing about eight miles northwest of Perryville, became very lively, and concluded to do some circus performance. She started in a lively run, and at a certain point turned a complete somerset, but the feat proved disastrous to her, as she has lost her eye-sight -- now being blind.
PERSONAL. -- Mr. P. A. Robinson (brother of Judge Robinson,) of New Offenburg, Ste. Genevieve county, was in Perryville on Saturday on business.
Mr. Zach. Mueller of Altenburg, arrived in Perryville on Monday.
Messrs. John C. Doerr, and Fritz Springer, also Mrs. Laura Sanders left for St. Louis on Sunday.
A CHURCH COMPLETED. -- A few years ago the Evangelical Lutheran congregation in the vicinity of Mr. Yount's store, built a church, but left it unfinished. They have recently plastered the interior, giving the last coat a beautiful white finish. They also painted the pews, and suspended from the ceiling two nice chandeliers. Thus is Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church completed, and the citizens have a neat and very comfortable house in which to hold worship.
THE ELECTION passed off quietly last Tuesday, and resulted as follow[s]:
Up to going to press at 7 o'clock on Thursday morning we failed to receive the returns from Bess and Brazeau. -- The votes polled on Tuesday is light, and will probably fall 500 below the vote cast in November. We shall endeavor to give the official vote in the three counties composing this district in our next issue.
A QUEER STICK. -- During the recent cold spell a young lady, residing some ten miles from Perryville, went down to a spring after some water, and while there she saw some thing in the spring which she supposed to be a crooked stick, but when she tried to remove it from the water, it slipped through her hands, she however, had patience enough to "try, try again," and at the third attempt got it out, when it proved to be a serpent that had frozen perfectly stiff. Of course the young lady dropped it as she would a coal of fire, for ever since the sad experience of mother Eve in the garden of Eden, the ladies have fought [sic] rather shy of snakes.
DIED, on the 20th of January, 1875, at its parents residence at Waters Landing in Bois Brule Bottom, an infant child of Bernard Vanverem.
DIED, in the city of St. Louis on Jan 20th, 1875, Mrs. Jane Manche, mother of Mrs. Constance Gratiza, of that city, and Mr. Victor Manche of this county, aged 91 ears one month and 11 days.l
DIED, on Sunday, Jan. 24th, 1875, at the residence of her parents one and a half mile southeast of Perryville, the infant daughter of Mr. Constant and Mrs. Zaley Prevallet.
DIED, on Sunday, the 24th of January, 1875, at her residence two and a half miles west of Perryville, Mrs. Constance Bey, aged sixty-one years. The deceased was born in France on the 27th of October, 1840, and settled i Perry county, where she ever since resided. She leaves a husband, two children, and other relatives and acquaintances to mourn her demise.
BIRTHS. -- Mr. Fred. Litzman, residing eight miles north of Perryville, had a little girl to stop at his home on Fridya wee.
On Wednesday night of last week a little girl put in her appearance at the house of Mr. Robert Mattingly, ten miles northwest of town.
A little boy called at Mr. John Holland's residence, on Thursday night of last week.
A little boy came to see Mr. Thos. Bridgman in town last Friday.
A female stopped at Mr. John B. Zahner's six miles southwest of town on Monday week.
On Monday morning a little girl put in her appearance at Mr. Joseph Miles home.
On Sunday night a female called to see Mr. Anton Klemp.
On Wednesday of last week a little girl came to see Mr. Edward Moore six miles north of town.
A little boy came to Mr. Arsan Callier's residence in town on last Saturday.
A little boy stopped at the residence of F. K. Tucker, on Cedar Fork on the 24th inst.
A Romantic Marriage
WATERS LANDING, Jan. 18, '75.
MR. BOOTH: As there was quite an unpleasant incident happened in our vicinity yesterday, I thought, perhaps, you would like to have a true out line of it for your interesting paper. There is always so many rumors about things that occur, to make talk in a neighborhood, I will do my best to write it as I saw and heard it.
Last Friday some of the friends of the family were invited to attend a marriage ceremony to take place between Mr. Thomas Lantz, and Miss Susan Nations. We all arrived at the house about 11 o'clock and had been these about half an hour when Mr. Henry Lantz arrived (an older brother of the groom), who seemed very sociable. I thought, as a matter of course, he had come to witness the ceremony, as all good brothers should. Presently the groom arrived with several of his best friends. I noticed the groom looked somewhat embarrassed when he saw his big brother sitting back in the corner, but they spoke and shook hands as usual. Presently Mr. H. L. walked out of doors, the groom, accompanying him; but still I had no apprehension of trouble, but it was not long until I heard considerable loud crying in another room. The bride has several sisters and there was quite a stir among them. Directly the bride's father, brothers, the minister and Mr. H. L. came into the house. The big brother had come to forbid the marriage, on the plea of the groom being under age.
As a matter of course the minister would not perform the ceremony. The big brother also stated that they should not marry, that he would follow them to St. Louis, but what he would out them. Well, after the storm blew over a little, and the big brother and his best man rode off, several of the gentlemen present, putting their heads together and passed resolutions. So it was resolved to set dinner and eat it, as though nothing had happened to mar the feelings of those present, and a right good dinner we had, and plenty of it for invited and uninvited guests.
After dinner the groom, his groomsman and Mr. Geo. Nations rode off as though they were going to Perryville to see the groom's mother, but instead of Perryville they rode out to a certain bridge and waited. The bride, with several others, started in an opposite direction, and drove to that certain bridge, and joined the groom's company, and went to Squire Venables, and he, without any hesitation, performed the ceremony, making two hearts one, and very happy, and sent them home rejoicing. So that ends the little episode up to this time.
Hon. Reuben Shelby.
A Jefferson City correspondent of the St. Louis Republican has the following to say:
"The oldest senator is Dr. Reuben Shelby of Perry county, the representative from the Twenty-sixth senatorial district, who was speaker of the lower house over twenty years ago. His hair is somewhat thinned by the encroachments of time, his cheeks are sunken and eyes dimmed, yet the old fire is still in him when roused. He watches intelligently the progress of business that comes up. Dr. Shelby was born in Green county, Penn, in 1803, and was a decendant [sic] of the Shelbys who came from England and settled in Maryland during colonial days. One branch of the family went to Virginia and then migrated to Kentucky. Old Gov. Shelby, who figured in the war of 1812, and the Missouri Shelbys belong to this branch of the family, Gen. Joe Shelby being a third cousin of the doctor.
The other branch to which the latter belonged went to Pennsylvania, and some of them have drifted West. The doctor's grandfather moved to New Madrid, in this state, as early as 1796, where he engaged in farming, and where he died in 1801. The doctor's father returned to the ancestral home in Pennsylvania.
The subject of this notice graduated at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and soon after entered into practice.
He cast his first vote in the presidential canvass of 1824 for Andrew Jackson, in a part of the country where many honest Democrats, years after old Hickory's death, were said to keep on voting for him. Dr. Shelby moved to Perry county, Missouri, in 1833, and engaged in the practice of medicine, which he followed for thirty-three years. He was elected to the house of representatives in 1848. Few of the members of that legislature are now alive; among the last survivors being the late Senator Newland. In 1852 Dr. Shelby was elected to serve in the extra session of the legislature, which was called together to inaugurate our railroad system. The Hannibal and St. Joe and the Missouri Pacific roads were chartered at that session. Dr. Shelby was elected speaker of the house and the session continued from September to December, when it lapped on the regular session, lasting altogether in one continued session nearly six months before the final adjournment. Those were days to be remembered. Among his colleagues in the house were Rollins, Switzler, Blair, B. Gratz Brown, Henderson and Thomas Allen in the senate. Some thirty-odd members lodged at Bassy's boarding-house, since removed. Dr. Shelby was elected speaker over Halliburton, the Whig candidate. The members then drew $3 per diem. King was at the opening of session governor, and was succeeded by Sterling Price. Thomas L. Price was lieutenant-governor and president of the senate. So anxious were the friends of the railroad measure to secure every vote during an important stage of the bill, that on one occasion Bob Stewart, who was laid up with acute rheumatism, was brought into the senate chamber on a litter to cast his vote.
Dr. Shelby had a family of fourteen children, nine of whom are still living. He carries on an extensive wheat farm of four hundred acres overlooking the Mississippi river. In 1863, when he saw that emancipation was to be decreed he conveyed all his slaves, thirteen in number, across the river into Illinois and giving each of them six months rations he gave them their freedom, and allowed them to shirk for themselves. Thus has grown up this little biograpical [sic] yarn out of a few moments conversation with the respected subject of it, who was approached with a question as to his age."
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