Jefferson Democrat

Feb. 6, 1890


The grand juries report as published last week, is an unusually severe arraignment of the County court, whether as intended or not. If the clothing and building for the insane pauper is insufficient, the stoves old and worn out, the stove pipes where they are likely to injure the patients, the building full of holes, etc., it is the duty of the County court to see that such things are remedied and provide against their being in such bad condition again. We know that in such matters as this different people have different opinions. What would seem a palace to some people, would not be considered fit for a stable for horses by others. The clothing which some people constantly wear and think good enough, would hardly be touched by others with a ten foot pole. It all depends on the circumstances, conditions, etc., of the particular individual who expresses the opinion. But the court is not expected to be governed by the whines or opinions of any extreme class. What the general public expects in regard to the unfortunate who inmates of any department of the poor house, is that they should be comfortably provided for; that they should not be made to suffer from either hunger or cold. This much the court should see to at once, and the judges should oftener visit and inspect the poor house and learn what is needed, and not wait for suggestions from grand jury, committee, or anybody else.


The next meeting of the Jefferson County Teacher's Institute will be held at Festus, February 8th. Prof. WOOD of Caledonia College will be present and address the meeting. All interested in our schools are invited.  The following programme has been arranged:

Address of Welcome, Rev. O.W. ROSE; response, N.E. LUCKEY

Relative Efficiency of Male and Female Teachers, Miss Julie JARVIS; discussion Thomas BYRD

A Criticism of DICKENS, Miss Jessie FREESE; general discussion

Primary Work in Numbers, Miss Anna MCCLURE; discussion, Miss Laura MCMULLIN

Methods in Percentage, W. L. HOLLOWAY; discussion, W.J. NEELEY

Technical Grammar, D.B. VEAZEY; discussion, J. J. WILSON, Sr.

Punctuation, Miss Louisa RICHARDSON

Music, recitations, etc., will be interspersed throughout the programme.



~The following is a list of the deaths filed with the County Clerk the past week~

Dec. 19    Lee T. BROOKS   25 years

Dec. 27    Sarah E. WASHBURN   42 years  

Dec. 24    Sinclair HAVERSTICK   44 years 



Jan. 22   Mrs. J.W. SHANER   girl

Jan. 28   Mrs. Francis LAHAY  boy

Jan. 7     Mrs. John BACK  boy

Jan. 18   Mrs.  Louis HUSKEY boy

Jan. 19   Mrs.  Anton MUELLER boy 

Jan. 29   Mrs.  C.W. SCHELHING  girl

Jan.  8    Mrs. Perry WHITSELL  girl 

Jan. 14   Mrs. David MCDOWELL  boy

Jan.  4    Mrs. John O'BRIEN  girl

Jan.  10  Mrs. Mattie DELMEIER  ?   boy

Jan.  10  Mrs.   Lafayette LANHAM  girl

Jan. 15   Mrs. Albert EICHELBERGER   girl

Jan.  8    Mrs.   Henry WEISS   boy

Jan.  26  Mrs.   Nicholas BUELET ? girl

Jan.  11  Mrs.   W.A. BAKER   boy

Jan.  22  Mrs.  Solomon SMITH  boy

Jan.  7    Mrs. Wm. G. BOYCE  boy

Jan.  4    Mrs.   Lewis W. COOK    boy

Jan.  10  Mrs.  James K. PERKEY  girl

Jan.  8    Mrs. W. SOMMERHAUSER  girl

Jan.  27  Mrs.  John WILLIAMS  boy

Jan.  2    Mrs.  Patrick KELLY   girl

Jan.  4   Mrs. Rudolph HAVERSTICK   girl

Jan.  4   Mrs. James GOODMAN  dead boy


~List of Conveyances~

Filed with the Recorder during the week ending on last Monday:

Henry G. STALL to John L. ROUGGLEY, lot in DeSoto

F.P. KENNER to G.H. BRIEGGEMAN lot in Festus

R.G. HOEKEN to J.B. BAKEWELL  120 acres township 40 range 4

Herman ZERMAN to Lorenz KIRCHNER seven lots in DeSoto

W.E. BAGE to Seth G. MCKEE 14 1/2 acres section 20 township 40 range 5

John ZUFALL to Frank RISTECK?  70 acres in Romain Survey


~Probate Court~

Estate          Adm. or Guardian

Bessie L. BYRD   minor    W.R. DONNELL

BARROWS minors          J.H. MORSE, Jr.


Catharine FRECH       A.I. FRECH

FARRELLY minors         William BRACKMANN

James M. HUSKEY       Lucinda HUSKEY


Samuel PERRY       Stephen R. PERRY


Rheinhold SCHLECHT     Louis SCHLECHT


Catharine KEEFE     J.W. STAPLES


~Statement of County Warrants Issued by the County Court, and of Jury and Witness Scrip~

(Note: Listed are as many names that could be accurately read)

Malinda STROUP pauper

M. F. STROUP building bridge

J.F. GREEN prosecuting attorney

W.H. WAGNER   keeping pauper

Wm. BAUER   painting courthouse

J.J. HOEKEN goods for courthouse

W.T. MOCKBEE team to poor farm

A.K. BOYD work on Plattin road

E.B. MAUPIN sheriff

Thos. A. CHARLES county judge

Henry SECKMAN county judge

J.B. DOVER road commissioner

D.B. VEAZEY circuit clerk

T. TAYLOR and wife, paupers

S.P. MCKEAN   keeping pauper, keeping insane, sewing

T.S. BREWSTER county physician

J.B. FREDERITZIE   bridge lumber

John HOWARD bridge lumber

Dr. MOCKBEE attending pauper

W.R. DONNELL county clerk

J.P. DOUGHERTY school commissioner

Jesse MAUPIN keeping pauper

C.S. MOTHERSHEAD constable

T. WELSH repairing road to Vineland

J.J. WILSON advertising

M. ROGERS  pauper

T.O. SMITH taking pauper to farm

James HOPSON county judge

John MCCLAIN nursing wounded

J.E. SWINK work on Festus road

Henry STEFFEN repairing jail

Mrs. M. HOUCK pauper

Wm. SULLIVAN care of pauper

James G. BERKELEY   assessor

C.B. PARSONS road damages

James HAVERSTICK keeping pauper

Waldemar SCHULZ   bridge lumber

George MARTIN bridge lumber

R. COXWELL coffins for paupers

R. MARSDEN taking jurors to farm

Jas. HUSKEY taking pauper to farm

O.T. SMITH official reporter

Gust HAMEL & Son, bridge lumber

D.W. TUCKER taking pauper to farm

F.J. SHEIBLE treasurer

S. FRAZIER insuring courthouse

F. VOLLMAR door check, etc.

George D. BARNARD stationery

A.B. DAVIS repairing Sandy Bridge


Rev. S. FRAZIER will preach at the HUSKEY schoolhouse next Sunday


One couple was licensed to marry last week, Francis S. SULLIVAN and Miss Laura A. HAYES


Henry REINEMER has sold his store to the Farmer's and Laborer's Union, and is now running it for that organization.


Talbert C. CARVER, one of our oldest and best citizens died last Monday morning at his residence near Hillsboro, aged about 70.


The Rock Township Anti-Horsethief society will hold its annual meeting on March 1st, at 2 p.m. in Antonia. All members requested to be present.


John HEINER of Pevely has been confined to his bed for two weeks with ? throat disease, and Mrs. WOLF of the same place has just recovered from pneumonia.


James MCGRATH, who formerly worked in Crystal City, met with a violent death by being run over by a train, at Kokomo. He was a son of Senator MCGRATH of St. Louis.


We were all surprised, last week, at hearing of the death of Stephen Pounds, one of the oldest and best known citizens of the county. His death occurred ? Wednesday, near Vineland.


John MCCREERY and his wife came near being drowned last Saturday, fording the creek near Victoria. Their wagon and team were washed down some distance, but they managed to get out. A bridge is needed there.


The Bonne Terre Railway company bought the old Major BRYANT farm, near Herculaneum bridge, and on which Mr. ? has been living for several years. This company now owns some thousand acres of the best farming lands in this county.


I have a few choice Shorthorn cows with calf by thoroughbred bull, and a few ? calves for sale cheap, if applied for soon. Address B.F. ENGLANDRush Tower, Mo.


Mrs. CRULL, wife of Dr. A. CRULL, of near DITTMER'S store, died on day last week. She was somewhat advanced in years, but we have not learned her age. She was a daughter of the late George MCFRY and a sister of ex-sheriff MCFRY, and a much respected lady.


Wanted:  A married man to milk and work on farm.  Would prefer one with two or three children old enough and willing to milk cows.  T.A. CHARLES, Pevely, Mo.


Our "fat man" is under obligations to Judge SECKMAN for a large mess of German carp, caught out of the Judge's fish pond. They were delicious. This was the first carp we have ever seen. They resemble greatly a buffalo fish, but the meat is sweeter and not so full of bones.


Judge EDWARDS, of St. Charles, rendered his decision in the case of Jefferson County vs. St. Louis County, last Saturday, in favor of the latter. The case was an action brought by this county to compel St. Louis county to pay a proportion of the cost of building and repairing the Lemay Ferry bridge. A motion for a new trial is pending.


Strayed:  A yearling roan bull, also a yearling speckled heifer, mostly white, both unmarked. Any person who will inform me of their whereabouts will be compensated for their trouble. Address S. R. HAWKINS , Hematite, Mo.


We understand that the Farmer's and Laborer's Union of this county are taking an interest in the establishment of another flouring mill at DeSoto. And another good mill there would be of great benefit to the farmers, by increasing the demand for wheat, and stimulating prices. It is thought that Mr. SHEARLOCK will be induced to put up the mill. He is a practical and experienced miller, and has the confidence of the people.


The Wheel at Morse's Mill set a great example. Instead of setting up a new store and trying to break somebody else down, they bought out the store already there and hired the storekeeper, Mr. REINEMER, to run the business for them. Of course, where merchants are stubborn, such pleasant arrangements can not be made.


Squire WILLIAMS of Victoria, was seriously injured last Tuesday evening by being thrown from his wagon while returning home from DeSoto. His skull is said to be broken, and his life despaired of. He was intoxicated at the time which accounts for the accident. His wife was with him, but she escaped without serious injury.


Charles H. FETZER and Miss Maggie P. BROWN, of Plattin, were married by Squire T.L. MCCORMACK on the 25th ult. Mr. FETZER is one of the men who assisted in building the Bonne Terre Railroad, and his bride is the daughter of Mr. Joseph Brown, of near Plattin post office. As the groom has been married before, it is reasonable to suppose that the hills and valleys along the ? have ? with ? ere this. We wish them success in their new relation.


On the 29th of January, John M. GAINES and Miss Mary D. MCCORMACK, daughter of Hardy MCCORMACK, were united in marriage at the residence of the bride's father, Rev. SRONCE, officiating. The bride received quite a number of nice and useful presents. After the two had been made one, the guests were conducted to the dining room, where they found a large table loaded with good things such as a wedding crowd delights to find. Of course, all did justice to this part of the occasion. After supper, Mrs. STONE, of DeSoto, and some others entertained those assembled with nice music.


Circuit Court: Judge THOMAS finished up the docket last Friday and adjourned court. The following cases were disposed of in addition to those already reported.


Louis SAUER and Michael NOLAN, two DeSoto butchers, pleaded guilty to slaughter house nuisance and were fined $5 each. They all deny maintaining nuisances, but after the conviction of the ROHLFINGs, on same charge, they concluded it best to plead guilty.


James WILLIAMS plead guilty to gambling and was fined $5. This was in what is known as the cow case, he having been engaged with MCKEE and ? in playing for a cow.


Noble SCHAEFER was found guilty of selling liquor without license and fined forty dollars.


ROGGE vs. ROGGE ordered that the widow of Louis ROGGE, deceased, be allowed $? as her dower, out of money realized from sale of real estate.


A new trial was granted in the case of Mary A. FLETCHER vs. Otto HERMANN on account of attorney going outside of the record in his closing speech to jury


Anna WARACKEA vs. Fredericka WARACKEA  et al, action on contract for rent: Henry HURTGEN appointed receiver on a bond of $500 to take charge of property, collect the money, and pay, first the taxes, second, his expenses, and then, to the plaintiff $150. An appeal was granted.


Christian HAELIN was made a citizen of the United States.


Charles WEXLER vs. R. ALLCOCK on account, judgment for $?


Harry REYNOLDS, charged with seduction under promise of marriage, was acquitted by the jury.


All other cases, motions, etc., were continued until next term.


At a little before noon last Saturday, our little town was thrown into a fever of excitement over the news that Theo W. POOLE and Thomas M. MCGINN had escaped from jail. MCGINN had been sentenced a few days before to a three year term in the penitentiary for grand larceny, and POOLE was awaiting trial on a charge of robbing an old man named John TINDALE, in St. Louis. Both had made ineffectual attempts on the court, MCGINN to get a new trial, and POOLE to have the amount of his bail reduced from $? to $?. On Friday, Sheriff MAUPIN had gone up to near Fenton to sell some property under ex???? and had left the jail in charge of Mr. James T. MOSS. That evening, when Mr. MOSS went in lock up the prisoners for the night, he was told that it was not customary to secure the outside ?? to the ball, and was induced to leave it unlocked. Next morning when he took food to the prisoners, he was informed by Henry SALTZMANN, who is serving out a fine in jail, that POOLE and MCGINN were in bed, and did not want to be disturbed or awakened until the 11 o'clock meal came in. It had been their habit to ? nearly all night and sleep during the first part of the day. After the mail came in, which brought a letter for POOLE, ? announced that POOLE AND MCGINN were gone and that he had just discovered the fact, and he produced a couple of letters, written by POOLE which he had found. One was addressed to Lawyer ? asking him to look after POOLE'S case, during his absence, and promising to return ?. The other was to the Sheriff, thanking him for his kindness, stating that he was going to see friends to get money, and containing two positive promises to return soon. The other prisoners, Henry SALTZMANN and the REDLEY? boy then told that MCGINN and POOLE had employed themselves Friday afternoon, preparing for a journey next day, POOLE stating that he would get out on bail, and MCGINN claiming that he was to start for Jefferson City. MCGINN had a valise and some clothing, more than he wanted to take along and those he had given to SALTZMANN. The boy also told of how the two had gotten impressions in a cake of soap of the jail keys and had made wooden keys, and it was taken for granted that POOLE, who is a small man had put his hand through the barred door, placed his key in the lock, opened it, let himself and partner out, and then relocked the door. According to SALTZMANN, it must have been near midnight when the two men escaped, but they were met before 2 o'clock half way to Victory by R.A. MARSDEN and Allison REPPY, and one of the young men remarked as they passed, "there goes POOLE" but without thinking seriously who it was. MCGINN was also recognized before midnight in Thomas ? restaurant in DeSoto, where he stopped to buy something to eat. So they evidently got out not much later than ? o'clock Friday evening, and hence had been gone nearly twenty hours when their absence was discovered. The greatest surprise was Saturday evening, when Buck? BOYD arrived with some passengers from the Arcadia train, among them POOLE as a voluntary passenger to be again locked up in jail. He and MCGINN had walked to Victoria, wading the creek, drying their feet and legs with a towel taken from the jail, hence they ? to DeSoto, where they boarded a freight train, arriving in St. Louis Saturday morning. MCGINN then went his way rejoicing, and POOLE visited his wife and then called on his attorney, Marshall F. MCDONALD. After spending the day in the city, he returned to Victoria on the train, accompanied by Mr. MCDONALD, and there took the hack for his old quarters in jail. POOLE tells a very plausible tale about three men coming to the jail Friday evening, opening the doors, letting him and MCGINN out, and relocking the doors. But we can not make his report, and the stories told before his return by the other prisoners fit, and do not worry ourself by trying to believe all that either of these say. The ? papers have made a big sensation out of the affair, and the Post Dispatch has published a lot of false nonsense about the privileges and conveniences awarded POOLE by Sheriff MAUPIN, for all of which there was no shadow of foundation, so we have come to the conclusion that some newspapers are like some prisoners, not very reliable.


William BORGWALD, of Windsor is quite unwell.


Mrs. Grace CANNING? died at Kimmswick, Monday, after an illness of several months.


Mrs. John ZIPP died at her home on the Maxville road. She was a sister of Joseph SIMMS of this place.


Mrs. Florian ZUGG, one of Kimmswick’s oldest settlers, died Saturday afternoon, leaving a husband and four children who have the sympathy of the entire community. Mrs. ZUGG was a very estimable lady and will be missed by all.


~Circuit Court~

On petition of Kasper KRAPA, and others, the commissioner was ordered to survey and locate new road in Rock township from Lemay Ferry Road, near Xavier KOHLER'S along an old road to Henry KOHLER'S  to said KRAPA'S.


Dramshop licenses were issued to Max FROMHOLD, C.C. HIRSCH, James VAY? J.W.SMITH, W.D. MILLHOUSE,? WILLIAMS & MERSEAL? Fred WAPPLER, Thos. SMITH, Charles KERTZ. Charles WUNDERLICK, KING & LUTERMAN?, DeSoto, Wm. BRYAN, and L. VOLLMAR, Hillsboro, ? TAYLOR, HIRSCHER & ?, Wm. HUFF, A. BROWN, Festus, John HEISER? Pevely, Louis FISCHER, High Ridge, Joseph ZIPP, Maxville, (a couple of other names, unreadable)


Commissioner DOVER reported change in Byrnesville and Hillsboro road, over lands of Isabella KIDD and Nancy E. HERRINGTON, which was approved and change ordered.



Mr. & Mrs. J.E. BYRNE and daughter, of Eureka paid us a short visit this week.


Our townsman, Thomas ARMSTRONG, just arrived from Hillsboro after a stay of about three weeks. He was on the petit jury.


Peter and Michael DUNNIGAN and some others, went to Hillsboro today for the purpose of having a guardian appointed for ? John DUNNIGAN.


A young Democrat arrived at the residence of Pat BYRNE Jr. recently, and I am told that Pat is thinking of naming him after the next President of the United States, Grover CLEVELAND.


Mrs. Frank CREAN has been sick, but is now able to be up.


Thomas, son of Judge Pat BYRNE, has been very low for some time past, and is now recovering slowly.


Mr. N.B. SULLEN’S wife, son and youngest daughter are down with pneumonia.


James BITTICK, one of the oldest citizens of Meramec Township, died on the 17th ult. of heart disease. He was buried at Cedar Hill.


The wife of Patrick GALVIN, formerly of this township, and late of St. Louis, died on the 24th? ult. and was buried at the Byrnsville Cemetery yesterday. Deceased was a half sister of Peter DUNNIGAN?


John CRATTICK?, formerly of this township died at St. Elmo last week and was buried at St. Patrick's church cemetery, near Catawissa, Mo.



Died - Harriet, daughter of W.H. and Margaret A. WALKER, January 25, 1890. She was born in Jefferson County, February 24, 1866, and married Al. EICHELBERGER about 16 months since, and she had a child about 18 days old at the time of her death. She professed faith in Christ and was baptized shortly before her death. She was a young lady of rare qualities, which made her a lovely child and companion. Her death is lamented by many friends and relatives. Her funeral was preached by Rev. L. F. ASPLEY? to a large and attentive audience, after which she was borne to her resting place in the cemetery at DeSoto.



January 13, 1890 of pneumonia, Charles K., son of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah BURGESS of Big River, aged 15 years, 11 months and 7 days (age as best as I can make out) Charlie, being the youngest son and child, was consequently a favorite with his parents, and his kind and loving disposition won for him the friendship of all who knew him. His illness was of short duration, but severe and painful from the first, yet he bore his affliction with ? and passed from his world to the one beyond with a smile on his face. He had been attending school at ? Hill, preparatory to entering college in the Spring. He was one of the most ? pupils in school, which of course won him the esteem and admiration of school mates and teacher, by whom he is sadly missed. As a friend and teacher of deceased we tender our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family.