Fair Play; 1891 (Jan 3 – Dec. 19)

Fair Play-January 3, 1891

Mr. Jules Rozier and Miss Blanche Bogy were married at the Catholic Church at St. Mary last Tuesday, December 30, 1890, Rev. Father Wynne officiating.


Born, on Sunday, December 28, 1890, to the wife of Mr. Frank Herzog of this city, a daughter.


Fair Play-January 10, 1891

Born, on Thursday, January 1, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Joseph Flynn of DeSoto, a daughter.


The Oldest Town in the State. (Charleston Democrat)

An exchange remarked that Ste. Genevieve is the oldest town in Missouri. The same paper remarked that it was settled in 1800. To this Colonel William Fremont Switzler, the able editor of the Columbia Statesman, remarks:  “It amazes us that Missouri newspapers are so general and so inaccurate respecting the history of the state. Perhaps it does not matter whether Ste. Genevieve was settled ‘somewhere’ in the eighteenth, seventeenth, sixteenth or some other century, yet it will be conceded that if the time of its settlement is of sufficient importance to be stated at all it ought to be done correctly. It was settled ‘somewhere in 1800,’ but the old town was settled in 1735. On account of the great flood in the Mississippi river in 1785 the town was abandoned and the present city of Ste. Genevieve established. It is sixty miles below St. Louis. The old town, or Post of Ste. Genevieve,’ was the first town settled in the State, and, in fact, the first settlement by Europeans in the state.”


A marriage license was issued to Nicholas P. Jokerst and Catharine Herzon by Recorder Bogy week.


Miss Mary L. Keilich of St. Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Kreilich, was married  to Mr. Anthony Isch at the St. Louis Cathedral on Wednesday, December 31, 1890. Mr. Isch is cashier of the Workingmen’s Banking Company of East St. Louis.


We understand that the new Anchor Line Steamer, City of Hickman, will take the place of the ill-fated steamer Baton Rogue in the St. Louis and New Orleans trade. Captain Bixby, late commander of the Baton Rogue, will have command of the Hickman and will take his entire crew with him.  Mr. A. A. Flamm of this city will be second clerk.


Married:--At 3:30 P. M., on Sunday last, December 28th, Rev. Father O’Donohoe officiating, at the Catholic parsonage, Mr. Oscar J. Boyer and Miss Elise Radle, both of this city. Only the immediate relatives of the contracting parties and a few friends witnessed the ceremony. The bride, Miss Radle, is the step-daughter of Mrs. W. Waschischek, the well-known boot and shoe manufacturer of this city, and a handsome and accomplished young lady. The groom, Mr. Boyer, is the son of Mr. Jules Boyer, a lime manufacturer of Ste. Genevieve, Mo, and is employed in the capacity of painter by the St. Joe Lead Company.  He is also an efficient member of the St. Joe Lead Co’s band, and is a moral and very popular young man. [Bonne Terre Democrat]


Dona Lalumondiere met with a very painful accident last Sunday. He had just hitched his horses to the wagon when they became frightened and ran away. In trying to stop them Mr. Lalumondiere was thrown to the ground and the wheel of the wagon passed over his head cutting several ugly gashes. He remained senseless on the ground for some time. Dr. Herman is attending him and we are glad to state that Mr. Lalumondiere is getting along as well as could be expected.


Another sad accident which resulted in the death of Mr. Frank Aubuchon occurred on New Year’s Eve.  The horse which Mr. Aubuchon was riding became frightened and threw its rider on the ground. In falling Mr. Aubuchon struck his side on a rock, but did not pay much attention to it until the morning of the 5th inst., when the pain became so intense that the doctor and priest were immediately sent for. Mr. Aubuchon only lived until 8 o’clock that evening.  He leaves a wife and seven children. The funeral took place on the morning of the 7th at French Village. May he rest in peace.


Fair Play-January 17, 1891

News reached this city Thursday of the sad death of Mrs. Ferdinand Immer of Pilot Knob, Mo., who died in that city on Wednesday, January 14th. While engaged in making soap about ten days ago, Mrs. Immer’s dress caught on fire and she received the burns from which she died on Wednesday last. Deceased is the wife of Mr. Ferdinand Immer, a prominent merchant of Pilot Knob, and a daughter of Mrs. Ursula Veath of this county. She leaves a husband and large family to mourn their sad loss.


Died, of paralysis, on Tuesday, January 14, 1891, Mr. Antoine Courtois, aged 67 years.


A marriage license was issued this week to Francis Schwent and Mary Morice, both of Ste. Genevieve township.


Fair Play-January 24, 1891


It is with regret that we announce the death of Olive, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Firmin Boyer of St. Louis, who, after enduring with resignation the sufferings peculiar to a most aggravated case of diptheria, was called to the realms of youth, hole and eternal, on January 18th, at the tender age of ten years and one month.


At Pilot Knob, Mo, Thursday, Jan. 15th, 1891, Mrs. Rosina Immer, beloved wife of Ferdinand Immer and daughter of Mrs. Ursula Vaeth of Ste. Genevieve county, aged 44 years, 11 months and 28 days. (transcriber’s note-the name Vaeth is spelled Veath in the previous article).


Fair Play-January 31, 1891

Born, on Saturday, January 17, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Henry Bauer, a ten-pound boy.


On January 21st Recorder Bogy issued a marriage license to Charles Braun and Veronica Falk both of Oklahoma.


Miss Cora LeCompte departed for St. Louis last Sunday to be present at the marriage of Mr. Adolph P. Erker to Miss Rose Roeslein.


I hereby appoint Francis L. Jokerst, Wm. W. Wilder, John L. Boverie, Ferd. Moser, Peter Wehner, G. W. St. Gem and C. W. Hamm to attend a meeting at the office of Mauntel  Borgess & Co., St. Louis, Mo., to meet the officers of the Centralia and Ste. Genevieve Railroad. Due notice of date will be given.  Henry L. Rozier, President of Board of Trade.


The Bieser Bros. have bought the blacksmith shop formerly owned by Philip Meyer near Brickey’s Mill. The boys hail from Ste. Genevieve county, and to our knowledge, we are satisfied that they will give general satisfaction to their customers. [Festus Times}


Fair Play-February 7, 1891


We can now boast of a foot bridge over the River aux Vases at this place.


Died, on January 22, 1891, of typhoid fever, Mrs. Marsalete Govro, consort of Elias Govro.



Born, on Saturday, January 31, 1891, to the wife of our J. P., Alexis Boyer, a son.


A double wedding occurred at Silver Lake, last Monday, that as novel in two respects, that of the relationship of the parties and the relative ages of the interested parties, John A. Cecil was married to Miss Theresa C. Whistler. The groom is past middle age and the bride lacks one year of being “sweet sixteen.” At the same time Miles S. Cecil, a son of John A was married to Miss Elizabeth C. Whistler, sister of Miss Theresa C. Whistler. In the latter case the groom is 18 and the bride of about the same age. The father of Miles A. was present at the clerk’s office to give his consent to his son getting a license, while the father of the girls was present to consent to the license issued to Miss Theresa. The son’s father is his brother-in-law and sister-in-law and step-mother are the same.--Perryville Sun.


Born, on Wednesday, February 4, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Anton Scherer of this city, a son.



Died, on Monday, February, 2, 1891, at his residence in this city of disease of the kidneys, Mr. Antoine Boyer, aged 68 years. Mr. Boyer was born in this city on February 14, 1823, and resided here up to the time of his death. He was a carpenter by trade and was loved and respected by all his acquaintances. Deceased was a faithful Catholic and a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of this city. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Valle Spring on Tuesday evening at 2 o’clock, by Rev. Father C. L. Van Tourenhout, the members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society accompanying the body to its last resting place.  R. I. P.


Mr. Celesteine Boillot, one of Ste. Genevieve county’s best citizens, died of dropsy at his home about three miles below town on Tuesday, February 3, 1891, at the advanced age of 72 years. The remains were interred on Wednesday morning in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery after a funeral High Mass had been sung by Rev. Father Van Tourenhout.


Died, at her residence on Market street, Ste. Genevieve, Mo, on Thursday, February 5, 1891, of pneumonia, Miss Josephine Dupont. Funeral will take place this morning at 9 o’clock with a funeral High Mass. Friends of the family are invited to attend. St. Louis and New Orleans papers please copy.


Fair Play-February 7, 1891


Born, to the wife of Mr. Jules Papin of this city, a daughter.

Born, on Monday, February 9, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Emile C. Lelie of this city, a daughter.


Born, on Wednesday, February 10, 1891, to the wife of Mr. George Thomure of this city, a son.


Died, in this city on Saturday, February 7, 1891, Mrs. Fannie Reed, (colored) aged about 80 years.


Mr. Alex. Gignoux of St. Louis attended the funeral of Mrs. E. Sluder at this place Tuesday afternoon.



Sluder--Died in St. Louis on Saturday, February 7, 1891, at the residence of her father, Cecile LaGrave, wife of Edwin E. Sluder, in the forty-ninth year of her age.

Deceased was a sister of Mrs. Chas. C. Rozier and Mr. Francis A. LaGrave of this city. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery at this place on Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Father Weiss.


Frederick Wunning, of Ste. Genevieve county, died last Monday. HIs remains were brought to Farmington and funeral services were held on Thursday at the residence of his brother-in-law, C. Buhlinger, whence they were taken to the Masonic Cemetery for interment.--Democrat.


Last Friday, the 30th ult., as George and Thomas Straugean were riding along the road in Union township, Ste Genevieve county, they saw a large black snake, about four feet long. George, who is now living in St. Louis and was down on a visit, wanted to have something to tell the boys when he went back, so he requested the privilege of killing his snakeship all by  himself, which he did. It is rather early for snakes, but the present winter has been a very mild one, and for several days last week the weather was quite balmy and springlike--Farmington Times.

Fair Play-February 21, 1891

Married, in Farmington, Mo., Feb. 12th, 1891, Mr. Stephen D. Griffith to Miss Laura A. Counts, both of Coffman, Ste. Genevieve county, by Rev. A. Rucker officiating.--Democrat.



Died, at his residence about one mile from this city, of pneumonia, on Monday February 16, 1891, at 6 A. M., Mr. Anton Whipfler, aged 51 years.


Mr. Whipfler was born in Waldbrechweier amt Rastatt, Baden, and emigrated to this county about twelve years ago, settling at Ste. Genevieve, and in his death this community loses a good and honest citizen.  He leaves a wife and four children, one son and three daughters to mourn his loss.


The remains were intered in the Catholic cemetery on Tuesday morning after a funeral High Mass for the repose of the soul had been said by Rev. Father Weiss.


Died, on Monday, February 16, 1890, Joseph, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. George Thomure of this city. (transcriber’s note: date of death is 1890 but is apparent typo)


Died, in St. Louis, on Monday, February 16, 1891, Mr. Henry G. Soulard, aged 90 years.




Frank C. Huck, Andrew Greminger, Valentine Schilli and Frank Bachle had the misfortune to cut their feet with axes. What is the matter boys? Were the parties the cause of it?


Fair Play-February 28, 1891

Died, at the residence of his father in this city on Sunday, February 22, 1891, of pneumonia, Mr. Joseph Roth, aged 32 years, 11 months and 17 days. The remains were intered in the Catholic cemetery on Tuesday, February 24, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout performing the ceremonies.



Born, on February 15, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Geo. Carron, a son.

Born, on Feb. 20, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Henry Morice, a daughter.


Died, on Feb. 22, 1891, of pneumonia, Wm. F. Tucker, aged 41 years. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. Mr. Tucker received the sacraments of the Catholic Church and was buried in the Catholic cemetery at this place. Before his death deceased lived on Mr. Staple’s farm on the river.


Fair Play--March 7, 1891


A. F. Bryson of Hoop-pole township made a rousing good speech at the M. E. Church on Feb. 3rd which caused the farmers to rally and Ravenwood F. & L. U. reorganized on the 7th with thirteen male members.


Mrs. Rachel Ballard celebrated her 82nd birthday on Feb. 9th. Mrs. J. G. Ballard and Mrs. S. J. Barron prepared a fine dinner and the two families called on her and discussed a fat turkey and other good things.


On the 2nd Sunday in February Mr. Martin McDowell of Perry county and Miss Ella Gordon of Cross Roads, St. Francois county, were married at the Christian Church in Skatterville by Rev. Haman.


Mr. Gus St. Gem of Little Rock, Ark., and Miss Ella Tucker of St. Louis were married last Wednesday  afternoon at 5 o’clock at the residence of the bride’s mother, No. 3150 Sheridan avenue by Rev. Dr. Ford of the Second presbyterian Church, in the presence only of the immediate families of the contracting parties. Mr. St. Gem and his bride arrived here Thursday night to spend several days with relatives. The Fair Play extends congratulations.


Died, at her home on Adams str. Festus, on Monday, Feb. 23rd, of consumption, Mrs. Emma Govreau, late consort of Paul Govreau. The funeral took place on Tuesday and her remains now rest in the Catholic cemetery.  The deceased was born and raised in Ste. Genevieve county about three miles south  of the city and came to Festus with her husband and family six years ago. She died at the age of 48, and was to her husband a faithful wife, to her children a loving mother and a true friend to all who associated with her. The grieved widower and five children bemourn their loss.--Festus Times.


Joseph Vorst has finished hauling the iron for the new bridge across the River aux Vases. The lumber is now being hauled from St. Mary.



Captain Gustave St. Gem and wife and Mrs. Mary Ebert departed for St. Louis last Sunday to attend the marriage of Mr. Gus St. Gem and Miss Ella Tucker.

Died, in this city on Friday, Feb. 27, 1891, of old age, Mr. Eloy Totterson, aged 84 years. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Valle Spring on February 28th by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout.


Mr. R. Sutherland and family had a narrow escape from being drowned last Saturday during the high water. While crossing the creek the mules got into high water and Mr. Sutherland had to cut the harness to save them from being drowned. He called for assistance and parties came and rescued the family.


Fair Play--March 14, 1891

Died, at his residence in St. Louis on Tuesday March 3rd, at 2 o’clock A. M. Matthew Kern, aged 71 years, 5 months and 8 days. May he rest in peace.


Born, in this city on Sunday, February 8, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Cyp. Boyer, a son.


Lawrenceton, Mo., March 4th.

On Tuesday morning, February 24, 1891, at eleven o’clock, Mr. Spurgeon Ditch, of Crystal City and Miss Emily Janis, of this place were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The ceremony took place at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. B. A. Janis, in the presence of a small number of invited guests, friends and immediate relatives of the contracting parties. The bridesmaid was Miss Dora Janis and the groomsman Mr. William Ditch. At the conclusion of the marriage service and after the newly wedded couple had received the congratulations of those present, refreshments were served consisting of cakes and wine. Afterward a sumptuous dinner.


The bride, Miss Janis, is well and favorably known in Bonne Terre, and has been a resident of Lawrenceton for a number of years. She is a popular and respected lady and held in  high esteem by her numerous friends and acquaintances. Mr. Ditch is a young man of good morale, highly respected, and is an employe of the Crystal Plate Glass Co. After a bridal trip to St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Ditch returned to Crystal City where they will reside in the future. Bonne Terre Democrat.


Fair Play--March 21, 1891

Mr. Jules Boyer and family of Ste. Genevieve and lately of Pevely moved to town last Thursday. Jules was employed as carpenter at Herculaneum but prefers this place.--Festus Times.



Born, on March 1st, 1891, to the wife of M. Boland, a daughter.


C. W. Voelker was 21 years old on the 6th inst. He gave a big singing, had his best girl with him and had a jolly time.


Fair Play--March 28, 1891

Buffalo Bill will take the hostile Sioux now held at Fort Sheridan with him on his European tour. They will go first to Germany. By the time they have sized up the German army in its numbers and efficiency they will doubtless conclude that there are more palefaces in the world than they had counted on who could put up a pretty good fight, and hence be perfectly willing to preach the gospel of peace to their more benighted neighbors  on their return.


Born, on Wednesday, March 25th, 1891, to the wife of Felix LeClere, (colored), a daughter.


A marriage license was issued this week to Richard B. Evans and Rhoda Adams, both of Saline Township, this county.


Mrs. Helen Fischer of St. Louis arrived from St. Louis last Sunday to visit her sister, Mrs. Dr. Andre, who is still very ill.


Married, in this city on Tuesday, March 17, 1891, by Judge Herman Koehler, Valentine Seigert and Josephine Williams, both of Monroe counts, Ills.



Died, on Friday morning, March 20, 1891, Walter, beloved so of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Williamson of Bloomsdale, aged 5 years and 16 days.



Mr.  John W. Schmahle, Aged 70 Yeas, 1 Month, and 20 Days.

Died, at his residence in this city, on Tuesday, March 24, 1891, Mr. John W. Schmahle, aged 70 years, 1 month and 20 days.


Mr. Schmahle was born in Essenheim, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, on January 27th, 1891. He left his native land in the year 1852, coming directly to Ste. Genevieve of which place he has been a resident ever since. Two years after his arrival, on October 10, 1854, he united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Miss Mary Ziegler. Of this union there were thirteen children, nine of whom are dead. Those surviving are: John W. Jr., Rose Catharine, Louis W. and Francis. He also leaves a devoted and faithful wife to grieve his death.


Deceased was a member of Company K. 47th Missouri Volunteers during the late civil war and was at the time of his death an honorary and respected member of the J. Felix St. James Post G. A. R. of this city.


Mr. Schmahle was a devout Catholic and in his dying hours he as solaced by having the sacraments of that Church administered to his spiritual wants. He had been ill for some time and had suffered a great deal during his sickness, but we hope his trials are now ended. Being a good citizen he won the respect and good will of all who knew him.


His remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery at 2 o’clock P. M., on Friday, March 27th, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout officiating at the funeral ceremonies. A large number of friends and relatives followed the earthly remains of Mr. Schmahle to be laid in that bed from which night awakening nor arising is known. He now sleeps the sleep that dreams not and which all mortals will finally lie down to for their last repose.


The sorrow-stricken wife and family have the sympathy of the whole community in their sad bereavement.



Born, on March 9, to the wife of Mr. Francis Drury, a son.


Louis J. Boyer was in St. Louis last week purchasing lumber for Mr. Clem Drury’s new house.


Died, on March 9, 1891, after a long illness, Mr. Thomas LaRose, aged about 49 years.  Although all assistance had been given him by willing neighbors and his physician used all  efforts to save him, his health grew gradually worse until his death. He received the sacraments of the Catholic Church, of which he had always been a faithful member. His remains were interred this morning.


Fair Play--April 4, 1891

Died, in this city on Friday, March 27, 1891, at 3 o’clock P. M., Mr. John W. Schmahle, Jr., aged 35 years and one month.


Mr. Schmahle was born in Ste. Genevieve on the 27th day of February, 1856, and lived here during his entire lifetime. He was married to Miss Julia Will of this city on June 10, 1890. His wife and five small children, three sons and two daughters, still survive him.


The remains were intered in the Valle Spring Catholic Cemetery on Sunday afternoon at two o’clock, followed by a large concourse of mourning friends and relatives.


Born, on Friday, March 27, 1891 to the wife of Dr. J. B. Roberts of this city, a son.


Married, at the Catholic Church in this city on Wednesday, April 1, 1891, Mr. F. J. Meyer and Miss Lizzie Williams, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout officiating.


A warrant for assault with intent to kill was issued against William Cemino of the Cottonwoods Thursday night. It seems that he and Hiram Berry got into a dispute over some land on which Mr. Berry was building a fence. Mr. Cemino tore the fence down and warned Mr. Berry not to put it up again or he would shoot him. Mr. Berry started to build the fence again Thursday afternoon when Cemino appeared on the scene and after some few words had passed between the two parties fired two shots at Berry neither of them taking effect.


Sheriff Hurst and Constable Vorst went to the Cottonwoods Friday morning to arrest Cemino, but at this writing (Friday morning) had not returned.


Marriages Licenses.


The following marriage licenses were issued this week:


Joseph B. Heberlie......................Saline Township.

Lizzie Cheesbrough.....................Saline Township.


George Godell........................Ste. Genevieve

Louise Schwent.......................Ste. Genevieve


David Grither.......................Jackson Township

Louise Otto............................Jackson Township


Frank J. Meyer.......................Ste. Genevieve

Lizzie Williams.........................Ste. Genevieve


Wm. S. Herman.........................Union Township

Rosina Wolk...............................Union Township




Mr. Louis Govreau is the happiest man in our vicinity; his better half presented him with a fine girl.


Hurrah for F. M. Vance! He is the farmer’s man.


Found Dead.

James Carmody, aged about 55 or 60 years, who resided near Little Vine church, Union township, Ste. Genevieve county, was found dead in his clearing one day last week. He had been living alone, and the last time his neighbors remember seeing him or any indications of him was on Wednesday, the 18th, inst. On Friday his absence was noticed and search was instituted, and his lifeless body was found about 11 P.M. on that day; lying beside the body of a tree which he had apparently felled. He was lying on his back, with his limbs adjusted as though he had been prepared for burial. The flesh of his face was torn off to such an extent as to render him unrecognizable, and he was only identified by his clothing and by the fact of his being found where Mr. Carmody was known to have been at work. The flesh of one arm was also much torn and his bowels were eaten into. No inquest was held, the general opinion being that he had fallen while suffering from epilepsy or some kindred disease, and that if he recovered from the fit he was so chilled that he was unable to rise and perished from the cold.

The facts in the case were learned from Joseph Pinkston--Farmington Democrat.


Fair Play--April 11, 1891

Leander Graves, who formerly carried the mail between Bloomsdale and Crystal City, was sentenced in the U. S. District Court in St. Louis to two years in the Missouri Reform School at Boonville, for taking registered letters from the mail pouch. His age saved him from going to the penitentiary.--Crystal Mirror.


The great showman, P. T. Barnum, died at his home in Bridgeport, Conn., last Tuesday.


Born, on Wednesday, April 1, 1891 to the wife of Mr. Henry Huck of this city, a son.


Married, in this city, on Wednesday, April 8, 1891, by Probate Judge Koehler, Mr. Obediah A. J. Duvall and Miss Mary E. Brown, both of Beauvais township, this county.


Married, in Farmington, Mo., at the Dalton House, on Tuesday, March 31, 1891, by Esquire R. C. Tucker, Joseph B. Heberlie and Miss Lizzie Cheesbraugh, both of Ste. Genevieve county.


John B. Negrotto, who recently played a week’s engagement at the Opera House, in this city, died on the stage at Farmington, Mo., last Thursday, the victim of morphine and whiskey, aged about 50 years. Mr. Negrotto was once a fine actor and was always a clever gentleman, who pleased the public and was a favorite with his profession, but his unfortunate failing brought him to his inevitable ruin.--Chester Clarion.




Bloomsdale, Mo. April 5, 1891.

On Sunday morning, April 5, 1891, at eleven o’clock Mr. Herman Lewitz of St. Louis and Miss Sophia Herman of near Bloomsdale were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The ceremony took place at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. Valentine Herman in the presence of relatives of the contracting parties. At the conclusion of the marriage service and after the newly wedded couple had received the congratulations of those present, the wedding party repaired to the dining room where a sumptuous dinner was served.


The happy couple took the steamer Crystal City that same evening for St. Louis where they will reside in the future.


Yesterday morning at 11 o’clock Fred Scwuchert, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Schurchert, was married to Miss Annie Schemmer, daughter of Mrs. E. H. Schemmer. The wedding took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Schuchert, on Legal Hill; and Rev. Mr. Miller, pastor of the Lutheran church , was the officiating clergyman. There were only the members of the two families, relatives, and a few intimate friends present to witness  the ceremony. At noon a splendid dinner was served to the guests. Many handsome presents were received. The bridge and groom departed on the afternoon train for St. Louis, where they will spend several days, and they will probably also visit Chicago before returning home. They will begin house-keeping in the residence near the Opera House immediately after they return and will there be at home to their friends. This wedding unites two of the most highly respected families of Chester, and the happy young couple have the most sincere and hearty congratulations of all their many friends, who hope the lives of these young people may be blessed with many pleasures and joy in the future.--Chester Clarion.


Fair Play--April 18, 1891


Mrs. Ursula Vaeth--Aged 65 Years, 6 Months and 28 Days.

Died, at her home in Weingarten, on Monday morning, April 13, 1891, at 6 o’clock, Mrs. Ursula Veath, aged 65 years, 6 months and 28 days.


Mrs. Vaeth, relict of Mr. Peter Vaeth, was born  at Hofweier, Baden, on the 15th day of September, 1825, and came to America with her parents when but six years old. She married Mr. Peter Vaeth in October, 1843, and became the happy mother of twelve children, seven of whom survive her, namely: Mrs. Mary Siebert, Mrs. Theresa Wehner, Mrs. Regina Jokerst, Mrs. Josephine Baechle and her three sons, Andrew, Joseph and Anton. Although God had blessed her with worldly goods, she had the sorrow of seeing her husband, her eldest son and two of her daughters die of a sudden and unexpected death. It grieved her sorely to see her beloved daughter, Annie, thrown by unknown persons in a cistern and the untimely death of her eldest daughter, Mrs. Isemann, of Pilot Knob, filled the cup of bitterness for her. Since that time Mrs. Vaeth made up her mind that something would happen to her and on Sunday last, while all the members of the family were at Church, hearing the cries of distress of a calf assailed by a mule in the yard, she ran to the rescue of the poor animal and was kicked in the stomach with such a force that she had to retire to bed and died from the effects thereof on Monday morning at 6 o’clock. The priest, the doctor, her three sons and two grand children and two intimate friends were the only witnesses of the passage of her soul from this world to a better one.


The deceased had prepared herself well for death and insisted on receiving the last sacraments of the Catholic Church of which she was a faithful member. She predicted the hour of her death and died the death of the just with the priest at her bed-side. God had blessed her, her husband and children with plenty and they used it for God’s glory, being very generous towards the Church and school.


The remains were buried on Tuesday during a funeral High Mass celebrated by Rev. Father A. J. Huttler, who pronounced a funeral oration on the Christian virtues of the deceased.  The Weingarten Church was filled with relatives and friends of the deceased, and a large concourse of people from Ste. Genevieve and Farmington were present to witness the last sad rites. Mr. Thomas Lang of Farmington conducted the funeral train.


Mrs. Vaeth’s maiden name was Isemann. She was a kind neighbor and very generous to the poor and although her schooling had  been neglected in early youth, she spoke German, French and English very fluently. In her death the parish loses a benefactress, the children a faithful mother and the neighbors a kind friend.  Her loss will be felt in the Weingarten settlement for many years. She had prepared her testament but had not signed it. R. I. P.


Died, at his home at New Bremen, on Tuesday, April 14, 1891, of pneumonia, Mr. Charles Siebert, aged 50 years. The remains were interred on  Thursday at St. Mary’s, Rev. Father E. J. Wynne officiating at the funeral ceremonies, Mr. Siebert was a member of the J. Felix St. James Post, G. A. R. of this city and that organization turned out in a body at his funeral. Deceased leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss.


Died, on Saturday, April 13, 1891, of heart disease, Mr. Louis Thomure of Saline township, aged 73 years and 8 months.


The marriage of Miss Maggie Courtois and Mr. Martin Baechle occurred in the Catholic Church on Wednesday, the 15th, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout conducting the nuptial ceremony, immediately after which the bridal party and wedding guests repaired to the home of the bridge where a sumptuous repast awaited them. The happy couple will cast their lots with in Ste. Genevieve borders and thereby swell the number of young married folds, apropos which the Fair Play tenders its congratulations and wishes for them a happy and prosperous future.



Miss Emily Drury received a new organ last Sunday.


Married, on Tuesday, April 14th, at this place, Mr. Henry E. Gruntmeyer and Miss Cora Carron, Rev. Father Schlathoelter, officiating.


Married, on Tuesday, April 14, 1891, Mr. Toby Drury of this place and Miss Jennie Mackley of Farmington, Rev. Father Schlathoelter officiating. High Mass was sung by the Bloomsdale choir, Miss Annie Moore having charged of the organ. After the marriage ceremony the happy couple, accompanied by their many relatives, repaired to the residence of the groom’s father, Mr. Clem Drury, where a sumptuous dinner had been prepared for the occasion.


The bride wore a cream colored cashmere dress trimed with ribbon and laces of a similar color and orange blossoms. She is the daughter of Mr. P. Mackley of near Farmington. Your correspondent wishes them a long, happy and successful life. (A list of presents was included in the article--not transcribed).


Fair Play--April 25, 1891

We are sorry to learn of the death of Mr. Frank Wathen who died in St. Louis last Saturday, April 18th, at the age of 34 years. Mr. Wathen was, for many years, foreman of the Fair Play and he has many friends in Ste. Genevieve who will regret to learn of his death.


The trial of William Cimino and wife, Miss Hattie Fox and Wm. and Ed. Moro charged with assault and riot came up before Judge Cox last Saturday morning. The defendants plead guilty and were fined as follows:  Wm. Moro, $10; Wm. Cimino, $5; Mrs. Wm. Cimino and Hattie Fox, $1 each. The charge against Ed. Moro was dismissed.


James Wilson, the Bonne Terre constable, arrived in Ste. Genevieve early last Saturday morning in search of one Irving Byington who had stabbed and killed Henry Pigg at Bonne Terre the night before. Mr. Wilson left here without finding his man, but we have heard since that Byington surrendered to the authorities Tuesday and had a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning.



Misses Clara Holmes and Louise Pratte attended the wedding of Mr. Joseph Heberlie and Miss Cheesebrough in New Tennessee.



Mr. Louis Karst and family depart for Northern California next Wednesday.


Death of Mrs. A. C. Dodge. From the Burlington Hawk-eye.


The news this morning of the death of Mrs. Dodge, widow of the late General A. C. Dodge, will hardly excite surprise, though it is sure to call forth  not only many a fervent benison for the pure soul freed from its earthly bondage, but love and sympathy for those who, more near to her, mourn the mother taken away.


Death came to her at 10:10 last night. The end was calm and peaceful and without a struggle. For fifty-five hours she had lain unconscious, suffering no pain, but simply dying, the physical powers proving far stronger than the powers of consciousness and thus was lengthened out the struggle from which the soul and the will had been already set free.


Mrs. Dodge’s illness extended over two months, and though seemingly trivial at first, the disease made rapid progress in the undermining of a constitution apparently little affected by the infirmities of age. Mrs. Dodge was a woman of perfect constitution and bore her seventy-two years with remarkable grace. The course of her illness was marked by numerous and rapid changes, from relapses from which it was thought she could not rally to almost complete convalescence, only to be followed in time by another change for the worse. The noble woman’s proud spirit was a great ally of those who throughout the long illness watched and nursed her with devoted care an sought to postpone for a time the summons of death.


(Editorial of Mrs. Dodge’s death was not transcribed)


Mrs. Dodge was formerly Miss Clara A. Hertich, daughter of Prof. Joseph Hertich, the head of an institution of learning in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. She was born  June 20th, 1819, and was united in marriage on the 19th of March, 1837, to General A. C. Dodge, then, colonel of militia, and just released from service in the Black Hawk Indian War. She has made her home in Burlington since 1838, when her husband was appointed register of the government land office, with the exception of the time when the general’s official and diplomatic duties called him away. Mrs. Dodge was the mother of eight children, William J. Marceline M., Augustus V., Christiana, Clara A., Henry J., and William W. Of this large family of children, but one, Senator William W. Dodge, survives her.


The funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at three o’clock at St. Paul’s church on Third Street.


Fair Play--May 2, 1891

The iron work on the new bridge at the River aux Vases was completed last Tuesday.


Frank Wathen Dead.


Just before going to press the editor, protem, received a telegram hearing the sad intelligence that his brother in law, Mr. Frank Wathen, died in St. Louis this morning. Mr. Wathen will be remembered by nearly every newspaper man in the Southeast. He was identified with the newspaper business in this section from 1872 until a year or so ago.  For some ten or twelve years he was an employe of the Ste. Genevieve Fair Play and never was there a more trusty and reliable hand to be found. He was in every scuse of the word a thorough newspaper man. He had been in bad health for a number of years, and about two years ago he went to Colorado to try to regain his health, but all to no purpose. He only lingered perhaps a little longer. A few days ago a telegram reached his friends in St. Louis that he was failing fast and desired to return and see his friends once more. He arrived in St. Louis last Saturday and died as above stated. May his ashes rest in peace.--New Era.


James Moore, of St. Mary’s, while out hunting with Elliot Tucker last Sunday was accidentally shot by the latter. The boys were after squirrels and in trying to bag one that was running along the ground, a chase was necessary. Moore, was in the lead, and Tucker close behind. The latter’s gun caught in a bush, was discharged, and Moore received the greater part of the charge in the calf of his right leg. He was brought to St. Mary’s by Mr. F. K. Tucker, and Drs. Roseman and Moore were called in. Examination showed between forty and fifty shots in the muscles, most of which were too deep to extract. Those near the surface were cut out and the patient was made as comfortable as possible. Fortunately none of the shot penetrated the bones of the knee and we hope ere many days to see Jim around town shaking hands with the boys.


Fair Play--May 9, 1891


Died, in St. Louis, on Friday morning, May 1, 1891, Mrs. Augustine Menard, nee St. Gem, aged 69 years.


The subject of this memoir was born in Ste. Genevieve, April 23, 1822, of virtuous and opulent parents who, previous to the great flood of ‘14 and of the exercise of a wise discernment, placed their child, at an early age, under the gentle and discrete protection of the Sisters of the Visitation at Kaskaskia, Ill., a competent community of mild and accomplished ladies and ordained in the providence of God to exercise a most salatory influence over the talents and the souls of the youth under their management. Among her surviving associates at this thriving  institution who are left to the melancholy reflection of sorrowful separation from a friend of former happy days of hopeful youth is the constant companion of her later years, the venerable wife of the late Francis Rozier and aged mother of our banker.


The deceased, having completed her studies, returned to the home of her parents in this city where, on October 15, 1845, she married Louis C. Menard, who was at one time First Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, and a very able and distinguished officer. To this union nine children were born of whom six survive to mourn both father and mother, the former having died in 1870.


In the death of this estimable lady Ste. Genevieve mournfully chronicles the loss of not only a personage possessing a kind and considerate disposition, with many beautiful traits of character, but a woman of highly cultivated ideas and a master memory. Well versed in every detail pertaining to the early history of this characteristical section she proved, we may say, a veritable encyclopedia of reference to those busied in historical researches among which are the compilers of a prominent work which lately appeared for the consideration of Chicago historical societies. Her knowledge of persons connected with the early settlement of Ste. Genevieve and the accuracy of her ability in recalling names and dates were considered surprisingly remarkable. It were futile to enumerate her may endearing qualities , or to recall her warm heartedness and her willingness to aid the less fortunate. Conscientious in the discharge of her every duty, kind and affable, hers was a life bearing the blessed instincts and sweet fragrance of pure and pleasing womanhood.


Though full of years, with the frost of many winters o’ershadowing the deep crosses of her contenance, hers was the happiness, ere quitting this world of care and sorrow, to note the rapid changes and fertile growth of the Upper Louisiana, her native health, now Missouri.


Reared in the spirit of a true christian she was throughout life a devoted Catholic, believing in the future of a resurrection to Christ. In the hope that she may rise to the eternal delights of a home with God, the people of Ste. Genevieve consigned her body to a grave in Valle Spring Catholic Cemetery on Sunday last. To her children is tendered the sincere condolence of the entire community.



F. J. Rigdon is as happy as a house wren since the 24th ult. He says it is a fine girl baby.


Nicholas Heberlie and Leonede Heberlie were united in the hold bounds of matrimony on the 21st of April. We wish the young couple a happy and prosperous life. They were chiravaried by their friends after the performance.


George Godell and -----Schwent were married on April 21st followed by a chravari and a promise of a dance and several gallons of beer to wet the participant’s throats.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schneider, Mrs. Lillie Walker, Miss Jessie Menard and P. A. Menard attended the funeral of their mother, Mrs. Augustine Menard, at this place last Sunday.


Student J. C. Broderk, who held divine services at the Lutheran Church one year ago Easter, will be here for Pentecost Sunday, May 17th. German sermon at 10 A. M.; English sermon at 2 P. M.


Fair Play--May 16, 1891

On Thursday of last week, Alexander Jenkins was kicked on the head by a vicious mule. The blow crushed the skull in a frightful manner. Eleven fragments of the skull were removed by Drs. Williams and English. Although the patient presented a terrible appearance, he has never lost consciousness, and is now improving. Farmington Democrat.


Fair Play--May 23, 1891

Marriage licenses were issued this week to George G. Clevlen of Poplar Bluff and Frances A. Biel of Ste. Genevieve, and Frank X. Staftan and Rosine Caroline Bieser of Ste. Genevieve.


Messrs. Joseph F. Guignon, wife and daughter, Conrad P. and wife, Emile S. and wife, Jules B. and family and L. B. Guignon of St. Louis, attended the funeral of Mr. Simon A. Guignon in our city Friday morning.


Rev. W. H. Matthews pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel Church of Perryville, Mo., arrived in town last Thursday to perform the marriage ceremony of Mr. George Clevlen and Miss Frances Biel.


Our many readers will be glad to learn that Mrs. Dr. M. Andre, who was taken to St. Louis two weeks ago to undergo a surgical operation, is much improved in health and will arrive here the early part of next week. Dr. A. C. Bernays, the celebrated surgeon, performed the operation, taking out a part of one of the ribs. Dr. Andre informs us that the operation was witnessed by nine of the most prominent surgeons of St. Louis.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Naumann celebrated the tenth anniversary of their marriage last Monday.



Mr. Simon A. Guignon--Aged 85 Years, 3 Months and 3 Days.


On Tuesday, May 19th, at about 5:30 o’clock P. M., one of our oldest and most respected citizens, Simon Amable Guignon, quietly passed away.  Mr. Guignon and his good wife spent the past winter with their children in St. Louis, and returned to their old homestead in Ste. Genevieve about three weeks ago in the best of spirits, expecting to enjoy the comforts of their old home and the company of their many friends, but they met with disappointment, for Mr. Guignon, who had suffered all winter with bronchitis and inflammation of the lungs, took a fresh cold and was confined to his bed the next day after their arrival. He gradually grew worse till disease finally overcame his strong constitution and he had to yield.


Mr. Guignon was at the time of his death, 85 years , 3 months and a few days old, having been born in Philadelphia, Penn, on the 16th day of February, 1806.  He was a son of Dr. Louis Joseph Guignon and Mary Adelaide Guigue, and his father was surgeon in the French army which was stationed in the Island of San Domingo, in the West Indies, at the time of the Insurrection. His parents, after leaving San Domingo and going to Philadelphia, moved to Ste. Genevieve in 1810, and a few years after lived in the same house in which Mr. Guignon died.


About the year 1824 and after the death of his father, Mr. Guignon moved to Fredericktown, Madison County Mo., and later, about the year 1827, his mother and sisters, Rosine and Eliza, who married two brothers, Evariste F. and Bernard Pratte, joined him.  At Fredericktown, on November 13, 1832, Mr. Guignon married Carmelite Mary Rossier of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., with whom he passed 58 years and six months of married life. Of their marriage ten children were born; Ross, Emma, Eliza, Amable and Mary who have preceded him in death, and Louis Bossier, Joseph F., Jules B., Conrad P., and Emile S. who remain with his widow, Carmelite M., to mourn his death. In addition he leaves nineteen grand children, who with their parents live in St. Louis and East St. Louis.


Mr. Guignon was in active business at Fredericktown from 1824 to 1861, at which time he moved back to Ste. Genevieve where he remained until the time of his death. He was a most steadfast Catholic and persevered to the end, dying with the satisfaction that he had raised a large family who have followed in his footsteps as a good and honorable citizen, and adherents of his faith. He was buried in the Valle Spring Catholic Cemetery at Ste. Genevieve, Mo., on Friday, May 22nd, 1891. R. I. P.


Died, in this city, on Thursday morning, May 21, 1891, at 12:30 o’clock Mr. Balthasar Floerl, aged 63 years and 5 months.


Mr. Floerl was stricken with paralysis on last Monday and died therefrom the following Thursday. He was born in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria, and emigrated to America in the year 1868, settling in Ste. Genevieve about thirteen years ago and following the trade of gun-smith and watch-maker.


The remains were interred from the Catholic Church in the Valle Spring Cemetery on Thursday afternoon, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout performing the last ceremonies. R. I. P.





The announcement,  a week ago, of the approaching nuptials of Miss Frances Biel and Mr. George Clevlen occasioned considerable surprise in social circles and resulted in attracting a large assemblage of friends and anxious spectators to the Lutheran Church in which edifice the happy event occurred at 8:00 o’clock on the evening of the 21st inst.


In anticipation of the affair friendly hands had decorated the church very becomingly with the very finest wreaths and roses, arranging bouquets of immense proportions here and there until all the atmosphere was charged with the sweet fragrance of the flowers of spring.


The entrance of the bridal party was accompanied by the enrapturing strains of Mendelshon-Bartholdy’s famous march, immediately after which the ceremony, which was of a beautiful and impressive character, was performed by the Rev. W. Matthews of Perryville, Mo.


The bride, who is justly considered one of our fairest, and who is the charming daughter of our worthy townsman, Mr. Charles H. Biel, and a lady of cultured character and admirable disposition, was exquisitely attired in a delightful costume of cream colored cassimere, trimmed with embroidered silk, and carried in her hand a magnificent bouquet of white roses. Her veil was artistically arranged with roses and she wore kid gloves and slippers, and it may not be amiss to state that never was there lady blessed by man with heart and hand who looked as lovely on her wedding night as did the bride of Thursday last.


Her attendants, Misses Memie Boyce and Marie Vorst presented lovely appearances, the former attired in a handsome costume of cream colored embroidery with white roses as ornaments and the latter wearing a most attractive dress of albatross, elegantly arranged with an assortment of roses.


The groom wore the conventional black was attended by Messrs. Charles and Felix Petrequin.


Immediately after the ceremony the nuptial party repaired to the home of the bride on Main Street were divertisements peculiar to the occasion were quietly indulged in Mr. and Mrs. Clevlen took passage on board the Crystal City for their future home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, last night.


Fair Play--June 6, 1891

Born, on May 17, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Frank Sexauer, a daughter.


Ed. Huber, who left here about a year ago for Buffalo, N. Y., returned last Saturday night to visit his old acquaintences.


Marriage licenses were issued this week to John W. Brown and Rosie Cambron of Beauvais township and James Patterson and Rachel Hughs of Union township.


Peter H. Huck arrived here from St. Louis last Saturday night and intends opening a law office in Ste. Genevieve about the first of July.


Married, in this city on Monday, June 1, 1891, by ‘Squire Luther Brown of St. Mary, Mr.  John W. Brown and Miss Rosie Cambron, both of Beauvais township, this county.


Two men were drowned at the Government works a mile above Little Rock Landing the past week. On last Saturday Joseph Maulshom accidentally fell into the river and was drowned. The body was recovered and sent to Cincinnati for burial. On last Monday another man whose name we have not learned was also accidentally drowned. The body has not yet been recovered.


Andreas Krauss, a young man who came here recently from Germany, was arrested last Saturday charged with stealing clothing from Lawrence Barh and a sum of money from his companion who came over to the country with him. He was lodged in the county jail to await the action of the grand jury. A special term of circuit court will probably be called to try this case.


The case of the State of Missouri vs. Louis Schafer charged with petit larceny was tried before ‘Squire Cox last Tuesday, the jury returning a verdict of guilty and assessing the punishment at thirty days in the county jail. The case against Joseph Brown charged with the same offense was dismissed.


News was received here Friday morning of the death of Mrs. Adolph Rozier of New Orleans, who died in the that city Thursday morning, June 4, at 8:55 o’clock. Mrs. Rozier has many friends here who will regret to learn of her death.


Mr. Michael Vieh and daughter, Miss Minnie, went to St. louis this week to attend the marriage of Mr. John Bieh and Miss Laura Wachter which took place Thursday.




Died, at her home in Weingarten, on Friday morning, May 29, 1891, Mrs. Solome Weiler, aged 76 years, 3 months and 16 days.


Mrs. Weiler, whose maiden name was Deck, was born at Baden Germany, on the 13th day of February, 1815, and was married to Mr. Charles Weiler on August 20th, 1837. Of this union were born twelve children, five of whom survive, viz: Charles John, Wendolin, Joseph and Peter.


Mr. and Mrs. Weiler emigrated to America in December, 1847, and settled in Ste. Genevieve county where they have lived ever since. She leaves fifty-five grand children, forty-five of whom are living, and thirty-four great grand children, twenty-nine of whom are living.


Mrs. Weiler had been an invalid for some time, having been confined to her bed for three years and three months previous to her death. She was always a good Catholic and died in that faith, receiving the last sacraments of the Church before her death.


The remains were interred in the Weingarten Catholic cemetery on Saturday, May 30, Rev. Father A. J. Huttler performing the funeral ceremonies. May she rest in peace.


Died, at her home in Ste. Genevieve county, on Tuesday, May 5, 1891, at 9:15 o’clock A. M., Mrs. Margaret A. Bolen, aged 68 years.


Deceased was born in Green county, Tennessee, in March, 1823. In her early days she was married to Mr. Edmond Bolen. Nine children were born to them of which number seven are living, three sons and four daughters. In 1843 they emigrated to Missouri where they have lived ever since.  Mrs. Bolen was a loving wife and a kind and indulgent mother. During her married life she professed religion and joined the United Baptist Church to which she was faithful to the end.


Her remains were interred in the Pleasant Hill cemetery, and the funeral was attended by a large concourse of mourning friends and relatives. During her illness everything was done to alleviate her sufferings by her family, assisted by kind neighbors. To the latter who were so kind in assisting us in taking care of our beloved mother, we extend in behalf of the family, our heartfelt and sincere thanks.


Died, on Thursday, June 4, 1891, Mrs. Anna Bauman, wife of Mr. Frank A. Bauman, aged about nineteen years.


The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Friday morning. Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout performing the last ceremonies.


Fair Play--June 13, 1891


A marriage license was issued this week to Jules Henry Louis Burle and Mary Ann Elizabeth Schlatman, both of this city.


Joseph Bogy, who is working for Janis, Saunders & Co. in St. Louis, is spending his vacations at his old home in our city.


The much talked of and we may say very fashionable wedding, took place promptly at 9:15 last evening in the St. Vincent’s Catholic church, Rev. F. V. Nugent officiating. The contracting parties were, Mr. Jack Siefert of this city, and Miss Birdie Kennison of St. Mary’s. It was, of course, an unusually extensive affair and after the ceremonies at the church the bride, and groom and those who had been invited to the supper, repaired to the residence of Miss Mayme Carroll, where one of the most expensive spread’s ever given in this city was enjoyed. It was furnished from Beers’ caterer, St. Louis.  Following were attendants upon the occasion:  Messrs. W. S. Albert, J. C. Carroll, H. S. Dean and H. D. Dempsey, supported Mr. Siefert as groomsmen; and Misses Mayme Carrol, Tiny Vance, Maggie McClean and Earl Speaks, were the bride’s maids. The culmination of this affair will be an elite ball at the River View Hotel to-night.--Cape Girardeau New Era.


Married, at the Catholic Church in this city on Tuesday morning, June 9, 1891, Mr. Henry Burle and Miss Mary Schlatman, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout performing the nuptial ceremony.



Born, on June 2, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Bernard Algire, a boy.


Born, on June 4, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Lawrence Govoro, a boy.


While crossing the Establishment creek last week Mr. William Wilder came  near being drowned. The creek had swollen some after a shower and in attempting to cross, his horse fell and was carried by the current about fifty yards below the ford. Mr. Wilder swam out and with the assistance of a few of the neighbors saved his horse. Messrs Joseph Isenbeis and Nicholas Kertz got into the same fix in the Establishment also. We ask again if a bridge is not necessary over this dangerous stream.


Fair Play--June 20, 1891

Born, on Friday, June 12, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Frank Brugers of this city, a son.


Louis Schaeffer who was sentenced to the county jail for one month for petty larceny, escaped from the county farm last Monday and has not been heard of since.




Master Clarence Rudluff, while sharpening a stake, was bitten on the hand by a snake on the 10th inst. However, he is all right again.


Fair Play--June 27, 1891

The progressive city of DeSoto is not contented even with the modern convenience of electric lights. Nothing less now will do them than a line of street cars. Will Ste. Genevieve be satisfied to lie supinely and remain dormant while her sister cities are marching along the road of enterprise?  Could we not arouse from our slumbers and construct a line of air ships and have them in operation between Ste. Genevieve and Little Rock before DeSoto has her street car line completed?  While it would be in opposition to the ‘bus lines now running here, yet it would be a step in the direction of progress.


Married, at the Lutheran Church in this city on Monday, June 22, 1891, Mr. Edward Ottholt of Randolph county, Ill., and Miss Caroline Kohm of Ste. Genevieve, Rev. J. A. F. W. Mueller of Chester, Ill., performing the nuptial ceremony.


Mrs. Cora Pratte, Mrs. Phillip Shaw and Mr. Harry Lawrence and family of St. Louis arrived here last Saturday night to visit Dr. J. B. Cox, who was seriously ill.


Complaint was filed in ‘Squire Jennings court by Mrs. Bertha Doerge of Ste. Genevieve, against L. D. Thurman, landing keeper above Hugs. The charge is assault. In her complaint she states that she arrived at one o'clock last Thursday morning on the Crystal City from Ste. Genevieve, having business at Bonne Terre. On her arrival it was raining and being unable to wade through the mire two miles to Festus, and she being well acquainted with Mr. Thurman and lady she asked him for shelter until daylight. He refused. She found the way to the house to ask Mrs. Thurman for accommodation but Mr. Thurman met her, raised his cane and threatened to “knock her black and blue” if she would not leave the premises. She complains bitterly of Mr. Thurman’s treatment.--Festus Times.


Joseph Willie, formerly a resident of this city, but who, for several years had been living in St. Louis, was missed from his home several weeks ago, and nothing could be  learned of his whereabouts. Last Thursday, his dead body was found in the Mississippi river at St. Louis. Mr. Willie was a native of Ste. Genevieve county.--Farmington Democrat.


Fair Play--July 4, 1891

Born, on Tuesday, June 30, 1891, to the wife of H. C. Ziegler, a son.


A marriage license as issued this week to William R. Fowler and Clotilde Aubuchon, both of Union Township, this county.


Eloy J. LeCompte departed for St. Louis on the City of Cairo last Tuesday night to accept a position with the F. C. Taylor Commission Merchants.



Died, in St. Louis, on Friday, June 19, 1891, Alice, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Naumann, aged 2 years, 5 months and 25 days.


Died, on Saturday, June 27, 1891, of whooping cough, Emma J., infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sexauer, aged six weeks. The remains were buried Sunday in the Valle Spring Cemetery.


Kaskaskia Relics.

Chester, Ill., June 27.--Rev. Father Ferland, pastor of the Catholic Church at Kaskaskia, has forwarded to the World’s Fair Commission at Chicago two pieces of wood, one of which is walnut and was taken from the mansion of Governor Bond, and the other is cedar and was taken from the Edgar house, both at Kaskaskia. The wood is to form a part of the flagstaff on the main building at the World’s Fair. The Edgar house was the house in which General Lafayette was entertained when he visited Kaskaskia. It is no longer in existence, but several citizens of the old town have portions of cedar posts which formed a part of the building, and it is almost impossible to persuade them to part with the wood.--Republic.


Lawrence Hertzog, who has carried the Perryville and Chester mail for the past several years, will on July 1st begin carrying the mail between Ste. Genevieve and St. Mary’s. Mr. Hertzog has made an efficient and obliging carrier, although he has had nothing but bad luck since he took the job. We are sorry to see him go but wish him better luck on his new route. Perryville Republican.



Fair Play--July 11, 1891

Born, on Sunday, July 5, 1891, to the wife of Mr. William Silvey of this city, a daughter.


A Sudden Death.

Mrs. Charles Weiss, living a half a mile from town, was found dead in bed early Friday morning, July 10th. She had been troubled with heart disease for some time but was in apparently good health when she retired Thursday night about ten o’clock.  About four o’clock yesterday morning Mr. Weiss awoke and it as then that he made the awful discovery. A doctor was immediately sent for who pronounced the body dead about three hours.


Mrs. Weiss was 62 year of age at the time of her death. She was born in Hanover, Germany, and emmigrated to America and married Mr. Charles Weiss in the year 1862.  Six children were born to them, five of whom, together with their father, survive to mourn the death of a kind mother and loving wife. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad loss.


Frank LaRose was arrested and lodged in jail last Tuesday, charged with disturbing the peace. He was fined $5 and costs and not being able to pay the fine, was placed in jail.


Miss Rosa Bahr went to Ste. Genevieve last Friday to attend the celebration on the 4th, among relatives. She returned Sunday.--Chester Clarion.



And now the news comes that Park H. Adams and Miss Agnes Astholz were married in St. Louis on the 13th inst. They kept it very quiet as the parants barely heard of the marriage in time to take the Idlewild to St. Louis last Saturday night. Mr. Astholz and Mr. Adams went up to get a little more light on the subject. Park is brim full of surprises for the Cape people, and his last seems to be his greatest. Suppose they will be at home on the Idlewild to-morrow. Cape Girardeau New Era.




Accidents with wagons and teams are of frequent occurrence in this vicinity. Sometime ago Charles Perry turned over a wagon load of girls, bruising himself considerably, and on July 3rd, Kenner Brown’s team ran away, throwing Mr. Brown from the wagon and crippling him. The mules were also hurt.  July 6, 1891


Fair Play--July 18, 1891

Born, on Monday, July 6, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Jules Boyer of Festus, Mo., a son.


Mr. A. H. Chadwell moved his family here from St. Louis last week. Mr. Chadwell will make Ste Genevieve his home for the present.


Mr. Richard Shearlock, the veteran commissioner of foot wear, commonly calfed shoemaker, was at Ste. Genevieve on a visit to his aged mother and other relatives. The old lady, though 80 years old or past is still healthy but--feeble with age. Mr. Shearlock reports that the G. A. R. picnic on Maxwell’s Hill, which he visited for a short time was a grand success. The city itself though is dull and perhaps the new railroad from St. Louis to Grand Tower makes it more so. The community is wealthy though and they can stand it. -- Festus Times.



Died, at her home after a short illness, on Tuesday, July 14th, 1891, on her 71st birthday, Mrs. Ann E. Gilbert, beloved wife of Judge Miles A. Gilbert of St. Mary, Mo.


Mrs. Gilbert, whose maiden name was Baker, as born at Kaskaskia, Ill., on July 14th, 1820, and it is a peculiarly sad coincidence that her death should have occurred on the anniversary of her birth.


She was married to Judge Miles A. Gilbert at Kaskaskia, Nov. 1?th (possibly 17th), 1836 and they shortly afterwards removed to Ste. Genevieve county, her husband founding the present prosperous town of St. Mary. They have ever since resided there in their beautiful home and have endeared themselves to the whole community by their kindness, charity and hospitality. Mrs. Gilbert leaves surviving her, her grief stricken consort and helpmate, Judge Gilbert, now in his 81st year, her sons, William B. Gilbert, and Miles F. Gilbert, both prominent attorneys located at Cario, Ill, her daughter, Sarah, wife of the well-known attorney of this county, Thomas B. Whitledge, and a number of grand children.


There also survive her, her brother, D. J. Baker, Judge of the Supreme Court of Illinois, Judge Henry S. Baker of Alton, Ill, Col. John Baker, U. S. Paymaster, Edward Baker, U. S. Consut at Buenos Ayros, and her sister, Mrs. L. S. Metcalfe of St. Louis, Mo.


Her death was peaceful and calm, being surrounded by all the members of her family, who ministered to her every want; and she approached her Maker with that calmness and resig- that only the knowledge of having lived a pure, true and Christian life could give. May we all so live that when we shall be garnered to our eternal rest we may exclaim, “Death! Death! Where is thy sting.”


Mrs. Gilbert was a women of unusual intelligence and received more than an ordinary education, having finished her studies at the famous Seminary of the Beecher sisters (sisters of the great divine Henry Ward Beecher) and her love of literary pursuits was continued up to the time of her death. She was a noble, true hearted woman, leading a pure Christian life, and excelling in deeds of kindness and charity. her home had always been noted for its sociability and hospitality, and her many visitors were always charmed with her pleasing manner and conversational powers.  (Editorial of her death not transcribed)


Her earthly remains were interred in the St. Mary Cemetery, attended by a numerous concourse of relatives and friends. Among those from abroad were Mrs. L. S. Metcalfe, Mrs. Ann E. Manger, Mrs. R. J. Whitledge and daughter, Miss Fannie of St. Louis; Mrs. Geo. Wise, of Alton, Ill; Judge D. J. Baker, William B. Gilbert and wife, Miles F. Gilbert and wife of Cairo, Ill,’ Mr. and Mrs. John Doerr, of Perryville, Mo.; L. W. Morrison, and Mr. Swanwick of Chester, Ill, Henry L. Rozier, Edward A. Rozier and Edgar Rozier of Ste. Genevieve. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. M. Davenport, Rector of the Episcopal Church of Cairo, Ill., of which Church, deceased was a devout member, and the beautiful funeral service of the Episcopal Church was rendered in a wonderfully pathetic manner.  May her soul rest in peace.



Mr. William F. Schwent, son of Mr. Nicholas Schwent was married to Miss Rosina Friedman, daughter of Mr. Stephen Friedman, at St. Mary Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 14, at 4 o’clock P.M., Rev. Father E. J. Wynne performing the ceremony. Misses Lizzie Friedman and Josephine Schwent were the bridesmaids and Daniel Schwent and Joseph Friedman acted as groomsmen. After the ceremony the bridal party repaired to the residence of the bride’s parents where a fine repast awaited them, which was participated in by many of their friends and relatives.


The newly wedded young couple are descendants of well known and respected families and their future life will no doubt be a happy and contented one. Their residence will  be in the Lake Hills where Mr. Schwent purchased a farm some two years ago. The Fair Play extends congratulations. (a list of wedding presents were not transcribed).



Louis Tucker, who so mysteriously disappeared some weeks ago, has returned to his family.


Dr. H. J. Counts is seriously ill.


Mr. Thomas Bryan is growing weaker every day from the effects of a cancer.


A house belonging to Mr. James Field was burned Saturday night. It is supposed that some one set it on fire. No one was living in the house at the time.


Jeff Thompson’s Proclamation.


A few days ago, Mr. Zeb. Murphy removed the mantel-piece, behind which he found a copy of an old proclamation issued by Jeff. Thompson in 1861, while camped somewhere in St. Francois county. Here is the document in question, which reads:


Headquarters, 1st Military Dist. M. S. G.

Camp St. Francois County.

Monday, October 14th, 1861.

Patriots, of Washington, Jefferson, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, and Iron Counties:  I have thrown myself into your midst, to offer you an opportunity to cast off the yoke you have unwillingly worn so long. Come to me and I will assist you, and drive the invaders from your soil, or die with you among your native hills.


Soldiers from Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois, Go Home! We want you not here and we thirst not for your blood. We have not invaded your State, we have not poluted your hearth stones, therefore leave us; and after we have wiped out the Hessians and Tories, we will be your friendly neighbors if we can not be your brothers. M Jeff. Thompson, Brig. Genl. Com’g.


Fair Play--July 25, 1891

Born, on Saturday, July 18, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Joseph Vaeth of this city, a son.


Born, on Saturday, July 18, 1891, to the wife of Mr. George Wehner of this city, a son.


Born, on Saturday, July 18, 1891, th the wife of Mr. Charles Sucher of this city, a daughter.


Messrs. Frank Bruce and Adam Weber, two popular drummers were in Ste. Genevieve Saturday.


Married, in this city on Saturday, July 18, 1891, by Probate Judge Koehler, Mr. James Moore of St. Mary and Miss Marie Vorst of this city. Immediately after the ceremony the bridal couple took the steamer Crystal City for St. Mary’s where they will make their future home. May their life be one of sunshine and happiness is the wish of the Fair Play.




On the 13th of July Ste. Genevieve County lost one of its oldest and most respected settlers in the person of Caspar Karl. Born in a little village of Bavaria on the 28th day of April, 1808, Mr. Karl came to this country in 1836 and at first settled in New Jersey. In 1837 he moved to St. Francois county, Mo, with the Hogenmiller family and shortly afterwards married Johnna of the same family. The first two years of their married life were spent at the St. Charles Hotel, New Orleans, but Mr. Karl’s inborn love for country life brought him back to Missouri and in 1841 he settled on the farm on which he died, near New Offenburg. It was granted him to celebrate his golden wedding with his aged wife who died on March 11, 1889.


He was the happy father of thirteen children of whom five, Joseph, Wendolin, Caspar, Theresia and Mrs. Caroline Schuler preceded him to the grave, while Felix, David, Henry, John frank, Mrs. Justina Schweiss, Mrs. Margaretha Jokerst and Mary Brischle remain to mourn the loss of a dear and venerable father.


Mr. Karl was a butcher by trade but most of the days of his active life were spent in the beautiful vineyard surrounding his home, and it was the supreme delight of his life to gather his friends around his hearth and have them sample his fine catawba. As a wine-grower he had no superior in this county, while his fine catawba was known beyond the limits of this county.


Mr. Karl was a practical Catholic, received the last rites of the Church and was consigned to the Weingarten cemetery. R. I. P.


Died, on Saturday, July 18, 1891, at t12:20 o’clock P. M. at the County Poor Farm, near this city, Mr. Benjamin Goss, aged 35 years, 2 months and 14 days.


Since last November Mr. Goss had not been enjoying good health and his death was not altogether unexpected.


On July 3, 1882, he married to Miss Carolina Roth and followed the pursuit of farming until about four years ago when he was appointed Superintendent of the county Poor Farm which position he held up to the time of his death. Mr. Goss was an exemplary young man and leaves a host of friends to mourn his death.


The remains were interred from the Catholic Church in the Valle Spring Catholic Cemetery on Sunday at 4 o’clock P. M., Rev. Father Weiss performing the funeral services. The funeral was one of the largest ever witnessed in Ste. Genevieve.


Fair Play--August 1, 1891

A marriage license was issued to Henry Boyce of Crystal City and Miss Phebe Smith of St. Mary this week.


Died, on Tuesday, July 14th, 1891, at the residence of his son, Joseph, on the Saline, about fourteen miles from this place, Mr. Francis N. Thomure, in the 89th year of his age. The deceased has only one brother living, Mr. Joesph Thomure of this city.


Fair Play--August 8, 1891

Born, on Monday, August 3, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Charles Rottler of this city, a son.


Born, on Friday, July 31, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Bernhardt Grieshaber of this city, a son.


Etienne Robinson (colored) as thrown from a Texas pony last Tuesday morning and seriously hurt, but we are glad to say he is now getting along as well as could be expected.


William Kettinger, the brother of Bernhard Kettinger and nephew of our fellow citizen, Mr. Charles Faller, and who has been for several years past employed at Joplin, has recently taken unto himself a wife. In a private letter to a friend in Farmington Will says he is doing well, and that Joplin is a rushing place.


Mr. Rene Papin of St. Louis, who has been spending the past week of his vacation with relatives in Ste. Genevieve, rendered a beautiful hymn last Sunday at the Catholic Church during High Mass. The melody was sand in a very effective manner and was highly appreciated by the congregation. Mr. Papin is gifted with an excellent voice and has had the advantages of having it developed and judiciously cultivated. By request he also favored the teachers attending the Institute with a few selections with which they were well pleased. From his prepossessing appearance and the manner in which he complies with a request, his vocal ability is doubly appreciated.



Elijah Coffelt, formerly of this county, was drowned while crossing a swollen stream in the Indian Territory a few weeks ago.


Died, at his home near Avon, after a lingering illness, on Thursday, July 23, Mr. Nicholas Boyd. By his death the community loses a good citizen, the wife a loving husband and the children a devoted father.



Anton Eckert has gone to Detroit, Michigan, to visit his sister, whom he has not seen for ever twenty-two years.


Felix Guethle departed for St. Louis last week with his wife to visit an oculist. Mrs. Guethle is almost blind, but your correspondent hopes she will be benefitted by the trip.


We learn that Mr. Anton Eckert is applying to be superintendent of the Poor Farm. Tony is the right man for the place. He has no small children and is always in a good humor.  Old Democrat.


Fair Play--August 15, 1891

Born, on Monday, August 10, 1891 to the wife of Mr. Ralph Panchot, a daughter.


Born, on Monday, August 10, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Frank Ernst, of this city, a son.


Born, on Tuesday, August 11, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Gus Giesler of New Bremen, a son.


Mr. John Schmiederer of St. Mary purchased the William M. Mitchel place on the South Gabourie this week for the sum of $700.


Mr. Sefroid Thomure of this city received a telegram Tuesday last from Bonne Terre informing him of the death of Mrs. Andrew Janis who died on Monday, August 10th. Mrs. Janis was probably the oldest living person in Southeast Missouri, she being one hundred years old.


On Friday, August 7th, George Ward, (colored) was arrested, charged with stealing a gold ring from Mrs. Louis Boyce and a whetstone from the store of Jokerst & Bro. The trial took place before ‘Squire Cox Saturday morning and defendant was found guilty and fined $10 and trimmings in each case. Not being able to pay the fine he was sent to the county jail for twenty-five days. Mr. Peter Huck was counsel for the defendant and Prosecuting Attorney Rozier looked after the interest of the State.


Coffman News.

W. H. Boyd has sold his store to Wm. T. Newman and J. Field. They take possession of the store September 18th.


Died, at his home after a long and painful illness, on Wednesday, August 5, 1891, Mr. Thomas Bryan, aged 81 years.




The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sexauer died on Tuesday, August 11, aged 11 months and three weeks.


Born, on Saturday, August 8, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Fred Bolle, of this city, a son.


Fair Play--August 22, 1891

James Welch, who lives between here and Morley attempted to commit suicide Tuesday via the shot gun route. He got a shot gun placed its muzzle to the middle of his forehead, and pulled the trigger with his toe. The shock threw him backward and made an ugly scalp wound. The reason he is not dead is curious, if not providential. One of his boys was hunting squirrels and by mistake put both loads of shot in the same barrel. Not knowing this, Mr. Welch shot the barrel that had no shot in it. He says he has enough of it, and will try and live until the Almighty calls him home.--Benton Record.



The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Langelia died on Tuesday, August 11, 1891, aged 9 months and 3 days.



Born, on Monday, August 17, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Henry L. Siebert of this city, a son.


Born, on Monday, August 17, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Columbus Abernathy of this city, a son.


Born, on Monday, August 17, 1891, to the wife of Mr. August Burgert, a son.


Born, on Tuesday, August 18, 1891, to the wife of Mr. John W. Shaw of this city, a daughter.

Mr. Thomas Bryant, one of Ste. Genevieve county’s oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, died at his home in the New Tennessee settlement on Wednesday, August 5, 1891, aged 81 years.  He was born in Kentucky in 1810, but came to this State with his parents, who settled in Ste. Genevieve county when he was only two years old. He married Miss Louisa Griffith, who died about four years ago. Mr. Bryant was a member of the Christian church, a man of sterling character and a good citizen. He was buried at Stone church graveyard, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. Isaac Murray. He leaves several children, among them Mrs. Mac. Coffman of Ste. Genevieve county, Mrs. Joe Dunklin of Doe Run and Gus Bryant, who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in the death of their aged and venerable father. Farmington Times.


Jules Petrequin, one of Ste. Genevieve’s bright boys, departed for St. Louis last Sundey to take a position as first assistant teacher in the Commercial College of Herple & Perkins. The Fair Play wishes Mr. Petrequin success.


Fair Play--August 29, 1891

The city of Farmington is soon to be lighted with electricity. The Board of Aldermen at their meeting last week passed an ordinance granting a franchise for twenty years to the National Electric Manufacturing Co. of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to place an electric plant and the necessary poles, wires, etc. on the streets of that city to supply the town with electric lights. A contract was also entered into to light the streets for three years with twenty 32 candle power electric lamps, to be placed as the Board may designate, at $2.50 per month for each lamp. Should the Board desire to increase the number of lamps, they have the privilege of doing so at the same price.


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Abernathy died on Monday of this week, aged seven days.



Mr. Joseph Guethle mashed one of his hands so badly in the cider-mill that Dr. Herman had to be sent for.


The three month’s old child of August Schilli died last week.




W. H. Boyd purchased the Thomas Bryan farm for $1600.


Miss Hulda Evans is very ill at present.


Mrs. M. B. Price and sons departed for Texas last Tuesday and will reside there in the future.


Fair Play--September 5, 1891


Died--Monday, August 31st, at the residence of his sister in this city, Louis P. Bequette, aged 33 years, 8 months and 17 days.


The subject of this sketch was a native and life long resident of this county, the fifth in a family of twelve children of the late August Bequette, in whose death the populace of Ste. Genevieve recognizes the absence of one of its most estimable characters, a model in its youthful fraternity, whose life, true to the core exemplified the noblest principles of honesty, sobriety, and ambition. Deceased had, previous to his untimely demise, borne heroically the sufferings incident upon a protracted siege of sickness and throughout the long months of his confinement exhibited a mastery of true Christian resignation, though the bright hopes of departing opportunities, slipping slowly from his weakening grasp must have, at times, made almost unbearable the thought of early death, though the arrival of which had been preceded by the administration of the last consoling rites of the Catholic Church, of which, in life, he was a most devoted member.


The funeral occuring from the Church of this place on Tuesday afternoon last was largely attended, expressive of the estimation in which he was held by a sympathizing populace, who followed his remains to their abode of rest in Valley Spring cemetery.


Born, on Friday, August 28, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Walter Schaaf, of St. Mary’s, a daughter.


Mrs. Mary O’Hara and family removed to their home at Ruam, Ill. on Friday. They have been residents of Ste. Genevieve for more than two years and our citizens regret to see them leave.


Prof. E. J. Dougherty has resigned his position as principal of the Ste. Genevieve Public Schools and Prof. James M. Mahoney has been appointed principal. Prof. C. E. Norvell of Cape Girardeau was appointed teacher of the Intermediate Department. Mr. Dougherty departed for St. Louis Wednesday evening and will engage in the commission business in that city.


Fontan:--On Thursday morning, September 3, 1891, Alexis Fontan, aged 15 years, 5 months and 18 days.


The deceased was only ill for six days and his death was a surprise to his relatives and many friends. He was a young man of good habits and received the last rights of the Catholic Church before his death. The remains sere intered in the Valley Spring cemetery on Thursday morning. To his parents and relatives the Fair Play extends its sincere sympathy.


Late Friday night about nine o’clock an accident befell Amadee LaSource while at Little Rock Landing which came near costing him his life. Mr. LaSource carried the mail from Farmington on that day and in the evening went to Little Rock to see the boat. While sleeping on some flour barrels near an open window he accidentally rolled off of the barrel and fell out of the window to the ground below, a distance of thirty feet, breaking his arm and receiving severe injuries about the face and body. The doctor was immediately sent for, who dressed his wounds, and the young man was carried to the Southern Hotel in this city. His father was telegraphed for and arrived in town Saturday, and departed for Farmington with his son on Wednesday, the boy having recovered sufficiently to stand the trip.


The steamer Idlewild arrived at St. Louis from Commerce last Monday morning, having come up on one engine. She met with an accident at Moccasin Springs, 128 miles below St. Louis, Sunday morning at 2 o’clock by breaking a wrist on the larboard side and running through her after cylinder head, carrying her Pittman piston and T-head over board into the river. Fortunately no one was injured. The steamer Calhoun was chartered to take the place of the Idlewild in the trade. The Idlewild repairs will be made in a week, when she will resume her trips again.


Fair Play--September 12, 1891

Death on a Street Car. (From Sunday Mirror.)

Friday evening the police at the depot blundered in putting Joseph Janneschnetze and his family on the wrong train. Joseph J. is a German immigrant on his way to settle at Bonne Terre in this state. He discovered as soon as the conductor approached him and looked at his tickets that he was not going to his destination and he, with his wife and five months old boy, Alfred, were put off at Carondelet. The child had been ill, the father and mother were greatly excited, and kind people in Carondelet placed them on an electric car and sent them back to the depot. The infant boy died in the car on the way up. An inquest was held on the body yesterday morning and a verdict of death by inanition was returned. The scene at the coroner’s office was affecting.  The child had died in the mother’s arms and the poor woman was loth to leave it. The couple were too poor to give burial and the little body was intered at the city’s expense. Janneschnetze and his wife were given the right train for Bonne Terre last evening.


Married, at the Catholic Church in this city on Tuesday, September 8, 1891, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout officiating, Mr. John Schlatman and Miss Mary Burle.


Messrs F. A. LaGrace, E. J. LeCompte, Nick. Jokerst, Will Guignon and Ed. Sexauer were on board the steamer Oliver Beirne when she met with an accident last Sunday. They chartered a skiff and reached Ste. Genevieve about six o’clock Sunday evening.


Died, at River aux Vases, on Monday, September 7, 1891, Walter, son of Francis and Elomise Labruyere, aged sixteen years. The burial took place September 9th, Rev. Father Schulte officiating.


We understand that Mr. Alexis Carron has purchased the store of Boyer & Co., at Bloomsdale and will enter into the mercantile business.


Died, in St. Louis on Monday, September 7, 1891, Mrs. Evan Knamm, nee Schweiss, beloved wife of Fred Knamm, aged 32 years, 7 months and 6 days, after a lingering illness.


Married, in St. Louis on Wednesday, September 9, 1891, Mr. John Hogenmiller and Miss Ottilia Traudt.


Eugene Burch departed for St. Louis this week to attend the Christian Brother’s College.


Born, on Sunday, September 6, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Peter Wehner of this city, a daughter.


Mrs. Simon A. Guignon moved to St. Louis on Friday and will make that city her future home.



Mrs. Alice Fender, nee Carruthers, formerly of this place, died in Cape county on Saturday, August 29, 1891. She was married only a short time ago to Mr. Ed. Fender of Indiana.


Henry Frazier had the misfortune of having his wheat burned while threshing last Wednesday. A spark from the engine set the stack on fire.



Born, on Sunday, Sept. 6, to the wife of Michael Ray, a son.


Fair Play--September 19, 1891

Died, on Thursday, September 18, 1891, Mrs. Franz Kohlmann, aged about 36 years.


Born, on Tuesday, September 15, 1891, to the wife of Mr. George Hurst of this city, a  daughter.


The twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Emile P. Vogt occurred yesterday.


The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Thomure died on Friday morning September 18, 1891.


George N. Wilder returned from Indian Territory last Friday night and will remain here for some time.


Marriage licenses were issued this week to Emile Nelson and Jenni Becket of Saline Township and Conrad J. Muelhaeusler and Mary T. Bell of Ste. Genevieve Township.



Henry W. Weber, the peddler, passed through here last week.


We are reliably informed that Louis J. Boyer will soon move to Festus to follow his favorite occupation, that of carpenter and builder. We wish him success.


Married: At the Roman Catholic Church in Bloomsdale on Tuesday, September 15th, 1891, Mr. Isadore P. Carron to Miss Felician Boyer, Rev. Father Schlathoelter officiating. The groom is the intelligent son of our esteemed citizen, Emile Carron, and the bride is the handsome and accomplished daughter of Theodule Boyer of Bloomsdale. May their happiness never end.


Fair Play--September 26, 1891

Born, on Monday, September 21, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Christian Baum of this city, a daughter.


We understand that Mr. W. T. Marshall, formerly of this place, has purchased the Smith Livery Stable at St. Mary’s.


George Ward (colored) better known as “Buff,” was hot and probably fatally wounded near his home at Coffman, in this county, last Sunday. Ward had been drinking and was in a quarrelsome disposition during the day. Before he was shot he fired at a negro by the name of Smith, inflicting a scalp wound which though painful is not serious. He then procured a razor and started on the “war path” and was shot in the leg by a young negro, whose name we did not learn, with the result as stated. Ward was arrested on a warrant sworn out before ‘Squire Marcus Smith, but owing to his serious condition could not be removed to town. From what we can learn the shooting of Ward by the young negro was a clear case of self-defense.


Mrs. White received a telegram Monday from Grandin, Carter county, that her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Carrick White, was dying. She left immediately for Grandan, and news reached her Tuesday that her daughter-on-law died before her arrival there. Mrs. Carrick White was formerly Miss Mary Blackledge, a most estimable and accomplished lady, and her many friends in this and Ste. Genevieve counties will be pained to hear of her death.--Farmington Times.



Died, at the residence of Mr. Anthony Sucher, in this city, on Tuesday evening, September 22, 1891, at about seven o'clock, Mrs. Mary Caroline Goss, wife of the late Benjamin Goss, aged 29 years.


Mrs. Goss had been afflicted with that dread disease consumption, for some time, but had only been confined to her bed for a week. Before her death she received the last rites of the Catholic Church of which she was always a faithful member. Her husband preceded her to the grave only two months.


The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout, performing the last ceremonies.  A large concourse of mourning friends and relatives followed the body to its last resting place.


Carden’s Two Families.


Bismark, Mo., September 19,---Sixteen years ago Eli B. Carden suddenly and mysteriously disappeared from his home in Odin, Monroe County, Ill, leaving a wife and three children--one daughter and two sons. Ever since his unexplained departure his family, who still reside at the old home in Odin, have been making every effort in their power to discover his whereabouts, but without success until recently, when they learned through the Pension Office in Washington, D. C. that a man of the same name, and answering the description of the husband and father, was drawing a pension in Avon, Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. Yesterday Philip Carden, the son, came here from Illinois and drove out to Avon and father and son met for the first time in sixteen years.  Each recognized the other upon sight, and the father broke down completely and cowed like a whipped spaniel before his son, the child of his wronged wife.  Eli B. Carden has been living near his present place of abode for nearly fifteen years, and has a wife and several children in his Missouri home, all of whom he acquired without the trouble of a divorce from his Illinois wife. After a few minutes’ rather embarrassing conference the two left for Farmington, a distance of sixteen miles, the son riding in the livery rig in which he had driven out and the father walking before him on the road. It seems that the father greatly feared the wrath of his son, and for that reason declined the invitation to ride with him in the buggy. At Farmington they sought the services of an attorney, and the elder Carden cheerfully conveyed to his wife at Odin all his property in Illinois. The two then coldly parted, and the elder Carden went back afoot to his Missouri family at Avon and the son left for his mother’s home in Illinois. It is not known whether or not there will be prosecution.


Fair Play--October 3, 1891

Mr. Louis Naumann received an upright engine this week and will turn out sausage by steam hereafter.


Born, on Wednesday, September, 30, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Charles Meyer, of this city, a daughter.


Born, on Wednesday, September 23, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Nicholas Greither of new Offenburg, a son.


Mr. Frank LaGrave and family moved to St. Louis last Sunday night and will make that city their home in the future.


Miss Belle Ziegler will teach the Clinton school this year,  not the Bahr school as stated in our issue of week before last.


Mr. Leon Bogy and Miss Katie Burgette of St. Mary, were married at Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, September 29, 1891.


Mrs. Catharine Braun Bayer sold her place in Lawrenceton, 3 25-100 acres, adjoining the church lot to Mr. Andrew Oberle, the boss blacksmith of Lawrenceton, for $100, and the remainder to Mr. John Haverstick of Jefferson County for $1200.


Marriage licenses were issued this week to Philip Grieshaber and Josephine Greither of Ste. Genevieve township, Octave Boyer and Louise LaRose of Bloomsdale, and Willis Bittick and Mary Casey of Jackson township.


Mrs. Mary U Huck of Zell departed for St. Louis last Sunday evening to attend the funeral of her aunt, Mrs. Helena Weisenecker who died in that city on Friday, September 25th, at the advanced age of ninety years.


Tin Wedding.

Mr. Louis LaFleur and wife celebrated the tenth anniversary of their marriage last Monday evening by a dance which was attended by quite a number of their friends. (A list of presents was not transcribed)


Fair Play--October 10, 1891


(From the Perryville Sun)


Mr. Charles F. Lawrence, a very prominent and highly esteemed citizen, after an illness of about three months, died at his home in the northern part of the county on Thursday, September 24, 1891, aged 55 years, 4 months and 14 days. He had been treated at the Sister’s hospital in St. Louis up to a short time before his death where he had an operation performed which failed to give him relief when he returned home. Mr. Lawrence was the founder of the village of Lithium, a native of Germany, born in 1836. When eight years old he came with his parents, Henry and Henrietta Lawrence, to America. After living for a time in New Orleans the family came to Missouri, and lived at Jackson until the death of the father. They then removed to Fredericktown, where in 1849, the mother died leaving five children none of whom were grown. Of these five children only two are now alive. They are Henry, a merchant of Doe Run, Mo., and Mary,the wife of Judge Adolph Carron of Ste. Genevieve county.  After the death of his mother, Charles obtained a position in a store as clerk in Ste. Genevieve, and with the proceeds of his salary began business for himself in 1860, seven miles from that city. During the war he removed his stock of goods to Ste. Genevieve, and in 1866, in partnership with his brother, Henry, he engaged in the mercantile and milling business at what is now Lawrenceton. At the end of eight years Charles removed to St. Mary, and conducted a store in that town until 1880, when he purchased a tract of land upon which is situated the village of Lithium.  There he erected a fine residence on an eminence overlooking the village and the river. The famous Lithium Spring recently discovered on his land was donated by him to the town, to which he made other donations. It as also through his influence that a post office was established at that place in 1885. Mr. Lawrence was married in 1860 to Philomene Carron and to them have been born nine children, Joseph C., Francis W., Andrew T., who married Rose Blandford, Mary E., Amos, Maximus, Jules, Florence and Cleveland. Mr. Lawrence was a devout Catholic and was interred in the St. Mary cemetery on Saturday, the 26th of September. His remains were followed to their last resting place by a large number of relatives and friends.


The trial of Henry Grundmeyer charged with assault and battery will take place before ‘Squire Cox in our city to-day. Prosecuting Attorney Rozier will represent the State while Mr. Peter H. Huck will look after the interests of the defendant.


Born, on Monday, October 5, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Henry L. Rozier, a son.


Born, on Wednesday, October 7, 1891, to the wife of Mr. R. H. Wyman of this city, a daughter.


Married. From the Cape Girardeau New Era.


A very pleasant affair occured last night at the residence of Mr. E. Osterloh in this city. It was the occasion of the marriage of Mr. Leon Bogy and Miss Katie Burgette, both of St. Mary’s Mo. Mr. Bogy is a well known and respected citizen of Ste. Genevieve county, and a nephew of the late Senator Louis V. Bogy, and his bride is a sister of Mrs. E. Osterloh, and is highly respected by all ho have the pleasure of her acquaintance. The marriage ceremony was performed at 8 o’clock, Rev. J. E. Hennelly, C. M., of the College officiating. It was a very private affair only a few outside of Mr. Osterloh’s family being invited.


At the appointed hour the bridal party, preceded by two little girls, Misses Annie and Agnes Osterloh, bearing flowers, entered the room, keeping step to the melodious strains of a classical wedding march, rendered by Prof. Becker on the piano. The bride wore a handsome traveling suit of modore brown cloth of very superior quality and fashion, and carried a bouquet of choice roses presented to her by her friends. The groom was attired in a handsome black broadcloth suit and presented a dignified and neat appearance. Father Hennelly was in readiness, who, after performing the marriage rites delivered a very appropriate, though short, address to the couple in which he gave them some good advice and ended by invoking the blessing of God and the church upon them. The bride and groom then received the congratulations of friends and guests and all retired to the dining room where a sumptuous repast was awaiting, to which ample justice was done. Toasts were then drank to the happy couple, after which all retired to the parlor and enjoyed the evening by listening to music, pleasant conversation, etc.  The bridal party took the early train for St. Louis this morning, carrying with them the best wishes for their happiness and success.


Fair Play--October 17, 1891


Died, of diptheria, at Lithium, Mo., October 8, 1891, Robert Alwin, beloved son of C. H. and M. E. Cagle.


The departed one was a bright and interesting child, aged two years and nine months. The remains were interred in the Protestant cemetery at St. Mary, beside the grave of his little brother, whose death occured three years ago.


While gathering pecans last Sunday afternoon in company with her daughter, Mrs. Ferd. Bieser was shot by a stray bullet from a Winchester rifle in the hands of some unknown party. The bullet entered her left side, a few inches above the heart. The doctor was immediately sent for who extracted the bullet and dressed the wound. At this writing Mrs. Bieser is getting along as well as could be expected and the doctor has hopes for her recovery. It is the general opinion that the shooting was purely accidental, the party who shot her not being aware of the fact.


We understand that Mr. Valerian Gisi has entered into a contract with a Mr. Worth to have the pond on his farm, known as the Huck pond, drained. This body of water is about a mile in length and covers over one hundred acres of valuable land.


The trial of Bob Hipes charged with assault did not take place last Monday. The prosecuting witness was not well enough to appear and the trial was postponed until Wednesday, October 21st.


Mrs. Mary Valentine purchased the Munsch building opposite Mayor Rozier’s office this week for the sum of $600, where she will open a first-class restaurant. Give her a call.


From the Farmington Times of last week we learn that Mr. Chas. Klein’s house at Doe Run was destroyed by fire recently. All of the household goods etc. were lost in the fire.


Born, on Saturday, October 10, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Adolph Petrequin of this city, a daughter.




Born, on Sept. 21, to Mrs. Joseph Bader, a daughter; Sept. 15, to Mrs. Cyrus Drury, a son; Sept. 17, to Mrs. Henry LaRose, a daughter, Sept. 29, to Mrs. Wm. J. Boyer, a son; October (illegible), to Mrs. Frank Schwent, a son.



Married, on Tuesday, October 13, 1891, at the Catholic Church, by Rev. Father Schlathoelter, Mr. Octave Boyer to Miss Louise LaRose. After the ceremony the bridal party repaired to the residence of the groom there a most delicious dinner had been prepared.  We will not attempt to give a description of the dinner, suffice it is to say that every thing was of the best, and in addition refreshments were served freely and everybody present enjoyed the day most happily. May the young couple live a long and happy life is the wish of your correspondent. (a list of wedding presents were not transcribed)


Hymeneal.  Baumann--Naumann.


Married, at the Catholic Church of Ste. Genevieve on Wednesday, October 14th, at 6:30 o’clock P. M., Rev. Father F. X. Weiss officiating, Mr. Henry A. Baumann and Miss Annie J. Naumann.


A large number of friends of both bride and groom were present to witness the ceremony. Misses Lizzie Okenfuss and Lizzie Seitz assisted as bridesmaids and Messrs Chris Naumann and Wm. Baumann as groomsmen.  After the marriage ceremony the bridal party retired to the residence of the bride’s parents where a sumptuous supper was spread and partaken of by a large number of invited guests. A pleasant time as participated in by all and it is needless to say that the young couple received many well wishes and congratulations during the evening.


The bride, who is the amiable daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Naumann, was handsomely attired in a robe of white silk Henrietta cloth trimmed with lace and ribbons, the front embroidered in white silk. The maids of honor were gowned alike in dresses of cream challie. Mr. Baumann, the groom, one of the Jokerst & Bro’s popular salesman, wore a suit of the customary black cloth.


Quite a number of useful and valuable presents were received by the young couple as a testimony of the esteem in which they are held by their many friends.


Mr. and Mrs. Baumann will take up their abode in Ste. Genevieve. The Fair Play extends congratulations and wishes the newly wedded pair a long and happy life.


Fair Play--October 24, 1891

Mr. Nicholas Scherer died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Vorst, in this city, last Monday, October 19th at the age of eighty years. Mr. Scherer had been ill for some time and his death was not altogether unexpected. He received the last sacraments of the Catholic Church before his death and his remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon at three o’clock, Rev. Father F. X. Weiss performing the last sad rites. Mr. Scherer moved here from Germany about thirty years ago and by frugal living had amassed quite a fortune at the time of his death. He leaves four children, Messrs. Philip and John Scherer, Mrs. Anna Vorst and Mrs. Mary Fitzkam, besides a large number of grand children to mourn his loss.


Miss Josephine Labruyere died of consumption at her mother’s residence in this city last Sunday at the age of twenty-five years, having been a sufferer from that dread disease for some time. The deceased was a faithful member of the B. V. M. Sodality of this city and the members of that holy order attended her funeral in a body which occurred from the Catholic Church on Monday last.


Mr. John Schmiederer, who purchased the Mitchell place about a mile from this place last August, died at his home in St. Mary’s on Wednesday morning last of pneumonia, at the age of fifty years. His remains were brought here for interment and after a funeral High Mass at the Catholic Church on Thursday morning, were laid to rest in the Valley Spring Cemetery.


Died, at Doe Run, Mo., Oct. 18, 1891, after a painful illness of only one day, Mabel L., daughter of Joseph A. and Eliza B. Lawrence, aged nine years, seven months and twenty eight days. Her remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Farmington on the 19th.


Mrs. Ferd. Bieser, who was accidentally shot on Sunday, October 11th, while gathering pecans, is improving rapidly and the doctor now considers her out of danger.


The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Baumann died on Tuesday last and was buried in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Wednesday.


Died, at her home near Weingarten, on Monday,  October 12, 1891, Mrs. Mary A. Bosom, aged 81 years, 5 months and two days. Mrs. Bosom was born at Offenburg, Baden, on the 10th day of May, 1810, and was married to Mr. Michael Bosom at the age of twenty-one years. Coming to America in 1855, they settled in this county and have resided here since. Ten children were born to them, only one of whom is living, Caroline, the wife of Mr. Wendolin Weiler. Mr. Bosom died at River aux Vases in 1864.


Mr. Nicholas Scherer’s Will

The will of Mr. Nicholas Scherer was admitted to probate last Wednesday. The estate is valued at about $16,000 and Joseph Fitzkam is appointed executor without bond.


After directing the executor to pay his funeral expenses and all just debts, Mr. Scherer disposed of his property as follows:


To his daughter, Mary Fitzkam, he gives the use and occupancy of his farm, containing 54 acres, together with rents and products thereof, for fourteen years. At the end of fourteen years or in case of death of Mary Fitzkam before the expiration of that time, the farm goes to her children.


He places the sum of $11,500 in the hands of the executor to loan out at interest and to pay the interest to his four children, Mary Fitzkam, interest on $1,800; Anna Vorst, interest on $2,700; John Scherer, interest on $3000; Philip Scherer, interest on $4,000 annually for fourteen years. At the end of that time or in case of the death of Mary Fitzkam, John Scherer and Philip Scherer before the expiration  of fourteen years he directs that the sums given to the parents be immediately divided among the children share and share alike.


In case of the death of Mrs. Anna Vorst or at the end of fourteen years the amount given her is to be divided among her children as follows; to Josephine, wife of H. C. Ziegler, $200; to Belle Vorst, $625; to Marie, wife of James Moore, $625, to Joseph Vorst, $625; to Leon Vorst, $625. The remainder of his estate is given to his four children to be divided equally.


The will furthermore states that if any of the legatees contest said will, they will forfeit all claims to any gifts made in the will and such gifts will become part of the remainder of the estate and be divided among those who did not contest will.


Staabtown News.


Born, to the wife of Chas. Govreau, a daughter.


Born, to the wife of Joseph Schmiderer, a son.


Bloomsdale Batch.


The fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. John Boyer will occur o the 25th of January next.


Last Sunday, it being the 39th birthday of Mr. John C. Drury, he cordially invited some of his friends to come and take a glass of been with him.  Well, your readers may imagine that we were there in time and fulfilled our duty. Well, your readers may imagine that we were there in time and fulfilled our duty.


Fair Play--October 31, 1891


Avery pleasant affair occured last Tuesday, October 13th, 1891, at Mr. Levi Arnett’s residence at Bloomsdale. It was the occasion of the marriage of Mr. Joseph S. Fear of South Dakota and Miss Lettie B. Arnett of this county.  The ceremony was performed by ‘Squire Jacob S. Pilliard, near the hour of noon. The bride and groom then received the congratulations of friends and all retired to the dining room where a sumptuous repast was awaiting them, to which ample justice was done and every one present spent the day pleasantly.


Mr. and Mrs. Fear left Thursday morning for Dakota, where they will make their future home, carrying with them the best wishes for happiness and prosperity.


While reading in his room about 7:30 o’clock last Saturday evening, Mr. Daniel Kreitler, who lives near River aux Vases, was shot in the neck by some would-be assassin from the outside. The shot passed though the window pane striking Mr. Kreitler in the neck but only making a flesh wound. A reward of $300 has been offered for the perpetrator of the deed.


Died, on Friday, October 23, 1891, Augustine Rosie, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Evaristte Burgert of this city, aged 11 months and 6 days.


Died, in this city on Sunday, October 25, 1891, of consumption, Felix January, (colored) aged 32 years.


Died, at Cape Girardeau on Sunday, October 25, 1891, Mrs. Ferd. Lipp, aged 55 years, 8 months and 12 days.


Born, on Monday, October 26, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Wm. J. Cambron, of St. Mary’s, a daughter.


Staabtown New.


While sitting in his room reading a newspaper last Sunday night Mr. Daniel Kreither was shot by some person from the outside. The wound is not dangerous and Mr. Kreitler will recover.


Fair Play--November 7, 1891

The Perryville Telegraph line is now completed. The first message was sent over the wire to the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and Republic on Tuesday last.


An adjourned term of circuit court will be held in this city on the fist Monday in December to try the case of George Ward, colored, charged with assault with intent to kill.


George M. Thomure, who had been working at the Fair Play office for the past two years, departed for Festus last Sunday to learn the tailor trade with his brother-in-law Ralph F. Panchot.


Died, at Festus, Mo., on Saturday, October 24, 1891, at 4 o’clock P. M. after a lingering illness, Mrs. Virginia Canteur, nee Morice, aged 24 years. The deceased leaves a husband and one child to mourn her untimely death.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Morice of Bloomsdale and had been married but one year at the time of her death.


Ed. Worth, who made a contract with Mr. Valarian Gisi to drain the pond on his farm known as the “Huck Pond” has skipped for parts unknown, leaving his men to get the wages due them as best they can. Worth took the contract for $375 and was to get $125 when one third of the ditch was completed. Last Saturday the expenses for labor, teams, etc. amounted to about $250 and one-third of the ditch was not finished. Hearing of this our livery stable men secured the necessary papers to prevent Mr. Gisi from paying Worth the first installment. Worth immediately came to town and hired a rig to take him to DeLassus, promising to return Tuesday and settle with the men and finish his work, but nothing has been heard of him since.



On Monday, November 2nd, 1891, at 5:30 P. M. at St. Mary, Mo., at the residence of the bride’s father, Miss Alice Moore and Mr. Ferdinand Binner were united in the hold bonds of matrimony, Brother David Walker officiating.  The bride was dressed in a beautiful cream Albatrosse trimmed in silk fringe, with a white veil and wreath of Orange Blossoms. Her bridesmaids were Miss Annie Solf and Ludwena Siebert. The groom was assisted by John Roseman and Emanuel Moore. After the ceremony the bridal party and the relatives of the bride and groom sat down to a sumptuous supper that was in waiting for them. At 8 P. M. the bridal party and invited guests repaired to the Difani Hall, where they found a large concourse of friends awaiting them to wish them the many good things of this world, and after being congratulated by as many as could get an opportunity to approach them, dancing was in order which continued until the wee small hours of the morning.  (a list of presents were not transcribed).


Marriage Licenses Issued in October.

During the month of October Circuit Clerk Bogy issued seven marriage licenses as follows,

Joseph Feer and Lottie Arnett; Henry Baumann and Annie Naumann; August Schweiss and Mary Grass; Frederick Gisi and Louisa Jokerst; Nicholas Baumann and Caroline Winter; Lawrence Govro and Louisa Carron; Ferdinand Binner and Alice Moore.

Fair Play--November 14, 1891

The wife of “Dick” Woods, (colored) died yesterday morning at the age of 80 years.


Married, on November 8, 1891, at the residence of the bride’s parents by Judge E. L. Dutton, Mr. Louis T. Hunt and Miss Emma R. Lotz, both of Ste. Genevieve county.


Silver Wedding.


Mr. and Mrs. Constine Richard of St. Louis celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage in that city on October 25th. (a list of presents was not transcribed).


Bloomsdale News.


The marriage of Mr. Lambert E. Drury to Miss Annie Mackley of Farmington was performed by Rev. Father Shaw at Farmington on Tuesday morning, Nov. 10, 1891. After the ceremony the couple left for this place where a most sumptuous supper and a happy crowd awaited their arrival. They will make this their permanent home, on Mr. Michael Drury’s farm.  They have the best wishes of your correspondent.  (A list of wedding presents were not transcribed).


Staabtown News.

Born, to the wife of Mr. William Heck, a girl.


Born, to the wife of Mr. Tobias Thomure, a ten pound girl.


Mr. Andrew Thomure has bought a new gun with which he intends to win all the beef.


Died, on November 9th, of typhoid fever, Mr. Charles Govreau, Jr. He received the last Sacraments of the Catholic Church of which he was a faithful member. He was interred in the Catholic cemetery at River aux Vases. He leaves many friends to mourn his loss.


Fair Play--November 21, 1891

A wealthy old bachelor of Johnson county named John Morris, died recently and in his will bequeathed the sum of $50,000 to Mrs. Annie Brown of this city. Mrs. Brown was the leader of the women crusaders who a year ago raided the saloons at Lathrop, Mo. She is a sister of Mrs. Franklin, wife of Mr. J. E. Franklin, the president of the Cape Girardeau County Savings Bank in this city.--Jackson Cash-Book.


Born, on Monday, November 18, 1891, to the wife of Mr. James Berry of this city, a son.



Mr. Joseph Effrein and Miss Mary Samson were united in the holy bonds of wedlock at the Catholic Church in this city at three o’clock on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 18th, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout performing the nuptial ceremony. The bridesmaids were Misses Louise Effrein, Mary Basler and Lena Kennard, and the groom was assisted by Messrs. Barney Effrein, Frank Samson and John Herter. After the ceremony the bridal party repaired to the residence of the bride’s parents where a sumptuous supper was served.


A grand free ball was given at Union Hall in the evening and a large number of friends of the contracting parties attended to offer their congratulations


The bride is the daughter of Mr. Anton Samson and the groom is the well known blacksmith on Market street, both highly respected citizens of Ste. Genevieve.



Died, at her residence , four miles west of Ste. Genevieve, on Wednesday, November 18, 1891, Mrs. Victoria Panchot, aged 72 years, 8 months and 11 days.


Mrs. Panchot, whose maiden name was Lament, was born in France and emigrated to America about fifty one years ago, settling in Buffalo, N. Y., where she married Mr. Pierre Panchot who died ten years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Panchot came to Ste. Genevieve in the year 1860. Eleven children were born to them, eight of whom are living.


The deceased had been ill for several months but not seriously so until last Saturday. She was a devoted Catholic and received the last sacraments of that Church before her death. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring cemetery from the Catholic Church on Thursday afternoon at two o’clock followed by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends.


Fair Play--November 28, 1891

Born, to the wife of Mr. Joseph Whitlock of Carondelet, a daughter.


Born, on Monday, November 23, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Joseph Buchler of this city, a son.


Mrs. Estelle St. Vrain wife of W. A. James, formerly of this city, died at Minneapolis, Minn., on Tuesday, Nov. 17th, and was brought to this city for burial on last Friday. She was married at Chester, August 13th, 1883, and leaves her husband and three children. Mrs. James’ death leaves but one surviving child of the late Savieuien St. Vrain, Sr., that is, Mrs. Lil P. Perry, of Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. James’ friends in this city feel very sad over her loss and their sympathies go out to the desolate husband and Mrs. Virginia St. Vrain, who has not but one child left out of a large family.  Chester Clarion.


Mr. Frank Gittinger was married to Miss Lizzie Gisi Tuesday morning during a nuptial mass at the Catholic Church, Rev. C. L. can Tourenhout performing the ceremony. A ball was given at the residence of the bride’s parents in the evening and was attended by a large number of the married couple’s friends. The Fair Play extends congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Gittinger.


Silver Bells.


On Friday, November 20th, Mr. Henry Schilli and Louise, his wife, nee Donze, celebrated their silver wedding at Weingarten.  The pious couple had intended to celebrate the day quietly, but their friends and neighbors decided otherwise and when they entered the church, they were surprised to find singers, friends, neighbors and school children assembled in the sacred edifice, ready for High Mass during which father, mother and grown-up children received Holy Communion. The younger children of the happy couple were busy singing and serving at the altar during mass while Master Leo Donze, nephew of the couple, played the organ. This proves how much the family is identified with church and school and the universal respect the jubilarians enjoy among their neighborhood. (the remaining lengthy article not transcribed).


Fair Play--December 5, 1891

An account of the marriage of Miss Belle Tiffin and Mr. Valle Harold, formerly editor of the Fair Play, will be found in our columns this week.


Fred Chouteau departed for St. Paul last Wednesday to accept a position in that city.


Staabtown News.

Born, to the wife of Benjamin Rigdon, a daughter.


Married, at the Catholic Church at River aux Vases, Mr. William Stolser and Miss Mena Jokerst, both of this place.


Death of Robert C. Bernays.

From the Globe-Democrat.


Robert C. Bernays, the violinist, and the leader of the orchestra at Albaugh’s Opera House, died at his residence at Washington, D. C., Saturday night after a short illness. Mr. Bernays returned as usual from the theater, Thanksgiving night, but complained of feeling ill. He was quite all that night, and early the following morning Dr. King was summoned and found him suffering from an acute attack of indigestion. His illness was not thought to be serious, and death was unexpected. Dr. Kings says it was due to congestion of the bowels, caused by eating too heartily.  Robert C. Bernays’ early days were spent in St. Louis, where his father was a prominent physician. He came to Washington twelve years ago. He was a well known musician, and had led the orchestra at Albaugh’s ever since that theater was opened. He had long been prominently identified with local musical affairs, and was the first conductor of the Georgetown Amateur Orchestra. He was also a charter member of the Choral Society and the Wagner Society. Mr. Bernays was about 32 years of age, and married a sister of Prof. John Philip Nousa, (Sousa) director of the Marine Band. He leaves a widow and one cild, a daughter a year old.


Marriage Bells.

From the Greenville, Ill., Sun.


Great interest was manifested by our citizens on Wednesday afternoon when the news was spread that at that time Miss Bell Tiffin and Vallee Harold, both of this city, were being joined in the holiest and best of relations--matrimony. The ceremony took place at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Tiffin, the Rev. Father Meckel, officiating. Only the nearest relatives were invited to attend the marriage and a quiet and simple union made Miss Tiffin and Mr. Harold husband and wife. The bride wore a traveling dress of camel’s hair, with feather trimmings. She carried a bunch of roses and looked charming and beautiful. The groom was handsomely dressed, and the ceremony was a pretty and impressive one.


After the ceremony, which occured at 4:30 o’clock, a wedding dinner was served. The newly married couple left at 9:30 for their future home at Portsmouth, Ohio.


As stated only a few of the nearest relatives were present. Misses Josephine and Celeste and Frank Bogy,  foster sisters and brother of the groom, and Katie and Nonie Bond, of St. Louis, nieces of the groom, and Frank Bruce, brother-in-law, and Edgar and Harold Bruce,nephews, of Fredericktown, Mo, were present. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Tiffin, of Walshville, John Tiffin, of St. Louis, and L. E. Bennett of East St. Louis, were also in attendance. Each of the contracting parties was the recipient of valuable presents, notable among which was a piano presented to the bride by the groom.


The bride is highly educated and possessed of literary talent. She is a graduate of Almira College, and has been a prominent member of the Shakespearian organization of this city.


The groom, of course, for some unknown reason, is always a minor, though indispensable factor on such occasions, and we shall be content by simply saying he is well known in this section as an able journalist. (editorial comment regarding marriage not transcribed).


Fair Play--December 12, 1891


Mr. Henry Wilder, Aged 71 Years and 8 Months.

Mr. Henry Wilder died at the residence of Mr. Gottlieb Rehm in this city on Friday morning, December 11, 1891, at 12:30 o’clock, of stomach troubles, at the advanced age of 71 years and 8 months, after a lingering illness of three months.


The subject of this sketch was born at Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, in the year 1820, and left his native home at the age of eighteen years to become a sailor, and remained on the seas for seven years.  He came to Ste. Genevieve on the 12th day of February, 1843, and, two weeks after he arrived here, was married to Miss Rosine Jokerst. Only one child was born to them, Sophie, the wife of Mr. Gottlieb Rehm.


Mr. Wilder was the first wheat buyer in Ste. Genevieve county and during his residence here as well known as an honest and upright citizen, and leaves a host of friends to mourn his death, besides a large number of relatives, a wife, daughter and five grand children.


The funeral will take place from Mr. Rehm’s residence at ten o’clock this morning.


Leo. A. Dorlac of Doe Run and Miss Maud M. Matkin of this place were married on the 26th ult., at the residence of the bride’s mother in Farmington, Rev. Father Shaw officiating. May they realize all their fondest anticipations.--Farmington Times.


Collector Naumann’s house came near being destroyed by fire last Tuesday at noon. By some unknown means the wood box in one of the rooms caught afire and in a few minutes the fire spread to one of the walls and was making rapid headway when Mr. Naumann entered. He called for water and with the assistance of the family extinguished the fire in a short time. The damage amounts to about $25 which is fully insured in the American Central of St. Louis. A fine mocking bird was in the room at the time of the fire and was smothered by the smoke. Mr. Naumann had refused $15 for the bird a few days before.


Thos. J. Lang and Miss Emma Horn of this place were married on the 26th ult. at the Catholic Church, by Rev. Father Shaw. After the marriage ceremony a dinner and reception were given them at the residence of the groom’s father, and the happy couple left on the afternoon train on a short bridal tour. The Times joins their many friends in wishing them happiness and prosperity.  Farmington Times.


Died, at Chester, Ill, Friday, December 4, 1891, of paralysis, Mrs. Mary Deguire (colored) aged 81 years. The remains were brought to Ste. Genevieve on the steamer White Eagle Sunday and interred in the Valley Spring Catholic cemetery Monday morning, Rev. Father Weiss performing the last ceremonies.


Fair Play--December 19, 1891

Born, on Tuesday, December 15, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Charles Wilder, of this city, a son.


Born, on Tuesday, December 15, 1891, to the wife of Mr. Louis Girard, of this city, a daughter.


Died, at Farmington, Mo., on Sunday, December 13, 1891, at 4 P. M., of membraneous croup, Abbie M., beloved daughter of Joseph and Emma Munsch, aged 5 years, 10 months and 1 day. The funeral took place from the Catholic Church on Tuesday, December 15, at 10 o’clock A. M.


Coroner John Godair received a telegram from St. Mary’s late Tuesday afternoon requesting him to go to that town and hold an inquest on the body of Mr. Joseph Racke, who was killed Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock by falling down a stairway. Mr. Godair left here early Wednesday morning. It as learned from the testimony that Mr. Racke was subject to spells of dizziness and in going down the steps was overcome by one of these spells and fell, striking his head, and died almost instantly.  The deceased was about sixty years of age and was living with Mr. August Lenz at the time of his death. The jury, composed of Peter R. Pratte, Lawrence Herzog, John Buff, Julius Haslinger, Fleury Kohm and Henry Meyer, after hearing the testimony brought in a verdict in accordance with the above facts.



Died, on Saturday, December 12, 1891, from the effects of teething, Anthony I., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Johnson, aged 10 months and 12 days. The remains were buried Sunday in the Valley Spring Catholic Cemetery.


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