Fair Play–Jan 13, 1876 thru Dec. 29, 1877
William Pints, who was sentenced to be hung in Bollinger Co., recently attempted to hang himself. “By the aid of a towel he managed to cut off his wind and but for the timely appearance of the jailers would have been beyond the reach of (illegible) forever.
They have “shooting” women in Iron county. On Christmas day a man named Merrett was visiting his daughter–a Mrs. Simpson–at the Granite Quarry and became involved in a quarrel with a man named Newberry and threatened to shoot him. Mrs. Simpson took the revolver from Merrett and told Newberry she would shoot him if he touched her father. Newberry then knocked the old man down, and the lady fired, hitting Newberry in the back and making a painful but not serious wound. He was taken home and she was arrested, but was released on bail. A day or two after the shooting took place Mrs. S. visited the wounded man and while returning home was thrown from her horse and had one of her legs broken.
Fair Play–January 20, 1876
Gov. Hardin has respited William Pints, sentenced by Judge Robinson to be hung on the 14th inst., to the 11th of February. There seems to be no doubt existing as to the guilt of Pints, but there seems to be a doubt as to his responsibility and the Governor has granted the respite for the purpose of examining the testimony in regard to the sanity of the murderer.
Married–On Tuesday, the 11th inst., by Rev. Father Weiss, Mr. William Bantz to Mrs. Bonnie Madison.
The wedding took place at the residence of the bride, near this city. In their happiness they did not forget ye editor. They have our thanks for several pieces of the finest cake that we have seen for some time. May they live long, accumulate lots of this world’s goods and die in peace, is the prayer of the printer.
A Ste. Mary correspondent of the Forum says: On the evening of January 10th, a young man by the name of John Hirons, a cattle trader by profession, a resident of Mount Vernon, Ills., while on his way to unite his destiny with one of the fair daughters of Ste. Genevieve county met with a serious mishap in Perry county near Rozier’s Landing. He was travelling in a two-horse carriage and at the place designated drove upon what purports to be a bridge. The structure spans a deep wash across the road. The wash is twelve feet deep and fifty feet wide, by actual measurement. It is bridged over with poles split for plank. When he drove upon it the bridge gave way, precipitating horses, carriage and occupant to the bottom. Mr. Hirons was lucky enough to escape with slight injury.
Fair Play–January 27, 1876
A little son of Mr. Joseph Mathis who resides near St. Mary, had his fingers cut off recently, in a straw-cutter.
Fair Play–March 2, 1876
Married–At the residence of Joseph Rickard, on Wednesday, February 16, 1876, by Joseph Rickard, J. P., Mr. John F. Bequett to Miss Emma Kopp, both of this county.
Mrs. Gisi, wife of Valeri Gisi, who lives a few miles southwest of this city, met with a serious accident on Tuesday evening last. We are not in possession of the full particulars; but from what we learn, she was terribly gored in the bowels by an infuriated cow. We understand that her abdomen ws ripped open, and she is in most critical condition. To make the thing still worse, she was expecting to be confined in a short time.
Married–On Tuesday, February 29th, 1876, by Rev. Father Lilly, Mr. Simon Grant to Miss Caroline Fitzkam.
On Monday, February 28, by Rev. Father Lilly, Mr. Thos Peltier to Miss Anna Hamilton.
Fair Play–March 30, 1876
Ste. Mary’s Department–Mr. H. L. Caldwell has been summoned to appear on the St. Louis grand jury.
From the Farmer and Miner we learn that a man by the name of John Dennette, Jr., was arrested at Mine LaMotte, in Madison county, on the 22nd inst., on the charges of attempted murder and horse stealing, in Lawrence county.
We’ll bet our old hat (we’ve got a new one now) that there cannot be found a more clever set of officers on any boat on the river than those of “our packet,” the Emma C. Elliot, Capt. Lightner and first clerk, Tom Whitledge, seem to take a special delight in trying to make everybody feel at home any comfortable while on board.
We are informed that Mr. Damas Carron, a resident of the vicinity of Bloomsdale, in this county, has discovered a lead of lead on his farm five feet thick, solid mineral. Nickle and copper are also reported to be found on the place, but whether in sufficient quantities to pay we did not learn. This news comes pretty straight but we only give it as a rumor for what it is worth. We also understand that Mr. Carron has been offered sixteen thousand dollars for his place. If this first part of the report be true it is the biggest thing in Ste. Genevieve county.
Fair Play–April 6, 1876
Mr. Theodore Aubuchon intends to lease his farm and try his luck at mining at the St. Joe Lead Mines, St. Francois county, Mo. We wish him success.
Mr. Joseph Palmer, formerly of the German Settlement, has purchased the splendidly located farm situated about half a mile northwest of the place of Mr. Martin Brown, and intends erecting a dwelling house and other necessary improvements.
Mr. Henry Palmer has leased the farm of Mr. Theodore Aubuchon, who intends making his departure for the St. Joe Lead Mines in a few days.
Married-by Rev. H. Mehring at French Village, Mr. Henry Carron to Miss Theoleice Boyer; both of French Village.
John Bennett, who was arrested at Mine La Motte a week or two ago, on the charges of attempted murder and horse stealing in Lawrence county, Indiana, escaped from his guard while en route for that place, and is now at large.
A young man in Ripley county named George Patterson, recently dropped from the side pocket of his coat a revolver. The revolver fired and the ball entered the man’s body just below the ribs, inflicting a severe wound.
An orphan boy named James L. Keener, living with John Devine near Perryville, had his left hand terribly mangled in a cutting box, while cutting oats a few days ago.
Fair Play–April 13, 1876
Johny Kern may be seen on our streets again. He is improving in health. He has our thanks for late St. Louis papers.
A sad accident occurred at a place a few miles above here in Illinois, called Night-Pass, in which a young man by the name of Shaeffer lost his life, a few days ago. It appears he was out ducking and in attempting to raise his gun out of his skiff the hammers caught on the edge causing both barrels to be discharged the contents taking effect just above the left knee, ranging upwards and coming out at the back part of the thigh. He lived but about four hours after the accident.
Died–At her residence at Chestnut Ridge, on the 26th ult, Juliette C. Babb, wife of A. O. Babb, Esq.; in her 3rd year.
A son of Mr. J. W. Sebastian, of Libertyville, St. Francois county, was kicked in the breast by a horse and had several teeth knocked out, a few days ago.
Misses Minnie Rond, Ella Pratte, and Rosa Rozier came home from the convent, on Thursday, to spend Holy week with their relatives.
Rev. Father Mehring held a mission at French Village, commencing on the 2nd inst. and continuing or four days, for the purpose of preparing the members of the congregation for their Easter duties. The mission was largely attended, there being about one hundred and fifty communicants who received the Holy Eucharist. The Rev. Father delivered four sermons daily–two French and two German–and on Wednesday, the 5th, after having performed the usual duties at French Village, he came to this place and held service at 5 o’clock p.m. He does not understand the English language thoroughly yet but will be prepared to administer the sacraments to those who do not understand French and German shortly after Easter Sunday. He was accompanied on his way to this place by ten or twelve young men of French Village, and after services he was accompanied on his return to French Village in the same manner. I think this quite an honor to the gentlemen of French Village.
Mr. Cash, on of the bridge men fell from a pier and went down to the bottom of the Saline to interview the fish. The prospects were so gloomy that he came up shivering with the ague.
Ephriam Calledwell, while in a state of intoxication attempted to cross the river, but lost his oars and the skiff drifted against the island below town, where it stranded. John Reggleman and another party heard his cries for help, and went to his assistance. On reaching him he was found lying in the bottom of the boat with the water almost covering him and so weak as to be only able to articulate his name. He was brought to this side, and they left him to get a wagon to bring him up town; but on their return found that he had died during their absence.
Mr. John Betten of Rock Haven, afflickted with rheumatism, and can scarcely navigate. Better try the efficacy of the waters of the “Gum Spring, “ Mr. Betten.
Fair Play–April 20, 1876
Our town still continues to improve. We notice the spirit of improvement is spreading to the suburbs. On South Gabourie creek several houses have been erected recently, and the fences, out houses, etc, are being repaired. Among the improvements we notice that Mr. Felix Winston has built himself a new house, and Mr. Seph Thomure has remodeled his. Keep the ball rolling.
One day last week a miner named Jack Wells stepped into a shaft, in Jefferson county, when one of the up-rights to the windlass gave way, and the man, tub, and windlass all went to the bottom of the shaft together. The shaft was sixty feet deep, and it was supposed that the man was crushed to pieces, but another rope was obtained as soon as possible, and the man was drawn up, and in a short time he was able to walk home.
The corner stone of the new Catholic church will be laid next Sunday week. Several priests from other parts will be in attendance and participate in the ceremonies.
The fattest beef we ever saw we think was the one killed by Louis Naumann, Esq. for Easter–the one he exhibited in the wagon on Thursday before Easter. It was a calf raised by Mr. Leon Vion, of this city, was eleven months old and weighed 730 pounds.
Rev. H. Mehring and Mr. William Aloss (the little cheese monger), one of the clerks in the employ of Messrs. Henry Lawrence and Sons, left for St. Louis by way of DeSoto. The Rev. Father intends holding church services at French Village on Monday morning, and after services will proceed on his way to the city.
Fair Play–May 25, 1876
Mrs. Kennard will give a picnic on the Fair Grondns next Sunday, weather permitting. Should the weather be unfavorable it will be given the following Sunday. The Ste. Genevieve Silver Cornet Band has been engaged for the occasion. Ice Cream and Refreshments of all kinds will be on the ground.
Dr. J. W. Braham, Dentist, will visit St. Mary every Monday in future where he will be happy to render his services to any who may desire work in his line.
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Mr. George Bond has returned from St. Louis where he has been serving on the grand jury.
Misses Ella Prate and Rosa Rozier are down visiting their aunt who has lately arrived from Dubuque.
Fair Play–June 8, 1876
Tom Brewster, the widower, took unto himself a wife on Tuesday, and if he is not charivaried will give a free ball this week.
Fair Play–June 15, 1876
Mrs. Greguire and her daughter, Mrs. Sullivan, formerly residents of this city, now of Dubuque, Iowa, are here on a visit to their relatives and friends.
An amusing incident of the picnic last Sunday was a little race in which Mr. Lawrence Herzog, who was riding a little moon-eyed horse formerly owned by Mr. Hoppeller, gave an exhibition in the equestrian art seldom witnessed even in the training ring. He was running at a rate of about a mile in two hours when his horse stumbled and he (Herzog) went on over his head, turning a complete summersault and lighting on his ___ set-down. The horse’s hind feet also kept on and he made as complete a summersault as did Mr. Herzog. Both were soon up, mounted and off again. Although Mr. Herzog did not win the race, he wants to bet there is not another man and horse in the county that can perform the feat.
A gentleman, Mr. Woolsey, and his lady desired to leave Ste. Genevieve for Brewersville, on the other side of the river, last Sunday. He wished to cross with a carriage, and went three successive times to Rock Haven to be crossed on the ferry, but tried each time. Finally he was forced to cross in a skiff, and procure a conveyance on the other side of the river.
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Mr. Thos. Brewster agreeable to his promise, gave a free ball at the Difani Hall on Wednesday night last. Tom must have many friends as the hall was crowded to its full capacity. We wish him much happiness his newly wedded life.
Married–On Monday the 12th day of June, 1876 by Rev. Father Gleason at St. John’s Catholic Church, St. Louis, Mo., Mr. C. P. Guiguon to Miss Belle M. D. Johnston, both from St. Louis. We wish the newly married pair a long and happy life.
Mrs. Jane Patterson, of Belleville, was fatally burned one day last week by the explosion of a coal-oil lamp which she attempted to fill while lighted. The unfortunate woman lingered only a few hours, in great agony, when death put an end to her sufferings. By this calamity two little children are bereft of the tender care of a mother and the husband mourns the loss of a kind and loving wife. Hardly a day passes but that similar accidents occur all over this country, and why the people, by their carelessness, will persist in causing them is a conundrum we cannot solve–Chester Tribune
Fair Play–June 22, 1876
Mr. Meredith, Superintendent of the Ste. Genevieve Sand Stone Quarry, came down from St. Louis last Friday, and paid off the hands at the Quarry on Saturday.
Our young friend, Henry Knamm, formerly an employee in this office, but recently of the Western Press of Cape Girardeau, is in the city on a visit to his father and friends this week. He has grown considerable and had so much “stor’ close” that we scarcely knew him. Henry is a good boy, and we are pleased to see him prosperous.
Our young friend, Kossuth W. A. Webber, Esq., of Farmington , who was admitted to the bar at the last term of our circuit court, was in the city several days this week. He has an eye to business. See his professional card in another column. He (Webber) was accompanied by S. B. Brady, Esq., formerly editor of the DeSoto Phanix
Three persons, says a correspondent from Bloomsdale, a son and two daughters of George Grass, Esq., came near being drowned in undertaking to cross Peter Basler’s Branch, when the waters were up caused by a heavy rain-fall. they drove in at the ford, but the water rushed down the branch like an ocean wave and swept them down turning the wagon over. The two girls succeeded in getting out by catching some brush near the bank, although one of them was nearly drowned before she got out. The young man succeeded in getting out without much difficulty. The wagon and team were swept down the creek a hundred yards or more before it came out.
Died–In this city on Thursday the 15th inst. Mr. Erhardt Seckinger, in the 58th year of his age, after a short but severe illness.
Mr. Seckinger was one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Ste. Genevieve. His wife has lost a kind and loving husband, his children a fond and devoted father, and Ste. Genevieve one of her best citizens. His bereaved wife, children and relatives, have the sympathy of the entire community.
Two of Mr. Charles Lawrence’s boys, aged nine and ten years, left home on Sunday afternoon to go berrying, and as on Monday morning they had not returned their father started in search of them. He went to Ste. Genevieve where he met them just starting for home. They told him they had first started out with the intention of gathering berries, but afterwards thought they would go to Ste. Genevieve. Mr. Lawrence thinks they will not have any more such thoughts soon.
Fair Play–June 29, 1876
Died–Of pneumonia, at her residence near this city, on Thursday the 22nd inst. Mrs. Annie Chapman, in the 21st year of her age.
The deceased was a native of Huntington county, Pennsylvania. (Penn. papers please copy)
Fair Play–July 20, 1876
Married–On the 16th inst, by F. A. Roy, J.P. Mr. Nelson R. Cross to Mrs. Sarah Chartran, both of this county.
Two Cairo & Vincennes Railway officials were arrested in Cairo, Ill’s., on the 13th inst, on a warrant issued at the complaint of one Wm. Scott a negro of that city, charging them with having violated the civil-rights law on decoration day. Now we will see how an Illinois court will deal with the civil rights law.
Mr. Hornberger, a citizen of this place died quite suddenly on Tuesday morning, from an attack of appoplexy. He had been in swiming the evening previous, and this is supposed to have induced the attack as he was seized with it immediately after coming out of the water. It is feared that his wife will not long survive the shock his death caused her.
Fair Play–August 3, 1876
Died–On Wednesday, July 26th, after a lingering illness, Mrs. Editha Totten, aged 73 years and 14 days. Deceased expired at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Palmer, in this city. Remains of deceased were taken to her favorite burial ground near her home for interment. She leaves one daughter and two sons, also a number of Grand-children, to mourn her los. May she rest in peace with her God.
Misses Katie Boverie and Athala Rozier, spent a portion of last week in the country, visiting friends. They express themselves highly pleased with their visit.
Mr. George Guibourd, recently from France, a nephew of Eugene Guibourd, Esq., of this city, is here in company with two friends, paying his relatives a visit.
Gus Caldwell, one of the Anchors is down with a severe attack of fever, and has been unable to leave the house for several days.
The Anchors are trying to arrange a match game with the Chester ball club, for Sunday August 6th.
Fair Play–Sept. 7, 1876
Mr. Gideon Nothelfer, clerk Ste Mary Mills; and Mr. Murray, second clerk of the Str. Elliott, dropped by our sanctum this morning.
Fair Play–Sept. 14, 1876
Died–September the 9th 1876, Rosine L. Roy, wife of Ferdinand A. Roy, aged 48 years and 25 days.
Fair Play–Sept. 28, 1876
Wm. T. Jones, who resided about six miles South of Perryville, was killed by one Henry Clay Smith, on the 22nd inst.
Fair Play–Oct. 5, 1876
Miss Constance Boverie, who was quite ill during the latter part of the week; has, we are quite happy to note, entirely recovered.
Mr. John L. Bogy left this last Sunday for St. Louis. We assume he goes to attend the Fair to assist our ed. in exhibiting.
The following named resident young ladies are attending school at the Academy of St. Francis DeSales, in this city. The Misses Hertich, Rozier, Carlisle, and Zeigler; Misses Katie Boverie Anne St. James, and Elled Bernays. It is possible there are others, whose names we have not learned.
Mr. Clem Boverie, of Kaskaskia, Ill’s., was in the city last Friday. We are informed that he and his sister, Miss Katie, intend visiting Cape Girardeau in a few days.
Fair Play–Oct. 12, 1876
Mr. Charles J. LaBroche, who has been visiting his friends and relatives at Kaskaskia and Chester the past two weeks, returned home Monday night.
Died–On the 2nd inst, after a severe illness of two weeks A. L. Jennings, son of J. B. Jennings, aged twenty years.
The melancholly days have come–the saddest of the year–when it is too hot for whiskey and too cold for lager beer.
A grand Familien Kraenzchen is to be given at the Southern Hotel tonight.
Fair Play–Oct. 19, 1876
A span of horses attached to a wagon ran away Wednesday. They started from the mill and ran up to Mr. Boverie’s store where they were stopped. The wagon was slightly damaged. Nobody injured.
A black snake was recently killed in Perry county which measured eleven feet six inches in length, and weighed almost eighteen pounds. It was cut open and found to contain ten hen eggs, two half grown rabbits, five toads, two tomatoes and a baseball.
The body of John Keldy, who fell from a barge and was drowned, at Little Rock several days ago, was found on the sand bar opposite town yesterday. An inquest was held over the remains, after which they were interred in the public cemetery. He leaves a wife, two children, at St. Louis, in destitute circumstances.
Mrs. Canard has given up the saloon business, and will in future keep a restaurant, serving meals at all hours. She will keep a fine and fresh supply of oysters, sardines, etc, on hand and will serve them in any desired style. She also will keep a good supply of Confectioneries, Candies etc; also Bread, Pies, Cakes and Wedding and Party Cakes, a specialty. Call and see her.
On the night of the 2nd inst, a man named Wm. Shaw was boiling molasses in Butler county and while thus engaged some unknown person fired at him several times from the brush near by. Two of the shots took effect, one in the shoulder, and the other entered the breast and striking the heart, killed him. A man named Piney Edmondson has been arrested and it is supposed that he will be proven guilty of the murder.
Cora Adams, a little girl four years of age of Cape Girardeau, fell from a porch twenty feet high one day last week. Strange to say, no bones were broken, and the child is rapidly recovering.
We learn from the St. Louis Times that “Dolly Ann,” the negro woman who was sent from this county to the penitentiary for a number of years for killing a man in this city last year, escaped from the penitentiary last Monday.
Fair Play–Oct. 26, 1876
“Dolly Ann”, who escaped from the penitentiary last week, was captured about fifteen miles from Jefferson City and sent back to the penitentiary a few days ago.
Married–On Wednesday, October 18th, 1876, by Rev. Fr. Lilly, Mr. Thomas Cole to Miss Hattie Elder. Both of St. Mary.
Fair Play–Nov. 2, 1876
Mrs. Marie Campbell of Fort Smith, Ark., daughter of Mrs. Mennard of this place is now visiting her friends and relatives in this city.
Fair Play–Nov. 9, 1876
A man named John Turner was arrested at New Madrid last week for walking off with a coat that did not belong to him.
Died–In Jackson, on Saturday, Oct. 28, 1876, Mr. D. D. Hampton, editor of the Cash-Book in the 23rd year of age.
A fight recently occurred at Poplar bluff between two women, Sarah Hightower and Nancy Jones. The former smashed a quarter-cup over the latters’ cranium.
Fair Play–Nov. 16, 1876
Mr. Dugan, late of Quarrytown, was buried on Tuesday. He had been suffering from the malady of consumption for some time.
Died–Nov. 13, 1876 at her residence in Ste. Genevieve Mo., Mrs. Anstes Sargeant, widow of the late Dr. T. Sargeant; age 71 years.
The brick work on the new church is up to the window sills. When completed, this will probably be the largest church in southeast Missouri.
Henry C. Foster, a resident of Fredericktown, was found dead last week by the road-side. He is supposed to have died from the effects of a paralytic stroke.
Fair Play–Nov. 23, 1876
Mr. Bazile Aubuchon and son, of French Village, paid us a visit on Tuesday. Consequence: our pocket is some heavier. Mr. Aubuchon is one of St. Francois county’s best citizens, and has been a subscriber to the Fair Play since the first year of its existence.
Fair Play–Nov. 30, 1876
Our late St. Mary’s editor, L. Valle Harold, called on us last Thursday and bid us adieu for a while. He left Friday morning for Farmington, where he will apply himself to the study of law under the tuition of Messrs. Carter & Clardy. Doubtless in the next congressional contest, Valle will be a “Clardy man”. We wish him success in his new undertaking.
They had a small fire down at Corning last week. The house occupied by Mr. J. J. Winston, formerly of this place was discovered to be on fire, which caused quite an excitement in that little village. Fortunately quite a number of persons were near assistance was speedily forthcoming, and the flames were soon extinguished with no other damages.
Fair Play–Dec. 11, 1876
We understand that Mrs. Rose Davis, formerly of this place but now of Chester, intends leaving for Texas in a few days.
Messrs. Leon Body and Lonis Schaaf, two of our most energetic business men, went to St. Louis, by way of Chester, last Friday.
Fair Play–Dec. 21, 1876
Died–At his residence, 2821 Thomas street, St. Louis, Mo., on Saturday, the 16th inst., after a lingering illness of several months, Mr. Conrad Roeder, aged 55 years, 8 months and seven days.
Mr. Roeder was formerly a resident of this county.