Fair Play–Jan 14, 1875
Married–On December 16, 1874, at Bryant’s Ranche, near Latrobe Cal, by the Rev. C. C. Pierce, Mr. George H. Meyers to Miss Willietta T. Bryant.
George, we wish you much joy, and hope you and your bride may live a long, prosperous and happy life.
We are sorry to hear of your misfortune, but hope that under the treatment of a kind and loving wife, you may soon recover.
Mr. Adoph Boverie has been very ill during the past week.
Our old friend, George H. Meyers, formerly of this city an now living at Latrobe, Eldorado county, Cal., met with a serious accident while on his way to be married. He broke his leg, but, like a brave boy, he was married on crutches.
Fair Play–Jan 21, 1875
Mr. Joseph Huck is the happy daddy of a brand new girl baby.
Miss Theresa James (aged about 17, daughter of Dr. James. formerly of Victoria in this county, met with an untimely death on Monday of last week. She was crossing the Mississippi at Illinois station, in a skiff. There were in the skiff Miss James and three men, including the ferryman. The waves of a passing steam boat upset the skiff, and Miss James was drowned. The men managed to get ashore. The above are the circumstances as related to us, but we cannot understand how as experienced ferryman would let his skiff be upset by waves from a steamboat and there may have been some other cause for the calamity. The doctor and his family have the sympathy of a host of friends here.--Jefferson Democrat.
Fair Play–Jan 18, 1875
Married–On the 14th inst., at the Pine Street Presbyterian church, St. Louis by Rev. E. H. Rutherford, Dr. H. M. Lowry, of Shelbyville, Ky, to Miss A. E. Broyard, daughter of Charles A. Davis.
Married-On Wednesday evening, January 20, 1875, at the Catholic Church, in this city, by the Rev. Father Weiss, Mr. Francis L. Jokerst to Miss Rosine Yealey, both of this city.
The happy couple have our kind wishes, and we hope their lives may be long, prosperous and happy. The printer was duly remembered and while we sipped the sparkling wine, our toast was:–Our hope is each flying hour will conspire your cup of joy to fill.
Died–In Farmington, Jan. 5, 1875, Mrs. Catherine Evans, in the seventy-first year of her age.
Fair Play–Feb 4, 1875
Died–On the 29th ult., at Fulton, Mo., Mrs. Regina Knamm, consort of Michael Knamm, Esq., an old resident of this city, in the 43rd year of her age, after a lingering illness of over a month.
Married–On Tuesday, the 26th ult., at the church of the Redeemer at Cairo, Ills, Mr. Thomas B. Whitlidge, of St. Louis, to Miss Sarah Gilbert, of St. Mary, Mo.,
Tom, those bouquets will cease to adorn your desk in future. We hope, however, your happiness with your beautiful bride may bar eclips all the pleasures of your past life. We publish an article in another column giving an account of the wedding which shows it to have been a grand affair.
Mr. James Palmer made a very narrow escape on Monday last. He was riding a horse near the Cone Mills, when it became frightened and ran away with him, striking out on the street leading to Coopertown. Mr. Palmer tried his best to stop him, but did not succeed until he reached Mrs. Muzell’s, where he reigned the horse in to the fence which he ran against, breaking several palings off, but coming to a dead halt. Mr. Palmer was not so fortunate in stopping, but continued on headforemost over the fence. Mr. Palmer escaped with a slight bruise on the leg, which was almost a miracle.
Fair Play–Feb 11, 1875
Phil Delaney is still in trouble. The night following his adventure with the skeleton, he was taken up into the third story of a certain boarding house in this city and left to roost. The next morning he awoke and concluded to go out and take a “drap o’ the crater, “ and not knowing he had two flights of stairs do descend, he opened the door and started out. As the steps start down from the door he naturally went tumbling head foremost down stairs. At the foot of the first stairs there is a small landing and then the next flight begins. On this landing was a relic of the late war in the shape of a large bomb-sheel. Phil, as he came down, naturally caught at anything to impede his progress, and among other things he grabbed the bomb-shell, the result of which was that it rolled with him, carrying him across the landing, and he, bomb-shell and all went tearing down the next stairs, nearly scaring a lady and all the other inmates of the house to death. Fortunately, he was not badly hurt, but about as badly scared as you ever saw a man.
Phil says his “round wid the skeleton was bad enough, but, by Jasus, it is nothing compared with ridin’ down stairs on a bung-shell.”
Fair Play–Feb 18, 1875
On Sunday, the 14th inst., of pneumonia, Mrs. Katharine Lalumendier, consort of Mr. Bazile Lalumendier, aged 84 years.
On Monday night, Feb 15th, Adolph M. Boverie, son of John N. and Clementine Boverie, aged 22 years.
Thus another bright and shining light has gone out in the bloom of manhood. “Death loves a shining mark.” is an old adage, which certainly proves true in the present case. We deeply sympathize with his bereaved parents and relatives.
On Saturday, the 15th inst., Sesile, infant son of Antoine and Zoe Boyer, aged 5 months.
On Monday, the 15th, inst., Miss Mary Ann Helena, daughter of Antoine and Zoe Boyer, aged 22 years, after a lingering illness of on year.
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Thus we see the ruthless Hand of Death has snatched two bright and youthful jewels from one household in less time than one short week.
In the loss of Miss Boyer, society has lost one of its brightest gems, and her relatives and friends a true and noble companion. We sincerely sympathize with Mr. Boyer and his estimable lady, in this, their great affliction.
Fair Play–March 11, 1875
Died–On Tuesday, the 9th inst., Edward Charles, Son of Louis Nauman, aged 1 month and 9 days.
Mr. Felix Rozier, Jr., we understand has sold his interest in the store at DeSoto to his brother, Louis Rozier, Esq., and has returned to Ste. Genevieve.
A man by the name of Winter, who worked at Ignatius Roth’s mill, in the capacity of miller, about eight miles Southwest from this place was found in the mill this morning about 9 o’clock by Mr. Roth, with a double-barreled gun by him with one barrel discharged, the contents of which had entered his forehead and blew his brains out. The ramrod was found near him. The supposition is that he committed suicide, and used the ramrod to push the trigger with. The Coroner left at noon today to hold an inquest over the body.
A most shocking accident occurred on the night of the first inst., in the vicinity of Bloomsdale. A Mr. Charles Rogg, who lived within a half mile of Mr. Felix G. Poston’s, feeling unwell, got up in the night to fix the fire in the fireplace, and while in the act, suddenly took a fit and fell forward into the fire. His wife, who is also subject to fits, probably from the scare occasioned by her husband’s fall, also took a fit, and there finding nobody else there to render assistance, the man laid as he fell in the fire for some time. His wife soon got over her fit, and arose and pulled him out, but not until his arms and breast were nearly burned to a crisp. Medical aid was immediately called, but it was impossible to render the sufferer aid more than to try to relieve the intense agony he was in. He died on Thursday, the 4th inst. It is almost impossible to imagine the intense suffering the poor man must have had to endure those four days.
Fair Play–March 18, 1875
Our report last week of the death of Mr. Albert Winters, was a little incorrect. As we first understood it we thought it to be a case of suicide, but we since learn that it was accidental, at least the jury so rendered the verdict. It seems that he must have been loading his gun, and had not yet put the shot into it when by some accident it was discharged directly in his face blowing the whole of the left side of his head off. There is but little doubt that there could have been no shot in the gun, as none could be found either in the skull or in the walls or ceiling of the room he was in. It was indeed a sad accident. He leaves a widow and several children to mourn his untimely death.
Fair Play–March 25, 1875
Death of our Sheriff and Collector.
We are called upon this week to chronicle the death of Mr. Joseph Houck, Sheriff and Collector of the county. He departed this life on Friday evening the 19th, inst.
This is the most painful duty that has developed upon us during our newspaporial career in Ste. Genevieve County.
Mr. Houck was about thirty years of age, and during his short life had made more warm friends than it is the lot of most men to do. He did it by his generous nature and by treating every one who came in contact with him in a courtious and honest manner. He first commensed business with the public in the capacity of clerk in the store of L. B. Valle, Esq. in the stand now occupied by Mr. John L. Boverie. He remained with Mr. Valle for about tone year when he was taken sick of smallpox. After his recovery he took a position as clerk in the store of Mr. Henry Herter on the plank road. About this time or shortly before he played the organ in the Catholic church in the German Settlement. He remained for a short time with Mr. Herter, and then entered into business in the merchandise line on his own account, at a point on the St. Louis road a few miles north of this city. Here his generous nature proved detrimental to him. He confided to much in the honesty of the people and failed, loosing nearly everything he had accumulated prior to that time. After he closed on his store he taught school until the fall election of 1872, when he became a candidate for the offices of Sheriff and Collector to which position he was elected. He filled the position to the perfect satisfaction of his friends and the public generally, so much so that at the next election in 1874 he was re-elected without opposition. He had hardly entered upon the duties of this second term before he was stricken down with bronchitis and was confined to his room until his death.
He leaves a large family to mourn his untimely death, as well as a large circle of friends. Probably Mr. Huck has less enemies in the county than almost any other man in it. “Peace to his ashes is our prayer.
We attended the funeral service of Mr. Huck at the Settlement Church last Sunday which were very impressive. although we could understand very little of Rev. Father Steins address over the grave, yet we could plainly see from the effect produced on those present that the address was able and impressive. The audience was extremely large, so much so that only about three fourths could find standing room in the church. The church is one of the neatest arranged in this section., it is quite small, but sufficiently large to accommodate the congregation at ordinary times.
Fair Play–April 1, 1875
A little boy, son of Benj Ederin who lives in a portion of Mrs. Ringwalls house, fell from a second story back porch on Monday last and stuck his chin on a sold rock breaking his jaw bone and knocking several of his teeth out. Dr. Hertich was summoned and set the bone and although the little fellow suffers a great deal, he is doing well.
Fair Play–April 8, 1875
Died-At Fredericktown, Mo., on the 30th ult., Mrs. Euphemi Duchuquette, aged 65 years.
Mrs. Duchuquette was a daughter of Mr. John Valle, a former resident of Ste. Genevieve. She was born in this city. She was the mother of Hon. John B. Duchuquette, ex member of the legislature from Madison county.
Fair Play–April 15, 1875
On Saturday the 10th inst., at the residence of and by Esq., S. A. Guignon, Mr. Edward Welsh, to Mrs. E. Ellems, both of this County.
On Monday, the 12th inst. at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mr. Jerome Culver, to Miss Louisia Bell, both of this county.
Fair Play–May 6, 1875
Died–In Ste. Genevieve Co., April 27th, Miss Josie Polston, daughter of David and Mararet Polston, aged 18 years.
Thus one by one his loved ones are being gathered within the gates of the Celestial City to walk in the light of everlasting life. But a few days ago Miss Josie was lingering amid the shadowy scenes of earth, but now she has been called away and we hope is sweetly sleeping in the arms of Jesus.
It is but meet that we should weep above the grave of departed loved ones, since our Savior wept above the tomb of one He loved, and we mourn not as one who has no hope “for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him” May God in his mercy sanctify this dispensation of his providence to the good of parents and friends.
A serious accident happened at Mine La Motte, on Tuesday last. While Samuel Stigall was engaged in the shaft in the dirt diggings, the wall caved in completely covering him up. By hard efforts he was extricated in time to save his life, although his left leg was badly fractured and he was also considerably bruised. Medical aid was summoned and he is now doing finely.–Bee
Fair Play–May 13, 1875
Died–At Perryville on the 8th, inst., of pneumonia, after an illness of eight days, Mrs. Josephine Robbins, consort of Jesse B. Robbins, Esq. aged 46 years.
Mrs. Robbins left our city but a few days before her death to care for her husband, who was dangerously ill at Perryville. Probably by over anxiousness and exertion for his good she hastened her own death. In her demise society has lost a bright star, and Judge Robbins a devoted and loving wife.
Fair Play–May 20, 1875
We notice in town this week several young men former residents of this place, but now of St. Louis. Among them were Mr. A. McNair, E. S. Guignon, A. F. Beltrami and others.
A man calling himself John McMilan, stopped at Joseph Yerger’s at Antonio last Saturday morning with a pair of mules he wanted to sell. Yerger soon struck up a trade with him trading him a mare, saddle and bridle, and agreeing to give him $35 cash to boot, but having been taken in by strangers once before, he wanted to make sure that he was getting the mules from the proper owner, so he told the fellow he would keep him and the mules until he ascertained something about them. The fellow objected to this, but he could not help himself. He said he came from near DeSoto, so Yerger sent a man down to DeSoto to enquire, and could not learn that any such man owned a span of mules in that neighborhood. He then told the man that he would bring him and the mules to Hillsboro on Monday morning where he would be apt to find some one at court to identify him but on Monday morning he got up and sloped. Mr. Yerger now has the mules in his possession, which the owner can obtain by calling proving properly and paying charges. Jefferson Democrat
Mr. Andrew Remlinger met with quite a serious accident on Saturday last. While doing some work in his stable a carpenters bench frame which was stored there to be out of the way fell on his left hand mashing the bone of his middle finger quite badly and bruising other parts of his hand. He is now doing quite well and will soon be over its effect, however, with ordinary good luck.
Fair Play–May 27, 1875
Some thief or thieves, supposed to be the same who carried off the box of goods from the landing a few days since, broke in to the house of Mr. Damian Andre and ransacked it, probably in search of money. He or they succeeded in finding three or four dollars in silver, which was appropriated. The same night or a night or two after a party was discovered carrying of stolen stove wood from the wood shed of Dr. Carssow. The latter party is known, and it will probably not be healthy for him to continue the business. A good dose of lead pills would be a good antidote for such “cattle.”
Fair Play–June 17, 1875
We were visited yesterday by terrible storm of wind and rain which played havoc with the wheat, corn and everything that was capable of being blown down. Several trees were blown down in town. A post standing in the yard of, was struck by lightening and shivered to atoms The distance between Judge Roy’s residence and the Ste. Genevieve House, occupied by Mr. Chadwell, is only about fifty feet, so it can be considered as a narrow escape for both families. The lightening struck about half way between the two houses.
Fair Play–June 24, 1875
Mssrs E. A. Rozier, Gus Hertich and Joe Bogy, young men of our city who have been attending school at the State University, at Columbia, returned home last Saturday night. The boys look rather thin. We presume this can be attributed to the fact that they have applied themselves too closely to their studies. The boys were all pleased to met their old friends and vice versa.
Died–on the 21st inst., after a long illness, Mrs. Julia C. Janis, wife of Mr. Felix H. Janis of this city, aged 33 years.
Fair Play–July 1, 1875
A little boy, in St. Francois county, son of Ely Hopkins, Esq. fell in a well thirty-two feet deep one day last week. There was about 8 or ten feet of water in the well and the little fellow was rescued unhurt.
A Mr. Comb, who lives a couple of miles Southwest of this place attended the pic nic on the hill last Sunday, celebrated a little too much on the 4th, and in attempting to perform a feat on a rope fell to the ground and dislocated his elbow joint and also hurt his wrist pretty badly. His arm was properly dressed, and he will probably soon be all right.
An affray on the infantile order occurred the other day between two boys one a son of Mrs. Bell and the other a son of Mr. Bernard Larose, in which the latter stabbed the former in the face with a pocket knife, inflicting a severe, though not dangerous wound. A good dose of cowhide oil would be good for such a boy.
Fair Play–Aug. 19, 1875
Died–On Friday the 13th inst Felix Rozier, jr., aged 28 years.
This untimely and sudden death has cast a gloom over this vicinity, and his relatives and friends have the sympathy of the entire community.
Fair Play–September 2, 1875
The body of a child, new born, was found on South Gabrie creek in the vicinity of the fair grounds on Sunday night, last, by a little colored girl, and reported to the Coroner. It was a female child and had evidently been foully dealt with, as it skull had been crushed, and the brains and one-half the skull entirely gone. The body was otherwise mutilated, but it is not certain whether by the hands of a person or not. The child had no clothing on of any discription
The body of the child was disinterred on Tuesday and a post mortem examination made, with the object of ascertaining if possible whether the child was born alive or not. Suspicion pointed to one Julia Boaz, a colored girl who lives a few yards from where the child was found and she was arrested and examined before his Honor, Squire Roy, on Wednesday. The evidence being only circumstantial she was bound over to appear at the next term of the circuit court, in the sum of $250.
Died–Tuesday night, Aug., 31st, Mr. Alex Bauidger, of dropsy.
While returning from Punjaub, where he had been sojourning for some time past, Hon. J. B. Robbins met with a serious mishap. He was driving with two horses in a buggy when a part of the running gear of the buggy gave way, frightening the horses and precipitating the Judge to the ground, inflicting several cuts and bruises on his face, head and body. He was taken up insinsible and after recovering somewhat reached home last night. His wounds are principally contusions and though painful not dangerous no bones broken.
A singular and sudden death occurred a short distance above town on the evening of the 5th, last.
Mr. T. S. Mathis was out in the yard milking a cow that is said to be in the habit of kicking sometimes when she suddenly commenced to jump and plunge, which she kept up for a minute or so and then fell dead. Mr. Mathis told his wife that the cow was dead and proceeded to take a rope from her head. After taking the rope off he walked a few steps toward the house and fell dead himself. He dropped dead almost instantly, not even speaking one word.
Dr. Hertich was sent for and examined the remains and pronounced it a case of congestion of the brain.
Mr. Mathis was formerly a resident of Muscatine Iowa, and moved to this county some eight or nine years ago, and was a very energetic and responsible citizen. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his loss.
Fair Play–September 14, 1875
Mr. Chas Parch, a young man who left Missouri for the Western plains in 1867, has returned to St. Louis and was interviewed by a Times reporter in relation of the Black Hills country. He says that gold does not exist in paying quantities, and that the adventurerers who have gone there are generally in destitute circumstances.
Mrs. Muehlhausler, wife of a farmer living near River aux Vases, died very suddenly during the night last week. She had been a little ill but no one supposed that she was dangerously so, said awakening one morning her husband found her dead.
Died–On Tuesday, Sept. 7th, Louise, eldest daughter of Jules and Emily Rozier, in the 21st year of her life.
Fair Play–September 23, 1875
On last Saturday morning Mr. Jules Denizet residing three miles south of Perryville, accompanied by his son, a boy about 13 years old, went to Water’s Landing, each with a load of wheat, and arrived safely. Having disposed of the wheat, they started homeward, Mr. Denizet talking the lead. When near what is known as Old Jones hill farm, the boy’s team became frightened and ran away, passing his father’s teham and sruck his wagon and broke an axle tree, and precipitated the unfortunate boy forward upon the double trees and from there fell to the ground, and when picked up by his father life was extinct. His skull was terribly fractured–Perryville Union.
Married–On Thursday evening the 16th inst. by Rev Father Weiss, Mr. Emile C. Lelie, to Miss Mary Katherine Schumert, both of this city.
The wedding took place at the church, after which the happy couple together with the invited guests, repaired to the residence of the bride, and enjoyed a sumptous feast, and sipped the sparking wine to the health of the happy pair. After the banquet was over all enjoyed themselves “tripping the light fantastic” until the “we sma’ hours o’ morn.”
In their happiness the poor printer and his devil was not forgotten. While we sip the sparkling wine we drink to the health, wealth and future prosperity of the new pair who have launched their bark on the matrimonial sea. May they live long, live happy, accumulate lots of this worlds goods, and die in peace, surrounded by a bright posterity, in the prayer of the printer.
Fair Play–October 10, 1875
Murder–Last Sunday evening our little city was startled with the news that a man had been murderd at the old tan yard belonging to Judge Lefie. Parties immediately repaired to the spot and found a man lying on the street near the door of the bark mill in almost a lifeless condition. His head was lying in a pool of blood with the skull crushed and several other cuts and bruises on it. He was moved to a little house belonging to Messrs. Rozier and Jokerst and medical attendance summoned. Dr. Hertich ws soon on the spot and after examining his wounds pronounced them fatal which they proved to be as he died on Tuesday morning last. The unfortunate man was an old German by the name of Joseph Grein, well known in this county,and although an habitual drinker, yet was considered harmless. In the bark mill near which he was found lived a negro woman commonly called “Dolly Ann” who upon being interrogated, stated that he had been in her house and she desired him to go out, which he refused to do, when she hit him on the head three times with a heavy hoe; and he hung down his head and fell to the ground, when she dragged him out and left him where he was found. She produced the hoe with which she said she had hit him with, and strange to say, there is not a particle of blood or hair to be seen about it and not a drop of blood can be seen in or about the room where the blows are said to have been dealt. The negress was arrested and lodged in jail to await the action of the grand jury.
Fair Play–October 20, 1875
Died–On the 5th last at Punjaub, this county, Mr. Shackleton Hauson, in his forty sixth year.
On the eveing of the 18th inst, Emeline, daughter of C. Virgi, in her 13th year.
On the 12th inst., Anna Barbara Catherine, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Kern, aged 1 year, 9 months and 4 days.
On the 19th inst., in St. Louis, Miss Martha J. Leavenworth, daughter of A. W. and P. X. Leavenworth, aged 22 years.
On the 5th, inst., at Bloomsdale, Mrs. B. Clareville, age 84 years.
Fair Play–October 28, 1875
Miss Gussie Meyers is very ill at Rock Haven with the typhoid fever.
An accident occurred in the government rock quarry at Rock Haven last Friday in which a man by the name of Nicholas Callahan came near losing his life. It seems he, together with three or four more were prizing our a huge rock, weighing over several tons, from is bed to get it down the side of the hill. Some scantlings were laid down for the rock to fall upon, and when it went over, the end of one of the scantlings flew up and hit him on the back of the head, with such force as to fracture the skull, and throw him forward on his face, hurting him considerable about the forehead. Medical attention was immediately called, and at all accounts he was in a fair way to (illegible), although it was at first thought impossible for him to get over it.
Fair Play–November 4, 1875
A little six-year-old girl, the daughter of L. R. Morton, of Phelps county was burned to death last Thursday. While reaching up to the mantle piece over the fire she fell in and was burned to a crisp before help came.
On last Friday the residence of Mr. David Barclay; on Little Fourche a Renault, in this county, was entirely destroyed by fire. The fire caught in the roof and Mrs. Barclay, who was alone in the house, did not discover it until it had gained considerable headway. She succeeded, however, in saving a considerable portion of the household goods. In an effort to remove some articles from the upper story, she fell down the stairs and was rendered unconscious, and would have burned to death but for the timely arrival of Johnnie Flynn and a colored boy.
We noticed the following attorneys in attendance at court this week, J. Perry Johnson, Chester, Ills, Mr. Wheaton, St. Louis, Judge Wm Carter, Farmington, Judge Nicholson, Perryville, M. L. Clardy, Farmington and Mssrs Robbins, Hemingway Shaw, F. A. and C. C. Rozier, of Ste. Genevieve.
Found Dead–Charles F. Norton, living on the old Henry Stewart farm one mile from Pat Harmans store. Was found dead in his house on Friday the 15th inst., with all his clothing on, right hand across his breast and left straight down by the side. He is supposed to have been dead about eight days. His wife was in St. Louis, he wrote her that he was very unwell. On Friday the 8th he made the last entry in his diary. “I am very weak, feel worse today than I have yes”. There was an eight day clock in the house that was not quite run down. It is supposed he made the entry, wound up the clock and lay down across the bed to rest and never rose again.
His wife on receipt of the letter hastened home to see her husband. When she arrived, what must have been her horror; to find him dead, with his nose eaten off, his eyes eaten out and a little hole in the back of each hand. Pot. Times
Died–On Saturday, Oct. 31st,1875. John R. Layton, of Perry county, in the 6th year of his age.
Fair Play–November 11, 1875
Two horses were stolen from Mr. Geo Marks, of St. Francois county, recently. The thief was traveling in the direction of this place, probably intending to either cross the river here or at Chester, when some person rode up behind him, and probably thinking he was pursued he jumped off the horse he was riding and lit out for tall timber. The horses were brought to this place and put in the livery stable. Some one recognized the horses and they were returned to their owner. The thief was not captured.
Mr. George Naumann has opened a Meat Shop in the old City Market building, where he will be happy to serve the citizens with anything in his line, at reasonable rates.
Young Gibson, who undertook to storm St. Mary and shoot Rond’s Hotel last summer was fined $100. Not being able to find the necessary funds to pay his fine he was remanded to jail. We presume the county would like to hire him out to some responsible party at reduced wages.
Julia Boaz, the colored girl confined in Jail on the charges of infanticide, was not tried at this term of court owing to an error in the indictment. She will be kept in jail until next term of court unles she can give bail or a special term of court is called.
Fair Play–November 18, 1875
Wesley Cogswell, who shot and killed his step-father in Buttler county a couple of months ago, and who escaped from the jail at Poplar Bluff, was recaptured last week and placed in the dungeon of the same jail. The jail is one of the old fashioned kind, with the entrance in the second story, and a trap door to descend to the dungeon. The sheriff placed him in the dungeon but failed to fasten the trap door and went to bring him his breakfast To the great surprise of the sheriff when he returned he found that his bird had flown. The trapdoor not being fastened the prisoner set a stove which ws in the dungeon on end and clambered up to the second story and out through the same aperature in the roof through which he had made his previous escape, and reaching the ground he succeeded in reaching the woods and making his escape the second time.
Sudden Death–Foul Play Suspected–Dies a Maniac
A short time since, Mr. Frank Marshall, a highly respected and well-to-do farmer of Richwoods, near Sikeston, Scott county, Mo., started to Memphis, Tenn., taking with him seven or eight hundred dollars worth of hogs, which he had purchased and had been fattening for some time and preparing them for the market. A short while after he left, having been gone long enough to go to Memphis and return, he came home a confirmed maniac. His reason had fled; he knew nothing of his trip nor could anything in regard to the transaction be elicited from him in any manner. He was taken sick in a day or two after his arrival lingered for a few hour and then died, leaving no evidence behind him whatever of the cause of his affliction. Eleven dollars were found upon his person, which was all the money he had in his possession. It is suspected that he made sale of his hogs, and on returning home had been drugged and robbed of the proceeds of the sale.
Steps are being taken to trace up this proceeding, and throw what light upon it can be, in order that the facts may be known.
Mr. Marshall was one of the oldest settlers of Scott county, and had accumulated a handsome fortune, and was highly respected as an honest and industrious and enterprising citizen. He leaves a family behind and several brothers, all of whom are substantial farmers of that portion of the county. Charleston Gazette.
Our old friend, R. G. Madison, Esq., was in town on Monday morning last. He reports that there has been some little difficulty at the Crystal City Plate Glass Works, owing to a change in superintendents and the discharge of quite a number of hands. Riot was so severly threatened that it required the assistance of the sheriff and a posse to quell it. A strong police forece is still kept day and night.
Mr. Joseph Eichenlaub, a German farmer who lived a short distance above town, was out in his yard chopping wood last Saturday, about half-past twelve o’clock, when he suddenly dropped dead. The doctor pronounced it a case of heart disease. He was an energetic, enterprising and much respected citizen. Several of his family have died before him in the same manner.
Mr. Royal Larose met with a serious accident on Tuesday evening last. In attempting to climb on a wagon loaded with corn and driven by Mr. Peter Vaith, near Mr Peter Moreau’s residence, he slipped and fell with one leg under the wagon wheel, which passed over and broke it near the thigh He was taken up and hauled in a wagon to a house in the western part of town, and Dr. Carssow set the limb, and at last accounts he was doing as well as could be expected.
Married–At the residence of H. H. Jones in North Fredericktown, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1875, by J. W. Steward, J. P, Mr. Joseph E. Sauer to Miss Annie Heilfrink.
Mr. Royal Larose met with a serious accident on Tuesay evening last. In attempting to climb on a wagon loaded with corn and driven by Mr. Peter Vaith, near Mr. Peter Moreau’s residence, he slipped and fell with one leg under the wagon wheel, which passed over and broke it near the thigh. He was taken up and hauled in a wagon to a house in the western part of town, and Dr. Carsow set the limb and at last accounts he was doing as well as could be expected.
Fair Play–November 25, 1875
We learn that a new copper mine has been opened on the farm of Mr. Adam Reubsam, near New Offenburg. The prospects seem to be very flattering. The managers of this new mine are Messrs. Ferdinand Kuehne, Adam Reubsam, Valentine Rottler and David Vaith.
A gentleman named James Reid, of Jefferson county, took the second premium on wheat at the late St. Louis fair.
Mr. Frank Cooley has withdrawn from the Farmington New Era, on account of ill-health, and Mr. C. E. Lee of Fredericktown, has purchased his interest in said paper.
Married–On November 15, 1875, Rev. H. S. Watts, Mr. F. D. Bull, of LaSalle, Ills., to Miss Lou J. Coffmann, of Coffmann, Ste. Genevieve county, Missouri. No cards.
The post-master of River Aux Vases, Mr. Philip Staub, died Thursday night last. Mr. Staub had been residing in this county over a quarter of a centur and was greatly respected by everybody who knew him. We deeply sympathize with his family.
John Rowe and Enoch Artrip, of Reynolds county, were sent to the penitentiary for two years, for “borrowing” a rifle gun, a pair of boots, and several other articles, of Mr. John Bradley, during the absence of himself and family.
The case of Chas. Dendel versus Mrs. Maria Wilder, which came off last Saturday, was decided against the latter, “five dollars and cost” being assessed against her.
Last Friday morning, as Mr. F. C. Albert was carring a bundle of shingles on a scaffold attached to Mr. F. J. Ziegler’s house, he slipped and fell to the ground, badly injuring his right arm.
Just as we go to press we hear of a young lady being burned to death at French Village. Last Friday Mr. Aubuchon’s youngest daughter, aged about seventeen years, was attending a quilting at the old church house, and the weather being rather cool, she went near the fire. While standing there her clothes became ignited and in a few minutes she was enveloped in hot flames. She, of course, lost her presence of mind and rushed from the house, loudly sreaming, while the flames leaped high in the air above her head. Dr. Evans was in the yard at the time, and hearing the cries of the unfortunate young lady, ran to her and endeavored to extinguish the flames, but failed and her clothes were entirely consumed by the flames. She suffered the most excruciating pain eight long hours, when death came to her rescue. She was buried on Saturday.
Fair Play–December 9, 1875
Three deaths and two marriages were reported in the New Era last week.
A horse belonging to Mr. Ed Mennard, was shot near Kaskaskia last week by unknown parties.
Our fellow-townsman Christopher Welge met with an unfortunately accident last Thursday evening, while returning from his farm in the country. As will be remembered, it was very dark on that night and raining besides, making it difficult to travel. When in the vicinity of Mr. John Hahn’s residence on the plank road, about one mile from this city, he failed to keep his team in the middle of the road and before he was aware of it, his wagon, horses and himself and wife were precipitated down an embankment, a distance of some fifteen feet, killing one of the horses instantly and wrecking the wagon. Mr. Welge received a good drubbing of soft mud while his wife sustained several severe bruises, the wagon-bed falling on her. Under the circumstances, the parties were very lucky in escaping with their lives. Mr. Welge is comparatively a poor man, and should meet with some aid at the hands of our liberal citizens. Chester Tribune.
Miss Ella Robinson, of Ste. Genevieve county, sister of our worthy circuit judge is here on a visit. Union.
Fair Play–December 16, 1875
A man named Grooms had his neck broken at DeSoto last week, by being thrown from a horse.
The residence of Mr. John Gibbar, about ten miles from Perryville, was recently destroyed by fire.
Mr. Joseph Vorst’s little girl met with a bad accident last Monday. She was walking near a man who was cutting wood her father, and he, not seing her, reaised his ax, and in doing so struck her in the face with it, cutting her upper lip through to the teeth. A physician was immediately called and the little girl is now doing very well.
It becomes my most unpleasant duty to inform you of one of the most distressing and fatal accidents that has ever occurred in our midst, or that it has ever been my lot to witness, which occurred at the residence of Dr. Evans of French Village yesterday, Nov. 25th.
Mrs. Evans had invited several of her friends to assist her in making a “bed comfort” and to partake of a Thanksgiving dinner; and two young ladies, one a daughter of Ferd, and the other a daughter of Louis Aubuchon being the first arrivals proceeded to tack the quilt in the frame and in doing so Miss Elvina, daughter of Louis Aubuchon, accidently allowed her clothes to come in contact with the heated stove and in a moment was enveloped in flames, and rushed for the door. Mrs. Evans told her not to leave the room and attempted to extinquish the flames by throwing a blanket over the now terrified girl, who eluded her and escaped into the yard. At the time the Dr. arrived and attracted by the noise rushed into the houes and seized a blanket and attempted to extinguish the flames by enveloping the unfortunate young lady in it, and partly succedded but her strength being that of a maniac, she escaped him and ran into the street. By this time every vestige of clothing was burned from her person and she presented a spectacle frightful to behold. The poor girl was borne to her father’s house near by, where she died at 6 p.m. living about seven hours and half, but suffering no pain, as the sentient extremities of her nerves were completely destroyed. Mrs. Evans and the remaining Miss Aubuchon narrowly escaped a similar fate as at one time the clothing of both was on fire.
The quilt was entirely consumed but the Dr. succedded in getting it out of the room before any serious damage was done, the carpet only burning in a few places. Miss Aubuchon was an excellent young lady, loved by all who knew her, and her sad fate has cast a gloom over the whole community.
Last Saturday, while Mr. Kamerer, of this county, was hauling wood a few miles from town, his horses became frightened and ran away, throwing Mr. K. and his two daughters who were in the wagon, to the ground with great force. The skull bone of one of the girls was cracked, but the other persons escaped with slight injuries.
The Union says: “Mrs. Ann Cretan, residing some ten miles west of Perryville, accidentally knocked a loaded pistol off a shelf to the floor, which instantly discharged, the contents entering one of her legs, just below the knee, and passed up to the thigh bone, where the bullet lodged, and at last accounts, it had not been extracted.”
Mr. John L. Boverie visited St. Louis last week for the purpose of puschasing a stock of new goods. On his way to the city he passed thro’ Chester, and the “Valley Clarion” has this to say of him: “John L. Boverie of Ste. Genevieve, was in town on Monday, on his way to St. Louis to buy goods. John is a staving good fellow, and knows how to throw the calico on the counter.”
Fair Play–December 23, 1875
Mr. Peter J. Primo, of Bloomsdale, was in town last Monday, and presented us with two speciments of fine lead ore, which had been taken from his father’s farm. He informs us that immense quantities of the ore can be found near the place, but that not much attention is paid to it.
Horrible Incident at a Funeral-Punjaub Mo., Dec. 14, 1875.
A horrible incident took place at a funeral to-day, about five miles west of here.
Henry Weber went to his sister’s funeral (who had been burned to death in St. Louis, and her remains had been sent here for interment) and when he arrived at the burial ground he requested to see her. Some one gave him a screw-driver and he took the screws out and was going to remove the lid of the coffin, when his brother-in-law, Christian Jake, objected to it. Weber said he would see her. At that, Christian Jake and his wife (a sister of Weber’s,) Adam Binigar, (a step-son of Jake’s and nephew of Weber.) and old man Long attacked Weber with spades, stones and clubs. He received a severe cut over the left eye with a spade, had one rib broken and was badly injured in several places.
Bloomsdale Items–The new Catholic church at this place is now under roof.
Mr. Whitlock, the head carpenter, came very near meeting with a sad accident. As he went to sit on a pile of “sheating planks” on the rafters they slipped, and he came near falling off the building.
Mr. Michael Drury has purchased a saw mill, which he has taken on his farm, on the the Establishment creek, and we hope to hear it whistle in a few days.
A stranger, who hired himself to Mr. Whitlock as a carpenter, was soon discharged, and went to Punjaub, where he stole a fine pacing horse from young David, and left for parts unknown. Bloomsdale, Dec. 20.
Two of Ste. Genevieve’s handsome young gents–August Menard and Gus Hertich-were in our village yesterday. Frank Bogy, who is attending school at your city, I learn was also in town yesterday. Frank is a good boy, and is well thought of here by the people–especially to the young ladies.
Last Saturday evening Mr. A. Siebert of this county, met with a painful accident near the jail. He was in the act of mounting his horse, when the animal started off, causing him to fall to gound. His foot was fastened in the stirup, and being unable to extricate it he was dragged some distance over the rough ground, and his head was badly bruised in several places.
Fair Play–December 30, 1875
The residence of Mr. John Abernathy, situated in Bois Brule Bottom, was consumed by fire a few days ago.
Mr. Bartley Siebert, of this county, died Friday last. He had been married only one month at the time of his death, and leaves a young wife, several relatives and a number of friends to mourn his loss.
Mr. John B. Scott and Miss Josie Wilson, of Cape Girardeau, were married on the 9th inst. The Farmer and Miner says they are both old enough to leave their mammies.
The Forum says, “Aaron Mitchell, the doomed man, has been conveyed to the Ste. Genevieve jail for secure keeping. “The young man, Jacob Durig, has been conveyed to the state capitol to serve out his term in the penitentiary. Little did his mother think when she fondled him at her breast, with pride and pleasure, that such would be his fate.
Dr. S. S. Spencer, of Wittenberg, Perry county, claims to the ninety years old. He is hale and hearty.
The trial of Aaron Mitchell indicted for murder in the first degree came off last week. The prisoner was defended by Messrs. Bennett and Killian, the prosecution being conducted by John V. Noell, prosecuting attorney of this county. The trial progressed during the day, and adjourned over until Saturday morning for further hearing, and about two o’clock in the afternoon the case was given to the jury who, after a short consultation, returned into the court with a verdict of murder in the first degree.
Mr. C. C. Valle, of Mine La Motte, was in town last night and left by stage this morning to go to Ste. Genevieve. Mr. Valle and five other gentlemen with who he is associated in the mining business have recently been the lucky finders of a very valuable vein of lead ore and they will at once commence opening it up. It is situated on the Fredericktown road near to the famous Castor lead. Times