Among my great grandmothers things were a number of
pieces of old newspapers. I am including on this page those that I can read.
Unfortunately they are not all easy to figure out the exact newspaper or date
but I think they are so interesting, I thought you might also find them
useful. I am also including items from the newspapers I see while
doing research at the Jennings County Public Library. Sheila
John McFatridge was born in Jefferson Co. Ind. Dec. 4, 1833, died
in Holton, Jan. 25th 1898. He was married to Nancy Wyatt, Oct. 11th 1855. There
was born to them five boys and seven girls, one boy and two girls died in their
infancy and the rest still survive.
He united with the Baptist church at Napoleon
over 40 years ago and has been a devoted Christian ever since until the death
angel called him home. Most of this time he has held his membership in the M. E.
Church. He was a charter member of Holton Lodge No. 244 L.O.O.F. initiated in
1865 by which lodge he was buried. Fraternal services conducted by Rev. J. S.
Campbell, Jan.28th in the M. E. Church at Holton.
USED A DAGGER
Monday evening in North Vernon city bastile
occured an altercation between William Kuntz and Harry Pool of Butlerville, and
an Italian who has been working on the railroad. All of the parties. It is
reported, had been drinking and had been put in the calaboose for safekeeping
the mix-up the Italian drew a knife and began cutting anything that came in his
way--both Pool and Kuntz receiving knife wounds. An Irishman whom it is said was
enjoying the city's hospitality at the same time when the fight opened up in all
its fury, meekly and hastily took shelter under a prison bed until the fray was
Police officers started with the Italian for the Vernon jail but before
arriving the prisoner escaped to the woods and has not yet been apprehended. Later
it was rumored that a mob was forming to come down and take the Italian out of the
jail and stretch him to a limb. Evidently the enraged crowd did not believe the man
had escaped. Sheriff Trapp and several deputies awaited the coming of the mob, but
it came not.
March 21st, 1876
There was quite an accident happened to one of the stone cutters
of this place. Last Friday night, as he was going from this place to his boarding house,
while crossing a cattleguard, he fell and broke one of his legs. Dr. O. Gaddy was
called in next morning to set it. He is now doing as well as could be expected.
We see from the bills posted, that Weston will give a literary entertainment, on the
night of the 23rd of this month.
We understand Rev. Allen Hill, of Ill., who has been visiting here for several days,
has been called home by telegraph, to attend to some official business.
David Zener, one of our oldest citizens, is lying dangerously ill, at his residence
a short distance from here. (David Zener is my 3rd great
grandfather, he lived just over the county line in Jefferson County. He died in January
The last few days
have been like spring but wait awhile don't go writing your program on
"beautiful spring" yet.
Rev. J. M.
Swarthout held services here Sunday.
Wells spent a couple of days last week with her daughter Mrs. Bertha
Aunt Charity Wells has been very
sick and under the Dr's care for week past.
of Willard Wilkerson's children is quite sick.
J. R. Wells went to North Vernon on business last
John Lake transacted business at Vernon
Eli Wells made improvements on his
property last week by setting out young trees for shade from the highway to his
Guy Deputy also set out trees in front
of his residence this is an improvement that would benifit the town if more
would follow their example.
has been sick for quite a while but is about well
School will close here next Saturday
Mr. Malcomb, teacher, has been well liked by all
There is talk of Miss Josie Flood,
of Paris teaching a spring school here. (my 1/2 great grand
Miss Alice Wagner, of
Vernon, contemplated getting up a class in music in this vicinity. She is a good
musician and certainly deserves success if she undertakes
Henry P. Wilkerson is very sick with
Your correspondent was suffering
with the grippe last week and was unable to write up the
H. T. Austin & family and Rev.
Swarthout partook of dinner with Squire Burich and family on
Rosa Byfield, of Bear Creek,
while starting to come to church here last Sabbath morning met with a very
painful accident by having her right knee cap
Our schools are all
out, 104 days instead of the 125 as was said to be by the late Trustee
William Kysar is confined at
present with a sore leg, some two or three weeks ago he jumped across a small
branch and as he had his ax in his hand, in some manner cut his leg about the
knee, it seemed to heal up nicely and was apparently doing well, but the other
day as he was sowing grain seed his leg gave way and he could hardly walk
and it seems as though it was only healed on the surface. Dr. N. D. Gaddy is
waiting on him.
Born-to Grant Wilkerson
and wife on February 28th -
John Abdon has moved
into our town.
Mt. Zion will observe
Easter with appropriate services.
case of Pratty vs. Mel Hunt, for damages in not allowing the said Pratty to
occupy a house which he had rented to the latter, the jury found damages to
be paid to the plaintiff to the amount of $6.20 in Esq. Millers court on
Everybody is thinking and talking
Pike in our vicinity.
Died March 1st, 1898
little Walter, son of William and Lilly Bare, aged 4 months and 7 days. To the
bereft parents we extend our sympathy and hope their trust is on him who doeth
all things well.
Vanosdol has moved from the Hopewell neighborhood to the Sam Austin farm
P. H. Davis is again in
bad health and J. W. Forsyth's condition remains about the same as it has been
for the past two or three weeks.
McLaughlin of North Vernon visited her parents here over
Rev. J. S. Campbell is engaged in
a protracted meeting at Brewersville.
Royal was made acquainted with the mysteries of Odd Fellowship last Saturday
Next Saturday night I.O.O.F. here
will have work in the initiatory and each of the three
Mrs. Alfred Gloyd is much better
at this writing.
Everyone interested in
farming should not fail to attend the Jennings County Farmers Institute to be
held here Friday and Saturday March 18th and 19th. An interesting program
has been prepared and a profitable meeting is anticipated.
School opened Monday morning with the
following corps of
No. 1. Miss Emma
Whitcomb No. 2. Miss Dorothy Harshman No. 4. Miss
Tillie Andrews No. 5. Miss Effie Robbins No. 6. Miss Della
Young No. 7. Miss Flora Becker No. 8. Miss Amelia
Adams No. 9. Miss Lilliam Strang No. 10. and 11.
C. E. McClintock
Supt. C. B.
No. 8. Miss Mabie
McCaslin No. 8 1/2. Miss Ethyl
The janitor at the main building has erected a flag pole, and the stars and
stripes now float over the
Everet Wilson had his
fingers on the right hand badly mashed last Monday while working at the Sun
Mrs. Williams died at her sons
home in this city Friday, and the remains were interred in the city cemetery
Saturday afternoon. Her illness was of short
Messers. Frank Little Sr.
and Frank Little Jr. spent several days visiting relatives at Columbus, Ind. and
various places in Brown
E. Olcott has returned to his field of duty at Elizabethtown, Ky. He is the
superintendent of the city schools there.
James Anderson age 46 was killed in a reck near West Vernon last Wednesday. Many
more men were hurt but they are all doing well. Deputy Coroner Frank
Newlander of Hayden held the Inquest Wednesday. The remains were interred
in the Dupont Cemtery.
Fred McMilan and
wife are moving into the new rooms lately remodled in the old Pickett building.
Fred has a large studio and will soon be prepared to take pictures in
earnest. His studio is a handsome room.
crowded excusion passed over the Big Four north bound Sunday morning it came
Dr. Stemm's building
lately occupied by Eli Morris is undergoing a complete overhauling and will have
the modern conveniences when completed.
Miss Lilliam Carter of Princeton but once an instructor in the city schools
here, is visiting with Miss Leva Foster and
North Vernon was represented at
Chicago last week on account of the G.A.R
It is reported that Taylor
Stearns has sold his farm at Elza and will move to
Rev. J. W. Brougher preached
at the Baptist Sunday forenoon and the Methodist church at
Miss Georgie Amos and Lady friend
of Oak Dale, attended services at the M. E. Church Sunday
George Alley is putting up a
building to be used as a coal office, on Walnut Street, near his
Mrs. A. E. Ewing has purchased
the J. Linkhart and will begin work of repairing
Irwin Baer is visiting in the
northern part of the state.
Fuller of Friendwood, is visiting relatives here. She will make North Vernon her
The work on the new railroad west of
town continues with a large force of men.
Mrs. S. H. Gemstead of Louisville is visiting relatives
Miss May Bunday of this city, has
returned to Plainfield where she will resume her work of teaching in the
C. C. Pennington is employed
this week at the Big Four
Miss Josie Johnson,
daughter of Albert Johnson is very sick with Typhoid
Vel Waggoner who has been very sick
with an abcess of the throat is better.
The association at First Marion was well
Deputy and Frank Davis were at Vernon on business last
Our farmers will sow but little
wheat this fall.
Cutting corn digging
potatoes and picking beans are in order and each crop is
J. W. Gruber sold a horse to Morris
Hudson and bought one of J. E.
Clover hullers are at work but
there is not a large crop of this seed
Remember the Republican convention
to name a township ticket 15th Inst.
J. P. Maupin preached his last sermon for the conference year at Mt. Zion,
Sunday Feb. 2.
Challie and family have moved to Holton.
Robert Clark and family are spending a few
days here at Lock Springs. Last Wednesday evening he gave his talk "Home
Sweet Home" to an appreciative audience.
Rev. J. S. Campbell and family went to Bethel last Thursday where they were
going to attend a three day meeting.
Agnes Boyd is preparing to move to the house vacated by Harry Challie and F. C.
Johnson will move to his own property, now occupied by Mrs.
Bee Cummins is moving his store to
News has reached
Butlerville that A. W. Bewsey's store, post office and railroad office at
Hazlerigg was destroyed by fire last week. Some
E. C. Davis circulating a
petition for rural mail delivery on a route south of
Mrs. Cummins was
entertaining her mother from Carslile and a sister from Vincennes last
The M. E. Sunday school has secured
new song books "The Bow of Promise."
Mahlon Hinds has taken the contract to carry the mail on the Star
Emmett Latimore of Brooksbury,
was the guest of his aunt, Mrs. T. C. Johnson last
Frank Anderson is preparing to move
to Indianapolis soon.
The Baptist Sunday
school will give a picnic and old Settlers meeting in Murphy's grove on the
20th last.These next three from VERNON JOURNAL -
FEBRUARY 5, 1900
Enoch James aged 84 years died at
the home of his son Thomas S. James, in Lovett Township, Friday night
August 31, 1900. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. William Wykoff, at the
Hopewell M. E. church. Sunday morning, in the presence of a very large
assemblage of friends. Mr. James was one of the sturdy and most highly
respected pioneers of the county. His life has been an open book of kindly
deeds. Sleep and rest has overtaken a faithful pilgrim who walked on life's
DR. W. R. AMICK
William R. Amick was born Oct. 20,
1847, died Aug. 20, 1900, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Martha Covert of
Scipio. The deceased was reared on the farm, attended the public schools,
graduated at Hanover college; later took a thorough course in the
Cincinnati College of Medicine. Was afterward made resident physician of
Cincinnati hospital, then made a specialty of the eye and ear in Cincinnati
College of Medicine served as secretary of the faculty for 12 years. Formed
with his brother Dr. M. L. Amick the Amick Chemical Co. of Cincinnati. Traveled
to various eastern cities and was very successful in treatment of lung disease.
On account of failing health, returned to Scipio in 1894. Has been a consistant
member of the Presbyterian church for many years, and talked freely of the
future life which he realized commenced here on earth. Ate supper in his
usual health last Wednesday evening, stepped out into the yard and suddenly sank
into the last sweet sleep.
Jesse Osborn, son of Grandson Osborn of Vernon, while on duty as a B. & O.
S. W. switchman at North Vernon Saturday morning came near loosing his life, by
the accidental falling from the running board of the engine. When taken out
from under the engine he was just in front of the fire box. The calf of the left
leg was badly injured a big gash was cut in his back and the right arm and
neck were both badly lacerated. In places cinders had been ground into the flesh
by the moving engine. The young man now is getting along as well as could be
expected and bids fair to recover.
SEPT 1, 1900, VERNON
JOURNAL - The next 5 items are text from advertisements in the
Thomas C. Batchelor
Wagner Bros & Co., Hardware Store -- Opp. Court House
W. J. Mitchel
Office at residence, opp. M. E.
All calls promptly answered
Abstract of Titles
With County Recorder, Vernon,
City Barber Shop
Good Razors, Clean Towels, For a
Snooth Shave or a near Hair
me a call.
Fred Fetter, Vernon,
First Class Livery
Picnic and Visit-
ing Parties can find the best
Welker & Son's Livery Barn
Good Rigs, good teams and
drivers always on hand
& Son, Vernon, Ind.
SEPT. 1, 1900 - VERNON
Rob Burton of Plean, and Frank
Conway, of Haneys Corner, were in town Thursday.
Miss Lotta Fellows is
working for H. Richardson's.
Jess Grinstead of Nebraska, and Miss Dora
Woolman, of Butlerville spent last Sunday at Joe Ralstin's.
Dove Batchelor of San Bernardina, California, and Gertrude Stanley of
Witchita, Kansas were the guests of Miss Letha Stanley the first of the week.
U. E. Smith attended the Republican Convention at San Jacinto
E. H. Burton and Mat Adams are hauling lumber for Ed.
H. Moody of Rexville was a pleasant caller last Sunday.
Connelly will hold a series of meetings here in August.
every two weeks as Bethel Church.
Several from here attended a dance at
Mac Perry's Friday night.
number of our citizens attended the Republican county convention at North Vernon
Miss Ella Campbell,of near Elizabethtown, visited Miss Laura
Tanner over Sunday.
Fred May, who has been in Carrol county, for work,
returned last Thursday evening.
Dr. Loretz, dentist from Seymour, was
here Saturday and Sunday.
Mrs. John E. Amick returned home from a visit
with her parents at New Albany Tuesday.
Master Karl Schan, of New Albany,
is spending a week here with relatives.
Rev. Mr. Todd filled his regular
appointment here and at Oak Grove Sunday.
Roy Dewsey of Hazelrig was shaking
hands with old friends here recently.
Frank Shutter of Seymour, was
calling on his family at his mother-in-law's recently.
Several of our
young men have gone to Seymour to work with the steam shovel that recently left
Allen Rees and family after having sold his property and
personal effects here, have gone to Shelby county to pay a farewell visit
there, after which they will move to Oregon.
Mrs. Linnie Swarthwood and
two children will go to Wheeling, W. Va., this week, after having made her
brothers and sisters here quite an extended visit.
Rev. Alfred Ware and
family, who are visiting her father here, will return to Maine this
M. D. Tyler's new threshing machine will not do the work, it was
guaranteed to do. He will reurn the machine.
Kendrick Bros. have
finished the thrid and fourth divisions of the Campbell township pike and are
now working on both first and second divisions, which they hope to complete
before bad weather overtakes them.
We learn that Prof. ? E. M.
Hughes will be here this week to ship his goods to Dana, Ind. where he will
teach the ensuing term.
Specific location mentioned as header
B. Roseberry, an employe of
Big FOur, has been spending a few days with his boyhood friend, E. P.
G. W. Dick and family will occupy the residence lately occupied by
Rev. William Lattimore will conduct communion services at
the Presbyterian church Sunday, Aug. 15. A large attendance is expected at these
William C. Newcomb and Miss Carrie Frances, of Indianapolis,
are the guests of Judge Batchelor and family.
Samples of the latest style
fall hats at Misses Baily and Hengstler's.
Several applicants for
teachers license were on examination before County Superintendent Deputy
Will Hilton and daughter Ollie, who have been on an
extended visit to relatives in West Virginia returned to Vernon last
The prettiest, nobbiest and highest grades of BUGGIES, at
J. W. Corya's, North Vernon.
William Harryman, of Louisville and
Miss Marion Neat, of New Albany, were the guests of Judge Brown and family
Misses Nettie Ryker and Maud Hopkins are at home for a
two weeks' stay.
Miss Della Alexander of the Sherman house
spent Sunday at Lovett with her parents.
Rev. William Lattimore and wife,
of Slayton Minn., are the guests of his mother in Vernon.
Ewing and James Pierce paid Uncle Enoch James a visit last Thursday. Mr.
James is in feeble health.
Mrs. A. E. Lavitt is spending a few days at
John S. Vancleave, of Campbell township, called at the
Journal office Tuesday. Mr. Vancleve reports the biggest apple crop on his
orchards this year that he ever had.
Mrs. E. P. Newcomb, of Terre Haute,
Mrs. C. P. Frost, of Thomasville, Georgia, and Miss Apperson, of Indianapolis
are spending a few weeks at Maplewood with Mr. and Mrs. Leavitt.
party given by the M.G.O.M.N. club to their friends at the home of Miss Annie
Carney on Friday evening was a very enjoyable affair. An interesting program was
rendered, after which an elegant lunch was served. Among those present from out
of town were Misses Carrie, Francis and Mayme Weatherton, Indianapolis, Misses
Isabelle Overmyer, Alice Cope, Ida Westover and Messers, Leahigh, Brocksmith and
Hole, of North Vernon, and Carson of Rush Branch.
Lady relatives from
Bloomington, Illinois, are visiting with the family of W. J.
A NARROW ESCAPE
While driving a two seated
surrey across Brush Creek, between Nebraska and Zenas, Sunday
forenoon, John and Lawrence Hayes, John Purdom and Benjamin Couchman
narrowly escasped death by drowning. Sudden rain had swollen the creek, and the
danger was not realized until the rig and horses were submerges. The team
swam down stream with a heavy current bearing down on the rig and occupants, all
the men being thrown into water over their depth. They swam ashore and the
horses landed all right. The losses are: A hat, coat, umbrella, side
curtain, $5.00 that was in the coat, and a badly damaged buggy. It was indeed
fortunate that some of the men were not downed.
The people of Vernon and adjacent country were
startled Monday morning by the sad news that Roy Bingham of Vernon had been
drowned in the Muscatatuck. near Sullivan's Ford while bathing with
some other boys. Roy was about sixteen years old, and just one week
previous had engaged with contractor Frank Harmon to drive a team in work on the
Monday morning he went to the place of work but on account
of the recent rain did not go to work. Shortly afterward some of the
boys went in bathing and amoung them was Roy, who was unable to swim. Soon
he was in over his depth and the drowning resulted. All Monday was spent by
numerous men in attempting to raise the body by grapling hooks, seins, and
dynamite but without success. The boys foster mother, his nearest known
relative, is almost distracted over the affair. The body was found near where
the accident happened Tuesday after it had risen to the surface. Undertaker C.
C. Jordan, took charge of the body.
Vernon was interested in the wedding which took place Wednesday evening, July
25th. Two of our highly esteemed young people, Mr. Frank Fetter and Miss Estella
Hill, were united in marriage by Rev. Chesley Holmes at the home of the
bride's grandfather, Mr. John Perry. It was a quiet wedding, only the
immediate relatives were present. After the ceremony was repeated and
congratulations extended, ice cream and cake were served, and the friends took
their leave; the bride and groom going to their new home east of the Square,
ready furnished and awaiting their occupation. The bride on Monday previous
to the nuptial day, was greeted with a kitchen shower of valuable cooking
utensils at the home of Mrs. Chapin Wagner, where about three dozen of the
ladies presented kettles, pans, tinware and other kitchen ware as an evidence of
their high esteem of their popular friends.
Fred Fetter is well
and favorably known in Vernon as one of our straight-forward business young men,
and his many friends rejoice with him in his newly found
None however, extended a warmer congratulation than
"Morg" Ewing, who, it is said, joined the charivari party and absolutely refused
to leave the doorstep of his friend unti after three o'clock the next
May Mr. & Mrs. Fetter have such persistent friends
all along life's dusty highway.
William B. Prather and Frank E. Thompson were each named for County Treasurer.
The first ballot giving Mr. Thompson 93 1/2 votes, and Mr. Prather 31 1/2 votes.
Mr. Thompson was therefore declared the nominee of the
E.P. Summerfield, E.C. Davis and W.T. Johnson were
named for the honors of County Recorded. Summerfield led, but did not have a
majority of all votes cast on the first ballot. The second ballot gave him the
nomination with votes to spare.
Harmon Parker and C. D.
Deputy were each named for the honors of sheriff. The ballot gave Mr.
Parker 78 votes, and Mr. Deputy 52 votes. On motion of Mr. Deputy, Harmon
Parker's nomination was made unanimous.
C. C. Alexander and
Chas. W. Miller were the two contestants for the surveyorship - Mr. Miller
winning the laurels.
For coroner Dr. D. R. Saunders was selected
Henry French, H. R. Weeks and David Clark
were each named for commissioner Dist. No. 1. Mr. Weeks, receiving a majority of
the votes was declared the nominee.
selected were as follows
District, No. 1 ......................K. F.
District, No. 2 ......................W. J. Randall
District, No. 3
District, No. 4 ......................Henry
For the Advisory Board, Robert Leavitt, Young
Beemish, and H. H. Rowland were selected by acclamation.
E. M. Brown, who had had considerable experience as a Republican orator, was
called to the stage and made a pointed little speach in which he expressed the
opinion that the Indiana colored vote to a man would be given to the Republican
party, which had liberated their race from the bonds of slavery.
Thus closed a convention that is the forerunner of a Jennings county Republican
VERNON HORSE THIEF DETECTIVE ASSOCIATION - unknown date of
It was nearly a hundred years ago that the North
Vernon Horse Thief Detective Association was formed. The date was February 25,
1888. According to minutes of the Jennings County Commissioners in March 1888,
the members of the group were given all powers of constable.
Members of the North Vernon Horse Thief Detective Association were Moses Ferris,
Charles H. Green Sr., C. Wildy (sp), Jacob Banft, Isaac Smith, E. B. Longstar,
A. N. Engle, Calivn Wildy (sp), John Wildy (sp), James H. Green, William R.
Shuck, A. C. Huckleberry, Charles Kohleier, George F. Verbarg, Calvin Wilder,
James H. West, J. B. Curtis and Wilkerson Winkler.
Focke, Fountain Childs, John Butler, Benjamin Payton, Morton Oathordt, Milton F.
Eastman, Louis Reichle, Wilber Wildey, Martin Nighswander, Albert Ball, Lemuel
Engle, B. R. Hiter, Hiram Elliott, John S. VanCleve, John F. Hayden, Riley F.
Brougher, William Haines, William H. Ali, S. Stearns, Frank Coryell, J. C. Cope,
L. H. McConnell, S. D. Adams, Moses Alexander, Israel Warner, David Hulse and
JAN. 9, 1909 - NORTH VERNON
Mrs. James H. Green entertained for her
nieces, Misses Edna Millizen and Margaret Green with a watch party Thursday
evening December 31st. The first part of the evening was spent playing
progressive Mr. Swinenduster. The prizes were won by Walter Siener and Miss
Marie Tech. Numerous other games were played and the mistletoe hidden so
carefully proved an amusement for the boys but a terror for the girls. A
delightful lunch was served and the young people then proceeded to ring the old
year out and the new one in. A glorious evening was reported and all returned to
their homes with "Happy New Year" still ringing in their
At the residence of the bride's
parents Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Bovard, of Paris Crossing, on the evening of January
1st, occured the marriage of their daughter, Alma O'Lena, to James W. Wright,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Wright, of Paris Crossing. The ceremony was
performed by Rev. C. L. Bovard, D. D. of Oxford, Ohio, assisted by President W.
S. Bovard, of Moore's Hill College, both uncles of the bride. The ring service
was used. The bride was gowned in white and carried bridal roses. The wedding
march was played by Miss. Martha Wright, sister of the bridegroom. A large
company of relatives witnessed the beautiful ceremony and wished the popular
young couple a happy and prosperous journey through life. The wedding trip will
include a number of the most historic places in the south and east. The bride
was the recipient of many beautiful and valuable presents.
Mr. & Mrs.
Nicholas Megel Celebrate their Golden Wedding.
church at Four Corners witnessed a rare sceen on Tuesday last, January 5th. Mr.
and Mrs. Nicholas Megel, well known and highly respected in their congregation
as well as their neighborhood of Hayden and North Vernon, celebrated their
golden wedding jubilee, the 50th anniversary of their marriage, amidst a host of
friends and acquaintances and among the happy faces of their five children and
The services in St. Joseph's church
began at 10 o'clock. A solumn high mass was celebrated at the occasion, Rev. J.
Schneth the pastor, being celebrant, assisted by the Rev. Fathers Widerin of
North Vernon, Loi le, of Borden and Zogleman of St. Ann. A large number of
parishioners joined the jubilations, who renewed the marriage vows, in offering
the holy sacrifice of mass in thanksgiving for the many blessings God had
bestowed upon them during the fifty years of their married
After the services the whole relationship accompanied the
venerable couple to spend the day at their home, where a sumptious dinner was
served to sixty-one persons.
The five living children are: J. N.
Megel, Mrs. P. Speck, P. Megel, N. J. Megel and Mrs J.
Invited for the occasion and present were, outside of the
relatives and friends of home, Emma Scheid and Aurelia Huelsmann, Cincinnati,
O., Mr. and Mrs. N. Fox, Lizzie Fox, Silas Fox, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Haley, North
Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. Balsar Kirsch, Seymour and John Gerth, Cabery,
The hours only sped too fast for the happy gathering of
young and old and when at late hour the wishe4s, they left convinced to have
helped make the day a success, honoring a man and woman, who as father and
mother in their family life and as citizens in public life are a credit and an
example in the church to which they belong and in the community in which they
May many years yet be theirs.
Received Last Week Proved Fatal
The injuries received by Jesse
McIlroy, of Butlerville, in the accident he had last Monday evening proved to be
so serious that the strong constitution of the man could not throw off the shock
and he died Monday morning of this week. No new developments have turned up in
the affair since he was found under the buggy at the Walnut street crossing but
some persons are now inclined to believe that the man was robbed. It is said he
left home with money and that he was driving a horse so gentle and so used to
the road between this city and Butlerville that the animal could hardly have
taken him two miles in the opposite
SEPT 2, 1900 - VERNON JOURNAL
Lizzie O'Hair is confined to her room by illness
Robinson, of Paris, visited relatives here last week.
Hopkins of Chicago, is visiting his parents in Vernon.
Baker accompanied his mother as far as Indianapolis, on her Minnisota
Mrs. Pearl Willard, of Live Oak, Florida, is visiting
relatives here. (Pearl (Stewart) Willard was the daughter
of Simeon Stewart and his first wife Emma Abrams at this time
Simeon & family were living in "Old" Paris.)
Daughters of Rebecca have indefinitely postponed their picnic, that was to have
been given Thursday.
Mrs. Peter Hengstler, left Tuesday for a
visit to her brother Charles Parker, at Cripple Creek,
Jerry Sullivan has gone to Cincinnati, for a
short visit. He will return Saturday accompanied by his daughter Miss.
Milton Davis, of Vernon Township, will sell his personal
property at public sale, Wednesday, September 12. Mr. Davis expects to move
to Boone county.
The republicans of Spencer township have
placed the following excellent ticket in the field: Trustee, Joseph L. Ewan,
Assessor, Forrest St. John.
Mrs. Minnie barrett, after spending
several weeks with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Philip Nauer here, returned to her
home at Sterling, Colorado, last week.
Harry Ewing spent
several days last week in the Graham neighborhood. Probably to see his best
Sept. 5, 1900 - Vernon Journal
Whereas, it has
pleased the Almighty Father to remove from our midst our beloved sister and
friend Eliza J. Dixon.
Resolved, That we tender our heartfelt
sympathy to the aged mother and family in their bereavement.
Resolved that these resolutions be printed in one of the county papers and a
copy of the same sent to the family and a copy be retained by the Esther Rebekah
Lodge No. 212. We mourn for a sister lost, we grieve for a friend that is gone
but we cherish the memory of noble life, full of deeds of kindness, of
helpfulness, of generosity of justice that shall stand as a challenge and an
incentive to inspire the emulations of those who follow. While we may
not in glowing periods or in stately phrase, record this tribute to our
departed sister, ye we may simply state our heartfelt sorrow at her untimely
departure from the field of action for which her life had so
eminently fitted her.
Fred McCammon spent Sunday
Gen. W. Dick, Mrs Dick and Kenneth spent Thursday in
Homer Harlow and George Rogers, Jr., returned home
on Thursday from a visit to the capital city.
The repairs at the
Vernon School Building will be completed in a few days, and school is
expected commence about the middle of September.
Mrs. C. C.
Jordan and Miss Fay Jordan went to Tipton Thursday to visit relatives.
Miss Fay will on her return spend a few days at
A petition, asking the county commissioners to
erect a new bridge acorss the Muscatatuck at Hinchman's ford, is being
circulated and quite generally signed by prominent
Hon. John Overmyer, was taken sick at New Albany, on
Saturday while attending a political meeting and was brought home on Sunday
where he is confined to his bed.
Solomon Burchell was nominated
by the republicans of Bigger township Saturday for trustee. Joseph Smith was
also made the candidate for assessor of the same
Money to loan on farm property at 5
per cent. H. P. Hole, Butlerville, Ind.
James Neal, of
Zionsville, is visiting relatives here.
Misses Sadie and May
Maupin, of Dupont, were here Saturday.
Harry Challie has moved
to Holton, where he will engage in the barber business.
Campbell will preach his closing sermon next Sunday for this conference
Mrs. Agnes Boyd has moved into the Hole
Mahlon Hinds secured the job of carrying the mail on
the star route from here, vice Henry Denton, resigned.
Cummins has moved his store to Carlisle, Ind.
A petition for
rural free delivery is being circulated along the route now known as the
Star Route, south and east of this place.
Sunday school will picnic at Murphy's grove Sept. 20, and a prize banner
will be given for the best choir singing and a prize for the oldest couple
attending the picnic.
Gus Schoubert and wife, of Seymour, are
the guests of Joab Murphy.
Albert Eldridge and family, of
Seymour, spent Sunday with Wm. Hutton.
Alfred Appling, of
Cincinnati, is visiting his father.
______ Leonard has moved
into the property he bought of WAm. H. Hutton.
O. Clarkson has
moved into his own property.
J. W. Silver and wife called on
friends at New Marion, Ind., Sunday.
of Cinicinnati is visiting her sister Mrs. Sammons.
North Vernon attended the funeral of little Frank Hall
Will O'Neel and wife went to Madison
James Johnson and family visited Mr. Hinkles, of near
Volga, Saturday and Sunday.
Garfield Read and Miss Ella Smith
were united in marriage at the home of the bride on Main St. by Rev. W. O.
Wykoff, Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. 79 were present and the contracting parties
received many beautiful presents. They have the best wishes of our little
hamlet. Garfield is an industrious young man and has won from our circle a
charming young lady and bride. Miss Ella was a worker in our League and Sabbath
school and will be missed from our
NORTH VERNON SUN - JANUARY 14,
William Harrington Dean
Dean was born in Stuben county New York, Nov. 9th, 1818. Died Dec. 28th 1898
aged 80 years, 1 month and 18 days. His father was of English descent born
in New York in 1774. His mother Mary Manhart was of Dutch descent and born in
the same state of her husband in 1785.(Note from researcher
Patri Hilborn - Mary Manhart was her G.G.G.G. Aunt, she had a
brother Paul Manhart, his son John Manhart came to Jennings County before
1835 and he married Martha Sutton). The subject of this sketch was
the third child of a family of eight children. At the age of 3 years his parents
left Yates county, New York, for the West. They went by cattle wagon to
Olion Point, N.Y. on the Monongahala river going by river to Pittsburg. When
that city was reached his father built a boat and brought his family down the
Ohio to Marietta, Ohio. At this point Mr. Deans father built a mill but
remained here but a short time. Building another boat the family started down
the Ohio river again landing at Lawrenceburg and located on Tyner's creek,
Dearborn county, Ind., on Congress land. The family remained there but a short
time and came by ox wagon to Jennings county in 1824. This was during the
heated campaign when Jackson and Clay were candidates for President of the
United States. On December 10, 1849, William Dean was married to Miss.
Sarah Goltry at the residence of her uncle James Whitcomb. The ceremony was
performed by Rev. John Vawter, Baptist minister at the Whitcomb home, now owned
by Charles Wilkens. Mr. and Mrs. Dean began housekeeping on the farm now owned
by James H. Amick and lived there 2 1-2 years. Then moved to Spencer
township on the land now owned by Fountain Childs. In 1850 they moved to
the farm the deceased owned at his death and have lived there continously.
To Mr. & Mrs. Dean were born 12 children, 6 sons and 5 daughters, of whom 8
are now living. 3 sons Hickman V. and Reverly J. of this township and James of
Monroe county, Iowa. 5 daughters Mrs. James Milton of Irvington, Ind., Mrs.
Retta Hines of Lucase county, Iowa, Mrs. Arnold Helmich, Mrs. Philmore Sutton
and Mrs. Frank P. Little of this township. There are 15 grand-children and
great grand children now living. Mr. Dean was one of the oldest inhabitants of
this township. When he came to this county the state road from Madison to
Indianapolis had just been surveyed by John Vawter and was in green stumps.
Indiana had then only 24,000 voters. The main thorofare of the state in Mr.
Dean's early days was the old Indian boundary line from Lawerencebur to
Vincennes. In politics Mr. Dean was a Whig till '48, then a
Democrat and for 12 years a Populist. He was an ardant siverite but did not
vote for Bryan and Sewell because he considered Sewell a gold bug. He
had a good memory and was noted for remembering dates. He was sick but a short
time. His remains were interred in the Hulse cemetery opposite his
residence. (actually buried in the Smith/Dean
cemetery across the road from the Hulse
THE PLAIN DEALER AND "The Republican" -
JANUARY 21, 1915
POLICEMAN SHOT DOWN BY TWO HIGHWAYMEN
McKinsey Dies Almost Instantly
Three Bullets Fired Into His,
$400. REWARD OFFERED
Up To This Time No Arrests Have Been
Made -- Men Were Desperate.
A shooting affray has again placed
North Vernon in the lime light and in this event Frank McKinsey, an estimable
citizen and a member of the city police force, lost his life at the hands of two
desperate men, who were, no doubt, fugitives from justice. The scene of the
tragedy was the B & O Passanger Depot and the time about 11:45 o'clock,
Friday night January 15th. Shortly before west-bound passenger train No. 3
arrived two rough looking men entered the depot and went into the men's waiting
room. It is against the depot rules to allow loafers in the waiting room but
night agent Walter Hill had earlier in the evening rejected some bums from the
depot and as he was afraid he might have some trouble in making these two
men leave the depot, he decided to allow them to remain until the policeman made
his regular call at about midnight. It was about 11:30 o'clock when night
policeman Frank McKinsey arrived and saw the two men. Agent Hill was the only
other person in the depot at the time and as he was in the ticket office he does
not know exactly what happened before the shooting started but it is the
belief of everyone that officer McKinsey, as was his duty when loiterers were
found in the depot or on the streets, attempted to search the men
before taking them into custody or driving them out of town. It is believed that
when McKinsey attempted to search one of the men the other tried to make his
escape and when the policeman turned to grab him, his partner pulled a gun and
fired. Both men opened fire on the policeman and shot him three times before he
fell, just inside the north door of the waiting room. As soon as he fell the men
made their escape through the door near which McKinsey's body was lying. Agent
Hill had no gun or other weapon of defense and was forced to remain in the
ticket room, but as soon as the men went out of the door he ran to Conner's
restaurant and telephoned to Night Policeman Langneck, who responded immediately
only to find that the murders had killed his brother policeman and
escaped. The police in all the surrounding towns in every direction
were notified of the murder by telephone and telegraph messages which gave
discriptions of the men.
The tragedy occured at a time during
the night when the men of the yard crew are not at work near the depot and as
No. 3 is the last train for several hours there are never many people in and out
of the depot at that time. The telegraph office, baggage room and express office
are located in the depot building but are not connected with the waiting
rooms and the night employees of these departments knew nothing of the trouble
until after the men had escaped. One man only was on the depot platform as
the murderers ran from the depot. At the coroner's inquest Saturday morning, he
gave his name as Dan Burns and said his home was at Jonesville, Wisconsin. He
said that he was traveling through the country in search of work and that he
stopped at the power house and asked to stay all night. He was told that he
could not remain there and he started out to look for another place of shelter.
He was walking on the platform when he saw a man run from the depot
flourishing a revolver in his hand. He said the man was running east on the
In about a minute a second man came running in the
same direction also carrying a gun and thinking the second man was an officer in
persuit. Burns says that he threw up his hands and said "I'm not the man you are
after. He ran down that way." Sam Wolfinger, the night watchman at the North
Vernon Lumber Company's plant claims that about twelve o'clock he saw
two men running along the street near the factory. He heard them say they
believed they were on the wrong road and he asked them for what road they
were looking. They told him they wished to go to Vernon and he advised them
to go down the railroad track. They went up to the railroad but instead of going
toward Vernon they crossed over and went down Buckeye Street. If the two
men seen by Wolfinger were the murderers that is the last that has been seen or
heard of them as every effort on the part of the police, thus far, has failed to
reveal a clue.
The city of North Vernon offers one hundred
dollars for information that will result in the capture and conviction of the
murderers, and the county is offering a reward of three hundred dollars. The
description of the men as sent out to the police of other cities is as
follows: one about six feet tall, smooth face, white linen collar, black
soft hat, dark suit and shoes, long light overcoat to knees, thirty five or
forty years old: the other about five foot eight inches tall, smooth face,
chunky, dark suit and shoes, dark soft hat, light checked sweater coat, overcoat
to knees, thirty or thirty five years old. Dan Burns is being held by the police
in hopes that he may be able to identify the men if caught. Agent Hill says that
he saw one mans face plainly when he was sitting in the waiting room and that he
got a look at the other's face when he was running from the room. He is not sure
whether or not he could identify them if they changed clothes.
Two men loafed in Walther Prather's saloon for some time just before closing
time, Friday evening, and as Mr. Prather thought their actions suspicious he
ordered them from the saloon. Whether or not they are the same men that
committed the murder is a question. Mr. Prather had a good look at the men that
were in his place and no doubt would be able to identify them.
The police have in their possession three bullets that came from the guns of the
desperados. Two of the bullets are steel jacketed from a 45 caliber automatic
revolver: the other one is from a 41 or 44 caliber lead bullet. One of the
bullets was taken from the window casing where it had lodged: one had lodged in
the wall and the other was picked up on the floor, and a dent in the door showed
that it had struck there and glanced off. One empty shell was found on the
floor, which leads to the belief that one bullet remained in McKinsey's body.
The coroner's examination of the body revealed the fact that one shot struck
McKinsey in the arm, shattering the bones of the arm: another took effect in the
right shoulder and a third pierced the abdomen. Evidently McKinney had not
attempted to shoot or club the men, as neither his gun nor club had been removed
from his person. There is no doubt in the minds of the people that the men had a
record of crime. Most everyone is of the opinion that they are the same men that
shot the Marshall at Sellersburg on the night of January 11th, and that
believing that the officer had come to arrest them they resolved to take
desperate means to escape being taken into custody.
The death of
Frank McKinsey who was an estimitable citizen, and efficient member of the
police force, and loving husband, father, son and brother, has cast a gloom over
the entire community and the sympathy of everyone is extended to the
bereaved family. The citizens of North Vernon will long cherish the
memory of the officer who lost his life in the faithful performance of his duty
and all are hopeful for the arrest and conviction of the murderers. Owing
to the excitement that prevailed on Saturday, had the murderers been caught at
that time, there would have been great danger of mob violence.
Frank McKinsey had lived in this county all his life and was a resident of this
city for many years. He was forty-four years of age and lived with his wife
and lived with his wife and two small children on Hoosier Street. His
wife being ill he made two trips home during the early hours of the fateful
night, and on the last trip home bade his wife and children goodnight, saying
that he would not return until morning. It is supposed that on his way from his
home to the police station he stopped at the train depot for his midnight visit,
as it was only a short time from the time that he left that his wife received
the awful news of his death. Mr. Mckinsey's love and devotion of his family
were known to everyone who knew anything of his home life and the fact of his
love and solicitude for his wife and children makes the tragedy that bereft them
of his loving care and support seem all the more terrible. Besides his wife and
children he is survived by his aged mother, Mrs. Ann McKinsey, who is making her
home with her daughter in Indianapolis, two sisters, Mrs. Susan McGinn of
Indianapolis and Mrs. Katie Hilbrandt, of Hedge, and three brothers, Michael of
Elizabethtown, Charles of Hedge, and John, of this city. Immediately after the
tragedy, the body was taken to Charles Rapp's Undertaking Establishment and
later to his home. The funeral services where conducted at St. Mary's Catholic
Church of which he was a faithful member, Monday morning at nine o'clock. The
pastor Rev. G. L. Wilderin, conducted the service. The remains were intered at
St. Mary's Cemetery. A large concourse of people attended the funeral
services and accompanied the remains to the last resting place thus paying
the last sad tribute of respect to their departed fellow citizen, officer and
McKinsey wife and daughter of Hege, Mike McKinsey wife and daughter of
Elizabethtown, Mrs. Susan McGinn, son John and daughter Miss Anna and Mrs.
Ann McKinsey of Indianapolis, Mrs. Ferry and family of Columbus and Mack Waits
of Elizabethtown, were among those from out of town who attended the funeral of
This article on the murder of Frank Mckinsey has many twists
and turns. I am including a picture of Frank and two of his fellow North Vernon
Police officers and a link to an article from the North Vernon Plain Dealer-Sun from
2011 that tells the entire story! Frank McKinsey is the fellow on the right with the mustache.
LINK to Newspaper Article on Frank McKinsey.
THE PLAIN DEALER & "The Republican"
THURSDAY - JANUARY 28, 1915
AGED MAN FOUND
DEAD FRIDAY MORNING
APOPLEXY BROUGHT ON BY
OVEREXERTION SUPPOSED TO HAVE CAUSED DEATH
George Johnson, aged sixty-six years, died
suddenly at his home, one fourth mile north of Queensville, Friday, January
22nd. Mr. Johnson walked from his home to Queensville to do some trading.
Friday morning, and had not returned by noon. His wife went to the woodshed at
about one o'clock and was shocked to find her husband lying in the shed, his
body leaning against the coal bin. A seventy-five pound sack of bran, which he
had carried from the Queensville store, was lying on the floor beside him. He
had not been in very good health for some time and his sudden death was the
result of apoplexy brought on by overexertion. Funeral services were conducted
at the residence at eleven o'clock Sunday morning, by Rev. White, of Westport.
The remains were interred in Cave Springs Cemetery.
Funeral director H. H. Dowd of this city had charge of the
Obituaries from the above paper January 28,
BACON---Mrs. Amy Brewer Bacon, aged ninety years and fourteen days
died at her home on Jackson Street, this city, at about 9:30 o'clock Saturday
morning, January 23rd. Funeral services where held at the residence Monday
morning, conducted by Rev. H. H. Sheldon of the M. E. Church. The remains were
interred in Vernon Cemetery. Mrs. Bacon was one of the pioneer residents of the
COunty. She was born at Brewersville, spent her entire life in this county, and
lived to be the oldest native born resident of the county. Her husband, the late
Captain Daniel Bacon died in the winter of 1899. She is survived by three
children, Orlando Bacon and Mrs. Ella Davis, of this city, and Mrs. Celia
Brougher, of Indianapolis. Six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also
MATTHEWS---Mrs. Margaret Matthews, aged seventy-five years,
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Baker, in this city, at about
three o'clock Tuesday afternoon, January 26th. Funeral services will be held
Friday morning at nine o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic Church and the remains
will be laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery. The deceased is survived by her
husband Thomas Matthews, who is in a very feeble condition, also by one
daughter, Mrs. Joseph Baker, of this city and one son, Patrick Matthews, of
McKeesport, Pa. Nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also
MOLONY---Miss Mary Molony aged 60 years, died at the home of
her brother, Edward Molony, near Queensville, at two o'clock Saturday afternoon,
January 23rd. Funeral services were conducted at the Catholic Church at Scipio,
Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. Garrity pastor of the Scipio Church, Rev.
Delaney, of Columbus, a cousin of the deceased, and Rev. G. L. Wilderin, of this
city. The remains were interred in the Scipio Cemetery. The deceased is survived
by two brothers, Edward and Daniel Molony, both of this
FROM THE VERNON JOURNAL JANUARY 3,
Mrs. Martha Amick was born
October 6, 1839 at New Market, Clark County, Ind. and died at her home near
Scipio on the 6th of December 1901 aged 62 years and 2 months.
She was married to W. W. Morgan Nov. 24, 1859 to which union was born one child,
Charles B. Morgan who lives to mourn her death. This marriage terminated on the
29th day of Dec. 1862. In the death of her husband, leaving a widow having lived
together only 3 years 1 month and 5 days.
She was again
married to Joel Amick Nov. 24, 1870. To them were born three children, Effie,
Earnest and Blanche.
Immediately after her last marriage she
removed to her house near Scipio, where she has continued to live until her
She united with the Presbyterian Church at New
Market when quite young and on coming to Scipio she united with the Scipio
Bethel Church by letter and has ever been a faithful member for almost a half
century, always willing to lend a helping hand to the church until her mission
on earth was fulfilled and her Heavenly Father called her home. Blessed are they
who die in the Lord.
She leaves four children and four
grandchildren to mourn her death besides two brothers and four sisters, one
brother and one sister having preceeded her. March 24, 1881 she was again left
alone with her family, maturing them to man and womanhood and ever being a kind
and indulgent mother.
Her last day on earth was spent at her
son's house, Charles B. Morgan returning to her home in the evening and
expressed her joy for the pleasantness of the day. In the evening just before
the hour of retiring as was her custom, she called her daughter Effie who lives
about one-half mile distant, over the telephone, and asked her what she was
doing, and to inquire if all was well with her as a good and mindful mother
would do, and passed the good night or good bye. She retired to see them no
more on earth, for about 4 o'clock in the morning of Dec. 6, 1901, she was
stricken with heart failure. Ere medical aid could be had the heart had ceased
to beat and life was fast ebbing away. Her illness was very brief. No more
than a half-hour since the sad message went over the same wire that had carried
such kind words the evening before. "Send the physicians," until life passed
But to the dear children and friends we would say your
loss is her gain; and while she can never return to you, you can go to her,
for she is now standing at the portal of heaven bidding you to
After she was stricken she failed so fast that she was
unable to speak to her son who was called from another room, and died sitting up
in bed in a reclining position.
We know not what an hour may
bring forth, for one day we are enjoying the pleasures of this life and the next
be called to try the realities of the world beyond the skies.
Rev. Todd preached her funeral and she was laid to rest in the family lot in the
cemetery east of town.
Eldo Hicks was appointed executor of last will of Margaret Scudder,
Samuel Wilds was appointed administrator
of the estate of Martha Wilds deceased---bond $1,000.
& Butler vs Deputy & Deputy---on mechanics---trial by court and taken
Maggie L. Whitcomb et al vs Ebert Whitcomb
appointed commissioner to sell real estate.
State ex rel Lilliam
Bryant vs Benj. Wright for bastardy---trial by court---judgement against
defendent for $300.
G. H. Montgomery and Jon Shea of Seymour,
attorneys, were in attendance at court Tuesday
Enoch Renn died Wednesday morning at his home at
Brewersville. He had met with a serious and painful accident. While doing
some chores about his home he slipped and fell on the rough ground breaking his
thigh bone. His death was due to the fall.
GIVEN A VERDICT FOR THAT AMOUNT
Against the B & O Southwestern Railway
Jury out all night.
The case of
Anthony McGinty vs the B & O Southwestern Railway Company was tried in
Circuit Court last Friday morning and went to the jury Monday
The case was hotly contested by Bachelor &
Fitzgerald for the plantiff and McMillen of Aurora and New of Vernon for the
company. There were a number of depositions read.
plantiff was hurt by stone being piled in an insecure way by the
contractors who were building a bridge across Fox river in Illinois last
September a year ago.
The judges instruction to the jury
occupied 50 minutes and after being out all night returned a sealed verdict in
court Tuesday morning. Finding for the plaintiff in the sum of
A Secret Wedding
Superintendent, Newsome of North Vernon, now chaplain of the
boy's reformatory at Plainfield and Miss Mattie Fisher, also of North
Vernon, created a sensation Monday at Indianapolis, where she has been staying
for some time.
The city papers Monday morning contained a highly
sensational article concerning the conduct of the chaplain and it still remains
a mystery to the general public. The article in the Indianapolis Sentinel and
Enquiror said that Mr. Newsome claimed to have been married at Vernon a
year ago by a minister and that he could not remember the exact date and he also
said the girl's mother knew they were married more than a year ago; that they
had kept it a secret because a single man was preferred at the reformatory as
chaplain and that he had kept her at Indianapolis so she could study music.
Another story was that they had driven to Manila Rush county and that they
called a justice of the peace out of his home and that they stood up in the
public highway and were married.
The latest story told is that
they were married last Sunday and that everything is now settled and Mr. Newsome
will remain at Plainfield.
DEATH OF THOMPSON CHILDS
and Citizen Passed Away after an Illness of Two Weeks. Funeral a Very Lare
Thompson Childs, a prominant farmer, citizen and
democrat died at his home four miles south of Vernon Saturday morning at 5:15
o'clock of typhoid malaria fever. The deceased was 60 years old and leaves a
wife and four children.
Mr. Childs had not been ill very long
and his sudden departure was a great shock to his many friends all over the
He was born in this county November 12, 1840, and was
married to Miss America Gudgel, January 2, 1860. To this union were born five
children, two girls and three boys, four of whom are at home. One son was
drowned many years ago. The little fellow had started to follow Mr. Childs to
Vernon one day and stepped into the creek and was carried down by the
Mr. Childs never held office, but was a candidate for
treasurer against John Trapp and was only beaten by a narrow margin. He was a
member of the K. of P. Lodge.
The following resolutions of
respect were adopted by the K. of P. Lodge
Castle Hall Rescue Lodge
20, K. of P.
Vernon, Ind. Dec. 31
Out of respect of the rememberance of
our beloved brother, Thompson A. Childs, who departed this life at 5:00 a.m. on
Saturday, December, 28, 1901 we wish to submit as
Our supreme ruler of the universe has seen
fit to take from our midst our beloved brother, whose soul shone out with all
the brightness of the noonday sun. He loved right and justice. He was an honest
man and a true Knight of Pythias in every fibre of his nature. He was a true
brother and friend, loved with all the arder of his warm heart the principles of
Therefore it is resolved:
member has ever been removed from this Lodge by death whom will be more kindly
remembered than our departed brother. Our loss is his gain. He has reached the
grand lodge on high, where the charter is perpetual, and is never draped in
mourning. While his duties to himself and family prevented him from being an
active member, his thoughts were ever for the good and wellfare of the
That the lodge has lost a good honest and concientious
member, the wife, sons and daughters a loving husband and father and the
community a good and upstanding citizen.
That we sorrow not as those who are without hope, for
the hand that has broken can bind.
That as a mark of respect to our brother the charter
be draped in mourning for thirty days, and that those resolutions be placed
in full upon the minutes of our lodge a copy be presented to the bereaved
family and a copy to each of the county papers for publication.
Peace to his ashes, consolation to his friends and loved ones, and sweet
memories ever linger around the memory of brother Thompson A.
R. T. Osborn
Isaac Zeigler, an old and respected
citizen died at his home near Ebenezer Monday afternoon after a short illness,
aged 80 years. He fell about two weeks ago injuring his hip, and together with
his old age could not withstand the shock.
He leaves a
wife and four children --two boys and two girls. The funeral took place
Wednesday at 10:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. Cooper of the M. E.
Church here, to which church Mr. Zeigler had been a life long member.
Interment at Ebenezer cemetery.
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY As Told
Mrs. J. D. Cone entertained friends from Indianapolis during the
Lyle White, wife and son, of Jeffersonville are
visiting Mrs. Tate.
Will Lyons and wife of Columbus, S. C. and
visiting D. B. Reeder and wife.
Marie Euler spent several days
at Columbus with her sister.
Miss Addie Miller has returned to
Calvert Klinger spent Sunday at Louisville
Miss Leva Foster has returned to Edinburg after
spending her vacation here with her mother.
Miss Eva McDowell,
of Blanchester, O., has returned home.
Miss Mabel Haworth is
visiting relatives at Lara, Ohio.
Born, to Andy Gaughan and
wife, December 27, a son.
John Euler and wife were at Columbus
this week visiting.
Miss Annaliza Hutton, of Hulton is visiting
Joe Hoffman, of Madison, who for a long time run the
bakery now owned by Waldo Stearns, died at his home Dec. 27; his many friends
will regret to hear of his sudden death.
Mrs. Katie Reihart of
Seymour is visiting John Wrape.
Mrs. Waldo Stearns and daughter
left Wednesday for Hartsville to see her mother who is very sick at that
Geo. Bantz and wife entertained a number of friends on
New Years Day.
Miss Maggie Tebby has returned from a visit at
Nelliea and Mabel Rash and Maggie Dixon spent
Sunday at Elizabethtown with a friend.
Horace Bacon and family,
of Indianapolis are here visiting.
Ed Verbarg died at his home
on Christmas morning of consumption, age 20
E. G. McClure's new business building, on Fifth
street extension, is now rapidly nearing completion.
Research Club held its annual guest night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln
Dixon last Friday night. About forty guests were present.
number of persons from this place attended the burial of Thompson Childs
Plans are being made for the building of a glass
A stock company is being formed by local business men
for the establishment of a canning factory here.
Mr. and Mrs.
Carney Hicks, after a short visit with relatives at Manilla, have gone to
housekeeping in a house on State Street.
Miss Leva Foster,
formerly superintendent of our city school now principal of the Edinburg
school, was re-elected corresponding secretary of the state teachers'
association at its meet at Indianapolis last
of Terre Haute spent Sunday here.
Carl Kinnear, a student at
Purdue University is visiting his parents here.
services of Isaac Zieglar, an old pioneer of this county, who died Dec. 30, were
held at Ebenezer Wednesday, January 1.
Wm. Vinson is
hauling logs for the Mitchell Sam-milling Co.
Rev. Frank Bundy
of the Evansville circuit is visiting his father, G. F.
is sick with sore throat.
Anna Dawson is visiting her parents
Elijah Lake and wife visited near Tea Creek
Several from here attended the entertainment at
Freedom Christmas eve and others went to Lovett.
We had no
preaching here Saturday night.
Geo. Ochis is a resident of
Did it rain Saturday night? Ask George Dawson and
Sabbath school adjourned last
E. C. Lake attended lodge at Commiskey Saturday and
reports a fine time. Quite a number from a distance were in
attendance and did fine work.
Cecil Yater of Holton was the guest of his aunt, Mrs. Mary Tatum last
Mr. Lamb and wife had for their guests over
Christmas Doc. Craft and family.
S. V. Morris was at North
Asa Grinstead and family were at Rush Branch
Sunday school was closed for the winter at this
A friend came home with Frank Smith to spend the
Miss Claude Chance of Kingwood was a recent guest of
and Sim Spriggs spent several days at Indianapolis.
was here Saturday.
W. F. Marsh was at Greensburg
D. S. Eddleman and wife of Westport, were here a couple
Tom Burk of Converse is at home for a few
Sylvester Adams, of Anderson spent several days at home
John Henlice of Ohio, spent several days withhis
H. M. Spadig and wife spent a few days at
Mrs. J. M. Stearns was at Letts one day
Mrs. Lou Robbins, of North Vernon was here
Mrs. J. H. Eilesburry is at the bedside of her mother
who is sick at Napoleon.
Mrs. Sennett has returned from
Jesse Richardson and E. Vanscoy attended lodge
Roy Hinchman, who teaches school at No. 9, in
Sandcreek township had his grip containing several valuable articles stolen from
the school house about a week ago. The thief or theives gained access by opening
Carson Johnson won third prise in a contest recently
conducted by Tripp Bros.
James H. Wilson, of Paris Crossing is here
visiting his son Ed Wilson of the bank. Mr. Wilson is the oldest B. and O. agent
on the branch in this county, having been connected with the road nearly thirty
A home in a farmer's home for an orphan
boy, nine years old. Call at I. J. Reynolds. Vernon,
Renominated for Chairman by the Forth District
The democrats of the fourth district met at Columbus
yesterday and renominated Hon. Lincoln Dixon of Jennings county for chairman by
a unamious vote. The delegates from Jefferson and Jennings county went up
Most of the delegates to the convention
remained over night for the banquet at the city hall and listened to a fine
Clinton Bell, of Anderson, is here on a brief sojourn looking
after his farm interests in the Ebenezer vicinity. He intends to move back here
Miss Fay Sullivan visited Columbus friends this
Geo. H. Corya of Commiskey, was here
The family of Chas. Rollins of near San Jacinto, has
been visiting relatives at Columbus for the past two weeks.
cakewalk will take place in the opra house tonight by some of our colored
One of our citizens is in receipt of a letter from a
gentleman, of Columbus, O., offering the machinery for a canning factory very
cheap. It will not cost a fortune to start a canning factory and it would be a
great benifit to the town.
The Keys Case
The case of the
father of Noble Keys, the young man who was killed by a train near Maysville
last October, against Edward Sharon and August Klingner, two saloon keepers of
North Vernon, who, it is alleged, sold the lad liquors making him drunk, thereby
causing his death, was begun in circuit court Thursday morning. Almost the
entire day was consumed in selecting a jury.
Mrs. Kate Eitel
who has been quite sick with malaria fever, is slowly
Richard Osborn received his $5 check this a. m.
from the Enquirer Co. Dick says since the prize is inadequate to start a
factory in Vernon he would suggest a blowout by the
Mrs. Mary Echelmyer returned to her home at
Covington, Ky. yesterday
Mrs. F. Frecking and daughter spent
Thursday with Walter Prather and family at North Vernon
steps by several of our businessmen are being taken to form a Commercial club
the second week in January. The call for the business men to meet at council
chamber will be made public next week. Push the good work along.
Albert Ochs superintendant of the county asylum is very sick with Bright's
John Todd, the popular teacher at Grayford, visited
friends at Moores Hill last
VERNON JOURNAL - January 17, 1902
Rinkhard the wife murderer, was hanged in the state's prison early this
Trustee Lett was in Vernon on business
The middle span of the Washington street bridge
fell yesterday evening, at Indianapolis carying with it 11 people.
Fortunately no one was seriously hurt.
Sol Miller and wife of
Geneva township, visited County Clerk Hulse over Sunday.
Newkirk and daughter Lou, of North Vernon went to Dupont Sunday to spend the
Miss Ada Todd has returned home from a three week's visit
with her sister, near Lawrenceburg.
Bert Vandergrift of
Illinois, a former Vernon boy died recently of consumption.
Spencer resigned his position as teamster for H. Goff and will move on Sam
Pierce's place and farm soon.
Henry Geisel celebrated
his 70th birth anniversary Tuesday evening.
A petition is
being circulated for signatures for a rural mail delivery route south of here.
Many farmers desire to give it a trial.
Grace Pearson of
Bedford, was here visiting Supt. Deputy this week.
won the shot gun raffled off by Fred Fetter, number 2 being the lucky
Nick Eitel returned home last Friday night. He
failed to find a location for business which surpassed Vernon for a business
Fred Rowley left here last Tuesday night enrote to Oregon,
where he will make his furture home.
Albert Harlow and Louise
Eitel attended the Christian church at North Vernon last Sunday
All citizens of Vernon, interested in the promotion of
the general welfare of the town are invited to attend a meeting to organize
a Vernon promoting club, in N. DeVersy's elevated shoe room, next Monday night
at 7 o'clock.
The Sheriff of Jefferson county was here
Marriage Made Trouble.
A dispatch from
Plainfield, Tuesday, stated that the resignation of C. N. Newsom.
chaplain of the Reform school has been given to the board of trustees.
It was also stated that he had resigned his position as principal of the Central
Academy, of Plainfield.
His resignation was said to be due to
investigations by members of the board, which it is claimed, showed that he had
misrepresented matters regarding his marriage. He was employed in the state
institution with all the officers under the impression that he was unmarried.
When the fact of his marriage was made known he claimed he had been married in
May. The investigation of the trustees disclosed the fact that he was married in
December instead of May.
The Harlow family
held a family reunion last Sunday in honor of Harry Harlow who has not been at
home for the past sixteen years. A big dinner was had and pleasant
conversation indulged in.
Barnes to Ora Ryan
Joseph Bertman to Bessie M.
The following old soldiers were
examined at North Vernon Wednesday.
B. Reeder North Vernon
F. W. Verbarg
W. J. Richardson
Francis Doughty Hayden
Harry Harlow and family of West
Alton, Mo., are here on a visit to relatives. Harry left Vernon sixteen years
ago. His parents had not heard from him for the past nine years and were very
anxious about him--not knowing what had become of him. About a year ago
he married, and then his wife soon after wrote to his parents
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Murray gave an elegant six o'clock dinner
yesterday evening at their home on Sycamore street, in honor of Miss Bessie Lee,
of Dupont. Those favored were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rector, Miss Lee, Miss Lora
Blackwood, Mr. Harry Harman.--
Mrs. Josie Killen received a
letter last Saturday stating that her brother George McIlroy, had a narrow
escape on Christmas day, while walking along a street in Louisville about 11
o'clock. A pistol was fired, the ball cutting part of the rim of his cap away
within half an inch of his forehead.
Frank Rowley and
wife went to Columbus Tuesday to visit Mr. Rowley's brother.
Attorney Bert Blessing of Columbus was here Monday on legal
Rev. Holmes and family went to Letts Corner today to
visit with relatives.
Robert Read, age 28 years, of
Grayford and Hattie Kittinger, age 16 were married at Vernon Dec. 31, 1901 by
E. M. Munden, attorney of Seymour was here
Geo. Hartwell came home last Sunday to visit his
family. He is in the employ of Kingan & Co. in their packing
The contemplated change of ownership of the firm
of N. DeVersey the first of the year is postponed for several
Miss Louise Vawter visited at Cincinnati this
County Commissioner S. A. Green of Lovett, made a pleasant
call at the Journal office this week.
Martin Hengstler Jr. and
wife, who have been visiting his father returned to their home at Richmond
Jim Wells is dangerously ill with lung
Rev. Frank Bundy was here on a visit to relatives
Dr. Will Abbott of Irvington, is here on a visit to
his father, who is still in feeble health.
fainted and fell down last Tuesday evening, hurting himself seriously being for
a time in a state of unconseiousness.
James Frank Osborn, a
former Vernon citizen, but now of St. Louis was here on a visit to relatives
Frank Amsden of Bigger township was in Vernon
Born, to Lawrence Stewart and wife Dec. 27, a
John Norris spent Tuesday and Wednesday at
Jerry Bundy was at Indianapolis and Louisville last
week. Mr. Bundy and sister were at Columbus last
Berry King and family of Morroco
will return home the last of this week.
Word was received here
last week that Will Forsythe was found dead in bed at Kingfisher
Joseph Drexel has moved to Cincinnati: a man by
the name of Leeds has rented the farm.
Wm. R. Grubbs had a wagon
run over his foot, causing a painful injury.
An Epworth Legue
has been organized here at the M. E. church with J. W. Silver as
Bertha King 1st vice
Estella Hole 2nd
M. Hole 3rd
Forsythe 4th "
Bernice Child secy.
Anna B. Myers - Junior League
Mrs. J. Milhouse, of
Ezra was here several days this week.
S. C. Brumfield,
of Conersville purchased 40a of land from Mr. Hartly and J. M. Stearns'
residence and 5a of land.
Miss Myra Hinchman was here from
Andy Lilly, of Main, is visiting home
Mrs. Jasper Degar and child went to Danville on
Mrs. L. L. Stearns and child were at Harper
D. Evans moved his shop and wood
Mort Clark moved from J. M. Stearns' house to C. Parker's
Mr. Ora Ferdinand of Nebraska and Mrs. J. Stonecypher of
Harper spent Sunday here.
and wife were here recently.
Mrs. Fry called on Mrs.
Mrs. Patrick and daughter have been very
sick but are now better.
News from Over the County As
Told by Correspondents
Miss Anna Seiner is
visiting relatives in Indianapolis.
Mrs. Garrison, of Columbus spent Monday
here with relatives.
Mrs. Wolf Gumble and daughter were very much
surprised Monday evening when about thirty-five masked ladies came to
their store and announced their intention to spend the
evening: dancing and games were the evening amusements an elegant lunch was
Miss Kate Sanger has gone to Fort Smith, Ark., to spend
Miss Lula Newkirk spent Sunday at
Two men tried to enter the home of Carl Crocker,
Monday evening, but were seen by night Marshall Suddith and a number of
shots were exchanged.
Frank Kollmyer of Columbus spent Sunday
Misses Mamie, Lida and Florence Smith and Carrie Euler and
Henry Tebby spent Sunday with Laura McKibbons, south of town.
Carl Crocker and wife are at Cincinnati this week.
Hengstler spent Tuesday with Mrs. John Euler.
C. P. Butler
spent Thursday at Louisville.
Waldo Stearns has purchased Mrs.
A. E. Ewan's & Son's stock of groceries, and is moving the goods into the
Miss Agnes Morris is visiting relatives in
J. W. Newkirk is moving into a house on Gum and
Main street this week.
The M. E. Sunday school board met
on New Years day and elected the following officers for the ensuing year; J. W.
Silver, supt., Bertha King asst. supt., Edith Forsyth secy., A. G. King, treas.,
Edna Buchanan and Belle Tyler librarians and Ella M. Hole
The following is a list of officers newly
installed in the I.O.O.F. lodge.
A.D. Hinchman N. G.
Neal V. G.
A. R. Davis Recording secy.
John W. Forsyth Treas.
Trustee for three years.
The F. A. M. officers for 1902
I. J. Hutton, W. M.
J. W. Silver, S.W.
Goforth, J. W.
C. F. Hole, S. D.
M. D. Tyler, J.
Y. Bemsih, Treas.
J. W. Forsyth, secy.
Preaching at Zion every second Saturday and Sunday in the
Sunday school closed for the winter.
Mrs. Steward visited Mrs. Young Friday
Mrs. Lucia Boner
visited Mrs. Otis.
Mr. Steward and wife visited his son Lawrence
Joe Batrom and girl visited North Vernon
It is rumored that one of the commissioners swampted in
the Euler ford, so look out for a new bridge.
The editor of the Vernon Journal made the startling
announcement last week that Enoch Renn was in a "critical condition." Has the
editor supernatural powers? How else could he know? The man in question died a
week or two previous to the appearance of the local. Has the editor a "hant" who
keeps him posted? It is all an ordinary editor can do to keep in touch with
people while they are living.-- Plaindealer
Wow! Wouldn't that
jar you, especially after you read the following from the same paper? DIED FROM
Osborn Petree the aged colored man who was so badly frozen during
the severe cold weather a couple of weeks ago, and who had one foot and four
toes amputated as a result. Is dead from the effects of the exposure. Before his
death both ears were amputated. It was learned during the cold spell that he was
destibute and a search was made for him but he could not be found. Later he was
found and taken to the County Infirmary where he died.
Petty, the aged negro who was so badly frozen some time ago and afterward taken
to the poorfarm is much improved and is getting along very well. This man will
no doubt be surprised to read "the startling statement" that he is dead and had
both ears amputated before dying.
Some editors can't keep in
touch with people when they are alive, but the Plaindealer says -- ordinary
editors. The writer of the Plaindealer article is an "extraordinary editor" so
that accounts for it.
The article referred to in the Journal was
published because it was handed in and not being acquainted with either party
supposed it was correct. But when a newspaper roasts another for something
and in the same issue does a worse thing, when it knows better, it certainly
ought to "be good" forever
THE PLAIN DEALER January 4, 1876
Hon. J. D. New returned to Washington this
Bigger township teachers' institute will be held at the
Bland school-house on January 8th.
Mr. Thomas Olcott, who is
teaching the public schools at Versailles, was at home during last
Andonius Kuker, of Indianapolis, was married to Miss
Lizzie Haag, of this place, last week, at the Catholic Church.
Luke Newsom and wife of Azaila, Ind., were rusticating at Butlerville during the
latter part of Christmas week.
The Madison Courier speaks of
presenting Mr. Rob't C. Jackman, of that place as a candidate for State
The well in front of Mr. Verbarg's store is now
supplied with a force pump and rubber hose. Billy can now keep clear of both
dust and mud.
Elizabethtown is complaining of her thieves.
Midnight maurading and thieving are becoming too common for the good people
to stand much longer.
In last weeks issue, we should have
said J. W. Cochran was elected Superintendent of the Agricultural Society,
instead of George W. Cochran.
Messers James Higbee
and Bailey Hickman started Tuesday evening for Edgar county, Ill. where they
expect to find Nimrod's paradise.
A son of Hiram Elliott,
of Vernon, while firing off a pistol Christmas evening, shot himself in the
hand. The accident was not a very serious one, as the pistol had nothing but
powder and paper in it.
Miss Ella Welcome, of Seymour,
spent part of the Centennial New Year at this place.
temperance lecture on last Friday evening was powerful and effective, and was
the immediate cause of nine initiations into the I. O. G. T. on the same
Tripp, Jones and Johnson, pork-packers of this place,
have packed, up to date, four hundred hogs, averaging two hundred and
thirty-five pounds apiece, making in all ninety four thousand
On last Thursday night at the colored folks'
festival, some gushing young sprigs of the proud Caucasian blood imagined that
the occasion was gotten up for the exhibition of their unlimited perogatives.
The difference of opinion between the two races on this subject was the cause of
several bruises contusions, abrasions, incisions, etc.
Wallace, agent for the O. & M. road at this place, was relieved of his
duties here last week and sent to Washington, Davis county, where he took the
place formerly occupied by E. G. Broadurant, the latter gentleman, as we
learn being interested in coal mining which requires his personal attention. Mr.
J. J. Frazier takes the place of Mr. Wallace here.
evening, while the sheriff was carrying a bucket of water into the jail at
Vernon, one of the prisoners, Schell, struck him a stunning blow and escaped out
the open door. Three others, among whom was Ike Collins, also escaped. Sheriff
Wilson soon recovered and pursued them, at the same time giving the alarm. He
soon brought Collins to a hault by the industrious use of his revolver, but the
others crossed the creek and captured a short time afterward by the aid of the
citizens, who joined in the pursuit.
This was undoubtedly a made
up plan by the prisoners to secure their liberty. Sheriff Wilson has them now in
Why don't somebody bury that dead hog by the side of the
J. M. & I. road at the hog pens.
Wm. Foster succeeds L. H.
Prather as teacher of room No. 6, in our public schools.
T. Walton sold his restaurant last week to his father, W. H. Walton, who
continues the business at the old stand.
Pollard, of Butlerville, had three fingers of his left hand cut off by a buzz
saw while at work in Hutton & Co's saw mill at that place not long
On Monday evening of last week, Mrs. Lamphier's house
in the north side of town caught fire from a lamp, and came near being consumed.
The kitchen roof was all aflame before the fire was discovered C. B. Green
got one of his hands badly burned in extinguishing the flames. Not a great deal
of damage was done.
In the course of a few days, Miss Emma
Davis, of this place, will organize a class in instrumental music, at
The following letters remain unclaimed in the
postoffice at North Vernon, Ind. January 1, 1876. Persons calling for them
should state they were advertised giving the date of this
Burgess, Rebecca Mrs.
Boyd L. H.
Caldwell, D. John
Gant Jennie Miss
Ryker, Frank Mr.
From Westport (Decatur
December 23d, 1875
Our town is improving
slightly. Two new stores of brick decorate the villiage, one in the central and
one in the northern part of town. The one in the central part is under the
supervision of Elliott and Dearmond, and is a very nice building--about 90 x
20--where may be found all kinds of merchancise.
store is not yet finished and is the property of Dr. McCullough. It is a
beautiful building and is about the same size as the other. The second story is
to be used as a Masonic hall.
The Masonic fraternity gave an
oyster supper on the evening of the 27th. Many attended.
how it goes: Dr. Kyle with the choloroform: Dr. Burroughs with the knife, and W.
H. Stribling with nine toes.
There is a great deal of hog
cholera in this vicinity. Uncle Frank Tarkington lost nine in one
Not much sickness here. Weather very warm.
December 30th, 1875
The finest New
Year's morning we ever looked on.
A snake was seen one day this
week a short distance from here.
A numerous lot of visitors to
our place this week. Among them J. H. Whynn. He is here on
Miss Susie Clark, daughter of Patrick Clark, died
at her residence near Mutton Creek, Wednesday morning after a long
The exhibition was well attended last night. The
house was crowded to overflowing. The greater portion of the pieces
were very well performed. One fault was the slowness in getting ready to
perform them, and another fault was having too many pieces of the same
On last Monday evening at the residence of
Mr. E. M. Thompson, by Esq. Bain, Mr. Charlie Abbott to Miss Lizzie
Judkins: also on last Thursday evening, Mr. George Carson of this township,
to a Miss Stuart of Bartholomew county.
December 30th, 1875
The I.O.O.F. had a fine dinner on
Tuesday at their hall.
A few days ago Mr. Rone, colored,
with his two sons, started to walk from Louisville to this place. When he
and his eldest son reached home the youngest was missing. They went back to
search for him, and found him frozen to death.
Keath will soon commence building a fine dwelling house.
Wrape & Co. are still loading stone for Miama bridge, and will continue all
December 23rd, 1875
passed off pleasantly, and with it the festival at Coffee creek
The people of Paris Crossing are making
preparations for a festival to be held at the M.E. church in that
Mr. Ezra Whitmore and family of your town were visiting
relatives here this week.
John B. Johnson, of this township,
will ask to be made treasurer of Jennings County, -- so I
Public School was dismissed for the
S. M. Hudson's mother is lying seriously ill at his
residence in this place. She is quite old. (this is most likely Silas Hudson, whose mother Mary
Fowler Hudson died January 1, 1876).
Mrs. Carrie, wife of Wm. Deputy, of
Paris, is almost blind--caused by sickness.
of Vernon, with his family, was visiting his mother near here this
Henry Deputy is putting up a new house
Ed Wilson cried an auction in town t'other
Geo. Riggs says his family were the happy recipients of
valuable Christmas presents from
January 1st, 1876
The Christmas-tree at the
M.E. church was quite a success. The Sabbath-school scholars and many
others received handsome presents.
On last Wednesday two
Reporters of the Cincinnati Enquirer explored a cave on Jos. Hole's farm. They
went in about nine hundred, crawling most of the way on their hands and knees
through water, two to six inches deep.
Mr. Wycough, from
Aurora, Ills., is here examining our gold mine. He claims to be an experienced
Mr. Matheny has had new signs made for his hotel--one for
night and one for day.
The boys were very industrious last
night. They changed the location of business signs, built fences across the
streets, and did many other unnecessary things. We hope their industry will
continue, but directed to something more useful.
December 30, 1875
At a public meeting of citizens of
Spencer township, held at Hardenburg on December 29th, 1875, for the purpose of
effecting an organization for the manufacture of cheese. A.W. Brown was chosen
Chairman, and H. B. Weaver, Secretary.
On motion it was agreed
to organize a corporation for cheese making in Spencer township, as early as the
Spring of 1877.
On motion a committee was appointed, consisting
of John H. Wohrer, H. C. Bruner, W. S. Brown, J. P. Swarthout, John
Oathoudt, Josiah Cobbs and Francis R. Gannon, to draft articles of association
and report the same at next meeting.
On motion a committee
was appointed, consisting of George Eveleth, F. CHiles, N. Megel, George W.
Downs, John H. Wohrer, Silas B. Sutton and Harvey Graves, to canvas the township
and ascertain the number of cows that patrons of the factory may probably agree
to keep to funish supply.
On motion it was agreed to hold next
meeting on last Saturday in January, 1876, a 2 o'clock p.m.
motion it was ordered that the proceedings be published in the county
A. W. Brown,
THE PLAIN DEALER
- APRIL 6, 1876
Jennings County Republican Nominating
The convention met on Saturday, April 1st, '76, in
the court house at Vernon, pursuant to the call of the county Central
Committee, and was called to order by the Hon. John Overmyer, Chairman of the
On motion, Col. H. Tripp was chosen Chairman of
Upon a call of the township, the following
delegates were reported, being a full delegation: 75 in all. Necessary to
Merideth Johnson, George Mix, J. H. Cox, J. C. Bland, C.
F. Brougher, James Craig, Joseph Murphy, G. W. Strock, G. W. Cook, P.
Jeffries, Young Bemish, Thomas Gordon, F. M. Corya.
M. Robinson, Jacob Ranft,
J. C. Cope, J. D. Swift, Chas. Gantier, C. Whitmore, L. W. Todd, L. H.
Hill, A. J. Warner, Thos. O. Johnson, E. Summerfield, G. W.
Myers, William Hall, Robert Johnson, Hiram Baker.
K. Brown, Dr. Batman, J. Crippen, Dr. Houston, Geo. McKeehan, Jasper
Burdge, J. R. Thompson, Maxa Moncrief, J. I. Bain, Walter
P. Stewart, J. H.
Rogers, Geo. W. Bard, Daniel Lewis, Caleb Robbins
A. V. Hudson, Geo.
Riggs, B. F. Wilkerson, John Tobias, T. J.
Simeon Stearns, John B. Riggs, Jeptha Moncrief,
John D. Kidd
John Oathoudt, Milton
Eastman, D. W. Downs, Moses Spencer, Chas.
Z. T. Denslow, Jacob Artz, Miles A. Perry, John Muster, Lafayette
R. Leavitt, P. D.
Baughn, Jacob Clinton, James Meek, John Carney, T. A. Pearce, L. D.
Pennington, David Strock, E. VanArnem, Chas. Dunlap, Gilbert
On motion, the following order of nominations was
adopted: first for Representative: second, for Auditor; third, for Treasurer;
fourth, for Sheriff; fifth, for Commissioners; sixth for Surveryor; seventh, for
On motion, it was decided that the nominations
should be made by each township preparing its ballot for the several
candidates, and depositing the same, and that the ballots of all the townships
should be deposited before any of the ballots should be
The convention being ready for
nominations, the Hon. John Overmyer was proposed and unamimously chosen as
candidate for Representative.
Mr. Joseph H.
Passmore and Mr. P. C. McGannon were nominated as cantidates for Auditor.
Mr. Passmore's name was withdrawn, and Mr. P. C. McGannon was made the
The following gentlemen
were nominated for Treasurer: John B. Johnson, Allen W. Brown, Henry Hinchman,
A. D. Stephenson, A. G. Cotton, Hiram T. Read, and M. F. Bland. Mr. A. D.
Stevenson declined being a candidate, and upon the 4th ballot Mr. Brown received
41 votes and was declared the nominee.
following named gentlemen were nominated as candidates for Sheriff: John
F. Haden, Harmon Dixon, Nicholas Ditlinger, John S. Wells and Thos. B. Owen.
Upon the second ballot Mr. Dixon received 38 votes, which made him the
candidate for Sheriff.
names of John S. Thomas, Edward Marsh and L. W. Hudson, were proposed as
candidates for this office. Upon the second ballot, John S. Thomas received 12
votes and was nominated.
Mr. James W. Hill was proposed before the
convention for this office, and was chosen by acclamation, the vote being
are the names of the gentlemen proposed for this office Wilton Kellar, M.
H. Andrews and J. B. Smith the fourth ballot nominated Mr. Wilton Kellar,
by 10 votes.
Mr. D. B. Clapp and Mr.
Wm. B. Prather were put before the convention as candidates for nomination. W.
B. Prather received 50 votes on the first ballot and was declaired the
For this office the names of Anderson
McGannon, F. M. Corya and Joseph H. Hole were proposed for nomination, and Mr.
McGannon was nominated on the first ballot, he receiving 38
The nominations being made the following resolution
was offered by Col. H. Tripp, and adopted by the
Resolved, That we, the delegates, in county
convention assembled, do hereby request our delegates to the Joint
Representative Convention, which meets at North Vernon on the 11th day of July,
1876, to present the name of Col. Smith Vawter as candidate for Joint
Representative for said district.
Hon. John Overmyer was
lustily called by the convention for a speech. Mr. Overmyer responded in a short
address, and the Republicans are assured that he will be found in the thickest
of the fight dealing lusty blows in the midst of the enemy, when the time shall
On motion, the convention adjourned
L. H. Prather Secretaries
The convention which assembled at Vernon on Saturday
was the largest ever assembled in this county. It was conducted in a business
manner throughout, and was harmonious at all times. Many candidates were
necessarily unsuccessful, but all gracefully axquiesced in the choice of the
convention. The fine and intelligent appearance of the delegates as a body was
geneerally observed and commented on. The day augured well for a magnificent
success in October. We were not given our first choice for all places on the
ticket, but we join in the universal verdict that it is a good and strong one
and will be elected by a handsome majority.
Was nominated for Representative with opposition. He has had much experience in
legislation, and is probably better qualified for the office than any other man
in Jennings county. For this reason he was sought after by the convention, he
not being a candidate for that or any other office. The Democrats will hear from
him before the campaign is through.
Overmyer was nominated by acciamation. During the war he was a gallant soldier.
He was severely wounded in the hip at Chicamauga and his recovery pronounced
impossible by his surgeons. He did recover, but is disabled for labor. He has a
large and helpless family depending upon him. As auditor during the term about
to close he has been industrious, efficient, and courtious and his nomination
has been conceded for the past two years.
Allen W. Brown
a member of the 82nd Indiana volunteers and served throughout the war,
participating in all battles in which that regiment was engaged. He enjoys the
highest character and honesty and pobity and will make a popular officer. His
place upon the ticket was strongly contested by Dr. Bland of Geneva township and
A. G. Cotton of Vernon, both also soldiers but Spencer township has been without
a good county office during the present generation, which decided the choice of
Served through the war in the 7th
Cavalry and was a good and patient soldier. He has served several years as
deputy Sheriff at little pay and is now promoted to the first place. Good men
were against him but his record as a soldier secured him the nomination. The
three offices of profit were all given to soldiers.
Thomas and Wilton Kellar are intelligent farmers in Lovett and Sand Creek
townships they are men of good brain and highest integrity and will make
efficient members of the board of commissioners. It was observed that Mr. Wilton
Kellar did not receive a vote from either Center or Vernon
James W. Hill of the Circle Store, at Vernon, is known
as the very man for commissioner from the 2nd district. Like all other
candidates on the ticket his integrity was never questioned.
Is a Surveyer by profession and understands it in all
its details. He was a soldier during the
Messers Moore & Forsythe have been improving
the sidewalk in from of their place of business. Others ought to do
The Y.M.C.A of Butlerville have been invited to
conduct a series of meeting at Deputy in this county.
James Craig talks of building another business house here.
Correspondence of the Plain Dealer
April 4, 1876
Mel Higgins and wife are the
happy possessors of two lassies. All are doing comparatively
Mrs. Parks intends residing here with her
daughter Mrs. Marsh.
Mrs. Annie Warner is visiting her
children in Cincinnati.
Mr. S. A. Davis has completed
fence in front of his residence.
The lady that scared the
P. M. last week, should be more cautious, whereby she could avoid
considerable trouble among her neighbors.
will meet at the residence of F. M. Coryell, on the 8th
Saturday night, after supper, while Mr. Leonare Passwater, this county, was,
with a few of his neighbors visiting him, engaged in conversation, while
standing, laughing at some remark that had been made, he suddenly threw his hand
to his throat, and exclaming, "oh, my throat!" fell to the floor and instantly
expired. Mr. Passwater was about fifty years of age, was widely known throught
this county, and the news of his sudden death fell like pall over the entire
community. ---Scott Co. Democrat.
Mr. Ed. Burge was home on a visit last
Gumble Bros. here enlarged their store
Mrs. A. L. Bonnell has gone to Cincinnati to stay an
Siegfried Weber has purchased the saloon
owned by Dennis McGee.
A.P. Daugherty says that his wife
Mary, has left bed and board without just cause.
D. New came home on last Saturday, He returned today taking his wife with
A shooting gallery has been opened in the room
formerly occupied by Doll & Bro. It won't pay.
Mr. Bonnell has moved his boot and shoe store to the old stand lately occupied
by John Euler.
Rev. M. W. Taylor will preach in the Second
M. E. Church in this place, this (Wednesday)
The store of Messrs. Lawrence & Ayers,
of Commiskey, was burglarized on Monday evening. They estimate their loss at
Mr. Wood Herod, of Columbus, was visiting at
Mr. Jas. Higbee's last week.
Mr. John Haag has purchased
the lot next to Brolley's tailoring establishment, and has begun the
erection of a harness shop on the premises.
Mr. J. M.
Mayfield is announced as a candidate for the Mayoralty. Jim is a staunch
Republican and would make a strong race. Give the old man a
Mr. P. B. Ewan, of Six Mile, called on us last
Saturday. We were glad to see him, but he made us happy before he left. We now
gloat over the possession of several dollars and a
That sermon preached by Rev. A.
J. Warner, the the funeral of sister Martha Bowen (colored) in the 2nd
M. E. church at this place, on the 28th of March last, was the best effort of
the kind that I ever had the pleasure of listening to. The deceased was a
Christian, and had borne her long affliction with fortitude and patience; and
when death was about to call her away, she would say in broken accents that she
was in the arms of Jesus. She had all her friends called about her,
among whom was her aged mother was out of Christ, and made them all promise to
meet her in heaven. She told them she was ready to go, and shook of the mortal
coil and launched into eternity, breathing praises to her Maker as she
The church was well filled with colored and white
people. Had this funeral taken place one year ago, there would have been
only enough colored people to put away the remains. The reason for the change
grows out of the fact that the colored people secured the services of Rev. A. J.
Warner to preach to them last year and also the present year. He has instructed
his people what humanity is, and their duty to each other and their God,
and elevated them in their own estimation, and improved them so much that the
people often speak in his and their praise.
eulogies upon the christian life of sister Bowen, and the advice given her
relatives and friends by brother Wagner, would have done credit to a Talmage or
The effect it had upon the audience was overpowering.
There was not a dry eye in the house. I cannot do the subject justice. You
should have heard it to have a proper conception of its application and
PLAIN DEALER APRIL 12, 1876
last Thursday morning as the 10 o'clock train from the east came into town, the
news boy discovered that a house on the hill in the east end of town was on
fire. He gave the alarm as soon as the train arrived at the depot, and the alarm
of fire ran quickly through the town with startling effect. Men quit their
businesses, when the startling cry rang in their ears, hurried into the
streets, and their rapid and excited inquiries soon put them in possession of
the fact that Col. Andrew's beautiful dwelling was fast becoming the victim of
the relentless flames. When the fire was first discovered it was but a small
flame near the chimney, on the western side of the roof; but before any help
could arrive from town, the house being about a quarter of a mile distant, it
had spread over a great portion of the roof. A large crowd of sympathizing
townsmen and neighbors with willing hands soon gathered in and about the house,
and began doing what they could to extinguish the fire and save property but
there was not much with which to do anything. The few buckets that could be
found in the neighborhood were made as useful as possible, carrying water from
the house pond near by. But how should the burning roof be reached? The question
was soon solved by Scott Smith and Will Verbarg, coming with a ladder on
their shoulders which they had brought from Meyer's running all the way. The
roof was quickly mounted and the limited quantity of water which the few buckets
afforded was persistently dashed on the rapidly spreading fire, with just
sufficient encouragement to show what might be done with plenty of buckets. Two
lines of men and boys were formed from the pond to the house, and the
buckets, sprinklers, pans, kettles, boilers and wash tubs, passed rapidly back
and forth. All looked with intense interest for the effect of their imperfect
efforts, and were gratified to see the destroying element somewhat checked, and
knew that they could conquer with the aid of a few more buckets. At this
interesting moment a young man came dashing upon a gallant charger, carrying a
half-dozen new buckets, which went into service with an earnestness not
calculated on by their manufacturer. By this time the roof was about to fall in
and fire take the entire inside of the building. "More Water" was the cry
answered by the refrain, "buckets, buckets." As if in answer to the call
for buckets, another young man was seen coming over the hill on a black, foaming
steed, his arms loaded with the much needed buckets, which soon lost their
identity among the mixed collection of rapidly-passing water vessels that
hurried up and down the two lines. In the mean time, everything movable,
including doors, window sash, grates and mantle pieces, was taken from the
house. All thought that the house would be destroyed and tried to save what
property could be moved. The fire was finally extinguished. The roof and
cornice of the main building were destroyed, and the plastering in the upper
rooms was badly damaged. Considerable damage was done in moving furniture,
doors, ect., but that was unavoidable. The damage to the property will not fall
short of $1,000. No insurance.
Rev. J. M. McRee whose furniture
was in the house sustained a part of the loss.
If the town had
five or six good ladders, one hundred water buckets, and a sufficient
number of fire hoses, all kept together in some certain place, under the control
of some responsible men or company, a fire like this one could be put out
without one-tenth the loss. The flames extinguished and we don't know when we
will have another. Wait until the next fire comes round and see how we will wish
we had these useful articles.
Mr. Editor--Please permit us,
through your paper, to tender our thanks to our fellow citizens for their
very kind attentions, and their unsurpassed efforts in extinguishing the flames
from our dwelling and saving our household
Jas. M. McRee
North Vernon, April 11, 1876
Sunday, the 9th inst., at the residence of her parents in St. Ann's, Miss Anna
Decker; aged about seventeen years.
Mr. Thomas McLaughlin
died of consumption at his home in Bigger township on the 5th inst., and was
buried at Graham church on the 7th. His funeral sermon was preached by the
Rev. N. Johnson.
Brewersville, April 10, 1876
Our village of 60 inhabitants, has
14 carpenters----We hear that Sardinia is to have a Grange hall and store room
this season---John Riggs is out of the fur business for the season---A child of
C. A. Jackson has lost its speach, caused by whooping cough---Orlando Bacon has
gone to Indianapolis, to work at carpentering---Mr. D. Stearns is making
some repairs on his dwelling---Fasten the skiff boys, and save trouble---That
boy who stole the apples at the postoffice will be watched---L. Eddleman is
building a house on the Story farm---It is rumored that Gideon Underwood intends
building a fine brick house on his farm this summer.
morning, April 10th, Clara Irwin, daughter of Wilton and Nancy Kellar. She
leaves her husband and one child to mourn her loss. R.
The democrats of the county met at the city hall at
North Vernon last Saturday at 2pm to select delegates to the congressional
convention. F. W. Verbarg was selected as chairman of the meeting and G. C. Ale,
secretary. A committee was appointed to apportion the delegates for the various
townships and then the convention selected the following delegates and
Bigger and Campbell--Wm. Clarkin,
del; Chas. Rawlings, alt.
Montgomery--John Ashton, del; Geo. H. Corya, alt.
Vernon--J. N. Culp, del; Louis Eitel,
Columbia and Sand Creek--W. T. Jordan,
Center--John Overmyer, F. W. Verbarg
delegates; W.H. Lawrence and Joe Williams alternates.
Spencer--John Wrape, del; W. B. Whitcomb, alt.
Mueller and wife and Miss Maude Fortner, of Columbus spent last Sunday with E.
S. Barlow and family and other friends in Vernon.
A.L. Bonnell is at Dayton, Ohio instead of Cincinnati.
Hickman & Higbee are improving their machine shop.
Mr. J. F.
Lattimore of the Vernon Banner, made us a call on Monday of last
J. W. Bingham, of Evansville, of crooked whiskey
notoriety, was in town on Thursday.
The Democrats are talking of
nominating Geo. W. Mendall, of Vevay, for prosecuting attorney.
The visit of Judge New to this county appears to have resulted in another
candidate for Auditor.
We are reliably informed that in the
East End there will soon be either a wedding, a fight, or a foot
Mr. Era Rose, formerly of Vernon, died of pneumonia,
at his home in Missouri, and was buried on the 8th inst.
Daniel Glenn, who received serious injuries some weeks ago, by a fall from the
second story of Meyer's factory, is able to be out again.
Mr.s Mary Shepherd, of Montgomery township, aged 70 years, was attacked with
apoplexy on last Friday morning and is not expected to live.
Sunday next the 16th will be Easter Sunday.
Mr. James Foley, of
Terre Haute was visiting friends in this place last Sunday.
Ward, painter, recently of this place, died a few days ago at his home in
John Tennis, late of Vernon, died of typhoid
pneumonia at his home in this place, on last Sunday evening at 7 o'clock, and
was buried in the Vernon cemetery on Tuesday, at 4 o'clock p.m.
Hardenburg is in earnest about that cheese factory. About seventy shares at
$10 each are already taken, and they are still in demand. The sale of as many
more shares will put the enterprise beyond the possibility of
On last Sunday about noon,
John Wilkerson died at his residence in this place, very suddenly. His wife and
her sister went to church in the morning, leaving him home alone. When they
returned, they found him lying on his bed, dead. He was buried on Monday evening
at 4 o'clock in the Vernon cemetery.
Charles Wolf died at
his residence in this place last Friday morning at 2 o'clock. He was up and
attending to his usual business on the previous day. His remains were taken to
Centerville and buried there on last Sunday.
James H. Wilkerson of
Geneva, and Amos Thomas, of Vernon township, have announced as candidates for
Treasurer, subject to the "decission" of the Democratic convention.
Eva Pietzuch is at Terre Haute, where she will take a full course at the State
Normal School. Miss Pietzuch is a brilliant young lady and will stand at the
head of her profession.
An aged German was recently found dead near
Seymour. He is supposed to be the father of Jacob Simon, of this place, who
wandered off several months ago in a fit of mental aberation.
Simmons and Wm. Verbarg one day last week purchased of Geo. A. Smith, two acres
of land lying on the east bank of the Muscatatuck, just above the new iron
bridge, for which they paid two hundred dollars. They have begun making a brick
yard on the ground, and will burn a kiln some time in June. The land was sold by
M. H. Andrews.
At the Baptist Church, in Vernon
April 5th, by Rev. W. E. Spear, Mr. G. W. Layton, of Decatur county, to Miss
Jennette McGuire, of Sand Creek township, Jennings county, Ind.
On Wednesday, April 12, 1876, at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Geo. F. Rust, by the Rev. Washington Malick, Mr. Andrew II Prather and Miss
Eva F. Rust. May their happiness increase with their
Mr. Jacob Doll, of this city, is announced as a
candidate for Auditor, subject to the "decission" of the Democratic
Henry Hooker is now conductor of the mixed train
on the J. M. & I. road, in the place of Andy McManaman, removed. We know
Hen, will make a No. 1 conductor.
The daughters of Mr. Theodore Welcome,
a Knight of the Foot-board on the Branch line, were visiting at the residence of
Mrs. James Higbee, on Saturday and Sunday last.
A smoke house on the
premises occupied by Prof. J. W. Stout, was burned on last Saturday, together
with several cords of wood and considerable meat. The property belonged to Mr.
Squire Whitmore has finally fitted up his shop. Alb. Ewan has
moved his stock into it, and we notice Love, "though not very well," again at
the bench and ready to wait on all of his old friends, and as many new ones as
Editor Plain Dealer, ---Having been solicited by numerous
citizens of the city to run for the office of Mayor, you will please announce me
as a candidate for that office, subject to the voters of the city of
North Vernon. J. M.
JANUARY 3, 1867 - VERNON BANNER
early papers such as this one had only one page that carried much in the
way of local news the first page was almost entirely state and
national events, then on the second page under Local Matters was what was
going on here in Jennings County, much of the paper was legal notices,
advertising and political comment. Johnson W. Summerfield was the editor during
A TRIBUTE to an OLD
Daniel Amick, Esq. the subject of this brief history,
was born in Gilford county, North Carolina, May 15th, 1806.
father--Nicholas Amick--he emigrated to the West, and settled in Clark county,
Indiana, in the fall of 1818; here he remained two years, then
moved to Jennings county, Indiana, and settled on Sand Creek, two
miles below where Scipio now stands, in the fall of 1821. At this time the Red
man might still be seen in the land, wild Indian, and wild beasts held peaceable
possession of the unbroken forests. His ax cut the first tree that ever fell, on
Sand Creek, before the march of civilization.
For twelve years he
remained at home with his father, helping to clear up the green woods, amidst
the howls of the panther and the growls of the bear. Have seen a home opened for
the family, and a means of support for them, he thought to see more of the West.
In November, 1834, he went to Arkansas, where he engaged in chopping cord wood
until June 1835, cutting during that time 177 cords, at 50 cents per cord.
He continued to visit Arkansas every winter for six years, cutting each time
near three hundred cords of wood.
In February, 1844, he made a journey
to town, thence to Fort Madison, and thence to the Government Agency, situated
at Raccoon Fork, on Des Moins River; passing down into the western part of
Missouri, and returned by way of St. Louis.
In the Spring of 1845, he
went to Oragan Territory, and found occupation in splitting rails at
$1.18 3/4 per thousand. This illustrates his character; he was supremely
industrious, and labored wherever he went, whether it paid much or little.
He returned to the States in the spring of 1847. He remained at
home till the Spring of 1850; he then left for the gold mines of
California, corssing the plains the third time, each time driving a yoke
He remained in California till the Spring of 1853.
November 13, 1855 in the fiftieth year of his age he was married to Miss Mary
Cochran in the forty fifth year of her age.
Having become satisfied
with rambling, and by his industry and economy becoming the owner of some twelve
hundred acres of land near the old homestead, he set himself to enjoy the
fruits of his labor and to do good for the poor, many of whom he gave temporary
homes on his many farms. How well he provided for them will be seen in a remark
made by a rich but selfish neighbor, when the word came that Daniel Amick was
dead, said he; "the poor will miss him, but the rich won't."
He lived in peace with all men. He never made a public profession of raith in
Christ; he was always a friend of the church, and a regular contributor to the
cause of Christ and the church, and in him the several Ministers that supplied
the Presbyterian Church at Scipio always found a friend. During his last
sickness which was somewhat protracted, and for some time before, he seemed to
be much concerned about his soul. He was a man of few words, yet he spoke freely
of his hopes to his wife and brothers, and to the present Pastor, he
expressed the most unqualified faith and trust in the merits of the atonement
of Christ, as the only foundation for a sinners hope; and when he fell
asleep on the 6th of December, 1866, his last words being "O Lord have mercy
on me," we could not but feel he had found "the pearl of great
In his death the community have lost a citizen whose place
cannot be easily filled. A friend, kind, cordial, candid, generous and
Aware that his departure was near, he bid an affectionate
adieu to his many weeping friends. With a calm reliance on the Friend of
sinners, he fell asleep.
"Asleep in Jesus; Oh
To be for such a
Summerfield: Dear Sir, I send you a brief communication today:
on the 24th of December, at the residence of the brides father--Tenesee
Bunton--by the undersigned, Mr. Wesley Burchdoll to Miss Lucinda Bunton. Also at
the same time and place, Mr. Jacob Bunton to Miss Delila Robins, all of
We have no means of sending you a specimin of
the cake, but it was both delicious and abundant.
P.S. These make four of the soldier boys I have
married in the last two months, conclusively showing that they not only fought
for the Union; but are determined to live in the Union.
that's doing pretty well, Bro. Young. Just "harness" as many of them as
need your services, there is no telling when another war will commence--Ed.
At the residence of Mr. James C. Meek, of
Vernon, on the 25th inst., by Rev. Thomas Hill, Mr. Samuel W. Turner to Miss
Plenty of cake, and that of the very nicest sort,
appeared on our table the next day. Plenty to eat at that
Notice is hereby given, that the
undersigned has this day taken out letters of administration, on the estate of
Wendel Knochel, late of Jennings county, deceased. Said estate is probably
Court of Common Pleas, February Term 1866
Action for Divorce
Be it remembered, that
heretofore, to wit, on the 18th day of September, 1866, the Plaintiff filed his
complaint against said Defendent, and afterward to wit: at the November term of
said Court, the Sheriff returned the summons issued on this cause, showing that
said Defendant is not a resident of this State. It was thereupon ordered by the
Court that she be notified of the pendency of this suit by publication of notice
as required by the Statute in such case made and approved.
defendent, Johanna Gilfoil, is therefore hereby notified of the pendency of this
suit against her, and that the same will stand for trial on the second day of
the next term of this Court, to be held at the Court house in Vernon, on
the First Monday of February, 1867, and that unless she appear and answer or
demur thereto, the matters and things therein contained will be heard and
determined in her
Witness the Clerk of said
and the seal thereof, at
this 22nd day of November,
All those knowing themselves indebted to me will please call prior
to the 1st day of January, 1867, and settle the same, and if not done at that
time their nots will be left in the hands of an officer for
J. S. Basnett
January 10, 1867 - VERNON
We were pleased to meet our
old friend Edmund Babb last week. He has just returned home on a short visit
from West Virginia, and will return shortly. Joseph Hole of Butlerville, John H.
Johnson of Montgomery, and A. D. Gay also called on us. They are all clever
James M. Mayfield was in town last week. Stockwell
was with him under a new cap that really looked quite nice.
Henry Carney and L. W. Hudson, two of our worthy County Commissioners, was in
town on Tuesday, just as clever and good looking as
Passing up the street a few days since, we
observed the fact that Samuel Bolser had completed his new residence and was
occupying the same. The short time he has had it under way will convince all
that Sam drives business right along.
Gibony, Esq., spent Friday and Saturday at the Court House, investigating a
crooked case, to find out whether the "peace and dignity" of the State of
Indiana has been offended or not.
The Houses and
Lots of W. D. Vawter on Gain Street. The property is in fine order, and will
sell cheap. For terms call on or address. W. D.
On the 23rd day of December,
1866, by F. W. Knapp, at the residence of the bride's mother near Queensville,
Mr. Timothy Jayne to Patience Edmister.
The undersigned administrator of the estate of Daniel Amick, deceased, will at
the late residence of the decedent, one and one half miles west of Scipio,
Jennings county, Indiana, on the 24th day of January, 1867, sell at public
auction the personal property of said decedent, consisting of horses, cattle,
sheep, hogs, corn, hay, and wheat, farming utensils, household and kitchen
furniture, and many other articles too tedious to mention.
Sale to commence at 10 o'clock, A.M. Terms made known on day of
JOEL AMICK, Administrator
Notice of Petition
State of Indiana,
Notice is hereby given that Joseph B. Smith, administrator,
with the will annexed, of Joseph Edminster, deceased, has filed his petition to
sell the Real Estate of the pecedent, his personal property being insufficient
to pay his debts and legacies, and that said petition will be heard at the
next term of the Court of Common Pleas, of said County.
Attest: J. W. SUMMERFIELD,
Common Pleas Court, February Term, 1867
Action for Divorce
Notice is hereby given
to the Defendant that the Plaintif has filed her complaint in this action,
together with the affidavit of a disinterested person that said Defendant is not
a resident of the State of Indiana; that this action is pending for trial on the
second d ay of the next (February) term of said Court, and that unless said
Defendant appears to said action, on the calling of this cause, at said term of
said Court, and demure, plead or answer to the Plaintiff's complaint, a default
will be taken against him, and the facts as alleged in her complaint as
confessed and true.
January 17, 1867
Wednesday night, last, the expansive Factory of Robert Leavitt was entirely
consumed by fire. The fire caught in a beam near the smoke stack, and was not
discovered until the flames had such a hold that it was impossible to extinguish
them. We learn that the loss will reach near $25, 000. A large part of
which was composed of wheat, spokes, relloes, shafts, poles and other
material. The loss is quite a heavy one, and is total, as there was no
insurance. Mr. L. has not yet decided whether he will rebuild, or not.
Thanks to our noble and self-sacrificing
friends, who, during the burning of our Factory, toiled in the intense and
almost insupportable heat and smoke, to save our Home, ware-house and other
property, from the flames. We would like to mention them by name but refrian
through fear of omitting some; but they will know who we mean-blistered hands
and faces, singed hair and whiskers, oppressed lungs and aching limbs will
render some of them we fear, only too painfully conscious.
Thanks to those dear ladies, who, notwithstanding the fatigue of the night,
toiled most of the next day in putting down carpets, re-arranging and
straightening up the defaced and injured furniture as it was brought in
from the street, and adjoining houses by the thoughtful kindness of our
Kindest, and best of friends, that which we
have lost, though so valuable is trifling in comparison with the priceless
treasury of sympathy and love laid up for us, where neither fire, nor misfortune
may reach it--in your hearts.
May Heaven bless you, and shield
you from adversity: but should it come may you find such friends as our's have
Robert & Mary Leavitt
friend and fellow townsman, T. T. Walker, Esq., has concluded to pitch his
tent in Vernon permanantly.
This announcement will be well received by his
many friends in this county. Tom is a jolly good fellow, and we wish him
We learn that the morning
train east on the O. & M. R. R. on Sunday morning, last, was thrown
from the track near Osgood, wrecking the train considerably and wounding several
passengers seriously; one, we learn, was fatally injured.
see by the legislative report that Col. Prather has introduced in the House
a bill--the first bill introduced--to apportion the State for Senators and
Representatives. The Col. is a working man.
Hon. D. C.
Of Jefferson County, was elected speaker of the House of
Vote of Thanks
We--the editor and
family--on due consideration, vote W. D. Vawter Esq., a very clever gentleman
beyond all doubt. His chief clerk--Phil Knour--left at our house a few days
since a basket full--and a large one too--of the nicest spare ribs, tender loins
& c., that we have met with in many a day. Every body that gets pork,
bones, or sausage meat, at that establishment will find them handled
At, (we don't know where, but that make
no difference), by W. B. Hagins, Esq., Mr. Michael Dantzisen to Mary J.
Ennis, all of Butlers Switch. Now Mike, your troubles are all over for this
world, and if every young man would follow your example, they would have such a
jolly time. Mike you are a lucky cuss.
For The South
Col. Smith Vawter, accompanied by our jolly young friend, Ned Vawter, left
Madison last week for New Orleans, on the Steamer Alice V. We hope
their trip will be both pleasant and profitable. They will return
about the 1st of February if they meet with no vexatious
At the residence of the brides father on
Sabbath, last, by Rev. W. O. Pierce, Mr. R. D. McGammon to Miss Hannah Bundy.
The printer was not forgot either. Good cake and plenty of it came to
our sanctum. Robert is just the happiest man in the state of America
North Vernon Sun -January 15,
Lodge, I.O.O.F., Installed the following officers for the ensuing year, T.
Tobias, N.G., John B. Johnson, V.G., James Hanna, secretary, and W. A. Jones,
Benjamin West of Deputy, has rented J. M. Swarthout's
store room and opened out a store, and has moved his family into L. Hudsons
Thursday evenng we sountered down to the depot, for
the purpose of bidding our old friend L. W. Hudson, and family who were starting
to Kansas, good bye, at our arrival, we found a number of friends gathered to
see them start on their journey. Elbowing our way through the crowd we found we
were just in time to hear a beautiful song, by James Wilson, ---commonly called
Grindstone Jim, alle samme---entitled, "Roll Jordon Roll." The song was as a
matter of course well rendered, and brought down the house. After order had been
restored, we mingled with the crowd, we met "Right Arm," the valued
correspondent of the Banner, and by the way an aspirant for some county office.
He was very happy to see us, hoping our family ws well, &c, &c--taffy.
We next met Robt. Bannix, a red hot greenbacker, after a short conversation with
this gentleman, the ladies put in an appearance and joined in bidding mr.
Hudson and family good bye. To my great relief, this put an end to my friends
sound(?) argument, and a general handshaking, and farewell greetings were
indulged in by all present. The family all seemed sad at leaving their
native home, to take up their abode in a strange land, and among a strange
people.--to leave the success of their childhood, the place made
dear by association, the familiar customs and faces of our little villiage,
for a land
"Other skies will bend above
scenes will claim their view."
We regret very much
loosing the society of our worthy townsman, and his estimable family and join
with their relatives and many friends in wishing them a pleasant trip, a happy
and prosperous future. The young people especially regret loosing the society of
Miss Amy, the only daughter whose pleasing manners endeared her to all with
whom she became acquainted. To her they wish a bright happy future in the
new prarie home, to which she has
(It appears some of the family including L.W.
Hudson and daughter Amy returned to Jennings County - in the 1910 census
there is an L. W. Hudson age 84 -widowed living in the household of his daughter
Amy and her husband E. S. Wilson and their children in Montgomery
Our new blacksmith is doing a
George Krenning and wife from Illinois are
visiting friends and relatives in this neighborhood.
Lawrence cut his foot with an ax Saturday, so badly that it will lay him up
for several days.
Dr. M. C. Vest the drug and gorcery man
is doing a good business here. Yet there is room for more.
citizens express a desire that Rev. John McCoy, should come down here and hold a
protracted meeting in our church some time this
Thomas Voyles has taken a relapse,
and is dangerously ill.
The Odd Fellows have determined to give
a festival about the 25th to the 27th Feb. Look out for big
S. V. Harding donated the use of one of his fine organs
for the concert at the Baptist Church.
G. J. Stratton is now
suffering from an attact of his old complaint, he is suffering untold agony and
of Iowa, is visitin in this neighborhood.
A gal fight created
quite a sensation at Cana last week.
Elmer Roseberry and Boyd
Vance were in attendance at court last week.
meeting is now in progress at the Tea Creek German M. E. church.
Burley Roseberry, a boy nine or ten years of age is said to be the boss hog
driver in this town.
Esq. Wetzel's office was crowded last
Saturday by parties who came by to hear the Kinder case disposed
There is a natural curiosity near the raging Tea Creek that
claims the attention of some of the wicked knights of the West
John R. Thompson, the big granyer at Geneva township was in
the neighborhood last week looking around among his republican friends. John
wants to be treasurer almighty bad.
Harry Childs is favorably
spoken of as a candidate for assessor. Harry is an old democratic wheel-horse
who would poll as large a vote as any man in the township, and would make a
The case of the State of Indiana vs. Sylvester
Kinder, for assault and battery was set for last Tuesday. Geo. F. Lawrence
and David Overmeyer representing the state and A. G. Smith the defense. Kinders
bond was $1,000 with Peter Kinder as bondsman.
BANNER - WEDNESDAY JUNE 29, 1881
Hopkins laid by about 15 acres of corn last week.
Childs and family spent yesterday with relative here.
house greeted Rev. U. M. McGuire at this place, yesterday.
social row occured over in Marion township a few days ago.
Taylor Winscott, together with family was visiting relatives here
A young son of Peter Kinder's was thrown from a
load of hay a few days ago and was badly injured in the spine.
Usebius A. Barnes was before Superintendant Cope, last Saturday, for
the purpose of obtaining license as a school teacher.
James B. Gardner is the longest corn field clerk in Jennings county, his length
being six feet and four inches. He is clerking for Granville
Mrs. Brower, wife of Adam Brower, who lives near Lovett,
was found dead in her bed last Friday morning. She had gone to bed the evening
previous in as good health as usual, and before morning was a corpse. Heart
disease is supposed to have been the cause of her death.
Wm. Fall has been in our city for the past
Mr. P. C. McGannon with part of his family left
Monday for Minneapolis, Minn. They passed over the J.M. &
Miss. Louie Rennick and her sister from
Lawrenceburgh left Tuesday for Chicago. They go to visit their sister. A happy
meeting it will be.
Miss Stott, who resides North East of
North Vernon, was united in the bonds of holy matrimony to one Mr. Shilley.
good step--yet "there's more to follow."
has returned from Greencastle a graduate. He is at work pro tem. on his father's
farm. After mastication, digestion is necessary. This is true with the body. Why
not with the mind?
N. A. Piper, who for the past twenty
years has been an employee on the O. & M. resigned his position on the road,
and has accepted a position as roadmaster on the V. G. & R. Mr. Piper
is a good railroad man, and can fill such a place with credit to himself. He
went to work Monday.
June 27th, 1881
Samuel Crocket has
moved to North Vernon.
A new barber has made
his appearance at Deal Griffith's.
Robert Dean has
been raising the mill, adding new machinery and will prove a success
The lightening has played havoc with a beautiful oak
tree belonging to Albert Whitcomb in his woods just north of
William Railing has bought ten acres of timber from
H. Allison north west of town which will be immediately made into staves and
June 27th, 1881
Mrs. Dixon, who was hurt by a rooster, has so improved as to be able to
Madison May is in a feeble state of health, so that
he has been confined to his room for about three
W. E. Spear, who has been confined to his room with
an abscess on his face, for a month, is still poorly--not able to meet his
congregations next Saturday and Sunday--but is able to walk around
Freight conductors McNeelan and Sprague with their
wives spent las week at Baltimore, and Washington City and other points of
interest in the East.
A Mr. Norton is engaged in the chair
factory in repairing the machinery and putting it in order, He seems to
know all about all kinds of machinery from a spade to a lady's watch or a steam
Paris Crossing Squibs
Mr. Arbuckle and family of Hardenburg, are visiting
Mr. Benjamin Gaddy has gone on a visit to
At a meeting held at this place last Saturday the
whole management of the Old Settler's Meeting to be held here the last Saturday
in July was given into the hands of a committee consisting of J. D. Hudson,
Harmon Dixon and S. W. Deputy.
FREDENBURG,---On Tuesday, June 21st, 1881, at the residence of her father in
Columbia township, Miss Mary E. Fredenburg, aged 22
The deceased had been a sufferer with
chronic pneumonia for several months, which finally developed into consumption.
She was well and favorably known in the community in which she lived. She had a
lively, cheerful disposition, and was ever ready to lend a helping hand in
sickness and trouble. She will be sadly missed by her friends, but she left them
the blessed assurance that she entered into that eternal rest, and received the
"well done" of her Savior.
Last Thursday evening Alfred Spencer and
Sylvester Kinder were quarreling when one Alfred Richie, Kinders friend rushed
up behind Spencer and stabbed him in the arm, stomach and side, and then fled
the country. Spencer's wounds are very painful and it is doubtful is
he recovers. Parties are now in search of RIchie.
NOTICE TO NON-RESIDENT,
State of Indiana, Jennings County, In the Circuit Court, October Term,
Complaint No. 357
Sarah C. Smith
Now comes the plaintiff, by
Hagins & Son, Attorneys, and files her complaint herein, together with
an affidavit that said defendant is not a resident of the State of
Notice is therefore hereby given said defendant that
unless he be and appear on the first day of the next term of the Jennings
Circuit Court, to be holden on the 1st Monday of October, A. D. 1881, at
the Court House in Vernon, in said County and State, and answer or demur to
said complaint, the same will be heard and determined in his
Witness my name, and the Seal of said Court affixed, at
Vernon, Indiana, this 13th day of June, A. D. 1881
DANIEL BACON, Clerk.
NORTH VERNON PLAIN DEALER - MAY 12, 1886
Within five years past the Building Associations have assisted in
the building of houses for the following named persons, so far as we can
1. Patrick Murray, frame dwelling
2. W. G.
Norris, frame dwelling
3. Mrs. J. R. Robinson, brick
4. John G. Berkshire, 2-story frame
5. A. A. Tripp, 2-story frame dwelling
6. W. J.
Hole, frame dwelling
7. A. M. Gordon, frame dwelling
Trippp Bros., brick business house
9. Joe N. Covert, 1 1/2-story
10. B. F. Crutchfield, 1 1/2-story frame dwelling
Conner & Pasmore, Central Block
12. J. C.
13. Covert &
14. Geo. F.
15. W. A. Harshman, frame
16. Dr. C. H. Green, brick business house
17. Belle S. Hahn,
18. W. H. Gibson, frame dwelling
19. A. J. Johnson,
20. John Rash, frame dwelling
21. Samuel Bricker, frame
22. Nancy Butler, frame dwelling
23. Betsy King, frame
24. Ed Gallagher, frame dwelling
25. Chas. Meyer, 2-story
26. W. F. Kolm, 1 1/2-story frame dwelling
27. Peter Wahl,
28. R. C. Beer, frame dwelling
29. Dr. A.
B. Light, brick office
30. F. E. Little, frame dwellling
31. D. B.
Reeder, frame dwelling
32. Mark Robinson, 2-story brick dwelling
Teepe, frame dwelling
34. James Hester, frame dwelling
35. C. Bacon, brick
36. W. E. Riker, frame dwelling
37. H. C. Vaught, 2 story
38. C. A. Olcott, frame dwelling.
39. C. A. Olcott, frame
40. Eli Lockwood, frame dwelling
loans were granted to a large number of persons for remodeling, purchase of
property, changing of mortgages, and other purposes. Up to present
date $42,000, in round numbers have been loaned by the three North Vernon
Buliding and Loan Associations, the number of shares in each being as
follows: Citizens (No 1) 107 , Center (No.2) 248; North Vernon No. 3)
Lightning struck a locust tree in front of Will
Fitzgerald's residence on Fifth street on Thursday afternoon. Splinters
were thrown into the house near by breaking a number of window panes, and
several members of Mr. Fitzgerald's family were severely shocked, his
infant being tendered unconscious for a time. The rain fell in torrents and in a
very few minutes, the streets and railroad tracks all over town were flooded,
sewers were strained beyond their capacity and things generally appeared under
The pastor of the 2nd M. E. Church, will
hold a big basket meeting Sunday, May 23rd, 1886, at Oak Grove Park, to raise
money for the purpose of rebuilding their church, recently destroyed by the
cyclone. There will be several able ministers present, among them Elder
Nicholson and wife, of Shelbyville, the sweet singers of Israel. No charge at
the gate, but please prepare to give us a liberal collection, for in so doing
you are helping a good cause.
Lou Haney and wife were in the neighborhood of Osgood over
Sunday visiting friends.
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Fable are at
Rensalaer attending the burial of their daughter, Mrs. J. M. Hodshire.
Lewis Wood, formerly of Scipio, writes us from St. Paul, Minn., ordering the
Plain Dealer sent to him. It goes.
Building Association No. 5 is
the newest venture, with fair prospect of success. Its plan is to give no
Friday night of this week the new city government will be
organized and the first meeting of the council held.
Tom Russell and
John Suhr do not take their offices until next September, that being the time
when their official terms begin regularly.
Joshua Jayne on Wednesday
moved his family and household goods into the McMillan house on the J. M. &
Jas. Sheedy has so far recovered his health as to admit his
coming to town on Thursday. For six months past he has been confined to his
Wanted, for cash all the old dry bones in Jennings County.
Mrs. Hooker, of Sandcreek township, was one of the Plain
Dealer's callers one day last week and she has our thanks for paid up
Dr. J. H. Green's ponies ran away with him on
Sunday breaking the carriage and obliging himself and party to walk a couple of
The members of the North Vernon Alumni are requested to
meet at Miss Carrie Alley's, on Thursday afternoon, May 13th, at three
Mrs. M. J. Hodshire, wife of James M. Hodshire and
daughter of J. P. Fable, of this city, died at her home at Renssalaer, Indiana,
Mr. George King, one of our subscribers at Harper,
Kansas, has our thanks for copy of a paper devoted to the interests of
Harper city and Harper county, and containing descriptions of lands, pictures of
Elder Philemon Vawter, Christian Preacher, will
preach in the Universalist church next Saturday evening and Sunday at 11 o'clock
and evening May 25th and 16. Come out and hear an able and good man.
Lewis H. Hill has been granted a re-issue pension of $8 per month. John H.
Wohrer an original pension of $2 per month, Henry Hooker an original
pension of $4 per month, all through F. E. Little's pension
Rev. W. T. Markland, of Adams, held services at the
Baptist church the first Sunday of this month. He will return and preach the
first Sunday in June.
Rev. W. W. Smith preached at the same place last
night to a crowded house.
Joseph Hatt has traded his saw mill to the
Dalby Bros. for territory in which to sell a patent washing machine of
which they are the patentees. They will remove the mill from this place at
an early date.
The election passed of quietly at this place last
Monday. The temperance ticket was elected by a handsome majority.
Married since our last report Mr. Frank Pope and Miss Eva Brewer. Frank was
quite a bachelor, and the community were somewhat surprised to hear that he
had finally succumbed. The boys enjoyed the "shivaree" never the less.
Mr. Ben Hudson and family are visiting relatives at Napoleon.
hoodlums of this vicinity made an attempt to intimidate the town marshal by
posting belligerent notices in conspicuous places one night last week. They will
find it won't be so funny when the grand jury makes an example of
J. K. Tulloss, of Indianapolis, was visiting his daughter in
this place last week.
Jacob Black and wife will start this week for an
extended visit with relatives in the northern part of the State. He goes in
search of health as he has been in poor health for several months.
Campbell died at his home in this place, last Friday, of consumption. His
remains were taken yesterday to Burk's Chapel for interment, funeral conducted
by Rev. F. A. Guthrie.
May 10, 1886.
Mr. John Sulivan started for Nickerson, Reno Co., Kansas
last Thursday, as company and escort to his daughter, Mrs. Rev. S. P.
Smith, and child, who are expecting to join husband and father,
the Rev. S. P. Smith, and make their future home at that place, for a
while at least.
Mr. Carson, of Nebraska, and Rev. Randolph, from
Dupont, were here Saturday, looking for schools to teach.
S. W. Conboy was seen on our streets last Saturday.
A. Haley, who had his collar bone broken two weeks ago, was able to be at this
post last Saturday to attend to business.
H. J. Berkshire, Tel.
operator at Milan, and E. W. Swarthout, operator at Osgood, were visiting here
J. W. Dundon has made application for the Principal's
place in the Hardenburg schools, and as there was some opposition to him, a
meeting was called last Friday night, at which the director ruled only
the only the patrons of the Principal's room should vote. The whole number
of voters being 33 only 19 were present and voted, and only 8 of the
19 votes were cast against him, which throws the matter of hiring the Principal
back upon the responsibilities of the
Mrs. Grace Blythe
and two children, of Iowa, are here visiting relatives.
Calvin Eastman, who is in the fine poultry business again, has five Wyandotte
hens which have laid about 200 eggs since middle of Nov., having been
cooped all the time. Calvin has also made a house for his many
fine chickens 26 x 12 ft.
Our S. S. picknicked at Geneva ford on
Sandcreek Saturday, was large, over 100 persons attending. All seemed to enjoy
Mr. Oldaker has been very sick again, but is on
Mr. Will Stewart and family spent Sunday at Mr. Schuyler's
Miss Fannie White visited Mrs. Kennedy last week.
J. B. Smith and lady visited Scipio and Pea Ridge Sunday schools,
Willis Peterson is in Bartholomew Co., near St. Louis
Crossing, at work for Jno. Couchman. S. Peterson is also selling fruit trees in
Mrs. Robert Fuller is visiting at her
father's in Aurora this week.
Rev. J. Remy baptized two last Sunday
into the Antioch church.
Mr. Isaac Pool, Sr., passed his eighty
first birthday last Saturday; he was born in Caraway, North Carolina, came to
the Indiana territory in 1814, near what is now Charlestown, Clark county, and
from there they removed three miles east of Vernon when there was but three log
cabins in the town. At one time he knew every white man in Jennings Co. There
are few men who have been in Jennings Co. as long as he has.
Rev. W. T. Markland, of Adams, held services at the
Baptist church the first Sunday this month. He will return and preach the first
Sunday in June.
Rev. W. W. Smith preached at the same place last night
to a crowded house.