Fair Play–January 2, 1886.
Edward N. Conner.
Died:– At Prarie du Rocher, Ills., on Saturday, December 26th, 1885, of croup, Edward N. Conner, infant son of William H. and Constance L. Conner, aged five years.
He was a fair and fragile child, affectionate and domestic in his tastes and habits. While the others strong and robust, vigorous with the strength and power of lusty health, sought and enjoyed the sports of boyhood, heedless of the more tranquil joys of home. Eddie was his mother’s constant companion. In her and through his childish heat sought that sympathy and content which the more sturdy natures of others failed to supply. He was affectionate and in voice and manner quietly stole into the affections of all who met him.
Died–At Prarie du Rocher, on the 26th ult, after a short illness, Eddie, son of Wm. H and Constance Cornner aged five years and elevan days.
Palmer--Near Lawrenceton, Mo, on Monday December 28th of fever George Palmer, son of Henry Palmer, aged 20 years.
On Christmas eve (Dec. 24.) a son of Mr. Bob Thompson, and one John Townsley engaged in a fight on the Perryville and Rozier landing road, in Perry County, in which Townsley had his nose split open by a knife in the hands of his assailant.
For the week ending Dec. 31st: James R. Church and Miss Lydia E. Vaugh, county.
William H. Richards and Mrs. Caroline Solf, county.
Fair Play–January 9, 1886.
The Reaper’s Sheaves.
Mrs. Melanie Valle, relict of the late Charles C. Valle, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Hon. John L. Bogy, on Monday, January 4th, 1885, at the advanced age of eighty years.
Mrs. Valle was the daughter of Bartholemew St. Gemme and Marie Lasource, was born in Ste. Genevieve on the 31st day of March 1805. and was at the day of her death eighty years, nine months and four days of age. In 1820 she was united in marriage by the Rev. Father Pratte, Catholic priest of this parish at that time, to Charles Carpentier Valle, a son of Commandant Francois Valle.
Mrs. Valle was bereft of her husband many years ago, Mr. Valle having died when he was only thirty-nine years of age. From her union with Mr. Valle has sprung a family of children who have won a local name and distinction in this locality. They are Francis L. Valle, now a resident of Mine La Motte, Mo., Charles C. Valle (deceased), L. Bert Valle of this city; Mrs. Mary, relict of the late I. S. LeClere of Galveston, Tex; Emily, wife of Vermont R. Allen, of Mine La Motte; Augustus C. Valle, of Mine La Motte; and Melanie, wife of Hon. John L. Bogy of this city. Two children, Andrew and Catherine, died in their infancy.
Mrs. Valle was, at the date of her death, the ancestress of six living children, thirty-seven grand children, and six great grand-children.
Mrs. Valle was by birth and marriage connected with those whose names have become a part of the history of the Territory of Missouri. She possessed to a remarkable degree t hose self reliant and sturdy elements of the early pioneer character. Yet withal, the polish and gentleness so inherent to and inseparable from the French character always accompanied her throughout her long and useful life.
Mrs. Valle was, it is needless to say, a life-long Catholic, and her hopes in her last moments were sustained and solaced by the comforting doctrines of that faith. She was interred in the Catholic cemetery near this city, and was followed to her last earthly abiding place by a large concourse of friends and relatives.
Mrs. John Heyl.
On Saturday, January 2nd, 1886, Mrs. John Heyl departed this life in the 83rd year of her age, at the residence of her husband, Mr. John Heyl, in this city.
She was born in Durback, Germany, on St. Valentine’s day, February 14th, 1803. In 1821, she was married to Martin Huber. They came to this county in 1855. where Mr. Huber died three years later. After his death she returned to her former home in Louisville, Ky. There she married Mr. John Heyl, who survives her, in 1866. After this marriage she returned to Ste. Genevieve county in 1868 and has remained here ever since. The product of her union with Mr. Huber was six children, of whom one is Mr. Paul Huber, a farmer and resident of this county.
Mr. and Mrs. Heyl have resided in Ste. Genevieve for a number of years, in a small brick house in which they held a life estate just one block north of the Fair Play office. Mrs. Heyt and her aged husband were a frugal and industrious pair who by the industry of their hands and constant labor, managed to maintain themselves in the comfort and lay by a little pittance for their old age. That hope and stay of their declining years was swept away in the failure of our banks leaving the old couple penniless. It was this that made the failure so hard to endure and which aroused such indignation among our people. Had only the little savings of these and others like them been spared from the wreck, our people might have looked upon the situation philosophically, if not resignedly. It was indeed a wicked and grievous wrong, but fortunately this meek and gentle sufferer is beyond the reach of want or the vicissitudes of fortune. Her sufferings and resignation have earned her rest and she has at last attained it.
Mrs. Heyl was buried from our Catholic Church last Sunday whence an immense procession of sympathizing friends followed her to her last resting place beneath the shades of the trees in the little grave-yard beyond town. She has crossed over the river and has found, the other shore as pleasant and restful as this one was bleak and rugged.
Siebert–At the residence of Henry Armbruster on Thursday, Jan 7th, between 6 and 7 o’clock P. M., of consumption, Therese Siebert, daughter of the late Henry Siebert, aged 17 years.
Mr. and Mrs. K. A. Mueller.
The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Karl A. Mueller called on them in a quite informal manner last Saturday evening, it being the crystal or fifteenth anniversary of their marriage. The worthy host and hostess were completely taken by surprise and as happily pleased at this token of remembrance shown by their friends as they were astonished at the visit.
The guests were:
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sexauer, Mr. and Miss Mollie Jokerst, Mrs. George Beckerman, Mrs. Damlen Andre, Mr. Nick Rond and Miss Barbara Roth, Misses Josephine Falk, Louise Buehler Annie Falk, Louise and Emma Schoetter, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Babb, Messers, P. A. Menard, E. J. Rozier, Jules J. Janis, Felix LeCompte, A. C. Hertich, Charles Hauck, Henry S. Shaw, and others.
Each brought a handsome present of cut glass ware for the young couple to start house keeping with. We wish them many more anniversaries.
Our whilom friend and former proprietor of the Star Livery stable hied himself suddenly to the picturesque vicinity of Pinedale on Thursday of last week. While there he found that “it is not good for man to live alone” and with the aid of a handsome person and a persuasive tongue he induced Miss Jennie Burnett to become the partner of the joys and sorrows of his future life.
Doc was one of our most popular and esteemed business men while in our city. Miss Burnett is the eldest daughter of Mr. James L. Burnett, of Pinedale, and a most estimable young lady.
A Turn Over.
Report has come to us of an accident to a party of fishermen on last Thursday, which happily resulted in nothing more than an overturned wagon. It seems that while Messrs. Whitlege, John Davis and others were returning from a fishing excursion to the lake below St. Mary, their house by misstep overturned the wagon at the foot of the hill just below Rozier’s landing and spilled the boys out. They lifted the bed from the wagon and proceeded on the running gear to St. Mary, where help was obtained and everything righted. Nobody hurt.
A small blaze, arising from the ignition of a fine in Mrs. Felix Valle’s residence, caused quite a ripple of excitement last Thursday morning. No damage was done, thanks to the proximity of one of the Harden Nest Grenades with which Mr. Frank LaGrace speedily extinguished the flames.
Issued during the week ending Jan. 2nd 1886. Dock Mackley and Jennie Burnett, county.
The residence of Mr. William Alexander was destroyed by fire last Saturday night. His household effects were all saved.
From Bonne Terre.
Several weddings took place this week at this place. Among them was that of Wm. Jones, aged 17 years to Mrs. Walker, aged 43.
Fair Play–January 16, 1886.
Grieshaber.–At the county farm, on Saturday, January 9th, Urban Grieshaber, aged about 58 years.
Heyl.–At his residence, in Ste. Genevieve, on Tuesday, January 12, after a long illness, Mr. John Heyl, in the 83rd year of his age. (transcriber’s note–this appears to be a typo and should be Mrs. John Heyl)
Conner.–At Prairie du Rocher, Ills., on Thursday, January 7th, 1886, of diphtheria, Robert Adolph, infant son of William H. and Constance L. Conner, aged three years and seven months.
Just thirteen days before, little Eddie was called away, his angal spirit passing from life to eternity like the beautiful vision of a pleasant dream, Around his little coffin with others stood him who now has joined the angel choirs and met the one gone before ere acquaintance had faded into forgetfulness. On that other shore by the beautiful river of Heavenly life stood the angel brother ready to welcome him. Strong and full of life, he stood when the clods tenderly fell upon the other. Only a span, and the same sod that will bloom with flowers of hope and bright promise opened to receive this one. It is hard to bear, but He who does all things well will comfort those who now sorrow. The glad assurance is always with us that “Of these is the kingdom of Heaven.”
Tonie Vogt, an old and respected citizen, died of cancer in his stomach this week. He was about seventy five years old.
John Crowder’s kitchen was destroyed by fire Wednesday night. There was none of the family at home. Mr. Crowder was in St. Louis, and his wife was at her father’s, John Coffman’s. The kitchen was standing fifteen feet from the dwelling, and it burned down and left the house standing.
A very sad but perhaps not fatal accident happened to Mrs. Wakeman Keller, about sixty-five years of age one day last week. While she was passing from one room to another, a double-barrel shot-gun fell from a rack over the door and shot her through the leg, jest above the andle. Her leg was amputated by Drs. Madison and Kieth. Mrs. Keller is aliveing and will perhaps recover.
One Urban Grishaber, an aged man and an inmate of the county farm, died suddenly at that institution last Saturday morning. He was an invalid, of course, when admitted, as all are, but was suffering from no one particular acute malady. On Friday he seemed as well as usual, and retired to rest in good spirits. On Saturday morning he was found dead in his bed, having passed away peacefully during the night. It is thought that he died of appoplexy.
Boyer--To the wife of Clovis Boyer, Esq., on Sunday, January 10th, a boy
Jokerst--To the wife of Joseph Jokerst, Esq., on Monday, January 11th, a boy.
Mr. James R. Church and Miss Ellen Vaugh were married on the 24th day of December, 1885, at the residence of the bride’s parents, by Elder A. Carver. Bound to tell it, if it was last year.
A serious accident occurred at the residence of Wakeman Kellar, Esq., on the morning of the 5th. N. L. Counts had stayed Mr. Keller’s the night before. He and young Keller intended going on a hunt early that morning. Counts’ gun had been laid in the rack over the door. Mrs. Keller went into the kitchen and as she opened the door, the shutter caught the hammer of the gun and jerked it out of the rack. It lit on the muzzle and the butt end went over from her, and when the hammer stuck the floor, the gun fired. The charge went through one leg, just above the ankle, shattering the bone in a horrible manner. Dr. Madison was sent for, and he sent to Farmington for another physician. Drs. Young and Keith came, and they amputated the limb about half way between the knee and ankle joints. At this writing Mrs. Keller is in a very critical condition.
Fair Play–January 23, 1886.
From Mine La Motte
A premeditated marriage occurred at Mine La Motte a few days since. This time it was Adolphus Bantie and Mrs. Belle Wampler.
Wm. Arnold and wife died of pneumonia, there being only two day’s difference in their deaths. They left four small children in destitute circumstances.
Mr. Cannoir and Sol Snydey have been laid to rest since my last communication; while, on the other hand, the tide of matrimony has run very high during the last few months. For instance, Jos. Williams and Miss Minnie Tucker, A. M. Wallace and Miss Julia Simpson, James Church and Miss Ellen Vaugh, J. M. Womak and Miss R. A. Counts, J. C. Williams and Miss Jennie Watts, Adolph Bantie and Mrs. Bell Wampler, C. E. Conrad and Miss Mary Ferfuson, F. M. Horn and Miss Sophronia Beier, James Farmer and Miss Mollie Earls.
Straughn–At the residence of Abel O Babb, Esq., in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., on Thursday, January 14, of debility, Patsy Maria Straughn, aged 78 years, 4 months and 28 days. The deceased was a sister of the first wife of ‘Squire Abel O. Babb, and had resided with him for many years. She was unmarried. Her parents were John C. and Sallie Straughn, and she was born in the state of Virginia on the 16th day of August, 1807. She has many relatives in this county, among who were the family of Squire Babb and that of Mr. John Perkins, whose wife is her niece.
“Aunt Patsey” as she was known for many years, has been a patient sufferer for along time. She bore her afflictions patiently and always strove, until confined to her bed, to be useful and helpful to her neighbors in health or sickness.
Rev. John F. Rudy officiated at her interment, in the little church-yard near Mr. Babb’s residence, paying an eloquent tribute to the life and virtues of one of whom it may well be said “she lived not for herself alone but bore her cross for the crown above.”
Andy Wolf is as proud as a boy with his first “breches.” He has a bran new wife and she has a bran new boy baby and Andy is a daddy.
Fair Play–January 30, 1886.
Newton Berry, a son of Mr. Hiram Berry, of this county, died at his father’s residence in this county, on Friday, January 29th, of consumption. Mr. Berry leaves a wife and two children.
Miss Mary Moreau, the youngest daughter of the late Francis J. Moreau and Mrs. Josephine Moreau, died at her mother’s residence, just below this city, on Wednesday, January 27th, aged twenty one years. Miss Moreau had been in delicate health for some time, but was not confined to her bed until two weeks before she died.
Chestnut Ridge Items.
Mr. Philip Barnes, one of our rising young gentleman, was united in marriage to Miss Emily Emory, the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Mr. George Emory, at the residence of the bride’s parents, in this county. Squire F. P. Easily performed the marriage ceremony. Quite a number of the friends of the contracting parties were present at the reception.
Mr. and Mrs. LaRose celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage on the 22nd. Frank LaRose was married to Mary Thomure, at the Catholic Church of Ste. Genevieve, on the 22nd day of January, 1860.
In the evening a number of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. LaRose assembled at their hospitable home and warmly congratulated the estimable host and hostess at the completion of a quarter of a century of married life that has never been marred by unpleasantness or clouded by regret.
The rooms were soon cleared and every available spot utilized by the merry crowd for dancing. The merriest and youngest of all were Mr. Frank LaRose and his good wife. In common with all their friends, the Fair Play wishes them a long life and an abundance of happiness.
Fair Play–February 6, 1886.
Mrs. Keller, who was shot in the ankle and had her leg amputated, is doing remarkably well for a person of her age.
Wm. E. Coffman is rejoicing over the birth of a new born babe at his house.
Samuel Kinghead, a highly respected citizen, died at his home in Libertyville last Monday, of pneumonia. He was taken sick the 25th day of December, 1885, and died the 25th day of January, 1886.
Just as we go to press we learn that Mr. Schirman, the jeweler who has been working for Mrs. Kempf the past few weeks, was found dead in his bed at Meyer’s Hotel Friday. He had been in rather delicate health for some time, but when he retired to his room Thursday night he was apparently well. About eleven o’clock Friday morning one of the attendants of the hotel went to Shirman’s room and seeing him lying in bed, supposed him to be asleep, and left the room, without disturbing him. An hour later, Wm. Baum (illegible) went to the room for the purpose of calling him to dinner and while there made the awful discovery that he was dead. An inquest was held over the body and verdict rendered that death had been caused by conjestion of the brain superinduced by the use of stim(illegible)nts.
Joseph Combs died on last Monday, and was buried in the Catolic cemetery.
Mrs. Ellen Fisher (nee Bernays) of St. Louis, presented her husband with a fine little girl one day last week.
Fair Play–February 13, 1886.
The thriving little city of Farmington was thrown into quite a fever of excitement last Monday, by the sudden death of a man in Dr. J. W. Braham’s dental office. Mr. Ferd. Moser, of this city, was in Farmington at the time, and called at our office Wednesday and gave us the following particulars of the sad occurrence: Mr. Dow Sebastian, a farmer residing eight or nine miles from Farmington, called on Dr. Braham and requested him to extract several teeth. The doctor proceeded to comply with the request, and had pulled two of the teeth and was at work on the third, when the man uttered a low cry and fell over. Dr. Braham, supposing that Mr. Sebastain had fainted, carried him to a lounge, and was in the act of administering the usual restoratives, when he discovered that the was dying. A physician was immediately summoned, but when he arrived Death had claimed its victim. Mr. Sebastian was a stout-looking young man, but seemed a little nervous, and the doctor gave him a little brandy, and rubbed a few drops of chloroform on the gums before pulling the teeth but did not administer any. An inquest was held on the body, and the jury returned a verdict that the man died form heart disease. Dr. Brahmam of course is entirely blameless in the matter, but still he is greatly distressed over it.
The seventeenth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Jokerst, and the forty-first anniversary of the birth of Mr. Jokerst were celebrated on last Tuesday. An excellent dinner was prepared, to which a few friends did ample justice.
At night a large crowd of young people of this city surprised Mr. Jokerst by calling at Union Hall, just as he was leaving it after singing exercises of Prof. Rudy’s school had been concluded, and informing him that his presence was needed in the hall–in fact, that they intended taking possession of the house and celebrating his birth and wedding day by a grand ball. Mr. Jokerst was completely taken by surprise, but soon regained his composure; and after receiving the congratulations of their many friends, he and his estimable lady proceeded to take part in the festivities. The string band had been engaged for the occasion, and dancing was commenced and indulged in until the “wee sma’ hours o’ morn.”
Peter Moreau will leave Bonne Terre in a short time to accept a position as compositor in Valle Harold’s printing office, at Greenville, Ill.
Mr. Dow Sebastian, the man who died in Dr. Braham’s office at Farmington, last Monday, was a distance relative of Judge N. C. Sebastian, of this county.
The remains of Mr. Schurman, who died suddenly in Meyer’s Hotel last Friday, were sent to Winfield, Kansas, where his family reside, for interment.
Syde Counts and Miss Sarah Hammer were married last Sunday, by Elder A. Carver.
Thimothy Gordon, a most highly respected citizen of this county, died at his home near Avon on Tuesday, the 2nd, of pneumonia. He leaves a wife and several children. besides a number of friends to mourn his loss.
Frank Falk, our enterprising young merchant, will leave for Dent county some time next month, to make arrangements for starting his saw mill.
Fair Play–February 20, 1886.
A little stranger arrived at the home of Charlie Nauman one day last week.
Mr. F. Langhart is now the happy daddy of a bouncing little boy. As all of his other children, seven in number, are girls, he feels very proud of the little stranger.
Sand Creek Items.
Mrs. D. L. Sebastian, of Knob LIck, died at Farmington on the 8th inst.
Mr. R(illegible) Marks and Miss Mary Lawrence of St. Francois county, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony one day last week.
Fair Play–February 27, 1886.
We learn from the Farmington News that Mrs. Joseph Munsch presented her husband with a fine little girl on the 12th inst.
The oldest inhabitant of Bloomsdale is Mr. John L. Boyer, who is now seventy-nine years of age. He has a most remarkable constitution for a man of his years. He is the father of Jake L. Boyer, the enterprising merchant of Bloomsdale. He settled in Bloomsdale in 184? (may be “9”), on the south side of the Establishment creek. Among the early settlers was John Drury, Harmon Brands, Baptiste Janis, Nimrod J. Bantz. Among the recent German settlers are John Kertz, Mr. Solberger and August Schweiss.
An Old Pioneer Gone.
Mrs. Mary A. Valle, an old and well known French-American lady, died between 6 and 7 o’clock Friday morning at the residence of her son, Francis Valle, at 2626 Gamble street in St. Louis. Mrs. Valle was born in Maryland on February 17, 1795, her parents being natives of France. She lived in Maryland for some years, where she wedded to Col. Francis Valle, who served in the war of 1812. The couple came west not many years after their marriage settling in Ste. Genevieve county, Missouri. In 1849, while the cholera was raging, Col. Valle became one of its victims. During the past fifteen or eighteen years Mr. Valle has made St. Louis her residence. She was very active not withstanding her advanced age, being accustomed to taking a daily walk. No later than two weeks ago she was seen on the street seemingly in good health. She leaves two children, Louis and Francis, both residents of St. Louis. She leaves about thirty grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandhildren. She had a remarkable memory, being able to recall the principal happenings during the past seventy-five years.–St. Louis Republican.
Uncle Charles Vessles Dead.
The following account of the death of Mr. Charles Vessles, who was well known to many of our citizens residing in the northern part of the county, we copy from the Perryville Chronicle:
The people of Perryville were shocked and grieved to hear of the sudden death of Uncle Charles Vessles. The sad event occurred on Thursday, February 11, at the residence of Raymond Hagan, in this county, near St. Mary. The deceased had not been in the house long and was sitting on a chair joking with the children and was apparently as well as usual. Dinner was announced but when the family reached the dining room it was observed that Uncle Charley had not followed them and Mr. Hagan went back to see what was the matter. Just as he entered the room the old gentleman fell over against the stove by which his head was cut. As he was lifted up he remarked “This finishes me.” or words to that effect, which were the last intelligible words he uttered.
Dr. Strong of St. Mary, was summoned but the patient was past human aid. About two years ago Mr. Vessles was run over by a band wagon in Chester, by which he was seriously injured, and from which injuries he never fully recovered. The immediate cause of death was the rupture of a blood vessel in his head, which caused him to fall and is supposed to have resulted from exposure and the effects of his former injuries. He was about 73 years old, and leaves but two children to mourn his death. He was an honest, upright man and enjoyed the esteem confidence of all who knew him.
The funeral took place on Saturday, the remains being laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at St. Mary.
Fair Play–April 3, 1886. (Transcriber’s note–Papers from February to April are not included in the microfilm. No record is included in the filming notes)
William Williams (colored) alias “Sweet Williams,” who was sent up about two years ago from the Circuit Court of this county for four years for stabbing Gus Rehm, the then City Marshal, died in the Jefferson City penitentiary, on the 13th of the past month, and notice of his death was not sent to his wife until last week although she has been in constant correspondence with him since his commitment.
Mrs. Mollie A. Baker, who taught several terms at St. Mary, years ago, is now teaching in a private school at Farmington. Mrs. Baker, “Miss Mollie” as we called her in those days, enjoys the great distinction of having been the first school marm to dust the most prominent part in the anatomy of the editor of this page. That was about twenty years ago though, when she taught shool at a short distance out of Fredericktown.
On Friday of last week, Joe Schirmann ,a young man, was arrested under a state warrant on the charge of obtaining money and properly from William Palmer, by a false token, that is passing a counterfeit $250 coin piece on him. He waived a preliminary examination and was bound over by ‘Squire Roy in the sum of $200 to await the action of the Grand Jury. Wednesday Capt. Wheeler, a deputy U. S. Marshal, was down after him for passing the money, but Schirman had skipped and the Marshal went back empty handed.
An old colored woman named Roxie McDaniel, living on Judge Madison’s farm near Crystal City, died in a most peculiar manner last week. She was trimming her finger nails with a pair of scissors and become faint and fell over, the scissors piercing her body between the fourth and fifth rib, killing her instantly.
Next Thursday, the 8th, is the time set for the “railroad meeting: at the Laclede Hotel in St. Louis.
Death of Mr. Joseph Schwent.
Mr. Joseph Schwent, one of Ste. Genevieve county’s oldest and most respected citizen, died on Saturday, March 27th, 1886.
Mr. Schwent was born in 1804, at Baden Baden, Germany, at which place he was married to Miss Magdalena Jokerst. IN 1832 the couple emigrated from the home of their childhood to this country, and settled on a farm in the German Settlement, in this county, where they spent the balance of their lives. Mrs. Schwent died a few years ago, after having lived happily with her husband fifty-six years. Mr. Schwent’s last days were spent at the home of one of his sons in the Settlement, where great care was taken and everything in the power of the inmates of the household done to comfort and cheer the old gentleman in his declining years. He was taken sick about two week ago and continued to grow worse until Saturday last, when Death claimed him as its own. He was laid to rest in the cemetery near the German Church last Monday, the funeral being attended by a great number of relatives and friends. Mr. Schwent had an extensive acquaintence through the county, and the news of his death will be learned with sorrow by all.
Mr. John L. Bogy, of Ste. Genevieve, was in town Saturday in his official capacity of revenue collector. He spoke quite encouragingly of our prospects of getting the St. Louis & Texas railroad–Perryville Sun.
Frank Valle, son of Francis Valle, of St. Louis, was killed by cowboys, near Tuscola, Texas, on the 20th ult. An account of the murder will be found elsewhere in this issue.
Mrs. Josephine Botz will have a neat little dwelling house erected for her daughter, Mrs. Gus Rehm, near Mr. Val Rottler’s residence. Work on the foundation as already been commenced. We understand that Messrs. Frank and Peter Geiler and Eli Janis, three of Ste. Genevieve’s best mechanics, will have charge of the carpenter work.
Killed by Cow Thieves.
Particulars of the Murder of Frank Valle, Jr., at Tascosa. Texas.
Mr. Francis Valle, Sr., received a letter to-day from Tascosa, giving the particulars of the killing of his son, Francis, which occurred near that place on the night of the 20th inst. The letter is from Mr. George Jones, Manager of the Lee-Scott Cattle Company, by which concern young Valle was employed at the time of his death. Mr. Jones, who writes on the 21st inst., says: “The circumstances attending the unfortunate affair are about these: Frank, in company with three of his associates from the L. S. ranch, was in town, and the cow thieves, four in number, assassinated one of the L. S. boys in an alley. Frank and the others, hearing the shooting, rushed bravely to the rescue of their companions and succeeded in killing one of the assassins outright, and fatally wounding two others, before receiving their death-shots. Three of the boys, Frank Valle, Ed. King and Fred Chilton, were killed outright. They never spoke. Frank was shot just about the mouth, to the left of then nose. He will be decently buried here to-morrow. He has been working for us since last summer and has borne an irreproachable character.”
Tascosa is a little herding town in Texas, near the New Mexican border and is about 100 miles from the nearest railroad. Young Valle was about 30 years of age, single, and was very well known in St. Louis. He was an only son. His father takes his untimely death very hard, especially as it is only one of a series of deaths which have occured in the family recently.–Post Dispatch.
Sand Creek Items.
Mrs. Ezekial Smith died of consumption, at her home in this county, on the 26th. Quite a number of friends and relatives are left to mourn her loss.
Mr. T. B. Chandler and Miss Laura N. Hawn were married on Thursday, March 25th, at the residence of the bride’s parents, by Rev. S. C. Biffle, in the presence of a few relatives and intimate friends. It was a very private and unassuming affair, there being only eleven persons present besides the families of the married pair. Mrs. S. Fulten Thurman was groomsman and Miss Minnie Biel bridesmaid. After the marriage, the happy couple and guests partook of a sumptuous supper. The names of the guests are as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Jos. L. Counts, and daughter, Misses Flora an Nora Chandler, Minnie Hawn, and Messrs Thomas W. C. Chandler, J. M. Yount and C. L. Govereau. The newly married couple will move from our county at once to their farm in St. Francois county. We are sorry to part with them, but our county’s loss will be St. Francois county’s gain.
Fair Play–April 10, 1886.
Francis J. Roy.
Died:–On Thursday, at 8:00 a. m., Francis Jules Roy, aged nearly 32 years. He had been seriously ill for several weeks, but his death was sudden and unexpected. Francis J. Roy was born at Ste. Genevieve, Mo., November 10, 1854, and residing here during his entire life. He was the fourth of seven sons, born to ‘Squire F. A. Roy. Everybody knew him in this community, and many regret his untimely demise as that of an honest generous and inoffensive young man, and one who never scorned to turn his hand to honorable manual labor. He was buried from Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church in the new Catholic cemetery near Valle Spring, on Friday, 9th inst., at 2:00 p. m., Rev F. X. Weiss officiating. R. I. P.
Fair Play–April 24, 1886.
Miss Lena Roth, of Kimmswick, was instantly killed by the explosion of gasoline, at St. Louis, last Tuesday. She endeavored to fill the tank of the gasoline stove while the gasoline was burning, and the result was she “climbed the golden stair” without further notice.
The editor of the Hillsboro Democrat has been informed that his person would be unsafe if found in DeSoto, some of the Knights of Labor having come to the conclusion that his nose needs mashing. The editor, in speaking of it, says he thinks too much of his nasal organ to take any risks in the matter.
The Globe-Democrat of Sunday last contained reports from sixty Missouri towns showing the wealth of the six richest persons in each of the places, and the means by which the wealth was made. The following is the report sent from this city:
“Ste. Genevieve was founded by the French, the old settlement about 1735 and the present town probably in 17875; organized as a city February 11, 1849; has a population of 1,750; number of children on rolls of public schools, 119; in denominational schools, 309; total 428. Its wealthiest inhabitants are: Mrs. Zoe Rozier, capitalist; estimated wealth, $1,000,000. Assessed here at $81,510; taxes $1,397; wealth consists principally in real estate here and in St. Louis, mines and United States bonds; inherited chiefly from husband, Mr. Francis Rozier, who accumulated it in business enterprises; born in Ste. Genevieve; 62 years; of Democratic family, a non-metaltist.
Felix Rozier: capitalist, estimated wealth, $350,000 Assessed here at $20,432; taxes, $346; wealth consists chiefly in real estate here and in St. Louis; mining stock and bonds; partly inherited, but chiefly accumulated by sagarious business enterprises; native of Ste. Genevieve; 63 years old; consistent Democrat; never held office; a mono-metallist.
Mrs. Oddde Valle; capitalist; estimated wealth $225,000. Assessed at $6,218; taxes $118; wealth consists in Iron Mountain mining shares, United States bonds and in St. Louis waterworks; born in Ste. Genevieve; of Democrat family; 81 years of age; a probably mono-metallist.
Mrs. Fanny Vion; rentier, wealth estimated at $80,000. Assessed at $21,200; taxes $434; wealth consists in real estate, mortgages and non-taxable United States bonds; derived from husband’s inheritance in France; native of Frederick, Md; 45 years of age, of Republican family; a mono-metallist.
Gustave St. Gem; capitalist; estimated wealth, $10,000. Assessed at $3,420; taxes 73; wealth consists in real estate here and elsewhere, bank stock, United States bonds and shares in a Colorado silver mine, chiefly accumulated by business tact and industry; born in Ste. Genevieve; 61 years of age; and ardent Republican; held the offices of United States Provost Marshal, Captain, State Representative and Collector of the port of St. Louis; a strong bimetallist.
Henry L. Rozier; merchant; estimated wealth, $25,000. Assessed at $7,770; taxes, $?39; wealth consists in merchandise and shares in a Colorado silver mine, chiefly accumulated by shrewd business management; native of Ste. Genevieve; 25 years of age, son of Mrs. Zoe Rozier; a Democrat; held no office, favors bimetallism.
Death of Father Kleiser.
Rev Jos. Kleiser, pastor of the Perryville Catholic church, passed to his reward in the better world beyond at 1:30 a. m. Thursday morning at the age of 54 years.
Father Kleiser was a native of Germany in which county he resided until he was 40 years old. He was of a good family and enjoyed the advantages of a good education, of which he made good use. His abilities were recogized by the German government and were rewarded with a responsible position in the posted service of that country the duties of which he discharged acceptably for a term of ten years. He was ordained and admitted to the holy orders of the priesthood at Milwaukee, Wis., soon after his arrival in this country.
Of his ministrations in this country we have not had time to learn much.
We believe he came here from Cape Girardeau, had charge of the congregation here a short time and was transferred to St. Louis. From there he was sent to Kelso, Mo., and into a low swamp country where he fell a victim to malaria. For the benefit of his health he was again sent to Perryville, arriving here two years ago last January. But he never recovered from the effects of the malaria which is supposed to have been the original cause of his death.
Father Kleiser was not only loved by his parishoners, but he was universally popular with all classes and esteemed very highly for his good qualities, prominent among which were his courteous, affable treatment of all classes, his noble-hearted generosity. No needy and deserving person ever left Father Kleiser without receiving assistance of some kind.
Vicar-Genreal Muehlsiepen arrived in town Wednesday evening and assumed charge of the parish.
In the death of Father Kleiser the church loses all able, zealous and devoted servant, which the city of Perryville loses one of its most exemplary citizens–Chronicle.
Louis Rigden and Noah Willams have rented corn land in Bois Brule Bottom.
Henry Counts and Miss Maggie Murray were married on Wednesday, the 9th, at the home of the bride’s father, by Rev. B. B. Womack. We wish the young couple a prosperous and happy life.
We understand that a little stranger took lodgings with Mr. and Mrs. Noah Winston this week.
Fair Play–June 26, 1886. (transcriber’s note–issues missing between April and June)
To the readers of the Fair Play.
Having purchased the Fair Play of Mr. Frank Wathen, it is now proper for me to outline the course I intend to pursue.
The Herald and the Fair Play have heretofore had bitter fights, but this will not occur again if I can prevent it. There is a field sufficient in this county for both papers to circulate and do well without interfering with one another. The editors of both papers are personally friendly, then why should not the papers be so conducted! They will, if I can secure it. I will try hard to publish the best paper and secure the most business for it, and I have no doubt they will make the same effort–this is legitimate–and the readers of both papers will be benefited by the result.
This is a new field of labor for me, and no doubt a difficult one, for a while at least, yet I trust the readers will accord me a reasonable time for probation before passing their judgment on my chances of success.
Hoping to retain the friends of the Fair Play and make others,
I am, most respectfully yours, Jules B. Guignon.
Mangled by a Reaper.
On last Saturday Mr. Benjamin Seapaugh, a prosperous and highly esteemed farmer residing on Caney Fork, about three and a half miles northwest of Kurreville, was fearfully wounded while harvesting his wheat. It seems that Mr. S. had just finished cutting a field of wheat , or a “land,” and was himself shocking near by where the reaper was standing with the team hitched to it. He instructed his daughter, who had hold of the reins, to move the team and reaper to a shed near by. The machine, which had been thrown out of “gear,” some way or other got in “gear” again, and the sudden noise frightened the team, which ran toward Mr. Seapaugh, and hauled the machine over him before he had time to get out of the way. He was dragged in front of the sickle for some distance and when rescued was found to be cut in a frightful manner. One arm was cut off and the other so mangled that it had to be taken off. Another gaping wound had been made in his right side, which is of itself thought to be mortal, and his legs, thighs and back were also very badly cut. The unfortunate man was still living when last heard from, but we understand the doctors say it is hardly possible for him to survive.–Jackson Cash-Book.
Ste. Genevieve Township subscribed $200,000 to a railroad company at one time, and ever since she has been chuckling at her good luck in not getting the road.
A railroad is a very good improvement to a town, but you can’t afford to buy one just for the convenience of having it on hand when you want it.
Fair Play–July 17, 1886.
On Tuesday, the 13th inst., was celebrated the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Ignatius Klein, at their residence near German Settlement. Being strict and practical Catholics, the worthy couple had made arrangements for consecrating the memorable occurrence of the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day by invoking the blessings of their religion in the most solemn manner. At their request, a High Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph’s church, during the forenoon of the auspicious day commencing at 10 o’clock, by Rev. Henry Pigge, celebrant; Rev. Karl Schaaf, deacon; Rev. F. G. Holweck, subdeacon, and Rev. F. X. Weiss, assistant, Rev. A. J. Huttler, was also present. Rev Father Schaaf, nephew of Mr. Klein, delivered the sermon.
It was a very able discourse in the German language, and gave great promise of the future high reputation of the young clergyman as a pulpit orator. A large concourse of parishioners and visitors attended the divine services. Among the visitors from abroad were Rev. Karl Schaaf, of Kansas City and St. Joseph diocese, nephew of Mr. Klein; Mr. Wm. Warner, butcher, from Cape Girardeau, nephew of Mr. Klein; Mr. Ferdinand Lipp, butcher, nephew of Mr. Klein, from the Cape; and Mr. Doerr of Perryville, a butcher by trade.
At the residence, immediately after the ceremonies in the church, the relatives and friends of the respected couple assembled to the number of about five hundred to testify their good wishes and to offer their congratulations. (editorial not transcribed).
Ignatius Klein was born in Germany January 4, 1812, and as therefore over seventy-four years of age. His wife, Wilhelmina Warner, is but one month younger. There were married in their native land, on July 13 1836, and two of their children, Mrs. L. Wilder, of this city, and a girl who died, were born before their emigration to this country. They arrived here in 18147. Their descendants number seventy-four, as follows: Ludwina Wilder, who has nine children; Adelheide Klein, dead; Wilhelmina, wife of Andrew Siebert, with thirteen children of whom nine survive; Bertha, wife of Frank Kohm, and eleven children, nine living; Sophia, wife of Joseph Siebert, six children; Nannie, wife of Lawrence Siebert, four children living and two dead; Ignatius Klein, Jr., seven children; Theresa Klein, dead; William Klein, five children; Wilhemenia, wife of Nicholas Jokerst, seven children, five living; and ten great grand-children, namely five children of Peter Wilder; two of Henry Siebert; one living and one dead of Theresa Otte; and one child of Annie Leon. Altogether it was the most remarkable family reunion, and the most enjoyable social gathering ever witnessed in this county.
Alderman, Emile C. Lelie had his hat in his hand the other day, ready to throw it high up in the air and holler out “Hip-hip-horrah! come along, boys, let’s smile” but all his hopes were blasted when he found out it was a girl. Emile thinks four girls in succession will tire out almost any man, yet he doesn’t despair.
Thomas F. Ellis and Miss Sophia Marlow were married at the new M. F. church last Monday, by Rev. Mr. Brewer. They have our best wishes, as well as our sympathy this warm weather. May a long, happy and prosperous life be theirs.
Fair Play–July 31, 1886.
Andrew Scherer, a well-known citizen of Perryville, was arrested lately, charged with aiding and abetting St. John and Hettenhausen, the Perryville safe blowers, and receiving $2,200 of the money stolen. St. John who is now serving his term in the penitentiary, made a confession implicating Scherer. He will have a preliminary examination before Esq. Cashion, July 30, and was committed to jail in default of $2,500 bond. He was suspicioned by many of being an accomplice in the robbery, but his arrest is a surprise to nearly all.
On Tuesday, Uncle Titus, colored, while cleaning the city cemetery was greatly annoyed and bothered by bumble bees, and he undertook to burn them out in their nests. He put fire to the dry grass, and everything being so dry, the fire soon got beyond his control. The fence between the city and Catholic cemeteries took fire and the fire then extended along this fence north and south of the other fences. Uncle Titus meanwhile fighting the progression of the fire as best he could by himself but without success. Some one passing the road by the cemetery brought word to town, and at (illegible) fifteen or twenty persons jumped into the wagons standing by and drove out (illegible) the fire which by this time was spreading in every direction. The crowd began knocking down all the fences, just ahead of the fire, and thus saved part of the (illegible) closures. Now the fire was out in the woods, and the farm of Benjamin Goss, near by, was in danger and (illegible) for the hard work and watchful (illegible) of those who so kindly volunteered would have suffered. All night four men were employed to watch the burnt district and prevent the breaking out anew of the fire. The damages was most wholly to the fences; some little shrubbery and grass in the Catholic cemetery was scorched and tombstones disfigured.
Died, July 23, of congestion of the bowels, Mr. Ruben Philips, aged about sixty-six years. Mr. Philips was one of our best citizens.
Fair Play–August 7, 1886.
Mrs. R. P. English, a widow living in Cape Girardeau county, committed suicide by jumping into the Mississippi on the 18th last. She had been subject to fits of depression due to the death of her husband a couple of months ago, and had made several attempts at suicide before.
Born to the wife of Charles Schilly, on August 1st, 1886, a boy. And to the wife of Sebastian Palmer, on August 1st, 1886, a girl.
The wife of G. Grass, Jr. is dangerously sick with consumption, and it is feared that she will not live many weeks longer.
Dr. A. L. Brands, of Prairie du Rocher, and Miss Maggie Bliler, of Chester, were married at the home of the bride, Wednesday afternoon, by Rev. Father Heggeman.
Thomas Thompson and Miss Caldona Butler, both of St. Mary, were united in marriage before George Mattingly, J. P., at St. Mary, on Monday, August 2, 1886.
A tragedy came near being enacted last Wednesday evening, in Sexauer’s saloon. A difficulty arose between John Hagan and Charles Rehm about taking a drink, and Hagan apparently without reason, drew his knife and struck at Rehm’s throat, barely cutting the skin on the right side under his jaw. Rehm, who is a powerful man, knocked him down with his fist. Hagan jumped up and ran away, but he was arrested soon after, by Marshal L. B. Valle, and lodged in jail to await a trial on the charge of assault with intent to kill.
Andrew Muessig Jr. son of John Muessig of the German Settlement, was bitten by a rattlesnake last Sunday night. While passing in the yard from the house to the stable, he stepped on the snake unknowing, and it bit him on the middle toe of his right foot; he was barefoot. He tired a cord tightly around his leg and sent at once for Dr. Morganstein, who came immediately to his assistance. Muessig started taking the regular snake bite remedy–whisky–and continued it until the doctor cam. They killed the snake.
A poor old, colored man, named Alexk Jackson, was brought in this week from the lower part of the county, on a charge of incest. A preliminary examination of the charge was had before Esquire Roy, and he was released. The old man is over eighty-five years of age, and such a charge against him is outrageous–no one believes he is guilty of it. His neighbors say that his family want to get rid of him, and took this method–not a very commendable one, however. He is afraid to go back to his family, and is unable to support himself, and being a fit subject for the poor farm, was sent there. Our prosecuting attorney, Henry S. Shaw, in his usual eloquent style, argued the case before the esquire, but it looked to a bystander as though he partook of the feeling of others; that the poor man was not guilty. Professor Flynn defended Jackson, and had no trouble securing his release from custody.
Fair Play–August 21, 1886.
The wife of Wendolin Naeger, in the German Settlement, is lying quite sick.
Clarice Ribarth, the mother of John Ribarth, died on Sunday, August 15th, and was buried in the Catholic cemetery.
Bernard Kertz, son of John Ketz and Cecilir Gremminger, daughter of (illegible) Gremminger, took out a marriage license last Monday.
During the absence of the family, last Monday night, some unknown parties entered the residence of Mr. Gotlieb Rehm, at Little Rock, and took therefrom a lot of vegetables, meat, preserves, etc. It is supposed that the thieves were a couple of men who landed in a skiff near Little Rock that night, and left for other parts before morning.
It was a girl there, or Beggermeyer would have said so.
Boyer and Bob Boyd start for California this week. Stephen Armstrong talks of going soon.
It was a boy for Bockenkamp said so, and he is a fine fellow, too; he maketh a glad father.
Died—Thomas Heberlie, an old and highly respected citizen of this settlement, died at his home last Monday, the 16th last. We did not learn his age, but we think he was about 64 years old. Mr. Heberlie was well known all over this county, and has a wife and several children, besides a large circle of friends to mourn his untimely loss.
Since writing the above, we have learned of the death of Mr. Heberlie’s son, Walter, which occurred on the 17th, the following day. He was 29 years, and was highly respected by all with whom he was acquainted. Father and son were interred on Wednesday. The family have the heart felt sympathy of the entire community.
Mr. Nicholas Boyd has danced his boot heels almost off, because it is a girl this time.
A Murdock of Corn Hollow, in this county, was killed at Crystal City by his brother-in-law, Henry Orthen, this week; so the report goes. The tragedy if it be true has been expected and will not be likely to end there.
Fair Play–November 20, 1886.
Valentine Rottler has rebuilt his brewery and is at work making beer as usual. He met his loss mentally and began at work the next day to rebuild. Men of pluck and energy like Mr. Rottler is what we need: if we had more of them our town would rush right along. We hope he will have better luck in the future, and that his business will prosper so he will soon regain his loss.
Charles Albert Samson, eldest son of Street Coms’r. Anton Samson, and Miss Regina Braun, daughter of George Braun, were married on Wednesday afternoon, at the Catholic church. Rev. Father Huttler officiating. The bride was attended by Miss Mary Samson and Miss Theresa Braun. John Schladman and Joseph Efferin acted as groomsmen.
Quite a number of the friends were invited and attended a reception in the evening and enjoyed a good supper Mrs. Anton Samson had prepared. The happy young couple were congratulated, and were well-remembered by their friends, receiving a number of beautiful presents. (The list of presents is not included in this transcription)
Louis Ziegler, one of our best farmers and a good man, liked by all his acquaintances, has been lying quite ill all this week, In fact his physicians dispaired of his life. As we go to press we learn he was improving some, so that hopes are entertained for his recovery. Irritation and derangement of the stomach, and jaundice are the causes of his illness. His brothers Rev. Charles Ziegler of St. Louis, and Capt. Alex Ziegler of Pevely, and his sister, Mrs. Rhineheart of St. Louis, were sent for and came to see him. We hope he may recover; we don’t like to see a good friend like him pass away, and our county cannot afford to lose such a good citizen.
Fair Play–November 27, 1886.
Anton Whipfler, Sr. lately purchased the farm of John Hurst, on the St. Louis road, west of town, and on the same day conveyed to his son Andrew the south half of his home place.
We learn from the Clarion that a young man named James Harmo(illegible) while hunting rabbits last Saturday afternoon, accidently shot and killed himself. In attempting to get down off of a fence the hammer of the gun caught on a rail and discharged the contents into the young man’s head, tearing the skull open and killing him instantly.
A very unfortunate affair happened on our streets last Tuesday. Mr. Wm. J. Armour, while under the influence of whiskey, got into a difficulty with Mr. Joe Huber, and cut him with a knife. Fortunately, Mr. H was not seriously hurt, as the cut was on the forehead, and the skull was not fractured by the blow. A gash was made from the hair down towards the eyes. Dr. Morton dressed the wound, and it is to be hoped that Mr. Huber will be all right again in a few days. Mr. Armour was immediately arrested and will probably have a trial. Monday–Perryville Sun.
On Wednesday evening, the 24th inst., at the residence of William M. Mitchell, in Ste. Genevieve, Felix Firmin Lalumendiere, son of Felix Lalumendiere and Juliann Bell, and Sarah Mitchell, daughter of William M. Mitchell and Mary E. Counts, were united in marriage. Rev. Father Weiss, their pastor, performed the ceremony and granted the happy couple the blessings of the church. There was no wedding feast, except that a good supper was served to the few present, only the members of the two families having been invited. The bride was presented with a beautiful cake, finely ornamented by Frank Thomas, who keeps a restaurant in town. Felix Bell acted as groomsman and Miss Amanda Lalumendiere as bridesmaid.
Bran new boy baby at Levi J. Womack’s, and he is proud. This is his first.
Samuel Barron pinches himself, slaps with his hat, shouts, and then runs into the house to ask his wife who he is–all brought about by that new girl baby at his house. Hold on! Sam: you may get used to it, if this is the first for six or seven years married life.
On Monday morning, November 21st, 1886, at about 9 o’clock, Lewis Ziegler, our intimate acquaintance and personal friend, breathed his last “God’s finger touched him, and he slept.”
Yes, good natured, kind-hearted Lewis Ziegler is no more; he has gone to meet his reward for his labors in the right, and his charity displayed here below, his example set to others as a good citizen and his perseverance to the end as a christian. Mr. Ziegler was born in Ste. Genevieve on January 25, 1828, making him 58 years and ten months old at the time of his death. His parents were Matthew Ziegler and Barbara Haeffner. He married Pelagie Janis at Ste. Genevieve November 8th, 1854, who survives him. By the marriage eight children were born, three of who died, leaving, now, living, H. Clay, Mary, Wm. H., Louise, and Zoe. He was a brother of Capt. Alex Ziegler of Pevely; Francis J. Ziegler, our collector; Mrs. Mary Ann Rinehart, and Rev. Charles Ziegler of St. Louis. His father died when he was a small boy, leaving the family poor. He began the struggle for a livelihood as a man, hauling Iron on the plank road from Iron Mountain and Pilot Knob to the landing here. In 1858 he purchased a piece of land, a part of the farm on which he resided at the time of his death, and began clearing it, built a small house, and moved there. From the day he moved out there until a few days before his death he worked hard and assiduously, as few men do, until in the end he found himself in the possession of the finest and best farm in the county. The home farm consists of several hundred acres of the finest land, most all in cultivation, two large tracts in the River bottom with over one hundred acres cleared, all well stocked with machinery and teams. All this was earned by the sweat of his brow and the assistance of his children, who are now grown. He was a good father, raising his family in his ways of honesty, sobriety, economy and industry. (some lengthy editorial not transcribed)
A funeral High Mass was sung by his brother, Father Ziegler, at the church, on Tuesday morning, and an immense concourse of his friends sorrowfully followed his remains to the Valle Spring cemetery, where they were interred in the family burying ground. His most intimate friends in life were selected as pall-bearers: Felix Rozier, John L. Boverie, James Pinckley, J. B. C. LeCompte, Benjamin Goss and Jules B. Guignon. His bereaved family have our sympathy in their loss, and our earnest prayer is that God may have mercy on his soul and that eternity may be happiness for him.
Missing issues from month of December.