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       Written by Sandy McBeth
  Pike County Historical Society
In September 2003, Sandy McBeth of the Pike County Historical Society went thro the microfilm for The Pike County Democrat, to date she has only done 1891. She posted extractions on the Pike County list hosted by Rootsweb, with her permission I have reposted her extractions here. This is by no means a complete list of items in the newspaper for that year, just extractions. For more information please check the Archives on Rootsweb for Pike County at

Original Post Mon, 22 Sep 2003
"Mrs. Joseph Saunders, of Rodgers Station, died at her home Sunday night, of some form of heart disease. She was the daughter of Wash. Query, of near this place. She had been married only about a year." - The Pike County Democrat, Wednesday, January 14, 1891

Original Post Tue, 23 Sep 2003
James Hays, an old veteran of the war solved the problem of incessant toil at meager pay by giving over into his wife's hands all the property he had. Then he made application for a permanent home in Layton O., prepared for old veterans. Last Saturday he started for his new home. His wife and daughter will remain here and the ten dollar pension per month will support them.

Original Post Wed, 24 Sep 2003
Petersburg Public School - school report students making 90% or higher
Grammar Department
Mary Weaver 90
Earl Burger 96
Anna Reed 91
Ivy Harrell 92
Willie Reed 93
Laura Burger 90
neither absent or tardy:
Edgar Bowman, Earl Burger, Laura Burger, Mary Weaver, Ivy Harrell

Second Intermediate Department
Ollie Selby 99
Maude Harrell 94
Idem Richardson 93
Charles Ferguson 92
Frank Burger 93
neither absent or tardy:
Ollie Selby, Maude Harrell, Dora Scott, Everett Richardson, Idem Richardson

First Intermediate Department
Estella Weaver 90 - also neither absent or tardy

Second Primary Department
Nellie Bowman 90
Estella Ferguson 94
Mamie Burger 90, - neither absent or tardy
John Robling 96
Blythe Bowman 90

Original Post Thu 25, Sep 2003

Peyton Burkhart closed his school at the Bowman school-house last Friday, after a successful term for which the patrons expressed themselves well satisfied.

Scott Mitchell defeated a case in which he was accused of selling intoxicants on Sunday.
Ora Ferguson, Stendal, was fined $10 and cost for selling whiskey on Sunday.
David Corn plead guilty to selling intoxicants without license in two cases, and was taxed $30 in each case accordingly.
Wm. Brewster, selling liquors to minors was acquitted.
Com McCain and W. Russell plead guilty to disturbing religious meeting, and paid $5 each.

Report is rife that George Whitman intends to again become a citizen of this county. It would seem that he has suffered enough for his carelessness some years ago as treasurer of Pike county, and should be let rest in peace.


The trial of Willard E. Deadman commenced last thursday, closed on Saturday at noon, at which time the examination of witnesses ended. The case was opened for argument at one o'clock, Monday. The suit was brought by Mary Curtis who alleges that Willard E. Deadman is the father of her infant child, which was born a bastard. Posey & Chappell put in a plea for the defendant, and Thurman & AShby, Richardson & Taylor and Ely & Davenport for the relatrix. The trial brought out some very unsavory evidence on both sides. A verdict was brought in that found the defendant guilty. The jury were: A. H. George, Wm. Harmeyer, Theo. Jordan, J. P. Corn, Archibald McAtee, Robt. Edmonson, Henry Ault, McCrillus Gray, Jr., Dan. A. Miller, S. F. Kinman, Hirman Gentry, and Granville Dyson.

F. E. Mitchell gave bond ($50) to appear next term for selling liquor to a minor.
Art Cook was fined five dollars for disturbing a religious meeting.

Original Post Thu, 25 Sep 2003

Infant child (still-born) of Mrs. John Whitman was buried at Walnut Hills Sunday.


Personal Paragraphs
Obe Greenway was in Petersburg a few days ago to do business with the trustees, as was also Peter Lowe.
Charley Patterson and John Bowman, Louisville, Kentucky, visited their parents and friends here the past week.

At Court
Maggie Saunders, for prostitution, was released.
Art Cook was fined $5 for disturbing a religious meeting.
The case against Frank Lindsey, keeping a house of ill-fame, came up yesterday, but was not decided at time of going to press.

Last Sunday evening Jackson Ferguson's Sunday School class presented him a beautiful gold-headed ebony cane as a token of love and esteem in which he is held by the class. The presentation was made at Mr. Ferguson's residence. On Sunday morning he carried his present to Sabbath School and church. This week he and his family will move to W. A. Oliphant's farm in Clay township near White River. During their stay in Petersburg, they made many warm friends who regret to see them move away, and whose best wishes go with them.

Original Post Thu, 25 Sep 2003

I. W. Little, former saloonist of this place, now has charge of the Depot Hotel, at Washington.

Shawhan & Boonshot will soon begin the erection of a handsome business house on main street about the 1st of May. (for those who remember, this is the old Handy Hardware building that was destroyed in the tornado)

John B. Young has purchased the Coonrod Farm a mile and a half east of town thirty-nine acres for a little less than $800.

C. C. Davis has been appointed administrator of the estate of Martha Davis who died at her home near Winslow, last week.

John Craig and Ollie Chambers married at the residence of John Smith in Jefferson township last Friday afternoon, Squire Edmondson officiating.

Lemastersville - Geo. Wiggs has sold his beautiful Flat Creek Valley farm to Mr. Harbinson.
Zach Hurt is about building a new house.

The following pensions have been secured by John M. White during the last week: Thos. Johnson, $4 from Mar. 11, 1886, and $8 from Dec. 17, 1890; Jesse T. Battle, $12 from July 19, 1890; William J. Shrode, Increase from $8 to $14 per month from Nov. 19, 1890; John K. Hummer, $12 from July 14, 1890; Samuel G. Coonrod, $12 from June 11, 1889; Calvin Grubb, increase from $4 to $8 from Sept. 10, 1890.

Noxid - Miss Permeila Richardson purposes beginning a spring term of school at Noxid next month.
Rev. George Whitman will preach at Noxid next Sunday at 10 o'clock a.m.


Physicians tapped Em. Mitchell for dropsy the other day and succeeded in drawing about three gallons of water. Mr. Mitchell has been resting much better since the operation.

Mr. J. G. Scott, proprietor of White Sulphur Springs, Velpen, this county, has an announcement in this paper. Mr. Scott is refurnishing the Springs Hotel in fine shape, and his guests are assured of comfortable quarters and polite treatment, while the waters of the Spring have lost none of the efficacy that brought fame for the beautiful resort in other seasons.

Spurgeon - Arthur Thompson and F. H. Wood are buying up the live stock in this community.
B. F. Lance is clerking in the store of G. H. McKinney, near here.
Married at the residence of L. W. Roy, on the evening of the 18th inst., Mr. Franklin Robinson and Miss Nellie Lawrence, elder Leonard Roy officiating.

Arcadia - Simtown - Warren Wiggs is appraising real estate.
And now Miss flora Reed has become Mrs. Cornelius Jackson. With them much joy.
Mrs. Nancy Mason was buried at Blackfoot cemetery this past week. Her husband, Arnett Mason, died a year ago.

Logan township - Zachariah West started for Missouri, his future home.
James M. Richardson is building a fine barn on his excellent farm.

Original Post Fri, 26 Sep 2003

The remains of a Miss Shepard, a step-daughter of Squire Parker, of Pleasantville, who died at he Evansville insane hospital, the latter part of last week, arrived here over the Airline, via Princeton, Sunday night. There were taken to Pleasantville, Monday, for interment. - Oakland City Record

Pikeville, Ind. - We have now been here without a whiskey shop for two years. Result: No riot or drunken row for more than twelve months, and there is but one empty house here, and it will be occupied next week by Mr. Hollenburg's clerk who is putting up the largest stock of goods ever in this place.

Sim Town - Lemasterville - Asa mason will move to Boonville soon.
The two year old child of J. Hurt, Sr. was buried at New Liberty Cemetery, the 24th of last month.
Dan Wiggs will move to Oakland city.

"X" Roads - Algiers - Sanford Barnet and Anna Hurt were married a few days ago.
Martin Penner has commenced the erection of a building for a saloon.

Logan - Rumble, Ind. - Zachariah West of Logan township has sold his farm to the Miller Bros., and intends to go to MO. in a few weeks.
Albert Loveless sold his farm to Jas. Ennos and intends going to MO. with West. It is hoped that both families will be sell pleased in their new homes.

At Court:
Arch Fettinger got judgement against his son-in-law, Allen T. Hawkins for having supported Hawkin's wife sometime during their married life.
The case of William F. Falls against Richard Masters, for damages, on account of a child that was born to Fall's daughter, was dismissed on motion of the plaintiff.
Prentis Willis got judgement against Wm. Falls on note for $143.00.
Reeves & Co. took judgement against W. H. McCormick and Isaiah Dearing on
note for $170.45.

Wm. Crow, son of John crow, went to Bloomington, monday morning, where he is a student in the Indiana University.


Ed Ferguson, Pleasantville, will move to Petersburg in a few days.

After an illness of several days, suffering of rheumatism, J. B. Young got out Monday. He has suffered severely.

Rev. Bain and family reside in Mrs. S. E. Harrell's residence on Depot Street, and will perhaps occupy it until a new parsonage is built.

John Reed, proprietor of the Reed Hotel, is negotiating for the Lingo hotel, and will run it if he succeeds in buying it.

Presco Items - Otwell - mason Abbott and L. E. Traylor were at Petersburg last week, Mr. A. at court and Mr. T. on business.

Cal Whitman and family, of Evansville, have moved to Petersburg, and occupy the Hoover property on upper Walnut street.

Dr. E. J. Harris and wife, Mrs. S. G. Coonrod, D. C. Ashby, Gus Muir, Mrs. Morris Frank, Mrs. George Pinney, and Guy Frank are at Indianapolis, attending the G. A. R. Encampment.

The proceedings at court since last week have been neither exciting nor very interesting. The Dedman-Curtis case was brought to a close when the judge assessed young Dedman to pay for the maintenance of the Curtis child $100 in may and June, and $50 in May and June of each year until 1901. Deadman went to jail where he now is. He said on last Monday that he intends to stay there.

Otwell - Wm. McCormick is at Cincinnati, purchasing a stock of goods.
Erastus Dillon was fined $8.50 for assault and battery on the person of F. F. Arnold. Dillon has indicted Arnold for provoke.

Pleasantville - Spurgeon - Ask John Shepherd and Wm. Julian who got April fooled.
Ed. Ferguson will move to Petersburg in about a week.

Hosmer - Glezen - Born, to Mrs. Newt Loveless, a boy.

Notice of Guardian's Sale of Real Estate - The undersigned guardian of Edward and Lacy Whitman, the minor heirs of Emeline Whitman, deceased, by an order issued by the Judge of the Pike Circuit Court, at the March term, 1891, will sell to the highest bidder, at Private sale, on or after April 29, 1891 the following real estate, to-wit: (description of land and lots - e-mail and I will send copy as it is too much to type) .........Dan C.
Ashby, Guardian.

Original Post Sat, 27, Sep 2003

A. H. Taylor and G. B. Ashby went to Velpen last Friday to defend Robt.
Dorsey in a suit before 'Squire L. B. Cook by Hestella Chesser for bastardy. The case was decided in favor of the defendant.

May Day was celebrated in all the cities last Friday. It was a grand holiday for the workingmen. Evansville had a mass meeting and a great street parade, nearly all the civic organizations in the city taking part in it. J. Gus Weaver, the well-known former Petersburg painter, was marshall of one of the divisions in the brilliant pageant.

Last Saturday morning Dr. Link, assisted by Drs. Byers and Duncan, removed from the face of Mrs. Burrill Kinman a large tumor which had been growing slowly for twenty years. Mrs. Kinman displayed much nerve in subjecting herself to the surgeon's steel and withstood the delicate and painful operation with remarkable fortitude, is getting along nicely and will soon be well again.


Carl Chambers, of Hazleton, lit up The Democrat sanctum with his cheery, smiling countenance last Monday. Though an awful Republican, Carl is an old friend of the editor, and one he appreciates.

The foundation for the butter and cheese factory has been laid, and the building will soon be in process of construction. The site is one block north of the E. & I. depot. The building will be forty-eight feet long and thirty-two feet wide, frame structure, and with the machinery will cost $5,000.

Jas. A. Shepard, Pleasantville, lately served as United States grand juryman at Indianapolis.

Moses Frank and Harley R. Snyder have bought Burrel Kinman's farm four miles from this place. They got 207 3/4 acres, for which they paid $5,600. Mr. Kinman and his son Richard will move to Kansas, where they own a farm which they expect to till. They are good citizens and The Democrat regrets very much that they leave this county, though it wishes them success wherever they may go. They will not leave till next Fall.

5/20/ 1891

John Whitman, traveling salesman for the Seth Thomas Clock Co., is at home on his vacation. He will remain here until after July 4th.

Jerry Mason, a respected citizen and old soldier, 64 years of age, died at his home, in Hosmer, on Thursday last. He was buried at the Martin cemetery, by the G. A. R. post of  Petersburg, of which he was a member. He leaves a wife.

Last Friday the Bergen-Oliphant Drug and Medical Co. put their fine soda-water fountain on an elegant new counter made especially for it and treated their friends and patrons to draughts of the delicious beverage. The generous firm made fast friends of the little folks by including them in the treat.

Last Monday Sheriff Stillwell levied on fifty-three head of mules, 4,000 bushels of corn and twenty-six head of young cattle to satisfy an execution in favor of David Allen and against Jesse A. Mitchell, of Bedford, Ind. Execution, interest and costs amounted to $2,823.15. The property was found on Mr. Mitchell's extensive farm in Jefferson township, this county. It is the largest levy ever made by a Pike county Officer.

A few days ago Sheriff Stillwell, accompanied by Mrs. Christena Hisgen, took Mrs. may E. young to the insane hospital at Evansville. the patient was quite violent and gave her attendants all they wanted to do. The unfortunate lady is the wife of John Y. Young, of Marion township, and no real cause is known for her distressing condition, although in her maiden days, as Mill Molton, she was committed to a mad-house. Her permanent recovery is therefore regarded as doubtful. The sheriff reports the new
asylum as being in excellent condition. It is a fine institution, and contains about 265 patients.

Frank Scott returned home last Friday from an extended trip through Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. He reports crop prospects good and in consequence the people happy. He will soon remove to Dexter, Mo., where he expects to make his future home.


Otwell will celebrate the Fourth in grand style. The band boys of that place will conduct the demonstration, and they promise a royal time to all who attend.

Last Saturday, while Mr. J. R. Bowman was driving down Lower Main street, one of his horses stepped in the cistern at the corner of Sixth street and badly injured a leg. Those places ought to be examined frequently and kept secure.

The city fathers have under consideration a proposition to improve Vincennes avenue as far out as Walnut Hills cemetery by paving it with limestone. This is something very much needed on main street, and no doubt a plan to macadamize these streets will meet with the hearty approval of a large majority of the people.

Ben Battles, of near Petersburg, was arrested and placed in jail by the sheriff last Saturday morning for stealing hams from Mr. Hyneman, of Patoka.

Sheriff Stillwell last Saturday sold the Frank Scott livery stable property to Postmaster W. C. Adams for $500.60 to satisfy a judgement in favor of Mr. Adams against Grace Scott and Frank Scott for $441.05. At the same time and place the sheriff also sold the residence property of Wm. K. Davisson for $594.08 to satisfy a judgement in favor of the People's Building and Loan Association of Petersburg.

The justice court presided over by Esquire T. J. Reed has been running at full blast this week. On Monday Mrs. Weaver filed an affidavit against Mrs. Woolvin charging her with assault and battery. The case resulted in a prize package in the shape of a fine for Mrs. Woolvin; and then in retaliation an affidavit was filed against Mrs. Weaver, who was equally as fortunate. Peace again reigneth on "Goose Hill."

The infant son of Mrs. Minnie Bryant, formerly Miss Minnie Hargrave, daughter of Hon. I. R. Hargrave, was buried last Monday at Walnut Hills cemetery. The circumstances surrounding this death are very sad indeed. Mrs. B., accompanied by her brother and child, had started from their home in Texas for this place on a visit, and while at Piedmont, Mo. the child took suddenly sick and died in its mother's arms just after alighting from the train. The sympathy of the community goes out to her in her affliction.

John McConnell, Esq., and daughter, of Winslow, passed through the city last Monday on their way to Indianapolis, where they go as representatives to the grand lodge meeting now in session in that city.

Original Post Mon, 29 Sep 2003

The project of re-building the Union Mills is about abandoned, but the prospect of a good coal mine goes on space. The shaft was almost down to coal last week.

Sam Riddle, Monroe township, left between two days last week. Some financial and other troubles, the cause.

Simpson McConnell died and was buried at McConnell Cemetery last Thursday, aged 20 years.

Wm. Mason, 91 years old, is seriously ill at his son's, Asa's, near Lemastersville.

Elder J. W. Richardson called at this office Friday, on his way home from the funeral of Marcellus Arnold at which he officiated.

Died Mrs. Lizzie Conrad Willis, January 29, of consumption. Mrs. Willis was born and brought up in Harrison county, this state. She was left an orphan when but a few years old, and early in life learned to appreciate a friend. In the Fall of '80, she came to Pike county to live with Mrs. Anna Bowman, where she continued to reside until her marriage to Joe Willis. She was a christian, and bore her affliction with that patience that is born of God, and died fully trusting in the promise of Him that said, "I go to prepare a place for you."

Marcellus Arnold a few miles east of this place departed this life last Thursday and was buried Friday. His age at death was 38 years, 2 months and 29 days. Since the 22d of August, 1868, he has been a faithful member of White River Church (Baptist). He was laid in his last resting place in the honor of the order F.M.B.A., of which he was a member. He leaves a wife, six children, one sister, one brother and a host of friends and relatives and kind friends to mourn the loss of a kind husband, and affectionate
father and a good neighbor. "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."


Hosmer - Glezen - Russell Thompson and Polk Rumble are going to put up a grocery store at this place.
Some talk of Jackson Crow moving back from Little to this place.
Frank Miley has gone to Stoddard county, Mo.


Through J. M. White's agency the following have been granted pensions: Diane Rowe, net of June 27, 1890, $8 a month from July 8, 1890; John O. Amos, original, $12 a month from Feb 7, 1890; John Ingersol, net of June 27, 1890, $12 a month from July 16, 1890; Cordella Macy, net of June 27, 1890, $8 a month from July 19, 1890.

Ike Selby is in the west looking for a location.

Died, Sunday evening, Mrs._______Reed, mother of the Reed Bros., of this place, of asthma and bronchitis, aged about 79 years. Funeral took place from M. E. church, Tuesday, Interment at Walnut Hills.

Miss Sadie Thomas, aged 73, died here Friday last, of Pneumonia, and was buried at Johnson Cemetery, Saturday.

Logan - Oatsville - Peter R. Miller got close to the jaws of death, Jan. 12, at his home in Logan township. While killing hogs with the assistance of three or four hands. While hanging up the thirteenth hog, the pole slipped, fell on him, skinned his leg from the knee to the foot knocked him down and held him by the foot. He was released and carried to the house. He has suffered a good deal, but is now improving.
The sudden death of Lemuel Richardson has caused many sad hearts. Oatsville will miss him. He died suddenly at his home of heart disease.
Allen Loveless will soon have the timber sawed on a piece of good land.
Mrs. John Black is improving since she returned from the asylum.

Spraggin's Items - An infant child of Thomas Sullivan has the Scarlet Fever. Dr. Hatfield has charge of the patient.


Sarah E. Williams, for assaulting Lillie B. LeMasters, was fined and costed $7.74

Frank Siple, for being drunk, paid a fine and cost of $13.00

Ex-treasurer Ferguson's shortage is not so bad as some others. Martin county's Treasurer came out $5,000 behind and Orange county's is $11,000 short.

The catholics at Jasper will begin the erection of a hundred-thousand dollar college in the not far away future.

All physicians and midwives are expected to report all births and deaths promptly. Also all cases of diphtheria, smallpox, scarlet fever, and typhoid fever. All parties failing to do so are subject to a fine. All reports should be sent to Sec. Board of Health, Petersburg, Indiana, or to J. T. Kime, M.D., Petersburg, Indiana.

Original Post Sat, 04 Oct 2003

Petersburg's late municipal election cost $143.50

The wife who is not treated as a slave, but as an equal, is always the husband's best friend.

An attempt to poison a frail sister living on Mullein Hill is creating considerable excitement in that location.

Five hundred dollars reward has been offered by the county authorities for the arrest and conviction of the party or parties who stole the indictment record from the courthouse during last term of court.

Herchel Richardson went to Princeton last Monday to work in a photography gallery.

Mr. J. L. Mount, who has been confined to his bed for more that five weeks, is rapidly improving and will soon be able to take his post as editor and commander-in-chief of this paper. His many friends will gladly hear that he will certainly and speedily recover, and welcome again his searching and forceful pen.

While coming to town last Saturday Mr. E. G. Carlisle, who lives about seven miles east of here, on the Washington road, lost a letter containing eighty dollars. The finder will be liberally rewarded upon return to him.

The following are the names of the saloon-keepers who have been granted license in Pike county:
General McDowell, Petersburg, at March term of commissioners' court.
Bondsmen - John Meisenholtzer, P. C. Tislow, Isaac Whitaker, Arthur Hutchens.
Francis E. Mitchell, Petersburg, at June term.
Bondsmen - Jacob McGillium, Henry Hollon.
Alex Moore, Petersburg, at June term.
Bondsmen - Johnathan Loveless, John Meisenholtzer.
Joseph Vincent, Petersburg, at June term.
Bondsmen - Sylvester McAtee, George Elkins, Jacob Loveless, John Meisenholtzer.
Timothy Shea, Petersburg, at June term.
Bondsmen - John McCarty, P. A. McCarty, John Meisenholtzer, E. B. King.
Benjamin McClellan, Union, at June term.
Bondsmen - W. O. Lindsay, Daniel Lindsay.
John Alstatt, Winslow, at June term.
Bondsmen - W. J. Bethell, Logan Robling, John J. Collins.
Martin Punner, Algiers, at June term.
Bondsmen - Lewis A. Schell, James M. Russell, McCrillis Gray, Wm. H. Miley, Wayne A. Rhoades, John M. Robinson.

Logan Township - Scarlet Fever abounds in Logan township. Perry Miller lost his infant child by its ravages.
Decoration Day was observed at Mount Pleasant. Speeches were made by Comrades Lewis Loveless and Wm. Richardson and the pastor of the M. E. church at Mt. Pleasant.


The Osborn tenement houses, corner of Poplar and Eighth, are undergoing repairs that will convert them into real handsome and desirable residences.

"Uncle" Alf. Edwards, a well-known pioneer of Pike county, died on the 7th inst., at his residence in Monroe City, where he had lived during the past several years. He was about 80 years old.

New potatoes, home grown, are appearing in the Petersburg market. Mrs. Elizabeth Green, Vincennes Ave., has been dining on luscious tubers of her own culture three or four weeks.

The Democrat is requested to publicly thank Messrs. Will Hisgen, Press Church, Joseph Kinman and Fred Ashby for excellent orchestra music at the Y.P.S.C.E. lawn party  last Thursday night.

Allen Rumble, a son of the postmaster at Rumble, suffered the loss of his stable and its contents by fire last Saturday night. Two horses perished in the flames. The loss is small, about $300 but there was no insurance.

Mrs. AcAtee, wife of James L. McAtee, former superintendent of the poor farm, is dead. She was an estimable lady.

The Messrs. Dearing, of Anderson, Ind., are preparing to put in a mammoth saw-mill at Petersburg. The mill will have a capacity of 50,000 feet of lumber per day. Its site will be on the corporation grounds, near the place where the stave factory was located.

Complaints are coming from different quarters of town to the effect that owners of stock are not complying with the ordinance making it illegal to allow hogs, horses, cattle, etc. to run at large. The Marshall should do his duty.

Monday night sneak thieves broke into the closed saloon of the late F. E. Mitchell and took there from considerable quantities of liquors. this is the second time that saloon has been raided by thieves in the past few weeks.

Spurgeon - Mrs. J. A. McKinney is reported on being seriously ill.
The friends and relatives of Mr. Charley West, made him a birthday dinner Saturday. It was a happy affair.

White Sulphur Springs - Prof. J. G. Scott spent several days at Louisville and New Albany last week making purchases for the Springs Hotel.

Commissioners' Court:
Fox Scalps - Perry A. Corn, $1; John Conder, $1; Press Morton, $3; Wm. Abbott, $1; Perry McCain, $1; Wyatt Corn, $4; Clark Chandler, $5.


Velpen Items - A wedding occurred here last week. Mr. John H. Black and Miss Maggie Black were the "united" couple.
C. L. Jones of Servant, attended the festival here last Saturday night. Something warmer that ice cream and  ---than strawberries must have been the attraction.

Flat Creek Floaters - A. B. Farmer has moved his shingle factory to the farm of Joseph Chew.
Sylvester Kinman is the happy father of a ten-pound boy.
Mrs. Lillian Arnold who has been visiting her father, Mr. Geo Kinman, has returned to her home.
Mr. Burrell Kinman and family will move west soon.

Otwell Doings - E. W. Harris, trustee of Jefferson township, let the building of six new houses on last Wednesday the 17th. The following are the luck bidders. Geo. Scraper, two small houses at $330.00 each, the one at Algiers at $1,200.00, Wm. Abbott two at $_23 each, Wm. Hunnelty one at $330.00.

Mrs. Minerva Miller, of Oatsville, this county, has been granted a pension of $3 a month from Dec. 12, 1870, to Feb. 29, 1874, since when she will get no pension, having re-married at that time. She will draw $151.20.

Will Crow, of the Indiana University, Bloomington, is at home for the vacation.

Mrs. W. S. Hurst, wife of a former well-known Petersburg attorney, is dead, the sad event occurring at her home in Evansville on the 15th inst. She was 41 years of age, and moved from this city to Evansville eight years ago. Mrs. Hurst leaves a husband and two children, Mattie and Oscar, to mourn her death, and numerous old friends here will hear it in deep regret.

John M. White is having a brick foundation put under his two story residence on lower Walnut street, is having a cellar put in, a back porch added, and is otherwise improving the appearance of his home.

The safe in L. R. Hargrave & Co's mill was "cracked" last Thursday night. The knob of the safe was broken off in such a way as to leave a hole in which to insert powder, which was done and the safe door blown loose from its connections, leaving the safe easy of access. The thieves were evidently expert safe blowers, but they were poorly rewarded for their skillful work. The safe contained only two revolvers, of the Smith & Wesson make, and a counterfeit dollar. The revolvers were taken, but the "queer"
coin was left. The damage done to the safe will be easily and cheaply repaired.

Squire Reed's Court - Monday Zack Dyson was fined and costed $19.50 for assault and battery on his seven-year-old daughter.
Walter Mitchell was fined and costed $20.45, Monday, for assault and battery on Isaac M. Johnson 11:00 o'clock Saturday night.
Squire Chappell's Court - Albert Hisgen was fined and costed $10.50 for a plain drunk Monday.

Original Post Mon, 27 Oct 2003

Oakland City Record: It is said that Senator Wiggs has the finest crop of wheat in Pike county.

Isaac Higgins has purchased a lot on Lower Walnut Street and will erect a handsome residence thereon.

Only the colored folks of Petersburg are patriotic enough to take the lead in celebrating the nation's birthday.

The Petersburg base ball team went to Rumble last Sunday and played the base ball cranks of that vicinity. The Petersburg boys chased each other around the diamond until forty-nine points were placed to their credit, when they quit scoring from sheer exhaustion. The Rumbles were magnanimously allowed to make three tallies, and our boys were generously allowed to get their dinners as best they could. They are not hankering after any more games in the hospitable rural districts. The Mullen Hill
team went to Otwell the same day and won a game by a score of twenty to eleven. The Mullen Hill boys fared better than the professional team, and are loud in their praises of the hospitable and gentlemanly treatment received at the hands of the Otwell base ballists.

Dick Mitchell and family moved to Stendal, Monday, where he will keep a restaurant.

Henry Coleman, Otwell, sends a subscription for James E. Brittian, Lacy, Oklahoma.

J. E. Osborn, W. A. McKinney, and Henry Arnold, of Monroe township, were callers at this office Monday.

Logan township - A new church will be built on the Allen Loveless farm, near Simpson school-house. It is to be known as a Baptist Church.

Fred Droste, son of a well-to-do Pike county farmer who resides near the Warrick county line, in the vicinity of Lynnville, was brought to this city last Saturday evening and lodged in jail. He is twenty-six years old, and has gone "daft" on religion, imagining that he is a specially favored son of Divinity and has a fight to go naked as Adam did, a notion which he carries out while in confinement. he has been "off" only a little more than a week, but in that time has made things interesting for his relatives who thought to keep him a home in the hopes that he would soon regain his mental equillibrium, or,  failing in that until he could be taken directly to the asylum. But last Saturday, after suffering an imaginary wrong at the hands of his father, he climbed to the top of the house and demolished the top of the flue and chimneys and tore off most of the roof. He was finally captured by his brothers and brought to town for confinement until a vacancy can be found for him

Johney Kirby, of high Banks, is doing penance in the Pike county jail. Johney is only twelve years old, and is charged with stealing six dollars from Jacob Shandy. The boy's mother is said to be in the hopes that he will be sent to the reform school, and there is but little doubt that her wish will be granted.

Charley Schaefer, who is a patient at the Evansville Insane asylum, has made but little, if any, improvement, and Asabel Whitman is as much a paralytle as when he went there for treatment.

J. G. Scott and wife, of the White Sulphur Springs, near Velpen, spent the Fourth in Petersburg. Mr. Scott has made great improvements in the springs since he became proprietor.

Arthur Thompson, of Pike county, shipped 200 head of sheep and a lot of hogs to Chicago on Wednesday morning, from this point.

Three of the prisoners in the Pike county jail made a hole in the wall yesterday and in a few minutes longer would have been at liberty, but were detected by the sheriff in time to avert the delivery. Coomer, Howe and Smith were the breakers, and are now in the "cage" where they can't dig at the bricks. This is the second attempt Coomer has made to get outside the jail through illegitimate holes.

Mrs. Louisa Campbell, who was adjudged insane three or four weeks ago, as stated in these columns, was taken to the asylum at Evansville last Monday. the unfortunate lady is 83 years old and is connected with the best families of Petersburg.

The old M. E. church is being town down. Some of the material will be used in building a new parsonage.

City Council Meeting - A petition signed by Mrs. Addie N. Fields, Mrs. Anna L. Bowman, Mrs. Maggie Z. Osborn and Miss Mary Glezen, in behalf of the W.C.T.U., prayed council to pass ordinances prohibiting base ball playing on Sunday, closing all business houses on Sunday, and compelling saloon-keepers to remove all screens, painted windows or anything that will obstruct a full view of the interior of liquor saloons from the outside. Definite action on the petition was postponed, though the city attorney was instructed to draft an ordinance requiring saloon-keepers to remove blinds, screens, etc., from the fronts of saloons on Sundays and between the hours
of 11:00 p. m. and 5:00 a.m. on weekdays , and to have it ready by the next meeting.

Marshall Smith was instructed to order E. B. King to put down a sidewalk along the lot on which his planer is located; E. M. Smith to put down a sidewalk along his premises on Upper Main street; Frank Weaver to put down sidewalk along his vacant lot on East Main Street.

Lincoln Falls, of Union, was in town Saturday. he had with him a cane made from timbers that enclosed Andersonville prison. He secured it while on a visit to the site of the old prison.

Abe Case, Sr. will soon have completed his new residence on Walnut street. The Leslie Lamb property on Main street is being moved to the center of the lot, which is being graded, and Dr. Adams has about done repairing his handsome main street residence.

Mr. McCrillus Gray, Sr., of Jefferson township, called at this office last Saturday and requested us to announce that the McCrillus Gray whose name appeared as bondsman for a saloonkeeper at Algiers is another man. Mr. Gray said, "That McCrillus Gray is my nephew, and I want it understood that I do not go on saloon keepers bonds. I'm on the other side. I think the publishing of the bondsman's names is a good idea; and I don't want to be considered a helper in the infamous whiskey selling business.

Abram Seebren has been granted an increase of pension from $12 to $17 a month, and the following are original pensions for Pike county parties: Wm. W. Colvin, $12 a month from July 17, 1890; Maria Scales, $8 a month from July 5, 1890, and $3 a month for each of her children from same date; Otho Sparks, $12 a month from July 16, 1890; C. J. Timmey, $3 a month from December 31, 1885, and $8 a month from February 19, 1891. these pensions were secured through J. M. White's Petersburg agency since our last report.

A case against Thomas Minks and Walter Mitchell for rioting last Saturday night is set for August 8th in Squire Reed's court. Two or three coal miners from Rogers were concerned in the riot, but they got away from Marshall Smith and at last accounts had not been apprehended.

Petersburg has a basket factory. It turns out fine willow work.

State against Maggie Sanders, for certain ill conduct, she being out of jail on her good behavior, resulted in a fine of $10 and cost and twenty days in the county jail.

The old case of the State against Geo. Whitman, for embezzlement, was nollied. For the benefit of those who were not here at the time we may explain that several years ago Mr. Whitman was treasurer of Pike county, and, being short in his settlements, he was indicted by the grand jury. A petition was sometime ago circulated and signed by a large per cent of the taxpayers of every township in the county. It was signed by men of all political faiths, and was presented to the prosecuting attorney, asking him to move a nollie. This he did with the above result.

George B. Collins, who has been railroading in Iowa and Dakota for the passed two years, returned to this place Thursday.

Henry Bryant, living south of this place, died Wednesday afternoon and was buried at this place Thursday.

Otwell Doings - William Garland has moved into the Hope property.

Sheriff Stillwell took John Kirby to the reform school at Plainfield last Monday. The boy had been sentenced to that place for having taken a small amount of money from Jacob Shandy several weeks ago.

Died at her home near Le Masterville, on the 20, Mrs. Sarah N. Mason, age 33 years. Mrs. Mason was the wife of Mr. James mason. the deceased leaves a husband and four children, three boys and one girl, the youngest being an infant.

Court- A case against George McCormick for disturbing religious meeting was nollied, and a case was nollied against Elsworth Mitchell.
Suit of Mary A. Johnson vs. John W. Stillwell et al, claiming $600 00 which she says she claimed in the absence of her husband while his property was under execution and being sold, was continued at the plaintiff's cost.
Mary A. McKinney was divorced from her husband, Chas. McKinney, and was given judgement for cost and also for their only child.
Matilda Hawthorn got judgement against Frank Scott and wife for $1874.60, and costs without relief.
Jackson Corn was pronounced of unsoundness of mind and a guardian will be  appointed to take charge of his business.
Albert A. Battles was given $752.35 and cost on Frank Scott and wife and Matilda Hawthorn.

Original Post Mon, 09 Feb 2004
Pike County Democrat, September 2, 1891
Memory of Little Curtis Paul Beadles - Born Dec. 5, 1890. Died Aug. 20, 1891. Age 8 months and a half. Oh, Dear Sweet, Good, and loving little darling angel! How hard to give you up, but your loving little spirit has gone to rest! How promising, healthy, so sweet and so good, until that awful dreaded disease melted your sweet little fat image away to a skeleton! That sweet little song of "Dad," "Dad," "Dad," and "ma," did that toungue warble until the very last!
Those sweet, earnest and sparkling little eyes have closed to open no more to us on earth. That sweet little song has hushed, no more to be heard on this side of the Golden shore. That Dear, sweet, little spirit is Home, where there will be no more teething scurvey, or anything else to mar your peace and pleasure for ever and ever! A Happy change now for you, but, oh! So hard for us to give you up! God bless - your long and hard suffering is over - sweet peace be your rest! Tis all we can do.  W. C. Beadles

Ashby Cemetery
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