Fair Play–January 10, 1880
The golden wedding or fiftieth anniversary of the wedded life of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Carron, of Bloomsdale, will be celebrated on Monday, January 19th.
Mr. ____Siebert, an old and much respected citizen of this city, suddenly died Thursday morning. He got up and made a fire about five o’clock, and in about an hour from that time breathed his last. (transcriber’s note–Mr. S’s first name was not in the article).
Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Carron.
Bloomsdale, Mo., Dec. 30.
Editor Fair Play:
An event of great local interest, and one which will evoke much sympathy and heart congratulation on the part of the old citizens of this and neighboring counties, will take place in this village on Monday, January 19, viz., the golden wedding of Joseph Carron and Melanie Caillot. For three quarters of a century this venerable pair have contributed to the moral, social and political progress of the great State of Missouri. The lineal descendants of those early explorers who laid the foundations of the great wealth of this State at Ste. Genevieve, in 1735, they have, through a long and arduous life, been identified with every throb which it has given in its great march of progress, until now in their ripe old age they see themselves crowned and surrounded with all the evidence of Heaven’s blessings in the guise of competency, friends and descendants. The parents of ten children, their progeny has increased until they now enumerate 130 grand and great grandchildren all of whom have been given to our own great State.
The life of this venerable couple has been always marked by industry, energy, honesty and religious faith. A rigid Catholic, as well as an energetic citizen, Joseph Carron has always amply contributed to the support of his religion and by this means proved himself a worthy descendant of the great Catholic founders of our State. His benefactions in this relation have brought a degree of religious prosperity to the vicinity for which it could not otherwise reasonably hope.
The wedding will be celebrated in a religious as well as social manner. A High Mass will be sung at 9 o’clock A.M. at which a discourse suitable to the occasion will be pronounced. All the friends and relatives of the venerable pair are cordially invited to assist at the sacred ceremonies.
The reception will take place in the evening , commencing at 7:30, at Zeno’s Hall.
Joseph Carron has been solicitous to procure the permanent blessings of a parochial school for the youth of St. Philomena’s congregation and for the promotion of this object he has decreed to give his reception at the festival, to be given on the evening of his wedding for the liquidation of the debt ($310) contracted by the purchase of the Chambers estate (118 acres) and the buildings on the same.
Mr. Carron wisely and generously wishes to make this event, of so great social happiness to himself, his venerable spouse, to his children and friends, an occasion of the diffusion of the means of religious and secular education to his great grandchildren and the children of the poor. Joseph Carron is not to be classed with the irreclaimable herd who believe that horny hands, hard muscles, corrupt minds and brutal manners are the best inheritance which children receive from their parents. He wishes his friends to meet him where his heart is most interested.
All hail 1 happy, virtuous pair! A. G..
We copy the following from the Farmington Revielis:
We are informed that a post office is soon to be established near the old stand at Chestnut Ridge, Mr. Peter Dorlac is recommended for the position of Postmaster. Mr. Dorlac will also open a store at his new residence on the old plank road, six miles east of Valley Forge.
Fair Play–January 17, 1880
Mr. Lon Humphrey has recovered from his late illness, and can now be found at his old post in the Freie Blatter office.
Obituary. Died–On January 6th, 1880, at Concord, Ste. Genevieve county, Mo., Nancy A., wife of F. W. Brands; aged 29 years.
Her loss is sadly mourned by her many friends throughout the neighborhood. She was of a kind and friendly disposition, always ready and willing to aid and assist the distressed or needy. She was a kind and affectionate wife, ever faithful to her husband next to her God and lived and died beloved by all who knew here. In her last days her crosses were many and hard to bear, but like all faithful followers of the meek and lowly Savior, she bore them bravely, ever looking forward to that one great cross of all, the bright, shining cross of Christ, which was her only light to guide her safely over the dark River of Death into the port of Heaven, where she has met other loved ones who had gone before and were waiting to welcome her home.
Mr. August Schweiss, one of Ste. Genevieve county’s honest and most respected citizens, died at his home, near Bloomsdale, last Tuesday night. His remains were brought to town and interred in the Old Fellows’ cemetery Thursday evening. He has many friends in this county, who will be pained to hear of his death.
We learn from the Republican that a little child of Romanus Melton, a farmer living near Perryville, was burnt to death a few days ago. Last Saturday morning the child was playing near where he mother was washing, and while the mother was absent after water, the little girl got so near the fire that her clothes caught, and before the mother, who was attracted by the screams of the child, could get to her, she was enveloped in flames from head to foot. Her clothes were entirely burned off, and her body burned to a crisp. After forty-eight hours of the most intense agony the little one was relieved from her suffering by death.
We learn that Mr. Clovis Boyer will commence plastering the new church building next week.
Fair Play–January 21, 1880
James Webb accidentally shot and killed himself, at Clarkson’s Mills, in Wayne county, recently.
A young lady residing not far from Cape Girardeau recently smoked a cigarette, and, as two gentlemen called, hurriedly put the stub in her pocket. Her dress ignited, and she was excused for the evening.
We learn from the Farmington Times that John Smith, the man who attempted to break into Mr. Thomas Williams’ store, and was shot for his pains, was tried last week and sentenced to the penitentiary for five years.
Mr. Joseph Yancey, of Armstrong, Howard county, died on Friday morning, January 9, of pneumonia. On the Sunday following his wife died of the same disease, and at night, their infant child died. The father, mother and child were laid to rest side by side.
Mrs. Burgert, wife of Mr. Simon Burgert, died last Wednesday morning.
Mrs. Woods, aged 123 years died on the 1st inst., on Upper Blair’s Creek, Shannon county.
Several gentlemen of this city went to Farmington this week, to witness the hanging of Charles H. Hardin at that place yesterday.
Communicated. Mr. Editor:
It becomes my melancholy duty to communicate through the columns of your valuable paper the intelligence of the death of a worthy and distinguished son of our good old town, Paschall Becquette. He was born in Ste. Genevieve in 1804, of native French parents, and died at Visalia, Cal., on December 1, 1879.
He was bred to the profession of merchant, in the store of Rozier & Valle, in the house now occupied by the Widow Shaw. He followed that accomplished and elegant merchant, Col. Jean Baptiste Rozier, to Mine la Motte, and remained in his employment for some years at Fredericktown. Col. Becquette subsequently, in 1831, migrated to Wisconsin (then Michigan) and engaged in the business of merchandising and smelting lead ore.
When Black Hawk, at the head of the British band of Sacs, invaded Illinois and Wisconsin, spreading death and desolation in his track, Paschal Becquette was one of the first who volunteered to meet him. Elected 1st lieutenant of Gentry’s company in the regiment led by the late Gov. Dodge, he was among the foremost in the bloody fights at Pecatonia, Wisconsin Heights and Bad Ax. He was distinguished for the possession of fine qualifications as a partisan officer–courage and activity in the field, and for his superior marksmanship. He rose to the grade of Colonel in the volunteer service. No officer of his rank won greener laurels in the Black Hawk war than did Pachal Becquette.
(illegible) remains were followed to their resting place, in Visatia cemetery, by a large concourse of people on the 3rd of December, 1879”.
Paschal Becquette was by birth a Missourian. We do not dispute the claims of Wisconsin and California, his adopted States, but we claim for Ste. Genevieve the honor of his nativity, and by the great law governing such precious inheritance his name and fame constitute a portion of the wealth of his native town. It is the right and noble ambition of Ste. Genevieve–no matter in what land their bones may repose–to preserve by the pen of history the bright names of her children, and like the Mother of the Grachi, to point to them as her jewels and her crown.
The good and generous qualities qualities of nature were blended in Paschal Becquette.
Fair Play–January 31, 1880
Charles Hardin was hung at Farmington on Friday of last week. The hanging was witnessed by about five thousand persons. Several persons of this city went out to see “the show,” and, we learn, some of them say they will never go to see another man hang. A full account of the hanging will be found in another part of this issue.
Mrs. Jenifer Angove, indicted by the grand jury of St. Francois county for the murder of her husband has been honorably acquitted.
Died–On Monday, January 26, 1880, Clara, infant daughter of Jule and Emily Calliotte, aged one year, nine months and twenty-six days.
S. Reed, of Midland, left his home on Tuesday of last week and since that time has not been heard of by his distressed family. He is about forty years old, six feet tall, dark hair and dark eyes. He wore a colored woolen shirt, thin dark cloth coat, dark pants and black felt hat. Has on his left arm in India ink a drawknife, through which shows a scar. On his right an anchor in India Ink. Ordinary working clothes, is a wagon maker by trade. Any information of his whereabouts will be gratefully received by his wife, Annie Reed,–Midland, Mo., Exchanges please copy.
Suicide in a Cell in Farmington.
Delassus, Mo. Jan 26–Eli Cunningham, the man who cut his own throat some time ago and accused a tramp of having done the deed, and who a few weeks afterwards murdered a man by the name of George Beard on the farm of Luther M. Atkins, near Loughboro, this county, all of which was published in the Republican at the time, was found hanging in his cell at the Farmington jail this morning cold and stiff. The means employed for self destruction was a strip of sheeting torn from his bed and tied to the ceiling of the cell. It appears he wanted to make sure, as he took the precaution to tie his feet together at the ankles and also his hands at the wrists. He must have suffered terribly, as he had almost bitten of his tongue. An indictment of murder in the first degree had been found against him by the grand jury, and he was awaiting his trial, which would have taken place at the May term of our circuit court. No doubt the hanging of Hardin here on Friday and the excitement caused thereby worked upon Cunningham’s mind to such an extent that he determined to end his troubles. His premature death has lifted a load of anxiety and trouble from his relatives, who are said to be respectable citizens, as the evidence against him was sufficiently strong to convict.
Will Weinhamer, Esq., who has been working in the mill at this place the past year, left for his home, in Illinois, last Sunday night.
Messrs. John L. Boverie, Jule Boverie and Martin Meyer visited St. Louis this week.
Mrs. Janis has had the old building on her place, near the Bisch store building, torn down.
Mr. S. Henry Smith, our Senior, is no longer a resident of St. Louis, he having moved his family to Wright City, Mo., a couple of weeks ago.
Dr. Frank Goff, whom our readers will recollect as the slayer of Gabriel, at a dance near Fredericktown, several years since, was found dead in the woods near “Bollinger’s burnt mill” in Wayne county last Saturday. On Friday of the previous week he had ridden from home while crazed with drink, and four days afterward his horse returned without his rider. Mrs. Goff became much alarmed and sent for Hon. Wm. Goff, father of the deceased, who with several neighbors came at once and instituted a search through the woods, which resulted as above stated. Young Goff had been twice tried and once sentenced, but the supreme court reversed the first trial, and the second is now before that tribunal. It is all over now and never more will earthly tribunal pass upon his case.–(Ironton Register.)
Execution of the Murderer Hardin at Farmington, Mo. (Special to the Republican)
DeLassus, Mo., Jan 23, Charles Hardin, perpetrator of one of the gravest crimes that has been committed in Southeast Missouri the past twenty years, passed the last seven days of his life in hopeless anxiety, walking to and fro in his cell, even the seconds being recorded by him with the exactness of hours, the moments as days. From the date of his confinement Hardin’s features underwent a gradual change and his language and action correspondingly varied. At all times, however, power might interfere and preserve him from the penalty about to be inflicted, though he never gave any sign of fear, at all times acting in that bull-dog, independent manner which characterizes the criminal of the basest grade. In stature, Charles Hardin was short; and in weight, light. His hair was dark brown and clothed a head by no means indicating in its shape a remarkable degree of intelligence. A woe-begone face, the lower portion covered with a light (colored), heavy beard, relieved with eyes of sallowy blue, was the picture framed by the square window of his cell door as he stood there this morning. Hardin was born and raised in Bedford county, Tennessee, where he had relatives living, and is said to be 37 years of age. His career in Missouri has been one of wretched dispute. While sauntering through Ripley county, in the Southeast, he performed his first notable exploit, stealing a team and wagon of peanuts. Afterward he committed several thefts and was finally sent to the penitentiary for two years. (transcription note–article continues, not transcribed)
Fair Play–February 7, 1880
Jos. Spalding, of Jefferson county, killed an eagle that measured seven feet six inches from tip to tip of wing.
Married.– In this city, on Tuesday, February 3, 1880, by Rev. Father Weiss, Mr. Wm. Kern and Miss Caroline Meyers.
The happy couple were married at the Catholic church, at about 11 o’clock. Immediately after the ceremony, they, together with a few friends of both families, repaired to the residence of Mr. Louis Naumann, where an excellent and bountiful repast, prepared for the occasion, awaited them.
At night a dance was given at Union Hall by Mr. Kern. The hall was crowded, and dancing was indulged in till the “wee sma’ hours,” etc. etc.
Mr. Kern and his fair bride are well-known in this city, and have the best wishes of our people for their future welfare.
They will please accept our thanks for the cake and wine sent to this office. May they be blessed with a long, happy and prosperous life, is the wish of the Fair Play.
Married–On Tuesday, February 3, 1880, at the residence of Mr. Edward Seyssler, in this city, by Rev. Father Wiess, Mr. Henry Sexauer and Mrs. Caroline Siebert.
The marriage took place about five o’clock in the evening and was witnessed by quite a number of relatives and friends of the bride and groom.
After the marriage, the guests were invited to partake of a splendid supper, prepared by Mrs. Seysler, Mrs. George Sexauer and several friends. The supper was A No. 1- in fact, it was the best that has ever been set before an assemblage of the kind in this city for a number of years.
After supper, all went to Mr. G. Sexauer’s billiard room, which had rather suddenly and quickly changed into a dancing hall, and the pleasant and harmless amusement of dancing was indulged in until a late hour.
Christian Baum’s youngest child died last Tuesday, and was interred Wednesday morning. She was to fair a flower for this wicked world.
Julian Chenu died suddenly, at his home in Kaskaskia, Monday evening, February 2, 1880, in the 77th year of his age.
The little log cabin occupied by Dick Woods (col) near Charles Lalumendier’s residence, caught fire and burned to the ground last Saturday evening. Almost everything is the house was lost.
Messrs. Francis Jokerst, Lawrence Durocher and Ed Rozier left for New Orleans Wednesday night, to attend the Mardi Gras celebration in that city.
Mr. Wm. Winningham, well known in this city, is reported drowned. He was a clerk on the Katie P. Kountz at the time of the accident which caused his death. The news reached this city through a letter written by A. B. Clark, first clerk of the Kountz. The sad intelligence was received with sorrow among those who knew deceased during his sojourn in Chester.–Chester Clarion
Fair Play–February 14, 1880
The Jefferson County Democrat says: The wife of Franz Fogel, near Maxville, gave birth some two weeks since to a child that has but one perfect arm, the left arm being short and having no hand. Mrs. Fogel attributes the deformity to a scare she got from a one armed tramp, some time since. The child is otherwise well formed and healthy.
The present very mild winter is not without a parallel since the first settlement of Kentucky. Two old gentlemen, Elder Winn Gunn and Mr. William Armstrong, told the editor of the Lexington Gazette the other day, that they well remember the winter of 1828, when there was hardly a frost, much less snow and ice, That the peach trees bloomed in February, and that the weather was as mild and balmy as ordinarily in April. There was neither drouth nor epidemic as the result of the mild winter.
About 10 P.M. Tuesday evening the residence of A. M. Baker was discovered to be on fire and was soon consumed with nearly all its contents. Mrs. Baker was alone with her children and was awakened barely in time to escape with their lives, saving but a small portion of their clothing.–DeSoto Messenger.
Married. On Tuesday, February 10, 1880, by Rev. Father Wiess, Mr. Firmin A. Boyer and Miss Nancy Bell.
May Firmin and his bride be blessed with a long and happy life is the wish of the Fair Play.
On Tuesday, February 19, 1880, by Rev. Father Wiess, Mr. August Kern and Miss Sarah Frary.
Mr. Kern is well-known to our readers. He is one of Ste. Genevieve county’s most upright, honest and industrious young men, and has chosen for his partner through life one of Ste. Genevieve’s favorite and most estimable young ladies. May they always be blessed with prosperity and happiness. They will please accept thanks for the excellent cake and wine sent to this office.
Fair Play–February 21, 1880
Mrs. Rosine Boyer, we are sorry to say, is now lying very ill at her home.
Leo Herzog has had his shoe shop removed to Carssow’s building on Market Street.
Mrs. Cole’s youngest child narrowly escaped death from being hooked by a cow, last Tuesday evening. She was slowly walking down Market street, near Dr. Carssow’s drug store, when a cow, which was standing on the street, ran after her, caught her with its horns, and tossed her high into the air. The little child fell to the ground with great force, striking the sidewalk with the lowest part of her face. Mr. Peter Faller, being near, heard the child’s screams, and ran to her assistance. He carried her into the drugstore, where Dr. Carssow examined her, and discovered that she was badly though not seriously, injured about the mouth caused by the fall. The child was then carried home, and is now getting along very well, and will soon be able to run about again.
Died–On Monday, February 16, 1880, at Quarrytown, Mrs. Mary Rodgers.
On Wednesday, February 18, 1880, in Ste. Genevieve, Mr. Peter Wilder.
Fair Play–March 6, 1880
Mary, an eighteen year old daughter of Mr. Burkhardt, of Jefferson county, was accidentally burnt to death a couple of weeks ago.
George Forester and the wife of Francis Wiley, of Jefferson county, eloped week before last. Forester had been a widow for three or four months. Each one leaves two little children behind.
A little child, three years old, of J. C. Laferty, died at Glasgow, Sunday. The child, young as it was, seemed to have a strong presentiment of death, realizing that it was going to die. We understand it told its parents the evening before its death, when the clock struck five, that before the clock would strike next morning they would have no little Charley, and begged them not to cry for little Charley. Just before its death it clapped its hands and shouted glory.
Dr. Moon, of Cape Girardeau, has fallen heir to a large property in England. He is one of the heirs to ¨£10,000,000.
Mary, an eighteen year old daughter of Mr. Burkhardt, of Jefferson county, was accidentally burnt to death a couple of weeks ago.
Capt. Gustave St. Gem and family, who have been spending the winter in St. Louis, returned to their home to this city Sunday night. Their many friends will be pleased to learn that they are looking well, and seem to be enjoying very good health. The Capt. is as jolly as ever. He went back to the city Sunday night.
Mr. Powers, the artist, has removed his photograph gallery from Mrs. Wilder’s to Mr. John L. Boverie’s building, on the corner of Third and Merchant streets. Mr. Powers has purchased from the merchants their interest in the picture framing business and hereafter frames will be kept on hand for sale in this city only by him. He will, we learn, also keep on hand albums, pictures, chromos, etc., etc.
Married. On the 18th ult., at the residence of the bride’s mother, in Ste. Genevieve county, by Rev. Alvin Rucker, Mr. Arcide Agnew and Miss Jennie Bradley.
In Memoriam. At a regular communication of Francois Lodge No. 231., A. F. & A. M., held at Libertyville, Mo., February 21, 1880, the following resolutions were adopted: That in the death of our well beloved brother and friend, James Couzens, who died November 28th, 1879, the Lodge loses a faithful and upright Mason, the community good citizen, his family a kind and affectionate husband and father, and that, whereas, while we as Marons mourn deeply the loss that has befallen us in his death, we feel like extending our earnest sympathy to family and more immediate friends who by his death have sustained a loss of irreparable on earth.
Fair Play–March 13, 1880
On Sunday, March 7, 1880, at St. Joe Lead Mines, St. Francois county, Mr. Charles Valle.
Mr. Valle was an old citizen of Ste. Genevieve, and his sudden death was regretted by all who knew him. He and Mr. Wm. Skewes of this city went to St. Joe Mines about three weeks ago, for the purpose of opening and operating the Tip Top lead mines. He seemed to be enjoying very good health at that time, and his death was not once, thought of. But truly has it been said that “in life we are in death”. Last Monday, the unpleasant news that Mr. Valle died Sunday morning reached this city. His remains were immediately sent for by relatives, and were interred in the Catholic cemetery Wednesday. Mr. Valle passed the greater part of his life in this city, and was well known to the citizens of this county, who will be pained to hear of his death. May he rest in peace.
Died. On Sunday, March 7, in this city, Mrs. Julia Labruyere.
On Sunday, March 7, 1880, near New Offenburg, Mrs. Julia Thomure.
On Friday, March 5, 1880, in this city, after a lingering illness, Miss Celena Janis.
In the death of Miss Celena Ste. Genevieve loses one of her most estimable ladies. She was well known and loved by almost every person in Ste. Genevieve, and the announcement of her death, although expected, cast a gloom over the entire community. She was always popular with those with whom she came in contact, and with none more so than those with whom she was intimately acquainted. In her journey through life she was always a true and sincere christian. She was a member of the Catholic church, and her every action in life was evidence of the sincerity of her religious belief. The icy hand of death has closed her eyes to all worldly things, and transferred her to that bright and sunny shore where pain, sorrow and sickness are not known.
Fair Play–March 20, 1880
The Governor has issued a proclamation offering a reward of $200 for the arrest of William Helderbrand charged with killing Hugo Veth in Jefferson county on the 29th of August, 1878.
Fair Play–April 3, 1880
Died–In Ste. Genevieve, Mo on Thursday, March 25th, 1880, at 9:40 P.M. Damien Andre, aged 43 years 11 months and 25 days.
Death of Judge Bennett.
Judge William H. Bennett of Perryville, died in St. Louis on the 22nd inst. He went to St. Louis for medical treatment, but he grew worse and his disease terminated fatally in a few days after arrival in that city. Judge Bennett was well known in Southeast Missouri having (illegible) officer and captain of a company during the war. He was twice elected to the Legislature in Perry county, and at the time of his death was Probate Judge of that county. Judge Bennett was married on the 5th of May last to Mrs. Emma Gib?nay of this county, who survives him. (Cape Girardeau News)
Fair Play–April 10, 1880
St. Cyr Bocage, the negro who fell and broke his neck last week, was interred in the Catholic cemetery, last Saturday, by the Colored Benevolent Brotherhood.
Married–In this city, by Rev. Father Wiess, on Wednesday, April 7, 1880. Mr. Joseph Palmer and Miss Nellie Yeally.
The marriage took place at the residence of the bridge’s father, and was witnessed by a few friends and relatives of the happy couple. Both parties are well known to our readers. Mr. Palmer is one of our most popular and young men, and has, by perseverance and industry, succeeded in building up quite an extensive and well paying business in the stove and tinware line. Miss Yealy is the daughter of Mr. Jacob Yealy, an old and prominent citizen of this city, and is an estimable and intelligent lady. May they be favored with a long and happy life is the wish of the Fair Play.
On Sunday, March 28, at the residence of her parents, corner of Second and Pine streets, Lara Bellasime, aged 11 years, 6 months and 7 days, beloved daughter of John and Amelia Bellisame. The deceased was born at Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Sept 21, 1860.
On Sunday, April 4, 1880, near German Settlement, Mr. Peter Richard.
The deceased was one of Ste. Genevieve county’s honest, industrious and influential citizens, and the announcement of his death cast a gloom over the community. He was raised a Protestant, but a short time before his death was baptized in the Catholic church by Rev. Father Walsh. May he rest in peace.
Fair Play–April 24, 1880
Mission Records of Kaskaskia.
We publish the following extracts from a paper read before a meeting of the Chicago Historical Society by E. G. Mason, on the 16th of December last. As many of our readers are descendants of those named in the records it will no doubt be interesting to them; and the subjoined sketch of Kaskaskia as it is to-day, will be of interest to the general reader. We regret that we lack space to publish the article in full.
“Then follows in the records of the year 1748, the wedding of the daughter of Sigur Leonard Billeront, royal notary of the Illinois, with the son of Charles Valle another name known long and well at Kaskaskia.
In this year Father S. L. Meurin describes himself as a missionary priest of the Company of Jesus exercising the function of cure signs one marriage entry, and the next year M. J. Foure officiates at the wedding of two slaves of M. de Montchevaux, captain commanding the Kaskaskias. And January 13, 1750, Father Watrin performed the ceremony at the union of Jean Baptiste Benoist, (illegible), Claire, captain of infantry, who had now become commandant at the Illinois and Marie Blenvenu, daughter of Antoine Blenvenu, major of militia, who removed from New Orleans to Kaskaskia where his descendants still reside. And the same year De Girardot (whose name is probably borne today by the town of Cape Girardeau) * * signs as a witness. In 1751 the name of St. Gemme appears, which later was prominent in the history of the place. The family came from Beuvais and were often called by the name of that town and so appear in these records, but the true patronymic was St. Gemme, which some of the descendants of that stock to-day write St. James. In 1775 De Girardot’s signature greets us and for the last time. In 1759 Aubert, Jesuit, relieves Watrin, whose name, however, appears once more, and the succeeding year joins in wedlock Dussault de la Croix. * * * * and the widow of Antoine Bruys * * and one of the witnesses is Neyon de Villers, a bold officer in the old French war, who did much damage on the frontier of the colonies. He was one of seven brothers who all held commissions under King Louis, and Macarty’s successor as commandant of the Illinois country. April 11, 1763, the banns of matrimony were published for the third time between Messire Phillippe Francois de Rastel, chevalier Rocheblve, office des troops, etc., and Michel Marie Dufresne, daughter of Jaques Michel Defresne, officer of the militia. * * This Rocheblve, at the transfer of the country by the French to England two years later, took service under the banner of St. George, and was the last british commandant of the Illinois, being captured at Fort Gage on the hill above Kaskaskia, July 4, 1778, by the able leader George Rogers Clark.
In 1764 Father Meurin seems to take charge of the parish, which he describes as that of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin village of Kaskaskia, country of Illinois, province of Louisiana, diocese of Quebec, and associated with him at times was Brother Lue Collet, missionary priest at the Illinois.
The sturdy priest, Pierre Gibalt, assumes the functions of cure des Kaskaskia and vicar general of the Illinois and Tamarois in 1768, and his old signature, with its unique flourish, greets us through these records for fifteen years or more.* * Reluctantly we see the last of the handwriting of this friend of the new republic, which is followed in 1785 by that of De Saint Pierre ascure, and De la Vlimere as vicar general and in their time, from 1792 onwards, English names begin to appear in the record such as Archibald McNabb, from Aberdeen; Wm. S. Clair, John Edgar and Rachel Edgar, his american wife, whose influence led him to forswear the king of Britain and all his works; and William Morrison, who emigrated from Philadelphia in 1790 to establish a mercantile business in the old French town. And with these are the new French names representing the emigration from Canada at that period, and notably that of Pierre Mennard, the son of a liberty-loving Canadian who fought with Montgomery at Quebec, and afterwards the first lieutenant governor of Illinois. In 1793 Gabriel Richard takes up the record as parish priest.
Later he was stationed at Detroit and took a prominent part in the early history of Michigan representing the territory in congress, and was the only Catholic priest who was ever a member of that body. The register runs on without a break into the present century and we note as we pass,the marriage on May 22, 1806, of Piere A. Mennard, widower, and Angelique Saucier, grandaughter of J. B. Saucier, once a French officer at Fort Chartres, who resigned and settled in the Illinois country. Donatien Oliver was the officiating priest. In 1817, at the wedding of a daughter of William Morrison, Ninian Edwards, then governor of the territory of Illinois, and afterwards governor of the state, Mi??? Edwards and Shadrach Bond, first governors of the state of the state, sign as witnesses. July 11, 1819, at the marriage of the son of Pierre Choteau and the daughter of Pierre Menard, it is recited that the husband was born at St. Louis, in the Missouri territory, and the wife at Kaskaskia, state of Illinois, which is the first mention of the state in these records. * * *
A smaller volume is in the same (illegible), containing the marriages to 18XX and in a clerkly hand Sidney Br(illegible), late judge of the supreme court of Illinois, affixes his signature to an entry made February 11, 1822, and John Reynolds, afterwards governor, appears in 1824, and two years later Felix St. Vrain, the Indian agent murdered by the Indians in the Black Hawk war, and with him Nathaniel Pope, delegate to congress from the territory of Illinois, and then the first judge of the United States court for the district of Illinois, all in the time of Father Xavier Dahman, priest of the congregation,.
We might continue thus to cull from these old records things grave and gay and quaint and interesting, but the limits of this paper compel us to to forbear, and we must leave untouched the later baptismal and burial registers.
Mr. Mason, in describing Kaskaskia as it appears to-day says: The way still lies as of yore through a forest in which stands the old residence of Pierre Menard, vacant, and fast going to decay, but with its furniture and books still in place, as if the occupants of long ago had left but yesterday. As you cross the Kaskaskia river by an old-fashioned ferry and are greeted by the ancient ferryman, the illusion is not dispelled, and the wide streets, unmarked by wheel tracks, the antique French houses, with their high dormer windows, the old brick buildings, the first erected of that material in Illinois, and each with a history, this one the earliest circuit court house in the state, and that one the old government land office, built of three inch bricks brought from Pittsburgh in 1792; the priest’s house, constructed of materials from the ruins of a nunery, once standing there, and the parish church, containing the bell, cast at Rochelle, in France, in 1741, for this parish, and probably the first that rang west of the Alleghenies, give one a mingled impression of antiquity and departed greatness. You may dine at the village tavern in the same great room, fully thirty feet square, in which dinner was served to the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825, when he tarried here on his way down the Mississippi and note the quaint wood carving of the high mantle-piece and of the moldings of the doors and windows, and see beneath the porch the heavy hewn timbers of which the house is built, justifying the tradition that it is a century and a quarter old, and was already venerable when Edward Coles, the second governor of Illinois, made it his residence. You may see part of the foundation of the William Morrison house in which a reception was given to Lafayette, and the dilapidated frame work of the Edgar mansion where he was a guest. The side of the house of the French commandant, which was afterward the first state-house of Illinois, will be pointed out to you, and the place where stood the nunery, and such landmarks as the corner-stone of the property of the Jesuits confiscated by the French crown, and the post of Caheoka gate, once giving passage through the fence which bounded the common fields still divided and held by the old French measurement and title. And you will learn that the little village now containing less than three hundred souls is the owner of some eleven thousand acres of the best land in the valley of the Mississippi, under the grant of Kaskaskia commons, by his most christian majesty Louis XV, in 1725, and derives there from abundant revenue. The older residents will talk to you of the flood of 1784, of which they have heard their fathers tell, and of Lafayette’s visit, which they remember as boys, when perched on the fence,they saw the stately form in foreign garb pass into the Edgar mansion, or peered at him through the windows as he sat at dinner in the large room of the tavern; and the great flood of 1844, when the water was five feet deep above the floors of their houses, and large steamboats came up the Kaskaskia river and through the streets of the village and gathering terror-stricken inhabitants from the trees and roofs, went straight away across the common fields to the Mississippi. Of more modern events they have little to say, nor do the later years furnish them with the topics to take the place of these.
The little community, content to believe itself the first permanent European settlement in the valley of the Father of Waters, sleeps on dreaming of its early days and its former importance. It pays little heed to the warnings which the mighty river has already given it, and is seemingly unmindful that the third and last is at hand. The distance from the village center to the river bank, once three miles, has been reduced one-half, and the rich farm lands which bordered the stream have gone in its currents to the Gulf of Mexico, and now the Mississippi, dissatisfied even with this rapid destruction, in the very wantonness of its strength, has cut its way above the town toward the Kaskaskia, despite the efforts of the government engineers to check it, until but a space of three hundred yards separates the two. The grave of Illinois first governor has been disturbed, and but a fortnight since his remains were removed to a safer resting place and when the junction is made the united rivers at the next flood time will spare nothing of the ancient village, which meanwhile listens idly to the murmur of the approaching waters, and smiles in the shadow of its impending doom, which, before another spring has past, may be so complete that there will remain no memories of Kaskaskia save its old parish records.(end)
Dr. Cox, of French Village, we are informed, has decided to locate in our town. He will build on his property between the Odd Fellows’ hall and Mrs. Janis’ place. The doctor is a brother of Hon. Wm. F. Cox, and will be a valuable accession to our city. We extend you a hearty welcome, Doctor.
Married–At the residence of the bride, in New Tennessee, Mr. Frank Aubuchon to Miss Nettie Cozins, Squire Ballard performing the ceremony. All of New Tennessee.
At the residence of the bride’s father, on Wednesday evening, April 21, 1880, Mr. Lewis Winston to Miss Josephine Boyer.
The Jefferson County Democrat informs us: That a difficulty occurred on the 13th last, between Gabriel Johnson and Dorsey Hensley at Sandy post office, in that county, in which the latter was stabbed four times, probably fatally.
Fair Play–May 1, 1880
An accident of a serious character happened at Brickey’s Landing on Tuesday evening of last week. A young man by the name of Herman from Iowa fractured both bones of his left leg as he was getting off the boat at that landing. He was on his way to visit his uncle, Mr. Valentine Herman, at the time of the accident. He is now at the residence of his uncle and is doing well.
Mr. F. H. Janis and Miss Rhoda Murphy, tired of “single blessedness,” linked their fortunes at the hymenial altar Wednesday evening at the residence of Mrs. Lon. Bauman. The happy couple departed the same evening on a bridal tour in company with friends bound for St. Louis. We wish them a happy journey through life.
Dr. Scott was in town last Friday. He states that the Ste. Genevieve county Marble Quarry, on the Shearlock place, is booming. It is in the hands of some Chicago gentlemen who appear to mean business, as they are working a considerable force and–unlike some Chicago companies–are paying up regularly. We hope the new enterprise may prove a success.
Died–On Sunday, April 25, 1880, John Millert, aged 15 years.
Although but a child in years and humble in the walks of life, he was known as a youth of quick apprehension, and as promising a future of usefulness and worth. He was an invalid from infancy, yet in the last few years of his existence had manfully gained for himself and widowed mother a comfortable livelihood. Everybody knew “Little Johnny,” and bestowed upon him words of encouragement and acts of assistance, and when the news of his sudden death became known all hearts were filled with sorrow and many tears were shed.
Sympathy is extended by all to the bereaved mother in this the deepest hour of affliction and although it will be hard for her to forget the child that perished like a blossom in her arms–for every recollection will be a pang-still she can console her broken spirit with the tender reflection that.
We hear it rumored that Mr. Nich. Nelson who was recently sent to the insane asylum in St. Louis, is recovering his mind. We hope the report may prove true.
Misses Jessie and Genevieve Murphy, of De Lassus, were in attendance at the wedding of their sister, Miss Rhoda Murphy to Mr. F. H. Janis, on Wednesday, last.
Mr. Jules F. Janis, has been affected with hemorage of the nose for the past few days, and looks like a walking ghost on the street. We are happy to announce that he is recovering.
Mr. Louis Delcomune made the trip from Mr. Wehner’s saloon to the Rock last Friday with his team in eight minutes; probably the quickest time ever made unless the “team was running away”. He did it to catch a boat.
Fair Play–May 8, 1880
A good joke is told on Mr. Antoine Boyer by the “boys”. They accuse him of being so absent-minded last Sunday night that he, being up in town, walked out to the farm he formerly owned, and which he sold five or six years ago (moving to town about the same time, where he has since resided), thinking that he was still living there, and was not a little surprised when he found out his mistake. Mr. Boyer does not deny the statement, but we do not vouch for its truth.
The latest sensation in our city is a mail robbery. While Mr. Kern was on the way to the Rock, Thursday night, with the river mail in the ‘bus, he stopped for a few minutes and went into Mr. Wehner’s, leaving the mail in the ‘bus. When he returned the mail was gone. He had not been absent more than two or three minutes, but could see nothing of the thief. From the post master we learn that there were but two letters in the sack, for St. Mary, and probably neither contained anything valuable. The officers are on the alert, and it is hoped that whoever the thieves are they may be captured.
Frank Babb very narrowly escaped losing a valuable horse last Wednesday. He attempted to lead him across some loose plank on the River aux Vause bridge which had been placed there by the builders to accomodate travelers during the building of the new iron bridge, when the horse became scared and backed off the bridge and fell some twenty feet to the ground. Luckily the horse was but slightly injured, and the next day was able to travel in the buggy again. Frank says he would have sold that horse cheap about the time he “drapped”, but now declares he is the best horse he has in the stable. Never go back on “old Mike.”
Mr. F. H. Janis and his fair bride are at their posts in the public school again. They returned from their wedding tour Saturday night.
Mr. Gotlieb Rhem’s saloon was broken into and robbed last Wednesday night. The burglars effected an entrance by breaking out a pane of glass in the door and then reaching through the aperture to the key and unlocking the door from the inside. One thousand cigars and a great quantity of liquor, all of which were valuable, at about eighty dollars, were carried off. No clue to the burglars.
Fair Play–May 15, 1880
Married-At the residence of the bridge’s father, near Avon, by Rev. Mr. shepherd, Mr. John H. Crowder to Miss Jennie Coffman, daughter of Judge John Coffman, of this county.
In Ste. Genevieve, on Friday, the 7th inst., by F. A. Roy, J. P., Mr. Joseph Neglehiser to Mrs. Elizabeth Spachle, both of St. Mary.
On Wednesday, May 12, 1880, at the residence of the bridge’s father, by Rev. Father Madden, Mr. William M. Hoffman to Miss Rosa Rozier; both of St. Mary.
Mr. Hoffman is a young man of excellent character, energetic and active in business. Formerly Billy was a “devil” in the Fair Play office, and it is with no small degree of pride that we can state he is prospering in the world. Miss Rosa is a charming young lady, well known to many of the people of Ste. Genevieve, where she attended school at the convent for several years. She is highly cultured, and of an amiable and pleasant disposition . The happy couple have the good wishes of the Fair Play for a long, happy and prosperous life.
Messrs. Joe Munsch, Phil. Shearer, Jules Detchmendy, Christ Nauman, William Culver and _____Lalumendier left last Sunday night, on the Elliot, for Colorado. The boys took tools, etc., with them as if they meant business, and were going to stay. They are a working set of boys, and will hoe their own rows. We wish them success.
Mrs. Libby St. Gem and daughter, Miss Annie, arrived here on Thursday morning on the steamer Chas. P. Choteau, from New Orleans, where they have been spending the winter.
George Naumann, of Farmington, has been visiting his brothers and sisters in Ste. Genevieve the past week. While here he lost a valuable horse. He purchased another to return home with.
Mr. Andrew Siebert, we are informed has sold out his store to Mr. Michael Rond, of St. Mary, who will continue the business at the old stand. Mr. Gid. Nothelfer, we understand will smile from behind the counter.
Hymenial–A party of intimate friends assembled at the residence of Mr. Charles Mueller on Wednesday last to witness the marriage of their adopted daughter, Miss Rachel Misplay, to Mr. J. F. Babb.
The ceremony was celebrated by Rev. F. X. Wiess in accordance with the rights of the Catholic church, of which the bride was a member. The affair was very private, none but the most intimate friends of the family being present. Miss Misplay was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Mueller when an in fact, being only six years of age, and has been cared for and nurtured by them as their own child. She never knew father or mother, and we may add never needed their use, for their places were fully supplied by her adopted parents. Mrs. Mueller deserves praise for her solicitude and tender care of her adopted child. No mother could have striven harder to be all a mother could be, and instill the every principle that adorns a woman, into a child, than she has to Mrs. Babb, and her charge has responded kindly to her efforts. Last Wednesday we witnessed her parting with her child, conscious of every duty performed and that the blooming girl she gave to fill another heart and home was worthy to be a prince’s consort.
The bride and groom left Mrs. Mueller’s residence to go to their new home in this city, prepared and fitted up especially for them by their mother.
The presents were numerous and costly, and although this was one of the most recherche and happiest events that ever occurred in this place.
We congratulate our young friend, Mr. Babb, in his good luck in securing for his partner through life so worthy and estimable a lady, and hope his voyage through life may ever be onward and upward. Frank is well and favorably known to almost every man, woman and child in the city, and a more popular gentleman cannot be found. He has been engaged in business here a number of years and has been found to be an honest, upright and fair-dealing gentleman. He was raised in this county, on a farm, but after reaching manhood gave up the pursuits of the farm for an occupation or congenial to his tastes and habits. He “cast his lot” in our city several years ago, and has, by honesty, pluck, energy and a determined will, succeed in building up and establishing a well-paying business and is, we are happy to say, on the road to success and prosperity. His fair young bride, Miss Misplay, is one of Ste. Genevieve’s most charming, beautiful and estimable young ladies, and is quite a favorite among the young people with whom she associates. She was raised in this city, has led a pure and quiet life, is well liked by our people, and we believe we utter the wish of every person in the city when we say we hope her journey through life will ever be crowned with happiness.
Fair Play–May 22, 1880
Died–On Thursday, the 20th inst., Antoine, infant son of Felix and Josephine Winston; aged one year, three months and four days.
Mr. Frank Lagrave reached home last Tuesday night, on his return fro Colorado, where he has been looking after his mining interests.
Mr. Wm. Connor and lady, of Prairie du Rocher, were in town last Sunday. Mr. Conner returned home the same day, but his wife remained to visit her parents.
Judge John L. Bogy went up to St. Louis last Sunday, to attend the meeting of the congressional committee for this district, and returned Tuesday night.
Hymenial. St. Mary, Mo., May 17, 1880. Our little town has been in a state of excitement for the past month over the coming marriage of Mr. Wm. Hoffman and Miss Rosa Rozier, daughter of Mr. Jules Rozier, an old and respected citizen of our burg. The marriage took place on Wednesday morning, the 12th inst., at 10 o’clock A. M., at the church of the Immaculate. Promptly at the above hour the bridal party entered in the following order: Miss Rosa, on the arm of her father; Mr. Hofman, with the bride’s mother; Mr. Jules Rozier, jr., and Miss Mary Jones of Perryville, acting as first groomsman and bridesmaid; Mr. Frank Hoffman and Miss Cora Rozier, as second. The Rev. Father Madden performed the ceremony and celebrated the nuptial mass for the first time in St. Mary. During the ceremony the little children of the Catholic school rendered some soul-inspiring hymns, Miss Memie Rozier, sister of the bride, presiding at the organ. The bride, a brunette of the most exquisite type, looked charming in her robe of Paris muslin, trimmed with Valentine lace, tucks, and insertion of lace. She wore the usual bridal veil and wreath of orange blossoms. The groom was attired in the conventional black suit, white tie. Miss Mary Jones, a queenly brunette, wore a white suit of Paris muslin, trimmed with French embroidery, insertion veil, pink flowers. Miss Cora Rozier, a very interesting blonde, appeared in a white linen lawn, trimmed with torchon lace, short veil with blue flowers. After the ceremonies at the church the bridal party and invited relatives repaired to the palatial residence of the bride’s father and enjoyed a sumptious dinner, and wine and wit flowed narestrained. The dinner was prepared under the superintendence of Mrs. Jennie Layton, and drew forth the highest enconiums from all present. She certainly deserves new laurels to those already acquired. Amongst the prominent guests present we noticed Mrs. Charles and Amable Rozier, Mrs. Hoffman, Mrs. Bernard Pratte, Dr. Bryne, Mr. B. Pratte, Mr. and Mrs. P. R. Pratte, Mr. and Mrs. Judge Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Whitledge, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Myers, the Misses Dora, Cora and Athala Rozier, Miss Clara Hertich, Mis Eugenia Jones, Messers, Ed., E. A. and Tom Rozier.
We extend to Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman our hearty congratulations and wish them in their married sphere all the happiness, prosperity and pleasure which they have enjoyed in the single state. We have only to quote the words of the sister of the bride (Miss Memie) attached to her handsome present to convey our sentiments to Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman: (note not transcribed. A list of gifts was also included in the article but not transcribed.)
Fair Play–May 29, 1880
Mrs. Peter Moro moved into town this week.
Obituary. Mary Flora, infant daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M. F. Spalding, died of cerebro spinal miningetis at their residence, in Kimmswick, Mo., May 12th, 1880, aged 16 months and 13 days.
Married–On Tuesday, May 25, by Rev. F. X. Weiss, Mr. Michael Arnold, jr., to Miss_____Basler; both of this county.
Kruse and Moser offer to row a one mile race with skids against any two men in the City of Ste. Genevieve, for $25.00 a side. So we are informed.
Mr. Serifine B. Donze, who started for Colorado a few days ago, returned home Sunday night. He weakened before he got too far from home and came back to see mama.
Married–At the residence of the bride’s father, on Tuesday, April 25, 1880, by the Rev. F. X. Weiss, Mr. Charles Klein to Miss Elizabeth Lalumendiere, both of this county.
Dr. Byrne was in town on Tuesday, and called at our office He informed us that a very serious accident occurred in St. Mary last Sunday. Mr. Schaaf’s little son and brother and sister were out riding in a buggy, when from some cause the horse became frightened and ran away. In the flight the buggy turned a complete summersault, alighting on the wheels right side up, but throwing the children out. The oldest boy had his collar bone broken and the youngest his thigh broken. The little girl was knocked senseless, but was restored and is now all right. The horse is one that Mr. Schaaf has had for a considerable time, but was informed at the time he purchased him, bu the former owner, that he was not safe. The children, however, had driven him very often, until Mr. Schaaf had begun to consider him as safe. The children are all doing well.
Fair Play–June 5, 1880
Messrs. Jules Detchemendy, Phillip Sherer, Joe Munsch and Christ Nauman, who left for Colorado some three weeks ago “with tools and outfit, showing that they meant business and were going to stay” forgot to kiss their girls before they left, and some of them, Messrs. Detchemendy and Sherer, have returned to perform that sacred duty, and–to visit a little while. The other two are en route, and came as far as St. Louis with the whole party, and concluded to rustiate in the wilds of Illinois a little before returning. They report that there is snow and “Injuns” in Colorado, and concluded that they “were not afraid, but it was dangerous out there”.
Quite a serious accident happened to one of the employes of the circus, Mr. Haynes of St. Louis, on lst Tuesday. Mr. Haynes was engaged in driving the cage in which the lion is kept, in the procession. The procession was returning to the tent and while passing up the alley,between Messrs. A. Block & Co.’ store and Peter Henrick’s saloon the wagon on which Mr. Haynes was riding capsized, he falling off of the box just in time for the heavy cage to roll over on him, crushing his leg in two places. Willing hands soon got him from under the cage and removed him to the Potosi Hotel, when Dr. G. P. Smiley was called in and set the broken member. A collection was taken up at the circus for his benefit in the afternoon which amounted to about one hundred dollars. Mr. Haynes was taken to St. Louis yesterday, where he has friends–Potosi Independent
Fair Play–June 12, 1880
A little boy, son of Mr. Joseph Jokerst, jr., while fishing on North Gabourie creek last Sunday, we are informed fell in and would have drowned but for timely assistance rendered by Mr. Peter Wehner.
We have now learned what scarred the boys back from Colorado. They met some “Cow Boys” out there with “knives, fully eighteen inches long” and “took water”–whisky was fifty cents a drink.
Fair Play–June 19, 1880
We tender our sincere thanks to the kind friends and acquaintances who assisted us so heartily during the late sickness of our beloved son, Henry, now deceased. Fritz Raabe. Margarethe Raabe.
Mr. Leon Yealy and sister left for St. Louis and St. Charles on Wednesday evening, ostensibly to visit relatives and family. We are not altogether certain this is the only object with Leon. We do hear it whispered that a wedding is to take place before many days.
Gotlieb Rheams little girl fell and hurt one of her arms last Saturday so badly that it was thought to be broken. Dr. Carssow was sent for and found that the bone, being young and tender, was only a little bent.
Terrible Accident. Two Men Fall from a Scaffold over Thirty Feet High.
A serious accident occurred at the Catholic church in this city, last Tuesday afternoon, in which Mr. Hastings, one of the fresco painters, and Mr. Lou. Boyce, of this place, were dangerously injured. Through an oversight the plank flooring of a portion of the scaffolding projected over one of the under supports and the two stepping on tis at the same time,the planks bore down with them and they fell to the floor, a distance of over thirty feet. Mr. Hastings had his nose split open, one of his feet broken at the Instep and the other terribly crushed and mutilated at the ankle his injuries though painful are not considered dangerous. Mr. Boyce suffered no exteriors hurt, except some bruises and abrasures on the arms and body, tho’ he bled profusely at the time from the ears and nose. He was for some time unconscious and is still in a critical condition an d it is feared he sustained some internal injury. While his injuries are more serious than those of Mr. Hastings they are not necessarily fatal, and at this writing strong hopes are entertained of his ultimate recovery. Mr. Hastings, though only a short time here, has commended himself in the community, and has their entire sympathy in his misfortune. Lou. is one of our town boys and the heartfelt sorrow of every one in his affliction is the best token of the appreciation in which he is held.
Fair Play–July 3, 1880
Mrs. Dupont, an old and respected lady of this city, died on Tuesday evening.
Joseph Muelheisler, being a little inflated by too much of Rottler’s beer, indulged himself, on the court house square, by kicking and maltreating his horse in a cruel manner. He was arrested under the charge of cruelty to animals, taken before Squire Roy and fined ten dollars and costs; total, $22.95.
Mr. Lou. Boyce, who was hurt by falling from the church scaffold a couple of weeks ago, has, we are happy to state, so far recovered that he is able to walk about. He was out in town several times this week. Mr. Hastings is also improving very rapidly. His injuries consisted of broken bones, consequently he will be confined to his room for some three to four weeks yet, in all probability.
Mr. Frank Cimino, of Prairie du Rocher, Ills., well known to many of our citizens, as he was formerly a resident of this county, met with a serious accident last Saturday. While feeding a threshing machine one of his hands was caught in the cylinder and torn and mangled in a horrible manner–so much so that amputation was necessary. It is said that had it not been for the fact that he is a very powerful man, his whole body must have been drawn into the machine. We regret very much to hear of this sad accident happening to Mr. Cimino, as he is a gentleman of very high respectability and a hard-working, industrious man. We hope he will soon recover from his wounds. We give this news from floating reports, and hope that it is not as bad as reported.
Fair Play–July 10, 1880
From Lawrenceton, Mo., July 8, 1880.
Johny Hipes, son of Wm. H Hipes, accidentally shot himself in the hand a few days ago with a toy pistol, inflicting a painful wound We hope Johny will be more careful in the future.
Mrs. Roberts, from St. Louis, is visiting her father, Mr. Geo. L. Jacks, at his place.
We regret to state that Mr. Hastings, who has been quite well and lively so far as his general health is concerned, sufficiently so to be up and at work, only for the broken bones in his feet, was attacked very suddenly on Saturday night with palpitation of the heart, and had quite a severe time before the physicians could bring him around all right again. We are happy to state, however,that he is improving and doing well.
Fair Play–July 17, 1880
From New Offenburg.
Mr. Joseph Kittinger is quite ill yet.
A Lost Son.
Sometime ago the Gazette referred to the absence from home of Mrs. L. M. Burkley’s son, of Butler, Mo., giving full description, habits, etc., of the young man. Some of our exchanges, at the request of the disconsolate mother, copied the article At Mrs. B.’s request, we again appeal to the press of Missouri and adjoining States, to aid her in search of her lost and only son. He is a tramp printer, of about 25 years, (looks younger,) small and slender, five feet, three or four inches high, stoops, brown hair, eyes of peculiar color–called by some dark, by others bluish gray or brown; long fingers, very quiet and has the appearance of bad health and sadness. Last winter a young man answering the above description, nearly, calling himself Fred Rosenquest, worked several weeks in this office, and went from here to Tipton. Any information calculated to lead to his recovery by his mother, will be gladly received by her. Will our exchanges please copy, thus aid the mother in finding her lost son.–Charleston Courier-Gazette.
Married–At the Catholic church in this city, Tuesday, the 13th day of July, 1880, by Rev. Father Weiss, Mr. Louis P. Girard to Miss Josephine Panchot, both of this county.
Louie is one of old friends, and we congratulate him in his happiness. We have not the pleasure of an acquaintance with his bride, but drink to her health, and wish them both all the happiness that life can afford.
Fair Play–July 24, 1880
Mr. Frank Munsch, who has for several months past been working in Prairie du Rocher, Ills., returned to our city on Wednesday last, and will resume his old position behind the counter at Mr. Boverie’s store. Frank is a clever young man, and his friends, and he has a host of them–especially the ladies–will be glad to hear that he has come back to old Ste. Genevieve.
The victims of the mill disaster, Messrs. Meyer and Seitz, are doing very well under the circumstances, Mr. Seitz remarkably so. Mr. Meyers has been quite low during the past week, but the symptoms are favorable for his recovery at the present writing. He is receiving all the attention that can possibly be given him, and we may hope to soon see him up and about again. His brother, from St. Louis came down on Wednesday.
Married–In St. Louis, July 1, 1880, by Rev. C. A. Richter, at St. Paul’s Church, Mr. Fred Knamm to Miss Eva Schweiss both of St. Louis. Mr. Knamm, was formerly a resident of this place, and well remembered by most of our citizens. He went to St. Louis when quite young, and commenced to learn to be a model-maker, but finally quit that business and went into the family grocery line, in which he has succeeded in building up a very good trade, and made many friends. He has the good wishes of all his odd friends in his happy union with the girl of his choice.
A son of Mr. Babtiste (Meg.) Larose, who lives at Quarrytown, was thrown from a mule on Thursday, and after being thrown the animal stepped on one of his arms, breaking and crushing the bone in a terrible manner. Dr. Carssow was called and done what he could for the little sufferer.
R.I.P.–Sister Mary Leone Martin, late Superioress of the convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph, in this city, departed this life, July 8th, at 10:30 a. m., in the provincial house in Carondelet. There is not one of the numerous friends and admirers of the lately deceased Sister and her virtues who will not derive a melancholy pleasure from the perusal of the following brief and imperfect sketch of her noble life:
To France, that noble and pure foundation of religious life, in the vicinity of Lyons, Mother Leonie was indebted for her birth. Her parents were virtuous and affluent, and in the exercise of a whose discrimination, placed their darling child, at a tender age, under the benign and prudent auspices of the Sisters of St. Joseph, a powerful and efficient community of gentle and accomplished ladies, and destined, in the providence of God, to exercise a most salutary influence over the intellects and souls of the youth of these United States. Mother Leonie went back no more to the paternal mansion; she quickly decided in favor of the religious life, punctually and zealously performed all the exercises preliminary to the same holy state, and was duly received as a member of the community, at the early age of eighteen years. The fervor thus early caught from the sacred fires of the altar of God she never allowed to wane, and the lapsing years she used but to add new vigor to the glow. Animated by the example, and emulating the spirit which led so many of her illustrious competitors to these shores, in the sacred cause of religion, she, in company with three other, gladly received instructions, Oct., 1854, to repair to this country, and arrived in St. Louis in December following.
Her first charge was at Sulpher Springs, Miss., where she remained until the outbreak of the late civil war, which caused the withdrawal of the community to St. Louis
We next find her, in 1862, erecting the provincial noviciate of her order in south Troy, N.Y., a work which she most effectively performed, since, perhaps the most efficient and accomplished members of her community have passed through this famous school of religious discipline.
Having performed this grand work so successfully, she passed on to Saratoga Springs to assume control of the house in that place, and to pursue with an even fidelity, undeterred by the contemplation of the folly and dissipation of a nation, the obscure paths of religious duty.
Recalled from this post she was placed over one of the e most important houses of the Community in St. Louis.
In 1868 she ws transferred to Ste. Genevieve, and during the three years of her first stay among us, the Academy, the day school, all things under her control assumed the imprint of her vigorous executive mind and retain it until the present day. In her intercourse with our citizens of all nationalities and creeds her demeanor so happily combined the elegant accomplishments of her nation and the sweet severity of the religious life that her appearance was always the signal for the expression of a gratification which was so sincere as the grief which followed the announcement of her death was genuine. No man of discernment could be long in the presence of Mother Leonie and not feel that he was before a true and noble woman! She rapidly acquired an ascendancy over our hearts the recollection of which shall always abide with us as a pleasant memory. So profound a knowledge of the human heart, such admirable skill and success in the discharge of the most important trusts brought her most favorably under the notice of superiors who are accustomend to balance with a most discriminating exactness the nicest points in the character of those who are entrusted to their jurisdiction. For these reasons Mother Leone was diputed in 1871 to found a convent and school in Memphis Tennessee, and, as uusal unlimited success crowned her untiring efforts. (transcriber’s note– lengthy article continues, not transcribed in full)
Fair Play–July 31, 1880
Mr. Henry Greminger, a citizen of the German Settlement, died last Monday.
Married–On Tuesday, the 27th inst., in German Settlement, by Rev. Father Piggi, Mr. Peter Roth to Miss Louisa Barman.
Died–On Friday, the 16th inst., Annie Louise, infant daughter of Clovis and Rosine Boyer, aged 7 months and 3 days.
Died–In St. Louis, on Monday, July 19, 1880, of whooping cough, Marie Josephine, infant daughter of Fred J. and Annie C. Flamm, aged one year.
Married–At the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. Charles D. Anderson, by Wm. Dutton, J.P., on the 22nd day of July 1880, Mr. Stephen Graves, youngest son of L. B. Graves, Esq., to Miss Julia A. Anderson, both of Jackson township.
Died–On Tuesday night, July 27th, 1880, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Henry Smith; aged 19 months.
Again have fond hearts been made sad and a loving household robbed of its priceless and most precious treasure. Little Mamie has been called to join the band of angels in the home to which she rightly belongs–Heaven.
She was the delight and pet of her home, and sadly will she be missed. Her brightly beaming face was a well spring of pleasure–a joy forever in the home she charmed with her sweet presence, and made inexpressibly happy with the pattering of her tiny feet and music of her gleesome voice.
As we gazed upon the marble brow, hushed lips and pulseless hands, sadly did we realize the truthfulness of the poet’s words that “Death loves a shining mark.” To know little Mamie was to love her. Rarely do we find one possessed of so gently and amiable a disposition as was this little flower of earth. But alas! all is gone now–gone from us forever! and the silence of the tomb instead of those winning beauties we all admired and loved to dwell upon, comes to our sad, sad hearts, reminding us that the fondest hopes and brightest anticipations of life are hollow mockeries. She was too firm a bud to bloom in this wicked world, and has been transplanted by a loving Savior’s hand to a sun-bright clime where she will forever bloom in her upright and innocence.
Mr.Martin Meyer, who was wounded at the time of mill explosion, on the 16th inst., by a piece of falling timber, died last Sunday night at nine o’clock. He lingered for several days until hopes were entertained for his final recovery, but the late excessive hot weather setting in proved unfavorable and no doubt was the cause of his death. Mr. Meyer was a gentleman of fine business qualifications, was generous and kind hearted to his family, as well as to those in his employ, and was highly respected by the public generally. His death is deeply to be deplored in the community, as it leaves a void that cannot be filled,. We sincerely sympathize with his bereaved family and relatives.
The store and dwelling house of Mr. Charles Krauch, of New Offenburg, were destroyed by fire on Wednesday night. Mrs. Krauch was in town on Thursday and informed us that herself and husband had retired for the night and fires had all been put out carefully. She was arroused by dreaming that a neighbor’s house was on fire, and awoke to find their own in flames. She immediately awakened her husband who was sleeping very soundly. He jumped out of bed and in endeavoring to get out of the house fell over some article, cutting his face and head severely, and running out of the door fell again, this time with his head into a tub of water. She succeeded in getting him to a place of safety and then screamed for help. The neighbors rushed to the scene, and saved what little they could. Nearly everything, however, including $300 in money, was consumed. She estimates the loss at nearly $4000. There was eight hundred dollars insurance on each building. The fire is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary.
Fair Play–August 7, 1880
A corespondent of the Charleston Enterprise writing from Dexter, on the 30th ult., says: There was a murder committed at Jenkin’s Mill half mile south of Dexter at about 4 o’clock this afternoon. From the best information I could get, it appears that a John Ramsey met Charles Flint at the mill and commenced calling him hard names and abusing him in a shameful manner. Flint retaliated by calling him similar names when Ramsey struck him. Flint defended himself the best he could when Ramsey drew a knife and commenced cutting him and before assistance could be rendered Flint received a stab near the heart and fell, dying almost instantly. Ramsey was promptly arrested and taken to Dexter to await the Coroner’s verdict. I learn that Mr. Flint was a most estimable and sober citizen, has a large family and was over 60 years of age. Ramsey is also a man of family. Both parties are farmers of this county. Ramsey was drunk at the time he committed the deed.
Mr. Frank Zeigler had a severe attack of cholera morbus last Saturday and was laid up for repairs for part of the week.
Fair Play–August 14, 1880
Taken His Departure. Our readers will doubtless regret to learn that Mr. J. L. Crowley, who has so long been connected with the Herald, took his leave for Poplar Bluff on Thursday of last week, where he will perhaps make his future home. Mr. Crowley has ben connected with the Herald, as its editor or local editor, for the past three years, during which (illegible-cut off) excellent editor, and efficient journalist in every respect, and won the merited friendship and respect of the people of the entire community, who join in with us wishing him abundant success and prosperity in his new home. May fortune smile upon him and his shadow never grow less, is the wish of the Herald.
Died–On Wednesday, August 11th, at Ste. Genevieve, Constance Valle, aged 88 years.
Fair Play–August 28, 1880
A Fatal Accident.
Last Monday a fatal accident occurred near Burfodville, in which Mary F. Stroder, a sixteen year old daughter of Daniel Stroder, was killed. The circumstances concerning her death, as related to us by Ira T. Summers, are as follows: Mary went from her father’s house over to her half-brother’s to borrow a cross saw. Finding no one at home and the doors all fastened, she raised the kitchen window, which was about five feet from the ground, climbed in and got the saw and was climbing out dragging the saw after her, when the window sash fell on her neck and, it is supposed broke it. She was found about two hours after she left home hanging in the window, her feet almost touching the ground, while one hand still grasped the handle of the saw. It is supposed that in climbing out of the window she knocked out the prop which held up the sash and thus caused the sash to fall. An inquest was held by Esq., John S. Henry and a verdict rendered in accordance with the facts as are stated.
Fair Play–September 4, 1880
Died–In this city at the residence of her son-in-law, H. S. Shaw, Esq., on Monday Aug. 27th, 1880, Mrs. Cornelia C. Manning, aged 53 years and 11 months.
The Feser farm was sold at trustee’s sale last Saturday to Mr. Joseph Arnold for the sum of $1,100. Mr. Arnold has moved on the place and is now one of our solid citizens.
We regret to state that Mr. Francis Jokerst has been quite ill with fever for several days past and has not been able to attend to business at his store. He is getting better, however, and we hope will soon be seen at his post again.
A son of Leon Herzog met with a serious accident on Monday afternoon. He was riding one of the livery-stable horses to water, when it becoming frightened ran away with and threw him just opposite the court house. His head struck on the curb-stone, inflicting an ugly wound on top of his skull. His wound while a painful one is not serious.
Married– On Tuesday the 31st ult, at the Catholic church, by Rev. Father Weiss, Mr. Columbus Thomure to Miss Matilda Below.
George Boland, living at Kaskaskia Point, buried one hundred and sixty dollars in gold, one night last week for fear of robbery. Going to get it next morning it was not to be found. It is supposed that some one was watching him while he buried the money and stole it.
Mrs. John Highly, of St. Joe Lead mines, was called here on Tuesday to attend the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Manning.
Powers, our artistic photographer is the busiest man in town. Merit always tells.
Mr. Wm. Gilbert, of Cairo, and T. B. Whitledge, Esq., accompanied by the two sons of the former, were in town last Monday.
Mr. Willie Conor and family, of Prairie du Rocher, were over Sunday on a visit to the family of Mr. John N. Boverie.
Fair Play–September 11, 1880
“Doc” Ellison, who was arrested here last week for making threats against the life of the town marshall, was released by his guard, John Getz, upon his promising on his honor, to return and stand trial. The “Doc’s” honor proved to be an imaginary quality, and Mr. Getz, for his belief in the same paid a fine of one dollar and costs.
A free fight occurred here Monday afternoon, commencing with two of the Rond boys, Frank and Nick, and Jack Face and Lafaevre, employed at the mill. One of two outsiders joined in the affray and things were lively for a time. Lafaevre proved the champion of the day, getting away with all opposition before he got fairly warmed up for the fight.
Martin Rond, jr., of St. Mary, was in town Thursday.
Miss Annie Carlisle returned from St. Mary last Friday.
Valle Rozier, Esq., of New Orleans is on a visit here.
Willie Rozier, son of C.C. Rozier, Esq., returned home on Wednesday.
John L. Boverie took the Rucker for the future great, Wednesday.
Mr. Francis Jokerst has so far recovered as to be able to attend to business again.
S. D. Patton, the wheat man, went up to St. Louis Sunday and returned Monday night.
Louis Roy left for St. Louis, last Wednesday, to take a situation in a clothing store.
Mrs. Ben Bogy and daughter, of St. Louis, visited Mrs. Chas. LeCompte, the first of the week.
Misses Ella Evans, Cal and Genevieve Murphy, of Farmington, are visiting Mrs. Felix Janis.
Misses Kate and Chloe Rozier, of New Orleans, are paying a visit to their relatives in this city.
Mrs. Isadore LeClere, and her daughter, Mrs. Britton, both of Galveston, Texas, are visiting Mr. L. Bert Valle, of our city.
Sisters Clare and Mary, of the Order of St. Mary, were down from St. Louis Wednesday, on a day’s visit to the family of Mr. John N. Boverie.
Joseph Pratte and Jules Rozier, jr., of St. Mary, came up Last Sunday, Joe advertises in the Fair Play and of course does a flourishing business.
Died—On Saturday, August 28th, 1880, Lulu Cordelia, daughter of Joseph and Harriet Thomure; aged 10 months and 6 days.
Died—Near Staabtown, on the 27th ult., after a brief but painful illness, Miss Sarah Jane Mertell, daughter of Mr. Joseph Mertell of this county.
The services of Mr. Thomas Flynn of St. Louis, an efficient teacher, have been secured to teach the college school this year. It is proposed to make this a first class school in future for the higher branches. The school will open on Monday next.
Fair Play–September 18, 1880
A sad accident occurred at the sale, at Mr. Norbert Basler, last Saturday. As near as we can learn the particulars, Mr. Peter Vaith and several others were sitting on a fence, when some of the rails broke. Those sitting on it jumped to the ground, excepting Mr. Vaith, who not being young and supple, fell over backwards to the ground, striking his head and breaking his neck. Mr. Vaith was an old and respected citizen of our county, and his sudden demise casts a gloom over the entire German Settlement, as well as over households in many other parts of the county.
We learn that Mr. P. J. Cumming’s residence, about three miles southwest of town, was burned to the ground on Thursday morning, about four o’clock. Not a single article was saved, the inmates barely escaping with their lives. The fire is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary.
Mr. Jules F. Janis and lady left for St. Louis last Sunday from whence they proceeded down the I.M.R.R. to Fredericktown to visit relatives and friends at that place, and returned Thursday via Farmington, taking in the St. Francois County fair. Mr. Janis reports an unusual large attendance at the fair, but nothing on exhibition.
Fair Play–September 25, 1880
Mrs. Juliette Miller and Harry, her son, of Providence Rhode Island, are here on a visit to relatives.
Mr. Hastings, the fresco painter, who has done one of the finest pieces of work in the State on the Catholic church at this place, left on Wednesday for St. Louis, having completed his labors in this city for the present. Mr. Hastings has made many warm friends in our town, and although we are glad his work on the church is completed, yet we regret to have him leave us. He will visit us again in the spring and do a little more work on the church and also some on the convent. His return will be welcomed by our people, yet we hope his spring visit may not prove a “fall” visit. Mr. Hastings left many a little souvenir in the shape of sketches made in his leisure hours, and while confined to his room by his wounds; that will cause his memory to linger with us.
Mrs. Shadra, a lady who lived in the building in the rear of Mrs. Mennard’s, died on Thursday night. Mrs. Shadra was known to many of our citizens, and, although occupying an humble station in life enjoyed a reputation for uprightness and industry that might be envied by many in higher positions.
Fair Play–October 2, 1880
A little stranger stopped at the residence of J. B. C. LeCompte on Monday. It was of the masculine persuasion, and sold for Hancock.
Fair Play–October 9, 1880
Mr. Gotlieb Rheam has sold his saloon on Maine Street to Mr. Charles Rottler, who will dispense fire-water to suffering humanity in future.
We understand that Mr. Joseph Weiler has sold the “Golden Eagle Livery Stable” to Mr., Gotlieb Rheam. We have no official information to that effect, however.
The Ste. Genevieve Beobachter–German–came out on Thursday evening, and presents a most creditable appearance. Mr. Rudolph has been delayed for several days by a misunderstanding in the shipment of his paper. Otherwise, the Beobachter would have been issued a week earlier. It should have appeared this week on Wednesday, but was delayed on account of several advertisements that come in at the last moment–until Thursday, Mr. Rudolph the editor and proprietor is a thorough newspaperman, and will give out a good paper, and the Germans of our county should support him.
Fair Play–October 16, 1880
The bridal party, consisting of Mr. Joseph A. Miller, jr., and lady Mrs. J. A. Miller, sr, and Mr. Harry Miller, a brother of the bride-groom left for their home in R.I. Wednesday night.
Died—On Tuesday, Oct. 12, in this city, Mr. Etienne Govereau, aged 83 years. Mr. Govereau was an old and respected citizen of this county.
Married—At the residence of Mr. A. Y. Doss, in this county, on the 6th inst., Mr. Alfred M. Doss to Miss Maggie Covington.
Married–At the residence of the brides father, Gen F. A. Rozier, on Monday evening, the 11th inst. by Rev Father Weiss, Mr. Jos. A. Miller jr, of Providence R. I., to Miss Athala Rozier of this city.
Mr. Miller, is a promising young man, of fine abilities, and of highly respectable family, and his blooming young bride was one of Ste. Genevieve’s brightest and sparkling gems, of pleasant disposition, and wining ways. She will be sadly missed in the society of our town. But her loss is Mr. Miller’s gain. May the mantle of prosperity, peace and happiness be thrown around them and the pathway in life be strewn with roses.
Fair Play–October 23, 1880
Died–On Monday morning, the 18th inst., Louis Amable, son of Jules B. and Elizabeth Guignon, aged 2 years and 9 months. Fredericktown papers please copy.
A Mr. Raunschuh, who lives near Wein Garten church, brought some wheat to the Cone Mills this week that weighed 65 pounds to the bushel. Who can beat it?
A gay party of pleasure seekers consisting of Misses Flora, Marie and Nannie Valle, Misses Memie and Mary Boyce, Miss Cora and Miss Lucy Rozier, accompanied by Lous, Smith and John Boyce, Edwin Rozier, Joseph bogy, Tom Rozier, Willie Rozier and Valler Harold, went down to the ball and supper at St. Mary’s on Monday night last. The ride down and back was cold, but the inconvenience was amply repaid by their cordial reception at the hands of the St. Maryians and the fun and pleasure of the trip.
Mr. Charles a Herter, we understand has purchased the old brewery property in North Ste. Genevieve, from Mr. Rottler, and will put up and open a store on the premises The old brewery building we understand is to be converted into an agriculture implement warehouse. Mr. Herter, we understand is to get possession in June, and Rottler will commence to build soon near his new brewery. We are glad that Mr. Herter has purchased the property, and is a live business man–just the kind we need in Ste. Genevieve besides the improvements that it will bring about on both pieces of property will be a great addition to our city.
Fair Play–November 20, 1880
Mr. Ed Seyssler is a month the numerous Ste. Genevievians visiting St. Louis this week.
Mr. Louis Ziegler and Choteau, his son, took a lot of hogs and sheep to St. Louis, on the Elliott, Sunday.
Rev. Father Weiss is in the city making arrangements to have a heating furnace placed in the new church.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dodge, who have been visiting in Dr. Hertich’s family, returned to their home in Burlington, last week.
Smith Boyce, Gottliev and Charlie Rheam and George Sexauer went up to the Isle a’Bois, the first of the week for a hunt of several days.
Col. James A. Greason, died in Ironton, on Sunday, the 31st ult., He was a man of some literary attainments. He was best known by his two songs, “On the Shores of the Smooth Lagoon” and When the Clouds Go By”.
S. Henry Smith has sold his house and cow to Mr. Frank La Grave, for one thousand dollars.
Mrs. Odile Valle, Misses Marie Zoa and Odile Rozier, Mr. Charles Muller, Henry L. Rozier and Mr. Louis Ziegler; all took the Elliot, for St. Louis, on Sunday night.
On Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, at German settlement, by Rev. Father Pigge, Henry Figge to Miss___Grass, both of this county.
On Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, at New Offenburg, by Rev Father Senerich, Felix Karl to Miss Magdalena Dorlac, both of this county.
On Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, at River Aux Vases church, by Rev. Father Smith, Mr. Henry Bauer to Miss Jennie Rudluff.
At St. Mary’s Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 25th, 1880, by Rev. Fr. Madden, Henry Jordan to Miss Annie Smith.
Henry, we extend to you and your lovely wife our sincere congratulations and hope that she may never prove a “stormy Jordan” to you.
On last Tuesday morning while Charlie Hauck was driving cattle out near Crauch’s store, his horse slipped and fell with him. The whole weight of the animal was thrown on his leg and his ankle was so badly injured that he has been unable to leave his room since.
A house on Andrew Flege’s farm, about two miles from Robinson’s mill, burned down at five o’clock, last Monday morning; total loss.
James J. Wilson, during the time he has been sheriff, has taken thirteen prisoners to the penitentiary. Uriah Branham, whom he took there last week, was the first as well as the last. Jim has made a most capable and efficient officer, but Naumann will not fall behind him.
Fair Play–Dec. 4, 1880
Died: On Friday, Nov. 26th 1880, Mary, infant daughter of Valentine Seitz.
Died: On Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 1880, of pneumonia, Miss Eloise Lalamundiere (Jannott), aged about 83 years.
Died: At St. Mary’s, on Wednesday, Dec. 1st. 1880, of pneumonia, subsequently developed in to typhoid fever, Frank Hoffman, aged 18 years and 7 months.
Honest, upright and conscientious, he was one after whom young men should model themselves. Although young in years, he had by attention, integrity and straightforwardness built up a business in his trade that would do credit to an older head; and by his easy, kind ways he found a warm place in the affections of his boy friends whose hearts will beat slowly and sorrowfully at the announcement of his death. Poor, warmhearted Frank ! May God rest his soul in peace.
Miss Memie Rozier, of St. Mary, is quite ill in St. Louis.
Ralph Sprigg, of Chester, has been admitted to the bar of his state.
Jim Wilson, the old sheriff, stepped down and out, on Saturday, and gave place to Louis Naumann, who commenced his term properly, by giving the Fair Play the job of printing some cards for his office window and door.
Friday, the 3rd inst., being the anniversary of the birthday of Rev Fr. Weiss, as well as that of the 25th of his ordination to the priesthood, the pupils in all the Catholic parochial schools were given a holiday.
Mrs. Vion is seriously ill, in St. Louis. Her brother and sister, left for their on Monday last, to be in attendance on her.
Mrs. Lucy Madison, wife of Robt. G. Madison, formerly sheriff of this county, died, at Hanover, Jefferson county, on the 11th inst., of consumption.
Mr. Chris. Betten, son of Mr. John Betten and employed in the district Collector’s office at Cape Girardeau, was married last week to Miss Julia Hawkins of that city.
Old man Byer, a pauper at the poor house, was found dead in his bed, Sunday morning. As the county physician had been treating him for consumption, for some time bore, Coroner Biehl did not deem it necessary to hold an inquest over him and none was accordingly had.
Fair Play–December 18, 1880
The Sick List:
Louis Thurman is improving.
Valentine Rottler is down with the cold plague.
Joe. Dell is almost recovered from an attack of pneumonia.
Leon Crump is suffering from an attack of winter fever.
Eustache Lalamundiere has recovered completely from his late illness.
Francis L. Jokerst was confined to his room, this week, by a severe cold.
Phillip Shere is suffering great pain from a fever, caused by a bad sore on his arm.
Died: Dec. 14th, 1880, Mrs. Anna Roth, wife of Eli Roth, aged about 25.
Died: On Wednesday, Dec. 14th 1880, Joseph Armbruster.
Mr. Rudolph’s little daughter, Lillie, fell off a table on which she was sitting, and striking on her head was knocked senseless for a while. The accident happened, Thursday, and the child is now recovered, except the cut made by the fall.
Charlie Burks brought in a load of hoop poles, Wednesday, to keep up the reputation of his township. We are glad he did as $1.50 of the proceeds went into our exchequer.
The only person, in this County, from whom the Genuine Singer sewing Machine–the best in the market–can be bought, is J. W. Shaw, the reliable sewing machine repairer.
Lawrence DuRocher went to Prairie Du Rocher, last Sunday, to see his girl, but she wasn’t at home. Call again Lawrence.
The Railroad fever has struck St. Mary’s and the people of that lively little place are in a white heat of excitement. Col. Joseph Bogy, Judy M. A. Gilbert, Leon Bogy and Thos. B. Whitledge, notwithstanding the frequent disappointments they have met with in former efforts to secure a road, are as enthusiastic as of you. They have secured the co-operation of prominent capitalists from Chester and a delegation from the two places attended the meeting at St. Joe. And now will the rivalry between this city and St. Mary’s wax warmer and more fierce than ever before.