Jefferson Democrat – March 6, 1890


C.W. Lanham of Richwoods was in town this week.


The Festus post office was robbed out of about $75 Tuesday night.


Licensed to marry – Max. P. Fromhold and Anna Hoffmann; David W. Randall and Clarkie Long.


George Moss of Pevely is having some success as sheep-raiser. His five ewes have eleven lambs, all doing well.


George Franz, it is understood, has consented to become a candidate for overseer in the Kidd school district.


Mr. Veazey has received for distribution the second volume of the Statutes. Those entitled to copies can call and get them.


Rev. G. M. Martin, presiding elder of the M.E. Church, preached in Hillsboro last Saturday evening and Sunday morning and evening.


There is a young heifer at Wm. Litkemeier’s on Sandy; light brown and slit in left ear. Owner should call immediately for same.


Hannah Alvers, aged 86 years, died on the 9th inst. at the residence of her son-in-law, Joseph Bechler, on Belew’s Creek.


Miles Brady went to see his best girl last Sunday at Victoria, and had his pleasures marred by the loss of a horse. The animal ate too much and died.


We learn that someone set fire to W.A. Ottomeyer’s straw stack recently. It is supposed the party did it whose stock has wintered on it most of the time.


For Sale – mare and two young horses. Apply to B. Heckel, near F.H. Williams school house, or address at Hillsboro, MO


Mrs. Ellen Allred, wife of James F. Allred, of DeSoto, was buried in the Hillsboro cemetery last Sunday. She was a daughter of the late Dennis Armstrong. The disease was dropsy. She was 43 years of age, and leaves no children. Rev. Sull. Frazier conducted the funeral service.


Dan Park started Monday morning for St. Louis, which place he left that night on an excursion to Chatanooga, Tenn. He assured us that during this trip he would sustain his reputation in putting on “dog,” In fact would put on as much as both the Dans did at Kansas City, and if people don’t take him for a millionaire it will be because they won’t judge him on appearance.


A Mrs. Alexander, who lives at Silica and whose husband is not at work in Kokomo, Ind., the other day received from her husband $80, with which to pay her expenses to Kokomo; but before she got ready to start a masked thief entered her house and compelled her, at the point of a pistol to deliver up the money. It must have been someone who lives in the neighborhood and knew of the circumstances.


While in DeSoto the other day, we met Mr. Caldwell, the gentlemanly foreman in the railroad shops who took so much interest in the misfortune of Jos. Yaeger, one of his machinists who had gone crazy and was sent to the asylum by the County court. It was known at the time Yaeger became demented that he had considerable money in some bank, but a search of his effects revealed no clue to any papers of deposits, and it is thought that he either had lost the money in some way, or had exaggerated his financial circumstances. Desiring to ascertain the fate of the unfortunate man, who had been discharged from the asylum after a few months confinement in about the same mental condition, we asked Mr. Caldwell if he knew what had become of Yaeger. “Why” replied he, “Joe is in Carondelet tending bar, and has $11,000 deposited in the Boatmen’s Bank. I saw him a few weeks ago.” We further learned from the gentleman that Yaeger had wealthy relatives in Europe, and that his malady was hereditary.


For sale cheap, and on easy terms, House and lots in Victoria, new frame house of seven rooms, good cistern and outhouses, and garden of three blocks, known as the Roberts place. Enquire of John Huskey, Morse’s Mill, Mo.


At a meeting of the Directors of the Farmers & Miners Bank of Bonne Terre, Mo., held February 14th, 1890, Mr. Benj. F. Settle was elected President and Mr. F.C. Weber Vice President. Mr. Chas. H. Meyer, formerly with the Continental Nat’l. Bank of St. Louis was appointed Cashier. The Directors are Benj. F. Settle, C.B. Parsons, F.P. Graves, J.D. Wilde, C.P. Poston, F.C. Weber and Chas. H. Meyer. The Bank is incorporated under the State laws with a capital of $12,000.00 and a glance at the list of Directors is a sufficient guarantee of its trustworthiness.


Oermann, March 1

We are enjoying a little blizzard at present, which I hope will not last long.

There is a new arrival at C. Oermann’s. I heard it is a girl.

Mr. Jordan died yesterday, after a brief illness. He leaves a wife and several small children.

Mrs. Radacker is selling his effects today. She intends moving to St. Louis.

The Union store at Catawissa will open up on the 3rd, with Squire Smith and John Early as clerks. It ought to be a good stand.

There will be but a small vote cast in favor of county supervision in this part of the county.

A protracted meeting ahs been going on the past two weeks and quite a number joined the church.

The stock company at Grubville have two yoke of oxen to do their hauling to and from the rock road. Oliver Lee handles the whip.

Joe McDaniel is laid up over a little misfortune that befell him at a spelling match a few weeks ago. I am sorry for you Joe.

Yesterday I heard V.P. Carney say that Jefferson County was too large and that it should be divided, which division would burst up the old Hillsboro ring and locate the county seat at Grubville. Perhaps he thinks there are not enough offices now.

Every one is sick of the bad roads. I suppose if it was put up to a vote now, an increase of road tax would carry; but when fine weather comes they will forget all about the mud. The roads in the western portions of Big River and Meramec townships are in horrible conditions. Some of them have not been worked the past year.

Dr. Mayfield has been very sick for some time. It is hoped he will soon be out again.

Mrs. Doran died last week and it seems that her husband did not want to bury her. About three weeks ago he beat her and she had him brought before Squire Brennan, who fined him $20. He got her to go home with him. She took sick shortly after and died. He acted very disagreeable with the people who visited her while she was sick. It seems he didn’t want anybody to come around. Doran is a notorious villain.


Zion Items

I was disappointed in not getting to attend the teacher’s institute, both at Hillsboro and at Festus. I understand some grievous complaints were made against “Byrd” over at the Festus session, and you, among others, Mr. Editor, were inquiring about his protracted absence. I heard him say the reason he did not attend the session at Hillsboro, he did not see any announcement of it till the afternoon of the day on which it met. I believe the committee did not have the programme published until the same week the session met. He really was anxious to attend, as he was on for “County Supervision,” and had somewhat to say about it. The reason he did not attend at Festus was, he had a relapse of the grippe. Now, don’t say much about his having the grippe, for he had “made his brags’ that he would not take it.

Our neighboring correspondent from Hematite must be either a retired farmer or a tired farmer, judging form the tone of his remarks on that score. He seems to have a sympathy for those two classes of farmers. I wonder if he has any sympathy for the tired school teachers. I believe we have no retired teachers; they never get well enough healed financially to retire.

Walter E. Buren has paid our school two visits since his term closed. He is one of our young teachers, who is not tired. I think he should stick to the profession; we need him to help us to build it up. He is a very excellent disciplinarian. Order is one of the first rules to success. There is where many of us fail in teaching.

Our third month of school ended Feb. 1th with an average daily attendance of 30. There were but two on the roll of honor this month, viz; Grace Marin 95 and Myrtle Freese 90. The la grippe cut the average all around.

Rev. Rose, having given up his charge, Rev. Bellane now fills the pulpit here Sundays at 11 a.m.

Some of the boys from this community went over to aid the Buckeye boys, Thursday night. Mr. Robert Richardson, ex-Deputy Sheriff, was married they day preceding. He being a widower caused the boys to go armed with bells, horns, tinpans, etc.

Miss Jessie Freese’s term of school closed some three weeks ago. We hope she will give our school a call. Teachers and other friends and especially patrons are welcome; and I also feel like saying, the directors are welcome to visit our school – the school law says so. One of my directors has not visited our school since the morning of the first day, when they were all present. I have a good notion to give them a public lecture; but I’ll spare them till next time I write you, hoping they may “flee the wrath to come” by performing their duty as a school board. May they come smiling.

Miss Lola Morgan and Mr. Bert Martin went to St. Louis today. As the little boy said, “I smell a mouse, don’t you?” would be a fit ejaculation here. This looks like business. Methinks I hear the far-off chime of wedding bells.

The Ogle brothers have sold their saw mill to Mr. Theo. Tooloose, of Plattin.

Miss Rosa Gerber is slowly recovering form a long and severe attack of typhoid fever.


Sulpher Springs

D.J. Allen, Piedmont’s leading merchant, accompanied by his wife spent the night with their niece, Mrs. Lily Hull.

Strother Kenerly, Luelda Kenerly, and Strother Burgess returned last Saturday from Hot Springs, Ark., where they have been vegetating, bathing, etc. for the past three months.

James Sweeney of St. Charles county has lease the Dr. Morrison property near Glenwood, and will take possession immediately and sooner if possible.

Thomas Lassater had the misfortune of losing one of his little girls last week, a bright winsome child. Surely his loss is her gain.

S.P. Harris purchased a thoroughbred English horse for $1000 last week. He will also have in his stables this year a thoroughbred racer.

We are sorry to inform the public and “Zulu” in particular, that the thoroughbred K.T. race mare won by Mr. Wheeler of K.T. fame is now no more. This animal came to an untimely end last week. A.M. Johnson, the veterinary who attended her, diagnosed her ailment as heart failure, superinduced by an aching void in the region of her stomach.

Our brick church will soon be completed, after which there will be divine services here bi-monthly.

Mrs. Regal was unlucky enough to fall on the ice last Saturday, and dislocated a bone of her wrist.

J.G. Marriott was in bed two or three days last week – la grippe.

Dan Greene, at present night operator at the barracks, was laid up the better part of last week with mumps.

William Brinker, a West St. Louis merchant, was down on a two days visit last week.



One of your subscribers, Fred. Grimm, Sr., has just got an increase of pension, from six to eight dollars per month, and feels quite elated over it; but he has it in for the fat man for sending him a valentine. On opening his J.D. last week he found pressed into it a something, and called his wife to look at it, and in taking it into his hands he saw it had legs, and in holding it in the palm of his hand it got warm and came to life, and squirmed and wriggled to get away.   He declared it a large sized wood tick, but his wife, on looking at it more closely and judging by the odor, declared it a “Wanze” (bed bug). He says that if you have a surplus of such valentines down there, you need not export them to this country, as there is no market for them here.

Romain Creek has another accusation on hand. Last week there were stolen from Alex. Gillman and Thomas Stose, three valuable guns. Next morning the parties were tracked to a house, and not far from the house, in an old hollow log, one gun was found. Search warrants were sworn out, and Deputy Sheriff Beeresheim and Deputy Constable Nolan searched three different houses, but nothing was discovered of the missing guns.

Anna, beloved wife of Jonas Yates, of Rock Creek, died on the 1st inst. in her 35th year, of consumption. She suffered for two years, and leaves to the tender care of her husband, a babe but a few days old, besides other small children. Mr. Yates is an old citizen, and highly respected by all who know him. He has our sympathy. His wife was a quiet and estimable lady. She was buried in the Kimmswick cemetery.


Crystal & Festus

Frank Brown, the efficient little clerk at the Crystal store, will leave this community for a wider field for his energy. Presumably he is a good Democrat, because he selected Little Rock, Ar., as his Canaan.

Up at Riverside, the carpenters were somewhat retarded in the work on the work on the new railroad depot by the severeness of the cold the last few days. They all went out again today and the locomotives whistle may soon announce a finish.

Perhaps prospectors or mineralogists would find a good field for their labors examining the numerous cuts on the Bonne Terre and Mississippi River road. I am told that several lodes of good slate of various hardness, have been laid bare by grinding the road.

A wreath of lively humanity encircled the tables at the Commercial hotel last Saturday night, There was a banquet in progress, yes sir, a banquet in regular Delmonico style. The celebration was in honor of Masons, upon whom the First degree had been past. Mr. Bell, the landlord, beat his record as a caterer and many “I rise on this occasion” floated over the participants. It was a successful affair.

Many queer things occur in a community such as Festus; but the queerest of all queers observed by me was the trial by jury, of the case wherein John Garwick aimed to recover residue on contract for building John Johnson’s blacksmith shop and Masonic hall. Mr. Johnson claimed damages for improper work performed on the building, but by what right the damage was awarded I can not understand. The building was received and has been occupied nearly three months, and yet Johnson recovered. I would advise Garwick, during his leisure hours, to put props to our temple of justice; the plagued thing is dangerously lopsided. To make the case more queer, the decisions too, generally lean where they are the most feasible, and to go to court means to be slaughtered.

Rumor has it that five substantial brick buildings will be erected in Festus, besides many minor structures, not fully decided on as yet. The Crystal wedge, hemmed in by Crystal City, Silica and Riverside (as I believe the new terminus of the Bonne Terre and Mississippi River Railroad is named) may, perhaps soon blind the eyes of sleepy hollow on the Joachim with our dazzling prosperity in the near future. DeSoto will then shake hands as a suburb and the court house will be on Buck’s Knob.

Well sir, yesterday a man told me that the most reckless thieves were the elements, and I asked him why. “Because,” said he, “they steal the very sod from under the shovel of the contractors of the great new rock road from Festus to R.G. Madison’s plantation. Further inquiry elicited the fact that the road is most impassable for want of dirt, let alone the rocks promised. The busy contractors have been busy all along in promising an excellent road, which would facilitate travel from the Plattin neighborhood; but to no avail. The contractors call the work a grade – men believe it is great. Fairies pump the mud away as fast as it is put there, and we have now a landscape of hills and hollows, and gullies and ruds, and break neck slides and stalling strides, which would astonish any mountaineer should he see them. Tomorrow a delegation from here will go out to inspect the road, and may God have mercy on our County court if the facts as anticipated are verified.


Health is improving in our village, with the exception of Mrs. B.C. Berry, who I learn is sadly afflicted with some throat disease.

Wheat in this vicinity never looked better, and grass and clover are a month ahead of common seasons. Look out for cheap products next fall, if nothing checks the future prospects.

There is some talk about a Union store here, they having bargained for James M. England’s stock of goods, I understand. If old business men can not run a business successfully, I can not see how a store, or body of men can take the same business and make a success of it.

Rev. Scronce preached for us last Sunday.


For Sale – Wishing to devote my full time to my occupation at the glass works, I offer for sale at a bargain a house and lot, near the Christian church in Festus; lot spacious and level and house containing nine rooms suitable for tenement or boarding house. Also, my residence and lot on Adams street, Festus, large flower and vegetable garden, cistern, out buildings, and every convenience for a residence. Also a lot on Adams Street, containing three large building lots, beautifully situated and well adapted for business places or residences.  Fred Burghardt, Festus, Mo.