Jefferson Democrat

June 25, 1896


An Apology

We made a blundering break in accusing County Clerk EDINGER of misappropriating funds of school township No 11.  Our mistake is explainable, but hardly excusable as the facts now in our possession are not new to us but had simply escaped our memory for the time.  We were misled by two things, first our attention had been called to a requisition from St. Francois County for their portion of the school fund arising from the sale of section 10, township 35, range 4, over half of which township lies in that county; and secondly our county maps fails to show that any part of township 38, range 4 is in that county.  We failed to remember for the time, the strip of St. Francois county about one mile in width by two lengths running up between Washington and Jefferson counties to Blackwell station and including a section or more of township 39, which is school township numbered 11 in Jefferson county and numbered 21 in St. Francois.  Mr. EDINGER made the correct division, and no one else can regret the aforementioned blunder as we do.


We are not violating any confidence or revealing any secret in stating that the Republicans hereabouts are not enthusiastic over the results of their National Convention.  Of course they expected McKINLEY and were all for him, but they did not calculate that it was necessary to his success for their Uncle FILLEY to be downed or for the platform to be so strongly worded in favor of the single gold standard.


Map Peddlers

We discovered yesterday that the map peddlers are again in this county and that they have already captured orders from several school district boards, at varying prices.  While maps, charts, globes, etc. are useful in all school rooms and necessary in some, we would always advise against purchasing from peddlers or agents who travel around the country taking orders.  This county has been swindled out of many thousands of dollars, paying for worthless maps that have never been used, and for others that have been used but could have been purchased for half the money; and we have yet to hear of a single instance where the school district has not been beaten, to some extent.

We have not met the men who are here now selling maps, and have never seen their goods, but we have been informed that they have a kind a sliding price, and generally capture the school director who shows any inclination to deal with them.  Now we are not condemning these agents.  They are not in the business for either health or pleasure, but for the money they can make out of it; and the man who gives them an order must remember that a couple of slick talking men riding around in a two horse rig costs somebody something, and the school children could tell who pays this cost.

This county has been so often victimized by school map agents, lightning rod agents, riding plow agents and agents selling patents which are never used, that we would think there was no crop left here for such men, but they slip in and have more or less success until somebody exposes them.  Any citizen has a right –though it may be very foolish of him to do so – to purchase any of these articles and pay, or give his note but the school director’s rights and privileges as such are restrained by law, and there is one way of teaching them a lesson which will be effective.  If, at the annual school meeting, the taxpayers veto a tax for library purposes, or for the purchase of apparatus of any sort, it is the duty of the directors to obey orders, levy the tax, have the money collected and expend it to the best advantage in procuring what is ordered.  In the absence of such authority they have no right to appropriate a cent of the people’s money for the purchase of maps, and when they give orders on the treasury for such things they should be compelled to pay the money out of their own pockets, or be punished for misappropriating funds.  A few examples will make them all cautious and observant of the law.


From the Festus Times

Mrs. COLMAN of near Festus died last Tuesday.  

J.O. JOHNSON returned Sunday, from Boston.

Many people of Festus are troubled with a sort of apparent epidemic, affecting the bowels.

Postmaster FUNK and his bride have returned from their trip to Memphis.

A company of negro show people, two men and two women, are stranded in Festus, not having means enough to pay up with or get away on.

When Rev. KISTLER, of the Presbyterian church, returned to his home last Thursday evening he was surprised to find a number of young people of his congregation had taken possession of his domicile, and had brought a supply of ice cream and other refreshments, also one sofa, center table, etc.  It was in honor of the minister’s birthday.



High Ridge, MO June 22, 1896

George SCHOTT cradled sixteen acres of wheat one day last week and Harve WINER was standing behind him.  At sunset Harve was about an acre ahead of him.  I think they did remarkably well for beginners.

Wheat harvest is over and threshing will soon be in full blast.

Squire DILLON came to the Ridge last Tuesday at noon and for some cause or another he was afraid to go home until after dark.

A mad dog came to this town Friday night and bit all the dogs in town but one. John HELLER killed it about 2 o’clock Saturday morning.  All the dogs that were bitten were disposed of the next day.  There were thirteen in all.  Twelve were shot and John HILGERT killed the last one by beating his brains against a tree.

Two bouncing big boys arrived at the Ridge last week, one at Jacob WEHRLE’s and the other at Ceston MILLER’s.

One day last week Edwin BRACKMAN fell from the haymow and broke his leg.  Dr. WILLIAMS dressed it, and he is improving rapidly.

August DELBRUGGE’s circus passed through this town Monday morning, in a rush for ‘Hendrickstown’.  August has one of the best trained mules in the state.  The more he says ‘whoa’, the faster he goes.

Miss Hannah GRUPE is visiting at Jacob WEHRLE’s.

Andrew MILLER (and you know) made a flying visit to Frank WALLACK’s last Sunday.


LEE MINES, MO, June 22

Wheat harvest is a thing of the past in this neighborhood and the steam thresher is getting ready to tout.

Corn looks well for the time of year, and although chinch bugs are numerous, the farmers have hopes that there will be a good crop raised.

A wagon load of men, women and children went Sunday morning of last week on a pleasure trip to Big River.  In the afternoon as they were returning home the wagon was turned over, throwing it’s occupants with considerable force to the ground.  All were frightened and some were hurt considerably, but how bad we have been unable to learn.

The prayer meeting at the Oakland Baptist church still continues but the attendance is very small.

Mrs. Harvey WHALEY, who has been sick quite awhile, is now some better.

A young man endeavored to get to teach a certain school but failed in his attempt.  A certain other young man said that had he succeeded, it was his intention to break the school up.  Now, we do not like to censure anyone, but we must say that if this young man would go to school and do his best to learn, he would find out that he would gain a great deal more of both pleasure and renown than he would if he should go simply to break it up.

The Republicans of this vicinage are jubilant over the nomination of McKINLEY, and so is your correspondent.


Golden Wedding

At Festus, MO, on last Tuesday, the 16th inst., there took place one of the most unique and interesting affairs.  It was the anniversary of the half century of marital life – the golden wedding – of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. BRICKEY, well known in this county and in Southeast Missouri.  Mr. BRICKEY went from Potosi 63 years ago to Selma, on the river, where at that time the shipping of this whole section was done.  From there he went to Cliff?, or what is better known as ‘Brickey’s Landing,’ and remained in business there  until a few years ago when he came to Festus.  Fifty years ago he met and won the hand of Miss Emily CARPENTER, and they were married at Cliff by the Methodist circuit preacher, whose circuit embraced several counties.  The groom is now 80 and his bride 66 years old.  Mr. BRICKEY was married several years before the above recorded event, and the children by this marriage are Mrs. Peter AUBUCHON of French Village and Mr. Franklin W. BRICKEY of Festus.  There were sixteen children in all, seven of whom have died.  Nineteen grandchildren are living and two great grandchildren.  All of the children are married except Messrs. S.H. and T.C. BRICKEY and Miss Lydia BRICKEY of Festus.  There were at least a hundred persons in all, with the connections present and invited guests, nine children with their families and several persons also who were present at the original wedding.


Valle Township S.S. Association

The following is the program of the Valle Township Sunday School Convention, to be held at Christian Church, DeSoto, MO, on Monday, July 6, 1896 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

[Names mentioned]:

L.W.WOODS, D.W. WOODS, C.L. ALLEN, Rev. T. GRUENEWALD (Greenewald?), Mrs. SUTTON, Miss Kate McCLURE, J.D. BARTH, W.H. PELLEY, Miss Winifred GRAINGER, Mrs. H.W. FARRIS, Wm. FREY, M.S. COXWELL, Mrs. Al SHORT, Mrs. Mattie STEPHAN, Miss Cora JANUARY, Fred WALTHER, Jr.


Probate Court

Emma R. NUESKY chose John WALLS as her guardian; bond approved.

Michael VOGELSANG made final settlement of his accounts as curator of estates of Nicholas and Maggie VOGELSANG, minors, who had become of age.


Marriage Licenses:

Rolf H. CLARK, Quincy, IL – Frances M. SHORTRIDGE, DeSoto

Frank WALLS, McCormack P.O. – Emma E. NUESKY, McCormack, P.O.


Administrator’s Notice

Notice is hereby given that letters of administration on the estate of Thomas BYRNS, deceased, were granted to the undersigned administration on the 24th day of June, inst, by the Probate court of Jefferson County, MO.

All persons having claims against said estate are required to exhibit them for allowance (remainder cut off from transcriber’s copy) 



Whereas, Wm. J. ADAMS and S.A. ADAMS, his wife, by their deed of trust dated January 14, 18--, and recorded in the recorder’s office of Jefferson County, Missouri in the record Book No. 2?, at page ?, conveyed the undersigned, trustee the following described real estate, situate in Jefferson County, MO, to wit:

All of number nine in large lot number twenty nine of Adam’s subdivision in the city of Festus, lying immediately south of the one in large lot twenty nine and fronting one hundred and two feet on Adams street, commencing thirty feet from the southwest corner of lot number one and running thence some one hundred and fifty feet, then east forty four feet, then north one hundred two feet, then west forty four feet to place of ? and lying in United States Survey?, township 40 (?), range 6 east. 

Which conveyance was in trust to secure the payment of a promissory note therein mentioned and described, and whereas, said note has long since become due and payable and remains unpaid.  Now, therefore at the request of the legal holder and owner of said note has in pursuance to the authority to me given by said deed of trust, public notice is hereby given that I will on Saturday, July 18, 1896,

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the courthouse door in the town of Hillsboro, Jefferson County, Missouri, sell said real estate at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash, to satisfy said note and the expenses of executing this trust.  W.R. DONNELL, Trustee.



Whereas, Julius SEKRIT and Mary SEKRIT, his wife, by their deed of trust dated November ?, 18??, and recorded in the recorder’s office of Jefferson County, Missouri in the record Book No. 2?, at page ?, conveyed the undersigned, trustee the following described real estate, situate in Jefferson County, MO, to wit:

All of lot No 1 in Eugene PALLET’s subdivision of portions of United States Surveys ? and ?, the same having been acquired by him from David STEWART by deed dated July 5, 1878 and recorded at page 77, in book 1?, in the recorder’s office of Jefferson County, Missouri, the said subdivision is also recorded in the recorder’s office aforesaid.  The above U.S. Surveys are in Township 40, Range 6 east.

Which conveyance was in trust to secure the payment of a promissory note therein mentioned and described, and whereas, said note has long since become due and payable and remains unpaid.  Now therefore at the request of the legal holder and owner of said note has in pursuance to the authority to me given by said deed of trust, public notice is hereby given that I will on Saturday, July 18, 1896,

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the courthouse door in the town of Hillsboro, Jefferson County, Missouri, sell said real estate at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash, to satisfy said note and the expenses of executing this trust.  W.R. DONNELL, Trustee.



Whereas, Wm. F. LEE and Melvina LEE, his wife, by their deed of trust dated March 27, 1886 and recorded in the recorder’s office of Jefferson County, Missouri in the record Book No. ?, at page ?, conveyed the undersigned, trustee the following described real estate, situate in Jefferson County, MO, to wit:

The west half of the northwest quarter of section thirteen, township forty one, range two east, containing eighty acres.

Which conveyance was in trust to secure the payment of a promissory note therein mentioned and described, and whereas, said note has long since become due and payable and remains unpaid.  Now, therefore at the request of the legal holder and owner of said note has in pursuance to the authority to me given by said deed of trust, public notice is hereby given that I will on Saturday, July 18, 1896,

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the courthouse door in the town of Hillsboro, Jefferson County, Missouri, sell said real estate at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash, to satisfy said note and the expenses of executing this trust.  W.R. DONNELL, Trustee.



Bernard MEESE, Manufacturer of Cigars, Maxville, MO

Metropolitan Business University, School of Penmanship and Shorthand, 1110 Olive St, St. Louis, MO.     

    -W.E. HARTSOCK, President

Jacob LINDAUER, Houses’ Springs, MO, General Blacksmith and WagonMaker

STEWART’s Nursery, Located north of Crystal City and Festus, Robert STEWART, Crystal City, MO

To the Public – Having fitted up my Flour Mill with the latest improved machinery, and being conveniently 

    located for a large number of the farmers of Jefferson County, would respectfully ask a share of public  

    patronage.  Respectfully, James BYRNE, Houses’ Springs, MO.

‘Black Sampson’, the mule jack.  Will make the season of 1896 beginning April 1st at my farm.  A.L.

    ESHBAUGH, Festus, MO.

Iron Mountain Route – Great through line, Texas, Mexico and California….Hot Springs of Arkansas, H.C.   

   TOWNSEND, General Passenger Agent, St. Louis, MO   


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Official Directory

Circuit Courts – James GREEN, Judge, DeSoto

Probate Courts – Louis HARTWEIN, Judge, Desoto

County Courts – Judges: Louis FREDERTIZIE, Maxville; Henry SECKMAN, Seckman; and Wm. S. McCORMACK, Plattin.

Representative – George W. STEEL

Pros. Atty – Jos. G. WILLIAMS, Hillsboro

Circuit Clerk – W.D. SULLENS, Hillsboro

County Clerk – W.F. EDINGER, Hillsboro

Recorder – A.L. COLMAN, Hillsboro

Sheriff – Oscar OGLE, Hillsboro

Treasurer – Ed VOLLMAR, Hillsboro

Collector – Jos. W. WALTHER, Hillsboro

Assessor – A.H. SPILKER, Hillsboro

Public Adm – J.B. BAKEWELL, Victoria

County Surveyor, J.B. DOVER, Victoria

Coroner – G.A. AUERSWALD, DeSoto

School Comr – G.F. BOOTHE, DeSoto   



-E.R. DEARING, Hillsboro; E.M. DEARING, Potosi

     DEARING Bros. Attorneys at Law

-Jos. J. WILLIAMS, Attorney at Law, Hillsboro


     DINNING & BYRNS, Attorneys at Law, DeSoto


     HORINE & REPPY, Attorneys At Law, Hillsboro, MO

Thomas Abstract of Land Titles

-Wm. J. KIRK, Notary Public, Real Estate Agent and Title Investigator, Maxville, MO

-Dr. C.H. WILLIAMS, Dentist, DeSoto, Main Street over HAMEL’s Drug Store

-Boatmen’s Bank, St. Louis

-People’s Bank, DeSoto

-W.H.H. THOMAS, pres. & Jos. J. WILLIAMS, v.p. Bank of Hillsboro

-THEOBOLD’s Bakery, DeSoto

-DeSoto Dental Rooms – Dr. H.E. ZORN, DeSoto (upstairs, Corner Main/Clement Streets)


Administratix Notice:

Notice is hereby given that letters of administration on the estate of Felix T. BROWN, deceased were granted by the undersigned administration on the 19th day of May, 1896 by the Probate Court of Jefferson County, MO.  All persons having claims against said estate are required to exhibit them for allowance to the administratrix with one year after the date of said letters, or they may be precluded from any benefit of such estate; and if such claims be not exhibited with two years from the date of this publication, they shall be forever barred.

Transcriber Note: Administratrix  [name cut off from this copy].


Esq. SHULZE, was at the Hub last Monday.

John SCHNEIDER, the tombstone man, visited Hillsboro last week.

It is reported that Dr. BRUCE intends moving from Festus to Maxville.

J.R. CASTEEL, was at the Hub last Tuesday, trying to sell a fine horse.

C. RICHARDSON sends from Cistern, TX, a dollar to pay dues on the J.D.

Ladies Cloth Top Button Shoes at $1 a pair at B. SCHWEIZER’s. 

D.S. SMITH and wife, of Dakota, are visiting relatives and friends in this county.

Sam BYRNS came out from Houses Springs, yesterday, to administer on his father's estate.

'Uncle Dick' MAUPIN is up from Cairo to spend the summer with his relatives in this county.

Fifty pairs Boy's Knee Pants, cheap at 24 cents, now 15 cents, at B. SCHWEIZER's.

Ice - Parties desiring ice this summer can get it of John N. SPARKS at 75 cents per 100 pounds.

Ripe peaches have been quite plentiful in our market the past week, and they have sold at fair prices.

Fifty boys Knee Pants Suits, worth $1.25, now 75 cents at B. SCHWEIZER's.

Jos. G. WILLIAMS was the bearer of some newspaper money for Stephen BECKER of Festus.

Go to HAMEL's Drug Store, DeSoto, for choice wall paper of all new and desirable designs, 12 rolls for 50 cents.

T.L. and D.C. McCORMACK of Plattin were here last Friday as witnesses in a case before Esq. FRAZIER.

Mitchell McCORMACK and N.B. McCARTY were at the Hub, on business last Monday and visited the JD office.

Men's dark mixed Cashmere Suits would be cheap at $8.50; now at $5 at B. SCHWEIZER's, Festus.

We failed to acknowledge last week receipt of a dollar for the J.D. from Henry WAGNER of Kimmswick.

Miss Laura McMULLIN returned Tuesday from a three days visit to W.L. STONE and family, St. Louis.

Dick SMITH, formerly of this county, represented Dakota in the convention in St. Louis last week.

Emmett HINCHEY and Miss Edith REPPY drove out to Hillsboro and spent the evening with the Misses McMULLIN, Tuesday.

This locality was favored with a fine rain last Monday evening, but from what we have learned its path was not very wide.

Men’s Oil Grain Shoes, double sole and top, would be very cheap at $1.50; go at $1.25 pair at B. SCHWEIZER’s.

J.R. HARVEY and family of DeSoto are spending the week at Morse Mill, on a fishing excursion.  They went out Tuesday.

Those in need of farm machinery should call and see HURTGEN & HUBELI, who are selling out at actual cost.

Mr. RAMBO started three large while oak logs to St. Louis, Tuesday, to fill a special order for timber of certain dimension.

Samuel A. REPPY has returned from Washington City, where he had a soft berth during the late session of Congress.  In company with his wife, he spent last Saturday and Sunday with their son in Hillsboro.

The 4th of July will be celebrated in grand style at Ware P.O.  Messrs. GRAHAM & LAPEE are arranging a big picnic with barbeque dinner, and will have all kinds of amusements for young and old.  Posters are out announcing the special features.  Everybody is invited.


Mrs. J.J. WILSON, Jr. accompanied by her little children, went to Richwood last Friday for a week's visit to her parents.

Detective McCABE of the I.M.R.R. was in our burg last Tuesday.  Judging from the company with him, he was on a peaceful mission.

Mrs. George KIDD of Belews Creek died on the 17th inst. after a protracted illness, at an advanced age.  No further particulars received.

The Hillsboro creamery started fourteen hundred pounds of butter to St. Louis last Monday, S.T. MILLER hauling it through in a wagon.

For Sale - a Walter A. Wood mower, in good repair; will do good work.  Will sell it for $15 if called for soon. T.C. CAGE, Hillsboro, MO.

Charles HERSCHER was here Tuesday and he informs us that chinch bugs are very numerous, and are doing the corn crops much damage.

For Sale - I have fifteen good milch cows for sale on my farm, 4 miles southwest of Pevely. C.H. KERCKHOFF.

We are informed that Messrs. GILL and VEAZEY and Miss Julia JARVIS of DeSoto are attending the Teacher's meeting at Pertle Springs this week.

Wanted -to exchange lumber for a gentle driving horse or fresh milk cow. I.N. RAMBO, Hillsboro, MO.

John C. BOHNE was home from Kirksville this week, and called to pay for his county paper.  He returns to the Normal school the last of this week.

Mr. RAMBO will operate a mill in Hillsboro for a short time only.  If you want good lumber at reasonable price see him.

Thos. LANHAM has given up his job as barkeeper for Mr. SPARKS and is negotiating for BRYAN's stand at DeSoto.  Ed BEELER succeeds him here.

F.R. DEARING started Tuesday to visit some of the lower counties of this district to promote his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Congress.

Jos. J. HOEKEN and Judge M.R. BYRNE took in the big St. Louis convention, and they came back better satisfied with the result than did the Republican visitors from this place.

Wanted – an experienced girl for general housework; must know how to milk one or two cows.  Apply at once.  Anton VOSS, near Victoria, MO.

By request, we send the J.D. to Florian JENNI at Crystal City instead of to La Veata, CO.  We take it for granted that friend JENNI will not again desert Jefferson County.

Mrs. WITTRAM has gone to attend the State Teacher’s meeting in Pertle Springs, expecting to remain and participate in the summer course of training at the Warrensburg Normal School.

James REID and wife were here Friday to prosecute a man who they supposed had stolen something from them, but owing to the absence of the prosecuting attorney the case was not tried.

The sawmill owned by Mr. RAMBO appears to be doing a big business.  The saw can be heard nearly every moment of the day.  It is located at the foot of the hill, near Mrs. HONEY’s residence.

Anyone wishing to buy a nice melodeon (8 stops) in good order should write to Law GOTTSLEBEN, Festus, MO.  Mr. G. also wants a position as teacher in a small school.  Can teach both English and German.

J.F. McBROOM was here Tuesday and he informs us that he just finished planting corn, last Saturday.  His first plantings got drowned out by Big River, and he had to plant over again as soon as the ground was dry enough.

Mrs. Silas BELEW of Dry Creek visited us last Monday and made a valued payment into our printers’ fund.  We were sorry to learn from her that the old gentleman is too feeble to get away from home anymore.

Dr. KIRKMAN’s Asthma Remedy affords instant relief to Spasmodic Asthma, Autumnal Asthma or Hay Fever, Catarrh, Bronchitis, and all diseases of the respiratory organs.  Sample free; one pound box $1.  Address DONNELL & FUNK, Druggist, Festus, MO.

Robert MONTGOMERY of Festus accompanied Constable COUNTS to Hillsboro last Tuesday for a few days’ free board with the jailer.  Robert pled guilty to disturbing the peace at a party given by the Crystal Company’s farmhouse, and Esq. OSTERWALD taxed him $1.  He did not have the funds with which to liquidate the fine and costs, and so the tax payers are performing that duty for him.

The road and bridge commissioner has taken steps to let out the contract for the bridge between DeSoto and Victoria, but does not want the time and place published in the papers.  He says and advertisement in the J.D. brings too (last line cut off).  


A storm of wind and rain struck Silica and vicinity last Saturday afternoon. 

The wind was strong enough to down some of the large sycamore trees which stood along the bank of the creek.

H. HOHENTHAL, DeSoto, has made great improvements in his millinery department. You can suit yourself form the cheapest to the finest.  All the latest styles and designs, with the best and newest materials, trimmed.

Judge WILLIAMS returned Monday from a visit to St. Louis.  His visits there are likely to be less frequent in the future, as there was another violent wind storm there, last Sunday, and he does not relish such things.

O.M. MUNROE and Mr. OMOHUNDRO were out to Hillsboro one day last week looking up a break in the telephone line from DeSoto to this place.  They discovered the trouble to be in the office at his end, and soon corrected it.

Mrs. G.E. MARSDEN was reported as near death's door, last Tuesday evening, but next morning we learned that she was all right again.  It seems that she had had one of the severe spells of colic and heart trouble to which she is subject.

W.H.H. THOMAS was at the Hub last Friday, settling up some business.  He and his wife left Tuesday for Colorado, expecting to spend the remainder of the summer either at Trinidad or Glenwood Springs.  He goes for the benefit of his health.

MATSUMOTO, a Japanese student who is in the country preparing to teach Christianity to his people, gave a talk in the Union Church last Sunday evening after which a collection was taken up for his benefit.  He appears to be a very bright young man.

DeSoto got an idea of what she missed by not securing the location of the target practice ground near there, when drunken soldiers paraded her streets with their pistols hanging to their belts.  It was a lucky miss, both for DeSoto and the county.

Johalfa WILSON reports that mosquitoes are more numerous in the Big River bottoms than ever known before.  The wet season has been favorable to their propagation.  This will be bad news to those who are contemplating taking trips to the bottoms for pleasure.

T.B. MOSS can afford to laugh at our local Republicans who underwent such tribulations in getting admission to their National convention.  He was furnished, without asking, a ticket good for the entire business.  After seeing what he wanted, he handed it over to a Democratic friend.

The directors of the bank of Hillsboro met last Friday and elected officers for the ensuing year as follows: President, W.H.H. THOMAS; vice president, Jos. J. WILLIAMS; secretary and cashier, W.R.DONNELL, Jr.  They also examined the notes and found everything in good shape.

Chas. G. McCOY of the Portland, Oregonian, who had been attending the Republican Convention, stopped here last Friday night.  He was on his way to Hot Springs, AR, on his bicycle, but on account of an injury to his wheel, concluded to try the railroad train for the remainder of the trip.

There will be a picnic at Byrnesville on the 15th of August, in Crean’s grove.  It will be for the benefit of the Catholic church of that place, and everybody is invited.  A band of music from St. Louis will enliven the occasion, and all who go may expect a grand time.  There will be plenty of refreshments, etc.

Mrs. Frances M. SHORTRIDGE, eldest daughter of W.H.H. THOMAS, was married on the 17th inst, at the home of her parents in DeSoto, to Rolf H. CLARK of Quincy, IL.  They left same day for their home in Quincy.  This is the brides’ second venture, and it is hoped it will be more pleasant and lasting than the first.

High Ridge Lodge, No 148 AOUW will give a grand picnic and barbeque at Brackman’s grove, High Ridge, on the 4th of July.  Arrangements are being perfected for a grand time, with plenty of amusements, abundance of refreshments and everything to make it an enjoyable occasion.  Posters will be out soon announcing the special features.

There will be a Sunday school picnic at Grubville on the 4th of July.  A good dinner will be provided, with other refreshments such as ice cream, lemonade, soda water, etc., so that nobody need go hungry or thirsty.  An appropriate program, including good singing and speaking will be carried out, and the day made pleasant to all.  Everybody is invited.

The St. Louis Republic has made arrangements to cover the political news, of all parties in the coming campaign in a way that has never been equaled by any newspaper.

Four male DeSoto boys were arrested and taken to St. Louis for trial, on the charge of putting obstructions on the railroad track and derailing a passenger train.  They pled guilty, after some pumping by the lawyer appointed to defend them, and told a little fish story which was accepted by the court as true, and were let off with a fine of one dollar each.  They were all under twelve years of age, and their little experience may prove a lasting benefit to them.


Frank WALLS and Miss Emma NUESKY came out from Plattin Station, last Friday, for marriage license, but ahead of them came a telegram stating the girl was under age, and that it was a case of abduction.  She proved though that she was 17 and an orphan, so she chose her lover’s brother as guardian and he gave his consent to the marriage.  The license was then issued, and Judge HARTWEIN tied the nuptial knot and they went their way rejoicing.

Fritz COOK brought in one day last week from Mrs. MARSDEN's farm, a stone that is quite a curiosity.  It was broken open by the point of the plow before he picked it up, but its form is not spoiled.  It is shaped like an egg, and is fifteen inches in circumference, and appears to be a petrification of either a gigantic egg or fruit.  The center, which is loose, is the shape of an almond kernel, while the outer layers correspond to the hulls of a nut.  It is now displayed at SPARK's saloon, where it attracts a good deal of attention.


Mrs. CUNDIFF, widow of the late James CUNDIFF, died last Saturday at the residence of her son, Robert RICHARDSON, near Hematite, aged 74.  She had been suffering with inflammatory rheumatism, and for over a year and a half had been bedridden and helpless, requiring constant attention.  She was a faithful Christian and bore her suffering with remarkable patience, anxious to go and be at rest, but submissive to the will of God. She was buried in the Hillsboro cemetery, Rev. FRAZIER preaching the funeral.


Secretary SLAWSON, of the Jefferson County Sunday School Assoc., is sending out blanks for reports from the various Sunday Schools in the county......The various Sunday Schools of Central township will please report at once, to R.W. McMULLIN, Hillsboro, MO....


List of Conveyances

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

Adolph KEIM to C.A. GEIRTH, 13 acres, Cody’s subdivision….$350.00

L.D. THURMAN to P.J. MURPHY, 3 lots in Victoria.$100.00

P.W. MAHN to C.W. BRUMER, 2 lots in DeSoto….$250.00

J.B. BAKEWELL to Fred VALENTINE, Jr., 20 acres, S35 T41 R4….$200.00

Fred VALENTINE, Jr. to Jno. J. QUINNE, same land….$200.00



After the 20th of Jun 15, or 20, head of horses of cattle, in pasture, at $1.50 per head, per month.  The money must be paid before stock is removed from pasture.  Stallions of 2 years and over not taken.  Will try to prevent accidents but will not be responsible should any occur.  F. R. PIPKIN, 1 ½ miles north of Kimmswick.


Executor’s Notice – Notice is hereby given that letter of testamentary on the estate of Brinkley O’BRIEN deceased, where granted to the undersigned on the 9th day of May 1896 by the Probate Court of Jefferson County, MO.

All persons having claims again said estate are required to exhibit them for allowance to the executor within one year after the date of said letters, or they may be precluded from any benefit of such estate, and if such claims are not exhibited within two years from this subscription, they shall be forever barred.  May 13, 1896.  John GANEY, Sr., Executive.



Curator’s Sale of Real Estate.

Notice is hereby given that in pursuance of an order of the Probate Court of Jefferson County Missouri made at its February term, 1896, and a renewal of said order, made by said court at its May term, 1896, on the 23rd day of May 1896, the undersigned curator of the estate of Bertha BRETHOLD, a person of unsound mind, will on Saturday June 27, 1896, between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm at the north front door of the courthouse in Hillsboro, Jefferson County Missouri, and while the Probate Court of said county is in session, sell at public auction, to the highest bidder, the real estate of said Bertha BRETHOLD, insane, described as follows to wit:

Lot number two (2) in lot one (1) of survey No. 3011 (5011?), known as the Ca?anne tract….the subdivision plot of same made by J.H. DOVER, survey of, which said plot is duly recorded in the office of the recorder of deeds of Jefferson County, MO, said lot containing ninety six and sixty three hundredths acres.  Said land is to be sold for the support and maintenance of said Bertha BRETHOLD insane.

Terms of Sale: one half cash and the balance in two years from the date of sale; the purchaser to give note for deferred payment bearing interest from date at the rate of 6 percent per annum and to be secured by deed of trust on the land purchased.  Joseph A. LYNCH, Curator.