Fair Play; 1890 (Jan 4 – Dec. 20)

Fair Play January 4, 1890 to Dec 20, 1890

Fair Play--January 4, 1890

No vital records

Fair Play--January 11, 1890

Died, in this city on Monday, January 6th, Rosalie Marseilles (colored).


“Sam”, the well known horse of Rev. Father Weiss, of this city, died last Monday.


Born, on Tuesday, January 7th, 1890, to the wife of Dr. J. H. Morgansteen, of Weingarten, a son.


The trial of Frank LaRose, charged with stealing three chickens from Miss Constance Mangin, took place before ‘Squire Roy last Thursday, and defendant was found guilty and fined five dollars and costs. Prosecuting Attorney E. A. Rozier represented the State and Mr. A. C. Hertich conducted the case for the defendant.


A marriage license was issued on December 31st to John A. Hulsken and Zelema Lalumondiere, of Bloomsdale.


Disappearance of Felix J. Rigdon.

Mr. Felix J. Ridgon, a prominent citizen of River aux Vases, disappeared from his home at that place on December 14th and has not been heard of since. The facts, as given to us, are as follows:


Mr. Rigdon was at his father’s residence at 3 o’clock in the afternoon of December 14th, and left, saying he would be back that evening. Nothing since has been heard of him, but it was ascertained that before leaving, he had packed his valise, taking his clothes with him. Mr. Ridgon had his good mind up to the time he left, but seemed to be in very great trouble. His relatives and friends are greatly worried as they know of no cause for his sudden departure.


Death of Louis LaChappelle.

Louis LaChappelle, the last of the old French settlers at Kaskaskia, died in that ancient village on Monday morning at 4 o’clock, December 16th, aged 83 years. Mr. LaChappelle was a first cousin of Senator George W. Jones, of Dubuque, Iowa, who has seen more than four score years of active life, and is still living. Mr. LaChappelle was also a close relative of the Rozier’s and Pratte’s, of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and St. Louis, families who cover a residence of more than a century’s history of the early settlement and development of the Mississippi Valley.  He belonged to that school of pioneers who were noted for their uncompromising integrity and personal honor in all their transactions with their fellow-men, a representative element in the make-up of the early settlements of this country now sadly wanting. In his early life, Mr. LaChappelle was one of the leading river pilots between St. Louis and New Orleans and on the Red River of the South, who, no doubt, is scarcely remembered in that connection, on account of the lapse of time and the many changes that have taken place within the past half century.


He has gone to sleep with the thousands who have preceded him, resting with the fathers and mothers who, with matchless virtue, energy and daring, made it possible for a dense wilderness to blossom as the rose, and leave an heritage of priceless value to the world. God bless his memory, and those of his kind who have gone before and now dwell in the realms of eternal peace and happiness.


St. Mary.

Born, on December 23rd, 1889, to the wife of Mr. William Hoffman, a daughter.


Fair Play--January 18, 1890

Married, on Tuesday, January 14, 1890, at the residence of the bride’s parents, on the Plank Road, two miles from Ste. Genevieve, Mr. Joseph Whitlock and Miss Hattie Boyer, Rev. Father C. L. Van Tourrenhout officiating.

At the close of the marriage ceremony a fine supper was served to the invited guests, after which dancing was indulged in until three o’clock in the morning. The bride is the estimable daughter of Mr. Jules Boyer, our well-known lime manufacturer, and is one of Ste. Genevieve’s fairest young ladies. Mr. Whitlock, the groom, is a son of our worthy townsman, Mr. John S. Whitlock, and is a sober and industrious young man. The bridesmaids were Misses Emma Boyer, Gussie Whitlock, and Annie Falk and Messrs. Charles Whitlock, Adolph Petrequin and Andrew Wilder acted as groomsmen.  The presents received by the happy couple were numerous and valuable, a full list of which is given below.  The Fair Play returns its sincere thanks to the bride and groom for the elegant cake and wine and hopes that their life may be a long and happy one.  (presents not included in transcription).


Mr. Albert A. Boyer has purchased his father’s residence near the North Gabourie creek and will move into it next week.


Walker Blaine, eldest son of the Secretary of State, James G. Blaine, died of “La Grippe” at Washington last Wednesday.


Mr. Anton Samson, our popular street commissioner, celebrated his 46th birthday last Thursday by giving a party to several of his friends in the evening that day. The Ste. Genevieve Progressive Brass Band tendered Mr. Samson a serenade that night and were invited in and given refreshments.


Pine Grove.

Batiste Thomure, the young man who was shot on Christmas Eve, is recovering remarkably fast.



Died, on Wednesday, January 15th, Joseph Roussin, son of William Roussin, aged 8 years.


Mr. Louis Rey met with a painful accident one day last week by cutting himself on the wrist with an ax, while chopping wood.


Mrs. Sylvester Brown died of pneumonia on the 12th inst., at her home five miles from town. She leaves a husband and several children to mourn her loss. They have the sympathy of the entire community.


Mrs. Henry Myers died at her home six miles from town, on Wednesday, 15th inst., of a congestive chill. She leaves a husband and two children.


It is rumored that a grist mill will be in operation in Bloomsdale in the course of twelve months. We will not give the names of the men who are at the head of the enterprise, as it is not yet a settled thing, but it is hoped that they will push the thing ahead. A grist mill is badly needed in this part of the county, and Bloomsdale, being a wheat growing community, no better location in the county for a grist mill could be found. The people of Bloomsdale are also in hope that a zinc mine will soon be opened about a mile from here. There is considerable talk about it and prospects, for opening a zinc mine, are good.


The marriage of Mr. John A. Hulsken and Miss Zelema Lalumondiere took place on Tuesday, January 14th, at the Catholic Church at this place, Rev. Father P. A. Trumm officiating.  After the matrimonial ceremonies, the married couple retired to the residence of Mr. Michael Drury where a sumptuous dinner had been prepared. The day was a joyful one for all who participated. Several presents were given to the happy couple, but time prevents us sending them for publication. Mr. Hulsken has only lived here three months, but in that time has proved himself to be a gentleman, and has selected one of our most amable young ladies for his wife. Your correspondent wishes them a joyful life.


Fair Play--January 25, 1890


Died, near Avon, this county, on Saturday, January 18, 1890, William Natus, the only child of G. S. and Martha Reese, aged 1 year, 5 months and 3 days, after an illness of about three weeks of spinal disease and malaria. God, in his great mercy, released him from his pain and took him to his eternal home.  The remains were interred in the Stone Church cemetery Rev. G. O. Nations officiating at the last ceremonies. The entire community condole with the parents in their sad bereavement.


A Line Through Perry County.

Perryville, Mo., January 20--For the past few days one of Jay Gould’s agents has been through Perry County, from Appleton to Perryville and to Brewerville, which is on the road to St. Mary’s.  Ste. Genevieve and Crystal City, with a view of building a railroad through this county.  The surveyors are now at work from Jackson this way. The survey of the Bluff route was made last winter from Grand Tower or Wittenberg to St. Mary’s, also the survey from Jackson to Grand Tower. By building from Jackson direct through to Perryville to intersect the Iron Mountain the projectors would save some twenty or twenty-five miles in distance, besides having a better road-bed.  Mr. Henck, of Cape Girardeau, has been talking of building from that city to Perryville, and along the same route in this county and a bonus for that road has been raised in this county.


The remains of Mrs. James Waddle were interred at Concord on January 15th. She was a daughter of Mr. James Morris, deceased of this county.



Miss Melia Govereau, of Mill Creek died on Sunday, January 19th.



Born, to the wife of Mr. Biggs, a daughter.


Fair Play--February 1, 1890


Mrs. Katharine Kerlagon--Aged 60 years, 11 months and 18 days.

Mrs. Catharine Kerlagon departed this life at her residence in Ste. Genevieve on Sunday, January 26, 1890, at 4 o’clock A. M. after an illness of about three weeks of ulceration of the bowels.  Mrs. Kerlagon, whose maiden name was Taylor, was born in Perry county in the year 1830.  Her parents died six years after her birth and she was adopted and raised by Mr. Robert T. Brown, father of Mrs. Dr. J. B. Cox of this city. Mrs. Kerlagon was a faithful member of the Catholic Church, and received the last sacraments of that Church before her death. Her remains were interred on Monday at 2 P. M. in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery, Rev. Father C. L. Van Tourrenhout officiating at the last ceremonies.


Died, in this city, on Tuesday, January 28th, at 2 o’clock A. M., of consumption, Adaline Deguire, (colored) aged about 50 years. The remains were interred on Thursday in the Catholic cemetery at Valle Spring, Rev. Father C. L. Van Tourrenhout, officiating.


Died, on Wednesday, January 22, 1890, of diphtheria, James O. R., son of Mr. and Mrs. James Northcott, aged 4 years, 3 months and one day.


Last Thursday evening George W. Boland, the coroner of this county, was crushed beneath a tree, which some workmen were felling, and was so badly injured that he died the same evening. He was engaged in clearing some land near his home at Pujol, in Kaskaskia Point. Mr. Boland was about 40 years of age, was a Democratic candidate for coroner.  There was a tie vote between him and his Republican opponent, but in drawing lots he was successful and got the office. He had about two years and ten months yet to serve.  Mr. Boland was buried the next day at St. Mary, Mo. He was a jovial, good natured man and had many friends. It will not be necessary to hold a special election to fill the vacancy caused y his death. His successor will be elected at the regular election next Fall.


Golden Wedding.

On Tuesday, January 28th, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Ranger celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage at their residence about five miles from town.  A very enjoyable evening was spent in dancing and other amusements. (a list of presents were not transcribed).


A marriage license was issued to Henry Joseph Gisi and Josephine Donze, of Ste. Genevieve, on January 28, 1890.


St. Mary.

Mr. Lentz died of consumption last Friday. He leaves a wife to  mourn his loss.


George Boland, who lived across the river, met with a sad death one day last week. He was at work chopping when a tree fell on him causing his death almost instantly.


Last Monday, Mr. Damas Drury met with a very unfortunate accident. He heated up the engine to start his saw mill and the boiler exploded. We are glad to state that no one was injured, but the explosion will delay sawing until the boiler is repaired. Mr. Drury intends to have it repaired at DeSoto or Crystal City.


Henry Gremminger, who has been following the butcher trade in Farmington for several years, has given up the business and returned hone to his father John Gremminger on account of poor health.



Born, on January 17th, to the wife of Anton Pfaff, a son.


Born, on January 17th, to the wife of Joseph Meyer, a daughter.


Died, on January 23, 1890, Catherine J., daughter of John and Elizabeth Karl, aged 3 years.


Fair Play--February 8, 1890

Mr. Henry Herter, of near Weingarten, father of Mr. C. A. Herter of this city, died at his home last Wednesday and was buried in Ste. Genevieve on Friday. An obituary notice will appear next week.


Born, on Friday, January 31, 1890, to wife of Mr. Amos Boneau, a son.


Born, on Saturday, February 1, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Firmin Rozier, Jr. of this city, a son.


Died, on Monday, February 3rd, 1890 of spasms, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kiefer, aged eleven months.


Died, on Monday, February 3, 1890, of pneumonia, G. P. infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Northcott, aged 1 year, 4 months and 20 days.


Married, at the Catholic Church in this city, on Wednesday, February 5th, at 4 o’clock P. M., William H. Amoreaux, of St. Louis, and Miss Mary Ribeau, of this city, (colored).


Marriage Licenses.


The following marriage licenses were issued this week:


Francis Donze of Weingarten and Mary Gisi of Ste. Genevieve.


William H. Amoreaux of St. Louis and Mary C. Ribeau of Ste. Genevieve.


Seph. La Rose met with an accident one day last week. He had an ax in his hand and in attempting to get on his horse struck his knee with the sharp end of the ax, inflicting a painful but not serious wound.


Died, at Coffman, Tuesday, January 28 1890, George, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. George Thomure, aged three years.  The remains were interred at the Catholic cemetery at Staabtown, on Wednesday.  We extend our sympathy to the parents in their sad loss.



Born, on Monday, Feb. 3, to the wife on Mr. Fred Bayer, a daughter.


Married, on Tuesday, Feb. 4th, at the Catholic church at this place, Rev. Father Trumm officiating. Mr. Damien Carron and Miss Elizabeth Charleville.

Died,  on Concord, on Tuesday, Feb. 4th, of pneumonia, Joseph Bequette, Mr. Bequette was a very young man of steady habits and was living with Mr. William Dutton.

St. Mary.

The funeral of Mr. Long from the county took place here Sunday.


As we stated last week, the Bluff railroad may now be considered as certain to be built. Last week articles of incorporation were filed in the office of the circuit clerk of this county. The name of the road will be the St. Louis, Chester and Grand Tower railroad, and it will run in a southeasterly direction from a point in East St. Louis, through the counties of St. Clair, Monroe, Randolph and Jackson to Grand Tower.  The principal offices of the road will be located in East St. Louis. The corporation will continue fifty years and as much longer as provided by law. The capital stock is $1,500,000.


Fair Play--February 15, 1890


Mr. Eloy LeCompte--Aged 83 yrs., 2 mos. and 8 days.

On Sunday last, at the hour of 3:30 p. m., passed away in sleep as gentle as that of an infant the spirit of one of Ste. Genevieve’s oldest , worthiest and most honored citizens, Mr. Eloy LeCompte.  His demise was not entirely unexpected, as age and ill health had much weakened his once robust frame, but there were no immediate monitions of the approach of death. In order to permit relatives living at a distance to attend the funeral, the obsequies were delayed till Wednesday 12th inst., when, at 8:30 a. m., the casket containing the remains was conveyed to Ste. Genevieve Church. Within the walls of the sacred edifice a large congregation had assembled to do honor to the memory of the venerable deceased by participating in the ceremonies of the High Mass of Requiem offered up for the eternal repose of his soul by his pastor and friend, Rev. F. X. Weiss. A full choir, accompanied by the solemn tones of the organ, rendered appropriate music for the impressive service. The funeral cortege was unusually large, including our citizens generally from town and country, and attesting by its size the universal respect in which the worthy deceased was held. Among those present from abroad were the following relatives:  Mrs. Felicite Miller and grandchild, of St. Louis; Mr. J. H. LeCompte, of Springfield, Mo., and Miss Virgie Cahoon and her brother, Benson, of Fredericktown, Mo.


Mr. Eloy LeCompte was born in Prairie du Rocher, Randolph Co., Ill., on December 1, 1806. He was the third in birth of the three children of Pierre LeCompte and Susanne Barbeau. His father had been at one time a major in the U. S. Army. His education was received at “The Barrens,” in Perry County, Mo, a renowned seat of learning then, as now conducted by the Lazarists, an order of the Catholic priesthood devoted to the collegiate training of youth. As a consequence he was thoroughly instructed in various branches of learning, had an excellent knowledge of French and English and was somewhat conversant with the Latin tongue. After the death of his father, the deceased, in company with his mother, moved to Ste. Genevieve, Mo. in 1829, where he soon entered the office of Dr. Lewis F. Linn for the purpose of studying medicine.  Here he met with a painful accident which had the effect of terminating his medical studies and changing the whole current of his life. While compounding chemicals in the doctor’s laboratory, one day, the retort exploded dreadfully damaging the young student’s eyes but fortunately leaving no permanent injury. His next important step in life was his marriage, August 21, 1832, to Miss Melanie Bogy, sister of U. S. Senator Bogy, Esq., an intelligent and highly cultured French gentleman.  On account of the serious illness of the groom, the wedding ceremony was performed at the residence of his mother by Rev. Father Damen. To their union were born eight children, of whom the following still survive:  Joseph Barbeau Charles, Superintendent of the Ste. Genevieve Cone Mills; Joseph Felix, County Clerk of Ste. Genevieve, and John Henry, book keeper of the Springfield Grocer Co., Springfield, Mo. Mary Isabella, wife of Hon. B. B. Cahoon, of Fredericktown, Mo., whose death occurred on January 15, 1889, was a daughter of the deceased. Others surviving descendants are 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.


During his extended career Mr. LeCompte held the following important county offices: sheriff and collector, county judge, probate judge and county treasurer, holding the last named office for many year till he finally resigned it. He held office altogether for 36 years consecutively. In addition to his public duties, the deceased found time during his busy life to embark in several private mercantile enterprises. His first experience was in general merchandise stores was in company with Mr. Henry Lawrence. Having resolved to turn his attention to manufacturing, Mr. LeCompte commenced to erect the “Cone MIlls” in 1855.  The building was completed and the mills were set in operation in 1856.  This enterprise proved to be the industrial prop of Ste. Genevieve county, though it brought no prosperity to the fortunes of the energetic founder.  After 14 years of connection with the milling business, Mr. LeCompte parted with the property in 1870 and moved with his family to St. Louis. Twelve years later, in 1881, the worthy deceased again changed his domicile to Ste. Genevieve and continued to abide here during the remainder of his life. Mr. LeCompte always took a lively interest in the welfare of Ste. Genevieve city and county and to his public spirit the town was largely indebted for the construction of the Ste. Genevieve and Iron Mountain Plank Road. He was also one of the incorporators of the old Ste. Genevieve Savings Association.


In his private life the deceased was an exemplary husband and father. Strict in his adherence to the Catholic faith,his home was a nursery of the virtues with which true Christianity enriches the hearts of the disciples.  Mild and gentle in disposition, courteous, affable and dignified in demeanor, the possessor of a benevolent, generous and sympathetic heart, Mr. LeCompte was an admirable representative of the old school of French gentility, now passing gradually away forever. His prudent temperate habits and regular routine of daily life served to preserve his physical vigor and to prolong his years much beyond the allotted span of human existence. Nothing could better attest the truth of this statement than the fact that, thought three days elapsed between his death and burial,  his body showed not the slightest symptom on decay up to the moment of interment. During the existence of the Whig party, Mr. LeCompte was a steady adherent to its political teachings as he was subsequently to the liberal and fraternal doctrines of the Democratic party. Take him for all in all, he was a man--an honest man--we shall not soon look upon his like again. The Fair Play mingles with its sympathy for his bereaved relatives, congratulations that their grief is alleviated by the consciousness that he for whom they mourn lived the life and died the death of the righteous, leaving behind him the inspiring example of an honorable career and the consoling hope that he has gone to that eternal reward which awaits all who have fought the good fight to the end.  RIP.


Hymeneal.  Roberts--Bogy.

A notable event was that which transpired Wednesday last at the residence of Judge John L. Bogy, when his beautiful and accomplished daughter, Mary Josephine, was wed to our popular dentist, Dr. J. B. Roberts. Previous to the hour set for the ceremony, a merry party had assembled in the main parlor o f the capacious home, the expectant guests being the immediate relatives and a few intimate friends of both parties. Promptly at the appointed hour the beautiful strains of Medelsohn’s favorite wedding march were heard issuing from the piano, presiding over by the clever pianist, Miss Marie Stanton. During the performance of the same, the bridal party entered and took places immediately under an immense horseshoe of white roses interspersed with ferns. The bride wore an elegant costume of dark green, tastefully trimmed with ribbon a shade lighter, with gloves to match and at her bosom wore a bouquet of white rosebuds. She was attended solely by her little sister, who wore a tasty costume of pale lavender. the groom was dressed in broadcloth of full Prince Albert cut with white tie and gloves.


Am interesting address of some length was given by Rev. Father Weiss, after which the marriage took place. Congratulations followed and immediately thereupon the merry assemblage repaired to the dining rom where a repast of rare excellence was in waiting. A superb cake of immense proportions adorned the centre of the table and was mounted with orange blossoms. Supper over and the health and happiness of the bride and groom repeatedly proposed and drank to the satisfaction of all, the guests re entered the parlor where the time was enjoyable spent in music, song and social conversation till a seasonable hour.


Those present from a distance were Rev. Father A. J. Huttler of Weingarten, Mr. and Miss Roberts and Mr. Smith, brother, sister and cousin of the groom, and Mr. John Bogy, Jr., brother of the bride.


Dr. Roberts, as previously stated, is our popular dentist. As an efficient member of his profession and a progressive citizen he has in the short time of his sojourn here, achieved for himself an enviable reputation and extensive practice, and she in whom he is so fortunate as to now call wife, will be equal to the task sharing the joys and sorrows of his career through life’s rugged pathway. May all their days be days of sunshine and their future one of unalloyed peace and happiness is the sincere wish of the Fair Play.


Married at a nuptial mass at the Catholic Church in this city, by Rev. Father C. L. Van Tourrenhout, Mr. Francis Donze to Miss Mary Gisi and Mr. Henry Joseph Gisi to Miss Josephine Donze. The happy couples have the best wishes of the Fair Play.


Married, at St. Louis, Mo., on Tuesday, February 11th, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Miss Ann Molzel of this city to Mr. Adolph Brown, of St. Louis.


Fair Play--February 22, 1890

A Notable Event.

The sweet toned occupants of Ste. Genevieve’s lofty belfry pealed forth in joyous chorus early in the morning of the 17th, summoning to its sacred portals one of its fairest members, Miss Alice M. Rozier, accompanied by a brilliant throng of merry wedding guests, who were to witness her marriage to Mr. Edgar Shaw of St. Louis. The hour of 7 A. M. was the signal for the throwing open of the huge doors of the sacred edifice, and the marriage party entered, the bride leaning upon the arm of her brother, Mr. Henry L. Rozier, immediately preceded by the groom elect and his mother, who were in turn preceded by the attendants of the nuptial party, Miss Cora Shaw supported by Mr. Edgar Rozier. The party proceeded up the main aisle while the sweet tones of Wagner’s wedding march from Lohengrin reached throughout the Church, the organ being presided over by the talented young leader of the Juvenile choir, Miss Minnie Vieh.


The mansion of Mrs. Francis L. Rozier had not been neglected in the extensive preparations at the Church. The halls and parlors were festooned with rounds and rounds of smilax and around and about the wall decorations were wreaths of ferns. Here and there were foot plants and in the corner places were bouquets of the most superb arrangement. (transcriber’s note--description of the rooms are not included in this transcription).


The fortune of the central figures in this notable event is assured over and over again and they reluctantly bid farewell to all and are speedily ushered to the carriage in waiting. Their passage is over a pavement of Brussels carpet extending from the doorway to the carriage which they enter and proceed on their journey to Chester, where at an early hour in the afternoon of the same day they took their departure for St. Louis where they will reside in the future.


The bride is the estimable daughter of the late Mr. Francis Rozier and Mrs. Zoe Rozier. The groom is a traveling salesman for the firm of Brown, Desnoyers Shoe com., and his unbounded popularity is too well known for further comment. The best wishes of an immense concourse of friends will forever attend them through life and one amongst them is none other than the Fair Play.


The guests from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Cyril H. Gregoire of Dubuque Io., Mrs. Philip Shaw and MIss Cora Shaw, mother and sister of the groom, and Mr. Edgar Rozier, who was in attendance on the groom, St. Louis; Hon. H. S. Shaw and wife, Farmington; Mr. Jules Rozier and wife, St. Mary.



On Monday, February 17th, by Rev Father C. L. Van Tourrenhout at the Catholic Church in this city, Mr. Chas Kohm and Miss Alice Moser. A fine supper and ball was given at the residence of the groom’s parents in the evening.


St. Mary.

Born, to the wife of George Bond, Jr., a boy, on the 15th inst.


Born. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, to the wife of Mr. Frank Babb, a daughter.


To the wife of Mr. John Linderer, a daughter.


To the wife of Mr. Felix Rigdon, of Staabtown, a son.


To the wife of Mr. Francis Rigdon, of Staabtown, a son.


Died, on Wednesday, February 20th, 1890, of pneumonia, John Thomas (colored), aged 49 years and 6 months.


Fair Play--March 1, 1890

Born, on Wednesday, February 19, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Joseph Ernst, of this city, a daughter.


Married, in this city, on Tuesday, February 25th, 1890, by Squire F. A. Roy, Henry Phegley of Brewerville and Miss Felicite Campbell of Ste. Genevieve.


Fair Play--March 8, 1890

St. Mary.

Died, on Wednesday, March 5, little Addie, daughter of Emanuel and Emma Cissell, aged 8 years. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock.



Fair Play--March 15, 1890


Mr. Cletus Boyer has just returned from a visit to his parents at Florissant, Mo.


Mr. Joseph Dorlac, who had been suffering with consumption for several years, died at Doe Rum on Saturday, March 8th. The funeral took place on Monday, 10th inst., in the Catholic cemetery at Bonne Terre. We may be able to give his life in full in our next correspondence.


Fair Play--March 22, 1890

The railroad news is not very encouraging, but fully as much so as it is likely to be for some time. Mr. Gould is still trying to bluff Mr. Houck but the necessity for the bluff is not so great now as it was before the recent high waters almost ruined portions of Mr. Houck’s road. he will probably have all he can do for  some time in making good his losses by the recent floods in the country through which his road runs. By the January high water he is said to have lost over $30,000 and the last flood was even worse than the first.


River Aux Vases Ferry.

The River aux Vases Ferry is now ready to cross any and all teams, etc. and is running in same place where River aux Vases Bridge formerly stood. Time to cross for the present is from 7 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the evening.



Born, on Sunday, March 16, 1890 to the wife of Mr. Louis Labruyere, a son.


Fair Play--March 29, 1890

Bloomsdale in Ruins.

About 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon the quite little town of Bloomsdale in the northern part of this county was struck by a terrible cyclone and in only a moment of time a peaceful town was transformed into a mass of ruins. The cyclone came from the Southwest and almost without warning


The houses of Fred Bayer, Adolph Lalumondiere, Mrs. Batiste LaRose, Ferd Bequette and Edmund Drury were utterly destroyed.  Dr. Hertich’s house was unroofed and Mr. Lalumondier’s barn was blown to pieces. The church steeple was blown off, falling downward, driving into the ground, and splintered into a mass of rubbish beside the foundation of the Church.



We give below such particulars as we were able to gather from Mr. Jules Drury who came from Bloomsdale yesterday at noon. Fred Bayer, his wife and two children were in their house when the cyclone struck it. The house was completely crushed, three of the walls falling out and the other crashing down over the floor. The furniture in the room, it is supposed, prevented the walls from crushing the family to death at once. The house is literally torn to pieces and parts of it carried away.


Mr. Lalumondiere’s family was at church. His house was lifted from its foundation, carried some fifteen feet away and turned upside down.  Mrs. LaRose’s house was torn to atoms and blown away. Mrs. LaRose is a widow and was not in the house when the cyclone struck it.  The house of Edmond Drury, a colored man, was also crushed and blown away by the mad elements.


When the frame portion of the church steeple was blown off, some large stones on which it rested were wrenched from their places and came crashing down through two floors to the basement. The congregation were in the church at the time, but by a miraculous intervention of providence, no one was injured.  Mr. August Jokerst’s barn, containing seven head of horses, was blown to pieces but none of the horses were hurt. A cow belonging to Mr. Michael Drury was killed by a falling tree.


The miraculous thing in connection with this terrible work of destruction is the fact that no human lives were lost and only one or two slightly injured. Mr. Drury informs us that the devastation is terrible to look upon. A relief committee has been organized and contributions for the suffering and homeless families may be sent to Mr. Jules C. Drury at Bloomsdale. We hope to be able to give more definite particulars next week.


Fire in Ste. Genevieve.

On last Thursday at noon the house belonging to Mrs. Levi Thomure, who lives about one-half mile from town on the Fredericktown road, was discovered to be on fire and before assistance could arrive the flames had gained such headway that few articles in the house could be saved.  Mrs. Thomure and her children were in the house at the time, but the roof was a mass of flames when they discovered it to be on fire. The fire was caused by a defective flue and most of the household effects were destroyed.  The loss amounts to abut $250 with no insurance and falls heavily on Mrs. Thomure. We understand that a subscription is being raised for her benefit and hope our citizens will give liberally.


Died. Rond

Clarence Rond, son of Martin and Mary Rond died at his father’s residence in St. Mary, Mo., after a short illness of throat disease on Friday, March 21, 1890, aged 7 years, 1 month, 21 days. He leaves a father, mother, two sisters and two brothers and numerous relatives and friends to mourn his early demise.

Fair Play--April 12, 1890

River Aux Vases Ferry.

The River aux Vases Ferry is now ready to cross any and all teams, etc. and is running in the same place where River aux Vases Bridge formerly stood. Time to cross for the present is from 7 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the evening.


Fair Play--April 19, 1890

Fair Play--April 26, 1890


Died at his residence, on April 18, 1890, Philip Jokerst, aged 46 years. He leaves a large family to mourn his loss. The community lost a good citizen. May he rest in peace.


The five-year old son of Mr. Felix Sexauer had the misfortune last Saturday to fall from a mule and break his leg above the knee. Dr. Carssow set the limb and, at this writing, the child is doing as well as could be expected.


Married, at Weingarten Church, on Tuesday, April 22, 1890, during a solemn high mass, Mr. Nicholas Joerger to Miss Mary Gremminger. Rev. Father Van Tourrenhout, of this city presided at the organ, and the pastor of the church, Rev. A. J. Huttler, performed the religious ceremonies according to the impressive rites of the Catholic Church. The young couple received many beautiful presents.


The Indian Medicine men have continued to give entertainments to crowded houses all this week, but they close next Monday night with a grand musical entertainment by Mr. Clark, assisted by Mr. Schaefer and Mr. LeRoy. The Indian remedies have been well advertised, and after the Indians are gone you can get their medicine at Mr. Charles H. Biel’s store on Main Street.


We don’t hear anymore railroad news, so we presume there is no more prospect for a railroad through this section now that there was before the surveyors began work last winter.  Mr. Houck’s surveyors are locating the Cape Girardeau and Sikeston road, and it will be built the coming summer.


Fair Play--May 3, 1890

A little boy named David Morgan was thrown from a mule and killed near Potosi one day last week.


Born, on Sunday, April 27, 1890, to the wife of Mr. William Bell of this city, a son.


Dr. M. Andre has lately added to the already rapidly increasing collection of geological specimens in the public school by presenting that institution with over fifty different varieties of the mineral kingdom. The gift was a handsome one and was fully appreciated. Any one capable of aiding this enterprise should do so as it is deserving of their interest.



A bran new baby girl arrived at James Kirkendot’s yesterday.


The marriage of Mr. Alexis F. Boyer and Miss Zeluma Lalumondier took place Tuesday, April 29, 1890 in the Catholic Church at this place, Rev. Father P. A. Trumm officiating. After the marriage ceremony the happy couple retired to the residence of the bridegroom’s father where a most relishing dinner had been prepared. Plenty of refreshments had also been procured to quench the thirst of the enjoying participators, and the bride and groom had the pleasure to sit at the table with their pastor, Father Trumm.  In the evening a general invitation was given to meet the bride and groom at Mr. Wm. J. Boyer’s where a few sets of “right and left” were performed. Mr. Boyer, who is worthy of a good partner, had the good fortune to marry one of our most charming young ladies. They have the best wished of your correspondent.


Fair Play--May 10, 1890

A man named Schade, who lived near Frohna in Perry county, murdered his wife and then killed himself one day last week. He said he did it because his wife talked too much. A revolver was the instrument of death.


Born, on Tuesday, May 5th, to the wife of Mr. Henry Leucke, of this city, a son.


Joseph Williams of Libertyville is at Piedmont putting machinery in his new mill at that place. We will miss Joe, as he is a clever gentleman. I understand he will still operate the Libertyville mills, for this year at least.


Fair Play--May 17, 1890

Married, at Farmington, Mo., on Tuesday, May 13th, Mr. Joseph Munsch and Miss Mary Lulu Rickus, Rev. Stiles officiating.



Leiber--Noble R., beloved son of E. K. and Elsie Leiber, joined his little brother, Leon, in heaven, after ten day’s separation on Wednesday, May 14th at 10 a. m. at the age of 10 years and 6 months.--St. Louis Republic.



On Monday, May 12th, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Joseph Buehler of this city, a son.


On Monday, May 12th, to the wife of Mr. Louis Naumann of this city, a son.


On Monday, May 12th, to the wife of Mr. Thomas Polite of this city, twins, boy and girl.


Died, at Florissant, Mo., on May 10, 1890, Mrs. Louise Boyer, wife of Mr. Damas J. Boyer, aged 47 years, 10 months and 24 days. Mrs. Boyer had been suffering from a cancer for over a year which brought on her death. She had always been a faithful member of the Catholic Church and was buried from that Church on May 12th. Shortly after Mrs. Boyer began to suffer with the cancer it was believed to be only a common tumor and she had an operation performed, but without success, as it continued to grow larger until the day of her death, just one year and four days from the time of the operation. Mrs. Boyer’s maiden name was Aubuchon. She leaves a husband, 8 boys and 3 girls, who have the sympathy of our people for the loss of a good wife and a kind mother.  R. I. P.


George Seitz departed for Farmington last week to work at the butcher trade at that place.


Fair Play--May 24, 1890

Born, on Monday, May 19, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Henry L. Siebert, of this city, a son.



Died, at Florissant, Mo., on May 10, 1890, of cancer, Mrs. Louisa Boyer, aged 47 years, 10 months and 24 days. The deceased was a faithful member of the Catholic Church in which faith she lived and died, after a painful illness of sixteen months. She leaves a mother and eleven children to mourn her loss. She was the mother of 13 children.


Fair Play--May 7, 1890

Died, On Tuesday, June 3rd, 1890, of congestion of the lungs, Valle, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Firmin J. Rozier, aged 4 months.


Mr. Henry Knave, for the past eight years foreman of the Ste. Genevieve Herald, departed last Sunday to seek work elsewhere. Mr. Knave was a good citizen and the Fair Play regrets to see him leave Ste. Genevieve.



Mr. Alexis Boyer purchased Mr. Fred Bayer’s lot for $162.50.


Our blacksmith, Fred Bayer, has purchased Theodore Nick’s farm and will soon make that part of the country his home.


Born, on May 29th, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Felix LaRose, a daughter.



Died, of consumption, on Friday, May 20th, Bequette Polite, aged 18 years. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at this place.


Mr. Bowers, deputy road overseer, has been busy this week working the roads.


Fair Play--June 14, 1890

A Sad Accident.

From the Crystal City correspondent of the Jefferson county Democrat, we learn the following particulars of a sad accident which happened to Mr. Joseph Albert, who formerly lived in our town. Mr. Frank Klein is the correspondent.


Another sad accident happened at the glass works last Monday, which at the time I write this is thought to result in the probably death of injured man. Joseph Albert, a carpenter employed at the works, and formerly for many years employed as a typo by your correspondent, is the unlucky lad. While the men were engaged in arranging a beam for a sliding door, it accidentally fell, through the jar of the polishing machinery it is said, striking Albert on the head, nearly scalping him. He was carried, unconscious, to the residence of Joseph Feser, his brother-in-law, where he remained in a critical condition until last night, when he was removed to his  home. Yesterday it was stated that he was injured internally, blood oozing from his ears and mouth. The messenger I sent down this morning states, though, that the doctors have great hopes of his recovery. It could not yet be determined whether his skull is fractured, on account of his critical condition.


Fair Play--June 21, 1890


On Wednesday, June 17, 1890, Violet Josephine, infant daughter of Joseph A. and Adeline M. Ernst, aged four months.


A Destructive Fire.

Mr. John H. Burch of this city met with a heavy loss last Sunday night about 10 o’clock by the burning of his barn in Illinois, just opposite Ste. Genevieve.  Two mules, one horse, 1200 bushels of corn and some valuable farming machinery and harness were destroyed by the fire. The origin of the fire is unknown but it is supposed to have been the work of incendiaries. The loss is about $2,500, partly insured.


Fair Play--June 28, 1890


Died, in this city on Wednesday, June 24, 1890, Hazel Isabella Melina LeCompte Ivy, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Ivy, of St. Louis, aged nine months.


The remains were buried from the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church on Thursday morning, Rev. Father Weiss officiating at the last ceremonies. The pall bearers were little Flora Bogy, Daisy LaGrave, Mattie Vogt and Genevieve Jokerst.

Died on Wednesday, June 25, 1890, Henry, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Grieshaber of this city.


Died, in this city on Wednesday, June 25, 1890, Isabella, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Ivy of St. Louis.


Fair Play--July 5, 1890

My son John McCarroll left home on Sunday the 8th day of June 1890 and nothing definite has been heard of him since he left the county. He was last seen in the Northern part of the county and was going toward Cape Girardeau. He wore a gray woolen suit, black hat, gaiter shoes and blue shirt, was 16 years old and large for his age, weighed 140 or 142 pounds, light hair, black eyes, red complected, and had a small scar in right temple about the size of a dime, talked rather slow and at a low tone and had little to say. Had changed his name to John Williams. Any information will be thankfully received by a grief stricken mother. Newspapers will please copy.

Mrs. S. W. McCarroll, Bloomfield, Mo.


A marriage license was issued this week to James C. Carron and Alice Rosa Dury of Bloomsdale, this county.


Fair Play--July 12, 1890


Died, at her home, near Ulam, Ste. Genevieve county, Mo., on Saturday, July 5, 1890, at 12:30 P. M., Mrs. Susan Alexander, aged 71 years, 8 months and 19 days.


The deceased whose maiden name was McDowell was born in Franklin county, Tennessee, on October 16, 1818, and moved with her father to Missouri at the age of 16 years. In 1844 she was joined in the holy bonds of matrimony with James L. Alexander. Mrs. Alexander was the mother of nine children, five of whom are living, three boys and two girls. They are all married with the exception of one daughter.


The deceased was an exemplary wife and mother and a true Christian and a woman, loved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn her loss who have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement, and may they so live that when their blessed Saviors calls them they will be prepared to meet their dear mother in Heaven where parting will be no more. Her remains were interred on Sunday afternoon in the McDowell cemetery, a large concourse of mourning friends and relatives following her body to its last resting place.


While assisting her husband in sawing wood last Monday Mrs. Anton Schwartz of New Tennessee, this county, was caught with the saw and so terribly cut that she died on the following Wednesday. She was standing close to the saw and her dress, was caught by it and her right leg and arm were almost severed from the body.


Died, on Thursday, July 3, 1890, Mrs. P. R. Pratte, of typhoid fever, aged 33 years. Jefferson county papers please copy.


On June 28, 1890, Mrs. Robert V. Brown, aged about 26 years.



Born, on Sunday, June 29th, to the wife of Mr. Elliott Drury, a son.

Born, on Friday, June 20th, to the wife of Mr. Ambrose Carron, a daughter.



Mrs. Emily Lalumondiere is sick with typhoid fever.


A sad accident befell Mrs. Anton Schwartz of New Tennessee last Monday. While helping to saw wood her dress was caught in the saw and her side and arm so badly cut that she died on Wednesday.


Born, on July 4th, to the wife of Mr. Nicholas Kertz, a daughter.


Fair Play--July 19, 1890

Died, on Saturday, July 12, 1890, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sucher.

Born, on Thursday, July 17, 1890, to the wife of Mr. James Berry of this city, a son.


A marriage license was issued on Thursday of this week to Mr. Joseph Kieter and Miss Anna Katie Stoll, of River aux Vases.


Prof. E. J. Dougherty of DeSoto, who was elected principal of our public school for the coming year will receive a salary of $70 per month; Prof. Mahoney, first assistant, $60 per month; Miss Rose E. Barry, Primary Department, $50 per month and Prof Anthony, teacher of the Colored school, $50 per month.


Mr. Valentine Seitz and daughter, Misses Lizzie and Annie and Mr. Gus Schoettler paid Lawrenceton a visit on Sunday last.


Fair Play--July 26, 1890

Dr. C. C. Valle of San Diego, Cal., was in town this week. He is prospering financially and physically in the Golden State. He was to leave Thursday for his home with his wife and family, who have been spending something like a year in this vicinity with her father, Joshua Hudson.

Married, on Wednesday, July 23rd, 1890, at Weingarten, Mo., Rev. Father A. J. Huttler officiating, Mr. William Silvey and Miss Mary Bernard, both of this city.


Marriage licenses were issued this week to the following parties:  Fabien Basler and Josephine Stoll, Staabtown, Mo.; William H. Silvey and Mary Bernard, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; Lucien Lalumondiere and  Odile Labruyere, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.


Take Notie.

Miss Odile Labruyere and Mr. Lucien Lalumondiere will be married on Monday next and respectfully invite the public to attend a free ball at Union Hall on the evening of that day.


Fair Play--August 2, 1890


It becomes our duty to announce the sad accident which happened to our beloved sister Christine Schwartz. On July 7, while her son Adam Schwartz, was sawing wood on their farm with a steam saw, her clothes were caught by the saw and she was fatally injured, and only lived until two o’clock in the evening of the 9 inst, at which time she departed this life.  Mrs. Schwartz was born in Ste. Genevieve county, Mo., on July the 10, 1845 and therefore 44 years, 11 mon. and 29 days old when she died. She leaves behind her husband and eight children, [two sons and six daughters] besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Mrs. Schwartz has always lived a Christian life. Her remains were intered in the River aux Vases cemetery on the day following her death. The funeral ceremony was performed by Rev. Father Schulte, and again, we know that those who sleep the sleep of the just live even in death, therefore we should not shudder as the feet of our loved ones touch the waves of the cold and silent river. Mrs. Schwartz was also a member of the Pine Grove Union, No. 1369.


A marriage license was issued on July 29th, to Thomas J. Smith and Melinda Josephine Brown both of Coffman.



Married, on Monday, July 28, 1890 at the Catholic church in this city by Rev. Father C. L. Van Tourrenhout, Mr. Lucien Lalumondiere and Miss Odile Labruyere, both of this city. In the evening a grand ball was given at Union Hall by the bride and groom and was attended by a large number of friends of the happy young couple. Many beautiful and valuable presents were received. The Fair Play extends congratulations.


Born, on Wednesday, July 30, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Joseph Vorst of this city, a daughter.


Fair Play--August 9, 1890

Born, on Tuesday, August 5, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Theodore Thomure of this city, a son.


A marriage license was issued this week to Mr. Joseph Morice and Miss Elizabeth LaRose, both of Bloomsdale.



On Tuesday, July, 29, 1890, at River aux Vases, Rev. Father Schulte officiating, Mr. Fabien Basler and Miss Josephine Stoll.

On Tuesday, July, 29, 1890, at River aux Vases, Rev. Father Schulte officiating, Mr. Joseph Kiefer and Miss Annie Stoll.


Died, on Thursday, August 7, 1890, at 10:40 A.M. Crescentia Mary Cornelia, infant daughter of Rose A. and Francis Jokerst, aged 11 months and 18 days.


At Staabtown, Mo., on Sunday, August 2, 1890, Baptiste Janis (colored), aged about 70 years.



Born, on Monday, Aug. 4th, to the wife of Mr. Ralph Coffman, a daughter.


General Gustavus St. Gen and Mr. Valentine Rottler departed last night for Boston, Mass., to attend the G. A. R. encampment at that place.


Fair Play--August 16, 1890

Died, of typhoid malaria, on Monday August 11, 1890, Nora Lalumondier, daughter of Mr. Henry Lalumondier, aged 20 years, 4 months and 28 days. She was buried in the Catholic cemetery at this place on Tuesday evening. She died in the Catholic faith of which she was a faithful member.


We are in receipt of a letter from Mr. D. J. Boyer of Florissant, Mo., informing us that his son, Philip, is quite ill with an abscess on the liver. He also states that the crops out there, in general, are almost a total failure on account of the long drought.


Fair Play--August 23, 1890


Marriage licenses were issued this week to Martin V. Ziegler of Piedmont and Miss Melaine M. Valle of Ste. Genevieve, and John W. Brugers and Miss Alice Mary Winston, both of this city.



Mr. Martin V. Ziegler of Piedmont, Mo., and Miss Melaine M. Valle of this city, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at the residence of the bride’s father by Rev. Father F. X. Weiss last Wednesday after noon at half past four o’clock, in the presence of the immediate relatives of the family and a few friends. After the ceremony the guests partook of cake and wine refreshments. The newly wedded couple received many handsome and valuable presents.


Mr. Ziegler resides at Piedmont, Mo., and is a prominent contractor at that place, while his bride, Miss Valle, was one of Ste. Genevieve’s fairest belles. The happy pair departed for their future home at Piedmont Wednesday evening, taking with them the best wishes of their many friends.


Mr. Joseph Vaeth closed his saloon doors last Saturday and will leave Ste. Genevieve in about a week for St. Joseph, Mo., to seek a location. If Mr. Vaeth is not successful in finding a location he will return to Ste. Genevieve and re-open his saloon.


Fair Play--August 30, 1890

Mrs. Gray of Fredericktown was arrested last week for the poisoning of her husband. Mr. Gray died under suspicious circumstances and his stomach was taken to St. Louis for the purpose of making an analysis to determine whether or not it contained any poisoning. A telegram was received from St. Louis stating that the stomach contained much arsenic, and Mrs. Gray was immediately arrested, charged with the murder of her husband, it having been previously ascertained that she had purchased a quantity of arsenic from a drugstore in Fredericktown. Mrs. Gray denies the charge and says she purchased the arsenic to give to the hogs, a thing she has done every summer for many years.


Born, on Monday, August 25th, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Wm. Nalle, a son.


A marriage license was issued this week to Frank A. Bauman and Mary A. Brown of Ste. Genevieve.


Died, on Thursday, August 28, 1890, of chronic diarrhoea, Mr. Conrad Yeagle, aged about 30 years.



Born, on Saturday, August 23, to the wife of Mr. Peter Primo, a son.


Married, on Tuesday, August 19, Mr. Joseph Morice and Miss Isabelle LaRose, in the Catholic Church, at Bloomsdale.



B. M. Rigdon is the happiest man in this neck of the woods as his wife presented him with a new Democratic voter on the 24th inst.


Died, of typhoid fever, James B. Griffard, aged about 39 years. He leaves a wife and eight small children.


Fair Play--September 6, 1890


Born, on Wednesday, September 3rd, to the wife of Mr. Francis Govereau, a son.


At Perryville, Mo., on Tuesday, September 2nd, 1890, Mr. John Schumert of this city and Miss Cora Rice of Perryville. The young couple visited relatives at Ste. Genevieve on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.



Died, at her father’s residence in this city on Sunday morning, August 31st of chronic gastritis Miss Lillian Valle, aged 18 years.


Miss Valle had been ill since last June but was not thought to be dangerously ill until last Friday when she began sinking rapidly and continued to do so until her death Sunday morning. She was the youngest daughter of City Marshall Valle and was a young lady, loved and respected by all who knew her. Her remains were buried from the Catholic church of this city on Tuesday by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout, who delivered a touching address over the corpse. She was a member of the B. V. M. Sodality of this city and a large concourse of mourning friends and relatives followed her body to its last resting place. The sorrowing family have the sympathy of the whole community in their sad bereavement.


Mr. Simon Siebert, a farmer living about three miles from Ste. Genevieve, committed suicide last Tuesday night by hanging himself in his granary. After eating a hearty supper on that evening Mr. Siebert went to the sitting room and talked with his family for an hour or so.  About nine o’clock he left the room and remained away so long that his family became uneasy and instituted a search for him. He was found in the granary hanging by the neck with a rope. The coroner was summoned and empanneling a jury went to the residence of Mr. Siebert and held an inquest over the remains. The neck of the deceased was broken.  After hearing testimony the jury brought in a verdict that the deceased came to his death by hanging himself.


Mr. Siebert was in town the day he committed suicide and appeared to be in the best of spirits and no cause is known for his rash act. His remains were buried from the Catholic Church in this city on Wednesday morning. He leaves a wife and several children.


Death of Mrs. J. F. LeCompte.

At noontide, on Wednesday last, the people of Ste. Genevieve heard with deepest regret the sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. Blance LeCompte, who died shortly after twelve on that day at her home on Main Street.


Mrs. LeCompte, whose maiden name was Hertich, was the wife of our estimable County Clerk, Mr. J. F. LeCompte, and the youngest daughter of the late De. Charles Hertich, and sister of Dr. Hertich of Bloomsdale and Mrs. Frank Roeder of St. Louis, and was born July 14, 1863. At an early age she was entered as a student at the convent of St. Francis de Sales of this city, where she pursued a literary and musical career of uninterrupted success. Upon her leaving school, society’s realms sought for, received and cherished her as its choicest boon. There merry days of maidenhood stole quickly by and ere their passage occurred her marriage to Mr. LeCompte. The many guests who assembled on that joyous occasion, her wedding night, to wish her length of happy years forget it not, rather, full well do they remember how fair and sweet a bride she looked. Nor is the community won’t to forget the almost supernatural devotion she exhibited during the dark days of her father’s protracted illness, which was followed by her own and during which her heroic courage and resignation were the astonishment of all who, by their presence and attentions, endeavored to make the waning hours of her life free from pain or care.


Her death was not unexpected , since for many months the “Silent Reaper” has given evidence of his sure approach in the slow ravisher, consumption. In summing up so pure a life, so spotless an earthly existence, we must tell our inability to find language lofty enough to sing her praises. That she was a devoted child of God, worthy his just rewards is manifest in the faultlessness of her life, and though her mother’s, sister’s and brothers’ sorrows are so much more added thereunto, and the baby boy in the cradle is left to know no mother’s love, and the heart of the husband is nigh broken in twain at her absence--still, HEAVEN will be sweeter for her presence there. Comfort yourselves, those to whom she was dearest, the home above knows no sorrow. Call her not back again, for here the heart is always weary and the body wastes away. Let the closing dream of her life, so sweetly spent, continue on.


From the Church of Ste. Genevieve where a solumn Requiem had been said on Friday morning, her remains, followed by the populae of Ste. Genevieve, were borne to their last resting place in the Valle Spring Cemetery.


Fair Play--September 20, 1890


Mr. F. A. Roy who moved to Bonne Terre from this place last Spring is a candidate for Justice of the Peace in St. Francois county.


Death of Mrs. John Monroe.

Died, at Silica, Mo., on Friday, September 12, 1890, Mrs. Constance Monroe, aged twenty six years and nine months.


Deceased was the daughter of Mr. John Detchmendy, one of the oldest and most respected farmers of Staabtown. Upon arriving at mature years she was united in marriage with Mr. James Monroe, now a prosperous merchant and sand dealer of Silica. Upon taking up her residence in the above named locality the people were not slow in perceiving that the same generous disposition which had always stood pre-eminent in her esteemed husbands character, likewise predominated over that of her own, and a multiplicity of charitable deeds enacted by this charitable personage claim the everlasting gratitude of many. The spirit of the true Christian wife, mother and neighbor manifested itself in every walk of her life and though she is dead to the world, still in sincerest sympathy with the sorrowing husband and relatives we can say that.


The people of Silica extend to the bereaved husband and family their sincere sympathy with the consolation that their loss here is but Heaven’s gain above.


Death of Mr. John Haurie.

Died, at his residence in this city, on Friday, September 13, 1890, at 4 o’clock P. M., of flux, Mr. John Haurie, aged 56 years.


Mr. Haurie, came to America from Germany with his parents when he was but fourteen years of age and settled in St. Louis. His parents died shortly after arriving in this country. The deceases who had been ill for about three weeks  leaves a wife and two daughters to mourn his death. Mr. Haurie worked at the Cone Mills in this city for fifteen years and was an honorable man, respected by all who knew him. His remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic Cemetery on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock followed by a large concourse of mourning friends and relatives.


Licensed to Wed.

Since our last issue the following parties obtained marriage licenses:


David N. Hogenmiller and Theresa Weiler of Weingarten.

Charles Keehn of Ste. Genevieve and Lena Brown of Zell.

Anton Kirchner and Mary Magdalena Glasser of Lawrenceton.

Perry D. Dillard and Nancy Sweek of St. Mary


Dr. Hinch and wife of Doe Run, Mo., arrived in town Saturday night and remained until Wednesday. Mrs. Hinch was formerly a young lady of this city--Miss Dora Douglas. The young couple were married at Doe Run last week. The Fair Play extends congratulations.



Born, to the wife of Mr. B. S. Pratte, a son.  Mr. Pratte can now sit in the shade and watch the boys work.


George McNew will leave for St. Louis soon. Mr. McNew is a carpenter by trade.



The sheriff and constable from Iron county came here yesterday and arrested Louis Weiss, who is charged by Miss Castile of Sulphur Springs with marrying once too often against the peace and dignity of the State. We are informed that he married Miss Castile at Ironton last January. Weiss tried to evade the officers but was soon captured.



Died, on Saturday, Sept. 13, 1890, at this place, August, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry LaRose, aged 3 years.


Fair Play--September 27, 1890

Married, at Jackson, Mo, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1890, Rev. Beeson officiating, Wm. Chandler Jr., of St. Mary and Miss Mollie Reese of Jackson. Following is a list- of presents given to the newly wedded pair who will make St. Mary t heir home in the future. (list not transcribed)


Mr. Fred. Mueller of Neward, N. J., was married to Miss Lena Vogt of this city at Mrs. Ringwald’s residence on Main Street last Tuesday evening by Rev. Father Weiss. The wedding was private, only members of the family and a few intimate friends being invited. Many valuable and useful presents were received by the newly married couple. Mr. and Mrs. Mueller will depart for Neward shortly where they will make their future home.


Two Ste. Genevieve Boys.

The following paragraphs concerning two young men who left Ste. Genevieve recently to embark in business at Festus, is taken from the Festus correspondent of the Jefferson county Democrat.


Mr. N. Lachance formerly employed on the Bonne Terre Critic and on the Ste. Genevieve Fair Play, went to the city last Monday to purchase press, type and other necessaries, preparatory to issuing a local paper at Festus. As far as I can judge by the way the proposition was received by our business men and the public generally, the young man will make a success of it.


Fair Play--October 4, 1890


Mr. Amedee Vallee one of the oldest citizens of St. Louis, died in that city last Tuesday, Sept. 30th. Mr. Vallee was born in Ste. Genevieve in 1813 and was well known here.



Died, of inflammation, on Saturday the 27, inst, Emily Lalumondiere, aged about 45 years. She leaves a son and daughter to mourn her loss.


Fair Play--October 11, 1890



Died, of apoplexy, at Ste. Genevieve, Mo., at 4 o’clock in the morning of October the 6th, 1890, Mrs. Louise Rozier, in the 64th year of her age.


Mrs. Rozier came of distinguished parentage--being the daughter of John B. Valle, whose father was Post Commander under the auspices of the French government, and her grand uncle occupied a similar position under Spanish authority. Her mother was Louise Janis, a sister of the late Henry, Felix and Antoine Janis, all former eminent citizens of Ste. Genevieve.


Mrs. Rozier had suffered for some years previous from chronic bronchitis, but was in great measure restored to health, when upon rising from bed on the morning of September 28 without a moment’s warning, she was stricken with apoplexy and was instantly paralyzed and rendered unconscious, in which condition she remained till her death eight days after.


Mrs. Rozier was in her habits eminently domestic.  She had been the mother of eleven children, six of whom had preceded her to the grave. Passing so often under the rod of affliction had served to fasten more firmly the cords of love binding her to her husband and those of her husband and those of her children yet remaining. The strength of her attachment to her family circle has not been, and cannot be excelled. Nor was this love unrequited. The almost frantic and wholly unceasing, but vain efforts to resuscitate her during the time she lay unconscious with life hanging by a thread, will give ample testimony of the love of those she left behind. Trained from infancy in the tenets of the Catholic Church she continued throughout life a devout member of that faith.


She was buried on Tuesday afternoon in accordance with the rites of the Church to which she belonged, the ceremonies being conducted by the venerable Father Weiss, who had been her pastor for a quarter of a century. Her remains were attended by a very large concourse of relations and friends to their resting place at Valle Spring cemetery near by.  Restat in pace.


Died, at St. Mary, Mo., on October 4th, 1890, at six o’clock P.M., John McLain, son of Charles and Eliza McLain, aged two years, 3 months and 17 days.


Married, in this city on Thursday, October 9th, by Judge Bantz, Mr. Huso Keenan of Perry county to Miss Mary Hand of Ste. Genevieve county.


Born, on Sunday, October 5, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Wm. W. Wilder of this city, a daughter.


We received this week the first number of the Festus Times, published by Naree LaChance. Naree is an old Ste. Genevieve boy and the Fair Play wishes him success in his new enterprise.


Mrs. E. T. Shaw of St. Louis attended the funeral of Mrs. Felix Rozier in this city Tuesday.


Fair Play--October 18, 1890



Born, to the wife of John Fry, a son.




Died, on Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 1890, Caroline Jokerst, daughter of Mr. Bernard Jokerst, aged 8 years, 7 months and 6 days. The funeral will take place to-day at 10 P.M. with a Requiem Mass.


Died, on Oct. 15th, Rozine Jokerst, daughter of Mr. Bernard Jokerst, aged about 9 years.


Married, at the Catholic Church in this city on Wednesday, October 15, 1890, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout officiating, Frank L. Fry of St. Louis, and Miss Rachel Roth of this city.


Married, at the Catholic Church in this city on Wednesday, October 15, 1890, Rev. Father A. J. Huttler, officiating, William Clark of Prairie du Rocher and Miss Mary Lewis of this city, both colored.


Fair Play--November 1, 1890

Married, on October 7, 1890, in the Catholic Church at Spokane Falls Washington, by the Rev. Father _____. Stephen Meyer, of Rosalie, Washington to Miss Mary Catharine Yealey, daughter of Mr. Jacob Yealey of this  city.



Born, October 27th, to the wife of Mr. Ferd. Bequette, a son.


The Rev. Pastor Father Trumm announced last Sunday that he would leave this congregation shortly after the feast of All Saints to go to France where he intends to join a more secluded order. Bloomsdale will lose a good Pastor and his departure will be greatly regretted by the congregation.


Dr. Charles J. Hertich will move back to his old home in Ste. Genevieve in a few days and his departure will be regretted by his many friends out here.  We do no know him to have a single enemy here and Bloomsdale cannot afford to lose such a good neighbor. The Dr. was very well pleased with his position but for some special reason will move back to Ste. Genevieve. He has rented his lot to Dr. Herman of Zell, who is welcome to our place.


Fair Play--November 15, 1890

Almost a Centenarian.--On Saturday, October 25, Mrs. Lucinda Janis, mother of Mr. L. A. Thomure of Bonne Terre, celebrated the 99th anniversary of her birth. The Bonne Terre Democrat, in speaking of this venerable lady, says that “her health is good and her mind almost as vigorous as in the days of youth. But, as in the case with most aged people, happenings of many years ago are more distinctly remembered by Mrs. Janis, than incidents that have transpired in late years.”--Times.


Fair Play--November 22, 1890

Born, on Monday, November 17, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Evariatte Burgert of this city, twins; girls.


Born, on Wednesday, November 19, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Ashley H. Clark of Ste. Genevieve, a daughter.


Died, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1890, at her residence in St. Louis, Mrs. Emily Wilkinson, aged 73 years. Mrs. Wilkinson is a sister of Mrs. Felix Valle of this city.


Henry L. Siebert received this week a check for $60 from the Olive Street Cable Co., of St. Louis, for damages for injuries received by falling from the cable car last year.


Since our last number marriage licenses were issued to Solomon Bequette and Josephine L. Miller of Jackson township; August Giesler and Elizabeth Siebert of Ste. Genevieve; Anton C. Bod and Sarah Ann Detchmendy of River aux Vases.


Mr. and Mrs. Simon A. Guigon of this city celebrated the 58th anniversary of their marriage at the residence of Mr. Joseph F. Guignon, Cote Brilliante, St. Louis, on the evening of Thursday, November 13th, for a grand supper. The celebration was very private, only the families being present.


Mr. Francis J. Ziegler and daughter, Miss Blanche, met with quite a serious accident while returning from St. Mary in a buggy last Friday evening. Their horse became frightened when near town and turned the buggy over, throwing the occupants into a gulley on the side of the road.  Both parties received a few slight injuries but, we are glad to say, are now able to be up and about. Miss Ziegler returned to St. Mary Monday morning to take charge of her school.


Fair Play--December 6, 1890

Born, on Monday, NOvember 24, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Henry S. Shaw of Farmington, a son.



John G. Ballard of Dallas, Texas, was married to Miss Mary Shaw near Libertyville, St. Francois county, on the 11th, and started on his return to Dallas on the 22nd, inst.


J. D. Ballard, who went to Texas seven years ago and who is now a student in the Missouri Medical College, St. Louis, arrived in our burg last Monday and will spend some days among his relations.


A. P. Counts of Avon and Miss Emma Bauman of Skatterville were Married on the 23rd inst. by Rev. Haman.

Fair Play--December 13, 1890

Leon Labruyere arrived in Ste. Genevieve from Festus last Saturday night and spent several days here visiting relatives. Leon is engaged in teaching a brass and string band at Festus and expressed himself as being well pleased with his new home.


Mr. Jules Gregoire, wife and family returned to their home in Dubuque, Iowa, on Sunday, November 30th having been called there by the serious illness of Mrs. Gregoire’s brother, Mr. John Martin. We learn that Mr. Martin died on  Monday, December 8th, of typhoid malaria.


Fair Play--December 20, 1890

Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Blanche Bogy and Mr. Jules Rozier of St. Mary. The marriage will take place at the Catholic Church of St. Mary on Tuesday morning, December 30th.


Marriage licenses were issued this week to Thomas W. Newman and Ella B. Coffman of Coffman, and Charles F. Poggemoeller and Carolina M. Sewald of Jackson township.


John Simpson and Miss Annie Cozzens of Libertyville were married at the Christian Church on the evening of the 4th inst. Our best wishes for happiness and prosperity.


Albert Weiss and Fritz Weiss of this county and Guss. Weiss of Perry County went to Ironton last Sunday to testify on the trial of State vs. Louis Weiss charged with bigamy.


J. G. Ballard, G. R. Marlow and S. (illegible-paper creased across entire sentence)  against Louis Weiss and returned on Thursday. the case was tried on Tuesday and Wednesday. Defense was insanity. The jury gave a verdict of guilty.

Thomas Hawthorn made a flying trip from our town to Perryville in the snow storm last Sunday and took with him Miss Emma Sheats whom he married at Perryville and returned home by way of St. Mary’s, arriving on Tuesday.  Mr. Thomas  Hawthorn and his new bride are highly esteemed in our town and it seems the unanimous wish that all of their hopes for the future may be realized.

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