Jefferson Democrat

July 23, 1891


~Items of News~

Banker MUNROE was out here yesterday, making a sale as trustee.

Mrs. SHORTRIDGE, of Macon City, is here visiting relatives and friends.

Mrs. Anson VEAZEY and children have been spending some days at D.B.’s.

Mrs. Kasie KEYSER came down from St. Louis, last Friday, to visit her parents.

Ed FORREST found a bee tree last week and took therefrom about 50 pounds of fine honey.

Edward CARVER, of Ft. Worth, Texas, was visiting relatives in this county the past week.


Licensed to marry – George L. FALLER and Cora A MERSEAL, David W. TUCKER and Cora HUGHES. 


George SCHERER, an inmate of the county poor house, died on the 11th last., aged 81 years.

We had splendid rain last Monday, which did the corn and late potatoes an immense amount of good.


The aged mother of Chris. RUPPEL, of Victoria, died at her home in Manchester, Mo., about one month ago.


We learn that William BROWN sold his blacksmith shop to Dan JARVIS, and intends to work in the Future Great for a while.


B. IRWIN came down from Omaha last week to prosecute that attachment suit.  He had possession of the goods the last we saw of him.


Robert SMITH stuck an ax into one of his feet, on the 17th of May, and has scarcely been able to walk since.  This is bad luck for a farmer.


William RICHARDS, of the Government fleet at Bushberg, came out to Hillsboro last Tuesday, accompanied by his father-in-law, Mr. KRATER.


Miss Nancy GAMEL died, at her home near Festus, on the 15th last.  She was an estimable lady, near 60 years of age, and had never been married.


Prosecuting Attorney DEARING dismissed the case before ‘Squire LYNCH, against POLITTE, for dynamiting fish, and filed an information in Circuit court.


The big free picnic comes off at the Bethlehem church next Saturday.  All who can should attend.  To be sure that you won’t go away hungry, take along a basket of grub.


Cibrion LALUMANDIER, of Ste. Genevieve, was relieved of $50 and trimmings, by ‘Squire JENNINGS, because he was handling a pistol too recklessly at the French picnic in Festus.


Mr. MCNEARNEY and family went on a visit to Mrs. M.’s mother near High Ridge, last Saturday.  Simone left his wife and children there and is now living the lonesome life of a grass widower.


A patent medicing vender, who was operating at De Soto, was tried and acquitted before ‘Squire ZELLMAN last Monday on charge of selling without license.  He had obtained a peddler’s license.


Mrs. W.H.H. THOMAS has been visiting, for a couple of weeks, Mrs. BLAND at Lebanon, Mo., and trying the curative effects of the electric water of that place.  Mr. THOMAS went out to see her last week.


Arthur BREWSTER had a severe spell of cholera morbus Sunday morning.  Saturday night Mr. MCNEARNEY’s peaches took wings and flew away; but Arthur says it was honey, not peaches, that made him sick.


The whistle of the thresher is heard about Hillsboro, and we learn that the wheat won’t average much more than about half a crop.  John CARREY went to St. Louis this week and bought a straw stacker, which will arrive today or tomorrow.


John KLEISLEY, Jr., came near being killed the other day, in the manner that Mr. BRADY lost his life some years ago.  While ploughing in new ground the plow hit a stump, and one of the handles struck Johnnie in the stomach.  He was laid up for some days, but is now able to work again.


James T. CALAHAN, of Jefferson county, and Miss Martha A. EAVES, of Dent county, were recently married at the residence of the bride’s father, who gave them a magnificent wedding, which was attended by a host of relatives and friends.  Elder SHANER officiated.  The happy couple now reside in De Soto.


Mr. Lee DOERR died on the 18th last., at his residence near Hillsboro.  He had been helpless for years, and suffered greatly during the last few days of his life.  He was buried in the Hillsboro cemetery on Sunday evening.  He leaves a wife and one child, William, who is a prominent and respected citizen of this neighborhood.


C.T. HORINE is disabled again since Monday, having neuralgia and other ailments.  He has a hard time of it lately.


We hardly think the show next Saturday will have all that is on the large bills, but there will be no trouble about those who attend getting their money’s worth.  The low price of admission – 25 cents – should bring a large crowd.  Be sure and bring the children along to see the elephants and other rare animals.


They have finally concluded that Mr. HECKEL, who disappeared so mysteriously a month or so ago, is dead, and his wife has applied for letters of administration on his estate.  It will be remembered that he went to St. Louis on business, and has not since been seen, and that some of his clothes were found near the bank of the Mississippi river.


Mr. John M. GARDNER of Ashland, Ky., arrived in De Soto, last Saturday, on a visit and found his wife, who had preceded him a few days, in bed.  In getting out of a wagon that day, her dress skirt caught on the brake lever and threw her head first to the ground, knocking her senseless for a while.  Luckily she received no serious injury, but was laid up a few days with her bruises.


The following were elected and appointed officers of Joachim Lodge, No. [16?], A.F. & A.M., last Saturday night, and will be installed at next meeting:  C.S. BOOTH, W.M.; J.J. WILSON, S.W.; John S. MCKAY, J.W.; C.H. KLEINSCHMIDT, Treasurer; R.W. MCMULLIN, Secretary; W.S. HOPSON, S.D.; M.C. HARBISON, J.D.; Henry SECKMAN and T.S. BREWSTER, Stewards, and Edward C. MERSEAL.


Writers of obituary notices are respectfully and kindly informed that we are often compelled, by lack of space, to abbreviate or curtail their productions.  We aim to never leave out any important statement of fact, but the poetical part often has to suffer.  We sympathize with the bereaved as much as any one does, but beg to say that the obituary business is often overdone with stereotyped phrases, while important facts in the history of deceased are as often omitted.  This should be corrected.


SIEBER & Co.’s Mammoth Aggregation, Educational Exhibitions, Caravan of Wild Animals and Free Menagerie will visit our city on Saturday, 25th of July.  This institution is a new departure from circus business and the introduction of novelties, acrobatic and gymnastic, and callisthenic exercises pleases the people and is proclaimed a success wherever this show has been.  A parade of one and one half miles long is one of their features and the free menagerie is another.  Open dens of wild animals, Elephants, Camels and Dromedaries should be seen by all and the biggest Elephant on earth should not be missed.  Come early and see the parade.


Some of the ladies are questioning the reliability of the J. D., and accuse us of prematurely announcing the birth of a boy at Judge GREEN’s.  We deny the charge.  In last week’s list of births was included; “June 14th, to Mrs. J.F. GREEN, a boy.”  This was correct.  Mrs. KRAMER’s certificate shows that the boy was born on that date, that his father’s name is James Frank GREEN, and that he is a carpenter.  Judge GREEN, it must be understood, is not the only J.F. GREEN in the county.  It may be contempt of court for the other man’s boy to be born first, but this paper can not help that.  We publish such things as they come, and are not responsible for any delays.


The County Union met here last Friday, with a large delegation, and elected the following officers for the ensuing year:  John A. TUTTLE, president; Reed MCCORMACK, vice-president; Dr. W.J. KIRK, secretary; M.F. BYRNE, treasurer; Sullivan FRAZIER, chaplain; Aug. STROUP, lecturer; John T. BURGESS, assistant lecturer; Alex. BOYD, R.S.; Omer JAHN, L.S.; B. WYNN, sergeant-at-arms.  D.A. MORRISON was then recommended for county organizer and R.G. MADISON was selected as delegate to the State Union.  Dr. KENEY, Jr., and Frank CAMPBELL were elected delegates to the District convention.  We learn that our friend, Carney, came out badly battle scarred with his third party, having but one ally – a former red-hat Republican, and that Omer JAHN made a rattling, rousing good Democratic speech.  We suggest the Democratic Central committee see and engage him for the campaign of ’92.


Notice – The undersigned, administrator of the estate of David HALE, deceased, will sell at private sale, under an order of the Probate court, the following described real estate, situated in Jefferson county, Mo.; 140 acres – east half of northeast quarter and east half southeast quarter, section 34, township 40, range [8 or 3?] east.  Good frame dwelling and all other necessary improvements; also an orchard.  For terms, etc., apply by mail to Albert HALE, Frumet, or R.W. MCMULLIN, Hillsboro, Mo.                                                 


Charles B. CONINGHAM, who has been a telegraph operator for John MULFORD, a St. Louis broker, left his home last Saturday week ago for Frederick, Ill., where his relatives reside, and has not been heard of since.  A reporter went to see his wife, who resides on Park Avenue, with a ten-months-old baby, and found her packing up her effects preparatory to returning to her parents.  Her story ran as follows:  We were married three years ago.  My maiden name was Clara CODDING.  My parents reside in DeSoto.  My father is an old soldier and an invalid.  I knew my husband had been married before he married me to a Miss Nellie EASTMAN, of St. Paul, Minn.  He told me he was divorced.  About six months after we were married I found out that he had been living with a girl at Watseka, Ill., as man and wife for six years.  After our marriage the girl wrote him letters, and discovering them I so haunted her that she left town.  I don’t think Charlie has gone to her.  He was depressed by debt, drank considerably, went to Frederick to get money, and, failing to get it, has gone away to escape his creditors in this city.  He was always very good to me.  In Tuesday Globe-Democrat we see that Mr. C. has returned to the city, and he said to a reporter;  “My wife claims that she made no statements, other that to give the correct spelling of her maiden name to the reporter.”


~Seckman Echoes~

By A.E.


Corn and potatoes want a drenching rain.

Wheat threshing is all the go now, and turning out from 17 to 27 bushels per acre.

There will be a grand raffle near Seckman on the 25th, for a good saddle.  The winner will be satisfied after that night.


Michael RITTEL died on the 15th last., aged 28 years.  He was one of the most faithful young men towards his parents in this community.  His death was the result of falling off a load of hay and being severely pricked with a stubble, which caused lockjaw.  He was buried on the 16th at Maxville, Rev. SCHRAMM officiating.  Many of his friends were present, and his old father will miss him sadly.


Our postmaster is not satisfied, when he is called on by his assistant once in two or three weeks to attend to the duties of the office.  He had better resign and let some one get the appointment, who will see that the mails are properly attended to without any trouble.  But he will hardly do that, because a Democrat might get there under our Sam, as Bill KINSEY’s time has expired.  How is this for high?



 ~Valle Minings~

By Honeybee.


A severe drought is visiting us at present, which is death to the corn crop. 


Mrs. HAINES and daughter, of Emporia, Kansas, spent the last three weeks with B.C. BRAINARD.   


Owing to the sickness and death of my grand-mother, I was unable to attend to the reporter’s duties the past few weeks.


Rumors are afloat that the A.O.U.W. lodge of this place will give another picnic on the 15th of August, but I think this a mistake.


We have had two new [section?] bosses since the first of June:  Marion WILLIS was invited to resign and Dan DONOVAN took his place.


We had a glorious picnic here on the Fourth; plenty to eat and drink, and other amusements besides.  I saw only one knock-down during the day.


Wheat threshing has begun in this vicinity, several persons having threshed already.  P.B. FRAZIER gets 610 bushels off of 60 acres – a little better than 10 bushels per acre.  This is a poor turnout for this section.


A swarm of bees lit in Marion WILLIS’ chicken house, where there were three or four empty beer kegs.  Of one the bees took immediate possession and, I presume, got drunk and could not get out any more.  When Marion moved to the German Settlement he took the bees along with his other chattels.



~Fair Notes of the Belleville District Fair of St. Clair County, Illinois~


The green stables now inside of the track will be moved out, and the track on the west side straightened and otherwise improved.


The new dance hall in the fair grounds is now receiving the finishing touch of the painter’s brush, and, when completed, will be the finest building on the grounds.


The bicycle races on the first day of the fair will be the best ever had in this part of the country.  The premiums in gold medals will amount to about $400.  This will bring the boys not only from St. Louis, but from Chicago and Quincy also.


The carrousel, or merry-go-round, is certainly the finest ever seen in the West.  This is now being placed in position on the grounds, and will be the delight of children as well as grown persons.  The organ attached is a $400 one, and is equal to a full band.


The bricklayers commenced on Wednesday morning the laying of the foundation for the art gallery, which will be 48 feet long by 24 wide.  This building will add considerably toward ornamenting the grounds, and, when filled with pictures and paintings of the noted and standard artists of the nineteen century, will be entertaining to the visitors of the fair.


~Hard Lines~

She said, as she bade her lord good-bye,

“I really wish I were you;

You will sit at your desk all day, while I

Have a hard day’s work to do.”

And her husband answered:  “Well,

Make a start

And you’ll finish ere I return, sweetheart.”


When her lord had gone, she idly sat

O’er her coffee an hour or more,

Then spent an hour in a cheery chat

With her neighbor at Number Four;

And afterward went for an hour to prate

O’er the latest scandal at Number Eight.


An hour at the window she stood to look

At a horse that was down in the street,

Then a cold collation she slowly took

And, being with work dead-beat,

She into her chamber calmly went,

And three hours in well-earned slumber



An hour o’er her novel she needs must pass,

And the day had worn on to night;

And at length, when her husband came home, alas!

She was working with main and might.

And her husband dropped a pitying tear

As she murmured “I wish I were you,

My dear;

You men in life get all the fun,

But the toil of a woman is never done!”




Died – June 3, 1891, near Victoria, Mo., George, son of Chris, RUPPEL, aged 21 years, 6 months and 5 days.


Peaceful be they silent slumber,

Peaceful in they grave so low;

Thou no more will join our number –

Then no more our sorrows know.


Yet, again, we hope to meet thee,

When the day of life is fled,

And in heaven with joy to greet thee,

Where no farewell tears are shed.


There is no Death!  The stars go down

To rise upon some fairer shore,

And bright in Heaven’s jeweled crown

They shine forever more.


And ever near us, unseen,

The dear immortal spirits tread,

For all the boundless universe is life, --

There are no dead.


Farewell, George, till we meet again in a brighter, better world than this.

Mrs. Nannie RUPPEL.


On Saturday, May 18, 1891, Swashen Baptist church appointed Messrs. J.C. CAPE, W.J. WILLIAMS and K MCMULLIN a committee on obituary, who reported as follows, which was received by that church and ordered published:

Whereas, we, as a church, have cause to mourn the loss, by death, of four of our oldest members, in so short a time and so close together that it seems remarkable, namely T.C. CARVER, William STEVENS, L.D. COLLINS and Samuel MAGEE, we realize that our loss is only temporal and transient – their gain, spiritual and everlasting:  so we bow in humble submission to the will of our Heavenly Father, who doeth all things well.  To the bereaved families of our departed brethren we offer our condolence, and would say to them to mourn not as those who have no hope, but to take consolation from the word of inspiration, which says:  “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth; yes, said the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.


Margaret REYNOLDS, who died July 12, 1891, was born in Clinton County, Ky., in the year [181?], and lived there until 20 years of age when she was united in marriage to Mr. George REYNOLDS.  Her maiden name was HUFF.  After marriage she removed with her husband to Missouri, residing there for some time, then returning to Kentucky for a short time.  They then came to this county, and remained till death.  Her husband fell from his horse and had his neck broken, August 13, 1891.  Although not a professed Christian, Mrs. REYNOLDS had a hope in Christ and when on her death bed, on being asked if she was ready to die, replied that she was, “Whenever Christ calls me I am ready.”  After this conversation she lingered for two days, being speechless during the time.  She will be sadly missed, as she was a true, devoted wife and mother.  She was the mother of eight children, three of whom preceded her to the spirit land.  May her soul ever rest in the bosom of Christ.

Dear mother, thou has left us in this

world of woe.

By thy presence in the heavens the stars

increase their glow.

Yet we hope to meet you, mother, in

that world so bright and fair;

For we know, when called to die, that

We may meet you there.

July 20, 1891      H.J. KOBEL.


~Sealed Bids~

Notice is hereby given that sealed bids for the management of the county poor farm and the care and management of the inmates thereof, for a term of four years, commencing March 1, 1892, will be received until Wednesday, August 5, 1891.  Contract to be awarded to the lowest and best bidder, who shall give bond for the faithful performance of his duties in such sum as may be fixed by the court.  The court reserves the right to reject any and all bids.  By order of the court.




~Probate Court~

Term Docket of the Probate Court of Jefferson County, Missouri, to be begun and held in the Town of Hillsboro, in said County, on Monday, the 10th day of August, 1891.

A.R. ELKINS, Judge.

Monday, August 10th, First Day.

Estate.                                                              Adm., Cur. or Ex.

Henry BAUER                                                  Margaret BAUER

Lydia A DRAKE                                               H.B. DRAKE

John GALVIN                                                  Terry O’BRIEN

Stephen MAHLER                                            Elizabeth MAHLER

Samuel MARSDEN                                          Sullivan FRAZIER

John P NEFF                                                    Louis K WATERS

Adeline E PECK                                               Julia COLMAN

August RACINE                                               Sophia RACINE

Ann SWAYN                                                   Stephen R PERRY

Andreas STECKER                                           William HAMPEL

Gertrude SCHMITT                                          William SCHMITT

John TILLISON                                                Sarah TILLISON

Elizabeth WHITWORTH                                  Bernard SCHEVE

Frances H. WARNER                                       C.H. WARNER

Sylvester A. WILSON                                       J.B. BAKEWELL


Tuesday, August 11th, Second Day.

Elijah BURGESS                                              W.H.H. THOMAS

Madeline FAN                                                  D.M. PARK

Moria A. GALVIN                                            Peter GALVIN

Jane GALVIN                                                   Peter GALVIN

Leroy HUSKEY                                                W.R. WILLIAMS

Madison minors                                                            Robert G. MADISON

Prewitt minors                                                  H.C. HARBISON

William STEERMAN                                        August HOLLMAN

Virdie WILLIAMS                                            Sallie PINSON


~Grand Picnic~

J.F. MANESS  and G.W. GRAHAM will give a barbecue and picnic at the Allen MANESS farm on Dry Creek, August 8th, 1891.  Good dinner, excellent music, amusements and refreshments of every kind, will be provided.  All who want to spend the day pleasantly and have a good time are invited to attend.  Don’t forget the date – August 8th.



There will be a meeting of the Byrnesville Mutual Protective Society at the Byrnesville school house on Saturday, July 28th, at 4 p.m., sharp.  All good citizens of Meramec township, who desire to join us, are respectfully requested to be on hand.

Peter DUNNIGAN, Pres.

John GANEY , Vice-P.

M.F. DUNNIGAN, Secretary.




SEIBER & Co.’s Mammoth Aggregation. Educational Exhibitions, Caravan of Wild Animals and Free Menagerie

D.B. VEAZEY or H.W. MCMULLIN, Bargains in Real Estate

TRUE & Co., Money

?.C. ALLEN, $3000 a year!

F.P. KENNER’s New Saloon

HEISKELL’s Ointment

R.P. STEWART, Livery, Feed and Sale

F. AUBUCHON & Son, General Merchandise

Louis GREVE’s General Store

De Soto Marble