From Various Newspapers

News Article - from the Aug. 22, 1902, Vernon Journal
An Old Settlers' Meeting - An old settlers' meeting will be held in Jefferson County near Volga on the Madison and Deputy pike, August 30. A novel program is being arranged composed of Monologues and impersonations. The speakers will be Hon. J.C. Faris of Vernon, Rev. Wm. Rapp of Lovett, Rev. J.S. Campbell of Paris, Hon. Marcus Snizer and Joe Cravens of Madison.

News Article - from the Vernon Journal - Friday, Sept. 16, 1902
Soldiers Examined - The following soldiers were examined by the pension board at North Vernon last week. J.W. Forshee, Madison, IN.; Peter Barrar, Madison, IN.; Andrew Willick, Madison, IN.; D.H.C. Means, North Madison, IN.; Wm. Muster, Commiskey, IN.; F.M. Ulory, Rexville, IN.; Jackson Beswick, Nabbs, IN.; Hiram Pendergast. Osgood, IN.; D.W. Elsburry, Osgood, IN.; Samuel McClelland, Dupont, IN.; Edward Feettz, Westport, IN.

Madison Courier - Friday September 30, 1983 Column They Said and Did in West Jefferson by Frank Baker
    Seventy-five years ago last Tuesday the Dupont Methodist Church was formally dedicated. Details of the ceremony are given in the September 1908 issue of the Madison Courier. The dedication took place on a Sunday with an all-day meeting. It began with a "love feast" followed by a sermon by the Rev. W.S. Bovard, resident of Moore's Hill College. Ater he finished speaking Mr. Bovard told the overflow congregation that here was still an indeptedness of $480 on the church building. He asked those present to pledge the amount necessary to liquidate the debt. In just 23 minutes the congregation was subscribed the sum of $560. As soon as these pledges were made known, the ceremony of dedication proceeded with the Rev. C.C. Edwards of Moore's Hill officiating.
     After the dedication a dinner was served in the basement of the new church where there were tables and seats for 120 people.
    In the afternoon the Rev. Mr. Edwards preached a rousing evangelistic sermon. At each of the three services during the day the sanctuary was crowed to the doors and people were turned away. A most enjoyable feature of the services, according to the Courier article, was the "splendid singing of the choir composed of 20 of Dupont's singers with Mr. Cissna of Indianapolis leading and Mrs. Mayme Wagner Shepherd at the organ.
    "A most beautiful part of the morning service was a duet by Misses Mary Faulkner and Lida Donnely whiles in the evening Mr. Cissna introduced an innovation...He requested the choir to sing the words of a hymn while the congregation joined in the chorus, the ladies singing the words and the men whistling the notes. The effect was novel and pleasing."
    Five ministers were present for the day's activities including the pastor, the Rev. A.L. Williams. They included the Rev. Homer Manuel of Patriot, a former pastor at Dupont, and the Rev. W.F. Wagner of the Baptist church as well as those already named.
    The Courier reporter describes the new building "The new church is of brick with limestone trimming on a concrete foundation. It has a basement and furnace heat; the ceiling is arched and sealed with steel, stamped in a pleasing design and handsomely painted."
    "The floor is raised ten inches higher at the rear than at the pulpit and the auditorium may be divided into two parts by a sliding partition. The acoustic properties of the building seem to be absolutely perfect, a word spoken in an ordinary tone being heard distinctly at the remotest part of the room."
    The yard has been enclosed with a handsome woven wire fence and concrete walks, laid from the front gate to the church doors and the trustees are preparing to lay a concrete pavement the full length of the chruch property on the street. The old church which was removed to make room for the beautiful new building was erected in 1851 and was dedicated by Bishop Simpson."
    Actually the church had its beginnings about a mile south of its present location. It was located on the edge of the James Rector farm. In 1851 members of this church combined with residents of the Dupont settlement to organize the Dupont Church.
    The church was in existance when General Morgan's men came through the area in July, 1863. Green Johnson, according to Charles Heberhard recalled what happened: "When Morgan's men rode up to the then comparatively new church, folks standing about gaping at these fearsome rebel soldiers fully expected them to rip up some of the board walk in front ot the church and make fires with it and do it lots of damage."
    But when the troopers came to the church one asked what church it was and was told that it was Methodist. He is said to have replied: "Go keerful, lads. This is a good old Methody church like we have back home.: The church was used for quartering Morgan's men but the building was not harmed.
    Dupont not only had a new church in 1908; it was also promised a new skating rink and a moving picture show. The Courier correspondent wrote "With the assurance of fourteen miles of pike roads leading into our town we can afford to put on city airs and Madison and North Vernon may as well prepare for annexation to Greater Dupont."
    There was more happening in Dupont 75 years ago. J.B. McConnell's new store building was nearing completion. It was two stories high. Frank Nichols was in charge of the carpenters. And T.W. Bland was about to build a warehouse for storing fertilizer.
    Still all was not well in Dupont. Col. Sam Elliott was nursing a very sore wrist, the effects of a slight accident with his automobile on Labor Day, says the Madison Courier, which commented: "Uncle Sam should put a curb rein, sissor bit, and hopples on his machine until he gets it thoroughly under control." Remember, this happened in 1908!

North Vernon Plain Dealer - January 11, 1877
Letter From Deputy
    After a somewhat extended trip through Kentucky we returned home to find the Plain Dealer much enlarged, and also having on a new dress. With thanks and kind wishes to its former Editor we congratulate your readers in that, that you have returned to its editorship again. Success to you and a Happy New Year to all.     So far as we were able to see, there is less excitement in Kentucky over the result of the election, than here. They say the South has had enough of war, are not disposed to bring on a fight, and are not prepared if they wanted to. They say if the President of the Senate counts 185 votes for Hayes, let him be inaugurated. They are willing to let the majority rule. May the time soon come when this will be the sentiment of every American citizen. In Kentucky an honorable gentleman of either party is more respected than here.
    Our town is still improving in property and population. Would we could say as much for its morals.
    George N. Hart has moved into his new house, but it is not entirely finished.
    Frank and Charlie Wilson are home from Moores Hill, spending Holiday vacation.
    A protracted meeting is in progress at Pisgah church, conducted by the Rev. Jordon. Some of the Y.M.C.A. brethern have been sent for.
    An infant child of Isaac Sampson, was buried in the Mt. Carmel cemetery on the 2nd. They buried one about one year ago, in the same cemetery.
    James Brower of Harrison Co. Missouri, and son of Mr. Adam Brower of your county, paid us a visit last week. He had been absent twenty-three years and of course there was great rejoicing among his numerous friends. On the evening of New Year's day, he left us for Jefferson city, being re-elected to the State Legislature. He informed us, two years ago there were but twenty Republican Representatives in his state Legislature, and this year forty-two. Mr. & Mrs. Brower may well be proud of their first born. W.

North Vernon Banner Plain Dealer - January 6, 1897
    Frank Buchanan has gone west to seek employment.
    The Field's family has moved from here to Will Short's.
    A family by the name of Lewis has rented the property recently vacated by Albert Wells and family.
    James Blocher and family have left the farm and are now living here, in the property formerly occupied by Ed. Davis.
    Fred Nay has returned from Louisville where a surgical operation was performed upon him for appendicitis. He is doing well.
    Albert Pheasant and mother came her from Bordon to spend a portion of the holidays. Albert is going to school there and is much pleased with the instructors.
    The literary society gives promise of being a success. Tonight the subject for discussion is Female Sufferage; affirmative, Prof. Carr and T.S. Roseberry; negative, J.D. Robertson and Hiram Foster.

North Vernon Banner Plain Dealer - January 25, 1876
    Mack Jordon, formerly of this place, but more recently of Alpha, has quit this part of the mortal vineyard and hied away to parts unknown, leaving his creditors to get along as best they can without him.
    At Pisgah church 1/2 mile east of here, on Saturday at 1 o'clock p.m. January 30th, there will be a singing by the "Old Folks" in the fa so la's led by Wesley T. Whitsitt. All are invited to come, and bring their old books.

North Vernon Banner Plain Dealer - February 2, 1876
    The weather is again opening up and begins to look fine for this time of the year.
    The creeks were on a tear last Tuesday. They were higher than they have been know for years, as several old water marks were drowned out.
    The population of this city is still increasing.
    L.W. Brower and wife are papa and mama of another fine little girl.
    Wrape and Co. are working about 40 men in their quarry at present. There is a strong belief that another quarry will be started near this place very soon. We can't say how true this may be.

North Vernon Banner Plain Dealer - February 5, 1890
Deputy Letter     John L. Harrod is yet alive, but very low. A short time now will decide his fate one way or the other. His sickness dates back to last Thursday night, three weeks ago, at which time he was taken with a chill.....
    Rev. A.M. Louden preached in the M.E. Church last Sabbath to a very small congregation....
    The case of James Monroe vs the O.& M.R.R. Co. is now on trial at Madsion. The amount of damages claimed by Mr. Monroe is $20,000. A great many of our citizens are there as witnesses....
    Hiram Foster has just returned home with a thorough-bred imported Clyde filly, two and one-half years old, weighing 1600 lbs, purchased from a Lafayette importing Co. She is certainly one of the most powerful specimens of the horse kind ever exhibited in this part of the counrty. Mr. Foster is a great lover of fine stock. "Echo Farm" is the euphonious name he has given his home, and on his farm may be seen his Clyde and Cleveland Bay horses, Short Horn cattle, Hampshire, Oxford and Cotswold sheep. Mr. Foster is one of the wide awake, enterprising farmers of this township, and is very fortunate in the fact of the "tother half" of himself being the best part of the business. We hope many other farmers will emulate his example.

North Vernon Banner Plain Dealer - February 5, 1890
     Madsion Banner - May 28, 1845
MURDER-A most horrid murder was committed on the old Paris road, in Hanover township, about five miles from this city, on the night of Saturday last, shortly after sundown. The victim was John Licklighter, and the murder is supposed to be James McMillan, a young man about 25 years of age, and son of James McMillan, who removed from Pennsylvania into this county about two or three years ago. The son never resided in the county until within a few weeks since, he having been previously engaged as a bar keeper at one of the hotels in Cincinnati. Licklighter was some thirty-five years of age, and was raised in the neighborhood in which he was killed.
    On Saturday morning, John Licklighter, and Washington Licklighter, his brother, together with McMillan, came into the city. During the day a difficulty arose between Washington and McMillan, which resulted in a fight; for which they were tried before the Mayor, and both fined. Afterwards angry words passed between McMillan and John Licklighter. McMillan is a small man; and it is the opinion of those who witnessed their quarrels, that the Licklighters were mostly in the wrong, though each of the three were supposed to be more or less intoxicated-Previous to starting home in the evening, McMillan snatched a butcherknife from the shelf of McMillan & Gillespie,, throwing a piece of money on the counter in payment, without asking the price. About eight o'clock, on the same evening, McMillan and John Licklighter were seen together near the house of Fountain Thurman, a colored man. In short time afterwards, groans were heard by Thurman's family; and on proceeding to the spot whence they came, they found Licklighter already dead-having received seven wounds about the neck, head and face- A Coroner's inquest was held over the body on Sunday morning-the Jury returning a verdict in accordance with the above statement.
    The knife was found not far from the spot where the murder was committed-He crossed the river near London on Sunday evening, and supped at Bedford that night. Sheriff Rea is in pursuit of him. He is in no way related to the partner in the firm of McMillan & Gillespie.

Madison Republican Banner July 1, 1846
Sons of Temperance
Officers of Madison Divison, No. 8, Sons of Temperance, for the ensuing quarter.
H.C. Sanxay, P.W.P.
E.S. Ayers, W.P.
G. Taylor, W.A.
J.H. Westcott, R.S.
J.H. Taylor, A.R.S.
T.L. Paine, F.S.
H. Curtis, T.
L.J. Adams, C.
C.S. Wells, A.C.
J.H. Stewart, O.S.

Madison Indiana Republican June 12, 1833
    To Elizabeth Mitchell, widow of Michael Mitchell deceased, Sally Stucker widow of John Stucker deceased, late Sally Mitchell, Lucy Ann Tull, Susan Catharine Tull & William H. Tull, heirs of Polly Tull, late Polly Mitchell, David Mitchell, Alexander Mitchell, Samuel H. Mitchell, Eliza Jane Mitchell, and John Preston Mitchell, heirs and legal representatives of Michael Mitchell ded'd.
    You are here by notified that on the first day of the next Tern of the Jefferson Probate Court, or as soon thereafter as said court will hear the same, I will apply to said court to appoint 3 disinterested freeholders to partition among the owners and proprietors thereof, the following tracts of land, viz: The N. E. quarter of section 29, in Town 5, north, Range 10, East, also the S.E. quarter of Section 20, in T 5, Range 10 east, lying and being in the county of Jefferson and State of Indiana, and in the District of land offered for sale at Jeffersonville, and to make report there of according to law.
William H. Mitchell May 1, 1833

    To John P. Paul, William Hendricks, Sarah Paul, Sarah Stevenson, William Robinson, S.S. Gillet, John Dubach, Alexander D. Ewing, Alois Bachman, Jacob Burnet, John McIntyre, John Buhler, Geo. W. Leonard, Joseph Canby, John Hainey, and Abraham King.
    You will please to take notice, that on Wednesday the 24th day of July, 1833, (to be continued from day to day until completed) between the hours of 8 o'clock, A.M. and 6 P.M. of each day, at the Court House in the town of Madison, Indiana, before Michael G. Bright, one of the masters in Chancery for the county of Jefferson, we shall proceed (in pursuance of an order of the Jefferson Circuit Court at their Session in March last) to take the depositions of John Sering, Samuel Ledgerwood, George Waggoner, George Waggoner Jr., John Vawter, James Vawter, Mathew Wise, David Cummins, Jonathan Lyons, Samuel Marcus, Senr., Jesse Vawter, William Vawter, Henry Restine, Joshua Wilkinson, Dawson Blackmore, Lewis Waggoner, John H. Waggoner and others, to be read in evidence in a certain suit which is expected to be instituted in the Jefferson Circuit Court, Indiana, wherein the trustees of the town of Madison are expected to be plaintiffs or complainants & you defendants, in a suit involving title to all the land lying South of High street in the town of Madison to low water mark in the Ohio river, East of West street, and West of East st., in said town, both extended to low water mark in the said river, to which property the said trustees derive title by virtue of a donation or reservation made by the proprietors of Madison to the citizens of said town for a public common, at which time and place you are requested to attend and cross examine said witnesses if you see proper.
The Trustees of the Town of Madison
By J.F. D. Lanier - their Attorney in Fact - June 25, 1833

Madison Republican Banner -- January 15, 1845
I owe an apology for waiting so long before saying any thing concerning my name being in the Republican Banner of May 22d last as the anti-temperance candidate for the State Legislature. I would now say to my friends and the public in general, that I have been trying to handle those who so wantonly assailed me with gloves, because two of them were brethren, and because I profess myself, to be a Book man: As I hope Christ has forgiven me so also do ye---Paul to the Colossians, 3d chapter, and part of the 13th verse.    WILSON MONCRIEF.    January 9, 1845

Whereas, the above named Wilson Moncrief's name was inserted in the Banner of May 23d last, I hereby certify as one of "many Voters," that we did it without his knowledge, and that we had no intention of injuring said Moncrief's character, either religiously or politically.
Oct. 5th, 1844

As one of the "Many Voters" who caused Wilson Moncrief's name to be inserted in the Republican Banner of May last, as an anti-temperance candidate for the State Legislature, I would say to the public, that I am sorry that I had any participation in such an unthoughted deed or act. Wm. H. Jackson Dec. 31st, 1844

I have taken out Letters Testamentary upon the Estate of Tubman Malcom, late of Jefferson county, Indiana, now deceased.-The estate is solvent. All persons indebted to said estate will make payment without delay--- and all persons having claims against the same will please present them for settlement.
Of the last Will of Tubman Malcom, decd.    Jan 15, 1845

Tax sale Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana
Deputy Henry Sr. N R, lot No 103 O T commencing at a prime corner, formed by main and second streets; thence south with main street 18 feet; thence east 35 feet; thence north 18 feet to second street; thence west along second street to the place of beginning. Also 28 feet on 2d street by 35 feet deep-taxes for 1843 $3.25, and for 1844 $4.75.

STATE OF INDIANA -- Jefferson Circuit Court
Patrick O'Neil vs Mary O'Neil } IN CHANCERY for Divorce
BE IT REMEMBERED, That the said Complainant, having heretofore filed in the Clerk's Office of said Court his Bill of complaint praying a Divorce, and having this day filed the affidavit of a disinterested person, setting forth and stating therein that said Mary O'Neil is not at this time a resident of the State of Indiana; Notice is therefore hereby given the said Mary O'Neil, that unless she be and personally appear here on or before the first day of the next term of said Court, to be holden on the fourth Monday in March next, wither by herself or counsel, enter her appearance herein, and plead, answer or demur to said Bill, the same will be taken as confessed against her, and heard and determined in her absence.
Given under my ahdn and the seal of said Court, at Madison, this 14th day of January, A.D. 1845


Dupont Column - Vernon Journal-October 9, 1903
    Mrs. Mary Litteral of Wirt visited Mrs. Harry Wood Sunday.
    There was a surprise social on Misses Maud and Mary Faulkner Friday evening.
    Scott Williams went to North Vernon Sunday morning.
    A.W. Lindsay and Walla Lockman was up to St. Magdalene recently.
    Mr. and Mrs. Jess Higgens and family visited Chas. Fewells Sunday.
    Miss Nellie Fewell went to Indianapolis to work in the insane asylum.
    Guy Johnson went to Indianapolis to work.
    Jasper Boyer and family returned home Sunday.
    Mrs. Dr. Flanders and son were at North Vernon last week.
    Esquire Hughes was in Madsion on business Saturday.
    Misses Ledocia Allen and Ermall Johnson visited San Jacinto recently.
    C.L. Steadman was at North Vernon Saturday.
    Those who attended the carnival at Columbus last week from here were Mr. and Mrs. Morris Cohee, Mrs. Fannie Hall, Mrs. Frank Nichols and Mrs. C.L. Steadman.
    Geo. Stanley was doing business at North Vernon last week.
    Mrs. Mayme Shepherd returned from North Vernon Saturday night.

Vernon Journal-Friday January 8, 1904
    Tuesday morning about 9 o'clock Larkin Doyle a young lad of 19 years shot and wounded Archie Eaglin aged 45 because of some trivial difficulty the two had while engaged in cutting ice for George W. Graston.
    The affair took place 1 mile north of Dupont at the Custer pond and was witnessed by John Shepherd, James Johnson, Joe Martin, Tom Lander, Jesse Tempe, Clyde Foulkner, John Palmer and Bob Johnson. It seems that Doyle and Eaglin had been "joshing" one another during the morning and had gone over to the nearby fire to warm when all of a sudden the report of a pistol startled the other workmen. They dashed toward the two men but before reaching them Doyle had fired again sending the ball deep in Eaglin's breast and had the pistol pressed against his victim's temple ready for the third shot when Frank Spurlock snatched the pistol from his hand. All was confusion and Doyle escaped, leaving behind his overcoat.
    The first shot fired by Doyle grazed Mr. Eaglin's temple and then it was that they grappled. The second shot entered Eaglin's s breast and he started to fall. Doyle wanted to complete the job and if Mr. Spurlock had been an instant later he would have succeeded.
    The citizens of Dupont are indignant because they looked upon Mr. Eaglin as a hardworking honest man and young Doyle as a knock about from Kentucky. Mr. Doyle is also from Kentucky but has lived in Dupont about 10 years. He has a wife and 7 children and they depended upon the father for their daily bread.
    As soon as the shooting occured the men carried Mr. Eaglin into a nearby house and Dr. Frank Lewis was called. He probed for the bullet but did not succeed in extracting it.
    The pistol used by Doyle was of 38 calibre.
    Last summer Doyle had a difficulty with a colored man named Cook and Cook gave him a good beating with a bicycle pump.
    After Doyle's escape the authorities at Madison and Sheriff Orrell of this county were notified. They began a search and in the afternoon the deputy sheriff of Jefferson county and the marshall of Dupont located Doyle in the home of Andy Baker about two miles from the scene of the scene of the shooting. He escaped from the house and started to run but the officers covered him with their guns and he surrendered. He was then taken to Madison and placed in jail.
    Sheriff Orrell was instructed to look for the man in North Vernon as it was said he was in hiding there, but it proved to be a mistake.

Dupont Column - Vernon Journal-Friday January 15, 1904
    Geo. Stanley visited at home Sunday.
    Phillip Giltner and Oris Rutledge of Lancaster was in town Saturday evening.
    Thos. Lander was a Butlerville on business one day last week.
    Dr. Vincent Shepherd succeeded in extracting a bullet from Arch Eglan's shoulder.
    Several of the boys went to Madison last week to attend the grand jury on the case of Larkin Doyle for shooting Arch Eglan.
    Dr. C.G. Edwards held quarterly meeting at this place Sunday and Monday.
    There was a dance at the house of J.D. Tottens Saturday night.
    It is reported that Rural Route 2, out of Commiskey will start on the road east of here about the 15th.
    Rev. R.F. Ward is holding protracted meeting at his place. Meeting all week everyone invited to attend and bring someone else.
    Rev. H.R. Smith filled his regular appointment here Sunday.
    Marion McQuithy was in Brewersville vicinity recently.
    The D. of R. installed their officers Wednesday last.

Deputy Letter - North Vernon Plain Dealer - October 9, 1889     Adam Brower, of Lovett, who is 87 years old, is visiting friends here.
    Mrs. W.C. McClellan is still on the sick list but is thought to be improving at this writing.
    A case of well developed measles is in town and many school children and others were in contact with it before the fact was known. But few here have had the disease and this one case has created a sensation.
    Mrs. James Spear is very low with consumption.
    Mrs. J.C. Drummond has quit business here and joined her husband at Indianapolis.
    The largest red oak tree we ever saw is on the farm owned by George Everhart in Jennings township, Scott county. We measured it and found it to be 19 feet and 8 inches in circumference. This is in the Chapel neighborhood.
    W.R. Barnes, Trustee of Johnson township, is one of the clever men of this county and a liberal supporter of our school.
    Emanuel Everhart is a sturdy farmer here and a man of moral worth.
    J.R. Mann, S. Chandler, J.B. Cochran, J.B. Butt, H. Phillips and Squire Casey are leading citizens here. Generosity and hospitality characterize this neighborhood, but unfortnately there are a few young men who indulge in the drink habit. Language can scarcely picture the enormity of this evil. How it prevents the progress of civilization, morality and christianity. How to bring about a reformation in this matter is one of the great questions of today.
    The Scott County Fair is run by a stock company. The original cost of the 18 acres of land was $700. The grounds were only partially enclosed at the time of holding the first Fair last week. The worst feature about the situationis the fact that all must cross the race track to get to the grounds proper.     W

North Vernon Plain Dealer - July 9, 1872
    Wheat will be about an average crop in this part of the county. It is all cut and in the shock. The grain is very full and plump this year as a general thing. Oats look well. They are going to be short, but well headed. Corn is growing fast this warm weather.
    Our school is in a fair way to be built up, and is growing in prosperity. The Eleutherian college is built on College Hill, a beautiful eminence situated in Jefferson Co. Ind., ten miles from Madison, on the old plank road running from Madison to Paris. It is four miles south of Dupont. The locality is healthful, the scenery beautiful, and the society moral, and the social influence good. Ardent spirits are not sold nearer than Paris or Madison, seven to ten miles distant. The college building is of stone 44 by 65 feet, three stories high. The institution was formerly in the hands of the Baptists, it is now in the hands of the Presbyterians. Professor Gilmore is proprietor. He is highly recommended in this vicinity as a teacher. Young men and women, if you want to gain an education here is the place to do it. The fall term will begin in September. The school for some years back has been in a low condition. I see nothing now to hinder it from being built up and become as popular as Hanover or Moore's Hill. The college has ample room to accomodate three hundred scholars. SUDENT.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - March 26, 1890
Deputy Letter
    John Condrey, for many years a citizen of Jennings but for seven years of Rochester, Fulton Co., is visiting friends here in Deputy.
    Rev. A.M. Louden preached in the M.E. church here Sunday morning, at Pisgah in the afternoon and here again at night.
    Mrs. J.M. Jones is visiting relatives here.
    Mrs. Dr. Wells, of Indianapolis is also here.
    Rev. A.A. Williamson preached his farewell sermon here last Monday night. He is now with Dr. Wharton, a celebrated evangelisht. They were to begin a meeting at Covington, Ky., last week.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - February 1, 1877
Items from Deputy, January 30, 1877
    The population of our town is steadily increasing, to wit. Born - to J.L. Herrod and wife - a daughter. To Wm. Arbuckle and wife - a girl. To Crawford Whitsitt and wife - "female girl child." We do not know whether any got away or not, but on the part of our town, we insist on a "fair count." Another rule in mathematics, enable us to say "two souls were made into one." Preston Wilson, and Miss Lottie Stevenson. Query - which one is it. Other towns may discuss politics and talk war, but our people have come up a step higher and are determined to live under the sweek influence of love - that is, except, well, every few days we have the bitter of a common street fight, just to enable us to appreciate the peace.
    A gentleman in our vicinity a few days ago, about 3 o'clock P.M. saw a light descend from the heavens, somewhat resembling the moon, and apparently about the size of a flour barrell, when it reached the top of the timber, and then dissolved, passing to the ground in various directions and at a great distance from him. The gentleman was in trouble, thinking it a presentment of his death. W
[The gentleman should not let the meoteor worry him as the same one has been seen falling within a hundred feet of as many different persons. It is only a sign that "something drapped."]

North Vernon Plain Dealer - February 21, 1880
Deputy Letter
    But one mud hole in this country.
    B.A. Nay has been quite sick but is better.
    Ben Vest will go to Paris Crossing. Success.
    John Wiggam is in poor health.
    Harry Brower is visiting friends here.
    Jas. Warren is building a residence.
    O. Gaddy is doing a clever drug business.
    Our obliging operator, Mr. Glendenning, will move into his new house today.
    Deputy now has a Library Association. The Association is governed by a constitution and by-laws.
    We had the pleasure of taking by the hand last Saturday our friend, P.B. Ewan, of Hardenburg.
    We have here plenty of gravel, brick and an abundance of stone, but O, the side walks. Straws show which way the wind blows.
    Would someone please come and build us a church. Small favors will be thankfully received and large ones in proportion. W.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - July 13, 1875
    Perhaps the largest Sunday-school demonstration ever made in Southern Indiana, was that of the celebration here last Saturday. We went to the ground at 9 o'clock; found the officers of the day and a good many people there, and from that until about noon an almost unbroken line of men, women and children kept pouring into the grove. Some of the schools were marched in with martial music, and other went in singing appropriate Sabath School music, which was much better. James McClelland and George Grayston, deserve great credit fot the manner in which they marshalled the "mighty host. McClelland is a small man, but in spite of the hot weather, managed to keep the inside of his head as cool as December; while Grayston is a medium sized, was well dressed and wore a regular 4th of July smile that just suited the occasion. No wonder that where he went the people went there too. J. Demp Robertson, was stand marshal, and did his part of the work with dispatch. There is no "time killing" where he has control. The exercises were opened with an earnest prayer by Rev. Lathrop, of Kent. We then had a song by the old folks. The tune selected was "Judgement," a rather difficult one, and in singing the notes, the different parts got the time a little mixed, and Dr. Green said it was caused by a certain man not having his "spechs." Next, was singing by the Sunday Schools; one school singing after another in quick succesion, and then a speach to the children by T. Friedly of Madison. Just her was a slight interruption of the exercises, caused by a light shower of rain which was soon over and then the thousands of people partook of a bountiful repast, prepared by the mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters of our happy country. After dinner, the Declaration was read by Dr. T.R. Cave, and then the old folks mounted the platform and sang "Hail Columbia." This time the "old boys" acquitted themselves creditably. No part of the day's exercises, was listened to more attentively than singing of this old American song, and judging from the interest manifested in it, we, as a people, are still mindful ow what our Independence cost, and for the trust. Then came the oration by J. Overmyer, of North Vernon. It was a masterly effort, both in its preparation and delivery. Another round of singing by the schools, after which was a Sunday school and temperance speech by Lafollette, of New Albany. This gentleman so ably depicted the horrors of intemperance, that many strong men and women, were made to weep like children. In conclusion we will say to the friends throughout the country; when you wish to have a rousing good time at a celebration, come to Deputy. W.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - July 20, 1875
FROM DEPUTY - July 8, 1875
    Mr. James McClellan, of this place, is finishing a very large frame house, which will add much to the beauty of the town.
    Mr. Trevanion Wiggam on Tuesday last, while purchasing a pair of pant of James Buxton, (one of our merchants (left his young wife seated in a fine buggy in care of two mules; the mules getting scared of some dogs, startled and ran over a large rock, tearing the buggy lose from them and throwing Mrs. Wiggam from the buggy, bruising her in several places, only slightly we hope.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - August 1, 1875
    Henry Hampson moved his household furniture here to-day.
    M.C. Rowlinson is building a small residence which will soon be completed.
    Lem Brower and Ad. Gassaway will commence selling a kiln of brick on the west side of town, next week.
    Camp meeting has been postponed two weeks from the tenth of August, on account of bad weather.
    James Buxton has been very sick for a few days; he is some better to-day.
    There was fifty-three cars of small stone loaded here last Monday and Tuesday for the repairing of track near Medora on the O. & M.R.R. Owl.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - August 13, 1875
FROM DEPUTY - July 30th, 1875
    This has been a week of rest to most of the laboring men in this vicinity.
    A great portion of the oats and corn is under water in the low flats and bottoms, and will be a total failure.
    The boarding house on the Camp Meeting Grounds will soon be completed then James Buxton (who will be proprietor) will dish up the squirrel soup and give all who call on him a square meal.
    On Wednesday last Hiram Foster while driving home from this place, tried to drive down a steep place where he saw a stone wagon had been; he did so, and upset his spring wagon, throwing himself, wife, and daughter down on a pile of rocks, cutting and bruising his wife and daughter, while he was not hurt; it would be well enough to take up the study of Philosophy long enough to find out that top carriages and spring wagons can not travel the same road that stone wagons travel, and be safe.
    Henry Wrape is furnishing Cincinnati with stone to pave and curb their streets. Would it not be advisable for the citizens of Deputy to pave their sidwalks while they have stone so handy. Owl.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - August 6, 1890
    George, son of John and Ella Dunn, had a congestive chill which apparently came very near proving fatal, but is now better.
    Milton, ten year old son of Fletcher and Alice Law, was kicked on the head last week by a horse and for a while thought to be killed, but afterward revived and will recover unless the concussion of the brain is more serious than is now thought by physicians.
    Mrs. S. McCaslin is still better and is now thought to be on the high road to her former health.

Vernon Banner - October 25, 1871
MADISON ITEMS, From the Courier.
    The old College Building in Hanover village has been remodeled. The building when first constructed was in the form of a cross, three stories high. The long two-story building lately changed, composing the body of the cross, and two large wings which used to stand one one each side, completed the structure. During a severe wind storm the third story was blown off, and the roof was put on over the second story, leaving the two story building. When the new College was built on the point above Hanover Landing the wings of the old College were torn down, and the remaining portion has been from that time to the present used as a village church. This summer this portion of the building has been remodeled and its appearance improved with a new front, a new roof, and belfry. In addition to this the floor between the first and second stories has been taken out, and in place of the low ceiling with two rows of pillars to obstruct and hide the speaker from the view of the audience, there is now a large room and high ceiling without a column.
    Lost Children-In August, 1861, John Sanders enlisted in the 38th regiment, and left his wife and two children living near Otisco, Clark county, Indiana, Before his return from the army, the family moved to this city, since which time he has heard nothing from them. The girl, Martha Alice, if living, was eighteen years old the 6th of last September, and the boy, William Rufus, will be seventeen in December next. He will be thankful for any information that will lead him to a knowledge of their whereabouts or fate. Address John Sanders, Austin, Scott county, Indiana. Our exchanges will confer a favor by publishing the substance of the above.
    Serious Accident - About 7 o'clock Sunday evening a man named Dollhoover was driving a two horse team down Michigan hill. In the wagon were, besides Mr. Dollhoover, an aged man and woman, a young married woman and her two children, who had been visiting friends in the the country, and two or three barrels of apples. As they neared the stone house on the road, just opposite Mill street, the wagon break became dissarranged and the horses becoming unmanagable, the team and all were precipitated over the hillside. All of the party were more or less bruised; the old man had his wrist sprained, the old lady was badly bruised and otherwise severely injured. With the assistance of some persons attracted to the spot by the cries of the unfortunates, the wagon was hauled up on the road undamaged and hitched up again, the spilt apples gathered, the firghtened occupants reseated, and the party continued on their way.
    Floral Hall Under Contract - The contract for the building of the new Floral Hall, on the grounds of the Jefferson County Agricultural Society have been awarded to Mr. George Barr of North Madison, and the work has already been commenced, and will be put under cover this fall. In addition to the Floral Hall the Directors have order the erection of a new building for the use of the various committees and reporters for the press. It will be situated so that the horses on the tin?ring will always be in a fair view of its occupants. The Directors have commenced early for the next Fair they want it to be a better success than the one just closed, and with this desire uppermost in their minds they urge the Farmers especially to attend all meetings of the Society.
    Another Accident - Mr. Valentine Steigerwald, the well know grocer on east Second street, met with a serious accident on last Saturday afternoon. He was standing on a platform about fifteen feet above the ground assisting to draw up shingles to cover a new stable he was building. The platform gave way and he was precipitated to the ground, the scaffolding and three bundles of shingles, falling upon him, fracturing both bones of the left leg below the knee, besides other severe contusions. Dr. Kunkler was called in and attended to the injuries. To-day he is quite comfortable.
    We regret to learn that Capt. W.H. Keyt has been quite ill with an attack of typhoid pneumonia. He is improving and will shortly be about again.
    We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of R. McKim, Esq., at his home in this city, on his return from Europe.

North Vernon Sun - August 3, 1922
    Rev. Criswell preached at M.E. church Sunday morning and evening. Morning subject "The first submarine", text Josiah 2:1-2; evening subject "Baptism", text Matt 28:18-17.
    The Epworth League w3as led by Orville McEntire, subject "Choosing the line of greatest resistance" was well attended.
    The M.E. Sunday school was attendance 85 offering $2.86. The Believers Sunday school class was entertained on July 28th at the home of Mrs. Jas. Rector, assisted by Mrs. Criswell, it being the third chain party of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society. A large crowd was present and a nice sum collected for the mission field.     Prayer meeting Thursday evening at 7:45. Leader Mrs. Jennie Rector.
    Baptist Sunday school was attendance 56, offering $2.65.
    Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Dewitt and daughter from Windfall and Mr. Paul Fisk of Tipton were the week end guests of Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Hoyt.
Mr. and Mrs. John Bruison spent Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Hoyt.
    Messrs. Wilhelm, Oliver and Smart attended the Fordson exposition at Indianapolis last week.
    Rev. Geo. T. King and family Miss Bertha Holmes, Mrs. Mayme Shepherd and family and Miss Velma Shepherd attended the fifth Sunday meeting at Madison association at Bethel Baptist church.
    Miss Bertha Allen of Scottsburg is spending a few days with Dupont friends.
    Mr. Ezra McClellen of North Vernon was the week end guest of his grandmother Mrs. Sam McClellen.
    C. Wilson Smart delivered the following cars last week, Ford Gidding, John Anderson, Claud Oliver, Alfred Jones, Almond Brown and James Risk.
    Miss Jean Clayton was a passanger for Madison Monday morning.
    Mr. William Abbott of Indianapolis was the week end guest of S.E. Oneel and family.
    Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Seiss and daughter Dorthia of Tipton spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Hoyt.
    Miss Bertha Terwilliger returned Monday from a pleasant visit with friends at Aurora.
    Mr. and Mrs. C. Wilson Smart spent Thursday at Osgood Fair.
    Mrs. D.H. Fish left Thursday for Deputy to spend several days with Miss Rose and Leroy Robertson.
    Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Reese and family and Mr. and Mrs. Almond Brown and family motored to Seymour on Sunday.
    Dr. Wallace P. Fewell and family were the Sunday guests of Mrs. Sarah Fewell.
    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Officer of Lancaster and Mrs. Alice Apple of Broken Bow, Neb., were calling on Dupont friends Friday.
    Mrs. Graie Flood was a passanger Saturday afternoon for Indianapolis.
    Mr. Ed Krmier of Chicago is the guest of his sister Mrs. Edith Spicer.
    Mrs. Olo Rolin of Paris is spending a few days with her niece Miss Stella Gaskill.
    Mrs. Laura Reynolds and grandaughter Miss May Linley of Indianapolis spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Clashman of Smyrna tp.
    Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Rickets of North Vernon spent the week end with their parents Mr. and Mrs. Bert Rickets.
    Mr. Harvy Shepherd of Rocklane, a former resident of Dupont spent a few days last week with Dupont friends.
    Mr. S.G. Bovard and family of Madison spent Sunday with Dupont friends.
    Mr. Henry Boardman of Neils Creek has moved into the Hardesty flat and will open an ice cream parlor in the building formerly used for the post office.
    Miss Alice Wager of North Vernon spent the week end with her mother, Mrs. Minnie Wager.
    Mr. William Hamilton spent Monday shopping in Madison.
    Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Nichols of Topeka, Kan., are the guest of Mr. Sam and Miss Brooke Nichols.
    Mr. G.L. Williams of Louisville was the week end guest of his brother, Mr. R.S. Williams.
    Messrs. P.A. and Harley Graston motored to Madison Monday afternoon.
    Miss Florence Graston is spending the week with Indianapolis friends.
    Mr. and Mrs. Ed Koler, Mr. Chas and Miss Alma Koler returned Sunday to their home in Cincinnati after spending two weeks with Mr. Chas. Weber Sr.
    Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Custer motored to bedford Saturday. They were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Cravens formerly of Dupont.
    Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Denny and children of Belleview were the Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. Wilson Smart.
    Mr. Chas. Weber Jr., is spending the week with his daughter Mrs. Annie Munier.
    Miss Charlotte Spicer of Lancaster was the weed end guest of Misses Mayme and Margaret Judkins.
    Miss Thelma Sink returned to her home in New Albany Monday morning after spending a week with her aunt, Mrs. R.M. Criswell.
    Mrs. J.F. McConell, Mrs. J.B. McConnell, Misses Mae and Madge and Master J. McConnell motored to Greensburg on Wednesday.     Mrs. and Mrs. Jas. Rector and family were the Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Shuman of Locust Corner.
    Mr. and Mrs. Vinsen Bovard spent Thursday with Mrs. Bovard's mother Mrs. Lou James.
    Mrs. Lee Bishop of Lancaster was shopping in Dupont Saturday.
    Mr. Chas. Sawyers of Kings COrner sold the first peaches of the season to Mr. L.L. Wildman last week.
    Messrs. Fred and Lewis French were shopping in Dupont Saturday.
    Mrs. Jas. McKee of Paramour neighborhood was calling on Dupont friends Friday.
    Mr. Mark Spicer of Lancaster was shopping in Dupont Saturday.
    Col. Al Fewell of San Jacinto was shopping in Dupont Monday morning.
North Vernon Plain Dealer - March 16, 1876
Deputy Items March 15th, 1876
    Wm. Montgomery, recently known as poor Bill, or Pipe Stems, is still alive and has been seen bringing several messes of fish to town already this season, Bill is a good setter and fisher.
    A large gray mare belonging to John Wrape was backed over the cliff, opposite the camp grounds, yesterday, and killed almost instantly.
    John Conner is building a frame house, instead of a brick. Mr. Hart is also building a frame dwelling house on Elm street. Mr. Wm. Stout has the lumber on the ground ready to commence his new house.
    Improvements step by seeming perfection.
    We may all have a home some of these days.            C.

NorthVernon Plain Dealer - March 21, 1876
Deputy Items
    Mr. Keith has part of the lumber in his lot for a new house.
    Mr. W.H. Conner will begin work on his new brick hose as soon as the weather will permit.
    The Masonic hall is about finished.
    The protracted meeting at Pisgah church has closed. The meeting was very interesting and several were converted.
    A few days ago there was a drunken row at the section house resulting in the loss of Frank M'Ginn's nose which had found its way between Tim O'Conner's teeth. Tim did not want the nose after he had got it, so he spit it out on the ground, where it was picked up by a neighbor the next day.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - January 2, 1878
LETTER FROM DEPUTY     December 23d, 1878
    Deputy is improving. Man. Rowlinson has a wood shed; at least he has something with a few sticks of wood under it.
    One of our citizens has taken up his board at Vernon, where he don't have to furnish any part of the grub. Good.
    Dr. Cave has been quite unwell, but his professional duties, which are many, he is now able to discharge. C.L. Wilson is studying medicine under his tutorship.
    Jim McClelland and Ben Nay are in Jackson county where they have been for some time delivering to the subscribers the map of that county.
    Jim Warren is doing the blacksmithing for the stone quarry.
    The Free Masons will have a splendid dinner in their hall here on the 27th, St. John's Day.
    Severe Wilson is quite sick. He has some disease of the throat.
    A number of us after reading the Bible and other religious books, were beginning to think we knew a little about theology, when lol to our chagrin, we were made to feel that we were only fit subjects for "home missionary work." Dr. Cave is one of this number, and he especially has been put back in the class and assigned a definite course of study. The Dr. is a faithful student, and it is to be hoped that at the next examination his per cent will be raised. At our last assizes I could almost hear the Dr. think that if some men could be bought at their real worth and sold at their supposed value, that it would be a fine speculation.
    Several of our boys who have been at Moore's Hill going to school, are now at home happy.
    Our public schools are progressing finely under the directory of the Misses Thompson and Davis.
    Arrangements are being made for a theological discussion to take place at New Frankfort (five or six miles southwest from here) between T.S. Brooks and W.W. Curry. We favor the discussion, but not at that place. Frankfort is not situated on or near any railroad, being about equal distant from Holman, on the O. & M. Branch, and Austin on the Jeffersonville and Indianapolis; the distance from either being about five miles. Again the only house in that place large enough to accomodate the "throng" who would like to attend the discussion, cannot be made comfortable at this season of the year. We hope the discussion will take place, not there, but where it will be of easier access. The old year is now fast dieing out, and will soon be no more. Each succeeding year beings not only its privileges and blessing, but also its responsibilities and sorrows. We look back upon the past year, forever gone, and what an admiture of good and evil have our lives been. We enter upon the new with firm resolve tht it shall be better than the past, and, if our expectations are realized happy are we. But, if we are better and do more good in the coming year than in the past, we must live for it. In whatever path duty may call us, let us go forward and work willingly. How many of our fellow creatures who are now in bondage to profanity, intemperance and many other evils, will we be instrumental in reclaiming? to the world shall we be a blessing or a curse? By our influence, shall our associates be lifted into a higher and purer life, or shall they be brought lower in depravity? Which?        W.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - October 21, 1903
    Born, to Jess Higgens and wife, a daughter, Dec. 22nd.
    Miss Clara Hays, of Indianapolis, is visiting at the parsonage.
    Miss Gillbo, of Holten, is visiting her uncle Tom Whitaker.
    Will Pickett and wife, of North Vernon, are visiting relatives here.
    Miss Grace Shepherd, of Madison, recently visited home folks.
    Mrs. Frank Thomas and daughter, Nella, of Indianapolis, are here on a visit with relatives.
    Miss Iva Sawyer is home from Bethany, Ill.     Mrs. Will Guthrie and daughter, Lucy, of Indianapolis, spent Christmas with relatives here.
    Mrs. Nettie Bowman died at her home near here, last Wednesday, after a lingering illness. She was a gentle christian lady, much loved by many friends.
    Mell Wells and family are spending hollidays at Deputy.
    A.W. McClellan, formerly of this place, who has worked as agent in the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company at Madison, for over a year, has been promoted to superintendent and took charge of the office at Madison Dec. 22, in place of Harry Shipman who has been transferred to Memphis, Tenn.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - January 29, 1890
    J.L. Darrod, who has been down for two weeks with "lagrippe," is some better but is yet a very sick man.
    Mrs. M. Stout is better.
    Ed. Robertson and Miss Clara Malick were married yesterday.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - February 5, 1890
    John L. Harrod is yet alive, but very low. A short time now will decide his fate one way or the other. His sickness dates back to last Thursday night three weeks ago, at which time he was taken with a chill.
    The case of James Monroe vs. the O.& M.R.R. Co. is now on trial at Madison. The amount of damages claimed by Mr. Monroe is $20,000. A great many of our citizens are there as witnesses.     Hiram Foster has just returned home with a thorough-bred imported Clyde filly, two and a half years old, weighing 1600 lbs., purchased from a Lafayette importing Co. She is certainly one of the most powerful seceimens of the horse kind ever exhibited in this part of the country. Mr. Foster is a great lover of fine stock. "Echo Farm is the ephonious name he has given his home, and on this farm may be seen his Clyde and Cleveland Bay horses, Short Horn cattle, Hampshire, Oxford and Cotswold sheep. Mr. Foster is one of the wide awake, enterprising farmers of this township, and is very fortunate in the fact of the "other half" of himself being the best part of the business. We hope many other farmers will emulate his example. W.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - February 19, 1890
    John L. Harrod died Feb. 13th, 1890, at 7:45 o'clock p.m. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia superinduced by La Grippe. He possessed a strong constitution and for more than a month made a manly fight for life, but finally after much suffering was compelled to surrender to the grim monster. He joined the M.E. church Jan. 10th, 1857, and was converted under the pastorate of L.G. Adkinson in the year 1868, and for a time served the church in the capacity of class leader. He was made a Master Mason by Schmidlap Lodge No. 408 at Kent, Ind., in the year 1871. He was a great lover of Freemasonry; had filled all the offices in the Blue Lodge, and at the time of his death was W. Master of Deputy Lodge No 540. Bro. Harrod wa an affectionate husband and a kind and indulgent father. The immense concourse of people who collected at Pisgah, where he was buried, was a sufficient testimonial of the high regard in which he was held by those who knew him. He was born Jan. 21st, 1845, and hence was 45 years and 23 days old when he died. O how we miss him.
    John Condrey, for many years a citizen of Jennings, but for seven years of Rochester, Fulton Co., is visiting friends here.
    Rev. A.M. Louden preached in the M.E. church here Sunday morning, at Pisgah in the afternoon and here again at night.
    Mrs. J.M. Jones is visiting relatives here. Mrs. Dr. Wells, of Indianapolis, is also here. La Grippe has struck our village in great earnest. Many of our citizens are prostrated.
    Rev. A.A. Williamson preached his farewell sermon here last Monday night.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - March 19, 1890
    The la gripppe has been nearly universal here, only a few person having escaped. It is now slowly abating, but too many are yet sick to attempt giving names. When we contemplate the number who have been sick and the severity of the disease, it is something to wonder at that but one case has been fatal.
    Esquire John Tobias, of Paris, died very suddenly on last Saturday morning after eating his breakfast. We attended his funeral on Sunday afternoon in the Baptist church at Paris Crossing, after which he was buried in the Coffee Creek cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Elder Powell. Mr. Tobias was a native of Wales and was born in 1812. He had long been a substantial and prominent member of the Baptist church,and contributed liberally to its support. He was a man of more than ordinary intelligence. In his make-up he was of the positive type and had the courage of his convictions. In attacking evil and defending the right he was bold and fearless. In his death his companion has lost an affectionate husband, his children an indulgent and kind father, the church a friend and liberal supporter, and the county on of her best citizens.
    The Republican township nominating convention met here last Saturday and nominated W.A. Hord for Trustee; Hill McClanahan, Assessor; J.D. Robertson and Elmer Wilkerson, Justices; W.F. Law and J.R. Phillips, Constables. This townahip though Democratic from away back. could have this year been carred by the Republicans if they had exercised good judgement. W.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - March 28, 1890
    Sickness still continues in our midst. Mrs. DeLapp is quite poorly with pneumonia. Many others ailing but none serious, as we have learned.
    Mr. Jonas Doughty, a respected citizen of Scott Co., was buried the 22nd at Coffee Creek, after a brief illness.
    Several of our best citizens were called before the grand jury last week. Evil doers best beware, our town believes in honest quiet.
    Prof. G.F. Whitsitt has a bright grandson since the 22nd inst, to the credit of Jas. Jones and wife.
    The Democratic party of this township, held their convention Saturday 22nd. It was largely attended, 56 votes being cast. Robt. Oliver Trustee; Allen Henry Assessor; Jno. Dishinger and John CLures Justices; C.Lane and Mat Cox Constables. Both parties anticipated a spirited time here on the 7th prox.     The recent cold weather beyond doubt has injured the wheat prospects in this vicinity. Fields that were the most promining, now look the worst.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - May 18, 1887
    Eddie Plake starts to-night to go to his father in Arkansas.
    Miss Addie Kemb, who has been visiting friends here for a week, returned to her home in Jeffersonville to-day. She is on the local staff of the Jeffersonville Times.
    Camp Meeting will begin August 26th, and continues ten days.
    Mrs. Bovard, mother of Rev. C.L. Bovard, is very sick. Her disease is apoplexy, but at this writing she is apparently considered better.
    George Graston, of Dupont, spent Sunday here.
    Mrs. Mary A. Nay is very sick, supposed to have cancer of the stomach.
    W.T. Whitsitt had his pockets picked in the union depot at Indianapolis. He was on his way to Mo. but had to return for the want of means.
    The people here are making preparations for a national celebration of the Fourth of July. Good speakers will be here and when the people see names advertised they may rely upon them being here. The camp grounds have been secured. The shade is bery beautiful and the water good and plentiful, and in case of rain every one can find shelter. Good music may be expected, both vocal and instrumental.     W.     May 17th.

Madison Courier - July 24, 1841
ADMINISTRATOR'S SALE     There will be a sale of the personal property of the estate of George Shannon, Sr., late of the county of Jefferson and State of Indiana, dec'd, at his late residence in said county, on Tuesday the 13th day of July next. The property consists of a considerable library of Theological and Miscellaneous Books, Household and Kitchen Furniture, Horses, Cows, Hogs, Sheep, farming utensils, a Jersey wagon and harness, growing crops of grain ect.
    All sums not exceeding $3.00 will be required in hand, and a credit of nine months will be given on sums over $3.00. Each purchaser giving bond or note with approved security. Sale to commence at 9 o'clock A.M. June 19    HENRY P. LEE Adm'r
200 DOLLAR REWARD-Ran away from the Subscriber on Tuesday night the 29th inst. living in Trimble county, Kentucky, five miles South of Madison on the road leading to Bedford a negro man named Thomas Jefferson; said negro is about 5 feet 8 inches high, of a very dark complexion; the middle finger on the left hand is split to the first joint, and the end of his big toe is cut off; very thick lips and red eyes.
    The above reward will be given if taken outside of the state, or one hundred in the state.
                 JESSE CONNELL, Corn Creek, Ky. July 3
NOTICE-Whereas my wife Lethe Boles has left my bed and board without just cause or provication. All persons are hereby notified not to credit her on my account; I shall pay no debts of her contracting.                 H.A. BOLES - July 10, 1841

Madison Courier - August 14, 1841
MARRIED-On Thursday evening last the 12 inst. by the Rev. Gamaliel Taylor, Mr. Robt. S. Hackney to Miss Sarah, daughter of Col. James Ross of this city.

Madison Weekly Herald - January 14, 1880
    Miss Hallie Bartlett, daughter of Judge A.J. Bartlett, formerly of this city, was married at Bedford, Ky., on Thursday last, to her cousin, Dr. James Bartlett, of Kaufman, Texas.
    The Indiana Bar Association has appointed Messrs. C.E. Walker, C.A. Korbly and E.R. Wilson, of this city, as a committee to report on the rights and liabilities of married women.
    Mr. Wm. Swanson, the new master mechanic of the J.,M. & I. Road, on Wednesday last, while instituting a test of the plane engines, ran the Reuben Wells, with a train of five cars, to North Madison in 4 1/2 minutes.
    Mr. Andrew Melton, who resides near Wirt, was seriously injured on Tuesday last week by being struck by a falling tree.
    M.H. McCune, carpenter, formerly of this city, had a leg broken by the fall of a scaffold at Indianapolis on Wednesday last.
    Thomas Q. Brady, of this city, formerly of Company D, Sixth Indiana, has become an inmate of the Soldiers' Home, Dayton, Ohio.
    Fair Play Fire Company No. 1 elected the following officers at the last meeting: President J.W. Gavit; Vice President, William Antle; Secretary, S. Chadwick; Chief Director, Ben. Mayo; Assistant Chief Director, W.A. Collins; Engineer, Louis Ernst; Messenger, J.G. McIntyrre; 1st Hose Director, Arch J. Pink; 2nd Hose Director, W.J. Graham; 1st Pipesman, Leonard Maurer; 2nd Pipesman, Joseph Maurer; Trustees, J.J. Craig, John Kirk, James Hargan.
    Evansville Journal: Several days ago John D. Irby and Miss Louisa Miller, two young people of Madison, Ind., concluded to defy the objections of Mr. Irby's guardian and Miss Miller's father, and get married. They accordingly eloped and started in search of some tender-hearted clerk and a license. In pursuit of these they arrived here yesterday and stepping ashore from the packet ran into the arms of Capt. Nat. William, of the steamer Parole, who is the guardian of the groom. Naturally enough their was dire consternation at the meeting, on the part of the young couple, who feared they would be prevented from carrying out their object. Capt. Williams, however, told them that Miss Miller's father had told him he would prefer the marriage after she had left home in her lover's company, and he proposed to have it duly celebrated. The party went up to the Clerk's office, and Ref. William Teller, of the Pennsylvania Street M.E. Church, was summoned. He shortly appeared, the license was issued, and in quick time the two were joined in holy wedlock. The elopement ended rather strangely, but everybody is satisfied and happy.

North Vernon Plain Dealer - January 4, 1876
Deputy Items December 30, 1875
Weather fine - little sickness.
The I.O.O.F. had a fine dinner Tuesday at their Hall.
A few days ago a Mr. Rone, colored, with his two sons, started to walk from Louisville to this place. When he and his oldest son reached home, the youngest was missing. They went back to search for him, and found him frozen to death.
Mister Keath will soon commence building a fine dwelling house.
Wrape & Co. are still loading stone, for the Miama bridge, and will continue all summer.

Vernon Banner - December 20, 1871
    KEILER-JORDON-Married, at the residence of the bride's mother, in Volga, Jefferson county, Indiana, by Eld. Lemuel Record, Mr. George Keiler, of Vernon, Jennings county, Indiana, to Miss Transylvania Jordan, of Volga.

Vernon Banner - June 18, 1873
    This part of God's Vineyard has been blessed with a splendid shower of rain, which makes all nature look revived, and the farmers are all wearing a bright smile on their countinances:     There is a great deal of interest felt here now at the recent marriage of our young Mr. Butler Blake, who led to the hymeaneal alter Miss Lelie McCaslin, and they were united in the silken bonds of matrimony. They were accompanied to Madison by Prof. Johnson and several young ladies and gentlemen of this place where the nuptial ceremonies were performed by Rev. L. G. Adkinson, in a beautiful service. The day was an unpropitious one-a drizzling rain was falling, and the sky was overspread with leaden and lowering clouds; but the bride and groom went forth, no doubt, with a thousand glad and blissful expectations and hopes, thrilling their bosoms, casting a rainbow of pictures over the radiant visions of the future, dreaming of happiness which words were vain to paint. May the rude hand of misfortune never rend the gorgeous picture which their fancies with fairy skill have woven. May the journey of their lives be as lovely as the image which the poetry and gay romance of youth have drawn.
    The citizens here are going to have a grand celebration on the fouth of July. We understand that the following Sabbath Schools are invited and intend to come; each as a school. Mt. Gilead, Bethany, Paris, Bunkum, Republican, Coffee Creek, Wooster, Scaffold Lick and Franklin - making in all ten schools. Good speakers have been selected for the day, and everybody is invited to attend and make the day a glorious success. Come one, come everybody, and bring your baskets well filled.
    Mr. B.C. Nay is lying very sick at his residence with fever.
    Tobias & Hess shipped 150 Sheep from here, one day last week to Cincinnati. They report the business lively and profitable. MIZPAH
North Vernon Banner Plain Dealer - July 4, 1894
    Mr. Willis H. Ryker has an interesting letter from his cousin, D. M. Woodfill, Esq., a native of Shelby township in this county. He has been in Iowa for a quarter of a century past, and is at present proprietor of the Excelsior Herd, of Sharpsburg, Iowa, and engaged in raising and selling the best breeds of swine. In the war for the Union, Woodfill carried the colors of the Sixth Indiana at the battle of Chickamauga. He was a soldier good and true, and as such is kindly remembered by former comrades in old Jefferson, who are also pleased to know that he is prospering in his adopted home. - Madison Courier.

Madison Daily Banner - January 1, 1849
    At a meeting held at the court-house in Madison on Saturday, Dec. 30, for the purpose of appointing delegates to the State convention, to be held at Indianapolis on the third day of January next, to nominate whig candidates for Governon and Lieut, Governor, Gen. Milton Stapp was appointed President, and A. S. Berryhill Secretary. The following persons were appointed delegates:
         Madison township- M. Stapp, W.M. Dunn, W. Hendricks, Jr., Dr. J. H. Reynolds, C.P.J. Arion, C. B. Lewis, Geo. N. Wait, J.R. Troxell, A.S. Berryhill, D. D. Jones, J.G. Marshall, Samuel Johnson, B. Hubbs, A.S. Sullivan,          D.C. Branham, J.R. Cravens, C. Cushing, F. Hull, J.G. Sering. J.H. Fisher, J.W. Hinds, L.B. Buel, Jas. Y. Allison, John M. Price, A. A. Bond.
         Graham township - Hiram Foster, J.L. Troutman, W. C. Logan, C.K. Lard.
         Smyrna township - W.M. Grooms, John Wallace, J.D. Goldsborough, David Martin.
         Saluda township - H.P. Lee, A.C. Thom, T.B. Gudgell, David Martin.
         Lancaster township - James Goodnow, G.D. Eggleston, Frank Mayfield, Dr. Butler, Wm. H. Weyer.
         Milton township - Phil. Kavanaugh, Dr. Ames, John E. Gale, Mord. Brooks, Henry Jackman, John B. Hosteter.
         Shelby township - E. Kennedy, W. E. McCleland, Thomas Wise, Hiram Harris, John McCay, Henry Lomas.
         Monroe township - Jacob Boyer, James M. Humphreys, James Mayfield, Robert L. Kennear.
         Hanover township - Williamson Dunn, C.J. Woodard, T.D. Young, A. Dinwiddie.
         Republican township - John smock, W.J. Foster, Job Hughes, Stephen Bassett.
MILTON STAPP, President - A.S. Berryhill, Sec'y

Madison Herald - November 9, 1885
    The friends and relatives of Philip D. Kaylor, of Graham Township, gathered in for the purpose of celebrating his fiftieth birthday in the way of a surprise, which we may say was a complete surprise to him. When the crowd, which numbered about sixty persons, had assembled and had gotten confortably warm, all were invited to the dining room, where they found a table ladened with the good things of the land, which had been prepared by the ladies of the house, and we would say they are well skilled in the profession. The following are the names of a few of those present: George Bear and wife, E. Kissel and wife, of Wirt; Mr. Elliot and wife, Mr. Laddie and wife, of Lancester; Samuel Roseberry and wife, Samuel Nay and wife, Caleb Dibler and wife, J. N. Blocher and wife, W.C. McCleland and wife, all of Graham; T.S. Roseberry and wife,John Foreburger and wife, Will Gudgel and wife, Mrs. McCaslin and family, Mrs. D. B. Nay, all of Deputy; Dr. T. Davis, of Neil's Creek. Mr. Kaylor was born and raised in Logan county, Ohio. He moved from Logan to Dark county in 1872, lived there until September, 1884, when he moved to this county and purchased the farm formerly owned by C.K. Lard. Mr. Kaylor has three daughters and one granddaughter, all of whom were present, and with the assistance of his amiable wife, were endeavoring to entertain their guests. The young folks spent the time in singing while the older ones were engaged in social conversation and talked of olden times. All departed for their homes, wishing Mr. K. many more as happy birthdays. Nov. 2nd 1885 OBSERVER

January 23, 1900 - Madison Courier
Mud! Mud! Mud! Now is the time for the citizens to manifest an interest in gravel roads. Messrs. T. S. Roseberry and Hiram Foster attended the Republican District Convention. They reported a fine meeting-Our postmaster, Mr. W. A Hord went to Madison Tuesday. Ex-trustee R. D Oliver was in town Wednesday. - The Ladies' Sewing Society met at the home of Mrs. J B. McCartney Wednesday afternoon Miss Ella Chambers, a prominent young lady of Lexington, Ind., was the guest of Miss Dora Cooms Wednesday evening. The ladles of the M. E. Church met at the home of Mrs. John Dunn, Tuesday afternoon for the purpose of making plans for the remodeling and beautifying of the interior of the church. We are glad to see so much interest manifested by the ladles. Mr. W. W. Modlin, traveling salesman for the A. C. Evans Manufacturing Company of Springfield, O. was in town Thursday. - Mr. W. C. Short recently purchased the Dixon farm west of here for the neat sum of $900. Hon. Lincoln Dixon, of North Vernon, was in town on business one evening last week. Mrs. J. J. McCartney returned home Saturday from Scipio, Ind., where she had been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Redman. The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nay are glad to see them out again, after their long siege of sickness. They spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. Ann Law, of this place - Quite a number of the school children are sick with whooping cough. Mr. O. J. Gudgel was calling on friends Sunday afternoon. Miss Ella Chambers, of Lexington, returned to her home Monday, alter a two weeks' visit at the home of Mr. Irvin McCaslin. We are always glad to see Miss Ella's bright face in our community. Wishing the Courier success, I am Esau

    Daily S. Means was born July 27th, 1880, died Jan. 19th, 1900. His boyhood was spent in Ripley County, where he received a common school education. He afterward attended the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, and later was graduated at Indianapolis Business University. His life for the past year is well known to the people of Canaan, where he was held in universal esteem by all classes of people. His quiet, gentlemanly manner and courteous treatment of all with whom he was associated made many warm friendships. He was an expert book-keeper and careful business man. He will be greatly missed by his associates in business as well as by a large circle of young acquaintances with whom he was deservedly popular.

    The funeral of Dr. George E. Trow took place at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, and was largely attended. The services were conducted by the Rev. Fuller Swift, pastor of the Vine Street Baptist Church. Findagrave Link

Hon. Edward S. Roberts, Jefferson county's present able and influential Representative in the General Assembly of Indiana has decided to present his name to the Republican voters for renomination. Very many prominent voters, pleased and gratified with Mr. Roberts's legislative record, have urged him to make the race again. It is safe to say that no man of his age ever made a better showing in the House of Representatives than Mr. Roberts, and few Representatives, regardless of age, have done better in their first terms. From the assembling of the members Mr. Roberts was conspicuous and influential, his assignment to committees was remarkable, being Chairman of the Committee on Education and a member and Secretary of the Committee to prepare the Reform bills for final passage. There was but one member of the House from each Congressional District on the latter committee, and its work was the most important of any transacted during the session. Mr. Roberts participated freely in the debates on the floor of the House, and in every instance held the attention of the assembly, scored his points and demonstrated that he was equal to the occasion. Out of thirty House appointments only three or four went south of Indianapolis, and Mr. Roberts succeeded in securing one of these for a Jefferson county man. As a campaign orator Mr. Roberts is always in demand, and is an eloquent and forcible speaker. Being so well known in Jefferson county it is unnecessary to go into detail personally regarding Mr. Roberts. He was born in the county, was graduated from the Madison High School, taught school several years, read law with Walker & Linck and Vanosdol & Francisco. He served as Deputy Prosecutor under Colonel Vanosdol and is now enjoying a desirable practice at the bar. In short, Mr. Roberts is recognized as an attorney of ability and energy and a rising young man. He is a member of the Red Men and the Athletic Club of this city.

    Mr. Patrick Butler reached the 62d milestone in his life today, and his many friends are wishing that be may pass many more. Mr. Butler was born and raised in Madison and is familiar with its events and history for many years back.

May 30, 1900 - Madison Courier
    Miss Nell Robertson Is home from Moore's Hill. She will return for commencement which is June 14th. Miss Nell is a graduate this year. Mrs. Dr. Redman and baby of Scipio, Ind., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. McCartney near here.-Ed Foster went to Canaan Saturday to visit his brother, whose wife is quite ill. Miss Emma McCaslin returned home Sunday from Dupont where she has been for the past two weeks visiting her brother W. T. McCaslin. We are glad to report her health much Improved.- Dr.Robertson and wife went to Madison Tuesday. MADGE

Particulars of His Death and Funeral
    A fatal accident occurred at Deputy Tuesday afternoon of last week. While Roscoe, oldest living child of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Robertson, and Clyde, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Robinson, were supposed to have been cleaning a revolver, when Roscoe was shot in the left eye. Neither of the boys knew it was loaded. He lived until Wednesday evening when death relieved him of his great suffering. Drs. Dixon and Robertson were summoned also Dr. Nel Gaddy of Seymour, Ind., but nothing could be done to save his life. Roscoe was fourteen years of age, and was loved by all who knew him. He was kind and obedient to his parents and his eiders. His death was a great shock to his parents. To be taken away so suddenly and unexpectedly is indeed sad. The funeral services were conducted at the home. Mr. Dempster Robertson gave a very appropriate talk. The floral offerings by the children and friends were beautiful. He was fourteen years of age. Six of his associates acted as pall-bearers-Frank Reiley, Walter Peters, Geo. Foster, Al Sweazy, Eugene Phillips and Graham Gudgel. Interment in Deputy Cemetery, Friday morning. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. Findagrave Link

January 30, 1900 - Madison Courier
We are having very cold weather again. Mr. acd Mrs. George Everhart spent Sunday with Mr. A Caddy's. Rev. W. J. D. Upshaw, of Roanoke, Ala., now a student of the Theological Seminary of Louisville, Ky., spent a few days at the home of Mr. Irwin McCaslin last week. Dr. and Mrs. Gaddy of Paris Crossing, visited relatives here last week. Mr. Smith, traveling Salesman for the North Western Fertilizer Co., was In town Thursday. Hord and Pheasant shipped stock to Cincinnati, O., last week. Mrs. N. J. Evans returned from Madison Wednesday where she has been spending the past three months with her daughter, Mrs. Maggie Bivens. Mrs. Dr. D. E. Hartwell and daughter Mildred, of New Albany, Ind., came Friday to spend a few days with the Doctor's parents. Mr. Morgan Dryden, of this place, died Saturday at the County poor farm, of which he was an occupant for the past month - Undertaker J. B. McCartney went for the remains Sunday. Interment was in Pisgah Cemetary. Findagrave Link Mr. and Mrs. Frank Evans spent Saturday and Sunday with relatives near Commiskey. The sick of the community are convalescent. Miss Fannie Jackson came home from Kent, where she spent a week with her aunt, Mrs. R. D. McGary . ESAU.

Rev. J O Briggs, of Louisville, preached at the Baptist Church Saturday night and Sunday. - Mrs. Robinson, of Deputy, is visiting relatives in Lancaster. Miss Ora Giltner, who has been working in Madison, came home last week to remain. Mrs. Ella Roberts and Lottie Wyne are on the sick list. Mr. George Ferris took full possession of his new property last week Misses Flora and Myra Giltner, Ruth Chapman, Stella Fewell and Brooke Rector, also Bert Phillips called on Miss Minnie Ogden last Friday night. Dr. C. A. Burdsal, of Hanover, was in Lancaster Sunday. The social which was given at Mr. John McKay's was quite a success. All had a pleasant time. Miss Viola Rutledge is on the sick list. Mr. Alfred McClellan, of Dupont, was in Lancaster last Saturday. Leo.

Mrs. Brown has been quite sick but is much improved at this writing. Mrs. Delana Tague returned to her home in New Albany after a week's visit with her son Mr. George Tague. Mrs. George Wagner is on the sick list. Mattle Jameson and Dora Selleck spent Sunday with Mrs. Bertha Hoefling. The Misses Heck spent Sunday with their-brother Mr. Nick Heck. Mr. Lloyd Bryant of Lawrenceburg returned home Sunday after visiting at J. B. Schieck's. Miss Annie Rohrman spent Sunday with home folks. The entertainment at the Grange Hall Saturday night proved quite a success, there being a large crowd in attendance. Success to the Courier. RUBY

KENT, Jan. 29, 1900. Miss Lou Moreland, of Gum, KY., is visiting her cousin, Miss Mamie Jones, and her friend Miss Anna Bader. Mr. Jacob Haslurter visited Messrs. James Lowe and Joseph Lawler, near Volga, last week. County School Superintendent G. W. Taylor and Township Trustee B. W. Deputy have recently been visiting our township schools. Prof. Taylor is always a welcome visitor In our midst. Mr. Fred Nay and wife, of Graham, visited his sister Mrs. C. E. Kuppler the first of last week. Messrs. David Reed and Will Bruther, of Fremont neighborhood, called on the former's cousin, Mrs. Ellen Richardson, Wednesday evening. Messrs. Haney Prentiss and Will Vondisen left on Thursday for Illinois. Mr. T. A. Fields has purchased a beautiful black horse from Mr. Wm. Anderson, of Holman. Misses Mamie Jones and Lou Moreland visited the former's sister Miss Katie Jones and Miss Jennie Wiley, of Hanover, on Thursday and Friday. Miss Eva Calloway, one of our efficient teachers, spent Saturday and Sunday at her home in Deputy. Mrs. Dr. G. C Dixon, of Deputy, visited her aunt, Mrs. R. D. McGary, last week. Presiding elder Dr. Sargent preached at the Quarterly Meeting services on Saturday and Sunday The Dr. is an eloquent speaker. On account of a sudden illness Rev. W. R. Plummer had to return to his home Sunday before church. Bro Plummer has been conducting a series of interesting meetings for the past two weeks. The meetings have closed. There were four accessions to the church. Rev. Mr. Wolf, of Virginia, preached at the Baptist Church on Sunday night. Mr. K H. Swan, traveling salesman Hargan & Co. was in town last week calling on our merchants.- Mr. Verne Ramsey, of the Stanton Shoe House, of Madison, was in town last week SUNSHINE.

Henry Wilson, of Osgood, has purchased Rev. N. Smith's farm and Mr. Smith has bought near North Madison where he will move in the future. Mrs. James French and two children, Willie and Norris, were the guests of S. F. McMlnds part of last week. Frank Mussman and Zack Bradshaw intend to put up fine dwelling houses in spring. Miss Maud Ewan, of Hayden, Ind., is taking music lessons from Mrs. Flora Cox, of this place. Charles Cooper and family moved from Lock Springs to Holton last week. Mr. Cooper will assist Mr. J. P. Day in the hardware business. Mrs. Frank Knapp and son Clint were at Osgood, Sunday. Miss Daisy Brown, accompanied by James Vanosdol, visited the Bethel School Wednesday. Heaton & Darling removed their sawmill from its present set this week to a job on Henry Mussman's farm. Amos Waters entertained gentleman callers one night last week.- Rev. Blocher, of Sardenia will fill the pulpit here Saturday and Sunday. A series of meetings will recommence on the Monday following. "BOMHOMIE"

June 6, 1912 - North Vernon Plain Dealer
Miss Margaret Cravens
    It has been well said, "We live in a world of mystery;" and, also, "Judge not, that ye be not judged." The inexplicable is happening about us every day. All we can do is bear the burdens of the present and trust for the explanations and compensations which come with eternity.
    A cablegram from Paris to the Association Press is as follows:
    Paris, June 2 - Miss Margaret Cravens, of Madison, Ind., committed suicide this morning in her apartment at 29 Rue Du Colisee. She shot herself through the heart with a revolver. Death was instantaneous. The concierge found the body shortly afterward and communicated with the police.
    Miss Cravens left a letter, addressed to a friend, asking that her body be cremated.
    From inquiries made by the police it appears that Miss Cravens received a letter from Madison an hour before she died, the contents of which seemed to effect her greatly. She destroyed the letter.
    She was a member of a well-known Indiana family, and was believed to have considerable private means. She came to Paris six years ago to study music, and was well known in Latin Quarter circles.
  &n  Miss Cravens had invited several friends to tea at her apartment this afternoon and they came to the house ignorant of the tragedy.
    Miss Margaret was the daughter of the late Alexander L. and Leila Greenough Cravens of this city, grand-daughter of Hon. John R. Cravens, and great granddaughter of J.F.D. Lanier, Esq.
    She was a talented and beautiful woman and was left an income to supply her wants. She possessed an ardent love of music and art. She applied herself to study along these lines and was an accomplished pianist.
    She possessed relatives and friends, who were devoted to her, and many admiring and sincere friends.
    The God and father of all understands and loves and cares for his children when it seems not to be so. Human love is unfaltering, but human comprehension fails in the sorrowful tragedies of life.
    The relatives of Miss Cravens in this city or Fairmont have written no such letter as the cablegram implies; nor is it known that such a letter was written.
    While in Paris Miss Cravens was with an English family, a mother and two daughters, residing at the same Hotel.
    Margaret Cravens will be missed and sincerely mourned by those who knew her, relatives, friends and acquaintances, here and elsewhere. Her death is one of life's mysteries. - Madison Courier.

Madison Courier, January 1941
Cincinnati Woman Writes of Home in Government Ground Miss Grace Thomas, 106 Wellington Place, Mt. Auburn, Cincinnati, Ohio, whose home is in the proving ground area east of Marble Corner, writes to the editor. She states that her home is known as “Oak Timbers” and is loved by a large family.
The letter follows:
Dear Editor:
    In your paper of January 9th there was a letter written by a resident of St. Magdalen which I read with great interest. I also feel most reluctant to leave my community. Because it is my home, I believe it to be the most comely corner of this globe. It is a nook prepared for the special benevolence of a sun more glorious than any other suns, winds more tempered than other winds, and trees quite obviously more beautiful than other trees.
    Our church, the Big Creek Methodist, has stood undisturbed for more than a hundred years. The architecture is quaint, somewhat of the Quaker meeting house style. It is built of stone and still has the original floor, of thick, wide, hewn planks. It has a lovely setting on a hill, with many cedars and redbud trees around it and with the creek flowing at the foot of the hill. In its cemetery are the graves of my mother, father and grandparents.
    Almost seventy-five years ago my father bought sixty acres of timber land in Ripley County. He cleared a small lot, built a log house and there he took my mother as a bride, to live. It was not a palatial home, but the open fireplace with huge logs made a vast volume of heat and the snapping wood and firelight seemed quite splendid. There was happiness and contentment in this “little house by the side of the road.”
    Somehow, memory carries me back over a period of sixty years, with peculiar clearness, I recall an episode that occurred when I was still at the toddling age. Quite suddenly I heard a loud, sharp and incomparable noise. The Proving Ground will not give me any greater surprise than the small pack of shooting crackers which my sisters were firing. It was Christmas and among our Hoosier folk it was the custom at the Christmas season to celebrate in that manner.
    It would be wrong to say that my village, Marble Corner, appears as it did a half a century ago. Far from it. At that time it was a business center. My Uncle John Lockwood had great pride in being Postmaster. The people came many miles to call for their mail. Across the road was the General Store, with an owner who showed sincere interest in his customers. The whole atmosphere was charged with good will and cheerfulness. A basket of eggs might be traded for almost any reasonable want. On another corner was the blacksmith shop. From early morning until dark one could hear Tom Adams busy at his forge. Some short distance from the Corner lived Squire Bill Thomas. When not occupied as a justice of the peace, he was at times engaged in the business of making excellent sorghum.
    In all directions the inhabitants lived contentedly and cultivated their farms. The social life was most agreeable, there were quilting parties in the homes, oyster suppers at the Odd Fellows Hall and spelling bees at the school house. Sometimes there would be a dance, who can say the radio was missed when little Christy Johnson brought his fiddle and played “Turkey in the Straw.”
    The lure of the outside world may have taken some of our neighbors, but those who remain are still of the fibre of our ancestors, practical, self-reliant and industrious people. I cannot be too grateful that I have the treasured memory of them as a part of my heritage. Their history is replete with pioneer courage. All patriotic Americans sanction what may be necessary for national defense. This is why our people must move from their home land to make way for the Proving Ground. Let us hope it may be for progress toward an era when all governments will solve their problems by some other means than war.
Grace Thomas

North Vernon Banner Plain Dealer - July 4, 1894
    Mr. Willis H. Ryker has an interesting letter from his cousin, D. M. Woodfill, Esq., a native of Shelby township in this county. He has been in Iowa for a quarter of a century past, and is at present proprietor of the Excelsior Herd, at Sharpsburg, Iowa, and engaged in raising and selling the best breeds of swine. In the war for the Union, Woodfill carried the colors of the Sixth Indiana at the battle of Chickamauga. He was a soldier good and true, and as such is kindly remembered by former comrades in old Jefferson, who are also pleased to know that he is prospering in his adopted home. - Madison Courier.

Madison Courier - July 28, 1872
Fatal Cutting Affray
    A man named Leander Barnes was stabbed and instantly killed by a man named Alfred Crentz, on Mainstreet, between Main Cross and Second, about twelve o'clock last night. A coroner's inquest was held over the body in the Court room this morning, Squire Stephen Quinn acting coroner. The evidence before the jury disclosed the following particulars: Barnes, together with Richard Brundrant, Richard Watts and Crents, were at a saloon on Main street kept by Mrs. Holtzner. Barnes was trying to Crentz a horse; the conversation became loud and boisterous, but at the same time jovial and good-humored. Shortly the four left the saloon to go and examine the horse in question, which had been put up at a neighboring stable. As soon as they left, the saloon was closed, but it seems they did not go to tohe stable, as they returned in a few minutes and tried to get in; the barkeeper would not re-open, and they stood outside, talking-- Presently Crentz went up to Brundrant and said menacingly, "You were going to knock the stuffing out of me, were you? Here Barnes stepped and asked Crentz not to strike "Dick," as he was his uncle. Then there was a general reconciliation, and each party declared his intention to stick by the other. After conversing awhile Barnes discovered that Brundrant's mouth was bleeding, and advanced towards Crantz, saying. "What did you strike the old man for? You have hurt him bad." Crentz told him to "go away and let him alone: they had made that up." - Barnes continued to advance, and repeated the question, "What did you hit the old man for?" when Crentz jumped forward suddenly and struck Barnes twice in the breast. The first blow staggered him; and upon receiving the second he fell like a log. None of the witnesses saw the knife in Crentz's hand at the time of the cutting, but he had shown it to Watts during the evening, and Watts identified it.- The wounds were in the right breast, about three inches deep, ranging downard and to the left. The wound that caused death severed two ribs and entered the aorta just above the heart: life was extinct probably before the body reached the ground. The deceased was a resident of this county, well known in Madison; he was married, and leaves a wife and several children, living on Indian Kentuck creek. Crentz's home is in Jeffersonville, but for the past few days he had been employed in Graham's hub and spoke factory. He was arrested soon after the cutting, and now lies in the county jail awaiting the action of the Grand Jury.

Madison Daily Herald, June 25, 1879
Deputy Letter
Deputy, Ind., June 21, 1879
To the Editor of the Herald:
    Since my last writing, our people have made arrangements for a grand celebration on the 4th of July. We expect to have able speakers for the occasion, and we anticipate a good time generally. The water-works belonging to the camp meeting association will be put in good running order to furnish water for the grounds. Come and see us, once more we will promise you all the accommodation in our power to furnish.
    Mr. Shafer had the misfortune to lose a fine ox the other day, for which he had just paid fifty dollars. He says it was poisoned but we think differently.
    Wheat is well filled, but thin on the ground. Corn looks well, considering the backwardness of the season. Oats and grass almost a failure.
    The stone-quarry is in excellent working condition. Mr. Reily is here, and has taken general supervision of the entire work himself. He is erecting a lot of fine derricks, which will add greately to the facilities of getting out stone.
    Our Moore's Hill students, Miss Hattie Wiggam, Clarence Wiggam, John H. Wiggam, and Arthur Robinson, have just returned from college. They will remain at home during vacation.
    Only one summer school being taught in our township. There should have been several more.
    William Arbuckle was attacked a few days since by a drunken man, who attempted to take, by force, a piece of meat which William had in his possession; but he (William) was not willing to donate it to him, and a contest ensued. We were not present, but were told that after calling in vain for his wife to come to his assistance, he finally assumed the defensive, and succeeded in giving his assailant a black eye. William retreated in good order, but was seen a few minutes later looking for a Doctor to set a dislocated finger.
    The matrimonial mill raised steam last Thursday, but only ground out one grist. Charles Monroe, of Deputy, and Margaret Stucker, of Scott county, were the happy ones. Charlie is a good worker in matrimonial affairs for the last three or four months, and we are glad to know that his labors have not been in vain.
    Sell. Baily, our fellow townsman, has again been reinstated as pumper at the Big Creek water tank, where he formerly proved to be an efficient hand. He had only been temporarily discharged, in consequence of an excess of hands.
    Our neighborhood is still nightly infested with thieves.
    We would advise the young lady who walked to town the other day, to put a paper of pins in her pocket before she starts next time.
    Dr. T. R. Cave, since he has been married, tells the young men, that persistent kissing is dangerous; but they keep on doing it, just as though a professional does not understand his business.
    Lemuel Brower and mother, from Indianapolis, are visiting their relatives in our vicinity.
    Brother Bright continues to preach for us on Thursday nights. He is still in our midst to-day.
    Since our Legislature passed the law requiring railroad engineers to blow the whistle at every crossing, it seems that they perform their duty with unparalleled zeal; they succeed in waking up all the natives, and make all the horses break loose and run away that happen to be close to the road. We doubt the propriety of the law, but it would have been a little more systematic if they had made it compulsory upon conductors to take off their hats and salute the passengers as they enter the coaches, and for brakeman to give white handkerchief flirtations to all the ladies along the line of road who may stand in their door or look out at the windows when the trains are passing.
    Preston Gudgel, an old citizen of Graham township, died very suddenly a few days ago. His death was caused by a rupture, received while working in his corn field.
    Mrs. Vanhorn, and aged lady, and old resident of Republican township, died June 13th, at the residence of her son-in-law, Stephen Bassett, in Holman, Scott county. Her remains were taken to Kent for interment. NUDIS VERBIS

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