Crystal and Festus
rains have caused heavy damage to the company's property just east of
A change at
A sad accident happened to Chas. BOZART last Saturday while out hunting. He had shot and crippled a turkey, and in running to secure his game, dragging the gun by the muzzle behind him, it accidentally discharged, the full load shattering his ankle fearfully. He was found by his father and brother at in the afternoon and carried home; but Dr. BROOKS was suffering with influenza of aqua frumenti, (transcribers note....under the influence of alcohol) Dr. MILLER being unable to attend, and Dr. BRUCE being absent, the poor fellow had to suffer until Sunday without medical aid.
Two men narrowly escaped instant death last Friday while working on the banks of the Plattin Creek driving piles to repair the washout by the late floods. While hoisting the driving block, which weighs about 4500 pounds, the gearing attached to the mule and shaft, broke and the block fell, reversing the shaft with terrible force. The driver, who was luckily near the spindle was knocked down into the bend, but not hurt much; but Alex FOSTER, attending the machine was struck by the ?ing shaft on the forehead with such force as to knock him insensible. When picked up he was bleeding profusely. That his head was not taken off by the terrible stroke is a miracle. His skull is not broken though, and he will be out again in a few days.
WALKER, of near
G.W. BYRD of Hematite is building a fine barn on his farm here.
Master Hardy MCCORMACK has gone to attend the marriage of Philip THOMURE and Miss Mary BRADLY.
James I. FARLEY and son Jeptha, of Elmo Mo. are visiting Mrs. Smith DUTTON, daughter of James I. Farley.
It looks like Eddie COLE is prepared for a hail storm. He has a new and substantial building on every building on the place.
This is Mr.
Philip THOMURE's wedding day. He marries a lady from
The devil made my last items read: "G.M. and Bone MCCORMACK have built additions to their houses," instead of G.M. MCCORMACK and Bone MCCARTY.
MCLAIN spent Christmas at home. His grandpa's folks gave him a party, which was
enjoyed by the young folk. He departed for the
DOUGHERTY has resumed duty at her school, after an absence of two weeks, taking
a holiday visit to her parents at Byrnsville, and her brothers and sisters at
P.C. MCCORMACK's children think they have a good joke on him, which they enjoy hugely. They went to the cellar for something after night, and got into a racket. He went down to investigate; they heard him coming, blowed out the light and slipped away, he ran in and began to roar, drawed back and let in to slapping an unfortunate pumpkin, which he mistook for one of the children. Now when he talks about fighting, they say, "do you want to slap another pumpkin, papa?"
John CAIN, one of the bosses on the new railroad, wanted to cross Plattin Creek last Monday. It was too high to be forded, and there was no skiff or boat around. Mitch MCCORMACK enticed him to one, as a substitute for a boat, an old iron pan that had belonged to a molasses machine and for boiling sorghum syrup. He prepared himself with a long pole and one oar, the boys launched the craft, and it carried him across the deepest water, but when he got near the gravel bar, the boat went down. He made a grab for his hat and dinner bucket, but all went under. He came up, head erect, and succeeded in reaching the opposite shore, amid the roars of laughter from the boys, which could be distinctly heard above the noise of the angry waters.
Miss Olive BELL accompanied by Mr. Johnson BAILEY, attempted to cross the Plattin at ? ford on the 2nd, after the heavy rainfall on New Year's Day, when her horse stepped into a washout. The saddle girth broke and she fell between the horses. Luckily, she caught his horse by his mane. The animals then turned back for the shore on this side. She held on to the mane till she was carried to where she could walk out. She saved her hat but lost the saddle. This should be a warning to ladies about going into creeks when up. She is the second one that came near drowning at that ford and she was thrown into the creek at Mitch MCCORMACK's ford a few years ago when the water was running high. She was all alone but kept her presence of mind and walked out.
Deaths and Births:
following is a list of the deaths filed with the
Dec. 26 Sophia KEOKEN 77 years
Dec. 13 Mrs. Ed CIRQUETTE girl
Dec. 22 Mrs. John NICKELS boy
" 23 " W.W. STEWART girl
" 23 " George WASHBURN girl
3 A.H SPILZER boy
6 J.J. WILSON Jr. girl
PERRY bought the "home place" on
There is a
stray white stock hog, unmarked, about 6 or 8 months old, at Harry M. THOMAS' on
BEISBARTH, of DeSoto, who has been living at
A party of young folks assembled at J.D. HEARST's near Vineland, on Saturday last, and spent the evening pleasantly, playing croquet, which is a very unusual thing for this season of the year.
We notice Prof. BOSSLER, of Antonia, quite frequently upon our streets of late. He generally rides a white horse, which suggests the idea that a red headed lady might be the cause of these visits.
VOLLMAR's saloon has been moved into the new house and presents a neat appearance. Francis MCKEE, good bourbon, and Green Tree elixir are the leading spirits in the place.
Fr. John JENKINS, former editor of the DeSoto Watchman, but who has been living in Arkansas the past year, has returned to DeSoto, and will be connected with the paper under it's new management.
Henry DENTON, who was sentenced to a term in jail for gambling, was released last Thursday. His term was shortened by Judge THOMAS who commuted it by allowing him a greater voice on his time.
WILCOX, the veteran ferryman who has been pulling a skiff across the
Fred PFAFF, of High Ridge, was here for the first time in many years. He is badly crippled with rheumatism, and is trying to have Uncle Sam raise his pension high enough to at least pay the medicine he is compelled to use daily.
One of the pleasantest events of the season was the birthday party given for Master Ernest GREEN last Saturday. It was attended by all the little ones in town between the age of three and six, and it was a pleasure to see them enjoy themselves.
The statement of the Citizens Bank of Festus, which we publish this week shows that it has done a remarkably good business, and is now on a rate business. The bank just began business on the 4th of November, and the statement shows the condition after two months.
partition sale of the GRAHAM estate occurred Tuesday, and Martin U. Graham
became the purchaser. This is one of the finest farms in the county, and Martin
got at nearly half it's value, paying therefore $2700.
William HAGAN bid in the
Gus RICHTER and Michael TIGHE made the most successful fox hunt during Christmas week that we have ever heard of, killing four red foxes in one day. The dogs were lucky in jumping the foxes, and the men were lucky in being at the crossings at the right time, and shooting the foxes.
We would have stopped the press last week to announce the arrival of No. 6 at neighbor SPILKER's, on the 3rd inst., but it proved to be a boy, which is nothing new at SPILKER's, nor to the community. It is our opinion that whenever Mr. and Mrs. SPILKER have a daughter, they will have to qualify the term by hitting on the words "in law."
Filat A. KEMPE has been engaged for the past few weeks in making an extensive excavation on their lots adjoining their shop in DeSoto. Some two hundred wagon loads of broken stone have been removed and place upon the streets of the city. The lots will be very desirable for building purposes, when the excavating is finished.
Charles LUCAS, a colored man, who has been staying in the vicinity of Antonia the past year and was working for Martin ZIMPFER, was found dead in Lou KOHLER's field last Monday or Tuesday morning. An inquest was held, but we have not heard the result. From what we learned of our informant, it seems that in attempting to climb the fence, with a basket and jug in hand, the man fell over backwards and broke his neck. Deceased was about 45 years old.
MUNROE, the DeSoto banker, had a narrow escape from drowning last Sunday
afternoon. He was on his way home from
The law suit between our two merchants, Jos. J. HOEKEN and Mrs. VOLLMAR, which promised to be one of the biggest cases in court, was compromised and settled, much to the satisfaction of all the citizens. HOEKEN complained of Mrs. VOLLMAR's pig pen ? as a nuisance, and asked for damages. Before going into trial, Mrs. VOLLMAR made a proposition to give Mr. HOEKEN a verdict for one dollar, and he accepted it. We presume the nuisance will be abated at once, and that there will be no cause for complaint in the future. Let us have peace.
Maxville: We are having too much rain, and if it keeps on much longer it will wash out everything. Beer was dished out pretty lively for a little while. Mr. ZIPP would not kick if business would rush that way always. The boss carpenter of Rock Creek was in Maxville last week. Mr. STINES was surprised by his wife presenting him with an eight pound girl a few days ago. Mr. Herbert BECKER is fixing to move into his new place in Maxville. The store will be changed from BECKER to BECKER.
Mrs. W.H.H. THOMAS were treated in something of a surprise last Saturday, by
receiving notice from their daughter Essie that she
was married in
BURGESS, son of Elijah BURGESS, of
The young man above referred to died last Monday morning. He was nearly 18 years of age, and was universally liked. It is a severe shock to the parents, and we extend our sincere sympathy.
following is the monthly report of
Court convened Monday, Judge THOMAS on the bench, D.H.
VEAZEY attends as circuit clerk, and is assisted by John H. REPPY, while Sheriff
MAUPIN has a deputies Arthur O'BRIEN, Edwin FORREST and W.F.
MOTHERSHEAD. O.H. SMITH is official reporter. The Grand Jury is
composed of Reed MCCORMACK as foreman, and J.W. BUTCHER, R.H. SHUTE , Jno.
J. LEVALL, Frank RUSSELL, R.G. MADISON, C. DILLON, C.W. NELSON, Jas.
H. EVANS, Jno.
Hannah J. WILLIAMS, blind daughter of the late Meredith WILLIAMS, died leaving in the hands of her guardian, an estate consisting of $? in money. She also had a bastard child and some brothers and sisters. Shortly afterward, her child also died, and her brothers and sisters applied to the Probate court for an order to have the money distributed to them. The application was resisted, and the Judge held that under our statutes, the money escheated to the State. The matter was appealed to Circuit Court, and Judge Thomas has had it under advisement for some months. At this term he rendered an elaborate opinion, showing that he had made an exhaustive study of the case. He reverses the Probate Court, and orders the money distributed to the brothers and sisters of Hannah J.
AUBUCHON was given judgment against City of
Kimmswick: The Wicks telegraph office has been opened temporarily with Mr. A. HERLBUT as manager.
Daniel GREENE of Sulpher Springs, is now holding down the night office at Jefferson Barracks.
LUCKEY was the only teacher from this place who attended the Teacher's Institute
NEWCOMB has gone to
SECKMAN of Rock Creek, Henry KUHR, of Maxville, Dr. W.W.