Fair Play, Jan. 7, 1888 to Dec. 29, 1888
Fair Play--January 7, 1888--
Severin Eckenfels--Aged 63 yrs., 2 mos. and 11 das.
On Monday last, January 2nd, 1888, at his home near Zell, Ste. Genevieve, Co., Mo., departed this life Mr. Severin Eckenfels, after a lingering illness of several months’ duration. The funeral which was held on Wednesday, the 4th inst., was very properly made the occasion of one of the largest gatherings of our people that ever assembled to home interment of a private citizen (illegible) is county. Not only the inhabitants of the parish, but friends (illegible) a neighborhood for miles around were present. A high mass of requiem was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church by the pastor, Rev. Henry Pigge.
The deceased was born on the second day of October, 1824, near Offenberg, Ramerschweier, Baden Germany. In comp (illegible) with Mr. Joseph Kiefer, Sen., (illegible) came to the United States in 18 (illegible) and settled in this county. His first employment was under Mr. Benedict Huber, Sen., and his next work was done for Mr. Goss in the rock quarry. Being economical he saved some money, with which he purchased forty acres of land, and commenced farming. In the year 1848 he espoused Miss Catherine Kiefer, a daughter of Mr. Joseph Kiefer, deceased. Of their happy union were born eleven children, four of whom are dead. Seven children survive, three sons, namely Joseph and Xavier, both married, and Theodore, unmarried. The daughters are Sophia, Franciska, Mary and Eliza. There were twenty nine grandchildren, of whom seven are dead and twenty-two living, as follows, Mrs. Sophia Schwent, nine children, six living; Mrs. Franciska Wilder, five children all living; Mrs. Mary (illegible) nine children, eight living, Mrs. Eliza Peterson, two children, (illegible) living, Mr. Jos Eckenfels, (illegible) children, one living, and Mr. Xavier Eckenfels, two children, (illegible) dead.
Of the character of (illegible) can only speak with praise and admiration. he was an honest man, a kind husband, a loving father and a devout Christian. It may be truthfully said that, through his demise, German Settlement has lost one of the best members of its society, St. Joseph’s Church one of its worthiest parishioners, and Ste Genevieve county one of its most estimable citizens.
Married:--On Wednesday, 4th inst., at the pastoral residence, St. Mary, Mr. Henry Mattingly and Miss Rowena Difani, Rev. Father Wynne officiating. A fine ball was given at Difani Hall during the evening in honor of the happy couple. The bride is one of the loveliest and most accomplished of the young ladies of St. Mary. She is the daughter of Mr. Benjamin Difani, proprietor of Difani Hall, a much respected gentleman. Mr. Mattingly, the fortunate bridegroom, is the son of Mr. Geo. Mattingly, one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of our sister town. He is a young man of high standing in public estimation among his fellow townsmen, and is one of St. Mary’s most promising young citizens. We extend the youthful twain made one of our best wishes for their future welfare.
Mr. John Carron’s new residence, on his farm near the mouth of the Establishment, was constructed by Louis Boyer assisted by Octave Boyer and Frank Morice. He has a good farm which was once the property of Mr. Eloy LeCompte.
Every lady should be provided with one of Dr. Scott’s Electric Corsets. They are of wonderful benefit in toning and strengthening the system. For sale by Mrs. Bertha Doerge, Main St., Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Born:-- On Tuesday, January 3rd, to the wife of Mr. Frank Klein, a daughter.
Mr. Wm. Warner, a former resident of this county, died at Cape Girardeau on Friday, Dec. 23, 1887.
Mr. Aloysius Schwent of Weingarten, Mo., lost two children, through diphtheria, in one day last week.
We are informed that Mr. Valentine Giessler, formerly of this county, died at his home in Salisbury, MO, on Friday, Dec. 30th.
Miss Mary T. Jokerst is sick at her home in this city, and the Belleview School is closed until she is able to resume her duties as teacher, which will probably be very soon.
Died: --At St. Louis, on Friday, December 30th, of diphtheria, the infant son of Mr. George Young, aged one year and six months. Mr. Young is a brother-in-law of Mr. Gottlieb Rehm, of this city.
Mr. and Mrs. Eloy Drury, of Bloomsdale, arrived in our city on Christmas Eve to spend the holidays with Mrs. F. Dupont; Mrs. Drury’s mother, and departed for their home on Wednesday last.
Several Gaie-Anne troupes of minstrels were around on Saturday evening last ushering in the New Year. The best was that led by Seph. and F. J. Morice, in which the merry revelers were attired in odd costumes and wore grotesque masques. They sung the old French chant in fine styles.
Married:-- At the residence of Mr. William McDaniel the bride’s father, on Dec. 22nd, 1887. Mr. J. Peter Coffer to Miss Sallie McDaniel, Rev. Alexander Carver officiating.
Died:-- On Dec. 24, 1887, at the home of her son-in-law, Capt. Andrew Miller, Mrs. Urcilla Littorst, aged 80 years.
Died:--On December 23rd, Harried Ward, (col.)
We are informed that Mr. Valentine Giessler, formerly of this county, died at his home in Salisbury, Mo., on Friday, Dec. 30th.
Fair Play--January 14, 1888
Our Railroad Approaching
Everything connected with Ste. Genevieve’s new railroad should be noted with interest by our citizens, especially since the recent revelations in the Fair Play confirm all former reports of Mr. Gould’s intentions to extend his road in this direction. We intend to keep our readers fully posted about the progress of the road...
Jephtha Thurman who was found frozen to death near Hannibal, Mo., on January 3rd, was so addicted to drinking that he once exchanged a horse for a bottle of whiskey. Thousands of unfortunate human beings have exchanged houses and lots, domestic happiness, reputation and even their lives and the eternal salvation of their souls for whiskey, so Jephtha is no striking exception to the general rule of whiskey drunkards.
Born:--On Monday, 9th inst., to the wife of Mr. Felix Sucher, a son.
On Wednesday, 11th inst., to the wife of Mr. Henry L. Rozier, a daughter.
On Wednesday, 11th inst., to the wife of Mr. Wendolin Rottler, a son.
On Friday, 6th inst., to the wife of Mr. Joseph Oberle, a daughter, stillborn.
Sister Regis has been dangerously ill at the Convent, but we are pleased to be able to announce that she is convalescent.
Emmet Boyd, a little child of J. E. Boyd’s of this place, who has been very sick for some time, is convalescing.
Fair Play--January 21, 1888
Mr. De Lassus died at his home in De Lassus, St. Francois Co., Mo., on Saturday night last, and was buried on Monday.
Enoch Northcut--Aged 72 years.
Died:--On Saturday, 14th inst., at 3 o'clock a.m., Mr. Enoch Northcut, at Quarrytown, this county. His death was caused by an attack of malignant pleurisy. He was interred on Sunday in the city cemetery. Up to a week before his death, the deceased enjoyed good health, and was in his best days a very powerful man.
Mr. Northcut was a native of Wayne Co., Mo., and lived in Illinois before his arrival in Quarrytown, three years ago. He leaves his widow, aged 66 years, and his daughter, aged 23, in very destitute circumstances, and proper objects of public sympathy and charitable help. We hope something will be done for them either by the county or through the generosity of our citizens.
Mrs. Wendolin Rottler--Aged 21 years., 5 mos. and 25 days.
Died at her home in this city at 10:20 p.m., on Thursday, 19th inst., Caroline, the wife of Mr. Wendolin Rottler, after a brief illness. The deceased had given birth to her first child, a son, two weeks previously, and had subsequently caught severe cold, which prevented her recovery.
The deceased was the daughter of Mr. George Will, and was born in this city of July 24th, 1866. Only one year and three months ago, on Oct. 26, 1886, she became the bride of Mr. Rottler, who is the son of Mr. Valentine Rottler, the well-known and much respected Ste. Genevieve brewer. This sudden visit of unwelcome Death, striking down a youthful wife and mother, orphanizing a tender infant and extinguishing the domestic happiness of a young husband, is a sad affair which has created a general feeling of sympathy throughout our community. The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. to day from Ste. Genevieve Church.
Sister Francis Regis--Aged 56 years.
At the hour of 10:00 a.m., Monday last, the 16th inst., slow tolling of the convent church bells announced the demise, at the Academy of St. Francis de Sales in this city of the most faithful of the good sisters of the Order of St. Joseph, Sister Francis Regis, who had been confined to her room with sickness about nine days. She had, however, been delicate in health, from dyspepsia, ever since her arrival in the United States, over 27 years ago. Only a few days before her death the doctor had hopes of her recovery but disease had so enfeebled her system that she speedily relapsed.
The secular name of Sister Regis was Miss Cecilia Martin. She was born in 1831, at Beaufort, in the Department of Savoy Proper in the south of France. Having taught a district school for some time, she decided to retire from the world, and finally took religious vows on December 8, 1859. She arrived in this country in May, 1860, coming to St. Louis. There she spent three years in St. Bridget’s Asylum, two years in St. Vincent’s German,am Orphan Asylum, a portion of her time in 1865 and 1867 teaching in the Eight St. Parochial School, and ten years at the Mother House, St. Joseph’s Academy, Carondelet. Before bring stationed at the Mother House, Sister Regis was in Ste. Genevieve for some time and among other duties, taught the colored children Catechism and other subjects. Her second arrival in this city was in July 1879, in company with Sister Euphemia. She was diffident and humble in character, and preferred to perform the menial duties around the Convent but also gave instructions in French to the girls in the Little Convent.
The deceased was interred in the Valle Spring cemetery beside the grave of her companion in life Sister Euphemia.
Correspondence. Saint Mary items.
A lively little progressive euchre party came off at the home of Miss Blanche Bogy Friday evening. The prizes were awarded as follows: To Miss Katie Burgert, a hand-painted pin-cushion; Mr. Louis Karst, a butterfly pen-wiper. The consolation prizes were won by Miss Memie Rozier and Frank Rozier.
Died:--At Springfield, Mo., three weeks since, Mr. James Bowles Adams, aged about 75 years. Mr. Adams formerly resided in this county. He owned a nice farm near that of Mr. Jos E. Herman, Weingarten. He was so persecuted during the war for his sympathy with the South, that he sold out and immigrated to Texas. The family was originally Kentuckian. In Texas his wife died, and he returned to this city about two years ago. Not finding any place to suit him he departed, and finally settled at Springfield. He was an excellent man in every respect. Several children survive.
An exciting rumor was spread through our city on Sunday last that Mr. L. D. Thurman and Capt. Gallagher had been drowned while trying to cross the river from the Illinois side with the mail during the heavy storm of Saturday. It seems that at one time they were in danger, as they were heard shouting for help. The ice was so packed on the west side of the the river by the driving north wind that they had to return with the mail, and remained on the other side till Wednesday.
Fair Play--January 28, 1888
Dr. Herman J. Morgansteen and Miss Wilhelmina Wolze were united in wedlock by ‘Squire Easely, of Union Township, on Tuesday last. Dr. Morgansteen is the practising physician at Weingarten in this county. The bride is the niece of Mrs. Luecke of this city.
A wedding in high life occurred in St. Louis on Wednesday last. It was the union of Mr. Jerome Karst, son of the French consul, Mr. Emil Karst, and nephew of Mr. Philip Karst, of St. Mary, to Miss Blanche Myerson, a fashionable St. Louis belle. The ceremony was performed at Annunciation Church by Vicar General Brady assisted by six other clergymen, and, from the description in the Globe-Democrat of the gorgeous toilets, etc., it was a superb affair.
Timothy C. Donoghue--Aged 55 Years.
At a few minutes past ten o’clock a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 1888, the soul of Doc. Donoghue winged its flight from earth, let us hope, to heaven. He had caught a severe cold from exposure to the piercing weather a few days previously, and this developing pneumonia.
His funeral took place on Wednesday forenoon from Ste. Genevieve Church and it was made the occasion of a tribute to the popularity of the deceased which redounded to the honor of our generous community. The cortege was one of the largest seen here, being composed of between thirty and forty vehicles. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic Cemetery.
The deceased was born at Glanmire, Cork County, Ireland. His arrival in this country was during his early youth and he was reared to maturity in New York City. He subsequently lived in St. Louis, and in the State of Louisiana, where his wife died. His later life was spent entirely in Ste. Genevieve County, with frequent visits to adjoining counties and to Randolph County, Illinois. The best traits of his character were his inoffensive and kindly disposition and his earnest sympathy with human suffering. These combined with a rear intuition in the correct diagnosis and suitable treatment of disease made him valuable as a medical attendant and nurse and his services as such were in constant and general demand, especially among the poor. By them he was regarded with implicit confidence as a healer of disease, and the numerous reports of critical cases successfully treated by him sufficiently justified the esteem in which he was held. In the dark hour of sickness, when death hovers over the emaciated form of disease, the ministering hand of Doc. Donoghue will be sadly missed in many an humble household. As he died while the atoning spirit of contrition brooded over his heart, and while his soul was disposed to prefect reconciliation with its Creator, we trust his many deeds of benevolence among God’s poor will blot out from the Book of Life the record of his sins, and entitle him to a place among those made perfect by repentance.
Mrs. Mary McDaniel--Aged 82 yrs. 7 mos. and 28 das.
Mrs. Mary McDaniel departed this life at her residence near Avon, Ste. Genevieve county, Mo., on the 16th day of January, 1888. After a short service at her home conducted by Rev. William E. Coffer, her remains were taken in Pleasant Hill cemetery and laid beside those of her husband to await the triumph of God, when he shall awaken the sleeping dead.
Mrs. McDaniel was born in the state of North Carolina on the 18th day of May 1805, and at the time of her death was aged 82 years and 8 months. Her father’s name was Wm. Baker. In the month of September, 1823, she was united in marriage to Isaac McDaniel, with whom she lived until his death, which occurred on the 15th day of January, 1872 being nearly 49 years of married life. She was a most devoted, tender and loving wife. They came to Missouri in the Fall of 1838, filling up the measure of pioneer life.
From their union sprang nine children, seven of whom are living, thirty nine grandchildren, thirty-three of whom are living and thirty three great-grandchildren, twenty eight of whom are living.
A number of years before her husband’s death they felt the melting influence of divine love, and humbly bowing to the mandates of the gospel, they became members of the United Baptist Church. From that day until the messenger, Death, came the deceased remained true to her convictions, living a life of devotion that was both beautiful and inspiring.
She exhibited, the the very hour of death, the same unflinching confidence and strong faith in her Saviour that she had manifested during her life. She was a living example worthy of imitation. In her demise another venerated representative of our honored ancestry has gone, but the purity of her life and her triumphant death leave behind a fragrance and sweetness that will be felt along the shadows of time, to be fully realized only in eternity.
An infant child of Mr. Vincent Smith and wife, of Bois Brule, was brought here Sunday for interment.
Aleck Boyer moved to Doe Run yesterday. In this emigration Bloomsdale loses one of its best families.
Dr. F. J. Drury informs us that considerable sickness prevails at present. Among those who are ailing, are Wm. Roussin, Mrs. Ferd Carron, and Frank Carron, the latter seriously.
Fair Play--February 4, 1888
We regret to learn that several children of our worthy townsman, Mr. F. A. La Grave, are quite ill with scarlet fever.
Mrs. Celeste Thomure is the oldest person in Ste. Genevieve county. She completed her ninetieth year on Wednesday January 26th.
A young man of this city, named Schapper, was seriously cut in the leg by a companion during a quarrel which occurred while they were shaving hoop-poles some six miles from here in the early part of the week.
Charlie Bloom and Miss Mullins were married lately. Pretty cool for Mullins to Bloom.
J. E/ Boyd, Esq., slipped and fell on the sleet a week or ten days ago, and he has been confined to his bed ever since but, we are glad to say, he is convalescing.
Bartly Bieser has been wrestling with pneumonia but at this writing is improving.
Fair Play--February 11, 1888
The news that Father Weiss, of Ste. Genevieve, is about to resign, will not surprise anyone who knows his long years of unselfish and arduous labor. Father Weiss has built up one of the best equipped parishes in the West and adorned this diocese with one of its best churches. The parish of Ste. Genevieve is n either large nor wealthy; but by patient perseverance and lifelong economy Father Weiss has built a convent, a church and a priest’s house second to none in the State. Father Weiss is a man of noble presence and in face, feature and movement he is every inch the man of God. Few men have labored so long in one mission and fewer still are better fitted to adorn a higher sphere. We know nothing of the situation, save what is contained in the communication addressed to the Archbishop by the trustees of the church, that if it is true that Father Weiss is compelled to give up the active ministry, we can only say that the diocese of St. Louis loses its noblest priest.
Mr. Bartholomew Burgert--Aged 78 years, 2 months and 7 days.
At 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday last, February 7, 1888, a worthy and much respected citizen of Ste. Genevieve county, Mr. Bartholomew Burgert, departed this life at his residence on the St. Louis and Potosi road about three miles northwest of this city. The deceased had been feeling the effect of old age for some time, and had repeatedly expressed to his sons his desire to withdraw from the cares and struggles of this temporal existence, and to enter into that life of blessed repose and peace which he had ever held in view as the reward of a Christian life. This pious wish was answered at last by the approach of death and after an illness of five days’ duration he breathed his last, fortified with the consciousness of a life well spent, and surrounded with all the consolations of his hold religion to which he was always devoutly attached. On Wednesday 8th, inst., the remains were borne to Ste. Genevieve Church, where a high mass of Requiem was celebrated by Rev. Henry Pigge, of St. Joseph’s Church, Zell. Despite the bitter and piercing cold of the day, the funeral was largely attended to the last resting place of the deceased in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery.
Mr. Burgert was born on October 5, 1814, at Ramerschweier, near Offenburg, in Baden, Germany. He was married on Pentecost Tuesday, 1842, to Miss Victoria Busam. From their union resulted four children, Joseph, Charles, Sophia, and August, all born in Germany. Leaving his native land, he set sail, with his family, for the United States, landing at New Orleans, and arriving in Ste. Genevieve on February 17, 1854/ During their stay in New Orleans they had the misfortune to lose all their money, $175 in gold, which had been secured for safe keeping in a leather girdle fastened around Mrs. Burgert’s waist. They arrived here penniless, but with a large supply of clothing etc. and with a still better capital of steadiness, energy and moral courage which enabled Mr. Burgert to place his family and himself slowly, but surely, beyond the reach of want. Being a good tailor he easily obtained employment, subsequently working for twelve years for Mr. C. W. Hamm. He also engaged in farming, purchasing a small farm at first, but gradually adding to it till at his death, he possessed between 250 and 300 acres. He was a very hard working man all his life, and what is more, one of the most regular attendants at his parish church of Ste. Genevieve in fair or foul weather. Mr. Burgert was a true type of that valuable class of German immigrants who have hewn down the woods in Ste. Genevieve county, turned its forests into farms, built themselves comfortable dwellings along its roadsides, and reared respectable families that will form a bulwark of strength in the development of our industries in the future as they have in the past. Of his family, his wife and three sons survive, his daughter, Sophia, the second wife of Mr. Valerien Gisi, having died several years ago.
Died:--On Saturday 3 th inst., of winter fever, Dudley Emile, the infant son of Mr. Emile Thomure, aged only 5 months.
We rejoice to learn that Mr. Martin Bahr, one of our most respected and popular citizens, who has been confined to his house for some time with pneumonia, is now quite well again.
Frank Samson, the fourteen-year old son of our efficient street commissioner, Mr. Anton Samson, has fully recovered from an attack of cold plague. He had ben nearly a week ill.
As Mrs. Dr. C. S. Hertich was returning from church on Sunday last she was attacked by her cow close to her own residence, and in trying to avoid the animal fell on the icy street and dislocated her arm at the shoulder.
It will allay the deep concern felt throughout our community over the long continued and serious illness of Mrs. Henry S. Shaw to know that her health is somewhat improved, and the hopes of her recovery are now freely entertained.
The wife of John S. Shelton, Bollinger Co, Mo., gave birth to triplets last week. They are all boys, and (illegible) weighing respectively 7, 7 1/2, and 8 pounds. The doctor named them Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Fredericktown Standard.
The first boats to pass Ste. Genevieve this year made their appearance on Sunday last. The City of Vicksburg and the City of St. Louis went down, and the Dakota up.
Died:-- The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. William Heck, of lock jaw.
Fair Play--February 18, 1888
Born:--To the wife of Henry Huck, a son, on Tuesday, Feb. 14th.
A notable wedding ceremony took place in St. Louis, on Thursday, February 9: the marriage of Miss Anna B. Schultz to Mr. John Einig, both of that city. A Nuptial Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church at 9:30 a.m. by Rev. J. Louis Schultz, of this city, brother of the bride. The bridesmaids were: Miss Minnie Schultz, the bride’s sister and Miss Teresa Schultz, the bride’s cousin. The bridegroom was attended by his brother, Mr. Francis Einig, and Mr. Gerard Schultz, cousin of the bride. The reception was held at the bride’s parental residence, N. 1424 North 13th St., St. Louis. Numerous rich presents were received by the happy couple.
Our esteemed townsman, Mr. S. A. Guignon, celebrated the 82nd anniversary of his birth on Friday, 17th inst., with a fine dinner at his residence, at which the members of his family residing in this city were present.
Mrs. E. C. Boyd, an old and highly respected citizen of Avon died on Friday, the 10th inst., of pneumonia, aged about 68 years.
The restaurant of A. C. Boyd at Doe Run was totally destroyed by fire last Monday night, the 6th inst. The house was insured but I did not learn the amount. Aaron was boarding about half a mile away, and didn’t know anything about the misfortune until he arrived the next morning when he found it a bed of coals.
Born:--To the wife of Emanuel Smith, a boy, on Tuesday, January 31st.
We are sorry to report that Mr. E. C. Boyd, an old and esteemed citizen living near Avon, is seriously ill and not expected to recover. His numerous friends sympathize with him in his suffering.
Our jovial friend, Thomas Thomure, had the misfortune, while putting a belt on a wheel, to slip and get his arm between the pulley and a shaft, bruising his arm pretty badly. He is not dangerously hurt however.
The news arrived here yesterday that our handsome friend Aaron Boyd of Hamilton near Doe Run Mines, had the misfortune to have his storehouse and its entire contents destroyed by fire on the night of the 7th or morning of the 8th of this month.
Our esteemed former citizen, Wm. C. Ballard, late of this county, but now of Haskell, Haskell county, Texas, writes that they had a “Norther” there on the 13th of January, and that on the morning of the 14th, the mercury as three degrees below zero. He states that they cut ice four inches thick.
Burnette and Thomure have sold their saw mill tract of land known as Pickles Knob to Milton P. Casey, of Farmington.
We learn that Michael Totten, Jun. a former resident of this county, died at Farmington of consumption.
Born:--To the wife of Capt. Lucien Tallevast, on January 26, a girl.
Mrs. LeClerc has been very sick for the past two weeks with winter fever, but is, we are glad to say, recovering.
Fair Play--February 25, 1888
Robert Holliday, of Coffman, Ste. Genevieve Co., Mo., a soldier of the late war, has been before the U. S. Board of Surgeons for examination for a pension.
Mr. John Dunklin, of Coffman, Ste. Genevieve, Co., Mo., has been visiting Potosi. Mr. Dunklin is a son of the late Stephen Dunklin, who was among the early inhabitants of Potosi.
Mrs. B. Gratz Brown was buried on Sunday last at Kirkwood, Mo., beside the grave of her husband, the distinguished Governor of Missouri.
Died: At her home within a half mile of town, Cora Waters, (colored.) of consumption, on Saturday, Feb. 18. Her remains were interred here on Sunday.
Died:--At his home near Avon at 12 o’clock noon, Friday, Feb. 10, 1888, Mr. E. C. Boyd, aged about 67 years. He had raised a large family, at his home where he died, all of whom have attained their majority. Nine are living. His wife preceded him to the grave about eight years.
Mr. E. C. Boyd who died on the 10th inst., erected the first store at Avon many years ago. He also built the one that his son, Mr. J. M. Boyd occupies. He owned the blacksmith shop at that place. Mr. Boyd has always been known as an exemplary farmer and owner of one of the finest farms in this section. He gave to each of his children a good homestead during his life.
Fair Play--March 3, 1888
Born:--On Monday, February 27, to the wife of Jos. Sexauer, a girl.
Rev/ Father Weiss is improved remarkably in health, and the doctor considers his recovery certain.
John Baptiste Thomure--Aged 76 years., 3 mos. and 12 days.
Died, at his home in this city at 5 o’clock a.m. on Friday, February 24, 1888, Mr. John B Thomure, of kidney disease acting on a system weakened by extreme old age. He had not enjoyed perfect health for forty years previously, and the last four years of his life was a struggle with disease. His remains were interred on Saturday, Feb. 25, the funeral services being held at Ste. Genevieve Church and at the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery, the place of interment. A considerable number of the friends of the deceased showed their sympathy by attending the funeral.
Mr. Thomure was born at Potosi then know as Mine-a-Borton, on November 12, 1811. He came to Ste. Genevieve with his parents when he was about seven years old. At the age of 26 years he wedded Miss Susan LaRose who bore him twelve children; eight girls and four boys. Of these six are living, three sons and three daughters. The sons are Charles, George and Theodore, each of them married, and having families respectively of five, ten and two children. The daughters are, Mary, widow, mother of John Gibson; Adeline, Mrs. Felix Govreau, mother of four children, and Elvina, Mrs. Martin Baechle, residing near New Madrid, Mo., and having three children. Mrs. Thomure died about three years ago, her death being like that of her husband, peaceful and quiet as of one dropping gently asleep. The deceased was a quiet, unobtrusive, honest citizen, working steadily and industriously at his vocation of farming, and contentedly gaining a livelihood for his family and himself during the many years of his residence as a member of this community. Mr. Thomure was a good, pious and devoted follower of the Catholic Church and in his last hours, received all the consolations of religion to make smooth the rugged pathway of death.
Born:- To Charles Adams and wife, a girl. Do not despair, Charlie, for it is leap year.
Mrs. Henry S. Shaw--Aged 28 years, 11 months and 24 days.
The sad duty devolves on us this week of chronicling the death of one of the most amiable and estimable ladies of our city, the youthful wife of state representative, Hon. Henry S. Shaw, who surrendered her pure spirit to her Maker at one o’clock on the morning of Thursday, March 1, 1888. Since last October the gentle sufferer had been slowly sinking under the cruel pressure of unrelenting disease, and, though all that affection could devise and medical skill invent had been interposed between her and death it was the inscrutable will of God that she should succumb to her malady and be cut off from earth and the joys of her little fireside circle in the very bloom and prime of her young womanhood. The exact nature of her malady was mysterious, but it seemed to be a gradual decline of health and strength and a wasting away of the system developing towards the last into tubercles of the lungs. Her funeral rites were observed on Friday, the 2nd inst., by the celebration of a requiem High Mass at Ste. Genevieve Church, at 9:30 a.m., after which the remains were borne, followed by a large cortege, to the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery and consigned to the grave, the common home of all humanity. A beautiful casket, on which two large wreaths had been tenderly placed. A sympathetic following of the friends and acquaintances of the deceased attended the funeral from the family residence to the church to mingle their prayers with those of the officiating clergyman, Rev. Father Schultz, for the eternal happiness of her soul.
Mrs. Shaw, whose maiden name was Miss Katie Boverie, was the youngest child of the late Mr. John N. Boverie. She was born March 7, 1859, and had, therefore, almost completed her twenty night year. On April 25, 1883 she became the wife of Hon. Henry S. Shaw the nuptial ceremony having been performed by Rev. F. X. Weiss. The wedding was an auspicious one, as it was the sincere union of hearts and hands, but human happiness seems doomed to constant disappointment in this life, and to be reserved for a more blessed hereafter. The deceased was endowed with gentle and tender qualities, kindness, generosity and affection that wound themselves like tendrils around the hearts of her friends, attaching them closely to her, and rendering the parting all the more piercing. One child, a little girl of three years, survives to remind her unhappy husband of his departed consort. Sympathy cannot heal such deep wounds as this affliction has made nevertheless it will, we trust, be some consolation to the afflicted relatives to know that our entire community keenly sympathizes with them in their hour of trial and sorrow.
Mrs. James Vaughn is seriously ill.
Mrs. N. C. Sebastian has been suffering from an attack of neuralgia
Mrs. Ferdinand Carron, of Bloomsdale, is very sick.
Lawrence Carron, son of Mr. Antoine Carron of French Village, died suddenly on February 13th, aged 23 years. He was only four hours sick of spinal meningitis.
Our Oldest Inhabitant.
Dr. William Hammond, the famous physician and scientist of New York, expresses the opinion that, by the exercise of scientifically trained judgment in the correct use of food, death may be eliminated from the catalogue of human evils, and persons enabled to live forever. Correct regulation of the quality and quantity of food to be taken every day to repair the daily waste of tissue would, he says, make the life of the body eternal. Nevertheless we almost constantly find that it is among the unscientific hvers, who follow no hygienic set of rules whatsoever, that nature has lavished the favors of bodies free from disease and a hale and happy old age.
Of this truth no better illustration can be found, in the county at least, than the case of the estimable old lady who forms the subject of this sketch. Mrs. Celeste Thomure was, exactly ninety years of age on January 25, of the present year, yet she is still up right and active of form, alert of step, clear in her mental faculties, vivacious in speech and enjoys life heartily. Apparently she has more than sufficient vitality to round out her century with ease. When we visited her, a few days after the 90th anniversary of her birth, we were more than surprised at her vigor and alertness. The old lady conversed freely about her earlier life, using the French language altogether.
She was born near the Fourche, close to where Rottler’s brewery now stands, on January 25, 1798. Her father was Mr. Jacob Boyer, and she is an aunt of Mr. John D. Boyer, of Bloomsdale, the father of Jacob L. Boyer. At that time very few houses were here, the main portion of the population residing on the bluff beside the present settlement of New Bourbon, whither they had retreated after the great overflow of the Mississippi. Her father was a native of France. In about the year 1817, when she was nearly 20 years old, Mrs. Thomure saw the first boat that steamed up the river. She was then married and about to give birth to her second child. During a part of her earlier life she had lived at Old Mines, near Fredericktown, where her father died and was buried in the first grave ever made at that place. Her health has been nearly perfect during her long life as she was never sick but once, and then only slightly, never having been visited by rheumatism or any of the other common ailments of humanity even in her old age. She declares that she is just as strong now as she was ten years ago. At present her appetite is light and her teeth are completely decayed, but for the greater part of her life she enjoyed her meals heartily and had excellent digestion. Mrs. Thomure was always an indefatigable worker and could, in fact, spin and sing all day long. She was also a tireless dancer. In her youthful days the house-wifes were accustomed to go to the creek in winter and stand on the ice during the day washing clothes, but she never suffered any ill effects from this practice. Even yet she works in the garden and, as late as last year, attended to her Easter duties at the church. Many former members of her family have been long lived.
Her reminiscences of the Indians are very distinct. Their chief camp was in the Big Field, below Mr. Frank Ziegler’s house. The building now occupied by Henry Thomure was the fort in charge of Commandant Francois Valle, where the whites retreated in case the Indians were troublesome, which was a rare occurrence. The people used to go to the camp to see them dance. Her recollection of the death of Rev. Mr. Maxwell is equally clear. He resided at New Bourbon and only visited Ste. Genevieve about once a month to hear confessions. Having finished this task, on Saturday, he mounted his horse to return to his residence, when the animal shied and jumped across the road throwing him against the fence. He was born into the dwelling of LaPorte, close by on the site occupied by Mrs. Zeiser’s where he died during the night. The Big Field in those days, extended almost to Judge Bantz’s residence and the river was much narrower and deeper. Many slaves were kept by the early settlers. Some of them were viciously disposed and frequently poisoned one another. They also threatened to revolt but never made a decisive attempt. The life of this nonagerian lady presents a singular contrast, in its quiet, steady habits and smooth flowing undisturbed current, to the lives of men and women in our more modern days of enervating refinement and indoor conformity with Nature in her rugged simplicity is the only avenue to the blessings of health and prolonged old age.
Fair Play--March 10, 1888--
Married:--At Avon, Feb. 29, ‘88, Walter Biggs to the blushing young widow of Henry Allen. deceased. Long courtship but no cards.
Henry Anderson departed this life on the 17th. He lived in the northwestern portion of the county and was known and raised in this county. He was a member of the Baptist Church and seemed willing to die. All he regretted was to leave his family. He leaves a wife and two little girls, all sick, and the wife not expected to live at this writing.
Mrs. O. L. Haile who lived just over the boundary line in St. Francois Co., died to-day. She was a young woman, married about eighteen months ago and was well beloved by all that knew her. She, also, was a member of the Baptist Church, and leaves a husband and one child, and many friends to mourn her loss. She was a daughter of the late Walter Taylor of this count and grand daughter of George, generally known as Grand papa Taylor, all of this county. Friends weep not for the departed, your loss is her eternal gain.
There are other cases that are very bad. The diseases are typhoid and winter fever, and measles.
Joseph Schilli--Aged 79 years.
Died:--At 5 o’clock, a.m., on Monday, March 5, at his residence near Zell, on the old Bantz farm, Mr. Joseph Schilli, aged about 79 years. His mortal remains were interred on Tuesday in the Catholic Cemetery adjacent to St. Joseph’s Church, Zell, Rev. Henry Pigge, pastor, officiating.
The deceased was a native of Ramerschweier, Baden Germ, and immigrated to this country, settling in Ste. Genevieve county many years ago, being one of the first German settlers. Mr. Schilli used to be one of our leading farmers and wine growers.
The deceased was a go-ahead, thriving farmer, in his day, and a man of considerable influence in the county. His moral character was excellent, being that of a hospital, honest and good man. He was a devout member of the Catholic Church.
An Old Settler Gone.
Uncle Nick Counts, (as he was familiarly called,) died on the 19th inst., at his residence, Avon, this county. We can’t give his age at present, but he was quite old, as about all the old settlers of this and adjoining counties and states know and remember him. He used to be a great horse trainer, and could always be seen on the race course when a contest of speed was on hand. His opinion in such matters was eagerly sought and highly prized. For several years, however, he has been a member of the Christian Church, and died in the faith. The county has lost in him a valuable member of society and the community a citizen and friend.
Mr. Anthony A. LaGrave arrived in our city on Thursday evening. Mr. LaGrave is 84 and a half years old, but is still hale and vigorous, and his strong mental faculties are but little impaired. Mr. LaGrave was accompanied by Miss Lucy Rozier, his grand daughter, Mayor Rozier’s eldest daughter.
The ever popular Joe Weiler was surprised again last Wednesday by his friends who took possession of his house on the occasion of his 38th birthday. The celebration was spontaneous, hilarious and enthusiastic. George Sexauer was also heartily greeted by his friends on the same day in honor of his 42nd birthday.
Mr. Walter Biggs and Mrs. Mary Allen, of Avon, were married on Wednesday, Feb. 29th, by Squire Marcus Smith.
Mr. Julius Haslinger is preparing to move his family to West Plains, Mo., in a few weeks. Julius ought not to be in such great haste to leave our little town when we have such prospects of the railroad.
Mr. Will Myers, one of our handsome young men, returned, Saturday night, on the steamer Crystal City from “The Future Great,” where he has been for the past two months learning the tailoring trade.
Died:--At his residence three miles from town, Mr. Joseph Doll. His funeral took place Saturday afternoon fro the Catholic Church. The remains were interred in the City Cemetery.
The son of Mr. Henry Dorn, of Modoc, Ill., with two companions, crossed the river in a skiff on Wednesday night, to bring Dr. Lanning to see his father. They informed the Fair Play reporter that Mr. Dorn is not at all well, being still affected by the wound in his chest received in the recent cutting affray. The knife, it seems, penetrated his lung, and the wound causes dangerous internal inflammation.
Jacob Mayer, of Ste. Genevieve, was granted a pension on Wednesday, March 7th.
Born:--At 5 a.m. Sunday, March 4th, to the wife of Mr. Frank Babb, a twelve pound boy.
In Memory of Mrs. Cheney.
Cape Girardeau, Mo., March 5 Memorial services of Mrs. Francis A. Cheney, who died at Syracuse, N. Y. on last Friday, were held yesterday at Christ’s Episcopal church, Rev. T. F. C. James officiating, assisted by Rev Welborne Mooney of the M. E. church. Mrs. Cheney, with her late lamented husband Prof. L. H. Cheney, was of the first faculty of the Southeast normal district school, and occupied various chairs during a period of fifteen years’ continuous service. Prof. Cheney lost his life in a scientific exploration in the mountains of East Tennessee. Mrs. Cheney was in the 54th year of her age and leaves four sons. Her remains will be interred in Syracuse, N. Y. to day. The services here were very impressive and were very largely attended. Mrs. Cheney was held in very high esteem, and during her long connection with the school wielded an influence for great good.
The sad news of the death of Mrs. Francis A. Cheney, of Syracuse, New York, reached here last evening. For fifteen years she occupied the Chair of Natural History in the Southeast Missouri Normal Institute at Cape Girardeau, and resigned last spring on account of failing health. Prof. James Cheney, her son, the principal of our school, has the sympathy of the entire community.
Mr. Samuel Singly, and wife, the parents of Ed. Singly, were in our city on Sunday last. Mr. Singly visited Mr. Pertrequin during his stay, to examine some mineral found on his farm, which he pronounced not coal, as was supposed, but something better. Mr. Singly is an intelligent, well informed old gentleman, 75 years of age, but looking fully 25 years younger. He returned with Mrs. Singly to St. Louis, where they formerly resided and returned to our city on Wednesday. Their present residence is in New York city, where Mr. Singly is doing well in the foundry business and has a lucrative patent on Babbit metal.
Fair Play--March 17, 1888--
A Dangerous Affray.
Quarrytown was a scene of terror on Monday evening last. August Schirman, recently of Bonne Terre, had his shoulder filled with bird shot by Kasper Kohm, who claims to have shot him in self defence while Schirman was breaking into his house with the intention of assaulting and killing him. Kohm, next day, charged Gus. Schirman with assault with intent to kill, including Joe Schirman and Lawrence Ruh in the charge as accessories before the fact. A lively trial was held on Wednesday afternoon before Squire Roy, Gus Schirman being absent and confined to bed. The testimony was conflicting, Kohm asserting that Gus Schirman had forced his door open and was standing on his threshold when he shot him, and all the other witnesses stating that Schirman was on the street when Kohm fired at him. After hearing all the witnesses the prosecuting attorney dropped the case against Joe Schirman and the Squire not finding probably cause for holding the other two defendants, acquitted them.
On Friday, a charge of assault with intent to kill was preferred by Gus Schirman against Kaspar Kohm, who waived examination, and was held under $200 bond to appear before the Circuit Court.
Born:--To the wife of Eli Govro, a boy. Eli says he will soon have another working hand.
Born:--To the wife of Valentine Biedler, twin girls.
Born:--To the wife of Mr. John Whitt, two boys, on March 1st.
Born:--On February 29th, to the wife of Lewis Thomure, twins.
Died:--At Farmington, Miss Matilda Totten, formerly of this place, March 13th.
George Messinger pleased guilty on Friday to an assault upon Lawrence Ruh, and was fined $5 and costs.
John A. Allen, one of our best citizens, is going to Libertyville in St. Francois Co., to work in a blacksmith shop. Sorry when such men leave us, but wish him good luck.
Joseph Bieser, of New Offenburg, whose wife died recently, was in town on Thursday on his way to Colorado, where he will reside in future with his son.
Mr. William Calliot and Mrs. Anna Huck, both of Ste. Genevieve Co., were married in Bonne Terre, on Saturday, March 3rd, by Squire Johnson. They will go to Washington Territory in the near future.
Henry Dorn, of Modoc, Ill. died on Saturday, the 10th inst. at 9 o'clock a.m. and was conveyed on Sunday to Red Bud for interment. The doctors declared his death to have been the result of typho-malarial fever and not all attributed to his wounds, which had been entirely healed.
Fair Play--March 24, 1888--
Died:--On Saturday, 17th inst., at his residence near Pleasant Hill church, Saline township, Mr. Jesse Smith, son of Mr. Wm. Smith, aged about 22 pears. He had been sick for sometime with measles. The funeral was in charge of the Knights of Labor, and the deceased was interred in the family cemetery on John Smith’s farm near Sand Creek.
Ferdinand K. Abernathy--Aged 55 years.
Died:--On Sunday, March 18, of pneumonia, Mr. Ferdinand K. Abernathy, a well-known citizen of Ste. Genevieve. He had been only ten days sick, but had been suffering from consumption for six years previously. The deceased retained consciousness till the last and was perfectly disposed to pas this life into eternal life. He was buried on Monday afternoon in the city cemetery at Valle Spring, the funeral rites being conducted by Mr. Henry Grabe, of St. Mary.
The deceased was born near New Chapel, south of Perryville, Perry Co., Mo., in 1833. He was married in 1856 to Miss Lucetta Scott, daughter of Mr. Evans Scott. His wife and six of their children survive, one child being dead. The six surviving children are Eliza, wife of Amadee Boyer; Annie, wife of Wm. Walton, St. Louis; Columbus C, Gussie, Ferdinand and Robert. Mr. Abernathy pursued his avocation of farmer steadily through life, and was a man of not a little information, especially in History and The Scriptures, which latter he studied much. He could address an audience without embarrassment, and has preached sermons to fill the place of an absent minister. When 33 yeas of age he joined the Southern Methodist Church at York Chapel, Perry Co., and continued a member of that church till his death. He was a sober, peaceful and deserving member of our community and had many friends.
Horse Thieves Around.
Some thief, or thieves, stole a horse from Mr. Eli Boyer during the night of Saturday, the 17th inst. Mr. Boyer whose residence is on the Plank Road about two miles west of our city, was awakened during the night, at about 2 o’clock a.m., by a loud noise in his kitchen, and, getting out of bed to examine the cause, found the window sash forced, a plank thrown down, and a large piece of raw ham and some bread gone. Not suspecting that further depredations would be committed, he retired to rest. In the morning he found that his horse also had been stolen. It as a bay horse, but not very valuable, as it had a running sore under its right shoulder but still was quite serviceable. Next day, Mr. Boyer’s son Ed. set out for Farmington to track the thieves, but returned this week unsuccessful. Word was also sent to Fredericktown, , St. Joe and Crystal city, but without result as yet. Mrs. Meyers, of this city, while looking for her cow on Sunday morning, noticed the door of the Boyer school open and so informed Mr. August Siebert who had charge of the key. He proceeded to investigate and found Mr. Boyer’s butcher knife outside the door and the ham bones on the floor inside. Several light articles were pilfered from the school. It is probably that the thieves were the gang of gypsies lately in Perryville and St. Mary, and who crossed the river to Illinois early this week.
Mrs. Ann Deil--aged 86 years.
Departed this life on Monday, March 19, 1888, at her residence near Ste. Genevieve, Mrs. Ann Diel, widow of Mr. Antoine Diel, at the advanced age of 86 years. She had been failing in health for the past two years and her frame yielded easily to the attack of pneumonia which terminated her existence. Her remains were conveyed on Tuesday to Ste. Genevieve Church where requiem services were rendered for her soul, and finally escorted by a respectable cortege of sympathetic friends to the Valle Spring cemetery for interment.
The deceased, whose maiden name was Ann Tramel, was the daughter of Mr. John Tramel, and was born in the State of Tennessee in the year 1802.
Her father participated under Gen. Jackson in the battle of New Orleans in January 1815, where he was so severely wounded that he died on his return at Natchez, Miss. One of the distinct recollections of her childhood was the sight of the U. S. troops passing through Nashville, Tenn. She came to this state in 1819, and subsequently became the wife of Mr. Antoine Diel at Fredericktown, Mo. Mr. Diel died on May 16, 1864. He had been a soldier of the War of 1812, and his widow had been receiving a pension through his services. The descendants of the deceased are very numerous, extending to the fourth generation. Mrs. John S. Whitlock, of this city is one of her daughters. Mrs. Diel was a woman of strong, energetic character, industrious and, in her days of usefulness, full of courage to face the trials of life. She died in the Catholic faith to which she became a convert after her marriage.
Mr. Quillar Cole an old resident near the Plattin creek in Jefferson County was buried last Sunday, the 11th inst. He was sick only one week.
Mr. Joseph Bieser sold his personal property and moved to Colorado to spend the remainder of his life with his son; the farm formerly occupied by Mr. Bieser is for sale.
Miss Rosa Roeslien, of St. Louis, the teacher of our parochial school, is boarding at Mr. Henry Donze’s.
Maj. Joseph Hogenmiller is recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia.
Miss Josephine Lunsford left on the New South Tuesday night for Cairo, where she intends taking the train for West Plains, Mo. Miss Josephine is going to start a millinery shop in her new home.
Fair Play--March 31, 1888--
Mr. Jesse Smith and his sister are very low with fever.
John N. Womack and wife intend moving to Texas next fall.
Married:--Recently, Mr. Henry Bauers to Miss Lillie Brown.
While Henry Govro was alone in the house he fainted and fell into the fire. He was found badly burned, but is convalescent.
Mr. William Wilson--Aged 48 years.
Died:--At his residence near Ste. Genevieve, on Friday, March 23, Mr. William Wilson, aged 47 years, 11 months and 11 days. He had been sick for a short time of pneumonia or winter fever. The funeral was held on Sunday, the 25th inst., from Ste. Genevieve church and was largely attended. The remains were conveyed to Valle Spring Catholic cemetery for interment.
The deceased was a native of Union township, this county, where he was born on April 12, 1840, but arrived in Ste. Genevieve while a mere baby and has resided here ever since. Mr. Wilson was twice married. Three children by his first wife, nee Campbell, survive. He leaves also his second wife, nee Lalumandier, to mourn the loss of her faithful husband. The deceased was a farmer by occupation and was popular on account of his blunt, honest demeanor, and his friendly, social qualities. His death was unexpected, and universally regretted.
Born:--On Sunday, March 25th to the wife of Mr. Mich. Beauchamp, Jun, a son.
On Thursday, March 29th, to the wife of Mr. F. A. LaGrave, a son.
Mr. Jas. A Rigdon is on the sick list.
Mrs. Elvina Smeather is confined to her bed.
Mr. Sam. Stanton came very near being drowned one day this week by the caving in of the bank of the river. He was standing close to the edge, fishing out a log, when the ground gave way and he fell down about fifteen feet. He was saved by the exertions of two men who happened to be at hand.
Mr. Joseph E. Rigdon, who left here six months ago, has returned from Mexico, Mo., where he has been sojourning. He left here on account of poor health, by which he was brought down to 133 pounds weight. On his return he tipped the beam at 162 pounds. He reports that wheat is badly damaged by the recent frosts in Northeast Missouri and that travel was quite a contrast during the strike.
Fair Play--April 7 1888--
Walnut Grove, Union Township.
We have had a number of deaths in and around our township since I wrote last. W. P. Doss, formerly of this township and ex-judge of our county court, and at one time one of our model farmers, died at his residence in Farmington on the 13th inst., of pneumonia. He was a man beloved by all.
Ellis Patterson, a man well known to a large number of people as a stock trader, and a man also highly esteemed, died on the 22nd inst. at Farmington of catarrhal pneumonia. He was a comparatively young man.
A son of George Griffard, of this township, died on the 23rd, of pneumonia. His age was 16 years.
There is still a large number of cased of that disease in this portion of the county and our doctor seems to be busy all the time.
Since the death of his wife, Mr. O. L. Halle has moved to Farmington, and is engaged as assistance postmaster.
Mr. Quiller Cole died one day last week; we hear he was an old man and well known citizen of the southern part of Jefferson County.
We learn that Mr. Damas Drury has bought out Mr. Tom Toloose, and will be a lumberman in future at Bloomsdale.
Mr. F. Carron still remains ill.
The inducements to get Jay Gould to build a road are easily summed up. If the counties would do like the government; give him a thirty mile strip and a right of way, he will build it.
John Wilkinson, of Bonne Terre, Mo., was fined $300 and costs, in all $350 for selling liquor.
The L. G. Blues base ball club (colored) would like to hear from the Ste. Genevieve colored club this season. Address Chas. Logan, DeSoto, Mo.
Mrs. Hugh Maguire, of DeSoto, gave birth to three boys on Monday, March 26th. One died; the other two still live.
August Schwent--Aged 52 years., 8 mos.
Died:--At his home, German Settlement at two o’clock a.m. on Tuesday, April 3rd, Mr. August Schwent, of pneumonia. Deceased was only nine days sick, but had been in poor health for about ten years and had pneumonia nine times altogether. He had been duly prepared for death by Rev. Father Pigge. The remains were interred at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday in the cemetery adjoining St. Joseph’s Church, Zell, a large number of persons attending the funeral.
Mr. Schwent was born at German Settlement, or Zell, on August 3rd, 1835. He was the son of Joseph Schwent and Madeline Jokerst, his wife. On May 29, 1860, he married Miss Theresa Brischle, daughter of Vincenz Brischle. His wife and their offspring, nine children, survive him.
Mr. Schwent was one of those men whose lives, though not crowned with prosperity and success, afford examples of steadfast devotion to the faith of their fathers. Not blest with the treasures of earth, he laid up treasures in heaven by honest dealing with his neighbors and pious compliance with the requirements of his church. He lived and died a faithful Catholic.
What came very near being a fatal shooting affair occurred on Monday last at Weingarten, this county. A tramp made himself so troublesome to the family of Mr. Henry Schmidt, that Peter Heibel, Nich. Donze and Dr. Morgansteen went to interview him, the doctor carrying along a revolver openly in his hand, to be ready in case of assault. A mule had been stolen from the neighborhood previously, and it was thought that the tramp might have been the thief. On arriving at Mr. Schmidt’s house, Dr. Morgansteen commanded the intruder to throw up his hands but, instead of obeying, the man grabbed the doctor’s arm with both hands throwing the hand which bore the revolver upward. In the scuffle the weapon discharged, the bullet entered the tramp’s upper jaw and lodging so deeply and firmly in the cheek bone that Dr. Lawning, of this city, who was subsequently called in, did not consider it prudent to make any attempt to extract it. At the latest accounts the victim of the accident was resting easily at Mr. Schmidt’s house and in no danger of seriously suffering from his wound. His satchel, when opened, was found to contain fully a week’s provisions. He is a German. Dr. Morgansteen came into town on Monday afternoon to surrender himself, but the prosecuting attorney saw no necessity for his detention and he was allowed to return to his home.
Correspondence. St. Mary.
Born:-- To Mr. Joe Meyers and wife, a bouncing baby boy on April 1st.
Mrs. Nations, the mother of our county surveyor, died recently in Perry county, of pneumonia. She had been very stout, for one of her age, until she was stricken down. She was in her seventieth year, and had been a highly respected resident of this county for many years.
Henry Govero, of Slickville, is very ill with consumption.
Ernst Frank, a workman in Giessing’s Flour Mill, at Valley Forge committed suicide on Thursday, March 24th, by shooting himself in the right temple with a pistol. Despondency from incurable lung disease seems to have led him to the rash act. He was a native of Bavaria, Germany.
A new law firm, Messrs. Henry S. Shaw and Eugene J. Carssow, has been established in our city, as will appear from the business card inserted elsewhere in this week’s Fair Play. The senior partner, Mr. Shaw, is too well known to need commendation at our hands. The junior partner, Mr. Carssow, is a brainy young man of good education and sterling integrity.
Married:-- On Tuesday, the 3rd, inst., at Ste. Genevieve Church, by Rev. J. A. Schultz, Mr. Henry Baumgartner Miss Philomena Keifer. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Jos. Keifer, of this city, and the groom is the son of Mr. John Baumgartner, of German Settlement. The newly married couple will reside with the groom’s father.
Died:--Near Prairie du Rocher, Ill., at 1 p.m., Wednesday, the 4th inst. Emma, the infant daughter of Frank and Mary Cimino, aged 8 months.
Mr. Rudolph Seysler, of this city, departed for Poplar Bluff, Butler Co., Mo., on Wednesday, to take the position of job printer and compositor in the Citizen office. He is a steady young man and a skillful type-setter.
John Sollberger--Aged 77 years.
Mr. John Sollberger died at his residence near Concord school-house, Jackson township, Ste. Genevieve Co., on Friday, March 30th. His remains were interred on the following day in the cemetery beside Concord church. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. His death was the result of the falling from the roof of his house some time since, as he was trying to extinguish a fire. He was apparently recovering from the effects of the fall and was getting ready to go to work in his vineyard when he became suddenly ill and died in a few minutes. The death of his wife occurred some years previously.
The deceased was a native of the Canton of Berne, Switzerland, where he was born on May 14, 1811. He immigrated to this country about the year 1841, locating first in Cleveland, O, and subsequently in Wayne Co., O. He moved to this county about the year 1854, and has resided here since. His surviving children are:--Solomon, living in Arizona, Charles A., and Adele, now Mrs. Joseph Siebert.
Mr. Sollberger worked at his trade of locksmith and blacksmith till the last. He was an expert maker of pocket knives, and, besides, took great interest in his vineyard. He was an industrious and useful citizen during the greater part of his career in our county.
Death of Mr. A. V. Dodge.
About nine o’clock Sunday morning, March 25th, Mr. A. V. Dodge quietly passed away from the scenes of a busy life on earth, surrounded by the sorrowing members o f his family, deeply lamented by many friends. For a long time Mr. Dodge’s health was not robust and he always appeared delicate and frail, even in his younger days, and before any symptom or suspicion of disease had fastened upon him. His family and friends knew the end was coming but it seemed to come none the less suddenly for that. He died so calmly and peacefully that the transition from this world to that beyond the grave was hardly to be noticed.
Augustus Villars Dodge was born in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., January 31, 1843 and was the eldest son of the Late Gen. A. C. Dodge. (His mother is the sister of Dr. C. S. Hertich of this city. Ed. F. P.) He accompanied his father and mother to Spain in 1854, when the former was appointed minister to that country. While there he acquired a perfect familiarity with the language of the country. He also spent a considerably time in France. Returning to America Mr. Dodge made his home in this city almost entirely with the exception of a sojourn in Mexico, a few years ago, in the capacity of interpreter for the general manager of the Mexican Central Railway. During his stay in this city, he was an active member of the well known fruit commission and ice packing firm of Rankin & Dodge, and retained his connection with it during his absence and until his death. He was married a number of years ago to Miss Virginia Temple and leaves her to mourn him, together with two youthful sons.
Mr. Dodge was a man of the utmost kindness of heart and the strictest and most uncompromising sense of honor. He was an enthusiastic admirer of the elegant and refined in all forms, fond of music and art and greatly interested in the work of the leading actors. He was a man with many friends and he will be greatly missed and sincerely mourned.
Mr. Dodge’s Funeral.
The funeral of Mr. A. V. Dodge, held from the residence on North Fifth street yesterday afternoon, March 2 th, was very largely attended, a great number of our citizens gathered to take the last look at the face of a departed friend and pay their parting respects to a man whom all his fellows admired and respected. The services were conducted by Rev. M. A. Johnson of Christ Church and Rev. Wm. Salter and while brief, were sadly impressive. The casket was literally entombed in flowers which were the remembrances of loving friends. A lengthy cortege followed the remains to the tomb. Of all the citizens of Burlington who have been called away none have been more generally lamented or will be more sadly missed than A. V. Dodge. Burlington Hawkeye.
An interesting biographical sketch of the late Mrs. Joseph Boland, of Minnith, and a description of a birthday reunion of the remarkable Boyd family of Saline township, for which we had not suitable space this week will appear in our next issue.
James Henry Martin and Mary Ann Lewis, of Brewerville, Ill., were wedded on March 27th, in this city by Squire Roy.
Died:--On Thursday, March 15th, Grace, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Tellevast.The remains were interred in the family graveyard at New Tennessee.
Mr. Wm. V. Brown i sick with a bad cold and chills.
Married:--On March 19th, Mr. Henry Bauers of Staabtown, to Miss Lizzie Brown of this place. We wish the happy couple a long and prosperous life.
The Farmer’s Alliance at this place is progressing rapidly, with Mr. B. S. Pratte as president. It has 53 members, and there are more who are going to join. We hope it will do good for the farmers need help.
Died: --On March 13th, 1888, of consumption, the wife of Ambrose Carron, in her 28th year. She leaves a husband and one child to mourn her untimely departure.
Died:-- On April 3rd, 1888, of consumption, Mr. Frank Carron, in his 36th year. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss.
Fair Play--April 14, 1888--
Married:--On Thursday, the 10th inst., at Maria-Weingarten Ch(illegible), Mr. Francis Joseph Baechle son of Mr. August Baechle, Zell, to Miss Josephine Vaeth, daughter of Mrs. Ursula Vaeth, New Offenburg. The ceremony was performed by Rev. August J. Huttler, pastor of Weingarten, to whose parish the young lady belongs. The ceremony was entirely religious and private. After the wedding dinner, the happy couple left for Pilot Knob, Iron Co., Mo., to visit the sister of the bride.
Fair Play--April 21, 1888--
Mrs. John P. Boland. --Aged 48 years.
The following obituary notice was delayed by the illness of a gentleman, a near relative of the worthy deceased, who had intended to prepare a suitable sketch of her life and rare merits, and its publication was still further postponed on account of the pressure on our local columns since we received the information contained in it.
Mrs. Elvira Boland, the beloved wife of Mr. John P. Boland of Minnith, Beauvais township, died at her home on Thursday, March 8, 1888. She had been afflicted with consumption for seven years previous and, though her attached husband had spared no effort, or expense within his means, to preserve her life, no medical attention could check the ravages of this dreadful disease or stay the heavy hand of Death. So she passed away from the scene of those domestic duties which she so faithfully and lovingly performed, leaving a vacancy never to be filled in the home which she made happy by her many virtues, and a wound in the heart of her devoted husband which shall never be healed on this side of the grave. She was a member of the Baptist church. Her mortal remains were interred in the family cemetery adjoining the residence.
The deceased was born at Minnith on March 30, 1840. She was the daughter of Mr. Geo. Scott, a farmer. On August 2, 1859, she became the wife of Mr. John P. Boland, the ceremony being performed by Rev. C. W. Scott, a minister of the gospel. From their marriage resulted a numerous progeny, ten children, namely, Eliza, John, Philip, Edwin, James, Elias, Thomas, Cora and Emma, all living, and Charles, dead.
During the many years of her wedded life, Mrs. Boland performed her wifely and motherly duties with a conscientious fidelity that made her an object of tender love to her husband and children and an honor to her sex in the estimation of all who knew her. She was a true type of noble womanhood, impartial, constant, loving and sincere. So honorably is the discharge of the trust reposed in her by her husband that she never made the least distinction between her step children and her own, and the former never felt the loss of a mother, and loved her til the last. Alas! how rare is such virtue. Of all God’s earthly creations a true woman is the noblest.
Died:-- On Wednesday, 18th inst., Mrs. LeClere, at her home about four miles from St. Mary.
Julius Haslinger will have a grand auction on Saturday, 21st, and will then depart for Black Rock.
Death of Hon. Milton P. Cayce.
Farmington, Mo., April 17.--Milton P. Cayce, for more than half a century a prominent citizen of Farmington, died at his home in this city at 2:30 this afternoon. Mr. Cayce was born in Virginia in 1804 and removed to Farmington from St. Charles in 1832 and engaged in the mercantile business. In 1840 he was elected sheriff and collector of St. Francois county, and later in the early part of 1841, appointed county treasurer. He filled the latter office acceptably for twenty consecutive years. In 1861 he was elected a member o f the now famous state convention which deposed Gov. Jackson. When that body disbanded, in 1864, Mr. Cayce retired from active political life, although he has always been a staunch Democrat. For several years his health has been declining, and a week ago his physician advised that the members of the family he summoned, which was done the last of them, Hon. M. L. Clardy, his son-in-law, arriving yesterday. Mr. Cayce was a leading citizen, a prominent Presbyterian, and in every way a model citizen. Mo. Republican.
Mr. Milton P. Cayce, whose funeral takes place Thursday, was one of the pioneer settlers of St. Francois County. He was born in Virginia, June 1804, and was nearly 84 years old. He came to Missouri in 1830, and located at this place, which was merely a settlement, in 1832, where he has lived ever since. He has been a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church for sixty years. His last visit to the city was in May last, when he attended the General Assembly, on which occasion his picture appeared in the Globe Democrat as being one of the oldest members in attendance. Mr. Cayce has been in failing health all winter, and his death was from old age, though he retained his mental faculties until the day of his death. He leaves several sons and daughters, besides his wife, Mr. Ellis Cayce, of Iron Mountain, Mrs. Martin L. Clardy, Mrs. Kossnth Weber, Miss Alice, Harry, M. P. and Willie. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Geo. W. Harlan, Rev. A. W. Wilson and Rev. J. A. Creighton.--Globe Democrat.
Fair Play--April 28, 1888--
We are glad to state that Henry Mattingly is again able to be at the drug store, but is still very feeble.
Mrs. Winters is slowly improving from her last illness.
Miss Sarah Brown has been very sick for the past week, but is getting better now.
Married:--On Tuesday, April 10, Mr. Henry Braun, of this place, to Miss Delia Cambrou (or Cambron), of Perry County.
Died:--On Tuesday, April 17th, Mrs. Lee Ann LeClere, wife of Mr. Edmond LeClere. She had been afflicted with consumption for several months. She was a member of the Catholic church. Her mortal remains were interred in the St. Mary cemetery. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn the loss of one of the best of mothers.
Fair Play--May 5, 1888--
Miss Ada Retornaz, daughter of our esteemed townsman A. Retornaz, was married on last Thursday evening to Mr. Jeff Tucker of this place. Mr. Tucker had been married before, it was decided by “the boys” that the next thing in order was a grand old-fashioned charivari, so about 10 o’clock at night a large crowd gathered around the old homestead, and with
Men and boys and gleeful noise
And every noisy thing,
As horn and hell and mislaigh tell--they made the welkin ring.
In fact, so great was the noise that many people became frightened, and rushed into the streets expecting to beyond some terrible disaster. Your scribe who had retired for the night, upon hearing the clatter jumped out of bed, and was soon out on the street going at the rate of a mile in 2:40, when all of a sudden he remembered that he had in some way put his breeches on wrong side out. Such a fright.
Death of Mrs. Geo. W. Jones.
From a column obituary in the Dubuque, Io., Herald, we gather the information that the wife of ex-Senator Geo. W. Jones, of Iowa, died on Sunday last, April 29, aged 76 years, 3 months and 26 days. The deceased was the youngest child of Mr. Charles Cirrillé Gregoire, and was born in Ste. Genevieve on January 7, 1812. She was married on her seventieth birthday to Mr. Geo. W. Jones and with him emigrated to the territory of Wisconsin. Her husband and five children survive her. Mrs. Jones was a devoted member of the Catholic Church. She was the aunt of Mrs. J. B. C. LeCompte, of this city.
A Venerable Lady.
The eighty-fourth anniversary of the birth of Mrs. Eliza Skewes, of this city, which occurred on Sunday last, April 29th, was made the occasion of amenjoyable reunion of the members of her family at a sumptuous dinner given at her residence on Fourth Street. Four generations of relatives were present at the reunion. The aged and venerated lady is in good health, has full possession of her mental faculties and converses freely. Her memory is but little impaired by her advance years, and she is quite an authority on the age of her relatives and intimate acquaintances. Mrs. Skewes, whose maiden name was Eliza Hancock, is a relative of John Hancock, the first president of the Continental Congress, and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Her father was on the British ship, Bellerophon, when Napoleon came on board to surrender after the Battle of Waterloo. She was born at Cambron, near Penzance in Cornwall, England, April 29, 1804. In the year 1827, she because the wife of Mr. William Skewes, and immigrated to this country in 1832 with her husband. Their original destination was Wisconsin but the Black Hawk war changed their intention, and they settled at Valle Mines, Mo., where Mr. Skewes engaged in lead mining, and became, in fact, the pioneer miner of Missouri. He was superintendent of the Hope mine. Washington Co., and Valle mine, Jefferson Co at the same time. Afterwards Mr. Skewes discovered the Richwood mines, now owned by Mr. M. V. Flynn. Subsequently Mr. Skewes came to Ste. Genevieve County where he died, February 6, 1869. Mr. and Mrs. Skewes were members of the Episcopalian church but became converts to Catholicity during their residence here.
Born:--To the wife of J. Caldwell, a fine little girl, on April 24.
Miss Katie Burgette left on the Crystal City for St. Louis to visit her sister who is sick.
Fair Play--May 12, 1888--
Our worthy friend, Mr. Joseph Meyer, has had the misfortune to lose two of his children recently through diphtheria. William aged 1 year and 10 months died on Friday of last week and Louisa Mary, aged six years, on the following day. The disease had advanced so rapidly without attracting the parent’s attention that when the doctor was called in it was too late to save the little sufferers. Mr. Meyer’s affliction, however, was providentially mitigated by the birth on Sunday morning of a son.
Joseph Boyd, the son of Mr. A. Benton Boyd, of Coffman, narrowly escaped being killed by a mule on Thursday of last week. Mounted on a horse he attempted to drive the mule out of a pasture, but the vicious animal suddenly let fly his hind heels and struck him in the side, knocking him prostrate on the horses neck and stunning him. When he recovered consciousness, he found himself lying on the ground. The doctor who examined him found no bones broken and no internal injuries, so the young man will fortunately recover, but it is to be hoped he will be more cautious hereafter in approaching the business end of a mule.
A Trip to Kaskaskia.
Not long since we enjoyed the pleasure of making a trip to the village of Kaskaskia, Ill., the most ancient existing settlement on the Mississippi River north of New Orleans. Boarding the Crystal City at the Little Rock landing, we streamed rapidly down the swift flowing current to the flat, alluvial island on which the town is situated. It was almost midnight when the large, brilliantly lighted boat touched the lonely looking shore, and nobody appeared in sight but the landing keeper swinging his lantern. In his house, which stood over a hundred yards from the bank, we received good accommodation for the night, and had an interesting chat without worthy host, Mr. Joshua G. Barch, before retiring. Mr. Burch is the father of Mr. John Burch of this city, and of Squire William Burch of Kaskaskia. He is an intelligent gentleman, about 73 years of age, but active in body and alert of mind. His reminiscences of the days of Secession were very interesting.
Mr. Burch is a large landed proprietor, but the ravages of the river are gradually diminishing his domain. His house formerly stood half a mile in the westward of its present location but the rapid encroachment of the river is steadily stealing matches, inch by inch and foot by foot, on the soft clay soil of (remaining part of article is illegible, too light to read).
Through oversight on our part, which we regret and hasten to remedy, we omitted to publish at the proper time that the wife of Mr. Joseph Boyer, residing at 304 Kansas St., St. Louis had presented him with a fine twelve-pound boy at 5 o’clock on Monday evening, April 16, 1888.
Died:--At Potosi, Mo., on Saturday, May 5, 1888, Mr. John L. Detchemendy, in the sixty seventh year of his age. The deceased was a brother of the late Mrs. Louise Moreau, of this city.
Fair Play--May 19, 1888-
The Missouri Sunday Law.
Decision by the Supreme Court of Missouri, the Effect of Which Will be to Cause the Closing of All Saloons and Dramshops on the Sabbath.
A well-known and much respected citizen of Ste. Genevieve, Dr. Maurice Andre, will depart from among us to-day, to cast his future lot with the citizens of Bonne Terre, Mo., The doctor will enter his new practice under the auspices of the St. Joe Lead Company. Bonne Terre will be a gamer by the acquisition, as the worthy doctor is one of our best citizens, and a gentleman of fine attainments, sensible views, and eminently respectable character.
Deputy Collector of Inland Revenue, Mr. John L. Bogy, made an accidental discovery this week which is likely to lead to important and lucrative results. As he was returning from Wittenburg, Perry Co., and passing along the road in the southern end of this county, he alighted from his buggy to take a drink of water from a roadside spring. After drinking, he lighted a match to apply to his pipe, but, noticing some bubbles on the surface of the spring, he placed the lighted match close to them with the effect of setting fire to them. They flashed and flickered but a short while, though sufficiently to show that they are the vents of a natural gas reservoir secreted beneath the surface of the soil near the Saline creek. It is more than probably that operations will soon be commenced to develop this rare and valuable natural production, and that Ste. Genevieve County may be considerably enriched thereby.
We are informed that a young man from St. Louis was robbed of $36 by another young fellow, named Charley Miller, on Wednesday evening while he was sleeping off the effects of intoxication in a down-town barn.
On Sunday last a jolly crowd of young Ste. Genevieveans, composed of George Lawrence, Leon Herman, John Okenfuss, Willie Cox, Edward Huber, Henry Roy, Martin Thomure, Nick Jokerst and Henry Bauman, took a trip to the Copper Mines in a three-seated spring wagon. As they were on the way to Joe Vaeth’s from the Copper mines, all of a sudden there came a crashing sound and in two seconds more the jolly nine were crawling on the road like tumblebugs. After having walked four miles they succeeded in borrowing a wagon after all their good luck and reached home in safety.
Fair Play--May 26, 1888-
Died:--On Monday, May 14, near Fredericktown, Mo., Mr. Augustus Gregoire, aged 52 years, 2 months. His wife and two sons and one daughter survive him.--Plaindealer.
Fred Graefenstein, a St. Louis saloon-keeper, blew out his brains, on Friday, 18th inst., because he could not obtain a license.
Married:--On Tuesday, May 22, at River aux Vases Church, Mr. Michael Stoll, son of Mr. Theodore Stoll, and Miss Louisa Basler, daughter of Mr. William Basler. The nuptial ceremony was performed by Rev. F. G. Holweek.
Born:--On Thursday, May 17, to the wife of Mr. David Karl, New Offenburg, a boy. He was baptized Peter Alexander, on Sunday by Father Huttler, but Dave doesn’t think that his name will prevent him from becoming a good wagonmaker and a straight-out Democrat.
It is expected that the funeral sermon of Uncle James Morris will be preached at Lebanon on the third Sunday in June by Rev. J. M. Hensley. If the weather be favorable there will be a large attendance.
Married:--Thursday, May 10th, at Farmington, Mo., Miss Annabelle Yeager, of Ste. Genevieve Co., to Mr. Doc House, of St. Francois Co., They then departed for St. Louis, returning Saturday to Bonne Terre, Mo., where they will make their future home. We wish them a long and happy life.
Hymeneal. Wilder - Rottler
On Wednesday last, at four o’clock p.m., Mr. William W. Wilder and Miss Sophie M. Rottler were united in matrimony by Rev. F. X. Weiss., the ceremony being performed at the residence of the bride’s parents on Third Street. Only the immediate relatives of the bridal pair were present. The lovely bride was beautifully attired in a toilet of white silk and the manly form of the bridegroom was arrayed in a becoming Prince Albert suit. A rich and substantial dinner was partaken of immediately after the conclusion of the wedding ceremony. A profusion of cake, wine and beer supplied refreshments at the reception during the remainder of the afternoon. The happy couple boarded the Crystal City the same evening for St. Louis whence they will proceed on an extended wedding tour. Their future abode will be in the residence on Jefferson Street, recently purchased by Mr. Wilder.
The bride, who is the daughter of Mr. Valentine Rottler, proprietor of the Ste. Genevieve Brewery, a gentleman of sound integrity and excellent business capacity, is a young lady of rare comeliness of form and feature and endowed in an uncommon degree, with the qualities of gentleness, hospitality and amiability, and indeed with all the virtues that tend to fit her for a happy domestic life. As she was the pride and consolation of her parents’ household so will she be the source of happiness to her own. The bridegroom, Mr. Wm. W. Wilder, is a son of Mrs. Ludwina Wilder, the respected widow of Mr. Peter Wilder, and is a young gentleman who has gained himself an honorably reputation as a steady, industrious and successful merchant during the past five years that he has been in business in our city. The Fair Play wishes the youthful couple that unalloyed bliss in their future domestic life which should always be the reward of true love and sterling merit.
Fair Play--June 2, 1888-
Lecompte --Hertich. Nuptial Ceremony.
A matrimonial event which has been anticipated with considerable interest in our community for some time, and which as been a frequent topic in social circles, was consummated on Wednesday last at eight o'clock p.m. by the union in holy wedlock of Miss Blanche Louise Hertich and Mr. Joseph Felix LeCompte. The nuptial ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride’s parents by Rev. F. X. Weiss, rector of Ste. Genevieve Church. The folding doors of the handsome parlors had been withdrawn, displaying a dazzling array of rich and beautiful wedding presets in the inner room, while the atmosphere was redolent with the mingled perfumes of the roses and other flowers with which the front apartment was profusely and beautifully adorned. At each side of the hymeneal altar a large wire stand supported a mass of flowers of every variety. A brilliant light was shed over the scene from the numerous fine-lamps presented by the friends and relatives of the bridal pair, illuminating the faces of the expectant guests who had assembled at the appointed hour to witness the interesting ceremony. As the antique French clock on the mantel shelf sweetly tinkled the hour of eight the wedding party approached the altar, the bride being led by her eldest brother Dr. Chas J. Hertich while the groom escorted his niece Miss Libbie LeCompte, first bridesmaid, and Mr. Eloy J. LeCompte, accompanied by his sister, Miss Marie LeCompte, the second bridesmaid. During the ceremony the bridal couple stood beneath a large floral horseshoe suspended from the ceiling the observed of all observers. The expressive and handsome features and finely moulded form of the fair young bride were displayed to advantage in a simple, but most becoming toilet. She was attired in a neatly fitting cream-colored Henrietta cloth dress, handsomely trimmed with moire silk, and ribbon bows. The corsage was made with short basque, the front partly laced up and finished to the neck with a puff of moire silk, drawn closely around the throat, and fastened with an elegant diamond pin. The toilet was completed with cream-colored kid gloves buttoned to the elbows. The gentlemanly bridegroom wore a neatly fitting suit of black broadcloth. The two pretty bridesmaids were gracefully arrayed in white.
After the ceremony, which was rendered more impressive by a paternal admonition on the obligations incurred by matrimony, from Father Weiss, the company of guests congratulated the newly-wedded pair, and adjourned to an adjoining room to partake of cake and wine refreshments, and give vent to the festive feelings natural to such an auspicious occasion. An array of tempting cakes on a large sideboard surrounded the magnificent bridecake in the centre. The latter was a gorgeous specimen of the decorative skill of a local confectioner, Mr. Frank Thomas, and was truly a work of uncommon art. It stood nearly three feet high, the top being ornamented with a cherub bearing a bouquet of exquisite artificial white flowers. The group of guests was almost entirely composed of the immediate relatives of the bride and the bridegroom. Later in the evening the entire wedding party proceeded to Union Hall where a public ball given by the groom in honor of his marriage, was in full progress, and where his popularity and that of his amiable bride were amply attested by the attendance of a large concourse of rejoicing friends. Here the festivities were continued till a later hour, the hall resounding with the sweet strains of the Progressive String Band, and the gay laughter and merry bustle of the dancers.
The bride is the accomplished and beautiful daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles S. Hertich, and is one of the most virtuous and attractive of the young ladies whose rare worth has gained Ste. Genevieve an enviable reputation for her treasures of true womanhood. She was educated in the Catholic Convent of this city, the fruitful nursery of mental grace and moral purity among our young ladies. The bridegroom is a gentleman of irreproachable private and public conduct, the worthy son of Mr. and Mrs. Eloy LeCompte, and the very efficient and popular clerk of Ste. Genevieve County. The Fair Play tenders them both its sincere wishes for the future welfare, and hopes that their union so happily begun may know no cloud of care, but ever be a source of prosperity and happiness. We append the following LIST OF PRESENTS. (not transcribed)
The J. Felix St. James Post No. 326 G. A. R. made a very creditable display in their handsome uniforms, on Wednesday last, Memorial Day, as they marched in procession through our streets to decorate the graves of Union soldiers. Mayor Rozier, who accompanied the procession as an invited guest, escorted in his carriage Mr. Elizabeth St. James, relict of Lieut. St. James, after whom the post is named. At the grave of his brother, Capt. Gustave St. Gem delivered an address on the time-honored custom of decorating the last resting places of departed friends. The members of the post then proceeded on vehicles to the Valle Spring cemeteries where the ceremony of decoration was concluded. The Progressive Cornet Band headed the procession in its handsome chariot.
An elegant dinner was given on Thursday by Mrs. J. B. LeCompte for the newly wedded couple, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. LeCompte, at her residence on Merchant St., both families being present.
Mr. Jacob Kruse sold his land in the Big Field, about 42 arpents, on Monday last, to Mr. Ignatius Roth for $1500.
Mrs. Felicite Miller, of St. Louis, was present at the marriage of her brother, Mr. J. F. LeCompte on Wednesday.
In the trial of John B. McCarver for the murder of George Stone, at Farmington, the jury found a verdict of guilty of murder in the second degree, and assessed his punishment at twenty-five years in the penitentiary.
Married:--On Tuesday, May 29th, at Ste. Genevieve Church, by Rev. F. X. Weiss, Mr. Francis Govereau, son of Mr. Xavier Govreau, and Miss Zoe Bishop, daughter of the late Mr. Louis Bishop, both of this city.
Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Whelen, of Moberly, Mo., with their three handsome children, arrived in our city on Sunday last, to remain for a few weeks.
Fair Play--June 9, 1888-
Killed HImself with a Shotgun. Special Dispatch to the Globe-Democrat
Farmington, Mo., June 1.--Henry Horn, an old citizen of St. Francois County, committed suicide near here this morning about 3 o’clock by shooting himself through the head with a shotgun. Late last evening he drove all his family from home except a son about 12 years old, who was asleep.
This morning the boy was awakened by the report of the gun, and seeing what his father had done, ran out of the house to the barn, where another brother was sleeping and they hurried to their grandmother’s where Mrs. Horn had gone, and gave the alarm. An inquest will be held. Horn shot and killed Sheriff McMullin about six or seven years ago, and has frequently been known to act as if he is insane.
The case of Timothy Lewis and Richard Parker, indicted for murder in the second degree for the killing of George Cragget in a general row near French Village, in the fall of 1886, was called for trial in the Farmington Circuit Court last week. After the examination of several witnesses by the State, the case was dismissed for want of sufficient evidence.
On Sunday night, the 27th ult., a sneak thief entered the residence of Mr. Wm. Stratman, at Festus, and stole $225 in currency and $7 or $8 in silver belonging to Mr. George Mullin, who was sleeping in the house at the time. A thief had entered the residence of Mr. Brierton a week before and stole a gold watch belonging to Miss Nellie Brierton, which was presented to her by her uncle.
A distinguished descendant of two former Ste. Genevieve families, State Senator Wm. Dodge, of Iowa, arrived in our town by the Crystal City on Thursday, to visit his mother who is sojourning at the residence of her brother, Dr. Chas. S. Hertich.
Mr. and Mrs. F. X. Falk, of Salem, Mo, arrived in our city on Thursday, the 7th inst., bearing the casket containing the mortal remains of their beloved son, Leonard, who died at that place at the age of 2 years and 2 months and was interred there on Sept. 28, 1887. The little one was re-interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery yesterday, Friday, at 5:30 p.m.
Born:--To the wife of Louis A Jokerst, on June 4, 1888, a boy.
Mrs. M ollie Yeager has been very sick with the measles but I am glad to say she is rapidly recovering.
Mrs. Easley has gone to the Mountain to visit her daughter, Mrs. Hasflinger.
Married:--At the residence of the bride’s parents in Ste. Genevieve Co., Mo., Mr. Philip Barnes, one of our rising young gentlemen, to Miss Nellie Emery, the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Mr. Henry C. Emery. Squire T. P. Easley performed the marriage ceremony. Quite a number of the intimate friends of the parties were present at the reception. May their life be one long summer day.
Fair Play--June 16, 1888-
Born:--On Tuesday, June 12, to the wife of Mr. Leon Yealey, a boy.
On Thursday, June 7, to the wife of Mr. Joseph Grieshaber, a girl.
On Saturday, June 9, to the wife of Peter Blue (colored), a girl.
Mr. Andrew Wilder, captain and first baseman of the Riversides Baseball Club, of this city, visited St. Louis this week on business connected with the store of Wilder Bros. and, at the same time, to make arrangements with amateur clubs in that city for games to be played here. It is his intention to endeavor to make arrangements so that a match game of ball can be played here every Sunday between the Riversides and some other good club.
Married:--On Monday, June 11th, at Valley Forge, Mo., Mr. Wendelin Rottler and Miss Annie Schwent.
Miss Dora Roeder and Mr. Wm. M Frazer were happily united in marriage, at St. Louis, on Monday evening, June 4th, by Rev. Father Brantner.
Miles LeGrand--Aged 29 yrs., 1 mo. and 15 das.
Died:--At Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, June 1st, 1888, Mr. Miles LeGrand, after three weeks’ illness of typhoid fever. The deceased was so well and favorably known in this city as the worthy son of worthy colored people, that the rumor published in last week’s Herald that he had been wounded in a difficulty at Kansas city was discredited by all. In a letter received by Mr. C. C. Jokerst, of this city, from Mr. Jas. Redheffer, of Kansas City, it is stated that the deceased died as stated above, and that he was well liked, in fact, very popular. He belonged to several societies of Odd Fellows and Free Masons, who attended his funeral in a body. He was interred in Wyandotte cemetery.
Obituary. Mr. Benjamin Haug--Aged 58 yrs., 4 mos, and 14 das.
At 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday last, June 13, 1888, departed this life Mr. Benjamin Haug, after a brief illness of only three weeks duration. He had, however, been a sufferer from asthma for 25 years previous, and this was the disease that hastened his death. The funeral which took place on Thursday, at 9:00 a. m. was very largely attended. The mortal remains were conveyed to Ste. Genevieve Church for requiem services, and finally to Valle Spring Catholic cemetery for interment, Rev. F. X. Weiss, officiating. The deceased was born on January 30, 1830, at Groselfingen, in the province of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Prussia. He arrived in America, landing at New Orleans, whence he proceeded to St. Louis, and finally reached Ste. Genevieve in 1849. On August 23, 1859, he was married to Miss Clothilda Ochler at St. Joseph’s Church, Zell, then New Offenburg, by Rev. F. X. Weiss. Of this marriage were born twelve children--5 sons and 7 daughters--ten of whom are still living. Mr. Haug was a very honest and industrious man who gained the good will and esteem of all who knew him by his quiet, humble and friendly demeanor and his manly struggle against the adverse circumstances of life in the rearing of his large family. Of him it may truly be said that, though he did not succeed in accumulating the treasures of money or land, he raised an honest, virtuous family, and by his invariable kindness and gentleness as a husband and father won the love of his sorrowing family, who tearfully mourn their great and irreparable loss. The sympathy of our citizens should, and we have no doubt will be extended to his afflicted widow, who, with a family of nine dependent children, the youngest a handsome little boy about two years old, is left alone and desolate to fight the battle of life with her own unaided resources.
Attempt at Self-destruction.
A very determined and almost successful, attempt at suicide startled our community from its usual peaceful condition on Thursday last. Sephis Morice, a well-known citizen of this place, having purchased sixty cents worth of morphine at a drug store, brought it to his home and, determined to end his life, swallowed the entire quantity, a large table-spoonful. Dr. Cox having been called in, found the unfortunate man in a deep sleep from which it was impossible to arouse him by ordinary means. The doctor dosed him with two drachms of ipecac, and emetic, but without effect, so he filled his stomach with warm water, and tickled his gullet with a long feather, causing him to vomit which expelled a large portion of the deadly drug. Large doses of atropine and strychnine were administered to the patient to counteract the effect of the morphine, and the doctor walked and switched him around the room for hours before he was restored to his normal condition. It was over four hours before he was fully recovered. According to credible rumor, Mr. Morice has declared that he will renew his attempt at self destruction at the first opportunity. Domestic infelicity is said to be at the bottom of the trouble.
Dr. Morgansteen moved into his new residence, just finished, and built by Mr. Henry Donze.
Father Hutter was called out to St. Francois Co. to administer the last rites of the church to the wife of Mr. Charles Klein.
Bee Smith is in the neighborhood prospecting for natural gas.
Fair Play--June 23, 1888-
The two-year old child of Mr. August Schilli died of whooping cough on Monday, the 18th inst., and was buried on the 19th in the cemetery adjoining St. Joseph’s Church, Zell.
Born:-- On Thursday, May 31st, to the wife of Mr. Marens Smith, of Coffman, an eleven pound boy.
On Tuesday, May 29th, to the wife of Mr. Wm. Rudluff, of River aux Vase, a boy.
On Monday, May 28th, to the wife of Mr. John Gegg, a boy.
A Soldier of the Union.
Squire Marcus Smith, of Coffman, Saline Township, ws in Ste. Genevieve on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The Squire is not a big man physically, but he went through enough hardships in the War of Secession to wear out many a big man. He was a calvary soldier under Gen. Phil. Sheridan, and served four years and two months altogether. Although he was personally engaged in fifty-two battles, not counting skirmishes, but regular encounters each over six hours duration, and in the midst of death-dealing missiles and weapons, he never received a single wound during the war. Bullets passed through his uniform twice, almost his body, and his horse was shot dead beneath him more than once. His foot and ankle were badly mashed during the siege of Richmond, Va., on the Weldon railroad, near Petersburg, by his horse being killed and falling on him. Mr. Smith belonged to Company E, 10th N. Y. Calvary and to the Company E, 1st N. Y. Provisional Calvary. He saw some terrible fighting done, but is reluctant to enter into details as such narrations awaken painful memories, and besides he does not wish to be considered a boaster. When the Confederates surrendered at Richmond they were completely out of provisions, having nothing but a little corn meal, which they could not find time to prepare, and were almost starved. The Union soldiers were not much better off, but such as they had they gave to their famished captives.
In describing the sensations felt by a soldier on the field of battle, Corporal Smith said he grew indifferent to bullets, bombs, cannon balls, and so forth, but was always made nervous by the keen scream of the grape shot, like the dismal hooting of an own, as it tore through the air and mowed down everything in its path. the grape or canister, as it is also called, consists of a number of cast iron balls nearly an inch each in diameter, strung on tough wires and packed into canisters in bunches like grapes. When these are fired from the cannon, the heavy charge of balls bursts the canister and, spreading wide open, make the most dangerous and dreadful missile known to modern warfare.
One of the most exciting fights which Mr. Smith witnessed was the famous naval engagement at Hampton Roads, Va, when the Confederates ram, the Merrimac, attacked the Union war ships in the harbor, sinking them with all on board. The artillery on shore tried to aid their distressed comrades on the water, but the heavy balls bounded like duck shot off the Merrimac’s sides which were protected by bars of railroad iron backed by bales of cotton. When the sharp iron prow of the Merrimac penetrated the hull of the Cumberland, it stuck fast so that the sinking vessel dragged its destroyer under water till it stood nearly upright, when it suddenly broke loose and righted itself. It was a heroic, yet pathetic sight to see the doomed crew of the Cumberland going down to death and a watery grave, all standing on the deck and cheering to the last for the Union cause.
Don’t fail to be at Ste. Genevieve on Thursday, July 5, to see Honest Old John Robinson’s Ten Big Shows, Three Circuses in Three Rings, Elevated Stage, Three Menageries in one calisthenic exhibition the grandest exhibition ever visiting this country, over $2,000,000 has been expended in putting this Mammoth Aggregation together, and each day its expenses exceed $3000; for 64 years this Old Reliable Show has been on a gradual increase, until now it is entimes better, ten times grander, than any ten shows on earth united. Its cages and dens are a mass of gold and hand carving. Its monster chariots and tablean wagons are the most expensive and novel that money, brains and artisans could put together, musical wagons of all kinds are there a Femal Brass Band is one of its novelties, besides seven other hands, a genuine Free Wild West given each day with its street parade. Riding acts of every kind, Acrobatic, Gymnastic and specialty performances of every description will be seen. Over one hundred and fifty new and novel acts given at each performance and one thousand rare and costly Animals, Birds, Beasts, and Reptiles are collected with the three Combines Menageries...(article not transcribed in full)
A young man named Caleb Corman, aged about 17 years, who resided near De Lassus, was dragged to death by a mare belonging to N. O. Fleming one day last week. He had been plowing corn with the animal, and had turned it out in the evening when he picked up a water bucket that was near by and endeavored to mount, but, by some means, one of his feet became entangled in the trace chain and he was dragged a distance of about a mile, mashing the left side of his head in and breaking every bone in the left side of his body. He died shortly after the horse was stopped. His death was brought about by his own carelessness. He had been warned not to attempt to mount the animal with a bucket in his hand, or let her see one while in harness, as she would surely run away.
Fair Play--June 30, 1888-
Obituary. Mrs. Caroline Schweiss--Aged 53 Years.
At 8:30 a.m., on Friday, June 22nd, 1888, departed this life at Festus, Jefferson Co., Mo. , Mrs. Caroline Schweiss, widow of Mr. Augustine Schweiss, of malarial fever. Her remains were conveyed on Sunday afternoon from the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Henry LaRose, and interred in the Catholic cemetery at Festus, Mo.
Deceased, whose maiden name was Caroline Jokerst, was the eldest child of Mr. Bernard Jokerst and Mary Ann Herman, his wife, and was born at Zell, in the county on the farm now occupied by Mr. August Baechle. She was one of a large family of children of whom eight--four sons and four daughters--grew to maturity. Sheriff Jokerst, who is her brother, attended the funeral with several of his children.
Died June 23rd, 1888.
Ste. Genevieve, Mo., June 26, 1888, Editor Fair Play
Dear Sir, I send the following for publication.
Died:-On Saturday, June 23, 1888, at the house of his parents, R. Dallard Clark, infant of Ashley H. and Marioin F. Clark, aged 1 year , 8 months and 13 days. He had been sick for about ten days with a complication of diseases which was considered by the doctor in attendance not dangerous, but which soon terminated in death. Ashley H. Clark.
Mr. Gottlieb Rehm has had a handsome sign painted with the title: Main Street Saloon, by Joe Simon, and it now graces the front of his popular place of business.
Died: On Tuesday, June 26th, 1888, John George Joseph, the beloved child of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Sucher, aged 5 months and 17 days.
Fair Play--July 7, 1888-
Died:--On Saturday, June 30th, of summer complaint, the infant child of Mr. John Godair, aged 2 months.
Died:--On Saturday, June 30, John the six-year old son of Mr. Roman Hazel, of paralysis of the heart.
Died:--At 5 o’clock a.m. July 4th, 1888, Mrs. Columbia E. Valle, wife of Francis Valle, aged 59 years. Funeral from the family residence, 3636 Evans avenue, July 5th, 1888, at 2 p. m. Interment private.
Died:--On Tuesday, July 3rd, of of dysentery, Louis Lewis (colored), aged 37 years. His remains were interred on Wednesday, July 4th, in the Catholic cemetery near the Valle Spring, Rev. F. X. Weiss officiating.
This unfortunate man leaves a youthful wife, three children, and one step-child to struggle helplessly with their fate. He was a native of Ste. Genevieve.
The St. Louis Republic of Thursday says that Officer Murtrie O’Sullivan, who was shot while attempting to arrest the negro Frank Parker, and whose wound was dressed by Dr. A. C. Bernays, is resting easily, and it is expected that he will pull through all right. The negro is still at large.
Fair Play--July 14, 1888-
Rev. H. S. Watts died in Farmington on Sunday, July 1st, aged 78 years. He as a Methodist clergyman.
Adam Koller, of New Bremen, had a strange experience on Saturday night last. He roomed on the second floor of Mr. Gottlieb Rehm’s residence, and during the night walked out of the open window on the wooden awning and fell to the sidewalk damaging his face considerably, but fortunately escaping further injury.
A Ste. Genevieve Collegian.
Our worthy young friend and former pupil, Mr. Martin Bahr, Jun. (Jr.), paid us a friendly visit on Wednesday last. Mr. Bahr has returned for the vacation from St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, Wis. where he has been pursing his studies for the priesthood. We regret to notice that his health is somewhat impaired, due to the confinement of college life and the severity of his studies, but chiefly to the damp nature of the climate around the seminary. The college is situated about three miles from Milwaukee, on Lake Michigan, and a foggy atmosphere prevails there for weeks at a time in the latter part of winter and in the spring. Otherwise, Mr. Bahr likes the institution very well, as it is efficiently managed, and he has made good progress in learning within the walls. It is conducted by eleven professors and one procurator, all Catholic clergy men, and had 225 students during the past two semesters.
Another Case of Drowning.
Robinson’s circus lost two of its attaches by drowning since it was in Ste. Genevieve. In addition to the one mentioned on our editorial page as having been drowned near Alton, another named John Weiss fell, overboard from one of the barges between the Little Rock landing and Crystal City, in a letter received by City Marshal Valle from the mother and brother of the unfortunate man, they request him to keep a look out for the body, and if discovered, to send it to S. E. Cor., John and Poplar streets, Cincinnati, O. and receive liberal rewards.
The description of deceased is: About 5 feet 4 or 5 inches in height, 140 or 150 lbs. weight, light eyes, hair inclined to be light, and on the left arm the letters J. H. in indigo. He was a good swimmer and may have reached the shore. If drowned, the probability is that the body has been discovered far down the river, as it has not been seen in this vicinity.
The floater mentioned last week in the Fair Play, as having been found in the river on Friday, 6th inst., was identified on Wednesday last by Mr. and Mrs. George Davis, of St. Louis, as the body of their son who had been drowned on the Fourth while bathing. It was too decomposed for present removal.
Died: At Bloomsdale, on July 8th, Mrs. Ferdinand Carron, of consumption, aged abut 40 years.
Born:--On Sunday,July 8th, to the wife of Mr. Severin B. Donze, Weingarten, a girl.
Mr. Lawrence Ridgon has sold his place on the St. Mary road to Judge Roman Huck.
Married:--On Tuesday, 10th inst. Francis J. James and Mrs. Hattie McMurtrie, both colored, Squire Roy officiating.
Born:--On Wednesday, June 27th, to the wife of Mr. P. A. Robinson, a girl.
True Love in Doe Run.
At four o’clock in the morning of Thursday last, mine host of Southern Hotel, Mr. Jos. Vorst, was aroused from his slumber by the arrival of a swift rolling chariot in front of his caravansary. It contained a young man and woman who proved to be engaged in the pleasant pastime of fleeing afar from the ungracious kingdom of St. Francois where the gentle dove of purest love can find no resting for the soles of her feet, and of hieing away to that haunt of Hymen in Suckerdom, vulgarity known as Red Bud, where love buds red and blushing into the golden fruition of matrimony under the protecting aegis of Squire Guker, as it did in days gone by in far-famed Gretna Green.
Behind one of Joe’s spanking teams the eloping pair skipped along the road to the Little Rock landing and across the river to Illinois, finally reaching Red Bud during the forenoon. There their project was delayed by the necessity of telegraphing to Chester for a license which arrived by mail at 5 o’clock p.m. and the twain were speedily made one by Squire Fred D. Guker. They finally arrived here yesterday forenoon and set out immediately for their home in Doe Run.
The young lady’s name is Laura Barry, the daughter of well-to-do farmer near Doe Run, and the young man is Thos. Rogers, a miner who has boarded with the family of his bride for almost a year. The father of the bride was willing that the union should take place,but the mother opposed it hence the necessity of the the romantic elopement.
Mr. Joseph Adams’ little boy choked himself by swallowing a peach stone, but it did not prove fatal.
Our city fathers have acted wisely in ordering three new street lamps to be erected--One at the bridge near the City Mills, another at the bridge near Mr. Anton Samson’s residence, and the third at the bridge on the Cemetery road. We hope our citizens generally will take action on their proposed plan of placing a lamp on a corner of every street in our city.
Miss Cora LeCompte left for St. Louis on Wednesday evening to take the cars to Fredericktown, Mo., where she will spend a few weeks with her relatives, the family of Mr. B. B. Cahoon.
Mr. F. C. Faller, of New Offenburg, moved into our city on Tuesday last, to become a regular resident of Ste Genevieve. He occupies the residence on Market street which he purchased of Mr. Geo. Hurst.
Fair Play--July 21, 1888-
Mr. Sam Stanton says the river is making straight from Joe Weiler’s behind his landing. He couldn’t touch bottom with a long pole a few days since, and he is confident he will soon have a permanent landing.
Mr. Simon Clarke arrived from St. Louis on Tuesday of this week to erect a monument in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery in memory of Mrs. Francis J. Ziegler. It is a fine piece of workmanship,on which Mr. Clark has been engaged for some time, and will prove an ornament to our cemetery.
Married:--On Monday, the 16th inst., at St. Joseph’s Church, German Settlement, Mr. Xavier Basler to Miss Emily Siebert.
Interesting Social Event.
Mrs. Martha Hines was 71 years old on June 27, 1888. On that day the worthy lady gave a very enjoyable birthday dinner and quilting to the married ladies of this settlement. Nearly all who were invited attended the party. The festival was held in the house of her nephew, Mr. Wm. Hines, to which Mrs. Hines built an addition last winter before she moved hither from Bismarck, Mo. The dinner was one of the finest to which a company of guests ever sat down in this settlement, and as “Aunt Martha” as she is familiarly know, understands the duties of a hospitable hostess to perfection, and knows how to make things agreeable for all, everybody was delighted. The dinner included every palatable esculent that could be provided, from the gobbler down to the salad, and was cooked in a style that would do credit to the most experienced city cook. (Aunt Martha says “Yes, Tattle, we had everything to eat, except onions). The hours flew merrily by, and the ladies quilted the quilt to the finish. A heavy rain coming up during the afternoon, and continuing into the night, several of the guests remained til the following morning.
The twelve-year old son of Mr. Nicholas Schmelzle met with an accident on Monday last which almost killed him. While driving a wagon loaded with wheat, for Mr. August Baechle, he fell and the heavy wheels crossed over his breast, bruising him so terribly that recovery is doubtful.
Fair Play--July 28, 1888-
Obituary. Michael LaFleur--Aged 67 yrs., 6 months.
Died:--At his home in Ste. Genevieve, at 10 o’clock p.m. on Sunday July 22nd, Mr. Michael LaFleur, after a painful illness of several weeks duration. The remains were conveyed from the late residence of the deceased in the northern suburbs of town at 10 o’clock a.m. Tuesday to Ste. Genevieve Church, were a Requiem High Mass was celebrated by Rev. F. X. Guielinski for the repose of his soul. A large concourse of sympathetic friends attended the funeral procession to the Valle Spring cemetery for interment. Rev. F. X. Weiss officiated at the final obsequies. The J. Felix St. James Post G. A. R. attended the funeral in body, and wearing their regalia as the deceased was a member of the post.
Mr. Michael La Fleur was born in Canada in January 1821, was married in that country to Miss Olive Greneer on October 10, 1844, and came to the United States on July 7, 1847, coming direct to Ste. Genevieve. Deceased was a soldier in the Union army during the war of Secession. Mr. LaFleur was a farmer by vocation and his life, though not crowned with prosperity and success, was an example of steadfast devotion to the principle's which make an honest and upright man. He lived and died a faithful Catholic.
Died:--On Wednesday, July 25th, at 12:30 o’clock, p. m., John A. Robert, son of Mr. Abraham Robert, of Ste. Genevieve, aged 13 years and 7 days. The deceased had been sick for several days with typhoid fever which finally resulted in his death. He was interred on Thursday, July 26, at 2 o’clock p. m. in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery, Rev. F. X. Weiss officiating.
Died:--On Saturday, 21st, inst., at 3 p. m., the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Valle, aged 5 months.
Died:--On July 19th, after a short illness, Hoyt, Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Whitt. Aged 5 months and 20 days.
Died:--On July 22nd, after a short illness, Luman, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Whitt, aged 5 months and 23 days.
A Rural Excursion.
On Sunday last a party of Ste. Genevievians consisting of Messrs. Gottlieb Rehm, George Hurst, Eli Janis, Peter Wilder, Bert. Boyer and the Fair Play scribe, set out in a triple seated vehicle along the obscure and winding road which leads to the River aux Vases in the vicinity of Mr. Ferdinand Bieser’s residence. There, in the company with Mr. Bieser, his sons, several sons of Mr. Martin Bahr and Mr. Wm. Hurst, a very pleasant day was spent in the woods. As the caterer of the party did not forget to bring along a few of the good things of life, needed refreshments were abundant during the afternoon. The party returned by the St. Mary road at a late hour in the evening, well satisfied with their experience of the day and fully determined to make another trip to the same pleasant point at an early future date.
Fair Play--August 4, 1888-
Obituary. Mr. N. Cook Sebastian-Aged 44 years.
Died:--At his home in Saline township, Ste. Genevieve Co., Mo., at 6:30 p. m., on Sunday July 29th, Hon. N. C. Sebastian, of typhoid-pneumonia, after a painful illness of about 16 days. The remains were conveyed from the late residence of the deceased at 4 o’clock p. m. on Monday to the Pleasant Hill Church, where Rev. Wm. Huff preached the funeral sermon. A large concourse of sympathetic friends, about 300 in number, attended the funeral procession to the cemetery for interment. The Farmer’s Alliance attended the funeral in a body, as the deceased was a member of the Lodge.
Mr. Sebastian was born at Three Rivers, in St. Francois county, Mo., in October, 1844, and was married in Ste. Genevieve county to Miss Lavinia Boyd in September 1872. From this union sprang six children, five of whom are now living. Mr. Sebastian was a farmer and was an example of steadfast devotion to the principles which make an honest and upright man. He united with the Baptist church in 1858 and has since been a faithful member. Deceased was Associate Judge of Ste. Genevieve county during 1885 and 1886.
Died:--At 10 a. m. on Wednesday last, 1st inst. of typhoid malarial fever Henry Maeder, aged 18 years. Deceased had spent Sunday 15th alt., swimming in the river most of the day. He complained of feeling unwell on the following day and continued to grow worse daily till he died. He was buried on Thursday in the Lutheran cemetery. His father is Mr. Jacob Maeder of Punjaub. He resided with Mr. Jacob Kruse.
Death from Exhaustion.
A peddler with a two-horse wagon stopped at Mr. Valerien Gisi’s on the Fredericktown road, Tuesday last, and complained of feeling unwell. Mr. Gisi allowed him to rest in his house, but he sank rapidly during the day and died between two and three o’clock in the afternoon. The coroner’s jury rendered a verdict of death from natural causes. It was ascertained that the name of the unfortunate man was Eli A Rozier's. and that he was a resident of Huntley, Mellenry Co., Ill where he has a wife and son. His property, consisting of a wagon, two horses, $1.69 in cash, and a large load of peddler’s goods, has been held to await the arrival of his wife who has been written to. The remains were interred in the city cemetery. There are many interesting particulars in connection with this death for which we have not space this week.
The Silver Lake lead mines of Perry county are progressing slowly. The leading work are carried on by Mr. Franklin Evans. there has been dug out 3800 pounds of mineral.
Mr. Charles Vaughn died on the 18th day of July. He belonged to the Farmer’s Alliance and was a worthy member. A resolution was passed by his brethren of the Alliance to put on mourning for the next thirty days. He had united himself with the Christian Order Church, and had been a good member. He left a wife and four children to mourn his loss. His residence was on Brushy Creek about four miles south of Minnith.
Miss Effa Vaughn, a girl of twelve years of age, died on July 19th, 1888, with the malarial fever.
Mr. Henry Wiggins of Bonne Terre, while visiting his mother here, accidentally shot himself through the forefinger.
Born:--On Friday, July 27th, to the wife of Mr. George Bond, Jun., St. Mary, a son.
Fair Play--August 11, 1888-
An interesting matrimonial event, which had been expected for some time, took place at 5:00 o'clock p. m. on Wednesday past at Ste. Genevieve church, in the union in the hold bonds of wedlock of Mr. Charles Haug and Miss Mary Sucher, by Rev. F. X. Weiss, rector of Ste. Genevieve.
The church was filled with spectators of the auspicious ceremony. The bridesmaid was Miss Lula Naumann and the groomsman was Mr. Joseph Vorst. The reception was held at the residence of the bride’s brother, Mr. Tony Sucher. Many useful and valuable presents were received by the happy couple. Their future abode will be in the Bolduc building.
The bride, Miss Sucher, is the daughter of Mr. Lawrence Sucher and Regina, his wife. She is a highly respected, virtuous and amiable young lady of German parentage, and the sister of our worthy townsmen, Messrs, Anthony and Felix Sucher. The bridegroom, Mr. Haug, is the youngest son of Mr. Nicholas Haug and his wife, Barbara, and is a young man who is held in high estimation by our citizens for his gentlemanly qualities of self-respect, sobriety, industry and integrity. He has recently embarked in the meat business, and is we are glad to notice already doing a flourishing business. The editor wishes him and his estimable young bride a long life of domestic bliss.
Married:--To-day by Squire F. A. Roy, in this city Mr. Charles H. Carron, of Ste. Genevieve township, Mo., and Miss Martha J. Fink, of Randolph Co., Ill.
Died:--At Concord, Jackson township, on Thursday, Aug. 2nd, Mr. John Whiteside aged 22 years. His remains were interred on the 3rd inst. in Concord cemetery.
Died:--On Friday, August 3rd, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. C. Jokerst. The remains were interred on Saturday in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery.
An Ancient Graveyard.
Mr. Hiram Berry has made the discovery of an ancient cemetery recently, about one mile north of his residence, on the original bank of the Mississippi as it flowed past Ste. Genevieve, now known as the The Sloo. At the corner where the present course of the river connects with the sloo, the caving in of the bank has uncovered a number of skeletons, which protrude from the soil, or are dropping one by one into the water. The skulls and teeth, bones of the arms, etc., with the exception of the lower jaws, are intact and in a good state of preservation. It is evidently the burial place of white people, as there are no Indian relics. No traces of coffins remain, and the conclusion must be drawn that they were formed of cotton-wood or they would have lasted longer. Only one heavily rusted nail has yet been found. The remains are located near the site of the old village of Ste. Genevieve, deserted by its inhabitants over a century ago on account of a great inundation of the river. Our oldest inhabitants have no recollection of the existence of this cemetery, and the conjecture is that it was established by the Jesuits who held their mission more than one hundred and fifty years ago at Kaskaskia, Cahokia and other places in Illinois. The site of the graveyard is opposite Island No. 21. We hope some of our distinguished local historians will be able to explain the mystery of its presences.
Mr. Joseph Leavenworth, formerly a well known and highly respected citizen of Ste. Genevieve, now conducting a sawmill and lumber business at Greenville, Miss. arrived in town last week to visit his children at the residence of their maternal aunt, Miss Amanda Chadwell. He will return to Greenville this evening.
Born:--On Tuesday, July 7th, to the wife of Mr. Louis Boyce, a boy.
Fair Play--August 18, 1888-
Died:--On Monday, the 13th inst., of whooping cough, Bridget Regina Theresa Roth, infant daughter of Mr. Frank Roth, of this city. Aged 13 months.
Fair Play--August 25, 1888-
Married:--On Thursday, August 23rd, at Ste. Genevieve Church, by Rev. F. X. Weiss, Miss Mary Ann Jockerst and Mr. Valentine Schuhe. The bride is the daughter of Michael Jockerst and Caecily Bahr, and the groom is the son of Basile Schuhe and Barbara Reutler. They have rented the farm of John Pfaff, where they will reside.
The trial of the attachment suit of Joseph Vorst, proprietor of the Southern Hotel and Livery Stables, versus T. J. Bozeman, lightning rod agent, on Thursday afternoon, resulted in a verdict for the plaintiff, Mr. Vorst. The court room was well filled with spectators to whom the trial was not only interesting but amusing. Bozeman owed $25.50 for his board at the hotel and $25.50 for hire of horses and vehicles, and as he was about to set out for Illinois on Sunday, Aug. 11th, a fine horse which he had purchased a few days before was attached for the debt. Messrs. C. C. Rozier and Jos. Flynn conducted the case for the plaintiff, and Mr. E. A. Rozier for the defendant. The trial lasted over four hours.
Mr. Aloysius Schwab died on Friday, 17th inst., at the County Farm, aged 76 years. He was buried in the Catholic Cemetery, Rev. F. X. Weiss officiating.
Leon Meyers, the eight-year old son of Mr. Charles Meyers, the Little Rock landing keeper, proved himself a true scion of the worthy Meyers family recently, and received a souvenir in reward which must ensure his future course in the path of honesty. On Sunday, August 11th, the steamer New south made a brief stay at the Little Rock landing, and the ladies and gentlemen on board availed themselves of the opportunity to ramble around the bill. A lady of the party lost a handsome double-cased gold watch during the stroll among the trees, but probably did not discover her loss till after the departure of the boat, as it was not till the arrival of the New South on her down trip, Tuesday night, that Mr. Meyers was informed of the matter. Twenty five dollars reward was offered for the recovery of the watch. Search was carefully made all around, but in vain, so the father deputed the task of looking for the missing valuable to his son, whose keen eyes finally spied it shining in the grass under an apple tree, where the party had spent some time. On Thursday the watch was sent to the owner but the $25 reward was refused by Mr. Meyers, who said that no reward was needed for the restoration of anything lost around his premises. The final result of the adventure was that the lady, who owned the watch, sent a handsome present to the honest boy who found and restored it. It consisted of an openfaced silver watch, with these words engraved on the inside of the case: “Little Leon Meyers, 1888”. The lady also sent him her photograph, and Mrs. A. O Durland, wife of Capt. Durland of the New South, completed the valuable reward by giving the boy a silver watch chain. Of course the child is delighted with his luck, and the whole event is an excellent example of honesty rewarded, and a lesson to other boys to set the lamp of honesty always in their pathway, as a beacon light to distinction and honor.
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Fair Play--September 22, 1888-
Died: On Wednesday evening, August 29, 1888 at the family residence in (illegible), Willie Wilson (illegible), infant son of J. D. and Millie T. Blakewell (article is blurry and difficult to read--surname may not be Blakewell)
Obituary. Henry A Govro--Aged 38 yrs.
Departed this life on Thursday, September 27, 1888, at his residence on the Saline at Minnith, Mo, Mr. Henry A. Govero, of consumption from which he had been ailing about one year. The deceased (illegible--film blurry)
Deceased was born on August 28, 1850. He was married on Sept. 2, 1872 to Miss Mary Dorlac, whose (illegible)
Fair Play--September 29, 1888-
Nuptial Ceremonies. Naeger--Baumann. Flieg--Naeger.
The rare and interesting event of a double wedding ceremony in which a brother and a sister are happily united to their respective partner for life greeted the eyes of a large assemblage of persons at St. Joseph’s Church, Zell, Tuesday last, September 25th. It was the auspicious occasion of the union in holy wedlock of Mr. Peter Naeger to Miss Josephine Bauman and of his sister, Miss Lizzie Naeger to Mr. Henry Flieg. During the celebration of the Nuptial High Mass, the pastor Rev. Father Pigge, who was also the celebrant of the Mass administered the sacrament of matrimony to the happy couples, thereby setting the solemn seal of the Church and its benediction on their union of love, and rendering it irretractable for life.
At the close of the impressive ceremony in the church the bridal parties proceeded to the residence of Mr. Wendelin Naeger, near the Copper Mines, where a substantial dinner was spread and partaken of by all. During the hour of reception and congratulations from the numerous guests, music and dancing was the order of the day and the visitors enjoyed themselves to their hearts’ content. Liquid refreshments were liberally served.
Notice to the Public:
Stolen:--From the residence of Miss Bridget Roth, of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., on September 24, 1888. a Joint Note against Lawrence and Joseph Kirchner, also a Due Bill from Joseph Weiler to Mrs. Roth. All persons are warned not to purchase these mules as payment will be refused.
Larceny of a Mule
During the night of Thursday, the 24th inst., a grand larceny was committed in Beauvais township by unknown persons. A fine mule, of th e value of $300 , was stolen from Louis Anderson, who lives on the Little Saline, near Minnith. Mr. Anderson had tied his two mules to a wagon in the lot adjoining his residence. Both mules were taken by the thieves. but one of them, being a vicious animal, was xxx rather unmanageable, so it was abandoned in the wood. A few days later the mule was found by the owner at Fredericktown in the possession of Mr. Alexander Nifong who had purchased it off a man, supposed to have been the thief.
Born:--On Wednesday, 26th inst. to the wife of Mr. Henry Schweiss, Zell, a boy.
John Felix Lalumandier--Aged 31 yrs.--6 mos and 22 days.
Mr. John F. Lalumandier, son of Mr. Peter Lalumandier of this city, and Theodosia Griffa, his former wife, died at Bonne Terre, Mo., on September 19, 1888. His disease was a complication of typhoid fever and lead colic, the latter caused by fumes of smelting lead. He as smelter for the St. Joe Lead Company, and leaves his wife and one or two children to mourn their loss.
Died:--On Wednesday, 26th inst. Percy, son of Mr. Edward Cambron, of the Cotton Woods, at the early age of six years. He was interred on Thursday in the Catholic Cemetery of Valle Spring.
Born:--On Tuesday 25th inst., to the wife of Mr. John Koetting, a boy.
Mr. Louis Tucker, of Perryville, and Miss Malissa Heberle, of this place, were married on Tuesday, 18th inst.
Died:--A child of Mr. Jaspar Laws, of Perry county, on the 19th inst. The remains were interred in the Adams Cemetery about half a mile from Brush Creek.
Mr. Henry Govro, who died on the 12th inst. was a highly respected citizen of our vicinity.
Died:--On Sept. 21, 1888, Ida Belle, daughter of Andrew and Julia Price, aged 10 months.
Mr. John Fry laughed all day on the 6th inst. when he heard that his 13th child was a big bouncing boy.
Fair Play--October 6, 1888-
Ste. Genevieve may get a Railroad.
Fair Play--October 6, 1888-
When it was announced in the St. Louis Republic of September 29th, that Jay Gould had obtained possession of the Cotton Belt, or St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas railroad, and that he would connect it with his Missouri Pacific system through the Iron Mountain branch to St. Louis, very few retained any hope that the route along the river through Ste. Genevieve would ever be selected for a railroad. Later developments have shown, however, that there is still good hope that that selection of a route will be made, as the following facts show. The sale of the St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas was made to Russe Sage, Jay Gould’s lieutenant. He bought from the company enough of the $6,000,000 second mortgage bonds in its treasury to pay the floating debt, put heavy steel rails on part of the line where needed, and paid interests on the fist mortgages due on November 1st. The sale of the second mortgage bonds carried with it a stipulation that the purchaser shall control the property.
Co. Fordyce, President of the St. L; A. and T. road informed a reporter of the Republic that he knew nothing of the deal. “Poor’s Manual” states that the funded debt of the road consists of $9,529,000 first mortgage, 6 per cent., and $9,529,000 second mortgage, 6 per cent. A telegraph dispatch from New York, on the same day, confirmed the report of the sale of the road. The dispatch stated that the Iron Mountain and Southern had secured control of the St. L. A. & T.
Among the toilets worn at the Veiled Prophet’s Ball, in St. Louis on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, we find: --Miss Emma Ringwald, of Ste. Genevieve, in garnet faille, the bodice trimmed with garnet velvet; Miss Virgie Cahoon of Fredericktown, duchess lace over white moire, pearls, and Miss Annie Andre, of Ste. Genevieve, fawn-color faille and ashes-of-roses; roses of Mermet.
A Sad Death.
From the Hillsboro Democrat we learn that Joseph, son of Donan Govro, and formerly of this city, was killed in Festus on Sunday, 30th ult., while making a heroic effort to save another person’s life. He, in company with another boy, were on their way from Crystal City to Festus to attend Sunday school. While walking along the railroad track they saw a train coming, and stepped aside to let it pass. At the same moment they saw a lady, Mrs. Peter Guthrell, thrown from her buggy by her frightened horses. Young Govro rushed across the track in front of the engine to assist her but his boot got caught in the rail and he fell. The engine passed over his body and crushed him to death. He is spoken of by all as a well liked young man. His parents reside in Crystal City. The young man was only 18 years old, and formerly attended the Boy’s Parochial School in this city.
Died:--Of peritonitis, on Sunday, September 30th, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Louis N. Jokerst, of Weingarten, Mo., aged 2 years and 3 months. the remains were interred on Monday in the Weingarten cemetery, Rev. A. J. Huttler officiating. The funeral was largely attended.
Married:--On Wednesday, October 3rd, at Ste. Genevieve Church, Mr. Henry Yaegle to Miss Louisa Roth, Rev. F. X. Weiss officiating.
Married:--On Thursday, Oct. 4th, at Clayton, St. Louis co., Mo., Mr. Charles Moreau and Miss Gussie Wittemeyer, both of this city.
Mrs. Jos. Flynn, and children, and Mr. Louis F. Roy visited Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Roy near Prairie du Rocher, on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. They found Mrs. Roy dangerously ill.
Fair Play--October 13, 1888-
Details of Joseph Govro’s Death. Special to the Fair Play-
Festus, Oct. 2, 1888
A very sad accident happened near the depot of the Crystal City railroad, in this city, last Sunday forenoon, whereby a worthy youth was killed and an old lady seriously injured.
On Sunday morning when the mail train passes west, there is always more or less of a crowd of passengers and spectators around the depot, it being in close proximity to a number of churches. Last Sunday morning when the mail train passed out Mrs. Peter Guthrell, living four miles north of Festus, happened to drive along the road, near the railroad track, in a buggy. The outbound train just then arrived. The lady’s horse got frightened and became unmanageable, running up the high embankment near the depot upon the track. Joseph Govro, son of Mr. Donas Govro, formerly of Ste. Genevieve, seeing the danger the lady was in, ran with all his might to her rescue, for it was probably that she would be dashed to pieces. In endeavoring to execute this noble set his foot caught on one of the rails and he fell headlong across the track. In an instant the train had passed over him, crushing his chest, left arm and face, and breaking his collar bone, killing him instantly. The buggy of Mrs. Gutobrel was upset and she was dashed against a tree, where she was picked up, unconscious. She had received several internal injuries, but the chances are that she will recover.
As soon as the news of the terrible accident spread, physicians and crowds of citizens hastened to the place to view the body of the unfortunate hero who lost his life in the endeavor to save that of another. The sad affair has cast a gloom over our Ste. Genevieve colony and there is not a soul within a circuit of ten miles who is not in sympathy with the grief-stricken family. Joseph Govro ws a good boy, respected by everybody, and his premature death (he was only 18 years old) is a terrible blow to his aged parents. The body was interred yesterday, and a large concourse of citizens followed the remains to its last resting place.
Mr. Joseph Hogenmiller, of New Offenburg, has been at Ivy Landing, Ill., for the past two weeks visiting his son, John, who has been quite ill but is convalescent.
Mr. John Konantz, of Fort Scoot, Kas., was town on Wednesday, the 3rd inst., on a visit to his relatives. Mr. Konantz is an uncle, by marriage of Messrs. Francis, Charles and Bartley Jokerst. Eighteen or twenty years ago he was a landing-keeper at Sand Depot, and he has bee in business at Fort Scott since his departure, where his sons are successfully pursuing various avocations. Mr. Konantz speaks highly of the State of Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis N. Jokerst wish it extend their thanks to their neighbors and friends for their kindness bestowed on them during the sickness of their child who died on September 30th.
Married:-On Tuesday, October 9, Mr. Herman Kraenzle, son of Mr. Anton Kraenzle, to Miss Lizzie Renbsam, daughter of Adam Renbsam, at Maria Weingarten Church, Rev. A. J. Huttler officiating. The reception was held at the residence of the bride’s father. Dinner and refreshments were served to the numerous invited guests.
Married:--On Thursday, October 11th, Mr. William Ikenlaub and Miss Lizzie Bruigere, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. Henry Bruigere. Rev. F. X. Weiss officiating. Among the presents were dried California peaches, bunches of grapes and some pears from the bride’s brother, Mr. A. S. Bruigere, who traveled all the way from California to attend the wedding.
Fair Play--October 20, 1888-
Obituary. Mrs. Chas. H. Biel--Aged 61 years, 3 months and 7 days.
At the hour of ten o’clock p. m. on Tuesday, October 16, 1888, Mrs. Chas. H. Biel departed this life after two months’ illness. Her health had been gradually declining for some time previously, and her demise seems to have been caused more by feebleness of digestion and gradual failure of the vital powers tan by any special disease. Her funeral, which was held at three o’clock p. m. on Thursday, called forth an outpouring of our people such as has seldom been witnessed on a similar occasion in our city. The long line of vehicles, accompanied by the concourse on foot, was preceded from the residence on First street to the grave in the Lutheran Cemetery by the St. Genevieve Progressive Cornet Band playing in sweet and solemn tones, the Death March in (illegible). At the grave the final ceremonies for the dead were rendered in an impressive manner by Mr. L. S. Duffner and the remains of one of Ste. Genevieve’s most worthy matron were tenderly consigned to their resting place. The magnificent casket was ladened with wreaths of flowers woven by the hands of mourning hands.
The deceases whose maiden name was Amalia Sophia Schoenfield, born on July 9, 1827, in Kandern, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany. In the Fall of 1852 she arrived in the United States, landing at New Orleans and traveling by river to St. Louis. In that city on February 4, 1853 she became the wife of Mr. Andrew A. Anderson, whose acquaintance she had made during their voyage across the ocean. Coming directly to Ste. Genevieve they took up their abode on Mr. Anderson’s farm near New Bremen. In 1866 Mr. Anderson moved to Ste. Genevieve and entered into business as a store-keeper and subsequently became Sheriff and Collector of our county. No children were born to their marriage. Mr. Anderson died on May 12, 1877, and two years later, on October 16, 1879, his widow became the wife of Mr. Chas. H. Biel. Both unions proved happy, and it could not well be otherwise, for the deceased was blest with qualities of heart that made her an estimable consort, and shed the sunshine of peace and contentment around her home. Of an amiable and gently disposition, she also possessed sound judgment and a well informed mind. Her charity toward the poor approached extravagance and it is safe to say that her demise will be seriously felt by the destitute whom she so nobly assisted. Her bereaved husband has the sympathy of our whole community for the loss of one of the most estimable wives that ever blest a home with her gentle and gracious presence.
William Nethercotte--Aged 14 years.
On Sunday, October 14, Death, that's able messenger from the tomb, caused much bereavement in one of our happy homes. His inexorable visit, paid alike to palace and cabin, to scenes of worldly pleasure and the quaint precincts of the cloister, sparing on this occasion not even the most beloved of the family.
William, youngest son of Richard and Jane Nethercotte, had been ailing only for one short week, and Sunday morning by a sever attack of inflammation, he was called before the judgment seal of his Divine Master to receive his reward.
Surrounded by his mother and father, loving sister and brothers, the honest and loving soul of William Nethercotte, bidding adieu to its earthly habitation, quietly winged its flight to God. During the day quite a number of sorrowful friends came to pay their tribute of respect and breathe a prayer of devotion as they looked upon the face of the beloved dead.
At 4 o’clock p. m. the funeral march began. On arriving at the cemetery a prayer was offered for the dead and thus, amidst the deepest expressions of respect and sorrow, the earthly portion of one loved by all who knew him was consigned to the grave. as his brothers in religion and friends unable to suppress their emotion went, their thoughts were instinctively borne heavenward where those endowed with the many virtues of William Nethercotte many be sure to find happiness and rest.
Married:--On Sunday, 14th inst. by Squire F. A. Roy, Capt. John M. Clark, of Randolph Co., Ills., to Mrs. Lenn Bishop, of this city.
Died: --On Thursday, the 18th inst., Mrs. George Palmer, after a short illness of inflammation of the bowels, age 64 years, 6 months, 1 day. She was buried on Friday by Rev. F. X. Weiss in the Catholic cemetery. the obituary will appear next week.
Died:--Mr. Frank A. Klein, son of Mr. Anton Klein, on Tuesday, Oct. 19, of typhoid fever, aged 22 years.
On Wednesday, October 17th, to the wife of Mr. Anton Wipfler, a girl.
On Thursday, October 18th, to the wife of Mr. George Beckerman, a boy.
Mr. Thomas Toloose was down from Hematite one day this week. Mr. Edward Long, the enterprising merchant of Willow Pond, passed through Bloomsdale on Monday last.
Mr. John F. Williamson, formerly of Bloomsdale, but now of Crystal City was down among his friends and relatives this week.
Fair Play--October 27, 1888
Born:--On Wednesday,the 17th inst., to the wife of Mr. Andrew Hogenmiller, a boy. As he is the first boy in the family, he should be baptized Cleveland.
Mrs. George Palmer--Aged 64 yrs., 6 mos. and 1 da.
Mrs. George Palmer departed this life at 6:30 a. m. Thursday the 18th inst., at her home in Ste. Genevieve. She had been ill for only three weeks, and had been finally carried off by an attack of congestion. A large number of sympathetic friends accompanied the remains to the Catholic cemetery where the interment took place. Mrs. Palmer, nee Miss Mary Anna Huber, was born in Durbach, Baden, on April 27th, 1821. She arrived in this county in 1843, and was twice married to her first husband, Mr. Simon Rehm. She bore many children, five of whom survive, namely, Louise, Catherine, Josephine, Gottlieb, and Charles. Mr. Rehm, having died in 1866, his widow subsequently because the wife of Mr. George Palmer. The total number of her descendants by her first marriage is twenty six--five children and twenty grandchildren. Of her second marriage there is no progeny. The deceased was respected by all for her excellent qualities as a wife and mother and for her devotion to the Catholic religion in which she was reared, and of which she was a strict adherent.
Fair Play--November 3, 1888
Born:--On Monday, October 22, 1888, to the wife of Mr. Emile C. Lelie, a daughter.
Born:--On Wednesday, October 24, 1888, to the wife of Mr. William Kern, of New Bourbon, a daughter.
Card of Thanks.
Mrs. Mary Goss and family desire to return their sincere thanks to their numerous friends who attended the funeral of their beloved relative, Elijah L. Goss.
Elijah L. Goss--Aged 22 yrs., 8 mos. and 10 days.
Departed this life on Friday, October 26, 1888 at 10:30 p. m., Mr. Elijah Goss of typhoid fever. The mortal remains were interred at 4:00 p. m. on Sunday, October 28th in the Catholic cemetery at Valle Spring an immense funeral procession, about 60 vehicles, following the hearse to the grave.
The deceased was a son of Henry Goss, also deceased, and Mary Schwartz, his wife, and was a t win brother of Mr. Perrin A. Goss, who survives him. He was born in Ste. Genevieve county, on February 16, 1866, and lived on his father’s farm a few miles from town till his untimely and lamentable demise. Born of worthy parents, he was a remarkably quiet, sober and industrious young man, and no better testimonial to his reputation could be afforded than the concourse of sympathizing friends who attended Mr. Goss’s funeral. A short time previous to his death he embraced the Catholic faith.
Obituary. Mrs. Catherine Seckinger--Aged 63 yrs. 11 mos. and 3 das.
Mrs. Catherine Seckinger, and aged and respectable German lady of this city died at her residence, corner of Third and Merchant Streets, on Saturday, October 27 1888. Debility, created by increasing old age and general nervous weakness, was the cause of her death. Mrs. Seckinger was a very hard worker in her younger days, and the effect of her overwork told severely on her nervous system during the last years of her life. A very large funeral cortege followed her remains on Monday, October 29th, to Ste. Genevieve Church, and to the Valle Spring Catholic Cemetery where the interment took place.
The deceased, whose maiden name was Catherine Jokerst, was born in the village of Baden-Baden, Germ., November 24, 1824. Arriving in this country with her father and other relatives about the year 1834, she became a resident of Ste. Genevieve county during the remainder of her life. The family settled near Zell. She was married twice, first to Mr. Louis Miller, who died in February 1866. Her second marriage was contracted in September, 1868, with Mr. Ehrhardt Seckinger, whose death occurred in June 1876. No children were born of either marriage.
Mrs. Seckinger was a worthy and charitable woman, very affectionate to children, mild and inoffensive in her disposition, and a faithful Catholic. She had many friends, and not a single enemy. She was a cousin of Mrs. Henry Wilder, and of Sheriff Jokerst of this city.
Fair Play--November 17, 1888-
An Encounter with a Madman.
Dr. Thomas O’Reilly had a narrow escape from death Thursday evening at the bands of a madman. he was summoned to attend a patient on Sheridan avenue, near Easton--the Doctor refused to tell the name of the man or the number of his residence. Arriving at the house about 9:30 o’clock at night he found the man who was suffering from a violent attack of delirium tremens, choking his wife, and naturally interfered in the woman’s behalf, and the madman’s wrath was diverted to him, but he was not so blind with rage as not to see that the Doctor would be quite a match for him in a hand-to-hand struggle. Rushing into an adjoining room, the fellow returned in a few seconds brandishing a huge butcher knife and yelling like an Indian. The Doctor sprang to meet him, not to grapple with the maniac, but to shut the door, which he only partly succeeded in doing. In the struggle at the door the man dropped the knife, and his sister-in-law, who had been a terror-stricken spectator, had the presence of mind to snatch it and run. Once disarmed the fellow easily overpowered, and Friday morning was sent to an asylum.--Globe Democrat.
Col. John Knapp, for many years the business manager and part owner and proprietor of the Missouri Republican, not the St. Louis Republic, died in St. Louis at midnight on Sunday last of a complicated affection of the heart and lungs, in the 73rd year of his age.
Hymeneal Rites. Wilder--Naumann.
This week we chronicle with extreme pleasure a very happy and auspicious union of hearts and hands--the wedding of Miss Louise M. Naumann, a charming young lady of our city, eldest daughter of the Collector Naumann, to Mr. Charles J. Wilder, one of our most sterling young business men. The interesting ceremony, which had been eagerly anticipated by our citizens for some time, was performed at 7:30 p. m. on Wednesday last, at the resident of the bride’s parents on Jefferson and Third streets, by Rev. F. X. Weiss, rector of Ste. Genevieve Church, who solemnized the union by delivering a discourse replete with sound advice on the mutual obligations incurred by matrimony for the benefit of the youthful couple. Only immediate relatives and friends were present during the ceremony. the lovely young bride was attired in a beautiful cream colored cashmere dress, the front of moire cream silk, the left side trimmed with jabot of lace and ribbon, right side two scarfs tied with ribbon bows; corset front, basque of moire silk, jabot of lace to the left; short sleeves with lace and ribbon; white kid gloves veil and orange blossoms in her hand the bride held a beautiful white feathered fan, hand painted The handsome young bridegroom wore a very becoming Prince Albert suit. At the reception, held immediately after the ceremony, the happy pair were surrounded by their friends who tendered them their warmest wishes for their future prosperity and bliss. Cake and wine refreshments were partaken of by the guests. About 9:00 o’clock p. m. the youthful couple repaired to Union Hall, where a grand public ball, given in honor of their wedding, was in full progress. The hall was crowded with the friends of the wedded pair, and dancing was kept up on the waxed and polished floor till about 3:00 o’clock a. m. The following is a full list of the valuable: (not transcribed)
Ralph Panehot, a clever carpenter from Ste. Genevieve, is now engaged in repairing Mr. H. Dowd’s residence. Ralph is a nephew of the famous pedestrian Panchot s who participated in the great contest in Madison Square Gardens, New York City, last March.
The Fair Play is the name of a paper published at Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, and edited by Mr. Joseph Flynn, a brother of our fellow townsman, E. H. Flynn, who was re-elected on Tuesday to the office of treasurer of Custer county. The paper is democratic political high toned sentimentally, and shows abundant evidence of being a well rounded success financially. Its editorials are able, terse and clear cut; it is neat and newsy and the Chronicle extends its best wishes for a continuance of the success it so unquestionable deserves. Custer, Dak. Chronicle.
Married:--On Thursday, November 8 1888, at Bloomsdale Catholic Church, Mr. Damas Drury son of Mr. John Drury, and Miss Philomena Carron, daughter of Co. Judge Carron, Rev. P. A. Truman, officiating. I wish the happy couple unbounded success.
A Row at The Copper Mines.
On Wednesday last Mr. G. M. Hyams, in charge of the Cornwall Copper Mines, appeared before Squire Roy and made affidavit that Henry Jokerst had threatened to kill him and his employes with deadly weapons. Sheriff Jokerst, having been furnished with a warrant went, on Thursday, to the mines to arrest the offender but found that he had gone to Ste. Genevieve by a different route with the intention of answering the charge. Henry appeared before the Squire pleaded guilty and was bound over to keep the peace for six months under recognizance of $200. We understand that the young man’s threats were not as dangerous as supposed, and that really his anger is partially excusable as he is a considerable loser by the shady transactions of the late lamented Mr. Combs. He was one of the best miners in the Cornwall Mines and naturally feeling aggrieved at being defrauded out of his pay, insisted that the work of mining should not go on till his just claims were settled.
Fair Play--November 24, 1888
Obituary. Dr. Chs. S. Hertich--Aged 67 yrs., 8 mos. and 21 days.
At 4:00 o’clock p.m. on Thursday, November 22, 1888, occurred the death of one of Ste. Genevieve’s most respected citizens, Dr. Chas. S. Hertich, at his residence on Main St., this city. His mourning wife and children, with a few other relatives, were present at his bedside during his last moments. Only his sister, Mrs. A. C. Dodge, of Burlington, Io., and his daughter, Mrs. Frank Roeder, of St. Louis, were absent. The doctor had been attacked with partial paralysis about ten years ago, and though every effort was made to effect a cure, the disease had steadily maintained its hold of his system and ultimately terminated his life. For three weeks, he had been too feeble t leave his bed and during the last twenty-four hours of his existence had been unable to swallow any nourishment. The once strong and manly frame had grown emaciated with disease, and the passing of the spirit from its temple was so free from pain as to be almost imperceptible. Is soul was fortified for the great final change by the lst sacraments of the Catholic Church, of which he was a life long member. The funeral will be held at 9:00 a. m. to-day, from the residence to Ste. Genevieve Church where a low requiem mass will be celebrated. Thence the remains will be conveyed to Valle Spring cemetery for interment in the family lot.
Dr. Chas. S. Hertich was born in Ste. Genevieve county, Mo., on March 21, 1821. His father, Mr. Joseph Hertich, was a native of Switzerland, who came to the United States in 1786, and in 1815, founded a school called “Asylum” in Ste. Genevieve county, ten miles from this city. The school was conducted for twenty-five yrs and was celebrated for is high moral and mental culture. The mother of the deceased was Miss Mercelite de Villars, daughter of the French Governor of Louisiana, at New Orleans. She bore her husband six children. Prof. Hertich was an intimate friend of Henry Clay, the famous statesman.
The deceased assisted his father in teaching the Asylum school and subsequently studied medicine, graduating from the St. Louis Medical School in 1848. He practiced medicine for one year at Burlington, Iowa, was surgeon for the Winnebago Indians in Minnesota two years, and finally opened an office in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., in 1851, where he soon built up a lucrative practice. In November 1845, he married Miss Mary L. Rozier, daughter of Ferdinand and Constance Rozier. Their union was blessed with six children Villars J., deceased, Chas J., Bert. J., Augustus C., Clara and Blanche. The Doctor was quiet and unobtrusive in his manner, bluntly honest in speech and action, but withal warm hearted and genial in the social circle. As a citizen or physician no man in our county has a better record or more popular name. In his death a familiar and prominent figure of our society has passed away forever, and a happy home has been bereft of a kind and tender husband and as affectionate father.
Noah H. Jackson--Aged 42 yrs, 3 mos. and 9 das.
Editor Fair Play:--Please publish the death of our dear brother, Noah H. Jackson, who departed this life in October 23rd, 1888. He had traveled some in his earlier days, and had spent some time in New Mexico and Colorado. He enjoyed splendid health while in those places but, on returning to Ste. Genevieve county his health, commenced to fail, and he became afflicted with that awful disease called consumption which finally resulted in his death. Mr. Jackson joined the Odd Fellows Society at Granby, Newton Co., Mo., in the year 1871, and lived a faithful member up to his death. Much could be said of him as a good neighbor, citizen and friend, and an affectionate brother. Although not a public professor, we have no doubt that he was willing to trust all in the hands of God. He bore his afflictions and stood the test of trial in his checkered pathway as god tried in the fire. He has crossed over the river he spoke of, and has gone to meet the loved ones that were so dear to him.
Mrs. Berenice Chouteau Dead.
She Passes Away at the Home of Her Daughter-in- Law.
Special to the St. Louis Republic.
Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 20--At 10 o’clock last night Mrs. Berenice Chouteau died at the residence of her daughter-in-law, on East Ninth street, in this city. Mrs. Chouteau was 87 years of age, and the first white woman that ever lived in Kansas City. Her death was the result of the infirmities of old age.
Mrs. Chouteau as perhaps the most noted historic character of the city. She was the link connecting the past with the present. Mrs. Chouteau was the daughter of Col. Peter Mennard, first Territorial Governor of Illinois. Her father was unusually wealthy,and gave her every advantage of education in their home at Kaskaskia. In 1819, at the early age of 18, she was married to Francis C. Chouteau. Their bridal trip consisted of a journey up the Missouri River to the Black Snake Hills, where St. Joseph was afterward founded.
Two years later Mr. Chouteau again ascended the river in company with his wife, this time to establish a trading post of the American Fur Co. The post was established at Randolph, on the south bank of the river. In the flood of 1826 the log houses were washed away and new stores were afterwards built at the foot of Troost avenue, and two miles above Argentine on the bank of the Kaw.
Mr. Chouteau made a government entry of 1,200 acres of land in the east bottom, where he built the only steamboat landing at this point. This was washed away in 1844. As the years passed Mr. Chouteau proved himself a successful man of business and amassed a fortune. He died about two years ago.
Mrs. Chouteau was a woman of great intelligence and noted throughout her long life for her unbounded charity. She never tired of seeking out the distressed and relieving their wants, although her native modesty was such that few of her acts were made public. She gave away nearly all she possessed. She was a devout believer in Roman Catholicism and provided the means for building the Roman Catholic Church in the city. It was a log structure and stood on Washington street. Owing to the infirmities of age the last few years of her life were spent mainly at home with her daughter-in-law. Her mind was remarkably clear to the last,but such was her dread of reporters that newspaper men were denied the privilege of making a record of her experiences of three-quarters of a century. She had also an aversion for having her picture taken, and she will be remembered only as she appeared in life. Six children have preceded her to the grave, and no survivor of her family remains.
The burial will take place in the family burial grounds at St. Louis tomorrow. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Chouteau, as the earnest solicitation of friends, instituted numerous lawsuits to recover a dower right in valuable read estate in the west bottoms. A few weeks since it was decided by Judge Phillips that the widow had forfeited her rights because of the statute of limitations.
By a Friend.
It was Mrs. Chouteau’s son, Capt. P. M. Chouteau, who died two years ago, not her husband as stated in the above obituary. Her husband died in 1837. Mrs. Chouteau arrived in Ste. Genevieve county in the spring of 1860 and purchased the Little Rock property, remaining on it till 1865 when she went to Kaskaskia, Ill. After three years of residence in Kaskaskia, Mrs. Chouteau returned to Kansas City, where she lived ever since. She was a woman of great force of character, and unlimited faith and charity, and was visited by many vicissitudes and sorrows which she bore with the greatest courage and fortitude. She was the first woman who settled at Kansas City, and lived under a tent til her house was built. She could speak the Indian language fluently.
Death Of a Good Citizen. Mr. James M. Young-Aged 65 yrs.
We had deferred publication of the following obituary in the hope of being able to secure detailed information about Mr. Young’s residence in this county, but as there seems to be no prospect of receiving any, we now present to our readers as it appeared in the Farmington Times.
Mr. J. M. Young, an old and highly respected citizen of Union township, Ste. Genevieve county, died at his home last Thursday morning, October 18th, of paralysis of the throat. About two weeks prior to his death, Mr. Young, who was a very large fleshy man, received a stroke of paralysis which so affected his throat that he could not swallow, and nourishment had to be administered by means of a tube; but all efforts of his physicians and the constant watch-care of his friends could not ward off the fatal result that was apparent from the first. Deceased was a man of solid integrity and unswerving character, a good citizen, pleasant neighbor and devoted husband and father.
J. M. Young was born in Wayne county, Ky, on the 13th of August, 1823 and at the age of seven years came to Missouri with his parents, the late Rev. and Mrs. Harvey Young, in the year 1830. He grew to manhood in this and Ste. Genevieve counties and had resided here ever since. He was united in marriage with Miss Susie Allen on the 23rd of August 1844. His first wife died September 30, 1858 and he was again married, March 20, 1859 to Miss Susan Porter, who survives him. He leaves (illegible) dren. (transcriber’s note--newspaper is torn and difficult to read), five by his first wife and four by his second. Among the former is W. B. Young of this place, and the latter J. R. Young of Bonne Terre. Besides his wife and children, he also leaves three sisters to mourn his loss.
The funeral, which took place from Three Rivers church on Friday afternoon, was largely attended. Services were conducted by Rev. J. N. Hepler who preached from Rev. 14:13.
Mr. Jos. Vaeth has decided to close up his well-known hostelry, the Anvil Saloon at New Offenburg, and become a citizen and businessman in Ste. Genevieve. No more honest and respectable saloonkeeper than Mr. Vaeth ever did business in Ste. Genevieve, and we cheerfully recommend him to all who wish to patronize a respectably conducted saloon.
“Jane”, the faithful old colored servant of Dr. Hertich, made a remarkable prediction about his death. At noon, while the members of the family were expecting his demise at any moment, “Jane” said he would not die before four o’clock. She was asked the reason why, and answered because his mother died of the same disease at four o’clock in the afternoon on a Thursday. Her prediction was fulfilled.
Married:--On Monday, November 19, 1888, in this city, Mr. Robert Janis and Miss Louise Lajoie, Squire F. A. Roy officiating.
Fair Play--December 1, 1888-
Obituary. Mrs. Alexis F. Boyer--Aged 35 yrs.
Died at her residence in Bloomsdale, Ste. Genevieve county, Mo, at about 8:00 o’clock a. m. on Saturday, November 24th, Cornelia, wife of Mr. Alexis F. Boyer, of consumption and dropsy. The deceased had been ailing for about a year. On Thursday, 15th ult., she grew seriously worse in health, and from that day forward she suffered considerably till her sufferings were terminated in the peaceful repose of death. Though loathe to part from her loving husband and children, she accepted the will of Providence with true Christian resignation, and was perfectly reconciled and prepared to die. She died, as she lived, a devout Catholic, and her mortal remains were interred on Sunday, 25th ult., in the Catholic cemetery attached to Bloomsdale Church. Her funeral was attended by a very large concourse of sympathizing friends.
Mrs. Boyer was the daughter of one of Bloomsdale’s worthiest and most respected citizens, Mr. Clem. Drury, and was married to Mr. Alexis F. Boyer about 13 years. Her husband and three young children, the youngest only 15 months old, survive her to mourn her untimely loss. They have the sympathy, not only of the good citizens of Bloomsdale, but of all who realize what an affliction it is for a household to lose the loving wife and tender mother whose kindness alleviated every domestic care.
Wedding Ceremony. Singley--Govreau.
On Thursday, November 29th, at four o’clock in the afternoon, were united in matrimony Mr. Edward L. Singley and Miss Amelia Govreau, at the residence of the bride’s parents in this city, Rev. F. X. Weiss, officiating. The youthful bride was becomingly arrayed for the happy occasion, and wore a graceful wreath of orange blossoms with white veil. The bridesmaids were Miss Dora Frichette and Miss Laura Fanton. The groom was attended by Mr. Peter E. Hipes (best man) and Mr. Noah Govreau, both wearing handsome button-hole bouquets. The popularity of the youthful couple filled the dwelling with their rejoicing friends, and feasting, music and dancing reigned supreme during the reception which lasted till a late hour of the night. Very sweet music for the dancers was furnished by Mr. Leon Labruyere, assisted by Messrs. Naree LaChance and O. S. Miles.
Numerous handsome wedding presents were received. The bride is the amiable daughter of our respected townsman, Mr. Felix Govereau, and the bridegroom is the well known engineer of the Little Gem ferryboat and an affable, good-natured and popular young gentleman descended from very worthy parents now living in New York City. The Fair Play wishes them every happiness, and trusts that their pathway may be strewn with the roses of love and free from the thorns of care.
Mr. Jules Thomure, livery stable man for Mr. Jos. Vorst, was badly hurt on Monday last, while riding on horseback at night to attend a ball at Mr. Lawrence Rigdon’s on the Ranger place, about five miles from Ste. Genevieve. Some distance from his destination his horse stumbled, throwing him heavily. As he lay prostrate the brute stepped heavily on his stomach bruising him severely. He managed to arise and walk to Mr. Rigdon’s where he has been laid up ever since to ill to be moved. Dr. Carssow who attended him, is of the opinion that his liver was contused by the pressure of the horse’s hoof. It is expected that he will recover.
The infant child of our friend, Mr. Damas Boyer, of Bloomsdale, took seriously ill on Tuesday afternoon, but is now recovered.
Dearly Bought Wisdom.
Romy McDonnell of Jackson township and another young man, named McMullin, both visited DeSoto a few weeks ago and, while in that bad, wicked city, imbibed too immoderately of the cheering and inebriating cup, as young men and occasionally old men who ought to know better, will unfortunately sometimes do. During their carousals a pin, in some mysterious manner, inserted itself into Romy’s thigh, but he was too excited to notice the trifling inconvenience and it remained in its fleshy scabbard till he returned to his home, when it was finally extracted with some difficulty. The result was that his leg became badly inflamed and he was confined to hit bed. According to the latest accounts his limb was in such a condition that it was feared it would have to be amputated. The young men have learned a lesson of wisdom from this sad experience and, we are informed, have sensibly resolved never again to drink the intoxicating cup.
Serious Runaway Accident.
At about ten o’clock on Tuesday morning last, as Miss Zoe Ziegler, daughter of Mrs. Pelagie Ziegler, of New Bourbon, was setting out from home in her road cart to dispose of some butter and other farm produce and to spend the day in this city, she met with an almost fatal accident. About a quarter of a mile from her house several young colts came suddenly trotting behind her vehicle and scared the horse she was driving so that it dashed off at full speed. The plucky young lady held firmly to the reins but as the road led through a wood, she could not manage to guide the horse safely, and the wheel soon struck a stump, overturning the cart and dashing its young occupant violently on the ground, where she lay insensible. the horse rushed madly on till the vehicle struck a tree and was shattered, when the frightened animal broke loose and rushed through the woods homeward. Considerably over an hour afterwards, as Mr. James Pinkley was passing by the Ziegler place, he noticed the horse standing near the barn with its harness hanging loosely about it, so he made inquiry at the residence,m and thus the accident was discovered.
Accompanied by Miss Ziegler’s brother, Clay, he set out on a search which resulted in finding the young lady lying partially insensible where she had fallen and where she had remained for nearly two hours. Conveying her home, she was placed under the tender care of her distracted mother and sisters who, at first, feared that she was dead. Dr Lanning having been sent for, he examined her injuries carefully, and found that she was bruised and shaken up considerably, and her right clavicle, or collar bone, broken. This he set and though the patient was partially insensible from the shock of the fall during the remainder of the day, and suffered much pain we are glad to be able to state hat she has received no permanent injury, and is gradually recovering.
Joseph Boarman--Aged 50 years.
At his residence on the Little Saline about nine miles from this city, at 6:00 p. m. on Tuesday, 27th ult., died Mr. Joseph Boarman, of pneumonia. He had been sick only five days, but had been of a weakly and consumptive constitution for about twenty years. On Thursday a low mass of requiem was celebrated for his soul in the River aux Vase Catholic Church, and his remains were interred in the adjoining cemetery. Over a hundred persons attended the funeral. Mr. Boarman’s wife died four years ago last February. She was the daughter of Mr. Peter Lalumandier of this city. Eight children survive. They are left almost destitute, but they will be cared for by relatives and friends. The Boarman family came to this state from Baltimore, Md. They are Americans. The remaining survivors are Mrs. Harrison Miller, residing on Coldwater Creek in the lower end of this county, and Mr. John Boarman of Prairie du Rocher, Ill., sister and brother of the deceased.
Mr. W. L. Townsend and Miss Nellie Brierton were married at Festus, Missouri, on the 22nd inst. Mr. Townsend is well known to many of our readers, having been in business in this county at Silver Lake and being a native of St. Mary, Missouri. He has been at Festus for more than a year. His bride is a handsome and accomplished young lady and is a daughter of James Brierton one of the proprietors of the large mercantile firm for which the groom is clerking. the groom is one of the candidates for the Chief-clerkship of the lower House of the legislature and in case he is successful in the race, he and his young bride will spend the winter at the Capital. We are quite sure we echo the sentiment of every one of the groom’s numerous friends in this place when we wish the young couple every happiness and joy, and that the full measure of matrimonial bliss may be theirs. Perryville Sun.
Mrs. Ellen Laws--Aged 37 yrs.
Died, at her home in Ste Genevieve county, on Tuesday, November 20, 1888, Ellen, beloved wife of Mr. Leonard Laws, aged 37 years, 3 months and 15 days. She left a family of four children and a host of friends to mourn his loss. In her early womanhood she turned her face Zionward and sought refuge in the arms of her dear Saviour. She united with the Baptist Church at Avon, but afterwards had her name removed to the roll of membership at Chestnut Ridge Church, where it still remains as a beacon light to her bereaved family and friends.
The deceased was respected by all for her excellent qualities as a wife and mother, and for her devotion to her Maker. May her excellent example be followed by all her friends and relations, and may we all meet again in that reunion where she and death cannot separate loved ones.
Mrs. Alexis F. Boyer--Aged 35 yrs.
Died at her residence in Bloomsdale, Ste. Genevieve county, Mo., at about 8:00 o’clock, a. m. on Saturday, November 24th, Cornelia, wife of Mr. Alexis F. Boyer, of consumption and dropsy. The deceased had been ailing for about a year. On Thursday, 15th ult., she grew seriously worse in health, and from that day forward she suffered considerably till her sufferings were terminated in the peaceful repose of death. Though loathe to part from her loving husband and children, she accepted the will of Providence with true Christian resignation, and was perfectly reconciled and prepared to die. She died, as she lived, a devout Catholic, and her mortal remains were interred on Sunday, 25th ult. in the Catholic cemetery attached to Bloomsdale church. Her funeral was attending by a very large concourse of sympathizing friends.
Mrs. Boyer was the daughter of one of Bloomsdale’s worthiest and most respected citizens, Mr. Clem. Drury and was married to Mr. Alexis F. Boyer about 13 years. Her husband and three young children, the youngest only 15 months old, survive her to mourn her untimely loss. They have the sympathy, not only of the good citizens of Bloomsdale, but of all who realize what an affliction it is for a household to lose the loving wife and tender mother whose kindness alleviated every domestic care.
Fair Play--December 8, 1888-
We cannot find space for an “Obituary of Joseph Boarman,” and a communication entitled, “Our mines swindled again.” The substance of the former was in last weeks Fair Play, and the publication of the latter could accomplish no good for the miners.
On Tuesday, November 27, at four o’clock in the afternoon, were united in matrimony, Mr. Felix Pourney and Miss Abbie Robertson, by Rev. James Cleveland at the residence of Rev. Jas. Cleveland. Mr. Pourney, is a respectable, prosperous and well-to-do young farmer from the eastern part of Perry County. His bride is a handsome and accomplished young lady who has been residing for the last four years at the residence of our well known friend, Chas N. Rimboch of this county. After the nuptial ceremonies were performed they retired to the home of the bride, at the residence of Mr. Rimboch, where a well prepared supper was awaiting them. The following morning they departed for their home in Perry county near Allens Landing. We wish the young couple every happiness and joy.
Henry Brose, a farmer of Cape Girardeau County, was killed on Friday, November 30th, by being thrown out of his wagon.
Fair Play--December 15, 1888-
The two-story house of Mr. Thomas Pinkston, of Union township, was burned to the ground on the morning of the 5th inst. Our informant states that the fire was started accidentally by the hired girl, who went upstairs to get some potatoes to cook for breakfast, and dropped a lighted match on a pile of straw. The loss was total, not even wearing apparel being saved. The damage is $300 and there was no insurance. A subscription is being taken up for Mr. Pinkston’s relief.
On Monday last, Mr. Peter Weiler sold his farm of 300 acres at New Offenburg together with his residence and a portion of his personal property to Mr. Anton Bieser, of Zell, for $2,000. If Mr. Weiler can procure a good farm in the vicinity of Ste. Genevieve, he may do so, if not he may emigrate west.
Mr. Clovis Morice, of Bloomsdale, has entered into a contract with Mr. Louis Nauman to clear 25 acres of timber land on Moreau’s island for the sum of $275. Our stalwart six-foot friend, Clovis, will commence his task on Monday next with a force of eight brawny wood choppers, and he may be relied upon to make it a thorough job, for he is one of the kind that hews to the line, let the chops fall where they may.
Successful Ste. Genevieve Youth.
Mr. Anton Schwartz, son of our well known and respected fellow citizen, Mr. Peter Schwartz, a farmer of this vicinity, is here on a visit for the winter from his farm in Washington Territory. His father having gone to visit him this Fall, he was seized with a desire to see his old home once more, hence his temporary return.
Nine years ago, Mr. Schwartz started out from Ste. Genevieve to try his fortune in the Wild West, and settled in Montana for five years, finding occupation in the numerous sawmills of that wooded, mountain territory. He describes Montana as abounding in fir and pine lumber. For farming purposes irrigation has to be adopted, as but little rain falls there. Finding the climate too cold to be agreeable, Mr. Schwartz finally emigrated to Washington Territory, which occupies the extreme northwestern corner of the United States on the Pacific Coast. There he engaged temporarily in the logging business, but soon decided on farming, and purchased his present farm which is situated in Lincoln county in the eastern part of the territory. The climate of Washington territory is described by Mr. Schwartz as moderate, not as hot in summer as that of Missouri, but perhaps a little colder in winter, occasionally reaching 22 deg. below zero. The winters are not as long as ours, and there is hardly ever any snow before Christmas. The soil is finely adapted to the raising of the cereals, wheat, oats and barley. Spring wheat is chiefly raised. Heavy rains fall in the spring and autumn season and irrigation is unnecessary. The salmon fisheries along Puget Sound and the Columbia and Willamette rivers form a remarkable valuable industry. The salmon are canned, and are in universal demand. Mr. Schwartz considers Washington Territory a desirable location for any discontented Missouri farmer who is anxious to better his condition. He will return to his western home next March.
Fair Play--December 22, 1888-
John Bauman, while intoxicated with whiskey, fell from a stable loft in St. Louis on Saturday last and broke his neck.
Mr. Jesse M. Elvins, the able and popular Superintendent of the Doe Run Lead Mines, was married on Saturday, December 8th, to Miss Lizzie Mehring.
Three Ste. Genevieve boys, Rudolph Seysler, Barbeau Roy and Frank Schmalhe are foremen of printing offices in Poplar Bluff and Williamsville, Mo. They are all in the state of single cussedness, but they are working hard to get into the state of double blessedness.
Obituary. Mr. John Burks--Aged 77 years.
One by one the sturdy settlers who reclaimed the soil of Ste. Genevieve county are disappearing from the scenes of their triumphs over the rugged forces of Nature. They depart, but they leave behind them imperishable testimony to their manly qualities in the fertile and well cultivated farms and comfortable homes which they have created in regions where they found nothing but wilderness. One of the best types of this valuable class of citizens, Mr. John Burks, of Union Township, departed this life at one o’clock a. m. on Monday, December 17, 1888. Five days previously he had been attacked with pleurisy, and though originally blest with a strong constitution, his advanced age rendered him an easy victim to the disease. Some entertain the opinion that the disastrous defeat of Democracy in the late election preyed upon his spirits and contributed to his death. This theory is not very improbably for a more ardent Democrat never breathed, and besides he was so sanguine of Democratic victory that his disappointment must have been extremely keen. His mortal remains were interred on Tuesday at the Burk’s cemetery near his abode. He was a member of the Baptist Church.
The deceased was the second son of Thomas and Nancy Burks, and was born in Kentucky in 1811. He arrived in Missouri in his boyhood and was educated in the subscription schools of this State. On May 28, 1839 he and his brother Charles commenced their successful careers as farmers of Ste. Genevieve county by entering claims at the Land Office in Jackson Mo. Mr. Burks was married in 1842 to Miss Minerva Murphy, a sister of Mr. Geo. Murphy of Union township. She died in 1843 and in 1851 he married Miss Susan Fitzpatrick, who bore him two children that died in infancy. His second wife having died in 1855, he again sought a domestic partner and, in 1859, espoused Mrs. Harriet Murphy, niece of Co. Judge Geo. W. Griffith. Of this union were born seven children: Minerva (Mrs. A. F. Bryson), John M., Ellis R, Virginia (Mrs. Jas. Wyatt). Missouri Bell, Sarah V, and one who died in infancy. Mr. Burks leaves a good farm and considerable property to be divided among his children. He could remember the time when wild animals roamed over the spot where fields of grain are now waving, and when the boys of the country wore buckskin trousers. No citizen of Ste. Genevieve county who departed from the scenes of earth in recent years was held in better repute for honest and veracity than the worthy deceased.
He was a good farmer, a highly moral citizen and strictly faithful to his domestic responsibilities.
Death of Dr. G. J. Bernays.
Dr. G. J. Bernays , of St. Louis, father of the distinguished young surgeon, Dr. A. C. Bernays, and brother of Dr. J. F. Bernays, of this city, died on Sunday last, 16th inst.,, aged 64 years, 8 months and 12 days. His remains were cremated, or burned to ashes, Wednesday in the St. Louis crematory. The ashes will be taken to Heidelberg, Germany next spring, to be deposited in the tomb of his wife. He was a physician of high reputation and extensive practice, a lover of art an science, a kind-hearted man and very generous to the deserving poor. He leaves an estate worth $100,000.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kertz, and their son Charles, arrived in Ste. Genevieve on Thursday night from their home at Ferndale, Montana. They are here on a visit to Mr. Kertz’s brother, Mr. John Kertz, of Bloomsdale.
Mr. R. E. Douglas, of the Red Bud, Ill, Torpedo, was married recently to Miss Effie E. Allen, of Lincoln, Mo.
A very quiet wedding occurred here on the 12th inst., the contracting parties being Mr. Edward Face, of Black Rock, Ark., to Miss Esther Nethercotte, the only daughter of Mr. Richard Nethercotte, of this place. The wedding was private on account of a recent family affliction, and was celebrated in the parlor of the bride’s home.
The bride, a lovely brunette, was very prettily dressed in a pure white Albatross--orange blossoms her only ornament. The bride’s attendant, Miss Roxie Z(illegible) looked charming in a tan Albatros with trimmings of mahogany moire silk. The groom was attended by Mr. Herman Roseman. They wore black Prince Albert suits. Only a few of the most intimate friends of the family were present. Mr. Face and bride left Wednesday, 19th inst., for their home in Black Rock. The bride received the following PRESENTS (not transcribed)
Fair Play--December 29, 1888-
Born:--On Thursday, Dec. 20th, to the wife of Mr. Frank Falk, Salem, Dent Co., Mo, a girl.
Born:--On Friday, Dec. 21st. to the wife of Mr. Louis Doerge, this city, a girl.
Died, of typhoid fever, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Williams. The deceased was five years and ten months old.
We regret to learn that our friend, Capt. Wm. Roth, of Zell hurt himself seriously not long since while chopping a tree in the wood. It seems that the axe slipped and, falling heavily edgeways on the captain’s boot, penetrated the leather and severed three of his toes from the foot. The force of the blow was so great that the ase cut into the sole of the boot. His friends will be glad to learn that his wound is healing and that; he will soon be well again.