Jefferson Democrat

March 5, 1891  


There is a move on foot in Jefferson County to get the county seat changed to DeSoto.  Of course, we are not interested in the matter, but we think that it would be to the interest of the inhabitants of that county, as well as to the public in general to have the county seat in DeSoto – Fredericktown Plaindealer.


From House’s Springs

…..J.E.C. WILSON, the oldest resident of this place, has removed with his family to St. Louis, having rented his home and grounds to Joseph CARMAN, who formerly resided near Rankin Station.

The rain of last Thursday and Friday must have been very heavy near the source of  Big River, as the raise in it was altogether out of proportion to the amount of rain that fell here.  The water flooded all the low bottoms, and was nearly as high as it was in the extraordinary flood of a year ago.

Silas MAUPIN has moved to his farm at the mouth of Big River, which was formerly the place and residence of his brother, our present Sheriff.

Frank BURGESS will occupy the farm and residence recently vacated by Silas, near Byrnesville.  From the amount of furniture I have seen coming from St. Louis lately, I judge that Frank is going to housekeeping in fine style.

There is and has been lots of LaGrippa in this locality, but it is not so severe as it was last year.

Yesterday there was a law suit here, before Esquire SCHULZE.  A Mr. BRAUER brought a charge of assault and battery against some parties who reside near Cedar Hill; but upon hearing the evidence, the jury thought he did not make out a case, discharged defendants and let the plaintiff in for costs. 

It is only a few days until the 4th of March, when the country will draw a sigh of relief over the almost miraculous escape she had in not being saddled with the infamous measure, known as the Force Bill.  Had that bill passed the Senate and been made a law, then we could have said farewell to individual liberty, to the rights of States, and to everything belonging to our institutions, of which American citizens are justly proud.

House’s Spring, Feb. 25, 1891.


Deaths and Births:

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


Feb 20, Henry BRAHMERLOH, 10 yrs.

Feb 22, William HOHGRAFE (Hografe?), 2 yrs.


Jan 25, Mrs. J.W. NULL, boy

Jan 30, Mrs. W.F. MCKEE, girl

Feb 9, Mrs. Julins THUSAND, boy

Feb 10, Mrs. Samuel OGLE, girl

Feb 16, Mrs. Fritz OCTJEN (Octgen?), boy

Feb 17, Mrs. David WHITE, girl


Stringtown Strings

Wheat looks promising in this neighborhood.

Recently Big River submerged all the low bottoms.

Mr. CLEVELAND’s letter, denouncing the sliver hill, is not relished by Democrats of old Meramec.

Allen DEWITT is improving his farm by rebuilding the barn and making some good new fences.

Michael BOEMLER met with quite a loss by the death of a fine young stallion, valued at $300.

Miss Jennie BYRNS, of Plattin, is visiting relatives near House’s Spring, and Charley GALBOR, of St. Louis, is visiting this locality.

Since my last writing, some of our people had quite a move on: Mr. WILSON of House’s Springs moved to St. Louis while Joseph CARMAN occupies the place vacated; Silas MAUPIN has moved from BURGESS farms to the place he purchased some time ago, and Beujandis BOWREN is also on the move.

“We bachelors are on the wing, our leave having expired, consequently we’ll move to some other vicinity.  Our friend, Abe CROMWELL, who is no stranger in these parts will move where we have lived, and we would say to our neighbors, we hope that Mr. CROMWELL’s neighborly kindness may be as pleasant to you all as yours has been to us. Meramec Twnshp, Feb. 25th.


The Jefferson Nursery located near Kimmswick, Jefferson Co., MO

A fine and good assortment of fruit trees – apple, peach, pear, cherry, plums and quince, and berries of every kind, at prices – low – to suit the times.  Myself or agent will call on you for your orders.  H. JOBGEN, Prop.


Resolutions of Respect

At a regular meeting of New Liberty Union, No 338, held February 21, 1891, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Whereas, it has seemed best in our Heavenly Father to transfer to the Union above our late brother, George W. GAMBLE; and while we bow in humble submission to Him who doeth all things well, our hearts are none the less made sad, as we remember that his place among us if forever vacant….

J.E. MALLORY, Vance BUNNELL, George MURRELL, Committee 


List of Conveyances filed with the Recorder during the week ending on last Tuesday:

Bessie DAVIS to C. CUNNINGHAM, two lots in DeSoto…$42.

George DURGAN (Durgin?) to John C. THORP, four lots in DeSoto…$50.

Bessie DAVIS to George R. RATHBUN, two lots in DeSoto…$60.

Hattie A. SMITH to John V. FISK, 52 acres, section 6 tp 39 range 5…$400.

Eugene AMOR to G.T. LANHAM, 80 acres, sect 32 tp 41 range 4…$100

George R. RATHBUN to J.R. CUNNINGHAM, two lots in DeSoto…$30

Charles CUNNINGHAM to J.R. CUNNINGHAM, two lots in DeSoto…$50

Sullivan FRAZIER to H.F. BOUGHTON, two lots in Victoria…$500    

C.C. HALSTEAD to James F. GREEN, four lots in DeSoto….$240

George R. RATHBUN to John F. PERKINS, two lots in DeSoto…$60

F.H. RUSSELL to Andreas RUCHT (Ruch?), lot in survey 416….$650.

M.E. BOUGHTON to Sullivan FRAZIER, six lots in Hillsboro…$500

George FICKEN to Minnie S. GUTHRELL, lot in Festus…$650

Wm. C. FAIRBANKS to Wm. LYNCH, two lots in DeSoto….$300

Henry LEPP to Lila H. ALFORD, lot in DeSoto…$90

C.M. BRANT to Wm. C. FAIRBANKS, two lots in DeSoto…$175.

Samuel CUMMINS to Chas. WINER, 120 acres, sec 26, tp 38, range 4…$400.

Bernhard SCHNEIDER to Catharine MUELLER, 80 acres, in sect 4, tp 41, range 4….$425.

Sylvester WILSON, by trustee, to Matilda WILSON, lot in Festus…$450.

A. PECANT, by trustee, to Selmer GRANDJEAR (Grandjean?), lot in DeSoto…$1000.


Arthur, 17-yr old son of Thomas LITTLETON, of this place, has made a complete railroad engine by hand, with the exception of the four drive wheels, which his father purchased for him in St. Louis.  The engine has two cylinders and runs with steam as smooth as any large engine.  It is reversible, and by means of a simple movement of a lever will run backwards or forwards.  Arthur has it attached to the engine at the Alliance mill and by means of a small pipe, connected with the steam pipe of the Alliance engine, he keeps the little one running at full tilt.  He is now working on a boiler, to be placed on top of the engine; afterwards he will construct a – and tender and one coach, and then he will build a line of railroad with a gauge of seven latches.  When finished it will be a wonder, and for industry and genius will place young LITTLETON ahead of any boy of his age and experience. -Fredericktown Plainsdealer.


By Car Loads

Steel and wood beams, plows, rolling coulters, cultivators and corn planters are sold by the undersigned at retail at wholesale prices.  Give me a call before purchasing elsewhere.  New ground plows, with coulter, from six to eight dollars.  Remember that I receive carloads of plows direct from the factory, which are retailed at wholesale prices.  F. H HACKE, Desoto, MO   


Fine Cigars and Liquors – Southeastern Sample Room – F. A. KAIN, prop., 101. N. Sixth Street, corner Chestnut, St. Louis, MO.


Frank J. HAMPEL, Maxville, MO – Hartford Fire Insurance Co.; Bloomington Nurseries!


Mortgagee’s Sale – Whereas John H. MORSE, by his chattel mortgage, dated June 18??, and recorded in Book ‘K’ at page 186 of Jefferson County, Missouri Chattel Mortgages, conveyed to the undersigned and Henry STELBRINK all the growing crops on the west half of the survey, in township 41, range 2 east, consisting of hay, etc. them against the payment of a school fund mortgage to Jefferson County, Missouri on which they had signed as securities, and the said James A. WILSON having been compelled to pay part of said mortgage, now in accordance with the previsions of said chattel mortgage, I will sell all the hay that was raised on said land that remains there, on the premises, on Saturday, the 14th day of March 1891, for cash to the highest bidder.  James A. WILSON, Mortgagee.


Administrator’s Notice – Notice is hereby given that letters of administration of the estate of George W. GAMBLE, deceased were granted to the undersigned on the 17th day of February, 1891, by the probate court of Jefferson County, Missouri.

All persons having claims against said estate are required to exhibit them for allowance to the undersigned within one year from the date of said letters, or they may be precluded from any benefit of said estate, and if such claims be not exhibited with two years from the date of this publication, they shall be forever barred.  Sullivan FRAZIER, Administrator.


Administrator’s Notice -  Notice is hereby given that letters of administration of the estate of Victor C?? (Cravath?), deceased were granted to the undersigned on the 31st day of January, 1891, by the probate court of Jefferson County, Missouri.

All persons having claims against said estate are required to exhibit them for allowance to the undersigned within one year from the date of said letters, or they may be precluded from any benefit of said estate, and if such claims be not exhibited with two years from the date of this publication, they shall be forever barred.  J.B. BAKEWELL, Public Administrator.


Executor’s Notice – Notice is hereby given that letters testamentary on the estate of John CIHAK, deceased, were granted to the undersigned on the 25th day of August, 1890.  All persons having claims against said estate are required to exhibit them for allowance to the executor with one year after the date of said letters, or they may be precluded from any benefit of said estate, and if such claims be not exhibited with two years from the date of this publication, they shall be forever barred.  Joseph CIHAK, Executor.


Trustee’s Sale – Whereas, Homer P. WILLIAMS and Amelia C. WILLIAMS, his wife by a certain deed of trust, dated – day of eighteen hundred and eighty-eight acknowledged on the 20th day of July 1888, and recorded in the Recorder’s office in Jefferson County, State of Missouri, in Book 17, page 563, conveyed to the undersigned the following in the County of Jefferson and State of Missouri, to wit: Lots numbered twenty one, twenty two, twenty three, twenty four, twenty five, twenty six, and thirty-four of William H. BELL’s Sulphur Springs Tract, according to a plat of - subdivision by William C. JAMISON which said plat is recorded in the Recorder’s office of Jefferson County, State of Missouri, the said lots containing according to said plat in the aggregate the – of forty four --- acres; also block number twenty of Silvan Heights subdivision of U.S. Survey no’s 2005 and 2009, according to a plat of – subdivision, which is recorded in the Recorder’s office of Jefferson County, State of Missouri, said block containing the quantity of three acres more or less, it being the same block on which the ‘Montesano Hotel’ formerly stood.  Which said conveyance to the undersigned was made in trust to secure the payment of a certain promissory note in said deed of trust described; and whereas default has been made in the payment of a portion of the said described in and secured by said deed of trust; Now, therefore, at the request of the legal holder of said note, and in pursuance of the conditions, of said deed of trust, the undersigned will, on, Wednesday, the 13th of March, 1891, between the hours of 9 o’clock in the forenoon and 5 o’clock in the afternoon of said day, at the court house door, in the Town of Hillsboro, County of Jefferson, State of Missouri, proceed to sell the above described land for cash, for the purpose of satisfying the balance due on said note and the costs of executing this trust.  Michael KEBER, Trustee.     


Trustee’s Sale – Whereas, August NEIGLE and Cecilia NEIGLE, his wife by their deed of trust dated December 6, 18?? and recorded in the recorder’s office of Jefferson County, Missouri in trust recorder book No 15 (16?) at page ? conveyed to the undersigned trustee, the following in the County of Jefferson and State of Missouri, to wit:

All of block number nine in William J. ADAM’s subdivision of part of US Survey….

Which said conveyance to the undersigned was made in trust to secure the payment of a certain promissory note in said deed of trust described; and whereas said note has long since become due and payable and remains unpaid, and the said August NEIGLE has been dead more than nine months…. at the request of the legal holder of said note, and in pursuance of the conditions, of said deed of trust, the undersigned will, on, the ? of March, 1891, between the hours of 9 o’clock in the forenoon and 5 o’clock in the afternoon of said day, at the court house door, in the Town of Hillsboro, County of Jefferson, State of Missouri, proceed to sell the above described land for cash, for the purpose of satisfying the balance due on said note and the costs of executing this trust.  J.E. SWINK, Trustee.    


[Note: The below notices are too blurry to completely transcribe:]


Trustee Sale

{name: Rene F. [this surname is about 11+ letters}

Trustee is Connie  MAIRAM (MAIRAH ?)

Sold at the courthouse on Sat. Mar 21, 1891.


Trustee Sale

{name: Samuel SIMPSON and Sandy? SIMPSON, his wife

George A. WITTRAM, Trustee}


Trustee Sale

{name: William JEWETT and Elizabeth JEWETT, his wife

E.B. MAUPIN, Sheriff

Sold at the courthouse on Sat. Mar 21, 1891.}


Sheriff’s Sale as Trustee

Christoph HUBER and Christine HUBER, his wife, by their deed of trust, dated March 4, 18??, and recorded in the Recorder’s office of Jefferson County, Missouri, in Trust Record Book No 36, on page ???, conveyed is Christian KEARNER (KOERNER?) as trustee, the following described real estate, situate in Jefferson County, Missouri, to wit:

The southwest fractional quarter of section twenty one, township forty one, range five east, containing twenty nine and forty hundredths acres, acquired by deed recorded in the recorder’s office of Jefferson County Missouri, in book P, at page ???.

Which conveyance was in trust to secure the payment of promissory notes therein mentioned and described; and whereas, said notes have long since become due and payable, and remain unpaid, and where as it is – in said deed of trust that in ……of Jefferson County, Missouri, shall execute said trust, and the said Christian KOERNER having refused to act, now therefore at the request of the legal holder and owner of said notes, and in pursuance of the Authority in me given by said deed of trust publication is hereby given that I, the undersigned Sheriff of Jefferson County, Missouri will on, Saturday, the 31st day of  March, 1891, between the hours of 9 o’clock in the forenoon and 5 o’clock in the afternoon of said day, at the court house door, in the Town of Hillsboro, County of Jefferson, State of Missouri, sell at public auction the real estate above described for cash, to satisfy said note and the expense of executing this trust. 

E.B. MAUPIN, Sheriff


Order of Publication

Emma H. McNUTT, plaintiff vs. Robert S. McNUTT, plaintiff – For divorce.

.. on this day comes the plaintiff herein, by her attorney, Thomas HORINE…Grounds of abandonment…failure to support plaintiff and their child and provide a life for them, and plaintiff further asks for care and custody of their child.

And unless the said Robert McNUTT be and appear at this court at the next term….

C.R. HONEY, Circuit Clerk


Tinware – John GEATLEY, practical Tinner, Scheve, P.O., MO

The Jefferson House, by Fred WAPPLER, Main Street. DeSoto, Liquors, Beer and Wine

New Brick Livery, Feed & Sale Stable, Main & Boyd Streets, DeSoto, MO-A.L. FRECH

J.W. SMITH, Senate Saloon, S. Main, DeSoto, MO

DORRANCE Portrait Studio, South Main Stree, DeSoto, MO

MOCKBEE HOUSE (Clark’s Hotel) Hillsboro, MO

Elmer KEMPE, Dry Goods, Notions, Boots and Shoes

E.B. MAUPIN, Auctioneer, Hillsboro, MO

New Country Store, Glade Chapel, All Country Produce, Mrs. Anna FRAZIER

For the ladies – Butterick’s patterns, The Prim Millenary Store, Mrs. GEATLEY and Mrs. WARNER, Prop, Main Street, DeSoto, MO

Wine, Beer and Liquors, 14 mile House, Lemay Road – Aug. KASSEBAUM

E. VOLLMAR, Dry Goods, Groceries, Clothing


Items of News

Henry JOBGEN was in Hillsboro this week, selling fruit trees.

William SLOAN, of Potosi was visiting friends here this week.

For plain and fancy stationary go to the Hillsboro post office.

Bill BRYAN is wrestling with a supposed felon – on his thumb.

Mrs. Edward HANSON, of St. Louis is visiting Chris HUSKEY’s.

Good Seed Oats for sale by F.C. VOLLMAR, Antonia, MO.

G.W. LANHAM will attend the Baptist College at Farmington, this Spring.

Mrs. John H. REPPY accompanied her mother to Arkansas, to visit her relatives.

Bushels of seed oats for sale by W.S. JEWETT, Crystal City.

John KEISKER’s wife and children are quite sick.  Lagrippe is said to be the ailment.

Regular winter weather prevailed the past week, the coldest of the season being Tuesday night.

Mrs. FITE, of St. Francois County was visiting her sister, Mrs. Mary P. GREEN, last week.

Married in Hillsboro, March 3, 1891, James M. HUSKEY and Miss Mary J. WILSON, Judge ELKINS officiating.

D.M. FERRY’s fresh garden seeds for sale at the Hillsboro post office.

Wanted at Flucom, Jefferson County, MO: 50,000 half barrel hickory hoops.  Must be well shaved.

Mrs. Sarah POST, an old lady residing in Desoto, died on the 22nd ult., and was buried on the following day.       

For all kinds of building material call at the cash store of Jos. J. HOEKEN.

Mrs. J.P. DOUGHERTY and her son, Raphael, of Fenton, came up to attend the wedding of her brother, Thomas M. LANHAM.

Mrs. BUTCHER of Prescott, AR, who has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. J.H. REPPY, for the past month, returned home last week.

50 bushels of White Bonanza seed oats for sale by J. BLEIKER, Hillsboro, MO.

L.B. NULL and Alda Jackson, both of near Antonia, were united in marriage February 25, 1891 by Judge ELKINS, in Hillsboro.

William MORRIS has been under the weather for a few days, and his brother, Joe has been doing his chores around the Mockbee House.

Go to HOEKEN’s cash store for all kinds of school books and school materials.

Herman POSCH of Festus, the bartender in the county, was in Hillsboro last Friday.  He was considerably more docile than of yore.

Since Mr. LITTLE has moved to Sandy and seen fit to take our devil with him, we have taken the contract to make a devil out of Gussie SPLIKER.

Subscriptions to all newspapers and periodicals received at the Hillsboro post office at club rates.

Mrs. Herman SHERMAN slipped on the ice last Monday, fell and broke one of her arms near the wrist.  Dr. ELDER fixed up the wounded member.

Mrs. STEEL left, on Saturday, to visit relatives in North Missouri.  Her niece Miss Jennie LEE of Grubville, is keeping house for the Professor and family in her absence.

D. S. FRAZIER bought the young stallion, Harry of the West, from Chas. T. JARVIS, and will let him serve a few mares this season at his (FRAZIER) stables, on Sandy.

The finest assortment of perfumery and toilet articles, at the Opera House Drug Store.

Judge SECKMAN, John A. TUTTLE and other delegates of the Farmers and Laborers Union were here last Monday, fixing up a plan for a farmer’s insurance organization for this county.

Lucinda MITCHELL, an old colored woman who used to do washing in Hillsboro, died last month, at the cabin she was existing in, on Big River.  She was destitute and was  buried by a neighbor.

Wanted – Black Walnut, Cherry and Cedar Logs, at HAMEL’s Lumberyard, in DeSoto.

Mr. E. MURPHY, a young and intelligent looking lawyer, of Hillsboro, Ohio, has settled in our city with a view to practice.  He is a graduate of the law school of Ann Arbor, Michigan – DeSoto Gazette.

Butcher BOUGHTON will move to his new home in Victoria this week, and Squire FRAZIER intends to occupy the BOUGHTON house.  Frank says he will continue to furnish Hillsboroians with beef, pork and mutton.

If you want a No. 1 cooking or heating stove, call on Jos. J. HOEKEN at his cash store.

Licensed to marry – L.D. KULL and Alda JACKSON, William KYLE and Martin (sic?) McDANIEL, James M. HUSKEY and Mary J. WILSON, Herman STRESE and Elizabeth KREIDMACHER, Andrew T. WILLIAMS and Mary McCORKEL.

There was a slight of hand performance at the court house Saturday night, which was not well attended, owing to the inclemency of the weather; but those who were present, speak well of the ‘conjuror’ and his tricks.

Boots and shoes, for people of all sizes and ages, at the cash store of Jos. HOEKEN, Hillsboro, Mo. See the low prices.

The Mirror was a little premature in saying that Tom LANHAM was to marry last Thursday.  Tom is still wandering about in single cussedness, but it is quite likely that he will enter a state of double blessedness before the moon changes.


The Missouri Legislature has passed a law restraining domestic geese from running at large.  We object to this measure, as it is a direct slap at our ex-devil, Arthur BREWSTER, whose geese have always seen to it that our hogs would waste no corn.


We learn through a letter from Harvey SELLMER, that John M. SKAGGS, formerly of this county, is now engaged in breeding fine stock at Knobel, AR.  He has a six weeks old colt for which he has refused $200 in cash.


Fritz ALFELD (Atfeld?), who has been shaving hoops at Antonia the past year, intends to go down near Bailey’s Station and work up the poles in that country.  He is a good shaver, always pays the market price for poles, and comes up to his contracts.


It is quite probably that you may need the services of a physician some day, but can postpone the time indefinitely by keeping your blood pure and your system invigorated through the use of Ayer’s Sarsaparilla.  Prevention is better than cure.


Mr. Alex COOPER, of near Cedar Hill, seems to have gotten into some trouble by acting as attorney for a neighbor names BRAUER.  Squire SCHULZ is trying to convict him of making a false affidavit, but it is not likely that there is anything to it.


The James HUSKEY farm on Big River was sold in partition, by the Sheriff last Monday.  Edward ILLUSON was the purchaser at the price of $2631.  The land was sold subject to the homestead of the widow and minor children, or it would have brought much more.


A.K. BOYD was around Monday, with his head and hand bandaged, looking like there might have been a contest at his house to decide who was boss.  He was assisting in taking down some trestle work for the railroad company, when a timber fell on him and knocked him down.  It was lucky that he was not worse hurt.


A. MEYER was appointed postmaster at Kimmswick last week, in place of M.F. SPALDING, removed.  Dr. SPALDING, the old postmaster, was a Democrat, and the delay in his removal was occasioned by a disagreement among the local Republican bosses.  We judge from the appointment being made that peace now reigns in the camp.   


A large lot of harness, saddles, bridles, etc., the property of a Mr. STILES from St. Louis, was sold here at auction last Saturday.  It was mostly of a very cheap class, but the purchasers seemed very well satisfied with the bargains.  The stores throughout the country will not sell much of this line of goods for some time, as the demand has been pretty well supplied.


Augustus R. STEARNS, infant son of Arthur and Emma STEARNS, died Friday, February 27th of pneumonia, at his home in East St. Louis, Ill.  His remains were brought to DeSoto the following day, and the funeral took place at 3 p.m. on Sunday.  Services were held at the home of Mrs. STEARN’s mother, Mrs. M. EULER, by Rev. G. GEKLER, pastor of the German Evangelical Church.     


For some time we have been wondering what had become of Con. SHEN, the harmless railroad tramp who spent most of the last winters in our poor house.  This week we were informed by a reliable person that Cornelius had been left a legacy of some $6,000, by a relative in Ohio, and that he is now enjoying life under the care of a guardian.  We hope he may live many years to enjoy his treasures.


Mr. G. F. BOOTHE requests us to inform the people of this county, that the reason why he does not visit the different neighborhoods and give the people a chance to become acquainted with him before the April election, is that he is engaged in teaching school, and his term will not end until a few days before the election.  His school was some delayed this winter, owing to sickness among the children.


“Lena M. PERRY, born Aug. 29, 1852, died Feb. 27, 1891.  Funeral services next Sunday, at 2 o’clock p.m. at the M.E. Church, South in DeSoto, to which all friends are invited,” so read a funeral notice receive by mail by us last Sunday.  We have since learned that the deceased was the wife of Comrade Ed PERRY, Commander of the GAR Post at Desoto.  We have not been informed as to the cause of her death, but we know it must be a sad blow to friend Perry, and we hereby extend our sympathy.


Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the Rock Township Mutual Protective Society will be held, at Antonia on Saturday March 7, 1891, at 2 p.m. for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuing year and to transact such other business as may be on hand.  All members are expected to be present.  George MARTIN, Pres., E.



John ROESCH (Boesch?) has returned from a three months visit to the place of his nativity, Canton St. Gallen, Schwiez, whither he had gone to see about an inheritance left him by his sister.  He informed us that the estate left him will aggregate some $8,000; that he has been paid only a small portion of it, because the matter has not had time to be properly adjusted in the courts, and that it will take from six months to a year before he will receive the full amount.  He intends to stay will us until then, when he will probably invest his means in real estate securities. 


Messrs. Birkhead A. MERRILL, of the Star Stables in St. Louis, according to advertisement, had sixteen ? and mares in Hillsboro last Saturday for sale or trade.  They made three or four sales and a couple of trades that we heard of.  They had a better class of animals than anyone expected to see – in fact, just such animals, if all right, are taken from here to the city for sale, and hence everybody was suspicious of them.  They are good talkers and made as fair offers, so far as letting parties test the animals was concerned, as anyone could ask; but they hold out for pretty stiff prices.


Seckman, March 2

Mrs. John ZUFALL was visiting our merchant and would have gone to see more of her old friends had time permitted. 


Wm. SCHWALBERT had a stable raising on the 28th ult, and those who helped him had good time, drinking beer and playing cards.  William always treats those who help him to the best, and we know should he have another raising they would all aid him. 


There was a surprise party at Judge SECKMAN’s on the night of the 28th ult, but I did not learn whom they surprised. 


Frank LORENZ and Esquire BERRESHEIM went down to DeSoto today, to buy a monument for some of their deceased relatives. 


F. HACKE, of DeSoto, is making a specialty in the manufacture of farm wagons, which he sells at St. Louis prices.  They are the best and lightest running wagons extend.  Go see them and examine work and prices, and patronize a home institution.  Every wages guaranteed to give satisfaction.


Mr. MORRISON and family reached here last Friday and are now occupying their new home, the HUSKEY place, adjoining Hillsboro.  This is what the Audubon (Iowa) Advocate says of him: “Mr. D. A. MORRISON and family leave Audubon County, next Friday, for Hillsboro, MO., where they will make their future home and Mr. MORRISON will engage in fruit raising.  During his eleven years residence in this county Mr. MORRISON has made many friends, who will regret to learn of his intended departure.  As a teacher in the schools of the county, for the greater part of his residence here, he has proven himself to be a capable educator and the impress he has left upon its youths here have been for good.  The Advocate goes with him to his new home and wishes for him and his prosperity in the fullest.”


Public sale – Mrs. Elizabeth HARNESS will dispose at public auction, on her farm three miles south of Frumet, March 14, 1891, thirty head of cattle and thirty-five hogs.  Terms: $5 and under, cash; nine months credit on sums over that amount, on notes bearing six percent interest from maturity.


Seed Oats

300 bushels of seed oats, at 50 cents a bushel; good and pure seed.  Address J.H. WILSON, Vineland, MO


Brice’s Creek

Alex DAHL has left for pastures new and parts unknown.

Mr. William KYLE has left for the wild and wooly West.

The F&L Union of this vicinity, in increasing every meeting.

Wheat looks very good, not withstanding the bad weather.

There is to be a show at Hillcrest school house on Tuesday night.

Uncle Joe BECHLER has bought a sulky plow.  He says no more walking plows in his. [sic].

Noah KIDD and lady, John HAYES and Charles STAMPE, were baptized last Sunday by the Rev. Joel HENSLEY.

Somebody appears interested in Will HEIDBRINK lately.  They had better let him alone, or somebody might get hurt.

The mail carrier between Hillsboro and House’s Springs, broke down his cart last Saturday.  Richard says he never drinks. 

Buffalo Bill, Belew’s Creek, March 2, 1891.


Great Bargains

All one dollar patent medicines for 75 cents, cash, at HAMEL’s drug store, DeSoto, MO.


Valle Minings by Honeybee

Our school closed last Friday, with a spelling match at night.

A slight snow fell on Thursday night and disappeared on Friday.

William REYNOLDS went to St. Louis last Tuesday; business I suppose.

Your correspondent and his friend paid Flucom a flying visit last Sunday, and attended the German church.

Mrs. Margaret REYNOLDS is very low at this writing.  Hiram REPPY is quite sick with la grippa, of which I also have a slight attack.

Mr. MANN, living near Bonne Terre had his house consumed by fire lately.  It is also stated that his mill was burnt, but I do not think he owned one.

Joseph GRIFFIN, salesman for Kimmswick Nursery, paid us a visit this week and informed us that the business is booming, he having sold more trees this season than ever before in so short a time.

‘Old Man Jimmie WILSON’, who resided near Silver Springs, was sweeping in an upper story of his house, when he got overbalanced and fell part way down.  His feet got caught in falling and he hung head downward, in which position he remained about six hours until released by a party of boys coming from church.  He was nearly dead when found, so I am informed.


Farm For Sale

173 acres, one-half mile west of Festus, MO, along the Crystal City railroad; good farming land, well situated for dairy or stock farm.  Free from encumbrance.  Will be sold on reasonable terms and at low figures.  For particulars apply to A.H.H. GORDON, Festus.


For Sale

29.75 acres cultivated land, with improvements, 25 miles north of Hillsboro, 9 miles south of St. Louis, on the macadamized county road running from Hillsboro to St.  Louis, and known as the A.K. WILSON farm.  Apply to Mrs. M.E. MANESS, DeSoto, MO or at the Citizen’s Bank, Festus, MO.


Removal Sale

B. SCHWEIZER has rented the store room below the Opera House and will move into his new quarters on or about, March 12.  He will add a full stock of Dry Goods, Fancy Goods, Ladies’ Furnishing Goods and Ladies and Children’s Shoes, Notions, etc.


County Court

County Court met last Monday and the following proceedings were had:

Ernst WEIGER was allowed six dollars per quarter as a poor person.

Petition was presented for vacation of the following portion of public road leading from Byrnesville to mouth of Big River.  From northeastern line of survey 1897, near southeast corner of HECKER’s land, to the point where said road intersects road running between the E.B. MAUPIN farm and John HOWALD place; continued to next term.

Bids for county advertising were opened and contract awarded to R.W. McMULLIN for the sum of $1 per square first insertion and 50 cents per square for each subsequent insertion, publication to be made in three papers – Jefferson Democrat, Mirror and Gazette.

Mrs. Mary Ann FONTAN, of near Rush Tower, was found to be insane, and was ordered sent to the asylum at Fulton as a county patient.  Mrs. FONTAN is a daughter of John M. RUTLEDGE, is 22 years old, has two children, the youngest 12 months old.  Her trouble began in Texas, where she was then residing and after being brought home she continued to grow worse.

Commissioner DOVER reported that wall of bridge on Victoria Road had fallen down and that C. RUPPEL had rebuilt it, which was approved and RUPPEL allowed $13 therefore.

Nim RITTGER was relieved of personal property tax against him for 1890, he having been a non-resident of the county at time of assessment.

Report was filed of change of road leading from John J. NELSON’s to Hematite, over lands of Silas WILLIAMS and others.  Commissioners reported damages to Silas WILLIAMS $25, and to W.H. DODSON, William RAYMOND and William CREAGHAN (Creagan?) nothing.  WILLIAMS appeared in court and agreed to take $20 in full for damages, and the court paid said sum and ordered change made.

In the matter of new road, from half mile west of DITTMER’s Store to intersect Oermann and Catawissa road, evidence was heard on Monday and cause continued on Tuesday.

Demands against the county were allowed as follows:

R.W. McMULLIN, for printing….$5.50

Dr. BREWSTER, expert testimony….$5.00

Mrs. Meredith ROGERS, pauper….$4.00

William BOLY, pauper….$6.00

F. MENG, pauper….$6.00

Jos. PTELL, Sr., pauper….$6.00

Henry GARTMANN (Gartman), pauper…$4.00

John F. WILLIAMS, coffin for and burying Virgill MITCHELL’s wife and daughter…$20.00

Leo KOHLER, burying pauper….$10.00


Tuesday, Second Day

Tax on lots, Kimmswick, were released to assessment of $25 per lot

New road heretofore established from Ignatz WUERZ to J.G. KUCHELMEISTER’s was ordered opened at once.

John ROGERS was found to be disabled and was declared exempt from road poll tax.

Evidence and argument were completed on the petition for and remonstrance against the new road from Catawissa road half mile west of Dittmer’s Store to Oermann and Catawissa road on Calvey Creek; and the road commissioner was ordered to survey the route and make report at next term.

Proceedings of inquests held by Coroner JAMES were approved and fee bills allowed as follows:

On body of William REED….$21.30

On body of James R. ROGERS…$17.80

On body of Joseph CLAY…$19.75


Fresh Seeds

For field and garden – corn, oats, clover and grass, vegetables and flower seeds, etc. at RATHBUN’s, DeSoto, MO.



For the Teacher’s Institute to be held in Festus, March 28th:

Music in public schools – Miss KECK;

Discussion – Miss CABLE

What Means Have We in Missouri for Training Teachers? D.B. VEAZEY;

Discussion – E.M. DEARING

Qualifications of Principals of Public Schools – Prof. SCOTT;

Discussion – Profs. GREENWOOD and WILKINSON

Exercise for Friday Afternoon – J.G. HEINBERG;

Discussion – J.S. MERRINGTON (Herrington?)

Frank KELLEY, W. L. HOLLOWAY, Committee 


The Gust. HAMEL Mfg. Co.

Now carries the largest stock of lumber ever had in this city.  We can fill all orders on short notice.  Orders solicited from all points.  Yard and office – Boyd and Second Streets, DeSoto, MO.


Byrnesville News

The prospect for an abundant wheat crop is good.

Mrs. LEE is visiting her daughter, Mrs. BRIMMER, at Byrnesville.

The Wheel Store at this place has been doing a good business the past months.

Mrs. Bridget HENRY has had her new house built, but is not occupying it yet.

LaGrippe has taken great effect hereabouts, and nearly everybody was down with it.

Our old bachelor, Henry WELMER, has been very sick with the grip for the past few weeks, and we hope he may shortly recover.

This has been a great year for valentines.  There was not a boy or girl within five miles of Scheve’s Store, but what received from two or three of such ‘pictures’.

J.W. ECKLE is moving upon one of his father-in-law’s places.  He says he will do nothing else the rest of the winter than sit in the middle of the field and shoot snow birds.

GOFF and FLORENTZ, General Store – Flucom, MO.

J. HOEKEN’s Cash Store – Hillsboro, MO  

Crystal Plate Glass – General Store

J.W. MATHIS – General Merchandise – Pevely, MO

Louis GREVE’s General Store – Pevely, MO

DeSoto Marble – Eugene HIRSCH