Larry Stout has been collecting Jefferson County Clippings for years and he has generously loaned me his many binders of those clippings to add to the Jefferson County INGenWeb site. Larry did research on Anti-Slavery activities, African American families also his own family and affiliated families in Jefferson County. For those of you who might not be familiar with some terms where you find underlined links you can click to find a definition, use your back arrow to return to this site. On obituaries, if I can find a listing on Find A Grave I will add a link to it. This is such a large amount of information I will put it up in installments, so this first section is just the beginning.

Republican Banner - March 12, 1845
    There will be a convention of the Liberty Party, held at the Court House in Madison, on the 21st day of March, 1845, for the purpose of nominating candidates for all the offices to be filled by the suffrages of the citizens of the County at the next August election.
    Several distinguished Speakers will be present and address the meeting.
    The Speakers invited are Casius M. Clay, of Ky., Samuel Lewis and S.P. Chase, of Cincinnati; and Dr. Noble, Munsel, Ackley, Deming, Stephen S. Harding, of our own State. Lewis and Chase have been heard from and will certainly be present.
    Every Liberty man in the county is expected to attend the Convention and all others are cordially welcomed to attend, and give the cause a full hearing with unprejudiced minds. Come all. Come every person. Let none stay away.
March 5, 1845. By Order of the Committee.

MARRIED -On Thursday, the 26th of February, by Rev. James B. Crowe, Mr. Silas B. McKinney, to Miss Carlisle C. Kinnear, daughter of Campbell Kinnear Esq.-all of this county.
MARRIED -On Tuesday, 11th instant, by the Rev. Mr. Dubrin, Joseph C. Hite Esq., to Miss Elizabeth S. Talbot-both of this city.

Republican Banner - March 26, 1845
    In persuance of previous notice, a number of the citizens of Jefferson County, Indiana, friendly to the cause of LIBERTY. met in the Court House in the City of Madison, in said county, on the 21st day of March, 1845, and orgainzed by calling Col James Morrow to the CHair, and appointing James Brown Secretary.
    After the object of the meeting was explained to be the nomination of candidates for office, for said county, at the election that is to take place on the first Monday in August next, it was, upon motion, Ordered, that a committee of five persons be appointed to report the names of suitable persons to fill the various offices.
    Whereupon, Samuel G. Daily, John L. Anderson, Earl Tibbetts, David Hughes and Jefferson Nelson, were appointed that committee, - with instructions also to report resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting respecting the Liberty party.
    The committee retired, and shortly afterward reported the following resolutions for adoption, to wit:
    1.  Resolved, That whether we consider the moral, the religious or the secular interests of our country, we find slaveryis the GREAT EVIL, that is undermining and subverting all our moral, religious and political institutions, and that it so far exceeds in its enormity and magnitude all other evils, that they become COMPARATIVELY of minor importance.
    2.  Resolved, That it must be now evident to all, that Slavery is extending and enlarging its baleful influence throughout our whole country, and that most of the politicians of the free States, have become so corrupt, that for the sake of office and money they are engaged with the Slave-holder in extending, and making available these odious principles.
    3.  Resolved, that inasmuch as the principles of Slavery have engrafted themselves upon the two great political parties that govern our beloved country, our liberties must soon be swept away, unless and effectual organized liberty party, who will act as with one hand, and speak with one voice, be put in motion.
    4.  Resolved, That the Liberty Pary of these United States, as now being orgainzed is that party.
    5.  Resolved, That the Liberty Party knows but two classes of men, -Slavery men, and Anti-slavery men. That a Slavery man they hold to be a man opposed to our Charter of liberties, as contained in the American Declaration of Independence, and not a friend to an equality of rights among men, and therefore cannot have the support of the party.
    6.  Resolved, That the proceedings of COngress in the Annexation of Texas to our Union, and the adoption of the Constitution of Florida, violate the Constitution of the United States, and are repugnant to the principles of humanity, equality and liberty.
    7.  Resolved, That the Liberty party believe that all the evils of which they complain, can be effectually removed by constitutional legislation, and that such legislation must be had, or our government will speedily end in civil war.
    8.  Resolved, That the Liberty party oppose all physical force, and rely upon truth, liberty, the interests of our county, the Bible and the ballot box, for final success.
    9.  Resolved, That the Liberty party are more anxious for the salvation of the country, than they are for office,- and are willing to receive accession from the Whig and Democratic parties, and will sustain them with all force of the party.
    10.  Resolved, That our motto is LIBERTY AND EQUALITY-and down with all orders of Nobility, Aristocracy, or Masters, of every name, grade and denomination.
    On motion, Ordered, That Samuel Tibbetts, Peter Smith, David Hughes, Samuel G. Daily, L. Hoyt, M.W. Craig, and M. Sturgus, be, and they are hereby appointed a standing Corresponding Committee.
    The committee on that subject reported the nominations following, to wit:
For Representative Samuel G. Daily
For Representative Jefferson Nelson
Sheriff James Craig
Commissioner John L. Anderson
Clerk John Watson
Auditor A. Matley
which was unanimously adopted.
    The meeting was then addressed by S.S. Harding, Esq., in a strong and able speech of two hours and a quarter.
    On motion, The thanks of the meeting were tendered to Mr. Harding for his address.
    For reasons supposed to be sufficient, the nomination for Congress was not made at this meeting, but that such nomination will be hereafter made.
    Ordered, That the newspapers of the city be, and they are hereby respectfully asked to publish these proceedings; and that the Secretary deliver a copy of the same to the first paper that will come out, and the others are respectfully asked to copy from that, if they please.
    Ordered, That meeting adjourn.
            JAMES MORROW, Chm'n.
    James Brown, Sec'ry

Unknown Newspaper - November 27, 1850
Fugitive Slave Law
    We cannot publish the proceedings of the meeting at Neal's creek, without stating that we do not approve them. The first three lines of the sixth resolution contains the only sentiment which we can endorse. The law so long as it is a law, must be enforced by the officers of the government, and rather than see a low of Congress nulified-how we hate the term-we would not be either deaf or blind.

Madison Courier - February 11, 1889
Death of Miss Rosa Fewell (Tewell)
    NEAL'S CREEK, JEFF.CO., Feb.7.- Rosa, daughter of John R. Fewell (Tewell), died on the 5th inst., at 1 o'clock p.m., aged 19 years, 5 months and 5 days, and was buried in the Nelson cemetery. She was a worthy member of the M.E. Church and Sunday School, and was much loved by all who knew her. She died with a bright hope of life eternal. The family have the sympathy of the community in their loss, though it is consoling to know they mourn not without hope of meeting their loved one again.

Madison Courier - February 12, 1889
Neal's Creek Siftings
    Mr. Simeon Naden is very sick with malarial fever. Thomas Naden has got well. He has been very sick with measles. The first cases of measles are all well, but those that got them later are still very sick. Rose Tewell died last Tuesday. Her funeral took place Wednesday at Nelson Cemetery, - Annie Fewell is very low. N.B.

    Mr. W.M. Rahe left on last nights boat for Cincinnati.
    Charles, son of Dr. W.A. McCoy, is quite sick with typhoid fever.
    Mr. Morton Condrey is quite sick at his home on West Main street.
    Mrs. Frank Phillips of the Graham road is lying at the point of death.
    William and ELiza Taylor were divorced in the Circuit Court yesterday.
    Mr. William Sands of Stoney Point is the proud father of a bouncing girl baby.
    Miss Brashears returned home Saturday night from a visit to friends in Kentucky.
    Miss Carrie Kimmel left yesterday for several days visit to friends in Carrollton Ky.
    Mr. Anderson Benson reached his 75th milestone on life's journey Monday, Feb. 4th.
    Hon. M.R. Sulzer is in Indianapolis, to attend the meeting of the State Lincoln League.
    Mrs. George Millikan of Hanover township, left on the morning train for Lebanon, Ind.
    Miss Jennie Gardner, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gardner, of East Second Street, is very low.
    Mrs. George Kirth and son Wilmer are visiting her brother, Dan Tower, near Madison. (Vevay Times)
    Dep Monroe, of East Darnicville, is in the sawing business. He is getting out a lot of timber for Madison.
    M.C. Garber, left on the early train to attend the meeting of the Lincoln League Association of Indianapolis.
    Misses May Hoffman and Indiana Clements have returned home after a pleasant visit to friends near Brooksburg.
    Mr. James H. Blythe, and wife, of Atchison, Kansas, are in the city, visiting at the residence of Frank A. Loundbury, Esq.

Madison Courier - February 13, 1889
Death of Mrs. R.W. Phillips
    Mrs. R.W. Phillips died of heart disease this morning at 4 o'clock. She was a lady much beloved by a large circle of acquaintances for many estimable traits of character. She leaves a husband and four children, Mrs. Elias Scott, Mrs. H.S. Ryker, of this city, and Mersrs. Hiram G. of Brooksburg, and Martin G. Phillips, Mayor of Leroy, Ill. The funeral will take place from the family residence to-morrow at 2 o'clock.

    PHILLIPS-Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 1889, at 4:20 p.m. Elvira, wife of Robert W> Phillips, in the 65th year of her age.
    Funeral Thursday, Feb. 14th, at 2 o'clock p.m., at the family residence on Ryker's Ridge. Friends invited to attend without further notice. Interment in Olive Branch Cemetery.
    VAIL-Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 1889, FANNY P. VAIL, aged 86 years and 8 months.
    Funeral from the residence of C. Vail on North Broadway, at 9 o'clock Thursday morn.

    Mr. D.F. Davis arrived here this noon, in the interest of the W.U. He departed for Cincinnati at 3 o'clock p.m.
    Mrs. Finney's health is slowly improving. We understand she has been able to sit up a little during the last few days.
    A new baby boy arrived Thursday at the happy home of Mr. & Mrs. Bartholomew-the first in twenty one years.
    Mr. John Clements is improving rapidly, and will be out in a few days. We are glad to have this favorable report as to his condition. He is a good and useful citizen, and we hope his life will be prolonged many years yet.
    The funeral of the late George Loyd this afternoon was largely attended. The following gentlemen served as pall bearers: Bruce Tague, Patrick Dickson, Benj. Dickson, Henry Clegg, Jacob Gaumer, Howard Phillips, Thos. Cassidy and James Quinn.

Mrs. Carrie Biggs Mysteriously Dissapears
     Yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Carrie Biggs, wife of huckster Roe Biggs of the East End, who it will be remembered ran off with "Tip" Bowman several weeks since, left her home on the pretense of seeing a physician, but as she never appeared at the physician's nor returned home, it is supposed that she and her devoted lover "Tip" have again left for greener fields together, and this time her husband says she may stay, as he will not worry with her any longer. She tried very hard to get him to give her 5 dollars and her gold watch, but he would not let her have either, as he suspected her scheme. He searched the city last night but could find no traces of his missing spouse.

Madison Courier - February 16, 1889
    Elvira Phillips was born near Dayton, Ohio, A.D. 1824, was baptized by Love Jamison when a child 12 years old, joining the Christian Church in Ohio. In 1844 was married to Hiram Galusha moving immediately after their marriage to Madison where they lived happily till his death in 1864. Two years after, in 1866, she married Robt. W. Phillips and moved to Ryker's Ridge and lived there till the day of her death. The fruits of her two marriages were five children, four of whom are living. She belonged to the Madison Christian Church at the time of her death, and has been a consistant Christian since her childhood and one of the best of neighbors. Her precepts and example will live after her.

Madison Courier - February 23, 1889
Another Pioneer Gone
    DEPUTY, IND., Feb. 20-We are pained to hear of the death of any person even though it be a stranger, because each individual is dear to someone, but when one of our best friends dies we feel the loss personally and our sorrow is greater. Our old friend and neighbor Preston B. Wilson, died on Monday last, Feb. 18th. He was seventy-two years of age and had been a member of the M.E. Church at old Pisgah for fifty-two years. He was born in Graham township and spent his entire life within one mile of his birthplace. He was honored by the citizens of his township with the office of Trustee for sixteen years in succession. He was an exemplary man and his place cannot be readily filled. He leaves a widow, five daughters and two sons to mourn.
    WATTS-At Indianapolis, Tuesday, February 19th, 1889. RICHARD WATTS.
    Funeral Sunday afternoon, February 24th, at 4 o'clock from the vault in Springdale Cemetery. Friends are invited to attend without further notice.

Madison Courier - February 26, 1889
Lancaster Items
    Lancaster, Feb. 25-The mad dog scare is over for the present. I don't think Lancaster has been bothered with mad dogs this winter; our time will come in the near future-I am truly glad that several of our old comrades have a received an increase in pension. Let the good work go on until all union soldiers reveive a large pension from Uncle Sam-The mumps are visiting the village this winter-a great many don't fancy such good company during such cold weather-Our Baptist brethern at the West church are talking of beginning a series of meetings on March 5, which will be the first protracted meeting of the season in this vicinity a grand time is looked for during said meeting. Rev. Turner will preach at the college Chapel next Sunday at 3 o'clock p.m. The Normal School will commence at this place April 9-Let everyone make preparations for a grand time at the Eleutherian college this coming spring-It does seem to me like nearly all the citizens in this area are in favor of the gravel roads.-Thats right boys, keep free whiskey away and give us gravel roads. Something that will benefit all alike. The public schools in this township will close next week.-The teachers will receive a rest before the Normal commencement.   MAX

Dupont Items
    Dupont, Feb.25-The young ladies of the H & M Glee Club desire to thank the young men of the Club for the surprise supper at Mrs. Nichols' on last Wednesday night. The young men think they are ahead now. Miss Mollie Graston has been very sick but is convalescing now.-Mrs. Patrick is improving slowly.-Miss Ada Newkirk is home for a week or two, visiting relatives and friends. Mr. Ed. Clark is home visiting friends, he will take his departure for the South this week.-Mr. Sam Chapman and Mr. Rand left this morning for their home in Kansas.-Mrs. Ollie Rollin (Rowland) has been spending a few days in Dupont.-Bro. Crisp has commenced a series of meetings at the Baptist Church.-George Williams and wife have been visiting relatives here for a few days.-Mrs. Ad. Thomas has returned home from Illinois, where she had been called to attend the funeral of her mother.-We understand that Messers. Mart and George Avatt are delighted with the South and will not return for awhile.   JEAN

Madison Courier - March 5, 1889
Middle Fork School
    Miss Ida Shetterley's school at Middle Fork held its closing exercises on Friday last. The manner in which the programme was carried out reflects great credit on teacher and scholars. Some of the recitations (especially the valedictory by Miss Anna Young) were given with great taste and ability. Following are a list of the prizes; Fifth grade, Anna Young, set of vases; Fourth grade and Third grade combined, Laura Hammond, set of vases; Second grade, Mamie Hall, set of vases: First grade, Georgia Shetterly, china plate, cup and saucer.

Neil Creek Items
    NEIL CREEK, March 4, 1889--John B. Tewel is on the sick list, at this writing.-Florence Stevens has returned home from New Albany, where she bought a very fine piano.-Granville Spicer has gone to Rushville.-George W. Ashton has received a pension of twelve dollars a month and John Tewel got a pension of twelve dollars a month, both through Attorney John r. Spicer.-R.N. Spealman will soon go to Gosport, Ind., to make it his future home.-George Phillips was married to Miss Hata Smith the 25th of February, and is now settled down for life in his new residence.-Our school is progressing finely and will close in a few days, Miss Stella Shinness, the teacher, will give the scholars a big dinner the last day of school. REPORTER

Madison Courier - March 19, 1889
Neil's Creek Items
    NEIL'S CREEK,March 18-We are having some bueatiful weather at present. Farmers are commencing to sow oats. Wheat is looking splendid especially where fertilizers are used.-Mr. Stephen Witham and family, who went to Kansas four or five years ago, came back yesterday to make this their future home.-They were not satisfied with Kansas.-David O. Stiles has disposed of his farm on the creek, and is preparing to move away. R.N. Speilman has sold out and removed to Gosport, Ind. Tommy Martin also has sold his farm. We do not know where he will locate. This will be quite a dissapointment to some, as Tommy was considered quite a catch among the fair sex.-Mr. A.O Wyne has gone to Champagne County, Ill., to work by the month this season. George Lawrence has rented 40 acres for corn of E. Sears.-James Hutchinson is chopping card wood for F.M. Landon.-The measles and whooping couch has been very prominent here this winter.-Miss Stella Shinness' school will close next Saturday. There will be an entertainment at night. Everyone is anticipating a good time.-The Rev. Turner preaches at the Nelson school house every two weeks on Sunday night. The young folks should turn out and hear good sermons.-J.R. Spicer is proving himself qiite adept as an pension agent.-Uncle Davy Watson expressed himself well pleased with his change of residence.-Walter McElroy, the jolly genial one armed veteran is doing a rushing business merchandising at Lancaster. He deserves the patronage of all honest citizens.-The question of a new school house in this vicinity is being agitated. It is something that is very much needed here.-J.R. Tewel, the veteran huckster, is rapidly convalescing from his severe attack.-George Phillips took new bride to vist her mother to-day.-Warren Rector the mail carrier, suprised every one by getting married last week. A.C.N.

Madison Courier - March 26, 1889
    Mr. Archer M. Hoffstadt departed on the mailboat last night for Sturgis, Michigan.
    Miss Nellie Barber returned home last night after spending the winter with her uncle, Dr. Lewis.
    Col. Parcher, of the Globe Tobacco Works, left the city on the afternoon train for Detroit, Mich.
    Mr. William Schnur, musician, arrived on the noon train from Columbus, and is visiting Prof. Gebest.
    Miss Stella Calloway is in Newcastle Kentucky called there by the sickness of her sister Mrs. Jno. Bradshaw.
    Mr. C.F. Hutchings, after a long absence, is coming home from Pittsburg to visit his parents.
    Andy Losey, the booming grocer, is moving into the John C. Smith house, on East Second street. Welcome Andy.
    Mr. Johnnie Gerahty departed on the morning train for Indianapolis to visit Mrs. Volker and some of the telegraphers of that city.
    Mr. Harry Sanxay will leave for Indianapolis in a few days on a business and pleasure trip. Harry will be missed, especially by his lady friends, with whom he is a favorite.
    Mr. John Clements has been able to make daily visits to his starch works for nearly a week. His restoration to health is a matter of rejoicing in this community and wherever he is known.
    Our genial young friend "Roscoe Conkling" Hoffstadt is making all preparations for an early departure from this city to his new home in Michigan. Mose is a bright, clever fellow and withal a good Republican. We shall be sorry to see him go away.
A Happy School Celebration
    NEIL'S CREEK, March 25, 1889-The closing of Miss Stella Shinness's school was a most enjoyable entertainment to all present-and the room was crowded. Across the background of the flower decked stage were the words "May Wisdom's Star Ever Guide us Onward" The music was by Prof. Frank Weeks' famous string band and orchestra, Miss Viola Shinness presiding. Among those on the programme were Miss Tilly Inniss, Uncle Jake Sherlock, Wm. Inniss, Laura Fewell, and others too numerous to mention. At the close of the delightful exercises a beautiful silver table caster was given to the teacher. A.C.N.

Madison Courier - April 2, 1889
Lancaster Items
LANCASTER, IND., March 29, 1889
    The good people of Lancaster are progressing nicely under the new administration. Times are improving to some extent; give us time and we will have better times in the near future. The third quarterly conference will convene at the College Chapel, April 13th and 14th. Come everybody, and assist in the good work. More than likely a minister from Madison will preach on the 14th of April. The Normal will commence April 9th those wishing to engage boarding places had better make application next week; a great many have engaged rooms and are waiting for the accepted time to arrive. I know of one family that have engaged eleven boarders; let others go and do likewise then the school will be one of the largest ever held at Lancaster. Farmers have commenced work to some extent they seemed to be highly pleased with the good prospect of a wheat crop this year, thus far. Max

Madison Courier - Wed, April 10, 1889
Our People of Color
    Rev. Christian closed his revival last night at the Second Baptist Church.
    Mr. Brown, of New Richmond, Ohio, formerly of North Vernon, is the guest of Mr. Edward Shannon.
    Mr. W.E. Brown is not so well today.
    The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Saunders was buried yesterday.
    Mrs. Edward Cox was called to Cincinnati to attend the funeral of her nephew.
    Messers, Will Stonestreet and John Miller left this morning for Bridgeport, Ind.
    Rev. Stone of Newcastle, Ind., is in this city for a few days.
    The festival given by the ladies of the A.M.E. netted a handsome sum, which will go toward repairing the church.
    Mrs. Pettiford is quite ill at her residence on Presbyterian Avenue.
    Miss Annie Thornton is organist of the A.M.E. Church.
    Quite a number of ladies and gents will attend the closing exercises of the North Madison school Friday night.
    Mr. Ben O'banion, Jr., returned from Cincinnati last night.
    A young lady on Fifth street accidently exploded a cap but was not injured.
    Arch, the son of William Taylor is dangerously ill.

Madison Courier - Sat, April 13, 1889
Lancaster Items
    Lancaster  April 11, 1889
    The Normal school at this place opened last Tuesday with a large attendence, under the management of Prof. Olcott and wife and Prof. Knowles, the leading educators of Southern Indiana-The Normal Students of this place organized a literary and debating society at the college building for the advancement of education. Officers as follows: President, Mrs. E.E. Olcott; Vice President, Miss Minnie Wallace; Secretary, Miss Ida McKay, executive committee; Mrs. E.E. Olcott, Miss Ida McKay, Mr. J.G.M. Officer, Miss Nora Land and Miss Aggie Lawder. The society meets every Tuesday night in the College Chapel. Everybody is cordially invited. Everything is on the boom since the inaguration of Harrison into office. Work of all kinds is plenty and new buildings are going up. Dr. Burdsall of this place is building a new barn. The Rev. Bovard, of North Vernon, will lecture in the College Chapel, Thursday night April 18th. Everybody invited.

Madison Daily Herald - Sat, April 13, 1889
    The death of Mrs. Clarissa Hunt occurred at the family residence on East First street last evening at 7 o'clock. Mrs. Hunt's maiden name was Clarissa Sallsbury and she was born in Brattleborough, Vermont, September 1, 1812. She came to Madison in 1835 and with the exception of about two years, when in Louisville, has been a resident of Madison ever since. She was a school teacher for many years and was considered one of the best in her day. Many of her old pupils will attend the funeral. She became the wife of Mr. R.B. Hunt Nov. 25, 1845. She was a most exemplary Christian lady, being a devoted member of the Presbyterian church. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. from the Second church. Findagrave link
Theodore PfeifferDead
    The many friends of Theodore Pfieffer will mourn his untimely death which occurred at his home on North Walnut street yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock. In his death Madison loses an honorable citizen and his mother and sisters a dutiful son and noble loving brother. He was cut off in the prime of life, being 39 years of age. He was a cigar manufacturer, doing an extensive business. He was a prominent Mason, a member of Union Lodge No. 2, also a member of Bucher Lodge I.O.O.F. Mr. Pfeiffer had a host of friends, being loved and respected by all, for his many noble traits of character. His heart and his purse were always open to the poor, afflicted and distressed. He leaves a mother and two sisters to mourn his death. The funeral will take place to-morrow at 2 o'clock p.m. Findagrave link

Madison Courier - April 15, 1889
    Mrs. G.P. Nash left for Indianapolis this morning.
    Mr. John Mason Duncan of Terre Haute came in on Sunday night's train.
    Mr. Joe M. Sage, has gone to St. Louis, Mo. to take a position in a shoe manufactory.
    Mr. Marvin DeBruler, Special Agent of the New York Life Insurance Company, is in this city.
    Mrs. Emma D. Becker, of Evansville Ind., is visiting at the residence of her father, Mr. C. Vail of this city.
    The wife of Mr. Charles Zimmerman, the popular druggest, is quite sick with pneumonia at their home on East street.
    Mr. Harry Harrington, of Chicago, is in this city. He is the son of the late Judge Henry W. Harrignton, formerly of this city.
    W.A. Lyon, of Chicago, is in the city, He came in Saturday and spent Sunday with his aged mother in Milton township. He makes a habit of visiting the old homestead twice every year.
    Mr. Gilbert M. Brooke, once a leading merchant here, is in the dry good business at Knoxville, Tenn., the firm being named Hall & Brooke. In a late letter he sends greetings to old friends in Madison.
    Mrs. Sofia Quirin Jordan, formerly of this city, is now Mrs. Paul Wittke, now residing in San Francisco, Cal. Miss Carrie Quirin was married last month to David Arbogast, and they are keeping house at Los Angeles, Cal. Miss Anna Kaag, of this city is visiting her brother-in-law, Mr. Harry Quirin, at Los Angeles, and is delighted with the country. Mrs. Quirin, Sr., is going to Nebraska to spend the summer with her son Jacob.
    Rev. Christian baptized eight converts of the late revival, at the foot of Fifth street, yesterday after morning services. It was most impressive and the most orderly baptizing that has been witnessed in this city for a number of years.
    The wife of Rev. Pettiford is recovering from her recent illness.
    Mrs. W.C. Brown is able to sit up.
    Misses Bella Washington, Mary Rea, Nannie Stokes and Mrs. Christian spent Friday and Saturday in North Madison, the guests of Mrs. Amilia Allen.
    Miss Ida Clarke and brother are very ill at the residence of their parents in Fairmont.
    Rev. Furguson left for Newport Ky., to pay a short visit to his family.
    Rev. Stone has returned to his home at Newcastle, Ind.
    A brother of Mrs. Sanford Finney, of this city, has died at his residence, in Milton Ky., and was buried Saturday morning.
    The infant child of Mr. Bias Sanders was buried Saturday morning last.
    Mr. Will Roberts is in the City.
    The ladies will give a social at the A.M.E. Church tonight.
    Master Jonnie Christian celebrated his seventh birthday Thursday.
    MADISON, April 14-Mr. John Peak, an old soldier of the Sixth Indiana, celebrated his birthday to day. Among the guests present were John Jamison and wife, R.S. Whitton and wife, Thomas Peak his brother and his son, S.E. Peak and wife and grandson. Mr. Peak received some very nice presents, among them a nice arm chair from his children, and a nice cake from his niece, Miss Katie Jamison, of Switzerland County. Twenty two partook of the many good things prepared by his worthy wife and friends, and after dinner Mr. Ed Whittam, Mr. Thomas Peak and Miss Duncan favored the party with some excellent music. Mr. Peak is a trusted hand at the shipyard, and his many friends hope he may celebrate many more happy birthday anniversaries. W.

Madison Courier - August 21, 1893
    Lancaster, Aug. 19, 1893-William H. Kinnear, an old citizen of Smyrna township, died August 15th at his home in said township. His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery known as the John F. McKay Cemetery. Brother Kinnear was a good man. Sickness and death did not find him asleep and off guard, but as a noble Knight, he was ready to meet the foe and conquer him through Christ, "who giveth us the victory." He suffered as seeing him who is invisible. He braved the intense heat of the furnace like a martyr and Christian hero, and with thoughtful submission he bacame perfectly resigned to his Father's will and could say with the Apostle, "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain." and with the smile of a victor he quietly "Fell on sleep," as the "leaned upon the everlasting arm." Findagrave link
    I will speak about the boys and girls in my next letter, and also with reference to J. H. Kinnear, who is an old comrade of mine, and is a Lancaster at present.
    Harry H. Ogden died August 15, 1893 and was buried in the College cemetery August 16th, during the afternoon. Quite a large concourse followed his remains to their last resting place.
    Mr. Andrew Melton and Mr. George Dodd had charge of the ceremonies. The singing was so sweet by the choir who deserve much praise. The event was the saddest of the saddest. He leaves a wife and a host of relative to mourn after him.Findagrave link

Madison Courier - October 10, 1893
    Neil's Creek,Oct 10-William B. Stout and wife, of Deputy, are visiting Louisiana and Sarah B. Marshall-There was a birthday surprise dinner at the residence of Edgar I. Spicer on the 6th inst. The affair was a grand success-A.O. Stout and wife departed for Bird City the 27th inst to visit his son George Stout that lives in Bird City, Cheyenne county, Kansas.-Mrs. Joseph Sede are visiting home folks-Bertha Blankenship, of Bryantsburg, Ind., is visiting homefolks.-Miss Izella Spicer is visiting the family of William Tewell.-Sarah Phillips the wife of the old veteran soldier John Phillips, fell the evening of the seventeenth ult. and dislocated her hip. Dr. Lewis of Dupont has the case.-Martha Spicer, the wife of the old soldier, Lewis Spicer, is on the sick list.-J. Goulsburough(?) was badly frightened a few days ago. His dog had come in contact with a polecat (skunk) and the varmint badly whipped the dog, the dog ran for his master frothing at the mouth. Jack climbed a tree and called for help and says heart beat at least one hundred times a minute from the fright.-Dr. Varble has bought the old Lewis Record property of William McCartney.-Charles McClanahan has a large contract of hauling spokes for William Guthrie.-Edwin D. Jordon thought he would take hiw wife over his farm to show her the great improvements he had been making, and in their walk they got lost and walked three or four miles.-Until they reached the residence of Daniel T. Marshall, and that clever gentleman invited them in and got them a good dinner. Edward said it was like soldiering, and gave him a good appetite, but he never would vote with the Democrats since he heard Jason Browns speach at Lancaster.-Edward said he is going to vote the peoples ticket from head to foot; so goodby Grover, goodby, says Eddy.-Alice Rector is sick with the fever.-James Martin, of Newport, Ky., is visiting Joseph Boardman.-Wash Ashton has made fine improvements to his residence.-School is progressing fine.    SUNNYSIDE

Madison Courier - September 4, 1894
    A very pleasant surprise party was given last evening at the home of Miss Jean Lorenz, of East Main street, in honor of Carl Peterman, of Hamilton, Ohio. The evening was passed with music and innocent games, and at the proper hour a bounteous repast was spread, of which all partook to heart's content. The time came when friends must part only too soon, they unanimously saying they had never spent a happier evening, and hoping that they would soon be able to give Miss Cari another surprise, they bade all good night, and reluctantly parted for their homes.
    Having very dry and warm weather at present, a good rain would be very beneficial.-Mrs. Sarah Warring and daughters, Mary and Mattie, spent Monday and Tuesday, with her aunt, Mrs. Sophia McCaslin, near Deputy.-Mrs. Mary Delappe is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Clara Henderson, at St. Paul, Ind.-Mr. Chas. Cysurell, the well know telegraph operator of this place, met with quite a serious accident last week. He had been cleaning his revolver and re-loaded it, and while putting it in the drawer, the trigger accidently struck against it, and shot him through the right hand. Dr. Robertson was summoned and dressed the wound. He then took the train for his home in Washington, Ind. He will remain until he is again ready to resume his position. Mr. Frye, of Holton, Ind., was called to fill his place.-Mr. T. S. Roseberry and family, have gone to Moores Hill, to make that their future home. They will be sadly missed by the entire community, and especially the Church and Sabbath Schoo.-Our loss will be the gain of another society. Quite a number from here attended the Association at Coffee Creek Baptist church, Paris, Ind., Thursday.-Walter, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Leeds is quite sick with diphteria. It is feared that it will be scattered throughout this town.-Miss Lillie Cosby returned to her home in West Madison Saturday, after a ten week stay with her aunt, Mrs. Alice Stout of this place.- Mr. William Stout called on friends, on Lewis Creek, Sunday evening.-Mr. Ogden passed through Paris, Saturday, with his clover-huller. While stopping there, Mr. Demp Wells' little boy climbed up on the machine and when it started, the boy attempting to jump off, fell and broke his right leg. He is in critical condition.    JIM

Madison Courier - September 11, 1894
    Breaking for wheat has been suspended on account of dry weather. Our farmers would appreciate a good rain at present-The health is generally good in this locality-Rev. Childs delivered an able address at this place Saturday evening.-From the amount of shooting done last Sunday somebody must have been hunting. The Grand Jury may investigate-Henry Fisher and wife, of Indianapolis, are visiting relatives at this place and report times in that place very dull.-We are glad to know that the bridge near Paris Crossing is being raised. Let the highway improvement go on.-Miss Josie Maroney, of Bedford, Ind., and Mrs. Meade and daughter of Jeffersonville, returned to their home, after a weeks visit to this place.-Mrs. Sam Herrin and Miss Del Mullen, of Madison visited friends here last week.-Mrs. Dr. Hartwell, of Jeffersonville, is visiting friends in Madison after a week's visit with her parents at this place.-Wm. Walton's new house is progressing nicely.-It would be a good idea if the squirrel hunters should take a holiday and discuss this question: Is it right to load their guns so heavy that the explosion will frighten the squirrels so that they will almost fall from the trees?-John A. Miller has purchased a new buggy and is now in the ring.

Madison Courier - October 24, 1894
    Mr. Wm. D. Mayfield, brother of James and George Mayfield, and Miss Effie I. Lee, daughter of Hugh J. Lee, Esq., of Shelby township, were to-day licensed to marry. The young couple are members of excellent families, and have hosts of friends who wish them prosperity and happiness.
    Mr. Willie Farquar and Miss Jane Jones, of Henry County, Ky., were married in this city to-day by Esq. Cravens.
    Volga, Ind., Oct. 22.-Mr. Alexander McKeand and Miss Brook Deputy were united in holy wedlock at Pisgah last Wednesday night at 9 o'clock by Rev. Mr. Jewett. The house was crowded. About sixty persons were present at the infair supper at Mr. McKeand's Thursday night. They have the best wishes of their many friends.-Mr. Thomas W. Kinnear is very sick of typhoid fever at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.W. Marshall.-Rev. J.A. Smith preached at the Advent Chapel Thursday and Friday nights.-Mr. Avery Spicer died at his home Saturday at 8 a.m. and was buried at Hopewell Sunday. An excellent funeral sermon was preached by Rev. L.A. Little to a large audience. Mr. Spicer was born near Albany, N.Y., July 10, 1810. He had been a Baptist for seventeen years. He was the father of sixteen children, eight of whom are still living.-Messrs. J.C. Marshall and A.S. Chapman were at Volga yesterday.    NOSLEM.

Madison Courier - Novenber 21, 1894
    We are having fine weather. Farmers are busy gathering their corn.- Arthur Phillips has been very sick with fever.-Frank Judkins is complaining of having weak eyes and had to quit school.-D.A. Roberts and wife, of Smyrna, visited friends at this place on Sunday. Mr. Roberts is a hustler.-Wm. Dunham moved to his new home on Bear Creek last week.-Dr. Haley, of Louisville, is visiting friends here.- Wm. Blockhouse, of Louisville, visited his uncle, G. Skinner, ex-postmaster, of this place.-Chas. Benifield is moving into his new home-Wm. Walton has his new cottage finished and will move in a few days.-Joseph Hoord was here last Thursday evening, to hear the young singers and says he was highly entertained.-A large number from this place attended the Crystal wedding of Chas. McClanahan, of Big Creek, and report a pleasant time.-We have quite a number of amature trappers in our midst, it is hardly safe to venture into the woods for fear of being caught in some of their numerous steel traps.-J.M. Dixon of Bear Creek, gave us a pleasant call.-the singing class at this place, under the instruction of Miss Florence Stevens, is meeting with grand success.-Every one is happy here over the election. Democrats as well as Republicans.-G.W. Shaw is hauling sheet iron roofing for his new barn from Paris Crossing.-Henry Sherlock is able to be out again.-John Ashton, the stock dealer passed through this section on route to Mosqueto to purchase some stock.     CHAMPION

Madison Courier - January 2, 1895
AN IMPORTANT JEFFERSON COUNTY INDUSTRY BURNED     The Elgin Creamery, located at Lancaster, Jefferson County, and owned by a stock company chief of whom are John Chapman and William R. Dryden, was totally destroyed by fire yesterday. The building was of frame, and with the machinery, cost fom $3,500 to $4,000. There was lost in the fire from twelve hundred to fifteen hundred pounds of butter. The fire originated in the smoke stacks, between 12 and 1 o'clock, while getting up steam.

Madison Courier - January 29, 1895
Deputy Dottings
    Our town is on a boom.-Esquire John Chasteen's Court ground out a large amount of legal business last wee, Attorney J.R. Spicer was present.-Samuel Wilson does not fancy the cold waves, especially sleet and rain, such as U.S. Clain Attorney J.R. Spicer and he were in last Friday.-Attorney Spicer is doing a large amount of legal business. He is determined to do justice to the Government and to all good and honsest soldiers and soldiers' widows.-We will have a new school building soon from the talk.-Uncle David Baker, our good postmaster, is always at his post of duty. George Dodd, of Paris Crossing, gave this place a call Friday, and reported that the much talked of canning factory would be built at the Crossing.-George W. Blake is on the sick list.-Sophia McCaslin died on the 25th inst., and was buried Sunday. She was the mother of our esteemed friend, Ervin McCaslin.-The railroad company is doing a very large amount of business from this place.-J.S. Pheasant, our clever stock dealer, is doing a large amount of business.-Dr. Z.C. Dixon is proud of his fine baby boy, which was a Thanksgiving present. DWILKINS.

Madison Courier - February 12, 1895
    Old Neil's Creek is still on the boom,-Sleighriding is now just spendid, and all the young folks are enjoying it while they can.-A large crowd gathered in the little old school house Saturday evening to get the benefit of the sermon that was to have been given by Ref. T.A. Childs, but they were all disappointed as he did not come, and after all had a pleasant chat all returned to their homes.-Mrs. Nancy McClanahan is still sick.-Miss Emma Singer spent Saturday and Sunday with friends at this place.-Valentine's day is drawin near and postmasters are preparing for busy times.-Lizzie Walton spent Sunday with home folks.-Mr. William Eonis is vey sick with heart touble.-Miss Izetta Shinness had been visiting her little friend Pheby White last week.-Walter Judkins is the best coon hunter around here.-Mr. Henry Eagen, of Indianapolis, made a flying visit to see his many friends Sunday.- Minnie Ogden, who has been visiting friends at Brownstown, has returned home, and reported a good time.-Every one is putting up plenty of ice, and they intend to enjoy the summer with lots of ice cream.    EVENING STAR

Madison Courier - February 16, 1895
Graham Gossip
    The recent cold spell has brought news from the surroundings of Graham post office that Messrs. Difler, Hoard and Pheasant have been putting up ice, and the writer thinks he will get some ice cream next summer.-Mr. Charles Pheasant and family, and Mrs. Ann Law and her charming daughters, Misses Minnie and Effie, visited Mrs. J.N. Blocher's last week.-Our snow is melting away gradually.-I am afraid Mr. Fred Difler will not get to use his new sleigh as he has been.-Mr. L.A. Cooperride, of Scottsburg, wa sup at his farm near this place on Monday.-Mr. E.W. McClanahan is back to his school. He has been absent the past week on account of being sick. The scholars being qualified carried on the school very nicely, under Garfield Hoard and Emma Lamb.-Johnr. McCartney, of Paris Crossing, a son of J.J. McCartney, has purchased Joseph Chasteen's undertaking establishment at Deputy, and will move there soon.-Rev. E.P. Jewett preached a very interesting sermon (as he usually does) at Pisgah church Sunday morning.    PAUL
    Mr. John Cosby was buried at Graysville yesterday by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he was an honored member. About twenty of the Fraternity attended from this city (Madison), and Rev. Mr. Hargrave conducted the burial services.
Neil's Creek Notes
    What has become of our beautiful snow which we all enjoyed so much?-Mrs. Clara Fewell our worthy teacher, is going to give a grand entertainment the last day of her school.-Mr. Joseph Baughman and John Ashton visited Neil's Creek last week.-A.J. Shinness made a flying trip to Madison last Saturday.-Our weather prophet has taken to his sign. He was frozen out the other day.-Mr. Wolf is building a saw mill at this place and will be ready for business.-The young people and many old ones are spending pleasant hours on the ice, participating in the exhilarating exercise of skating.-J.H. McKay is the boss log hauler.-Fred Weeks is very dangerously sick. He is under the care of Dr. Birdsall.-Harvy Naden, who spent a few weeks with home folks, has returned to Rushville to his usual work.
CROZIER-Monday, Feb. 18th, 1895, Clara F. Crozier, in the 56th year of her age.
    Funeral at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow Wednesday afternoon from the house friends are invited. Findagrave link

Madison Courier - March 6, 1895
Rev. Moses Spicer
    Died February 25, 1895 at the home of his niece, Mrs. Hester M. McInnes at North Madison.
    Moses Spicer was 97 years and seven months old. He had been married three times and was the father of ten children. Each of his wives and all but one child are dead. Mrs. Jennie Withey, of Parkersburg, W. Va., alone mourns the loss of a kind and loving father.
    Moses Spicer was born near Ball Town Springs, Sand Lake township, Rensallear county, N.Y. At the age of 19 years he moved to Ohio with his widowed monther. He prospered on a farm for several years, then moved to Chester, Ohio.
    He went to Ellsworth, Kansas thence to Pomeroy, O. In 1887 he came to Jefferson county, Ind. where he resided until his death.
    For many years he was a minister of the Christian church. He was an earnest worker and his greatest hope was that he might do good to others.

Madison Courier - March 13, 1895
Thr Late Elizabeth Yates
    Few deaths have ever caused more profound sorrow than that of Elizabeth Yates, whose departure occurred near Manville, March 11th, 1895, and whose funeral took place today. She was born in Kentucky, and was in her seventy-ninth year. She was the oldest member, both as to natural life and church membership, of the Manville church. Her Christian character was not doubted by any one who knew her. She voluntarily chose to live a single life. She was a maternal aunt and second mother of Rev. J.W. Lanham, who feels that, in her departure, the strongest natural link that binds him to this life has been taken away.
    Nearly ten years ago she was reduced by sickness to partial, but permanent mental aberration. Since that time Mr. Lanham has made it the chief business of his life to minister to her wants. She clung to him with all the devotion of a most loving mother, and refused to be comforted in his absence. Her whole life was devoted to the welfare of others, and her hopes were firmly centered on the Heavenly Home. The funeral will occur Wednesday, the 13th of March at 10 o'clock. It is expected that Rev. John Brazelton, of North Vernon will preach the funeral sermon in the Manville Christian Church.
"Lead, Kindly Light! amid the encircling gloom
Lead thou me on
The night is dark and I am far from home
Lead thou me on
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step's enough for me
So long thy power has blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on
O'er moor and fen, o'er cag and torrant, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn these angel faces smile
Which have loved long since and last awhile."

Madison Courier - March 14, 1895
Smyrna Items
    Volga, Ind, March 11.-Quite a number of Uncle Jack Hughes friends gathered at his home Monday, the 4th inst., for the purpose of giving him a birthday surprise. But his friends were surprised to hear that he had passed his 66th birthday the day before. Those present reported quite a pleasant time.-Trustee F.R. Lory came near having a burn out Friday night. They heard something roaring and upon going out they were very much alarmed to see a blaze going out at the top of the chimney. The soot had caught fire and might have done some damage had they not been ready to watch it.-The Jenny Lind school closed last week, Miss Sadie Black teacher.-Mr. Jesse Marshall has been suffering for some time from an injured eye. Dr. Ford of Madison has been treating it effectually.    NOBELM
Lancaster Items
    The farmers of this vicinity who have sugar camps were busy last week, gathering the sugar and making syrup.-The sale at Mr. J.E. Tobias lasted two days and was largely attended. M. Tobias will leave us soon for his future home in Engle.-Miss Mollie Crawford is very sick, the chance for her recovery is very doubtful.-Mrs. Lucy Whitsit is on the sick list. Mrs. ? Clashman has been sick but is convalesing.-Mrs. Allie Rector left today for her home at Worthington. We hope she will soon regain her health.-Mrs. Myra Cole, of Madison, is visiting her mother Mrs. Jas Abbott.-Mr. Claude Roberts has returned from Purdue where he has been attending school.-Mr. Dean Giltner is with us again after an absence of two weeks in Davis County.-Our Epworth League is progressing nicely.-The schools at this place will close Tuesday.-Parties seem to be all the rage at present.-The social at Mr. Ogden's Saturday evening largely attended and enjoyed by all.

Madison Courier - March 18, 1895
    The funeral of Miss Elizabeth Yates, took place at Manville Church Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. There was a large turn out considering the bad weather. Services were conducted by W.C. Robbins, after which her body was laid to rest in Manville cemetery. Her desire for many years was to go home. While her loved ones left behind will miss her and especially Elder J.W. Lanham, her nephew, who has cared for her so patiently, they hope to meet again just across the river in the sweet bye and bye.
Fairview Items
    Miss Spencer had to give up her school on account of sickness. Mr. J.W. Phillips is teaching the remainder of the term. The pupils seem to be pleased with his instruction.-Several persons in this vicinity attended the marriage of Mr. Charles Keppner and Miss Mary Litson, on Wednesday evening at the Kent M.E. church.-Mr. Albert L. Schmidlap is talking of moving to Madison in the near future.-The Commissioners were expected to meet at the ford at the White River, near Mr. Ed Coppers, to consider the advisability of building a bridge at that place.-Hon. D.A. Roberts and Hon. V.K. Officer will speak at Volga on Thursday night, March 28th in the interest of the American Tribune Soldiers Colony. Everybody invited.

Lancaster Items
    The people all seem happy to see the sun after such a dreary week - This place was not very well represented at the Farmers Institute on account of the bad roads-Mrs. J.M. Officer's school closed Wednesday. Mr. Condrey is going to Indianapolis. The Band Concert was not very well attended, on account of the bad weather.-Quite a lot of the young folks met at Mr. McConnell's last Thursday evening, and had a pleasant time.-Miss Mollie Crawford is still ill.-Mr. Charles Lapp is visiting home folks.-Mrs. Sarah Fewell is visiting her son Frank at North Vernon.-Mrs. O.D. Ogden returned last week from a visit with her sister at Indianapolis.-Mr. James Rector has traded mules with Mr. Herrin.-Miss Jessie Chapman's incubator is proving quite a success so far.     GLADYS
Smyrna Items
    SMYRNA, March 18, '95-The snow has dissapeared and left us in the mud again. We will hail the advent of spring.-Joseph Hensley and family have moved on the farm owned by the late Gus Rudiger.
Madison Courier - March 26, 1895
Lancaster Items
    LANCASTER, March 25-Mrs. Margaret Ferris, widow of the late Jacob Ferris, who died some weeks past, has somewhat recovered from severe illness. She is eighty five years old.-Mrs. G.W. Thompson and daughter Flora, visited her daughter Mrs. Ida Copeland, in Madison Saturday.-Mr. Ben Eshelman is laid up with rheumatism.-Miss Mollie Crawford no better at present.-Miss Lizzie Rector will attend school at Columbus this spring.-Miss Flora Clashman's school was out last Friday at Vina, Good.-Several of the young folks attended the entertainmant at Paris Crossing Saturday night.-The Teachers Institute held at the college Saturday, was largely attended by all the teachers and a good time was reported.-Mrs. VanCleve and son Wilbur visited her son Edward in Jennings County, Saturday and Sunday. They report the creamery at that place a go. Mr. Claude Roberts is their butter maker.-Mr. Alex McKeand and wife of near Deputy, visited his brother A.M. McKeand, Sunday.-Mr. John Chapman has purchased a milk separater and will hereafter separate his cream and send it to the Indianapolis market.-Ben Fewell is buying another car load of hogs for the market. Success to The Courier. DANDI
Madison Courier - April 9, 1895
North Madison Items
    Anna Laird, after visiting here several days, departed for Columbus.-Our genial friend, Lewis Holtzman, has been quite sick of the measles, but is now better. There are several cases in town.-Will Patton visited his people here yesterday and returnd to Indianapolis the same day.-James Temple is some better today. He was thought to be dying yesterday.-Wm. Froh took his first degree in Odd Fellowship Friday night.-G.W. Blackmore informs us that he is going to have a genuine pug dog imported from Michigan.-Mrs. Duella Vaught is visiting her mother here.-M.C. Logan has been quite sick for the past three days of grip. He has improved considerably.-It is rumored that one of our prominent young men will take charge of a farm near Clifty in the near future.
Lancaster Items
    Mr. Ab Shinness and bride have moved into the residence lately owned by Mr. George Ferris. He will keep the store at the corner.- Mr. Harry Walton is building a new blacksmith shop.-The lecture was very well attended.-Mr. Nebele is painting his house.-Mr. Kissel lost one of his fine Jersey cows last week.-Mr. John Chapman lost a valuable horse Saturday.-Rev. Creighton preached an excellent sermon at the College Chapel on Sunday afternoon.-Rev. Mr. Miller preached at the West Church Sunday morning and evening.-Miss Lucy Whitsett is better.--Miss Mollie Crawford is about as usual.-John Chapman is convalesing.-
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