Fair Play; 1894 (Jan 5 – Dec 29)

Fair Play, January 5, 1894


Landers Stayton, one of the oldest settlers in Jackson county, died the other night. For sixty years he had lived in the same house.

William Moore, an old citizen of Jackson county, 83 years of age, died the other day. He had lived in the county sixty-two years.


Mrs. Mary A. Porter, for the past twenty years landlady of the Globe hotel at Centralia, died, aged 78.

Mrs. Andrew Granger, aged 75, died at Warrensburg. She fell from a chair, and this caused her death.


Miss Elizabeth Holbrook, author of “Old Kaskaskia Days,” died at her home in Chester, Ill., last Sunday morning.


A special session of circuit court was held at Farmington this week to try Whiffin, Horn and Cunningham for highway robbery. These prisoners made an unsuccessful attempt to break jail last Sunday.


Born, on Friday, December 29, 1893, to the wife of School Commissioner T. A. Bryan, of this city, twins--a boy and a girl.


Died, on Tuesday, December 26, 1893, Phoeba the little 8-year old daughter of Mr. John Bardgett, after an illness of one day and night with pneumonia. The funeral took place the following day from the Catholic Church, Rev. Father Shaw officiating.--Bonne Terre Democrat-Register.



Mrs. Aubuchon, wife of “Uncle” Frank Aubuchon of French Village, died, at her home last Friday afternoon, December 22, aged about 80 years. Mrs. Aubuchon has been an invalid for several years, and was tenderly and affectionately cared for by her aged husband, who will round out his 84th year next month. Mrs. Aubuchon was a devout Catholic and a lady of most estimable character and goodness of heart. The long married life of herself and husband was an ideal one, and her death is a heavy blow to “Uncle Frank,” The last time we saw him, though in his 84th year, he was active and well preserved, and said that if his “old partner” were well he would be perfectly happy. Besides her aged husband she leaves five sons and two daughters to mourn their good mother, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who have the sympathy of many friends throughout the county in their sorrow.--Farmington Times.


Married, at Farmington, Mo., on Tuesday, the 26th inst. Mr. A. B. Miller to Miss Hattie Jones, both of Ulam, Ste. Genevieve county, Rev. Father Kern officiating.


The bride and groom were both residents of this county. The bride, however, has been attending school in company with sisters of the groom in Farmington, where his father had obtained for them a temporary residence. After the ceremony was over, the party left for Ulam, which is the home of the bride’s parents. The couple will move to New Bremen, where he is engaged in teaching school. St. Mary Progress.


Married. (Tape obscures a portion of the left edge of this article)

A very pleasant affair occurred last (illegible) evening, Dec. 24, 1893, at Mr. James L. Alexander’s residence at Ulam It was the marriage of Mr. (illegible) F. Hawn of Valley Forge, Mo, and Miss Julia Alexander, a grand-daughter of J. L. Alexander and daughter of R. S. Alexander. The ceremony was performed by Rev. (illegible) B. Cunningham of Farmington, at 7 o’clock P. M. The bride and groom then received congratulations from friends and relatives and all retired to the dining room where a sumptuous repast was awaiting them to which ample justice was done, after which the participants were entertained by a few pieces of vocal music ably rendered by Mr. T. B. Chandler and wife, Rev. Cunningham, Misses Ella Vance and Adda Hawn, all of near Farmington. Mr. Noah F. Hawn is the only son of Labeu C. Hawn, and old and highly respected farmer of this county. Mr. Hawn is 23 years old and has been traveling in behalf of Wood & Son’s Nursery for several months past and has proved a success. He selected for his companion one of our most charming and amiable young ladies. On Christmas morning  the happy couple left for the residence of the groom’s parents, a distance of 14 miles, where they were met by many relatives and friends. The dinner which had been prepared for the occasion can not be too highly complimented as all of the best was on hand.


The following persons were present and enjoyed the excellent supper at James L. Alexander’s:  Thomas Hutson and wife, C. C. Hand and wife, Mrs. Griffard and daughter, Jefferson Hart and wife, Misses Ella Vance and Adda Hawn of Valley Forge; Mr. and Mrs. Marion Copiland of Bolivar, Mo; E. L. Rodgers of Valley Forge; T. B. Chandler and wife of Farmington, Mo.; George Hart and wife, A. C. Chandler and others of whom the writer cannot call to memory. Many valuable presents were given. The infare dinner at Mr. L. C. Hawn’s was largely attended and enjoyed by all present.


Fair Play, January 13, 1894

Born, on Monday, January 8, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Felix Herzog of this city, a son.


Born, on Monday, January 8, 1894, to the wife of Mr. William Baumstark of this city, a daughter.


A marriage license was issued this week to Anton Kist and Dina Stevens, both of Beauvais township.


From Wednesday’s St. Louis papers we learn that a marriage license has been issued to Mr. Ed. Grobe and Miss Rosa Haug, both of this city.


A fire occurred at Bismark, Mo., Monday morning, January 8, at 3:30 o’clock on which the Bismark roller mills and elevator, belonging to A. D. Boss, and five dwelling houses were burned. There were about 8000 bushels of wheat in the elevator and something over 300 barrels of flour in the mill. Three of the houses burned belonged to Capt. C. T. Manter, of Bismark; one to J. W. Smith of Potosi, and one to Andrew O’Conner, of Bismark. The loss of A. D. Boss is estimated at $25,000; no insurance. The other buildings were probably worth about $5000 and insured for two-thirds of their value.


Died, at the residence of his son on the Saline, December 27, 1893, Mr. Louis Labruyere, aged 91 years, one month and a few days. Mr. Labruyere was born and raised in Ste. Genevieve. There were fourteen children and he is the last one of the family. He leaves two children to mourn his loss. The remains were buried December 27th at the River aux Vases Catholic cemetery. May he rest in peace.


Mr. F. M. Burks died on the 2nd inst, at his farm in Ste. Genevieve county, where he was suddenly taken ill about a week ago with pneumonia. Mr. Burks was an old citizen of this section, having been born in Ste. Genevieve county. For several years he has been a resident of this place. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his death, who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their sad bereavement. The funeral will take place today (Thursday)--Farmington Times.


The Globe Democrat of Wednesday last says: Father Charles Ziegler, pastor of St. Malachy’s Church, Ewing and Clark avenues, announced from his pulpit, last Sunday, that he has persuaded Father August J. Huttler, of Weingarten, Mo., to make a trip to Clune, County Leitrim, Ireland, for the purpose of bringing back Father James Keegan, whose home is at that place, to St. Louis.  Father Keegan is assistant priest at St. Malachy’s Church. He left here on a visit to his parents last July, and soon after his arrival in Ireland became ill. He is now suffering with sciatic rheumatism. Father Ziegler is of the opinion that his assistant lies homesick and desirous of resuming his work here, and that he would probably die unless brought back to St. Louis. Being unable to travel alone, he has secured the consent of Father Huttler to go to Ireland and return with Father Keegan.  Archbishop Kain not being in the city, his consent could not be secured to Father Huttler’s going on the journey, but it is not thought that he will raise any objection upon being made familiar with the circumstances.


Fair Play, January 20, 1894

We are sorry to learn that Mr. John Hurst is dangerously ill with pleurisy.


Died, on Monday January 15, 1894, Edward Joseph, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Herzog of this city.


The Postoffice at Bremen has been discontinued and the mail for that office is now distributed at Ste. Genevieve.


Married, on Monday, January, 15, 1894, at St. Mary’s Mo., by “Squire Mattingly, Mr. Louis Lux and Miss Effie Cimino, both of Ste. Genevieve.


Marriage licenses were issued this week to Smith Pullen and Miss Ella Carron of Jackson township and to William Bauman and Miss Clara Viox of Ste. Genevieve.


Father A. H. Schaefer, formerly of Lawrenceton, Mo., returned from Europe Sunday morning, and will take the place of Father Huttler, at Weingarten until the latter returns from Ireland, whither he is journeying to bring back Father Keegan, the assistant priest of St. Malachy’s Church, St. Louis. Father Schaefer fills this position at the request of Vicar General Muehlspiepen.


Our young friends, George Jokerst and Gus St. Gem, formerly of this city, have recently purchased the Jeans Pants Factory of the Weir, Boogher Dry Goods Co., of St. Louis and have gone into business for themselves. Mr. Jokerst has been superintendent of the factory for several years and thoroughly understands the business and there is no doubt but that they will be successful in their new enterprise.


A very sad accidental death took place on Indian Creek, near Richwoods, a few days ago. A young man by the name of Pickles, while at a neighbor’s house, was showing a young lady how persons were killed by holding back the cock of the gun with the foot and blowing into the barrel at the same time. He suited the actions to the words, and fatally for him, as his foot slipped and he was killed instantly. DeSoto Press.


Perryville to Farmington.

From the Globe Democrat.

Perryville, Mo., Jan 15.--Louis Houck, Receiver of the cape Girardeau and Southwestern Railroad, and Louis Houck, Jr., are here preparing to make the final arrangements for building the railroad from here to Farmington for which the survey has already been made.


Bloomsdale News.

Born, to Mrs. Toby Drury, on the 11th inst., a daughter.


Married, on Tuesday, the 16th inst, Mr. Smith Pullen, to the daughter of Mr. Wm. Carron. The marriage was performed by Rev. Father Kurtenbach. A long and happy life to them is the wish of your correspondent.


Died, of la grippe and old age, on Sunday, Jan. 14, 1894, Mrs. Matilda Thomure. She was about 75 years old at the time of her death. She leaves two sons to grieve the loss of a kind mother. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemtery on Monday, a large concourse of friends and relatives being present at the funeral. May her soul rest in peace.


Fair Play, January 27, 1894

Born, on Sunday, January 21st, 1894, to the wife of Mr. John Grieshaber of this city, a daughter.


Born, on Tuesday, January 16th, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Godfried Haug of this city, a daughter.


A marriage license was issued this week to Mr. Louis A. Rigdon of Beauvais township and Miss Lizzie A. Vogt of Saline township, this county.


Miss Mamie Leathers and Mr. Charles E. Clardy, the son of ex-Congressman Clardy of Farmington, were married at that place at noon on Wednesday, January 24.


Judge E. L. Dutton of Ste. Genevieve county has sold his fine farm of ninety acres for $2,160. He may now become a resident of this county.--Farmington Democrat.


The famous Newby case took another turn Wednesday when that strange individual, Dan Benton or Wm. Newby, was released from the Chester prison on $2,500 bond and taken to Springfield for a new trial, which will probably drag along like the first one.


Louis Houck and nephew and Major Brooks are in Perryville this week in the interest of the proposed railroad between this place and Claryville. Mr. Houck expects the citizens of this county to take $50,000 worth of the bonds which he says will be one third of what it will cost to build the road. Perryville Sun.


Died, on Thursday, January 25, 1894, of Scarlet fever, Augusta, the seven year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Meyer of this city. The remains were interred on Friday evening at three o’clock.


Scarlet fever is prevalent in our city and, we understand, the Board of Health has taken measures to prevent the disease from spreading. There was some talk of closing the schools for a couple of weeks, but this has not yet been done.


Winter weather struck Ste. Genevieve in full force last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning the thermometer registered ten degrees below zero, and the mercury lingered around zero all day Wednesday and Thursday. Yesterday the weather had moderated considerable. The river is full of floating ice and steamboat navigation is for the present suspended.


Dr. F. J. Bernays died at his residence in our city last Saturday, January 20th, 1894, at 11:55 P. M. after an illness of three weeks, at the age of seventy-five years, seven months and two days. Dr. Bernays was born in Germany, at Mainz on the Rhine, and came to America settling at Highland, Ill., in 1854. In 1865 the doctor moved to Ste. Genevieve with his family and has been a resident of our city ever since. A wife and three daughters, Mrs. Dr. M. Andre and Miss Annie Bernays of Ste. Genevieve, and Mrs. C. B. Fischer of St. Louis, are left to mourn his loss. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Monday at ten o’clock. The funeral was one of the largest ever witnessed in our city and the J. Felix St. James Post G. A. R. of which Dr. Bernays was a member, attended the funeral in a body.


Minnith News.

Seth Hall, our blacksmith has moved to Kaskaskia.


Mr. James Fields, a highly respected farmer of this section, died on Thursday, January 18, 1894.


Since our last correspondence, Henry, the son of Mrs. Joseph Boland, died of consumption.


Fair Play News.


While the south bound train the connects with the Arcadia, was nearing the trestle that crosses the Bonne Terre R. R. an old man was seen making his way across. The whistle was blown and every effort made to stop the train but this was not accomplished until the man was struck and thrown off the trestle. The train crew took him to Crystal City on the train. He was identified a old Mr. Crane who is almost blind and very deaf. There seemed to be no bones broken and it is hoped that he will soon recover from the shock. DeSoto Press.


A colored man named Thompson and who lives over in Bois Brule bottom met with an unfortunate and fearfully painful accident last Monday afternoon.  He had dismounted from a wagon and reached in for his shot gun which was lying in the bottom of the wagon-bed.  He drew the gun out of the wagon with the muzzle towards him and one of the hammers struck the wagon and the gun was discharged. The charge of shot struck the man in the palm of the hand and ranging along up his arm literally tore all the flesh from one side of it from the wrist to the elbow and badly crushed the bone.  Dr. Mackenze happened to be over in the bottom at the time and he was called to give the wounded man attention and dressed the wound which is a very serious one. Chester Clarion.


Jack Strickland a short time ago came upon what is believed to be a human grave, in a desolate looking place covered with a dense growth of scrub oak, between Hazel Run and Valle Mines. It has the appearance of having been dug within the last year or two, and is not near any  habitation. It occurred to him that it was a strange wild place for anyone to be buried, and thought that perhaps some tragic mystery was hidden in that lonely spot naturally came into his mind. Several persons have thought of opening the grave to see if indeed the body of any human being is buried there, but nothing has been done in that direction yet. Farmington Times.


Fair Play, February 3, 1894


Mr. A. T. Harlow, President of the Merchant’s Exchange, died at his home at Kimswick last Wednesday, January 31st, of pneumonia.


Married, at the Catholic Church in this city, on Tuesday, January 30, 1894, by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout, Mr. William Bauman, Jr., and Miss Clara Viox, both of Ste. Genevieve.


Killed in Self-Defense.

Special to the Republic.

Farmington, Mo., Jan. 29.--Thomas Mathews, head sawyer of John T. Clardy’s saw mill, was killed here by William Flynn about 11:30 last night. Mr. Flynn hearing someone trying to enter his house, picked his revolver up and ran to the door. Mathews started toward him and Flynn told him several times to stop or he would kill him; Mathews continued to approach, and Flynn pulled his revolver and fired, killing him instantly. The verdict of the jury was self-defense.


Fair Play, February 10, 1894

Died at Ninety-Six.

George Jackson, a negro 96 years old, was buried in St. Louis a few days since.

The man was formerly a slave owned by the father of Thomas K. Skinker, of St. Louis, and remained with the Skinker family ever since his birth, and was taken to St. Louis from Virginia by Mr. Skinker, Sr. Old George was a great favorite with all the children and always considered Mr. Skinker his “master.”


Born, on Wednesday, February 7, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Conrad Baehle of Zell, a bouncing boy.


Mr. Veasy has retired from the editorial chair of the DeSoto Facts and his place is now filled by W. E. Crow.

Mr. Hyppolite Papin one of the oldest French residents of St. Louis, died last Saturday, February 3, 1894.


Died, on Tuesday, February 6, 1894, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hauck. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic Cemetery on Wednesday.


Married, on Wednesday, January 31, 1894, Rev. Father Shaw officiating, John Armstrong and Miss Mary Shirman, both of Bonne Terre.-Bonne Terre Democrat-Register.


Bold Break For Liberty.

Menard, Ill., Feb. 6.--Frederick George, Harvey Ramage and Charles Copeland, three convicts in the Southern Illinois Penitentiary, made a daring attempt to escape at 7:30 this morning. While a gang of 25 of them were crossing the yard in charge of Keepers Bannon and Stiff, George and Ramage seized Stiff and Copeland held Bannon off with a shovel. The rest of the gang stood passive witnesses to the encounter. George grabbed Stiff from behind and took his revolver, while Ramage choked him. They ran toward the gate with the intention of blowing it open with a heavy dynamite bomb which George had in his pocket, but before they could execute their plan Deputy Warden Randolph happened along, and, running in, he relied upon his accurate aim to lodge two balls in George’s body in spite of the convict’s shielding himself behind Keeper Stiff. The convict dropped and his fellow desperadoes surrendered, and are doing time in the solitary.


George had to be taken to the hospital, being badly but not fatally wounded. Deputy Warden Randolph has been highly complimented upon his courage and prompt action in facing the angry convict who had a revolver in his hand ready to shoot.


Mr. John Scherer, who has been ill for the past six weeks died at his home near Ste. Genevieve last Wednesday morning at seven o’clock of cancer of the stomach at the age of forty-seven years. On last Sunday a consultation was held by several physicians and it was decided to send for Dr. A. C. Bernays of St. Louis to perform an operation on the patient. Dr. Bernays was telegraphed for and arrived here on Tuesday. Before the operation was performed it was discovered that Mr. Scherer was afflicted with cancer of the stomach and his death, the surgeon said, was only a matter of a short time.


Mr. Scherer lingered until seven o’clock next morning when he died. He leaves a wife and seven small children to mourn his loss. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Thursday morning after a funeral High Mass had been sung for the repose of the soul by Rev. Father C. L. van Tournehout.


Bloomsdale News.

Born, on Feb. 1, 1894, to Mrs. Damase Drury, a daughter.


Born, on Feb. 4, 1894, to Mrs. Frank Schweiss, a daughter.



Lost People.

Who knows of a Mr. Hawkins who lived in Dunklin county from 1853 to 1861, and his present address? He was in the Confederate army, probably under Gen. Spiller. The information is desired for Willis Bedford Moore, of Kansas City, Mo., and he wants the address of Hawkins to learn what became of William Breton Moore who was sun struck at the New Madrid battle in 1862, and was reported to have died after being taken to the home of some farmer near there. Mr. Moore also had a sister, America Ann, who married a Pinkney Hallmark in Stoddard county, who joined the Union army at Bloomfield. He wants to learn of her. Persons knowing of one or both of these people should address Wm. Bedford Moore, Kansas City, Mo. Southeast papers please copy.


Fair Play, February 17, 1894

The Kaskaskia Bells.

The two remarkably fine-toned bells which were removed some time ago from the tower of the old church when that building was razed preparatory to its removal, are now resting upon their huge frames in the  parsonage court. These bells were cast by J. S. Stuckstede, St. Louis, in 1774, and in point of finish and harmony of tone are said to be among the best ever sent out by this celebrated manufacturer.


The net weight of the larger bell is 2,253 pounds, and it bears the following inscription:  “I. H. St. Joseph A. Congregatione Cath. Kaskaskiensia.” The smaller bell weighs 1,031 pounds and is inscribed:  “I.H.B.M.N.”


By experiment with a tuning-fork the smaller bell was found to be F of the musical scale, and that of the larger a quint, or in the sequence of five below, so that when both bells are sounded together the tone produced, excepting the octave, is the most perfect in harmony of the whole musical scale.


The old Kaskaskia bell, which was on exhibition as a historic relic at the World’s Fair, is also resting exposed to view, on the very spot where it tolled forth the chimes of gladness and sorrow for nearly a century and a half. This bell was cast in Rochelle, France, and was presented as a gift to the congregation of Kaskaskia by King Louis XV. Its weight is but 420 pounds, and on account of a flaw the tone is very unperfect. Around the bell is the following full inscription:  “Pour l’ eglise des Illinois per les soins du r--  -- doutreleav. I. B. M. Normandy, a la Rochelle, 1741.”


The old Kaskia bell; the Liberty Bell of the West, is just ten years older than the Old Liberty Bell with which it shared the honors at the World’s Fair. The Liberty bell was cast in London in 1751, but owing to an imperfection, was recast and placed in the State House in Philadelphia in 1753.--Chester Clarion.


Born, on Sunday, February 11, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Lucien Lalumondiere, a son.


Mr. Henry J. Huck has leased the Southern Hotel and bar and will take charge next month.


Born, on Saturday, February 10, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Lawrence Bahr of this city, a son.


Last Saturday, February 10th, Mrs. Paul Herrot, living four miles east of Bonne Terre, locked her two children, aged 3 and 5 years,  in the house while she went to the spring for water. On her return the room was in flames. The house, with the two children and all its contents, were consumed.


Napoleon Aubuchon died at Jefferson City, Mo., on February 9th, 1894, aged 86 years. He was born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., and belonged to a family of French pioneers.  The remains were buried in  St. Louis on Saturday. He leaves a wife, three sons and three daughters.


Mrs. Mary Mueller’s house came near being destroyed by fire one day this week. The walls of the house caught afire by some unknown means and the early discovery of the fire was all that saved the building.


Married, at the residence of the groom’s mother, in this city, on Tuesday, the 6th inst., at 6:30 p.m.--Mr. Jos. L. Pratt, to Miss Nellie Caldwell, also of this city.  Rev. Father Wagner officiating. The wedding was a quiet affair, only the immediate relatives being invited. Miss Irene Bogy was the charming maid-of-honor, and Mr. Frank Pratt, brother of the groom, acted as best man. The couple were to have been married on Monday, but owing to the groom who has been down sick for some time, not being sufficiently recovered to be up, the ceremony was postponed until the following day. After the ceremony was over, the guests enjoyed a repast spread for them, and then, with congratulations and best wishes, left the happy couple to enjoy themselves. It is to be that under the tender care of his bride as a nurse, Joe will be able to appear on the streets and receive the congratulations of his numerous friends.--St. Mary Progress.


Died, on Feb. 9, 1894, of pneumonia, Mary Sucher, the young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sucher, aged 16 years 5 months and 6 days. She was buried here in the Catholic cemetery the day following her death by Rev. Father Kurtenbach with due ceremonies and before a large concourse of friends and relatives.


Fair Play, February 24, 1894

The Hillsboro schools were closed last week on account of diphtheria.


Born, on Friday, February 16, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Charles Naumann of this city, a son.


Born, on Tuesday, February 20th, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Louis Naumann of this city, a son.


Mrs. Louis Naumann has been seriously ill the past week, but we are pleased to state is improving at this writing.


Miss Clotilda Thomure sold her place this week to Joseph Reich for the sum of $550, and will sell her household and kitchen furniture at public sale on Saturday, March 3rd. See advertisement in this column.


Married, in this city on Monday evening, February 19, 1894, by Judge Herman Koehler, Mrs. Bertha Doerge and Mr. Christopher Darien. After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Darien were treated to a charivari.  The Fair Play extends congratulations and returns thanks for the cake and wine.


Died, at her home in East Bonne Terre, on February 13th, 1894, of consumption, Miss Mary Louisa Hobaugh, daughter of John and Mary Hobaugh, aged 19 years, 4 months and 3 days.  Rev. E. L. Hill of this place conducted the funeral services at East Bonne Terre Union Church the following day and the remains were conveyed for interment to the Patterson cemetery in Ste. Genevieve county.--Bonne Terre Democrat-Register.


Mrs. Will Berry, formerly of this county, died at her home at Festus on January 24, 1894, at the age of thirty years. Her husband was at one time constable of Ste. Genevieve and taught school at New Bourbon.


Mr. August Pratte, an old and respected citizen of St. Francois County died on Wednesday, February 7, 1894, at his home near Bonne Terre.


Fair Play, March 3, 1894

Fred Worley, the popular steward on the Memphis last year, has accepted a like position on the steamer New Idlewild.


Died, at her home in the city of St. Louis on February 19, 1894, of brain fever, Mrs. Annie Reichenbaecher, nee Baumgartner. Her parents were formerly of this city and her father was at one time watchman at the Cone Mills. They moved to St. Louis where the deceased was united in marriage to Mr. William Reichenbaecher. Her husband and three children survive her.


Died, of consumption at his home at Quarrytown, on Sunday, February 25, 1894, Mr. Louis Mathee.  The remains were interred in the Lutheran Cemetery on Monday.


Mr. William Baumstark purchased the rock dwelling house and property near the Cone Mills this week for the sum of $2.750.


Fair Play, March 10, 1894

Rev. Father John Muehlsiepen, a nephew of Vicar General Muehlsiepen, has been transferred to Lawrenceton, Mo., and will also have charge of the  parish of French Village.


Born, on Thursday, March 8, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Charles Meyer of this city, a daughter.


Born, on Monday, March 5th, 1894, to the wife of Mr. George Steigle of this city, a daughter.


Died, in this city on Saturday, March 3, 1894, of typhoid fever, Celeste, the five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Papin. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic Cemetery on Monday, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout officiating.


A stranger giving the name of Frank Clark was arrested at Bloomsdale Thursday charged with committing an assault on the wife of Mr. Frank Spraul who lives about four miles north of Ste. Genevieve. He was brought to town and lodged in jail Thursday night.


Died, at her home in this city of dyspepsia, on Saturday, March 3, 1894, Mrs. Elizabeth Todisman, aged about 59 years. Mrs. Todismas was born in Franklin county, Ky., and has been an invalid for the past three years. The remains were interred on Monday in the Roth cemetery on the Ste. Genevieve and Perryville road.


Dr. J. R. Coffman, Representative of Scott county, died at his home at Benton on Thursday, March 1st. Dr. Coffman was formerly a resident of this county. In commenting on his death the Republic says:--”The death of Hon. John R. Coffman of Commerce, last week, was deeply regretted throughout  the State. Mr. Coffman was twice a member of the Legislature from Scott County, and was conspicuous in his advocacy of rightful measures. He was born in Ste. Genevieve County in 1846, educated at Washington University, St. Louis, graduated from the St. Louis Medical College and the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons, and proved himself a power for good in his community and State.”


Dr. Lanning’s Death.

Our community was greatly shocked Wednesday morning at the news that Dr. R. F. Lanning, one of Ste. Genevieve’s foremost citizens and a physician of high standing, had committed suicide about 11:30 o’clock on Tuesday night by severing the jugular vein with a small surgical instrument while suffering from temporary aberration of mind, brought on by insomnia, the sequel of la grippe, contracted by the doctor about two years ago.


Dr. Lanning was born at Stillwater, Sussex County, New Jersey, on September 23, 1834, and came to Missouri in 1855, and settled at Bloomsdale. He moved to Ste. Genevieve about nine years ago and at once entered up on a large and lucrative practice, which he held up to the time of his sad and tragic death. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemtery at Valle Springs on Thursday afternoon at four o’clock after a beautiful and impressive sermon had been delivered by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout. The funeral was once of the largest ever attended in our city.


Dr. Lanning was known throughout our county as a kind and charitable citizen and a man of no little influence, and his death will be deeply regretted by his numerous friends. To the  bereaved family of the deceased the Fair Play offers its heartfelt sympathy. R. I. P.


Fair Play, March 17, 1894

Dr. Bernay’s Bill.

Dr. A. C. Bernays, who attended Mrs. Duestrow, in St. Louis, who was shot by her husband, and who died from her wounds, says he will bring suit for $25,000 for professional services.


Born, on Wednesday, March 14, 1894, to the wife of City Marshal Berry, a daughter.


Mrs. Louise Hardy, nee Thomure, formerly of this city, has recently opened a confectionary store at Alton, Ill.


The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Burgert died on Thursday morning and the remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery Friday morning.


About twenty men are at work on the brewery and ice plant this week and in the course of a couple of months the citizens of Ste. Genevieve will be drinking Ste. Genevieve beer and using artificial ice. The machinery arrived here Wednesday night.


Died, in St. Louis on Sunday, March 11, 1894, of consumption, at the age of 37 years, Charles Jasmine (colored). The remains were brought to Ste. Genevieve Monday night and interred in the Valley Spring Catholic cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock.


Frank Clark, the stranger who was arrested last week charged with committing an assault upon Mrs. Frank Spraul, was tried before a jury in the justice court last Saturday and sentenced to thirty days in jail for disturbing the peace.


F. A. Roussia, formerly of this place but now engaged in farming near Ste. Genevieve, visited his numerous Bonne Terre friends the fore parts of the week.--Bonne Terre Democrat Register.


Mr. Jacob Hoog, one of Ste. Genevieve county’s leading farmers, was thrown from his horse last Sunday night and died from the injuries received by the fall the following day. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Wednesday morning after a funeral High Mass had been sung by Rev. Father C. L. Tourenhout. The deceased leaves a wife and large family to mourn his loss.



Died, at St. Mary’s, Mo., on Friday, March 9, 1894, little Jennie, daughter of Emanuel and Emma Cissell, aged two years, five months and ten days.


Fair Play, March 24, 1894

Escaped from the Asylum.

There were two escapes, from the Criminal Insane Hospital last week and the men are yet at large. The first one to go was a convict by the name of Cottrell, who had charge of the boilers which furnished heat for the institution. He left on Monday and left his uniform behind him, going away in a suit of clothes worn by a newly arrived prisoner and which, supposed to be “rummy” had been left outside. The last one to go was Henry Sims, a driver, who departed on Saturday evening. Cottrell came from Joliet and only lacked  a few weeks of the time for his discharge by the process of law. His sentence was ten years for burglary and horse stealing. Sims came to the prison here from Franklin county with twenty years sentence for murder, which sentence was afterwards commuted to three years. His time would have been out in June. Both men were about recovered from their malady and could have been returned to finish their sentences at the prisons without danger, but they were apparently trusty, well behaved and useful; so they were retained. So far there has been no clue to their whereabouts.-Chester Tribune.


Fair Play, March 31, 1894

Mr. August Harte and Miss Fannie Sexauer of this city were married at Festus, Mo., last Sunday morning, March 15, 1894, at nine o’clock by Rev. Jekyl of that place. They returned to Ste. Genevieve that evening and went at once to housekeeping in the Harris house on Merchant street. The Fair Play offers congratulations.


Easter at Kaskaskia.

Chester, Ill, March 25--The Easter lillies which adorned the altar of the Church of the Immaculate Conception at old Kaskaskia today were the last Easter offerings in the corporate limits of what is now “Sacred Kaskaskia,” for the church itself has been torn down, and the material has been hauled away to a spot nearly three miles from its former site, to be incorporated in the construction of a new church which can scarcely lay claim to the sanctity or deserve the deep, tender reverence of the present generation for the memory of the house of God now obliterated. A temporary chapel has been fitted up in what is called the “old court house”--everything in Kaskaskia is old, except the children--and in this the services were held today.


Kaskaskians have ever been averse to any changes. Had not the river disturbed them by robbing them of the very ground under their feet they would have continued to live in the ancient town and to love it and its church to the end of their days, and died happy in the thought that they would be laid to rest with Pierre Menard, the Catletts, Choteaus, St. Vrains and other famous Kaskaskians. It is no wonder that men and women alike shed bitter tears at the last mass celebrated in the old church at Kaskaskia some weeks ago. Former residents of the place, who had not visited their old home since childhood or marriage, were drawn hither to attend the solemn requiem that was sung before the altar as a last sad farewell to the church, its dead and its living membership. Today the 219th anniversary of the planting of the cross upon the virgin soil of America at Kaskaskia would but for the burrowing, devouring river, have been a festival of great joy.


The old Court House, once the scene of legal contests, balls, parties and itinerant shows, could not accommodate the throng of worshipers who applied for admission. Father Goosens, the present priest in charge, made the services very impressive, and spoke feelingly of the remarkable achievements of Christ’s followers in America; of the divine will which guided the frail canoe of Father Marquette to the Indian village on the Okaw and put it into his mind to stop among the savages with the determination to raveal to their simple understanding the way of righteousness. The seeds of the faith he planted there had been faithfully watered and tended by a long line of devout successors.--Globe Democrat.


Fair Play, April 7, 1894

Dennis, the two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Thomure of this city died on Friday, March 30th.


Mr. George Hurst Sr., father of Treasurer Hurst of this city, died at his home in Bremen on Thursday night, April 5th, at ten o’clock, at the age of 86 years. The remains will be interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemtery at ten o’clock this morning.


Vallee Harold, at one time proprietor of the Fair Play, has recently purchased the Leader, the leading Democratic paper in Shelby county. Mr. Harold is an experienced newspaper man and will no doubt t make a success of his new venture.


Born, on Tuesday, April 3, 1894, to the wife of Mr. David Karl of New Offenburg, a sixteen pound son.


Marriage licenses were issued this week to B. G. Eichenlaub and Bridget Huck; Harry Gisi and Mary J. Weilser; James F. Boland and Mrs. Louis Schwent.


The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Girard died on Monday and was buried in the Catholic cemetery on Tuesday morning.


Died, in this city on Tuesday, April 3, 1894, Myrtle, the three year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jacobs (colored).


Mr. Harry Gisi of this city and Miss Mary J. Weiler of Weingarten were married at the residence of the groom’s father on the Plank Road, by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout on Tuesday morning, April 3, at 10 o’clock. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Katie and Mr. Louis Gisi acted as groomsman. The wedding was very private, only the immediate relatives of the contracting parties being present. After the marriage ceremony a fine dinner was served to the guests. The Fair Play congratulates the young couple and wishes for them a life of sunshine and happiness.


Wedding Ball.

A grand Free Ball will be given at the Southern Hotel Wednesday, April 11, 1894, in celebration of the marriage of Mr. Bartholomew Eichenlaub to Miss Bridget Huck. Everybody is cordially invited to attend.


Thomas Thomure, even if St. Mary can’t have street lamps, is determined that the good people who walk along the sidewalk in the vicinity of the St. Mary’s Hotel, shall at least have their way illuminated, and always ‘keeps his lamp trimmed and burning.” Tom is one of the public spirited kind, and is always ready to do his part for the benefit of suffering and humanity.--St. Mary Progress.


We learn to learn of the sad fate of Heinrick Johnnesson, who is at present hiding from Editor Flynn of the Gazette. He was acting in the capacity of collector for the philosopher and failed to turn over the collections, hence his sudden departure for parts unknown. No doubt his conscience hurt him for taking money from an editor and he went and jumped off the Eads bridge. Editor Flynn loses $20 and the Democrat a valuable correspondent under the nom de plume of “Gulset.”--Hillsboro Democrat.


Fair Play, April 14, 1894

Died, on Sunday, April 8, 1894, Mrs. Harriet Northcutt. The funeral took place on Tuesday, 10th inst.


The seven months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Grieshaber died of bronchitis on Thursday.


A marriage license was issued this week to Mr. Eli Govro of Beauvais township and Miss Theresa Schwartz of Saline township.


Mr. Antoine Moro and Miss Libbie Bell were married at the Catholic Church in this city last Tuesday, April 10, 1894, by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout.


Married, at Weingarten Church by Rev. Father A. J. Huttler at 8 o’clock A. M. on Tuesday, April 10, 1894, Mr. Xavier Huber and Miss Lydia Weber, both of Weingarten.


Born, on Tuesday, April 10th, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Henry Gisi, a daughter.


Mr. Eli Adams, who lived about ten miles southeast of this place, met with a sad accident last Saturday which resulted in his death the following day. He was riding a mule which from some cause became unmanageable, and threw him causing internal injuries from which he sank, until death relieved him of his sufferings. He was aged about 62 years. He leaves several children, all of whom are grown.--St. Mary Progress.


Married, at St. Paul’s Church, St. Louis, Mo, on Wednesday, April 11, 1894, by Rev. Father Touhey, Mr. Henry J. Janis of Ste. Genevieve and Miss Emma LeCompte of St. Louis.


Mr. Jacob Hurka and Mrs. Louise Schwent were married at the residence of Mr. Joseph Schwent near Weingarten last Tuesday morning April 10th, at 11 o’clock, Rev. Father A. J. Huttler officiating.


Mr. John C. Brickey was married last Tuesday to Miss Mary E. Menard of Prairie du Rocher, Ill., a descendant of the Menards, who first occupied the historic village of Kaskaskia. Mr. Bricky and his bride departed Tuesday on a bridal tour to St. Louis and on their return will make their home at Prairie du Rocher.


Mr. Bartholomew Eichenlaub and Miss Bridget Huck daughter of Judge Roman Huck, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at the Catholic Church in this city last Wednesday, April 11, 1894, Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout officiating. After the ceremony the wedding party were served to an elegant supper at the Southern Hotel and the young folks spent the evening in dancing and otherwise enjoying themselves. The young couple have our best wishes for a happy future and many things for the cake and wine.


Captain Alex Ziegler and wife (nee Dover) will celebrate their golden wedding on Tuesday evening in the house that Captain Ziegler was reared in, and in which he has not lived since 1833. Mrs. Ziegler is now in her seventy third year but she takes her fishing tackle on her shoulders and mounts her horse and gallops away as when a young lady in her teens. Captain Ziegler has been a daily and constant reader of the Missouri Republican and St. Louis Republic for the past 50 years. Captain Theodore Ziegler, his son, secretary and treasurer of the Anchor Line Packet Company, goes down to Ste. Genevieve on the Belle Memphis today to be present at the festivities.--St. Louis Republic.


Died, at her residence in this city on Tuesday, April 19, 1894, of dropsy, Mr. George Sexauer, aged 48 years, one month and three days. Mr. Sexauer was born and raised in Ste. Genevieve and has been in the saloon business in this city for many years. He had been ill for about one year and was confined to his bed for four weeks previous to his death.


On August 30, 1870, Mr. Sexauer was married to Miss Elizabeth Sauer who survives him together with nine children, five boys and four girls.


The funeral services were conducted at the Lutheran Church on Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock by Rev. Sommers after which the remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetery at Valle Spring. The funeral cortege was very large, at least seventy five carriages forming the procession.


Those who attended the funeral from abroad were: Mrs. Louise Seyssler of St. Louis; Edward Sexauer of Guthrie, Oklahoma; Mrs. Gus. Deguire and Messrs. John Muellersman and Raymond Sauer of Fredericktown.


Golden Wedding.

On April 10th, 1844, Mr. Alexander Ziegler, then a youth of scarcely twenty, but full of manly bearing and determination, led to the hymenial altar, Miss Amanda Dover of Jefferson County, Mo.  Last Tuesday brought to its termination, a half century of happy married life--a blessing granted only to the favored few--a life singularly free from the many vicissitudes of our earthly career, undoubtedly brought about, or, at least largely due to the amiable, cheerful disposition of the Captain and his wife. Love of his boyhood home induced him to invite his old and tried friends to join himself and family in the celebration of the auspicious event at the old homestead, now the residence of Mr. Francis J. Ziegler of this city. (List of guests was not transposed).


Died, on Sunday April 8, of pneumonia, Mrs. Juliette Thomure, aged 59 years. She was buried Tuesday morning before a large concourse of friends and relatives. Mrs. Thomure died firm in the Catholic faith of which she had always been a strong member. She leaves a son to grieve her sad departure.


Fair Play, April 21, 1894

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Govro died on Tuesday, April 17, 1894, of typhoid fever.


Beatrice, the infant daughter of Mrs. Charles Jasmine (colored) died at St. Louis Friday, April 13, and the remains were brought here for burial Sunday.


Thomas Benjamin, the four months’ old son of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Bryan of this city, died on Saturday, April 14, 1894. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Sunday afternoon.


The Globe Democrat of Tuesday says: “Louis Griffith, a farmer, living near Ste. Genevieve, Mo., fell while alighting from a Union Depot car at the corner of Twelfth and Market streets, and his left leg was broken between the knee and ankle. He was taken to the City Hospital.”


Joseph Winter, a shoemaker living at St. Mary’s, attempted to commit suicide last Monday afternoon at five o’clock by cutting his throat with a trimming knife used by shoemakers, and severing the arteries of the wrists. He also inflicted several wounds in his body with the knife. He is still alive with some hopes of recovery.


Bloomsdale News.

Mr. Theodore Drury met with a painful accident last Monday. While handling a harrow it fell on his leg, one of the teeth cutting a deep incision.


Mrs. Frank Morice died of pneumonia Thursday morning.


Mr. Henry W. Lusk sold out his store and lot to Mr. Alexis Carron. Invoice of his stock of goods will be taken this week.


Died, on Saturday, April 14, 1894, of typhoid pneumonia, Mr. Bernard Jokerst, aged 45 years. Mr. Jokerst was one of our most prominent farmers and best citizens. His death is greatly grieved by the whole community and all sympathize with his wife and five children, who are let to mourn the death of a faithful husband and a kind father. He died in the Catholic faith of which he had always been a strong and faithful supporter. His funeral took place on Sunday immediately after High Mass before one of the largest concourses of friends and relatives ever witnessed at this place.  About 500 people were present.


After the funeral of Mr. Jokerst followed the funeral of Mrs. Frank Carron, who died on the same day as Mr. Jokerst of pneumonia, and at the old age of about 72 years. She leaves a husband and 7 children to mourn her sad departure. They have the sympathy of the whole community. May she rest in peace.


Fair Play, April 28, 1894

A marriage license was issued this week to Ignatius Hermann and Mrs. Pauline Hoog.


Mr. George Grass, Sr., was surprised at his residence last Sunday, the occasion being the celebration of his 74th birthday. Mr. Grass celebrated his Golden Wedding a few years ago. The Singing Club of Ste. Genevieve was on hand last Sunday and helped to enliven the occasion.


Born on a Steamboat.

A child of Lizzie Miller of Cape Girardeau has the distinction of being born while afloat on the Mississippi. The woman boarded the steamer Idlewild at that place at midnight Sunday in good health and not expecting to become a mother for a month. Two hours later the child was born. When the boat arrived in this city the mother and child were sent to the City Hospital. The mother is a widow and 25 years old.--St. Louis Republic.


Followed His Sweetheart.

Bonne Terre, Mo, April 24--Frank Byington, the young man for whose love Miss Laura Cunningham committed suicide a week ago, has since followed his sweetheart by the same route. Saturday young Byington was in town and bought some strychnine, ostensibly to kill rats, but on returning home he took a large dose of the drug himself, and before a physician could be obtained was beyond relief. Remorse on account of Miss Cunningham’s death is supposed to have been the cause of his act.--Globe Democrat.


The Perryville-Ste Genevieve Line.

Jefferson City, Mo., April 19--The Secretary of State today chartered the Chester, Perryville, Ste. Genevieve and Farmington Railroad Company. The company is organized for the purpose of building, equipping and operating a line of standard gauge road from Perryville, Perry County, to the town of Claryville, also in Perry county, via the towns of St. Mary and Ste. Genevieve, a distance of thirty miles. The capital stock of the company is $3000,000. The Directors of the company are: Louis B. Houck, Leo Doyle, E. F. Blomeyer, Eugene McCarty and Robert G. Ranney, all of Cape Girardeau, Mo.--Globe Democrat.


Fair Play, May 5, 1894


J. M. Ferguson, 83, died at Cape Girardeau.


Mr. Harry E. Fields and Miss Dora Frichette of Farmington were married at Weingarten last Monday, April 30, 1894, by Rev. Father A. J. Huttler.


Fair Play, May 12, 1894

Henry Burns’ store at Brewerville was entered last Saturday night during the storm and robbed of $50 worth of dry goods etc. On Sunday Constable Thompson and Harvey Miller arrested a fisherman by the name of George Rodgers and his wife Ellen, and the stolen goods were found in their possession. Rodgers and his wife were taken to Chester and lodged in jail.


An Unsuccessful Attempt to Rob Louis Schaaf’s Mill at St. Mary’s.

A daring but unsuccessful attempt to rob the safe in Louis Schaaf’s mill at St. Mary’s took place early Tuesday morning.


About 2 o’clock the slumbering village was aroused by a thundering report in the vicinity of the mill which violently shook the houses in the neighborhood. People arose from their beds thinking that possibly an earthquake was in progress.  Directly opposite the mill, resides Jno. Jordon, an aged citizen of St. Mary’s. Mr. Jordon immediately got his gun, and as he reached his window, the forms of two men stole from the mill. He fired upon them, but they escaped uninjured. It was not long until a great crowd had gathered about the mill and investigation showed that a crude attempt had been made to rob the large iron safe.  The robber had placed a large quantity of dynamite upon the top of the safe and upon this, mud had been placed and beaten down firmly. The dynamite was then exploded, caving in the massive top of the safe, but n ot to such an extent that the robbers could get at the money inside.

About 6 o’clock Tuesday morning, Marshal William Richard attended by Joseph Pratte and William Moffit succeeded in capturing two suspicious looking individuals in the edge of town. They were taken to the mill and a strong web of circumstantial evidence woven about them.


The robers before entering the mill had taken off their shoes, and in passing to and fro in the mill had stepped in the flour upon the floor.  Thus their tracks were made all about the premises.  When Marshal Richard arrived at the mill with his captives, they were made to take off their shoes and place their feet in the tracks. It was found that the feet of the men corresponded to the tracks and they were lock up, pending further investigation. The captured men have been loitering about St. Mary’s several days past and have the appearance of being lost members of the Coxey “army”.


The prisoners referred to in the article above, taken from the Chester Tribune, were given a preliminary examination at St. Mary’s Wednesday and held to await the action of the grand jury. They were brought to this city Wednesday evening and lodged in jail.


Fair Play, May 19, 1894

Born, on Tuesday May 8, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Joseph Ayers of Ste. Genevieve, a son.


Married, at the Catholic Church in this city on Tuesday, May 15, 1894, at two o’clock P.M., Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout officiating, Miss Cecelia Winter and Mr. Frank Kohm. In the evening a dance was enjoyed at the residence of the groom’s parents near Ste. Genevieve.



Died, on Thursday, May 10, 1894, of consumption, Miss May Julia Carron, aged 18 years on the 29th of last September. Miss Carron was a daughter of Mr. Damas Carron. She suffered with consumption for two years. Her death is greatly grieved by the whole community and all sympathize with her parents, brother and sisters, who are left to mourn the death of a faithful daughter and sister. She died in the Catholic faith and she had always been a strong and faithful child of God.  The funeral service was held Saturday, May 12th, at Bloomsdale Parish Church.


Mr. and Mrs. Damas Carron and family, desire to return thanks to their friends who assisted them during the illness and death of their beloved daughter.


We are informed this week that Mr. Joseph Douglas who left Ste. Genevieve some years ago to settle at Doe Run died in St. Louis of paralysis during the early part of April.


Miss Pearl Stolte and Mr. Clovis Govereau of this city were married last Tuesday, May 15, 1894, at ten o’clock A. M. at the residence of Mr. William H. Bantz by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout. The wedding was very private, only the immediate relatives of the contracting parties being present. The young couple will leave for Bloomsdale in a short time and reside there in the future. They have our best wishes.


Fair Play, May 26, 1894

Born, on Thursday, May 10th, 1894, to the wife of Prof. D. W. Anthony, teacher of the Colored Public School, a daughter.


Born, on Thursday, May 24, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Charles J. Wilder of this city, a son.



A Model Inland Village in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri.


Ten miles from Ste. Genevieve and about thirteen miles from St. Mary’s is Staabtown in a beautiful and highly cultivated farm country.


The village was started in 1867 by the last Phillip Staab who came to the county in youth from the Fatherland. Seven miles from this village and on the Old Plank Road he built the first brewery in the county, conducted merchandizing and farming, and was known all over the hills and through the valleys.


He started Staabtown in the woods, and now it is surrounded with rich wheat and livestock farms, with commottious and pleasing homes and an appearance of plenty and solid comfort.


Near the village William Nager has 250 acres nearly all in cultivation and he has fine horses and rotund cattle. George Bauer has 200 acres all under fence. Joe Bauman’s 200 acres are also very attractive and George Vogt has 300 acres of which two-thirds are cultivated, and Francis Breckle has 454 acres surrounding his handsome new house. On his pastures he has a herd of fifty head and Mrs. Breckle has not only hundreds of fine poultry but is a genius and in artificial flowers, which she makes from picturing nature taking wild as well as garden flowers for copy, she is an artist.


The farmers here are Germans or descended from the Tuton race and all about them is kept in ship shape neatness and order.  They are a social and hospitable people and live in song and harmony.


Staabtown is at Mill Creek, a crystal stream, in the clear waters of which perch and bass can be seen darting to and fro, and in a deep pool under a precipitous bluff splendid fish are caught, including cat, bass and perch and may others of the fluny tribe.


Mill Creek flows into the River aux Vases and that creek loses its identity in the Mississippi. The region has plenty of lumber and there is no better building stone in any county, as shown in the cellars and foundations while the Roman Catholic Church, one mile from Staabtown, is a solid stone structure which took several years to build.


There are two schools the Parochial and Public respectively, and pupils come for miles all around, and they know every hiding place of the best fish in the creeks and on the hills and woods can handle rifle and shot gun like a Dr. Carver.


Staabtown has one handsome brick store and a beautiful home with one of the loveliest of gardens attached, the property of Charles Staab, son of the pioneer. He was born on the Old Plank Road and came with his father  here in 1867 and that year became a postmaster and has been ever since. His mercantile house carries $4,000 worth of goods and he handles an average of 450 dozen eggs a week the year round and produce of any description. He also owns three farms and is senior partner in the firm of Staab & Joggerst, proprietor of the Model Roller Mills which were built four years ago and are three stories high besides stone foundation. The engine of thirty horse power propel four double stands of patent rolls and all the modern auxiliaries to secure fifty barrels of flour per day and one double stand turns out ten bushels of corn meal an hour. The Model Mills are not excelled in the State taking capacity into consideration. The head miller John Heard has milled in Europe and America and was connected with the buhr mill which produced 1000 barrels a day and roller mills with 500 capacity. He knows his business thoroughly and in character is as white as his flour.


Nicholas Joggerst was brought from Europe as a yearling to Ste. Genevieve county. For eighteen years he sounded the anvil chaius but has rented out his blacksmith shop and is now farming and has his interest in the Model Mills. Daniel Gaddell, a very good mechanic and man, now occupies the blacksmith shop and has a great trade in repairing and manufacturing. About 300 years away William Stolzer is busy hammering and his smithy is also well patronized. Severin Kiefer keeps the leisure hour house with good liquids and excellent order and Staabtown is always a pleasant place and the people attend to business and pleasure with equal avidity and talk less about politics and dull times than in any region I have lately been in.


Staabtown is know to the Government as River aux Vases, that being the name of the post office and it receives mail three days in the week. Many of the farmers are great readers and are as fluent in speaking English as German and are intelligent and conservative.  The popularity of the people here can be understood when mentioned they are frequently the recipients of surprise parties. On Sunday, the 13th, Ste. Genevieve surprised the quiet little village, with brass band and orchestra and delighted their ears with choice instrumental and vocal music which stirred love of the Fatherland, patriotism for the land of adoption and warmed the cockles of your hear for a long time to come. Staabtown is starting an orchestral band and in all likelihood when Ste. Genevieve don’t expect it the strains of Strauss will waltz through their windows and send their toes to jingling. More anon.  James Carswell.


Ulam Items.

The Saline creek overflowed its banks again this spring, doing considerable damage, but nothing compared with the two floods of May, 1892, at which time the water was three and one half or four feet higher than this time.


The army of worms are said to have put in their appearance in this section and are stripping the blades off the wheat. Chris Hand says he found some on his corn but put them to instant death where ever he found one.


Fair Play, June 2, 1894

Alonzo Willett and Henry Losse of Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., had a hearing before United States Commissioner Crawford in St. Louis last Monday on a charge of retailing liquor without a license and were held for the November term of court in $300 bond, which was furnished.


If she couldn't afford insurance how did her child afford a plane ticket to Washington?

Ste. Genevieve.

Lime Quarries, Kilns and Mills--White Stone--White Flour and White People.

Ste. Genevieve is a wonderfully rich county above and under ground. Its soil gives rare harvests of wheat--no better in the State. In corn, though later now than Texas in growth, is always sure in quality owing to rain supply which the Lone Star State generally lacks. It is also a great vegetable and fruit county, and in whatever direction you may take from its capitol the evidence of successful farming is evident.


Under the ground in mountain and vally it has great deposits of varied ores; notably lead, zinc, copper, silver and iron crops out, while in lime stone it takes precedence over that found in Indiana, New York or Kentucky, three of the most celebrated States in the utilization of lime stone. The Ste. Genevieve lime is the whitest in the world, and the stone resembles (illegible) in purity and is inexhaustible.  In fact, lime is shipped from here to Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and other States, and it is only the freights preclude being forwarded to the Atlantic.


On the Jules Boyer farms, two miles from town, the lime stone quarry has been operated for forty five years and employs about fifteen men with the kiln, which turns out 60 barrels of lime a day.


Jules Boyer is now seventy-three years of age and has been on the same place forty one years and gets around lively driving loads of lime to the landing or hustling generally. The management devolves upon Benjamin P. Boyer, his son, who is not only strictly business but has gained considerable note as a musician and composer, and he teaches the violin, cornet, banjo and guitar, besides playing other instruments, so that lime must be healthy and musical, judging by father and son.


The Ferd Moser line kilns, adjoining those of Boyer, have a capacity of seventy-five barrels per day and he ships over several states and goodly orders are filled to Crystal City. It would be difficult to tell to how many uses the Ste. Genevieve time is put besides those of building and plastering as a prominent ingredient in putty.


Ferd Moser has had his quarries for forty years, and his father, Pierre Moser was one of the first settlers of the county.


About two miles north, the Petrequin Brothers have established lime works with a splended patient kiln, capacity 100 barrels, beginning operations two months ago. Their father, Fred Petrequin, came from France in 1852 and started in with 180 acres--now the estate encompasses 800 acres including 250 in cultivation, and there is no question of their having 300 acres of the best lime stone. They have a lovely Gothic home which stands out as monarch of all it surveys, and bordering the estate of Gabourie Creek sparkles and winds over its gravelly bed in limpid purity. Charles and Jules Petrequin were born on the place and are both sterling youngmen who are bound to make their lime works famous. The three enterprises will consume about sixty cords of wood a week and in that commodity this region is bountifully supplied.


Besides there being many mills through the county at advantageous points those of Ste. Genevieve show  to the river passenger that he is passing a wheat belt. Those of Fisher Flour company were first built in 1854 and are five stories high including the basement, and with ten double and two single stands of patent rolls have a capacity of 300 barrels of flour.  The general manager at Ste. Genevieve, O L Bryan, has been with the Fischer Flour Company eleven years, two of which have been here as manager. He is not only prompt and invariably correct but is worthy of any position requiring a clear head and strict integrity.


The City Mills, eighty barrels capacity, are owned by George Wehner and Fred Bolie and are shipping to St. Louis and up the Tennessee River. They are four stories high and were built in 1883.


The new Ste. Genevieve Brewery is three stories high, and has a capacity of thirty barrels of lager per brew and the Ice Factory five tons a day. It is ninety-five feet in length and supplied with the most modern machinery. It is built on the property of Valentine Rottler whose enterprises have done more for Ste. Genevieve than any other citizen. He bought rough hills and transformed them into properties worthy of a city.  His handsome residence, costing $5000, occupies a site which was considered no value. Mr. Rottler came to Ste. Genevieve county in 1852 and his name, and that of his brother-in-law, Michael Seitz of Middlebrook are popular throughout the State as two of the best men who ever came from Baden, Germany.


Another very popular citizen of Ste. Genevieve, came in 1853 from Brunswick to the United States. Reference is made to Charles H. Biel whose untarnished record is known even down in the Gulf. In 1862 he because an acquisition to Ste. Genevieve and has been one of its most highly appreciated citizens ever since. Officially he was Coroner for fifteen years, and in educational matters been quite active, and is now Sheriff of the County. In that officiate he has shown all the attributes which combine the first class officer and the polished gentleman. Sheriff Biel is patriotic and progressive and is hand and glove with all that builds up the prosperity of the County. He is also engaged in merchandizing and in that regard carries all in the mercantile list and has custom which never forsakes him.  More anon.--James Carswell.



Fair Play, June 16, 1894

Born, on Saturday, June 9, 1894, to Mrs. Ed Grobe of Ste. Genevieve, a daughter.


Born, on Wednesday, June 13, 1894, to the wife of Dr. John C. Falk of St. Louis, a son.


Born, on Thursday, June 14, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Frank Babb of this city, a daughter.


Married, at Chester, Ill., on Monday, June 4, 1894, Mr. Edward Boland of Ste. Genevieve and Mrs. Maggie Warthen of Kaskaskia.


Died, at the County Farm on Wednesday, June 13, 1894, of diabetis, Claude Beatt, aged 75 years.


Among the marriage licenses in the Chester Clarion we notice that of John S. Medcalf of Prairie du Rrocher and Miss Mary Dora Crump of Ste. Genevieve.


Augusta, the beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Baumstark, died at her parent’s home in this city on Monday, June 11th, 1894, at 11 o’clock A. M., of congestive chills, at the age of eight and one half years. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Tuesday, Rev. Father Weiss officiating.


Mr. Herman Wagener, father of Rev. H. Wagener of St. Mary’s, died at her home in that place on Tuesday, June 12, 1894, of dropsy at the age of sixty-nine years. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at St. Mary’s after a funeral high mass had been sung for the repose of his soul.


Drowned While Bathing.

Dr. George Wagner and Mr. Samuel Lewis were drowned while bathing in the Mississippi River at Rush Tower, Mo, on  Wednesday, June 13th, 1894. A suitable reward will be paid for the recovery of the bodies. Below is a personal description of the two unfortunate men:


Description of Dr. George Wagner.

Dr. George Wagner, height, 5 feet, 5 or 6 inches; weight, 130 pounds; hair, dark brown; slight side whiskers, but otherwise clean shaven; body nude. If found please notify P. R. Wagner, U. S. Medical Purveyor’s office, 501 Commercial Street, St. Louis, Mo.; E. D. Libby, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; W. S. Mitchell, Mitchie, Ill, or D. M. Currie, Custom House, St. Louis, Mo.


Description of Mr. Samuel Lewis.

Mr. Samuel Lewis, height about 5 feet, 10 1 2  inches; weight 175 pounds; hair, sandy; mustache, red; face, neck, hands and arms freckled; body nude. If found please notify John Lewis, Court House, St. Louis, Mo.;  E. D. Libby, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; W. S. Mitchell, Mitchie, Ill, or D. M. Currie, Custom House, St. Louis, Mo.


St. Mary’s and Chester papers please copy.


Fair Play, June 23, 1894

Born, on Wednesday, June 20, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Edward Moser of this city, a son.


A daughter was born to Mrs. William Klein of this city on Wednesday, June 20, 1894.


Born, on Friday, June 15, 1894, to the wife of Mr. John Baumgartner of this city, a daughter.


Born, on Wednesday, June 13, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Gus W. St. Gem of St. Louis, a daughter.


Born, on Monday, June 18th, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Joseph Kohm of Ste. Genevieve, a daughter.


One of the most important industries of St. Francois county ceased last week by the closing down of Iron Mountain. Many fortunes have been made out of the mountain, and hundred of car loads of ore were shipped every week. It is supposed that the supply is exhausted, and the place will soon be a deserted village. The houses belonging to the company are boarded up, and it is probable that they will remain so.


The bodies of Dr. Wagner and Mr. Sam’l Lewis who were drowned while bathing in the Mississippi near Rush Tower last Wednesday, June 13th, were found near Red Rock one day this week and taken to St. Louis for burial.


Last Saturday about half-past three o’clock fire destroyed the home of Mr. George Messinger who lived in the O’Shea building at Quarrytown. The family were all at work in the field at the time and the fire, when discovered by some of the neighbors, had gained such headway that nothing could be saved, and in less than an hour the house and outbuildings were a mass of flames. Mr. Messinger lost all of his personal property, his farming machinery and a large amount of winter wood and it is said $300 will not cover the loss. The house was the property of the Richardson estate. No one knows how the fire originated.


Ste. Genevieve.

Ste. Genevieve Co., Missouri. How Its Citizens Have Climbed The Latter of Success.


“From small acorns great oaks grow,” and from small beginnings many a fortune has been built. The citizens of Ste. Genevieve represent many nations of Europe, and many States of the Union, and their various beginnings and subsequent success show that pluck, energy and determination are not confined to one land or tongue.


The late Peter Wilder came from Germany in the 50s and dug out Silica and gradually elevated himself to agricultural machinery business and accumulated capital sufficient to speculate in land and the products thereof. He died honored and regretted in 1880, but left sons with clear heads and righteous ambitions.


William W. Wilder succeeded his father in the machinery business. He had been in wagon manufacturing and for four years was in Ohio as a machinist and had received a Commercial College education. Upon his taking charge of affairs his ability was at once acknowledged and in 1883 he he founded the mercantile house of Wilder Brothers, General Merchants and traders.  That grand concern has had as high as $20,000 worth of goods at one time. Their business lot is 400 feet in length and thereon are several buildings, the main structure having three floors exclusive of basement; then there are warehouses and other houses and a big wagon yard with water facilities and every convenience, and customers come from over twenty miles.


William W. Wilder owns what is known as the Clark farm of 300 acres with 200 in cultivation and he has the Rich Quarry farm and the Maxwell Hill place and numerous houses and lots and is a stockholder and director in the Ste. Genevieve Brewing, Lighting and Ice Company.


Officially he has been quite successful, although his party is in the minority as two to one. He was County Treasurer two terms and won by overwhelming majorities. When school treasurer it is worthy of note that he lost $1,765 by a bank becoming defunct, but he paid every dollar of it himself. As school director he was active for sixteen years and is now only thirty-seven years of age.


His brother and partner, Charles J. Wilder succeeded him as County Treasurer which proves the great popularity of the family. Charles J. Wilder owns 275 acres joining the Clark place and a very handsome home and is one of the most devoted horticulturist in the State and a thorough business man to boot. The junior partner of the present firm, George N. Wilder, came in this year. He has studied here, at the Cape Girardeau, and in St. Louis, and is making an A No. 1 business man.


I ought to have mentioned that W. W. Wilder is a member of the County Central and Congressional Committees and can accomplish worlds of work without a seeming effort.


Louis Naumann was born in Germany under the reign of William the Good and Grand. He was brought to the United States when but eleven years of age and studied at night schools and worked by day. He was brought to the United States when but eleven years of age and studied at night schools and worked by day. He was connected with the meat market business in St. Louis and then came to Ste. Genevieve in the 60’s and in 1865 got married and has “lived happy ever after.”  He owns splended properties and his city like market disposes of from fifteen to twenty head of cattle a week. Officially he was Sheriff fro m1880 till 1884 and in 1886 became Collector of Ste. Genevieve county and still is. Louis Naumann is always the same gentleman under all kinds of weather and circumstances and is about as popular as he is estimable.


Ste. Genevieve covers miles of streets and avenues and it is the base of supplies for not only this but portions of other counties, hence, the blacksmithing business is an important industry and the three shops occupy different points of vantage, and all of the sons of Vulcan have hammered out their success.


Charles B. Burgert was brought to within three miles of here when seven years of age from Baden, Germany. He has been blacksmithing for twenty nine years, sixteen of which have been in Ste. Genevieve. His big brick shops are two stories high and he repairs from an engine to a baby carriage, and he is in agricultural machinery business besides. Mr. Burgert owns his shops and home and has hosts of friends and lots of work.


Anthony Sucher was born near Zell, and his father came from Germany. He became apprenticed at fifteen and was blacksmithing in St. Louis before becoming established here twelve years ago. He can build anything in iron and there seems to be nothing too intricate for his skill. He has made property and money by his industry and a grand reputation by his excellent attributes. His brother Felix Sucher learned his trade with him, and has been in business for himself for four years. He is also a genius in mechanism and much of the machinery and many of the tools in his shop on the Little Rock road, are excellent specimens of his handicraft. He does also big business in machinery, has a great sale in condition powders and has hardly time to eat or sleep.


All those men began without capital and have now good and continued business, the best of credit and the best of reputations. More anon. --James Carswell.


Bloomsdale News.

Died, on Friday, June 15, 1894, after a short illness, Mrs. L. B. Graves. She was about l64 years old and was a woman of about 325 pounds weight.  She was buried the day following her death in the Concord cemetery. The deceased leaves a husband to mourn her departure, with whom we all sympathize. Mr. Graves is an octogenarian.


Died, on Thursday, June 14, 1894, of consumption, Mrs. Louis Boyer, at the age of 31 years, 8 months and 14 days.  She was a daughter of Mr. Clem Drury. In 1879, on the 3rd of June, she entered the married life with Mr. Louis J. Boyer. She had been in bad health for the last two years, which resulted into consumption. she died a happy death in the Catholic faith of which she had always been a faithful member. The remains were buried on Friday, June 15th, before a large concourse of friends and relatives. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn the loss of a faithful wife and a tender mother. May she rest in peace.


Fair Play, June 30, 1894

The torpedo boat Ericsson, built by the Government at Dubuque, Iowa, is now on its way down the river. It is expected at St. Louis in a few days and will arrive at Ste. Genevieve a few days later. The boat is a novelty and will attract large crowds all along the river.


John Stringer of Bloomsdale was arrested this week charged with disturbing the peace of the citizens of that burg and discharging fire arms on the public highway. He plead guilty to the charge before ‘Squire Boyer Thursday and was fined $7 and costs, amounting in all to $28.15.


M. T. P. Boyer arrived here from St. Louis Thursday and spent a few hours in our city. He informs us that he has taken charge of the old Thurman Landing at Crystal City and will run a conveyance to and from all boats for the accommodation of passengers. He says he will not only treat the people civilly, but courteously, and will handle their freight at the lowest possible rates.


Charles Botzie, first mate on the steamer Grey Eagle, shot and probably fatally wounded William Ward, a colored waiter on the steamer, at Logan’s Landing three miles below St. Mary’s, Wednesday evening. Ward attacked the mate with a butcher knife and was shot in self defense.  After the shooting Botzie went at once to Perryville and gave himself up. He was placed under $500 bond.


We learn with regret of the sad accident which befell Mr. John A. Poston, who lives near Bloomsdale, while on his way to the DeSoto Congressional Convention in a buggy last Monday.  Mr. Poston had only gone a few miles  when his horse became frightened at some gypsy wagons and ran away, throwing him violently to the ground and dragging him over the rough roads. His face was terribly lacerated, his cheekbone broken and his skull fractured. At this writing (Thursday) Mr. Poston is still unconscious, and the doctors have very little hopes of his recovery.


A man, who has been working for Mr. Simon Burgert for the past three weeks was overcome by the heat Thursday afternoon at five o’clock while stacking wheat, and died at eleven o’clock that night although medical aid was at once secured.  The man was a German and was known only by the name of John, and Mr. Burgert tells us that he was in the best of health and spirits until he received the fatal sunstroke. No one knows where he came from and as there was no way of learning his identity the remains were interred in the city cemetery yesterday afternoon.



Died, at his home in Claremont, California, at seven o’clock on the morning of May 27, 1894, Mr. Henry C. Emery, aged 57 years, 11 months and 5 days. He was born in England in 1836 and emigrated with his parents to America in 1849. When about 25 years of age he was married to Miss Elizabeth Forsee of Randolph Co, Ill. Unto this union were born 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters, 4 of whom together with their mother are left to mourn the loss of a kind husband and loving father. Deceased moved with his family to Ste. Genevieve Co., Mo., in 1884 and remained there until Oct, 1889 when he moved to Oaklahoma where he remained until Feb, 1893, his health being poor he decided to go to California where he remained until the angel of death called him away. He was a loving and affectionate father. (Editorial not transcribed).  Deceased was buried in the Pomona cemetery on the day following his death at 2 o’clock P.M.


Fair Play, July 7, 1894

Mr. Jacob Kirtley who lives in this county near the St. Francois county line, committed suicide last Saturday by hanging himself to a rafter in a shed. No cause is given for his rash act.


The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Grieshaber died on Friday last, June 29, 1894, and the remains were interred in the Vallee Spring Catholic Cemetery on Saturday.


Mr. Charles F. Roy, formerly of this city, died at DeSoto, Mo., last Monday, July 2, 1894, of cancer of the throat at the age of 43 years.


The ringing of the church bells and the cry of fire created considerable excitement in town last Saturday morning. The roof of Mr. Firmin J. Rozier’s residence caught fire from the burning out of a defective flue, but the fire was extinguished before any serious damage was done.


Probably Murdered.

From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

The following letter was received by Chief of Police Harrigan yesterday, with the request that it be published in the St. Louis papers:

Farmington, Mo., July 3, 1894.--Lawrence Harrigan Chief of Police: About the latter part of May last there was found in the woods in the vicinity of Flat River mines, in this (St. Francois) county, a black top buggy, newly painted with gold stripes. On one of the wheels of the buggy was found human blood.  There was in the buggy a grass rope about 30 feet long and two railroad spikes. Near the buggy was found a set of driving harness, made of good material, an open bridal, a check rein, and silver-mounted bits.  On the lines were a pair of holders used by trotting and pacing drivers. A whalebone whip was also in the buggy.


There was also found about the same time, and within a few miles of the same locality, a black gelding about 15 hands high, and described about as follows: There is a little indenture on the left side of his forehead, is a little inclined to be sway backed, shoes about two thirds worn out, the outside calk on hind shoes is about one-half inch longer than the inside calk. By close inspection he has tow harness scalds on both sides of the back. He both paces and racks, and trots in harness.


It is generally believed here that this horse and buggy belong to the same party, and that he was murdered and spirited away for his money. The entire outfit can be seen here at Farmington--buggy, horse and harness.


Fair Play, July 14, 1894

Born, on Sunday, July 8, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Max. Bader of Ste. Genevieve, a daughter.


Born, on Friday, July 6, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Theodore Thomure of this city, a fifteen pound boy.


A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Herman on Saturday, July 7th, 1894.


Married, in this city on Wednesday, July 11, 1894, at the residence of Mrs. Bertha Doerge, by Judge Koehler, Mr. Charles R. Dunaway and Miss Louise R. Kern, both of St. Louis.


Lost 21 Years and Found.

A silver thimble belonging to Mrs. A. P. Caron was found Saturday, the 7th inst. by her son-in-law, D. F. Drury, while drinking at a well. Mr. Drury saw something shining on the ground, picked it up and it was Mrs. Carron’s thimble with her initials on. It is not soiled in the least. The thimble was dropped in the well twenty-one years ago by one of her little nieces while pumping water.



At her residence on the Little Saline, about six miles west of St. Mary’s, on Sunday, June 17th, Mrs. Matilda Kenner, aged 72 years, 6 months and 11 days.


Mrs. Kenner’s maiden name was Matilda Brown. She was born Dec. 6, 1821, and was married to Mr. John H. Kenner March 14th, 1838. She was the mother of fourteen children, eleven of whom remain to mourn her death. For many years Sister Kenner had been a devout follower of the Lord Jesus, and a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church. For some three or four months before her death she had been suffering from a slight stroke of paralysis, and a complication of other diseases. Her death, however, was mainly the result of old age. May she rest in peace.--St. Mary Progress.


Fair Play, July 21, 1894

Born, on Tuesday, July 10th, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Louis Winston of Ste. Genevieve, a daughter.


Mr. J. Thomas Jokerst, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis L. Jokerst of this city, died at the residence of his parents on Tuesday morning, July 17, 1894, of typhoid fever, at the age of 18 years, 3 months and 22 days.


The deceased contracted the fever while in attendance at the Christian Brothers’ College in St. Louis and was seriously ill when he arrived in Ste. Genevieve three weeks previous to his death, and although everything possible was done to save his life it was of no avail.


Tom was a model youth without a single fault and his untimely death is deeply regretted by the whole community. He was a strict member of the Catholic Church and was well prepared for death, having received the sacraments and blessings of the church.


The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery on Wednesday morning after a funeral High Mass had been sung for the repose of the soul by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout.


The bereaved parents and family have our sympathy in their sad misfortune.


Died, at her residence about two miles from Ste. Genevieve, on Wednesday, July 18, 1894, of cancer of the stomach, Mrs. Pelagie Ziegler, aged 60 years, 1 month and 24 days.


Mrs. Ziegler whose maiden name was Pelagie Janis, had been a resident of Ste. Genevieve all her life. She had been ailing for some time and was confined to her bed for the past five months, and her death was not unexpected.


The deceased was a worthy and charitable woman and a faithful member of the Catholic Church. During her illness she bore her sufferings with patience and fortitude and has now gone to meet the promised reward.  Five children, three girls and two boys survive her.


The funeral took place from the Catholic Church Thursday morning after a mass had been said for the repose of the soul by Rev. Father Weiss. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery and were followed to the grave by a large number of mourning relatives and friends.  R. I. P.


Fair Play, July 28, 1894

Born, on Saturday, July 21 1894, to the wife of Mr. John Schlatman of Ste. Genevieve, a daughter.


Four large stacks of wheat, 500 bushels, the property of Henry Grobe, was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon. Grieshaber Bros. were working with their steam engine threshing the wheat when a spark from the engine ignited one of the stacks.  When the fire was discovered it had gained such headway that it was impossible to extinguish it, and it was with great difficulty that the thresher was saved. This loss falls heavily on Mr. Grobe as it constitutes over half of his wheat crop, the result of a years’ hard labor.


In Memoriam.

Died, July 16, 1894, Mr. Thomas Jokerst, son of Francis L and Rosa Jokerst, aged 18 years, 3 months and 22 days. He leaves, three sisters, two brothers and a loving father and mother to mourn his loss, besides a multitude of sorrowing friends.  The deceased had just finished a course at the Christian Brother’s College in St. Louis, where he experienced a severe attack of typhoid fever which soon terminated in death. Tom was an industrious young man of good moral character, loved and esteemed by his associates; he always honored his father and his kind and loving mother, and was possessed of a beautiful Christian character and reared in a pious and happy Catholic home, in a strict and fervent practice of his religion from which sprang the deep faith and the manly virtues which so beautified his life. A multitude of friends called at his former home to shed tears and gaze upon his fair face for the last time. Then the beautiful black casket, almost covered with floral gems, was carried to the church on a bier by the pail bearers; Eddie Chardin, Valentine Rottler, Willie Naumann, John Lanning, Eddie Chardin, Arthur Hurst, August Oberle and August Meyer. Many followed the funeral train while others had preceeded it, and almost every seat in the spacious church was occupied when the funeral procession was met at the door by Rev. Father van Tourenhout and his attendants, and moved slowly up the main aisle to the altar rail to the solemn music of mass for the dead. After the mass the funeral train formed and winded its way to the Valle Spring cemetery. The cortege was the largest seen here for years, a fact which proved he was highly thought of. As his young craft of life has drifted against the cold space of death let us hope that it is the dawning of a brighter day.


Fair Play, August 4, 1894

Born, on Wednesday, July 25, 1894, to Mrs. John Amsler, a daughter.


Twin, both boys, were born to the wife of Mr. Joseph Meyer of Zell last week.


A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis LaFleur of this city on Tuesday, July 31st.


Born, on Friday, July 27, 1894, to the wife of Dr. G. M. Rutledge of Ste. Genevieve, a son.


We call the attention of our readers to the card of Mr. Frank Scheuring published elsewhere in this issue. Mr. Scheuring is a first-class undertaker and embalmer and will give satisfaction whenever called upon. He still carries on his business at St. Mary’s where he resides, and has placed Mr. Gus Schoettler in charge of his Ste. Genevieve house. If in need of anything in his line you will do well to give him a call.


While playing around the cistern at Boverie’s store last Friday the twelve-year old son of Mr. August Govreau of Weingarten fell in the cistern and would have drowned but for the timely aid of Mr. Leon Jokerst, who jumped in the cistern and held the boy on top of water until assistance arrived. They were both taken out by means of a rope. Besides a good cold bath no injuries were received.


Will Clarke, a colored man living at Prairie du Rocher, was severely bitten by a mad dog at that place last Tuesday. He was taken to Red Bud at once for medical treatment.


Fair Play, August 11, 1894

Dr. A. L. Brands had the misfortune of breaking one of his legs last week. He had recently built a new two story house with a door upstairs facing the street. The porch was unfinished and the Doctor, forgetting himself, stepped out and fell. Dr. Douglas of Renault is waiting on him and reports him doing nicely. It is to be hoped the Doctor will soon be about again.-Red Bud Democrat.


Born, on Friday, August 3, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Leon Yealey of Ste. Genevieve, a daughter.


Born, on Thursday, August 2, 1894, to the wife of Adolph Petrequin, of Ste. Genevieve, a daughter.


Died, on Tuesday, August 7th, 1894, at the residence of her son in Ste. Genevieve, Mrs. Mary Whipfler, wife of the later Andrew Whipfler. She leaves two sons and one daughter, Charles and John Hurst and Mrs. Lawrence Schmiederer to mourn the loss of their dear mother.


While unloading hay last Friday Mr. Auguste Barizien fell out of Meyer & Vorst’s hay-loft and was quite seriously injured, but is getting along very well now.


Mr. Hilarius Meyers died at his residence in this city on Monday, August 6, 1894, of cancer of the throat at the age of seventy-two years. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Tuesday after a funeral High Mass had been sung for the repose of the soul by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout.


Fair Play, August 18, 1894

Born, on Saturday, August 11, 1894, to the wife of Mr. William H. Conner of Prairie du Rocher, Ill., a daughter.


From a private letter received from Altman, Colorado, we learn that Dr. Will Leavenworth of that place was shot in the thigh last Sunday by horse-thieves who were attempting to steal his horse. The letter did not state how badly the doctor was injured.


Chicken thieves are at work in Ste. Genevieve again. Last Friday night fourteen fine chickens were stolen from Mrs. F. J. Bernays, and we understand a raid was also made on Father van Tourenhout’s chicken coop.


Married, at the Catholic Church at River aux Vases, on Monday, August 13, 1894, Mr. Charles Siebert and Miss Ellen Miller.


The remains of George F. Will who died at Poplar Bluff last Friday afternoon were brought to Ste. Genevieve Saturday and interred in the Valle Spring cemetery on Sunday. Mr. Will died on conjestion of the lungs and had only been ill a week. He was in the twenty-sixth year of his age.


Mrs. Odile Valle died at her residence in Ste. Genevieve on Thursday, August 16, 1894, at 4:20 o’clock P. M., at the age of 89 years, 7 months and 23 days. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 4:00 o’clock P. M., from the Catholic Church. The remains will be interred in the old Catholic graveyard near town. We are unable this week to publish an obituary but will do so in our next issue.



Valle--On Thursday, August 16, 1894, at 4:20 P. M. at her late residence in this city, Mrs. Odile Valle, nee Pratte, relict of Felix Valle, aged 89 years, 7 months and 23 days.

The funeral will take place from the Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.


Fair Play, August 25, 1894

Born, to the wife of Henry M. Wiggins of Jonca, on the morning of Aug. 20, a girl.

Born, on Sunday August 12, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Henry Moro of this city, a son.


A daughter was born to the wife of Dr. Will H. Leavenworth of Altman, Colorado, one day last week.


Died, on Tuesday, Aug. 21st, 1894, at his home about five miles from St. Mary’s, of conjestive fever, Mr. Joseph Braun, at the age of 26 years. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery near St. Mary’s on Wednesday. The deceased was a son-in-law of Fair Play, August 4, 1894 of our city and leaves a wife and one child to mourn his loss.



Watts--at his home in Jonca, Mo, on Saturday, August 11, 1894, at eleven o’clock P. M., Mr. John B. Watts, aged 74, 2 months and 1 day.

The funeral took place at the Family Graveyard Sunday afternoon a large number of friends and relatives accompanying the remains of our beloved friend to their last resting place.


Miss Amanda Thomure, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Thomure of this city, was married on Wednesday, August 22, 1894, to Mr. William Reeder of St. Louis, at the residence of her parents by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout. The bride and groom left for Farmington on a visit Thursday morning and on their return will depart for St. Louis and make that city their future home.


In Memoriam.

The funeral of Mrs. Odile Pratte Valle took place at the Catholic Church last Sunday afternoon, August 19, 1894. Mrs. Valle was born at Ste. Genevieve, December 24, 1804, and died on August 16, 1894, at 4:20 P. M. She was married to Mr. Felix Valle in January, 1823.  A son was born to them on December 22nd, 1823 who died at the age of 35 years.


The funeral was the largest and most solemn ever witnessed in Ste. Genevieve, Rev. F. X. Weiss officiated, with Revs. F. X. Weiss officiated, with Revs. A. J. Huttler of Weingarten and H. Shaefer of River aux Vases as Deacon and Sub deacon respectively, and Rev. C. L. van Tourenhout of this city as Master of Ceremonies. Revs. H. Pigge of Zell and H. Wagener of St. Mary’s also attended the funeral. At Mrs. Valle’s special request, made years ago, her body was interred  in the family vault of the old cemetery beside that of her deceased husband.


Mrs. Odile Pratte Valle was a deeply religious woman and exceptionally generous. Her piety was as unostentations as her charity. Her left hand knew not the gifts she so lavishly gave with her right. In her charitable deeds she sought not the applause of the world, but gave from the purest of motives, and generously. We will not mention her alms individually, but her gifts to the community at large we cannot pass over in silence.


It is owing to the charity of her husband, the late Felix Valle, that a parochial school was founded, which brings untold blessings to the community. By a truly princely contribution on the part of Mrs. Valle, the parish was enabled to erect the handsome and commodious parish church. Not only did she provide for the living, but her charity extended also to the departed; for the beautiful and large new cemetery is a gift of the deceased. Generations yet unborn will bless her memory, for she can in all truth be called a public benefactress; but more precious and more lasting then monument of marble is the monument of love and gratitude she has erected in the hearts of her fellow citizens. The name of “Mamma” Valle, as she was familiarly called by all, shall ever be an inspiration and benediction. May her soul rest in peace.


Fair Play, September 1, 1894

Died, on Thursday, August 30, 1894, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roth of this city.


Born, on Tuesday, August 28, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Frank J. A. Ernst of this city, a son.


Born, on Monday, August 27, 1894, to the wife of Mr. William Skewes of Ste. Genevieve, a daughter.


Miss Mary A. Grass and Anton Bieser of Ste. Genevieve were married on Tuesday by Rev. Father van Tourenhout.


A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Grieshaber of this city on Tuesday, August 28, 1894.


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kohm of this city died on Monday last.


Married, at the Catholic Church in this city on Wednesday, August 29, 1894, by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout, Miss Laura Spray and Mr. Nathan Brown, both of Ste. Genevieve. A fine supper was served to a number of invited friends in the evening.


The new Catholic church at Kaskaskia will soon be ready for occupancy, but in accordance with a rigid custom of the church, it will not be consecrated until every cent of debt has been discharged. The edifice will be used for a place of worship, however, until it is free of debt and the first service will probably be held in the new house early in September.--Red Bud Democrat.


Fair Play, September 8, 1894

We are pleased to learn that Annie, the twelve year old daughter of Mr. Lawrence E. Jokerst who has been seriously ill with typhoid fever for the past three weeks, is now rapidly recovering.


Mr. Henry Schaefer died at his home at Bremen on Monday, September 3, 1894, of typhoid fever at the age of 45 years. The remains were interred in the city cemetery at Valle Spring at five o’clock Tuesday afternoon.


Mr. A. B. Miller, the New Bremen school teacher, died of typhoid fever on Monday, August 3, 894. Mr. Miller was a young man, well liked by all who knew him, and his untimely death is greatly lamented. He had been married less than a year.


The first solemn services in the new Catholic Church of Kaskaskia will be held on Sunday, September 9th, 1894. Services will commence at 10 o’clock in the morning of that day. Most probably a dinner will be served after services.--Chester Clarion.


Mr. Albert s. Leavenworth, formerly of Ste. Genevieve, was married at St. Peter’s Church, Denver, Colo., on Friday, August 31, 1894, to Miss Bessie Osborne Storer of Denver. Andy and his bride will make their home at Altman, Colo., after October 1st.


Mrs. Killian Grieshaber died at her residence in this city Friday morning at six o’clock of consumption at the age of 54 years. Mrs. Grieshaber had been ill for over a year. The funeral will occur from the Catholic Church this morning at 8:30 o’clock. The deceased leaves a husband and twelve children, nine sons and three daughters, to mourn her loss.


Mrs. Julia Sullivan, living in this county with her brother-in-law, Thos. Martin, is one of the oldest inhabitants of the state, she is a native Irish woman, is 117 years old and has been living with her brother-in-law twenty-eight years, and is more hale and hearty than a body would suppose one of her age to be.  She does the house-work, and superintends all affairs about the house; her eyesight is a little defective, her hair is snow white and she is as supple as a cat, we are told. Her brother-in-law is on the other side of the hill of life, but owns a good farm and the two have enough of the world’s goods to make them comfortable and happy in their old age.--New Madrid Record.


Fair Play, September 15, 1894

Born, on September 5, 1894, to the wife of Mr. G. G. Clevlen of Bonne Terre, a son.


A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bauman of this city on Friday, September 7, 1894.


Irv. Byington, who was married to Miss Cora Williams at River aux Vases last week, has moved to Ste. Genevieve and gone to housekeeping.


George Rodgers and wife, who robbed a store at Modoc, Ill., this spring, mention of which was made in these columns at the time, were sentenced to the penitentiary for terms of three years and one year respectively, at the circuit court of Chester this week.


Married, at the Catholic Church in this city on Tuesday, September 11, 1894, by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout, Miss Caroline Doll and Mr. Nicholas Klein, both of this city.


Dr. and Mrs. G. M. Rutledge were treated to a surprise last Sunday evening, the occasion being the tenth anniversary of their marriage, known as the tin-wedding. A number of friends gathered at their house and spent a very pleasant evening in social games etc. Dr. Rutledge and wife were also the recipients of a number of tin presents.


Mrs. Killian Grieshaber, whose death was mentioned in our last issue, was born in Baden, Germany, in the year 1840, and came to America in 1857, setting in this county. Her maiden name was Pauline Schilly. In 1859 she was married to Mr. Killian Grieshaber, who came to this country the same year as Mrs. Grieshaber. Fifteen children were born to them, twelve sons and three daughters, twelve of whom are living, nine boys and three girls.  The deceased had been a sufferer of consumption for many years and during the last year of her life was almost continually confined to her bed. During her life she was always a faithful Catholic and received the last Sacraments of the Church before her death. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Saturday morning, 8th inst., after a mass had been said for the repose of the soul. R. I. P.



Eristine Jarrett died June 30, 1894, at Knob Lick of dropsy. The body was taken the day following to River aux Vases and buried on Monday in the Catholic cemetery of that place where she had received her first Holy Communion. Eristine was the daughter of William and Cathrine Jarrett, aged 16 years, 5 months and 16 days.


Southeast Missouri.

Pressley Ellsworth, his mother and sister, Marie, waylaid and shot to death Henry Stiff, a blacksmith, near Egypt Mills, Cape Girardeau county, Wednesday evening, September 5th.


The DeSoto Canning Factory canned 365 1-3 bushels of tomatoes or 5450 cans last Tuesday, employing 50 women and girls as pealers and 20 men and boys as handlers. The factory had canned up to date of September 4th 21472 cans of tomatoes.



Died, at his father in law’s, Mr. John Jones, at Ulam, on the 3rd day of September, 1894, Mr. Augustus B. Miller, son of W. H. Miller.


The deceased was born August 22, 1870, making him twenty-four years and eleven days old the day he died. On the 26th of last December Mr. Miller was married to Miss Hattie Jones, daughter of Mr. John Jones, a highly respected citizen of this place and one of the leading farmers of the county, having been married just 8 months and 7 days on the day of his death. He was baptized in infancy but not raised in the church, but embraced the Catholic religion when he came to the years of maturity. He was a talented young man, having acquired a good education in the Carleton and Baptist’s Colleges of Farmington, and the Cape Normal.  He chose his profession as a public school teacher. Into that work he put all the strength, and left his mark upon the whole company of students under his charge. Nor was this in any general way, for he formed personal relations with them individually, thus entering the life of each as a controlling force. His own life was full of reading and study, and service of many kinds. Mr. Miller had located at Bremen at which place he had taught the previous year, and had contracted to teach the coming year. He took to his bed on the 14th day of August, although he had attended his sister’s wedding the day prior to this, but was heard to remark more than once during the day that he did not feel very well.  Dr. Moore of St. Mary’s was called to administer, and upon examination pronounced one lung entirely gone and besides said the patient had typhoid fever. After about two weeks his wife and the parents of each decided to consult the doctor as to his removal. After obtaining the physician’s consent he was moved to Mr. Jones' residence at which place Dr. Vogt of Coffman took the case, pronouncing it precisely the same as Dr. Moore. His attached wife spared no effort or expense within her means to preserve his life but it seemed that no medical attention could check the dreadful disease, or stay the heavy hand of death. He lived about one week after his removal when he passed away.  (lengthy editorial not transcribed)


The deceased leaves a wife and a host of relations and friends to mourn his death who have the sympathy of the whole community in their sorrow. His remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at River aux Vases, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. Father Schaefer.


Fair Play, September 22, 1894

Mrs. Ellen Rodgers, who, together with her husband, was convicted of breaking into a store at Brewerville in May last, has been granted a new trial. She is a refined woman, and her parents are wealthy Philadelphia people, she says, but she declines to reveal their name. Her husband is at present serving a term of three years in the Chester Penitentiary for the crime.


The new Catholic Church at New Kaskaskia, on the Island, was the scene of a great gathering last Sunday. Services were held there for the first time and the church was blessed. Father Hogan, of Belleville, who officiated for the Bishop, preached a most elequent sermon which was listened to with marked attention and admiration by the large congregation. The new church is one of the most handsome in architectural design in Randolph county, and it is also one of the largest and most costly. It is not yet entirely completed and will not be for some time yet, and it will not be formally dedicated until it is completely and free of debt. After the services a splendid free dinner, prepared in the style for which Kaskaskia people are noted, was served to the people, and was highly appreciated.  Many people were present from Chester and also from other places in the county and many more would have been there from here if they could have got conveyances.--Chester Clarion.


W. F. Haile, aged twenty years who lives near Farmington, committed suicide last Wednesday at Piedmont by shooting himself through the temple. Cause unknown.


Mrs. Julia Bloom, Sister of Mr. Louis A. Griffard, died at her home at Doe Run last Monday, 17th inst. The remains were interred at Farmington on Tuesday.


Southeast Missouri.

Mr. Joseph F. Harris of Liberty township, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of St. Francois county, died at his home Friday morning the 7th inst., in the 83 year of his age.


Fair Play, September 29, 1894

Born, on Thursday, September 27, 1894, to the wife of Mr. James Moore of this city, a son.


Born, on Thursday, September 20, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Charles Hansman of this city, a daughter.


Willie, the nine-year-old son of Mr. Robert Montiere, died in this city of typhoid fever on Tuesday, 25th inst. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery the following day.


On Sunday evening last, 23rd inst., about nine o’clock the old Bogy house on the St. Mary road, near the River aux vases, was burned to the ground together with the contents. No one was living in the house at the time of the fire, but Martin Huber, who had moved out a week previous, still had his wheat, consisting of one hundred and fifty bushels, fifty bushels of oats, ten bushels of potatoes, and a lot of onions and canned fruit on the place. These were all destroyed by the flames, besides a wheat cradle, mowing blade and other farming implements. Mr. Huber’s loss will reach $150. It is thought that the house was set on fire by a tramp who had been refused a night’s lodging by Mr. Huber that evening.


Mr. Placede LaRose, a prominent farmer living on the River aux Vases, was in town last Saturday carrying his arm in a sling as a result of a fall, when attempting to jump from his wagon, on the 11th inst. As he went to jump his foot caught in the wagon brake which threw him on his head and arm, injuring the latter quite seriously. At first he thought the arm was broken, but the injury proved not so serious, although it is very painful.  He is now recovering, and hopes to be all right to a short time.  St. Mary Progress.


Fair Play, October 6, 1894

Born, on Monday, October 1st, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Charles Rottler of this city, a son.


A daughter was born to the wife of Dr. J. B. Roberts of this city on Sunday last, September 30, 1894.


The old Guignon house on Fourth Street, occupied by Mr. Emile Thomure’s family, came near being destroyed by fire Thursday. The fire was discovered in the garret near the chimney just in the nick of time and was extinguished with a few buckets of water. A defective flue was the cause.


Miss Muehlsiepen, sister of Rev. Father Muehlsiepen of Lawrenceton and niece of the Vicar General of this diocese, died at her brother’s residence at Lawrenceton of typhoid fever at the age of twenty-four years, on Friday last, 28th inst. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Arcadia on  Monday 1st inst. She had been ill about two weeks.


A telegram was received here this week announcing the death of Mr. Valle LeClere of Galveston, Texas, son of Mrs. Mary LeClere of that city. Mr. LeClere was a nephew of Mrs. John L. Bogy and Mr. L. B. Valle of Ste. Genevieve.


Mary, the eight-year-old daughter of Edward Andre (colored) died in this city on Tuesday, October 2nd, 1894, of dropsy. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Wednesday.


Mrs. Ignatius Roth, Jr. aged 29 years, died at her home about eight miles from Ste. Genevieve on Saturday last, September 29, 1894, at seven o’clock P M., of typhoid fever. Mrs. Roth was a daughter of Mr. Roman Huck of this city and was married to Ignatius Roth in November, 1885. One child was born to them, a boy, who is still living. The funeral occurred Monday morning after a high mass had been sung for the repose of the soul by Rev. Father Ziegler. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring cemetery.


Died, at her residence in this city on Saturday, September 29, 1894, of consumption, Mrs. Pelagie Thomure, aged 66 years, 8 months and 15 days. Mrs. Thomure had been a sufferer from consumption for some time, but was confined in her bed only two weeks before her death. She was married to Mr. Paul Labruyere in 1858, and was the mother of five children.  Only one child survives here, Mrs. Joseph Ayers. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Monday morning at ten o’clock. Rev. Father Weiss assisted at the funeral ceremonies.


Miss Martha M. Thomure died at her mother’s residence in Ste. Genevieve on Sunday last, September 30, 1894, at 11:30 o’clock A. M., at the age of 20 years, 7 months and 5 days. Miss Thomure had been ill for several days with typhoid fever but her death Sunday, which resulted from heart failure, was sudden and unexpected. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Valle Spring on Tuesday morning after a mass had been said for the repose of her soul by Rev. Father Ziegler of St. Louis. The deceased was a member of the Young Ladies’ B. V. M. Sodality and the funeral was attended in a body by that Society.


Rozier Sketches.

The Old Town of Ste. Genevieve.

Don Francisco de Cartabona, a Spanish officer, becomes a military commandant at the old Post of Ste. Genevieve in the year 1778, whilst Don Francis Valle seted as Civil Commandant. Don Cartabona was then Lieutenant of the Louisiana Regiment of Infantry in Upper Louisiana. Owing to Indian troubles, the inhabitants of Ste. Genevieve appealed to Don Cortabona for protection against the savages, for the security of their homes, wives and children, by petition bearing date July 10th, 1779. Lieutenant Cartabona, owing to the death of Lieutenant Governor Lyba, took charge of Upper Louisiana, at St. Louis, June 10, 1780, until September 22, 1780, when he was relieved by Lieutenant Governor Cruzat, when Cartabona returned to Ste. Genevieve as a Spanish officer.


We here append the list and names of the original inhabitants of Ste. Genevieve in the year 1779:

Lauthe, Lalumendier,

Louis Courtois, DeBernier,

Louis Bolduc, Louis Lasource,

Jacob Courtois, Charles Valle fils,

Louis Lacombre, Pierre Carron,

Versailles, Louis Gravet,

Francis Valle fils, Francois Michauel,

Francois Aubin, Pierre Roy,

Joseph Joupert, Pierre Obuchon,

De Roussin, Pratte,

Leclere, Joseph Langelier,

Pierre Mesplait, Antoine Obuchon,

La V Truito, Lamme.

Fair Play, October 13, 1894

Married, in Minnith at the residence of Mr. Housend Kenner, the bride’s father, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1894, Mr. E. W. Geer to Miss Jennie Kenner.


Married, at the Catholic Church in this city on Wednesday, October 10, 1894, at 3:30 P.M., by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout, Miss Alice Boyer and Mr. Charles A. Baum, both of this city. The bride, who is a handsome and popular young lady, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli P. Boyer of this city, and the groom is the son of Mr. Christian Baum, the well known shoe dealer on Main street. A wedding supper was served at the residence of the bride’s parents after the marriage ceremony and the young couple took the steamer New Idlewild Wednesday evening for St. Louis from where they will go to Pueblo, Colorado, to reside in the future. The Fair Play wishes for them a life of sunshine and happiness.


While in St. Louis last week Mrs. Anthony Sucher underwent a very delicate operation. She had almost lost her sight from her right eye and was operated on by Dr. Calvin Lightner, a specialist on diseases of the eye. The operation was successful and Mrs. Sucher returned home Friday night. Dr. Lightner said if Mrs. Sucher had delayed the operation for several months she would have lost the use of her eye.


Mr. Edward J. Kern, formerly of this city, but now in business in St. Louis, was married in Alton last Wednesday, 10th inst., to Miss Sophia E. Bissinger of that city by Rev. Father Peters. Miss Lena Thomas acted as bridesmaid, while the groom’s brother, Leonard, served as best man.


Died, in St. Louis, Mo, of consumption, on Friday, October 5, 1894, Mrs. George Bond, Sr, aged 55 years and four months. Mrs. bond, whose maiden name was Catharine Bogy, was born in St. Francois county and was married to Mr. George Bond at St. Mary’s in 1858. Nine children, five boys and four girls, were born to them, all of whom are living. She had been a sufferer from consumption for many years and last March Mr. Bond moved his family from St. Mary’s to St. Louis thinking the change would be of benefit to his wife, but Mrs. Bond never rallied and passed away last Friday as stated above. The deceased was the mother of Mr. Sam Bond and a sister of Mr. John L. Bogy of our city. The remains were taken to St. Mary’s on the boat last Saturday evening and interred in the Catholic cemetery at that place on Sunday afternoon. Rev. Father Wagner performed the last sad rites.


Fair Play, October 20, 1894

Born, on Monday, October 15, 1894, to the wife of Mr. August Kern of Ste. Genevieve, twins--both boys.


Married, in this city, by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout, on Tuesday, October 16, 1894, Miss Mary Lajoie and Mr. B. Wagoner, both colored.


Southeast Missouri.


A move is afoot to establish a canning factory at Ironton.


The public schools of DeSoto have been closed as a precaution against the spread of diptheria. Several cases are reported from that town.


The glass works for the manufacture of beer bottles will soon be in operation at Festus. The stock has been nearly all subscribed, and a meeting of stockholders will be held this month to organize and begin operations. While it may not employ many men, it is an industry which will open the way for other works of a like character. The supply of the finest quality of white sand on the line of the Mississippi and Bonne Terre Railroad is inexhaustible.


B. Patterson of East Bonne Terre attempted to commit suicide at Farmington by taking rough on rats, and came very near succeeding.


Fair Play, October 27, 1894

Miss Ciel Schaaf and Mr. Frank Rozier of St. Mary’s were married at the Catholic Church at that place by Rev. Father Wagner on Wednesday morning, October 24th. Miss Annie Cox of this city was bridesmaid and Mr. Pratte Rozier, brother of the groom, acted as best man. After the marriage ceremony the young couple departed on a two week’s tour to Washington City, New York, NIagara Falls and elsewhere. The Fair Play extends congratulations and best wishes.


Born, on Wednesday, October 24, to Mrs. Fred Gisi, a son.


The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Moore of this city died on Thursday, October 25th.


Fair Play, November 3, 1894

Born, on Wednesday, October 31, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Francis L. Jokerst of this city, a daughter.


Twins, a boy and a girl, were born to the wife of Mr. Peter Weiler of this city on Monday, October 29th.


Diphtheria is raging in and around St. Mary’s. Two children of Mr. Robert V. Brown, Jr., died of that disease on Monday last.


Miss Mary Andre and Mr. William Oberle will be married in this city on Thursday next, November 8th, and invite the public to attend the wedding ball at Union Hall on the evening of that day.


The trial of McFadden and O’Neal, charged with attempting to blow open the safe of the St. Mary Mill Company last May, took place in the Circuit Court here last Saturday. Hon. Jasper N. Burks defended the prisoners and Attorneys Huck and Whitledge prosecuted the case. After the State’s testimony was in Attorney Burks filed a demurrer asking the judge to dismiss the case for want of sufficient evidence to convict. The demurer was sustained and the jury was instructed to bring in a verdict of not guilty. General F. A. Rozier presided as judge.


Mr. John Poston of Bloomsdale, who was so seriously injured last spring by being thrown from a buggy while on his way to the DeSoto convention, was in town last week attending Circuit Court. Although Mr. Poston is able to be up and around, he still feels the effects of his injuries and is unable to do any work.


Minnith News.

Born, to the wife of Mr. Ferdinand Litterst, Jr., on October 17, 1894, 11 1-2 lb daughter.


Fair Play, November 10, 1894

Born, on Sunday, November 4, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Joseph Vorst of this city, a daughter.


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meadows of this city died on Friday, 2nd inst., and was buried on Saturday.


Miss Mary Andre and Mr. William Oberle of this city were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at the Catholic Church on Thursday evening, November 8, 1894, at 6:30 o’clock, by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout.


The bride was attended by Misses Louise Andre, Katie Oberle and Lulu Dupont and the groomsmen were August Oberle, William Naumann and Walter Koehler. After the ceremony at Church a reception was held at the residence of the bride’s parents. The bridal party then repaired to Union Hall where a ball was given in their honor was in progress. The hall was crowded with friends of the young couple who came to offer congratulations and spend a merry evening in dancing. The newly wedded pair have our best wishes.


Mrs. Charles Fallert of Zell died at her home at that place on Saturday last, November 3rd, of typhoid fever, aged about forty years. The funeral took place from the Catholic Church at Zell on  Monday, Rev. Father Pigge officiating. The deceased leaves a husband and eight small children to mourn her loss.


Miss Lizzie Klein and Mr. Christian Naumann will be married on Wednesday next, November 15th, and invite the public to a ball at Union Hall on the evening of that day to be given in honor of their marriage.


Death of Two Old Citizens.

From the Farmington Times.


Andrew Jones, familiarly known as “Grand dad,” died at his his home near Hazel Run, October 26, 1894, of pneumonia, after an illness of only five days, aged 98 years, having almost reached the century mark. He came to this county from Virginia about forty years ago, and was highly respected by his neighbors and all who knew him. He was a man of sterling character, whose words was as good as his bond. His funeral took place Sunday, conducted by Judge A. C. McHenry and was largely attended.


Basil AuBuchon, another old and highly respected citizen of Marion township, died the same day, October 26th, at his home near French Village, aged 76 years. Mr. AuBuchon was a man of excellent character, and enjoyed the highest esteem of his neighbors and friends. The greater part of his life was spent in the community where he died, and he leaves a number of children and grandchildren.


A Double Funeral.

Mr. Robert Brown’s family who live about three miles from this place on the road leading to Perryville have been sorely afflicted within the past few days days. It is a sad thing to follow one of our loved ones to the grave but when one is called upon to give two at one time the affliction becomes almost unbearable. At 12:30 Sunday morning, Mr. Brown’s youngest daughter, Carrie, aged 7 years, 5 months and 18 days, was called from this earth after a painful illness of but a few days; and on Tuesday morning at 2 o’clock, his oldest daughter, Ada, aged 9 years, 4 months and 28 days, followed her sister. Both were interred in the same grave at the Cambron Cemetery. The dread disease which carried them off was diphtheria. Mr. Brown still has another child, a little boy, sick with the disease, but hopes are entertained for his recovery.  The family has the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.--St. Mary’s Progress.


Last Tuesday evening about eight o’clock, Walter Woods and Mrs. Laura Wagoner were united in the holy bonds of matrimony upon the center of the suspension bridge over the Current river at Van Buren. Judge Moss performed the ceremony while editor Munger acted as chief witness in the drama.


Fair Play, November 17, 1894

Miss Philomene Lalumondiere and Mr. August Schilly were married on Tuesday last, November 13, 1894, at the Catholic Church at Bloomsdale by Rev. Father Helmbacher.


Married, on Wednesday, November 14, 1894 at the Catholic Church in this city by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout, Miss Annie Grass and Mr. Frank Samson.


From Wednesday’s St. Louis papers we learn that a marriage license has been issued to Rudolph L. Klein and Elizabeth Schwartz.


George, the ten-year-old son of John Brooks (colored) died on Wednesday, November 14th, of typhoid fever.


Mr. Charles Hauck and wife, Mrs. Otto Hogenmiller and George Seitz came over from Prairie du Rocher Wednesday to attend the marriage of Miss Lizzie Klein and Mr. Christian Naumann.


The marriage of Miss Elizabeth Klein and Mr. Christian J. Naumann occurred on Wednesday morning, November 14, at the Catholic Church, Rev. Father van Tourenhout performing the ceremony. A wedding dinner was served at the residence of the bride’s parents and at night a ball was given at Union Hall where many friends gathered to offer the happy couple


Bloomsdale News.

Died, on Wednesday, November 7, 1894, of typhoid fever, Jesse Labruyere, aged 17 years and 13 days.

On the 12th he was followed by his mother, Mrs. Louis Labruyere of the same sickness and at the age of 35 years, 2 months and 3 days. Jesse was a steady and hard working young man. He was no ted as an obedient boy to his parents, and was a model to his companions.


Mrs. Labruyere, who deserved the praise of the community as a kind and charitable women, is deeply grieved by all her neighbors. She was the daughter of Mr. Louis LaRose. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn over her grave. They both died happy in the scared rights of the Catholic Church of which they they were faithful mem- The bereaved family have the sympathy of the whole community in their sad loss. Both funerals took place before a large concourse of friends and relatives. May they rest in that peach which God alone can give.


Fair Play, November 24, 1894

Born, on Sunday November 18, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Henry Flieg of Ste. Genevieve, a daughter.


Miss Lizzie Langlois, sister of Capt. John Langlois, a prominent river captain, died suddenly at Cape Girardeau, last Saturday.


From Sunday’s St. Louis papers we learn that a marriage license was granted to Mr. Otto T. Gohlke and Miss Mary Kuehne, both of that city.


Sheriff Charles H. Biel and Miss Sophie Petrequin were married in St. Louis on Tuesday last, 20th inst. They arrived in Ste. Genevieve on the steamer Clyde Thursday night.


Mr. George H. Scott, son of George D. and Louise E. Scott, died of consumption at Pueblo, Colorado, on Thursday, November 15, 1894. Mr. Scott formerly lived in Ste. Genevieve, but was a resident of Dubuque, Iowa, at the time of his death.


Died, at Bloomsdale, on Sunday, November 18, 1894, of typhoid pneumonia, Eva Labruyere, aged 12 years, 2 months and 18 days. The remains were interred Monday morning before a large concourse of friends and relatives. This is the third death which occurred in Mr. Louis Labruyere’s family in the course of eleven days.


Died, on Monday, November 19, 1894, of typhoid fever, Mr. Henry Hoog, aged about 26 years. Mr. Hoog, who lived on a farm near Bois Brule in Perry county, contracted the fever while nursing his brother at this place some time ago. He had only been married a short time and leaves a young wife to mourn his loss. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Tuesday after a funeral High Mass had been sung for the repose of the soul by Rev. Father van Tourenhout.


Circuit Court is in session at Farmington, Judge Fox is unable to be present, owing to the serious illness of his son, and Judge William Carter is holding court. The most important case last week was the suit brought by Mrs. Samuel Benham against Judge William Taylor for $5000, for the loss of her husband at Taylor’s mine, on Flat River. He was injured at the mine of January 8, and died in a few days from the effects of his injuries or blood poisoning. The trial lasted several days, and resulted in a hung jury. There will be a new trial.


Mary, the five-year-old daughter of Prof. Wm. McClintock and wife, was born in St. Francois county, and died at Libertyville, Mo., October 22, 1894. Her little body was buried at the family burying ground, amid a large concourse of relatives and friends, with the consciousness that another spirit, of whom the Savior said, “Of such is the kingdom of Heaven,” had been transplanted to a fairer clime than this.  HIs beautiful precious little life was cut short by an incurable disease but to be forever removed from all diseases and the sad allotment of this life.


Fair Play, December 1, 1894

Born, on Friday, November 23, 18984, to the wife of Mr. Henry Baumgartner of this city, a daughter.


Caroline, daughter of Mr. William Cambron, Jr., of St. Mary’s, aged 5 years, 4 months and 24 days, died of diphtheria on Friday, November 16, 1894.


Miss Annie Karl and Mr. Benjamin Effrein of this city were married at the Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 27, at 4 o’clock P. M. by Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout. The bride was assisted by Misses Julia Karl, Louise Effrein and Stella Naumann and the groomsmen were Peter Effrein, Henry Virgilio and Leo Karl. A wedding supper was served at the residence of the groom’s parents and at night a free ball was given at Union Hall.


Price Ditch, a former resdent of this county was murdered at Festus last Monday. This account of murder is from the St. Louis Republic: The saloon of Ditch and Williams at Festus, Mo., was burned at about 2 o’clock Monday morning, the loss being about $2,000. The charred body of Price Ditch, one of the proprietors, was found in the cellar with a pistol ball through the head. Ditch slept in the saloon. It is thought that the guilty party called him up to get in for drink and then murdered him for his money, setting fire to the building to conceal the crime. The body was found in a corner near the bar, while his bed was in the opposite corner, showing that he was not asleep. He was known to have about $500 in his possession, but no money can be found. The murdered man leaves a wife and small baby. The officials are following up several clews in the hope of catching the guilty party.


Death of Miss Lizzie Langlois.

Died, in this city, at 11:30 A. M., on the 17th inst., Miss Lizzie Langlois. The  deceased was a member of one of the oldest and most respected families of the Cape and the sad intelligence of her death fell like a thunderbolt among her many friends. A few days ago she could look forward to many years on earth--today she lies low, stricken down by the fell destroyer. Death’s Angel came swiftly but gently--looked into the loving eyes and softly pressed down the lids to rest. Miss Lizzie will long be remembered for her amiability and gentle dignity. She possessed all the virtues that adorn the true christian woman and died consoled by the solemn rites of the Catholic church of which faith she was a constant member. Her funeral took place from St. Vincent’s church Sunday at 3 P. M., and was attended by a large number of sorrowing friends.--Cape Girardeau Democrat.


Fair Play, December 8, 1894

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bernhardt Grieshaber one day last week.


Born, on Friday, November 30, 1894,to the wife of Mr. Eloy Papin of this city, a son.


Our county has lost one of its best citizens in the sad death of Mr. William H. McClintock, whose obituary appears elsewhere in this issue.


The wife of Col. Richard Dalton, Collector of Customs in St. Louis, died at her home in New London, Mo., last Monday.


A son was born to the wife of Mr. Felix M. Hogenmiller, the New Offenburg merchant, on Sunday, November 25th.


Miss Louise Pratte, daughter of Mr. B. S. Pratte of Minnith, was married on Sunday last to Mr. James Field of that place.


The sale of the personal property of Mrs. Odile Valle, deceased, took place last Wednesday, 5th inst. There was some lively bidding and the property brought about three times the amount set upon it by the appraisers.


Noah Cozzens was tried by a jury in Probate Judge Koehler’s court last Tuesday and adjudged insane. He was conveyed to the asylum at Fulton on Wednesday by Joseph Vorst and Joseph Huber.


Died, on Sunday, December 3, 1894,of pneumonia, George, the four month’s old child of Dr. and Mrs. G. M. Rutledge. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Monday afternoon, Rev. Father van Tourenhout officiating.


A marriage license was issued at Farmington last week to Martin Maynard and Mrs. Malinda Pigg. The bride is a widow of forty years of age, while the groom is a boy of only eighteen, who brought the written consent of his father to the Circuit Court so he could secure a license.


Minnith News.

Born to the wife of Tom Heberlie on November 14, a girl.


Miss Louise Pratte was married to Mr. James Field at the residence of Mr. B. S. Pratte on Sunday, December 2nd.



McClintock:-William H. McClintock was born September 22, 1850, and died November 30, 1894, aged 44 years, one month and 22 days. He was only confined to his bed about two weeks, although he suffered intensely for at least four weeks previous to his death. He was teaching the Libertyville school and for several reasons was loath to give it up, but when he did he realized that he had taught his last school, and when we brought him home he told the doctor that it was useless to give him medicine; that he felt that his work was ended; that he was tired and only needed rest. He also said that it seemed that his little Mary, whom he had only buried a few short weeks ago, was holding out her little hands and calling for papa to come home. Mr. McClintock was married three times. By his first and second unions he had two sons, one from each wife. Both sons are living. By his last union he only had one child, who with the one other little rose bud by his second wife,  have gone to blossom and await his coming in that land where heartaches are never felt and where they may have what he so long desired, REST.  William’s life was short as we count years, but in his life was crowded more troubles, heartaches sorrows and sufferings than in many a man’s life of twice so many years. Having been afflicted for the last fifteen years with heart trouble and therefore not being able to work, he has had a great deal of financial and mental trouble, but through it all, as only one of God’s children could have borne it,  having professed religion in his youth, he learned to live on the promises of his Saviour. (editorial not fully transcribed).  He belonged to no secret order except the Odd Fellows of which he has been a faithful member for about twenty years.


Bounded and Gagged

From the Republic.

Festus, Mo., Dec. 3--This morning at 10 o’clock, a man entered the house of Charles Houghton and asked for a small piece of rope. Mrs. William Carter, a married daughter of  Mr. Houghton, who happened to be the only one in the house at the time, gave him the rope, thinking that he was going to do some work for the man next door.


She was at once seized by the man, bound and gagged. In that state she was found by neighbors, who were alarmed by her screams. She described the robber as tall and of dark complexion, with black clothes and black slouch hat.  After investigation, it was found that he had taken $10, a gold watch and some valuable papers. No trace of the robber has yet been found.


Fair Play, December 15, 1894

Born, on Sunday, December 9, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Frank Ruebsam of Ste. Genevieve, a son.


Died, suddenly of heart failure, on Sunday, December 9, 1894, at her home near Ste. Genevieve, Mrs. Julia Williams, (colored) aged about seventy-five years. The deceased resided for the last thirty four years in the family of the Misses Chadwell where she was highly esteemed, as also by those who knew her.


Divorced from Her Dead Husband.

A decree was made during the recent term of the Circuit Court annulling the marriage of Ranson A. Walker and Margaret Walker of Bonne Terre, and authorizing Mrs. Walker to resume her former name of Margaret Marler. Walker and Mrs. Marler were married twenty-three years ago, and after his death, in 1891, it was learned that he had another living wife, to whom he was married in 1842. Previous to her marriage to Walker, Mrs. Marler was drawing a pension for the death of her first husband, and on learning that her last marriage was illegal, she applied for restoration of her pension as the widow of J. J. Marler, her first husband. Under a rule of Pension Commissioner Lochran, it was held that this could be done after the last marriage had been declared void by a decree of court. Suit was accordingly instituted and the decree has been granted. It is believed that this is the first case of the kind on record. --Globe Democrat.


Fair Play, December 22, 1894

The remains of Rev. Father Elias Lebreton, who died in St. Louis on Wednesday, 19th inst, were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery at this place Friday morning.


The oldest couple ever committed to the County jail at Poplar Bluff were placed behind the bars Tuesday morning, charged with hog-stealing. Samuel Pryor and Kate Pryor husband and wife, aged 70 and 65 years, are the prisoners.


The two men arrested on suspicion of being the persons implicated in the murder of Price Ditch and the arson of his saloon had their preliminary hearing before ‘Squire Osterwald. The ‘Squire released both of them on the ground of insufficient testimony, but Prosecuting Attorney Dearing wanted them held a few days longer till better evidence could be obtained. Two persons, a man and a woman, were arrested on a flat boat near Cape Girardeau a few days since on the same suspicion, but we have not learned the further result. The state and county should offer good rewards for the arrest of the perpetrators of this heinous crime.-DeSoto Gazette.

The West Plains Gazette says that Harry Morgan, aged 17 years, living near Dearborn, Platte county, was in the habit of sleeping with his mouth open, and that recently one night, a full grown mouse entered his mouth, went down his throat, cut the lining off his stomach, causing the boy’s death. A post mortem examination revealed the mouse in the stomach and the lining lacerated.


Minnith News.

Vincent Cambron purchased the Will Brown tract of land from Mr. Henry L. Rozier of Ste. Genevieve this week. Consideration, $12 per acre.


Born, to the wife of Mr. James Nelson, on Sunday, December 16, a son.


Fair Play, December 29, 1894

Born, on Friday, December 28, 1894, to the wife of Mr. Henry L. Rozier of this city, a son.


The funeral of Seward Burke, one of the oldest insurance agents of St. Francois county, took place from the Catholic Church at Farmington, Wednesday afternoon.


Mrs. Celestin Roillot died at her home near Quarrytown last Saturday, aged about 70 years. The remains were interred in the Valle Spring Catholic cemetery on Monday, 24th inst, after a funeral High Mass had been sung for the repose of the soul by  Rev. Father C. L. van Tourenhout.


Died, on December 22, 1894, at the residence of her son-in-law, Dr. Theo. Hermann, in Zell, Mrs. Suliana Haffner, at the age of 76 years, four months and two days, in consequence of concussion of the brain, occasioned by a fall on the ice early this month.


She was the daughter of privy-counseller, Baron of Bibra, born August 20, 1818, at the castle of Schwebheim (Bavaria).  At the age of 16 she married Dr. Haffner of Chingen (Wurtemburg), who died in 1864 at Dornhan (Black forest).  In 1873 she came to America to stay with her daughter. Now and then she paid a visit of longer or shorter duration to her son, Dr. Haffner in Herman, Mo.  R. I. P.


Miss Genevieve Lee, 21023 Olive, and John W. Karsch, Farmington, Mo., were united in marriage by Dr. John Matthews of Centenary Methodist Church; on Wednesday, at 8 p. m. Miss Lee is well known as a teacher in the Centenary Sunday School. Mr. Karsch is a prominent merchant of Farmington. The bridesmaids, all nieces of the bride, were: Misses Ada Burnett, Minnie Taylor and Lettie Harmon. The groomsmen were: Wm, Lang, Jacob Rausch and Karl Chambers.--Chronicle.

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