Rankin Family History Project
Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 30 July 1875
READ Mr. W. B. Harris' card in another column.
THE BRICK work on Mr. Gabriel End's building was completed last Saturday.
THANKS. -- Mr. William Ponder, Mr. William Eugus and others have our thanks for favors.
THOSE SILVER Instruments have arrived in town, and the Perryville Cornet Band will make good use of them.
LAID BY. -- Several of our farmers tell us that they have finished their corn -- laid it by, and at the present time promises well.
YOUR humble servant has been appointed an honorary member of the State Board of Centennial Managers by Gov. Hardin.
BITTEN BY A DOG. -- We have been told that Mr. Thomas Cissell, residing in Bois Brule bottom, was bitten by a dog a few days since.
VOLUME 14. -- To-day we issue the first number of volume fourteen, so our patrons will see that the Union is thirteen years and one week old.
LENGTHY. -- Mr. Charles Voorde, residing near Biehle's store, killed a reptile last Sunday morning that measured six feet and five inches in length.
AN ACCIDENT. -- On last Sunday Mr. Michael Maddock, residing at Silver Lake, was thrown from a buggy and quite badly though not seriously hurt.
A SOCIAL party was given at the residence of Mr. William Dunker on Thursday night of last week, six miles south of Perryville, and a fine time was had.
AMUSEMENT. -- The Perryville Concordia String Band, accompanied by some others, visited Longtown last Sunday, and the result was, a general good time.
DENTISTRY. -- The card of Dr. L. Ruff will be found in this issue of the Union, the Doctor has located here permanently, and will practice his profession.
COL. R. M. BREWER has been appointed, by Governor Hardin, an honorary member of the State Board of Centennial Managers. The appointment is an excellent one.
THE ROADS in Bois Brule bottom were, on last Saturday and Sunday, in a deplorable condition, the mud and water being in some places knee deep. We need stone and gravel roads.
IMPROVEMENT. -- Mr. W. Furth has just built a brick addition to his residence in the suburbs south of Perryville, containing two rooms and a fine basement. He has nice property.
BATTLE WITH SNAKES. -- Mr. F. X. Sutterer, residing five miles northeast of Perryville, killed just thirty-four snakes last Friday, and it was not a very good day for killing reptiles either.
CONTRACT. -- Mr. Henry J. Tucker has secured the contract for building Mr. Florence Feltz's brick residence. The house will be 25 feet long, 22 feet wide, and nearly two stories high.
WHO WILL BEAT IT? -- Mr. Richard A. Walker, residing three miles south of Perryville, raised Irish potatoes upon his farm this season that weighs [sic] one and a half pounds each. This beats St. Francois county.
THE BUILDING of the new Catholic Church at Claryville in this county, is progressing satisfactorily. All the frame work is completed, and will be far enough advanced to hold the fair in it on the 15th of August.
WHEAT SPROUTED. -- A good deal of wheat which remained in the shock during the late wet weather has sprouted in various portions of the county, in fact more than was first thought, some of which will be worthless.
TUMBLED DOWN. -- On Thursday last week a large stone chimney ... bastian Pecaut, two and a half miles southwest of Perryville, deserted the building by falling to the ground, but nobody was hurt by it.
PROPERTY DAMAGED. -- With the other damage done by the flood, the saw and grist mill, belonging to Mr. John R. Shanson, upon his farm in Bois Brule bottom, was in part undermined and caved into the river. About $1,000 damage was done at that place. -- Chester Valley Clarion.
HAY SPOILED. -- Mr. Henry F. Miles residing some two and a half miles north of Perryville, informs us that the late rains have injured some of his crops. He tells us that he had at least twenty-five wagon loads of hay spoiled. We hear similar reports from other parts of the county.
FRIGHTENED. -- On Wednesday of last week a little son of Mr. Wm. Hagar, residing three and a half miles south of Perryville, was badly frightened by a man who threatened to carry him away, and did attempt to tie him to a tree, but the little fellow effected his escape and returned home. Such acts are very wrong.
JUSTICE COURT. -- Squire Halbrook held court last Friday afternoon, and two cases were disposed of. The case of the Forum company vs. F. Kippenberg suit to recover pay for advertising, a was decided in favor of the defendant. The case of Simeon Mattingly vs. S. A. Layton, suit for taxes paid for defendant, judgment for plaintiff.
KILLED ITSELF. -- A young mule belonging to Mr. Frank Gagnepain, residing a short distance west of Perryville, concluded, one day this week to try the art of leaping, and straightway endeavored to jump over a picket fence, when one of the pickets entered its side, inflicting a serious wound, from the effects of which it soon after died.
SUDDEN DEATH. -- Mr. Noah Meyers, residing near Yount's store, was suddenly taken off on Saturday night the 17th of this month. It seems that he had laid down to take a rest, and not many hours after doing so, his heavy breathing attracted the attention of his wife to where he was lying, when she found him dead. Heart disease is said to have been the cause of his death.
BIRTH. -- A little girl stopped at the residence of Mr. Peter Tarrillon in Perryville on Thursday evening of last week.
A little boy called at the residence of Mr. Thomas Burgee on last Sunday.
a little boy put in his appearance at the residence of Mr. John Rau, four miles east of town last Saturday.
THE STEAM THRESHER belonging to Messrs. Schindler & Chappuis, commenced work in earnest on last Monday morning, and quite a number of our citizens witnessed it working. It threshes out wheat very rapidly.
On Tuesday morning the boiler leaked so badly that work had be be stopped, however, it will probably be placed in a proper condition for work in a few days.
BURNED TO DEATH. -- A little girl, daughter of Mr. John Fedler, residing near Mr. Yount's store, met with a sad accident on the 15th inst. It appears that the little girl, who was about eight years old, had made preparations to start a fire in a cook stove, and having poured some coal oil in the stove, set it a fire, when the oil in the can caught fire, and an explosion followed. The child's clothing caught fire and were burned entirely off her person, and she was so badly burned that she died about twenty-four hours after the accident occurred.
A MONSTER CONCERT was given for the benefit of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kahle on last Friday night by the amatuer [sic] musicians of our town, which was well attended. The orchestra was composed of one hundred and fifty instruments, and when the signal was given to begin, (which was done by the ringing of the fire bell) the crash of the tinpans mingling with the ringing of all kinds of bells, and the blowing of innumerable horns(which had been kindly loaned for the occasion by our tinners) made a noise that was nearly deafening. After the performance the entire company was invited in to F. Strobel & Co.'s saloon, where Mr. Kahle "set 'em up" often enough to keep most of them there till after midnight.
DIED, on Tuesday, July 20th, 1875, at the residence of her parents, seven miles northeast of Perryville, Olive, daughter of Mr. William E. and Mrs. Mary Dean, aged about one year and four months.
Died, on Monday, July 19th, 1875, ...Mary A. Morey, aged thirty years.
Died, on Sunday morning, July 25th, 1875, at her residence near Silver Lake, Mrs. Ann Khulmann, aged about forty years. She leaves a husband, nine children, and other relatives and friends to mourn her death.
Died, on Saturday night, July 24, 1875, at the residence of her parents five miles south of Perryville, Miss Josephine Maester, aged six years and eight months.
Died, on Monday, July 26th, 1875, at the residence of Mr. Fritz Springer in the suburbs of Perryville, Faney, youngest daughter of Mr. Pius McCauley, aged about 14 months.
THE ST. LOUIS FAIR. -- We have just received the premium list of the Fifteenth St. Louis Mechanical and Agricultural Fair, which is to commence on Monday, the 4th day of October and close on the Saturday after. It is believed that it will be the greatest fair yet held in the future great city of the world. The following premiums are offered for Missouri wheat: Best bushel Tappahanock, 1st premium, $50, and 2d premium $25; best bushel blue stem, 1st premium $100, and 2d premium $25; best bushel white May, 1st premium $75, and 2d premium $25. -- For red wheat -- Best bushel Mediterranean, 1st premium $50, and 2d premium $15; best bushel red May, 1st premium $100, and 2d premium $25; best bushel of Soft Alabama May, 1st premium $75, and 2d premium $25. We further learn that it is the intention of the Board of Directors to have samples of grain raised in Missouri represented thro' the association at the Centennial exposition at Philadelphia next year. A prominent feature of the fair will be the making of it a place of exchange where animals may be bought and sold at public auction or private sale.
Destruction by the Flood.
A careful estimate of the damage done by the recent flood in the river, to growing crops in the bottoms, shows that, in a pecuniary point of view, Randolph county has suffered considerably. The growing corn has been the chief product injured, and from the best figures to be had we estimate the damage as follows: On Brewer's Island, above Chester, which was totally submerged, there was 156 acres of corn and 350 acres under water; Okaw river bottom 150 acres of corn; Kaskaskia bottom, 200 acres of corn; farm of Samuel Manaker, below Chester, 317 acres of corn; neighborhood of Fort Chartres, 250 acres of corn; Mary's river bottom 200 acres; total 1,573 acres. It is estimated, also, that this land would produce 40 bushels of corn to the acre, which, at 40 cents per bushel, would realize over $25,000, and that the least other crops are damaged to the extent of $5,000 - making a total loss of over $30,000. Mr. Brewer, on the island, aside from 52 acres of corn, lost 3,600 cabbages, one-fourth of an acres of sugar corn, one and a half acres of watermelons and a large tract of Irish and sweet potatoes, Hungarian grass, and garden vegetables generally. The water covered his entire farm from fourteen inches to three feet in depth.
Vincent Pannel lost 30 acres of corn, Tom Gately 30 acres, and others considerable tracts, all on the island above named.
Smith & Parks, above Chester, in the bottom adjacent to the Kaskaskia road, lost a large tract of corn. Mr. Beare, also, was a sufferer to the extent of loss on grass crop, estimated at $800 or $1,000. The Gimber farm and others were flooded.
Luke Genfron, in Kaskaskia bottom suffered considerable loss, as well as others.
Mr. Mansker residing between Chester and Rockwood, is the most damaged - to the extent of 317 acres of growing corn. -- Chester Valley Clarion.
The editor of the Fredericktown Farmer and Miner recently visited Silver Lake, and has something to say in regard to it. We copy his article. -- Here it is:
"It was our good fortune to visit and explore some weeks since, one of the liveliest places we have ever seen. -- We refer to Silver lake, which is situated in the adjoining county of Perry. It is on the direct road leading from Fredericktown to Perryville, and is twenty-two miles distant from the former place. The town of Silver Lake is a small place and does not contain more than fifty population, but among them are many excellent, energetic and enterprising people. It contains one good store, which is conducted by Mr. Leon J. Prevallet; and good grocery, run by Mr. Hudson, and a fine flouring mill, carried on by L. J. Prevallet & Co., in which Mr. Henry Barbier, a very accommodating gentleman and to whom we are under many obligations for favor shown, is the obliging and attentive assistant miller. Besides these places of business there are good ... and boarding houses usually to be found in a village. But it is not the business carried on there that we propose to notice (and yet it is the center of one of the finest farming regions in the southeast) as the lively lake from which the place derives its name. This lake - called Silver - because of the marked resemblance in its color to that shining metal of commerce, has about and in it, that which can fail to excite the wonder and admiration of the tourist and the liver of the beautiful in nature. The lake covers a spot of land to the extent of about five acres, and is fed and sustained by ice cold water surging in several subterranean springs in its center, up in even streams to the surface of the water. The streams are about the middle of the lake, and ordinarily send up a spout of water larger than a man's arm. The body of water furnished by them is of sufficient force and quantity to run, without the aid of steam, the large flouring mill of Prevallet & Co.
"The water thus produced from these fine large springs is not the wonderful and beautiful feature of this lovely lake. What strikes the eye with such kindling satisfaction and causes the heart to bound with enthusiasm, is the rich, thick and luxuriant mass of green herbage, ferns and moss, growing from the bottom of the lake, as they all do, to the surface of its waters and by their delightfully fresh, and green appearance, call forth the admiration of the beholder. This luxurious mass of green herbage, laced and interlaced as it is, does not obstruct a good view of the bottom of the lake, for although the water is from ten to twenty feet deep, it is so clear that one can see a minute object below it, on the bottom of the lake.
"Through the kindness of Mr. Barbier, we were furnished with a boat, and with it we explored the lake in all its parts, and we came away feeling that the natural beauties it afforded are superior to anything we have ever seen in Southeast Missouri. What an Arcadian spot this lake is for fish. Here in its cool waters. Darting hither and thither, below the surface, amide the protecting shadow of the green herbage all around them they live a life of luxurious frolic and have found a paradise for fish; and they are here to, in great numbers. We saw quite a number with would measure from twelve to twenty inches, and only regretted that we had not the time to prolong our stay and engage, as a faithful disciple of Ike Walton, in true piscatorial sports, for never was there a finer place for one so to enjoy themselves. All visitors are welcomed at the lake, and it is a pleasure resort for parties from Perry county. Our young people from this county ought to get up a party and visit there.
"Were this lake in St. Louis or New York it would be a fortune for its owner. We learn its owners, for the purpose of enlarging the capacity of their grist mill, are cutting a canal nearly a mile in length to divert into the lake sine of the numerous running streams of water adjacent to it, but we are satisfied such a course will not mar the beauty of the lake."
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