Thursday, March 27, 1890 

Who will be the next Mayor of Festus - Let everyone say "aye."

The newly organized Lodge of Knights of Pythias held their first independent  meeting at their hall, last Thursday night.

Fred BURGHART sold four lots, east of
Adam Street to William GORMAN last week.  These lots are of the best, situated in Festus, and are desirable for any business.  It is whispered around that Mr. GORMAN will erect there, a private castle for himself and family.

The Post-Office corner was knocked down last week; the knock was square in the face -- of gold, of course.  Mr. J. ACKERSON sold it to whom and for what  purpose I am not at liberty to tell.  Perhaps a branch of Mr. WELSH may know why.

Another improvement for the benefit of visitors to the twin cities has lately been placed on wheels-------it is a double one, too.  Our hotels now meet all trains on the
Crystal as well as the Bonne Terre railroads conveying passengers in their busses to where they wish to go.  It is a competition on wheels.

Although we have a sufficient supply of "natural" gas, furnished by a number of blowpipes around here, the Crystal Company distrusts its value as fuel. The company aims to find a more genuine article. Work was commenced last week to bore for gas, or anything else of value, on the site abandoned some years ago. It is positively intimated that the work will not stop short of 3000? feet, if indications lead to a successful result. May God grant them luck in this great enterprise.


About one hundred persons boarded the Bonne Terre mail train south, Sunday morning, on a visit to the mines. This new road will be liberally patronized this summer by our people who need recreation. But here the question of a depot comes in. Voices were loud, Sunday, demanding that a depot at the crossing to Crystal is absolutely necessary, and if the P.G.C. objects, remedies may be found to appease them. I do think that enough funds can be collected among the workmen to pay for the site, should it be condemned. "In Uncle Sam's dominion, de beeple got someding to say," so one told me yesterday.


A cold wave struck this place Friday evening, and overcoats, wraps, coal and wood have been in demand.  Saturday Mr. BRANCH disposed of a carload of coal and then did not have enough to fill all his orders.

Rev. HOWISON preached in the Presbyterian Church yesterday to quite a large congregation.  His subject in the morning was "Christian forbearance" and in the evening "God's forbearance to man."  Both subjects were handled in a masterly manner, and in our humble judgment it seemed that nothing more could be added after the Reverend's speech concluded.  The morning service was rather lengthy, but lthough several dinner bells were heard ringing, still the interest of the congregation never flagged.

Gen. Oth CROOK is on the warpath and trying to "paint the town red," much to the disgust of many of our worthy citizens, who on this day, the 17th, prefer green: and some of them are celebrating St. Patrick's birth today by the "wearing of the green".   They say the good old Saint drove the snakes and frogs out of
Ireland. However, there are plenty here, and they are appearing early, for some one told me. Dr. BROOKS found one in his boots, but I suppose he was joking, as the weather is too cold yet.


The river is very high and still rising, and cabbage has gone up to 25 cents a head, and how's that for protection?

One by one our solid men are leaving us, and this time it is Mr. Frank MCNUTT. He informs us that he can't stand this climate.  His weight is something over 250 pounds now and he is afraid if he stays with us he will get to be a very large man: so he has concluded to go to some other country, where the roads are more adapted to his weight, and where the climate will have a tendency to reduce his corporal capacity.  Goodbye Frank: you're a jolly good fellow and may your shadow never be less, is the prayer of your sincere friend.

Festus,   March 24-- The weather is fine and roads drying up rapidly, and once more we have communication with the country, and have heard what the McCORMACK'S on the Plattin are doing without having to refer to the Plattin items.

James CAMPBELL'S sale came off Saturday last: the attendance was small and property sold very low.

Mr. Alfred SHEARLOCK, of DeSoto, is coming back to Festus, having bought the farm and residence of James CAMPBELL, who will start on a visit to his native
Scotland.  We have also heard that he intends running a planing mill and lumberyard.  Mr. SHEARLOCK has had considerable experience in that line and we have no doubt he will make a success of it.  Besides, he is an energetic stirring business man and quite a valuable acquisition to any community.

Last Wednesday afternoon the Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church elected their officers for the ensuring year. Mrs. C. G. WARNE was chosen as president, and Mrs. BURRELL, treasurer.  We have forgotten the names of the other ladies chosen to complete the organization. A few of the ladies' husbands
were present to take charge of the children, we presume, and to see that none went away dissatisfied.

Rev. O.W. ROSE has left us for St. Louis, whilst his better half, the fairest Rose of the two, is left to mourn his temporary loss. 


~Frumet, Missouri~

Dear Sirs; I noticed in the last issue of the Jefferson Democrat that quite a number have agreed on me for presiding Judge of the County Court at the coming election. I highly appreciate the confidence and integrity the people place in me to fill that important office, but wish to say to the people who have thus spoken, that I don't wish to work any office and positively decline. I also noticed that William S. HOPSON  is spoken of in other parts of the county, as he is in this for Recorder of Deeds. I wish to say that I have known him from his boyhood, and know him to be a self made young man of excellent qualities, and a staunch Democrat. In my judgment, the party could not make a wiser selection to fill that office; and knowing that the success of the party depends largely on the reputation of the men whom it offers. I hope they will wisely consider his claims.             Yours truly, LeRoy DOVER.


~Notice of resignation~

I resign as administrator In the estate of Edward MCHUGH, deceased, signed R.W. MCMULLIN


~Administrators Notice~

In the estate of Mark PERRY, deceased, Margaret E. PERRY administrator


~Administrators Notice~

In the estate of Elizabeth WILSON, deceased, Mary E. MANESS, administrator


~Administrators Notice~

In the estate of Annie M BROWN, deceased, James W. REED, administrator


~Executors Notice~

In the estate of Cynthia DONNELL, deceased, John L. MCMULLIN, executor


~Executors Notice~

In the estate of Benjamin F. JENNINGS, deceased, M.C. JENNINGS, executor


~Trustees Sale~

 Philip GLATT, and Caroline GLATT his wife, Andrew WEBER trustee


~Trustees Sale~

 Vinia WHITEHEAD, C. Thomas HORINE trustee


~Trustee Sale~

 Frederick SCHMIDT and Elizabeth SCHMIDT his wife, Adolf T....MEYER, trustee


~Trustee Sale~

 Amanda W. WHITEHEAD and Robert G. WHITEHEAD, her husband, ? FRAZIER trustee


~Probate Court~

Estate of Garland WHITWORTH, deceased, Bernard SCHEVE, administrator 

~Missouri News~
Herbert CRANE died near....recently....He was 8?, born in
Kentucky and came to Missouri thirty years ago; was a saddler by trade, but in Missouri hired on a farm. He never went near a railroad or rode a train.

Louis PARTNEY lost a fine mare last week from distemper.


Miss Laura MCMULLIN will open a private school next Monday in the school house.


~Licensed to marry~

Harry WYCHE and Lily E. PAINTER

Daniel F. ELLWANGER and Amanda J. LYZARD.


Next Saturday, Mr. LAFOON of Sandy, will sell off his personal property at public sale, prior to giving up farming.


Mrs. Amanda CAHILL, who got a divorce from her husband at last term of Circuit Court and had her maiden name restored, got license to marry again last Tuesday.


Miss Belle WILSON started last Sunday for Kentucky, where she goes to make her home with her aunt. Some of her friends met and gave her a farewell party Saturday night.


Mr. W.R. BUCHER, who has been railroading at Paragould, Ark. for the past five months, has returned to his old home in DeSoto. He is missed very much by his Arkansas friends.


At the M.E. Conference last week, Rev. Crow was again assigned to DeSoto circuit, and a preacher named J.W. HARWOOD was assigned to Hillsboro circuit. Elder Martin is still in charge of the circuit.


School district clerks must not neglect to include in their enumeration returns, to the county clerk, the names of all blind children in their district of school age. The law requires this and the State wants a full and complete list.


John BRACKMANN, brother of the late William BRACKMANN, died at High Ridge last Thursday, after an illness of about 24 hours. He was a young man well thought of by all his acquaintances, and his sudden death was quite a shock to the community.


John M. HUBBARD's petition for divorce states that he was married to Susan E. Nov. 26th, 1890, that Susan acted very badly and talked ugly, and dually on the __ day of January 1890, left him alone, sick in bed, and has not since returned. He has evidently got the date of his marriage wrong, but his other statements might be true.


W.E. BUREN, who has for the past three years been a teacher in this county, started for Leland Iowa on the 18th inst., to locate for the spring and summer months. He will occupy his time while in Leland by teaching school. We are glad to know that he will return in the Fall to resume his profession here. We wish him a successful and pleasant trip.


The road question seems to be the all absorbing topic of the day. The problem is easily solved. It is just simply this; the people of the various road districts have simply got to make their own roads, either by taxation, or by turning out and working and making their own roads. And until the people realize this fact, we will have no roads.    E. B. MAUPIN


The Walter KEEFE farm near DeSoto is for rent. There is a good new dwelling place on it.


A fellow passed through here last week, whose business appears to be to leave a lot of patent medicines at every house where they will permit him. He is to be followed later on by another agent who will collect pay for the medicine. He prevailed on Mrs. Felix LEUTZINGER to permit him to leave a package with her, but Felix got home in time to follow the fellow into town and make him take the stuff back.


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


The "Charles H. PARTEE All Star Concert Company" will appear at the Crystal City Hall, Crystal City, Mo., next Saturday night, the 29th inst. The company includes singers, comedians, and other artists, and the entertainment will be first class in every particular. Tickets at 25, 35 and 50 cents can be had at the company's store. The hall is large enough to accommodate a large audience, and no one need to hesitate to attend for fear of not being able to get a good seat.


~Mount Olive, MO~

Mr. W.D. SULLENS, Local Mo.

Dear Sir; We the undersigned official board of education of the Mount Olive school, desire to say to you, that you have more than complied with the provisions of your contract, and have very gentlemanly closed the term of school, which by your constant labor, untiring energy, and natural ability as a teacher, has caused the entire term to be a grand success. We therefore desire to invite and earnestly request that you call and see our future trustees. We believe that the people will, at the annual meeting in April, instruct the board of education to raise your salary to its utmost capacity, rather than lose your services as their teacher for the next term of school. 

By Order of the Board, Sincerely Yours, Frank ROSENAUER, Dis. Cl'k; Albert ROSENAUER, Pres.


~Rock Creek Mo.~

Our union met and had a most successful meeting. Four new members joined and we are expecting double that number at next meeting. We now have 14 members and have only met twice. Please come one and all, at next meeting, as you are cordially invited.    John P. NOLAN


Rock Creek Union adopted the following resolutions: Whereas it has pleased our Heavenly Father to call the beloved wife of our brother Jonas YATES from her labor and toils of the world.


While Dan PARK was in Tennessee he purchased a gavel made of wood from the celebrated battlefield of Lookout Mountain, for a present to Perry V. FLETCHER Post of DeSoto. Last Saturday evening was appointed as the time for the presentation and there was a general attendance of members, D.M. PARK and M. ROBERTS also being present. T.E. PHILLIPS made a speech on behalf of the post, accepting the gavel and thanking Mr. PARK, and ordering a history of the presentation to be placed upon record for future generations to peruse. The meeting then unconscientiously drifted into discussion of the pension problem. Mr. SERRIN contended with much earnestness for making good to the soldiers the difference in value between gold coin and the depreciated paper money with which they were paid. Mr. ROBERTS said he had never been a soldier, and so far as he knew, none of his family or relatives had been in the army, but he thought the only just and right thing was to give a pension to every old soldier. Mr. WILSON favored more pensions, thought it impossible to do too much for those who served their country. Mr. ROBERTSON saw no justice in the pension laws, but thought pensions ? by favors. After trying the third time, he succeeded in getting $? a month, and knows men who are strong enough to pick him up and throw him over the fence, and who are getting $14 a month. Mr. VEAZEY opposed the continuous clamoring for pensions; said it looked like the old soldiers were putting a price on their loyalty; thought none but the disabled were entitled to a pension, and present pension laws fully provided for them. Mr. PHILLIPS said a halt would have to be called soon. At the present rate of progress,  in three more years, 750,000 persons would be on the pension list, and it would take $120,000,000 annually to pay them, and the country couldn't stand it. Capt. WALTHER explained the comparative smallness of the pension lists of the old country. There the government owns all the railroads, telegraph lines, etc...and all the officials are old soldiers. The disabled soldiers are supported by offices instead of by pensions.


~Belew's Creek~

I will venture to state a few facts, opinions, etc., now existing on old Bloose Crick. There has been quite a mad dog scare in this vicinity the past week. Rudolph HARNESS had a horse and several other animals bitten by one of his dogs, which was acting curious and had been roving about for some days. In the route it came in contact with several of the neighbor's dogs, but as the allotted time for the development of hydrophobic symptoms is past and no serious results heard of, we hope it may have been a mistake.


Died: March 20, '90, John BRACKMANN, brother of the late William BRACKMANN of High Ridge, aged 22 years and 6 months. Scarcely had the sobs of the first wild burst of grief, occasioned by the death of William subsided, when on the morning of the 20th the bereaved mother and relatives were once again called to the desolate chamber of sorrow and death. Imagination almost refuses to comply with the fact that one so robust and healthy and full of vigor a few hours before, could be stung with the deadly venom of that all conquering and remorseless foe of mortality. The kindness and geniality which had marked the short career of our departed friend was well depicted in the sorrow laden countenances of the host of mourning friends who met and vied in tributes of honor at his last and lonely resting place on Cedar Hill.



Feb 17   Mary M. MEDLEY  3 years

Mar. 12   Wm. J.F. BRACKMANN  ? years

Mar. 15   N.? May MATHEWS  6 months

Mar. 19   ___   N___BAUER  2 years



Jan. 14,   Mrs. Joseph F. JANECKE  boy

Feb. 4     Mrs. Jacob KOCHNER?  boy

Feb. 17   Mrs. Henry HEILIGTAG   boy

Feb. 27   Mrs. J.B. FINNEY   boy

Mar. ?    Mrs. John WEBER  boy

Mar ?     Mrs. Henry BRUDIGAN   boy


~Rock Creek~

The Wheelers hold regular meetings at Mr. Jacob BECKER's blacksmith shop. About eighteen have joined the Wheel, among them some very promising young farmers, and the majority are candidates for matrimony, so we look for a new Wheel store at this place in the near future.


Mr. Peter HAMPEL, the young man who is so much observed by all newspaper correspondents, has bought a fine brood mare from Dr. THURMAN. Pete intends to raise a young stallion and after while something else. What next Peter?


Charles SCHUBERT is a terror to squirrels, and squirrels know it, for one old fox squirrel gave up all hope of escaping Charles' watchful eyes when he marches around with his gun, and actually gave himself up. It came to Charles home and sat there on a rafter until he came home from school, when he shot it.


Mr. Louis BAUER informs me that while the Constables were searching his house for the stolen guns, some thief got into his house and stole a purse of money, containing something over three dollars. This happened in the presence of the Constables, and cunning and sly must the thief be to risk such a trick under the eye of the law!


Butcher Frank is now digging gold now at Mr. JUKERWITZ. Frank can clear sixteen dollars per week, so he says, and marry he will as soon as the whip-poor-will sings, and so it may be, Frank.



Dr. WILLIAMS has been on the sick list for a few days. Wheat in this part of the county is badly frozen out. Big River did a great deal of damage in carrying away rails. The public schools are drawing to a close in this part of the county.


~Resolution of Respect~

Summit Council No. 69, Order of Chosen Friends, on the death of our dear friend Wm. Brackmann, late past Councilor of this Council, on the 15th day of March, 1890....a devoted father taken away from a beloved wife, and a kind and indulgent father from his dear little children.


~In Memoriam~

In memory of dear little Mary M., daughter of Jas. H. and Mary A. MEDLEY, of Belew's Creek, who died Feb. 17, 1890, of catarrhal fever, aged 3 years, 4 months, and 20 days. This is the second time, within less than a year, that death has entered this grief-stricken family to claim one of its precious inmates. Little Mary was a bright and interesting child, the pet of the family, and the idol of fond father and mother heart.


~Pleasant Valley~

Our school closed this week, and we the undersigned scholars wish to show appreciation for our teacher, Miss Rosa CRAFT by a few words. Hardly as large as some of her scholars, but whom we found fully equal to the task of managing, we all knew what Miss Rosa said she meant, which caused us to obey. And we think too, that our parents were pleased with the progress we made in our studies. We all dreaded the last day, but when it arrived we made the most of it. But to think of waiting till another term, which seems to us far away, fills our hearts with genuine sorrow; for it is seldom we will meet until then. But we cheer up with the hope that when the summer months are over that we may all meet again, without a single exception, and fill the school house once more with our glee.  Signed: Lola GAMACHE, Emma SCHLAFFKE, Martha JOHNSTON, Rosa HERRINGTON, Emma HESS, Rosa HESS, Eddie SCHLAFFKE, Otto SCHLAFFKE, Albert WESLEY, Willie WESLEY, Sammie GAMACHE, Georgie GAMACHE, Willie MOONEY


~List of Conveyances~

W.H. MATSON to D.M. PARK two lots in DeSoto

C.H. STRATTMAN to O.H. BAURICHTER, lot in Festus

W.H. WALKER to R.B. WILLIAMS 15 acres, section 14, tp. 39, range 4

C.E. HOPSON to William BOYNE lot in DeSoto

William BOYNE to N. O'BRIEN, lot in DeSoto

S.T. & W.H. WAGGENER to Michael and Lucy BESHLER, lot in Festus

S.W. CRAWFORD to Uriella HENRY two lots in DeSoto

L.A. MOFFIT to A.E. WEISNER, two lots in DeSoto

John HOPSON  to Sarah A. HOPSON, 44 acres, sec 3, tp 39, range 4

Philip SCHAD to Conrad WUERZ, lot in Kimmswick

John HOPSON to Sarah A. HOPSON, 40 acres, section 4, tp 39, range 4


The firm of F.W. BRICKEY and Co. of Festus, Mo., who have been operating the Crystal Roller Mills, is this day dissolved by mutual consent, F.W. BRICKEY, Jr. buying all the interest of R.F. LANNING in notes and accounts and the mill property. All who know themselves indebted to said firm will please call and settle up.