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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.

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 ended.
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 of 1877).

     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.

     Mrs. Molita Wells spent a couple of days last week with her daughter Mrs. Bertha Wilkerson.

     Aunt Charity Wells has been very sick and under the Dr's care for week past.

     One of Willard Wilkerson's children is quite sick.

     J. R. Wells went to North Vernon on business last week.

     John Lake transacted business at Vernon Saturday.

     Eli Wells made improvements on his property last week by setting out young trees for shade from the highway to his dwelling.

     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.

     Lillie Cover has been sick for quite a while but is about well again.

     School will close here next Saturday Mr. Malcomb, teacher, has been well liked by all patrons.

     There is talk of Miss Josie Flood, of Paris teaching a spring school here. (my 1/2 great grand aunt)

      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 it.

      Henry P. Wilkerson is very sick with fever.

      Your correspondent was suffering with the grippe last week and was unable to write up the news.

      H. T. Austin & family and Rev. Swarthout partook of dinner with Squire Burich and family on Sabbath.

      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 dislocated.

      Our schools are all out, 104 days instead of the 125 as was said to be by the late Trustee Boins.

      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 - a daughter.

      John Abdon has moved into our town.

      Mt. Zion will observe Easter with appropriate services.

      In the 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 Monday.

      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.

      J. L. Vanosdol has moved from the Hopewell neighborhood to the Sam Austin farm adjoining town.

      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.

      Mary McLaughlin of North Vernon visited her parents here over Sunday.

      Rev. J. S. Campbell is engaged in a protracted meeting at Brewersville.

      Sam Royal was made acquainted with the mysteries of Odd Fellowship last Saturday night.

      Next Saturday night I.O.O.F. here will have work in the initiatory and each of the three degrees.

      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 teachers.

                         Main School
      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. Newsom. 
                         Annex Building
      No. 8.  Miss Mabie McCaslin  No. 8 1/2.  Miss Ethyl Jayne
                         Stockwell Schools
      Isaac Wilson (colored)
      The janitor at the main building has erected a flag pole, and the stars and stripes now float over the building.

      Everet Wilson had his fingers on the right hand badly mashed last Monday while working at the Sun office.

      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 duration.

      Messers. Frank Little Sr. and Frank Little Jr. spent several days visiting relatives at Columbus, Ind. and various places in Brown County.  

      Prof. F/P? 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.

      A crowded excusion passed over the Big Four north bound Sunday morning it came from Louisville.

      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 others.

      North Vernon was represented at Chicago last week on account of the G.A.R meeting

      It is reported that Taylor Stearns has sold his farm at Elza and will move to town.

      Rev. J. W. Brougher  preached at the Baptist Sunday forenoon and the Methodist church at night.

      Miss Georgie Amos and Lady friend of Oak Dale, attended services at the M. E. Church Sunday morning.

      George Alley is putting up a building to be used as a coal office, on Walnut Street, near his residence.

      Mrs. A. E. Ewing has purchased the J. Linkhart and will begin work of repairing immediately.

      Irwin Baer is visiting in the northern part of the state.

      Miss Flora Fuller of Friendwood, is visiting relatives here. She will make North Vernon her home.

      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 here.

      Miss May Bunday of this city, has returned to Plainfield where she will resume her work of teaching in the reformatory.

      C. C. Pennington is employed this week at the Big Four depot.


      Miss Josie Johnson, daughter of Albert Johnson is very sick with Typhoid Fever.

      Vel Waggoner who has been very sick with an abcess of the throat is better.

      The association at First Marion was well attended.   

      J. B. Deputy and Frank Davis were at Vernon on business last Saturday.

      Our farmers will sow but little wheat this fall.

      Cutting corn digging potatoes and picking beans are in order and each crop is good.

      J. W. Gruber sold a horse to Morris Hudson and bought one of J. E. Hudson.

      Clover hullers are at work but there is not a large crop of this seed plant.

      Remember the Republican convention to name a township ticket 15th Inst.

      Rev. J. P. Maupin preached his last sermon for the conference year at Mt. Zion, Sunday Feb. 2.


      Harry 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.

      Mrs. 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. Boyd.

      Bee Cummins is moving his store to Carslile, Ind.

      News has reached Butlerville that A. W. Bewsey's store, post office and railroad office at Hazlerigg was destroyed by fire last week. Some Insurance.

      E. C. Davis circulating a petition for rural mail delivery on a route south of Butlerville.

      Mrs. Cummins was entertaining her mother from Carslile and a sister from Vincennes last week.

      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 route.

      Emmett Latimore of Brooksbury, was the guest of his aunt, Mrs. T. C. Johnson last week.

      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 highway.     

      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 paper

Thomas C. Batchelor
Office over Wagner Bros & Co., Hardware Store -- Opp. Court House
Vernon - Ind.

W. J. Mitchel
Physician and Surgeon
Vernon, Ind.
Office at residence, opp. M. E. Church
All calls promptly answered

F. F. Frecking
Abstract of Titles
With County Recorder, Vernon, Ind.

City Barber Shop
Fred Fetter, Prop.
Good Razors, Clean Towels, For a 
Snooth Shave or a near Hair Cut give
me a call.
Fred Fetter, Vernon, Ind.

First Class Livery
Commercial Travelers, Picnic and Visit-
ing Parties can find the best accomo-
                dations at
Welker & Son's Livery Barn
Good Rigs, good teams and careful
       drivers always on hand
Welker & Son, Vernon, Ind.



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. 

Misses 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 Friday.

E. H. Burton and Mat Adams are hauling lumber for Ed. Day.

H. Moody of Rexville was a pleasant caller last Sunday.

Rev. Connelly will hold a series of meetings here in August.

Singing every two weeks as Bethel Church.

Several from here attended a dance at Mac Perry's Friday night.


Quite a number of our citizens attended the Republican county convention at North Vernon Saturday.

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 here.

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 week.

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.


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B. Roseberry, an employe of Big FOur, has been spending a few days with his boyhood friend, E. P. Trapp.

G. W. Dick and family will occupy the residence lately occupied by Albert Walt.

Rev. William Lattimore will conduct communion services at the Presbyterian church Sunday, Aug. 15. A large attendance is expected at these services.

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 last Saturday.

Will Hilton and daughter Ollie, who have been on an extended visit to relatives in West Virginia returned to Vernon last week.

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 over Sunday.

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.

M. J. 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 Niagara Falls.

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.

The lawn 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. Randall.

   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 pike.
   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.

   All 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 treasure.
   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 morning.
   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 convention.
   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 by acclamation.
   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.
     The councilmen selected were as follows
District, No. 1 ......................K. F. Klapp
District, No. 2 ......................W. J. Randall
District, No. 3 ......................David Clark
District, No. 4 ......................Henry French
   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 victory.

   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.
   Also Herman 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 Joseph B. Smith.


  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 ears.

   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.
   St. Joseph's 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 twenty-one grandchildren.
   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 lives.
   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. Haley.
   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, Ill.
   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 live.
   May many years yet be theirs.

McIlroy 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 direction.



   Miss Lizzie O'Hair is confined to her room by illness
   Mrs. Pearl Robinson, of Paris, visited relatives here last week.
   Harry Hopkins of Chicago, is visiting his parents in Vernon.
   Mark Baker accompanied his mother as far as Indianapolis, on her Minnisota trip.
   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.)
The 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, Colorado.
   Jerry Sullivan has gone to Cincinnati, for a short visit. He will return Saturday accompanied by his daughter Miss. Fay.
   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 girl.

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 here.
   Gen. W. Dick, Mrs Dick and Kenneth spent Thursday in Indianapolis.
   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 Indianapolis.
   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 citizens.
   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 township.

   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.
   Rev. Campbell will preach his closing sermon next Sunday for this conference year.
   Mrs. Agnes Boyd has moved into the Hole property.
   Mahlon Hinds secured the job of carrying the mail on the star route from here, vice Henry Denton, resigned.
   Bee 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.
   The Baptist 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.

   Miss Mutchler of Cinicinnati is visiting her sister Mrs. Sammons.
   Several from North Vernon attended the funeral of little Frank Hall Sunday.
   Will O'Neel and wife went to Madison Monday.
   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 midst.


William Harrington Dean
   William Harrington 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 cemetery).  

THE PLAIN DEALER AND "The Republican" - JANUARY 21, 1915

Frank McKinsey Dies Almost Instantly
Three Bullets Fired Into His, Body


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 depot platform.
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 friend.

Charles 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 Frank McKinsey.
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  



   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 funeral.

Obituaries from the above paper January 28, 1915

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 survive.

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 survive.

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 county.



   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 death.
   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 away.
   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 come.
   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.   

Court Report

   Eldo Hicks was appointed executor of last will of Margaret Scudder, deceased---bond $1,000.
   Samuel Wilds was appointed administrator of the estate of Martha Wilds deceased---bond $1,000.
   McClelland & Butler vs Deputy & Deputy---on mechanics---trial by court and taken under advisement.
   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
Court adjourns tomorrow

   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.

Against the B & O Southwestern Railway Company  
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 afternoon.
   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.
   The 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 $3000.

A Secret Wedding
   Former  School 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.

Prominent Farmer and Citizen Passed Away after an Illness of Two Weeks. Funeral a Very Lare One
   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 county.
   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 current.
   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
No. 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 follows.
   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 the order.
   Therefore it is resolved:
   That no 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 lodge.
   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. Childs.
               Respectfully submitted
               C. C. Jordan
               John Fetter
               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 by Correspondents

North Vernon
   Mrs. J. D. Cone entertained friends from Indianapolis during the holidays.
   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 Indianapolis.
   Calvert Klinger spent Sunday at Louisville with friends.
   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 this place.
   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 place.
   Geo. Bantz and wife entertained a number of friends on New Years Day.
   Miss Maggie Tebby has returned from a visit at Lawrenceburg.
   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 years.
   E. G. McClure's new business building, on Fifth street extension, is now rapidly nearing completion.
   The Ladies Research Club held its annual guest night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Dixon last Friday night. About forty guests were present.
   A number of persons from this place attended the burial of Thompson Childs Monday.
   Plans are being made for the building of a glass factory.
   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 week.

Chas. Todd of Terre Haute spent Sunday here.
   Carl Kinnear, a student at Purdue University is visiting his parents here.
   The funeral 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. Bundy.

Fredy Ochs is sick with sore throat.
   Anna Dawson is visiting her parents near Grayford.
   Elijah Lake and wife visited near Tea Creek recently.
   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 Georgetown.
   Did it rain Saturday night? Ask George Dawson and Jesse Lake.
   Sabbath school adjourned last Sunday.
   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 week.
   Mr. Lamb and wife had for their guests over Christmas Doc. Craft and family.
   S. V. Morris was at North Vernon Monday.
   Asa Grinstead and family were at Rush Branch Sunday.
   Sunday school was closed for the winter at this place.
   A friend came home with Frank Smith to spend the holidays.
   Miss Claude Chance of Kingwood was a recent guest of the Misses Tatum.
Ben and Sim Spriggs spent several days at Indianapolis.
   Rev. Taylor was here Saturday.
   W. F. Marsh was at Greensburg Tuesday.
   D. S. Eddleman and wife of Westport, were here a couple of days.
   Tom Burk of Converse is at home for a few days.
   Sylvester Adams, of Anderson spent several days at home the holidays.
   John Henlice of Ohio, spent several days withhis brother.
   H. M. Spadig and wife spent a few days at Noblesville.
   Mrs. J. M. Stearns was at Letts one day recently.
   Mrs. Lou Robbins, of North Vernon was here Thursday.
   Mrs. J. H. Eilesburry is at the bedside of her mother who is sick at Napoleon.
   Mrs. Sennett has returned from Morristown.
   Jesse Richardson and E. Vanscoy attended lodge Wednesday evening
   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 a window.
   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 years.

   A home in a farmer's home for an orphan boy, nine years old. Call at I. J. Reynolds. Vernon, Ind.

Renominated for Chairman by the Forth District Democracy.
   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 Thursday morning. 
   Most of the delegates to the convention remained over night for the banquet at the city hall and listened to a fine program.

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 soon.

   Miss Fay Sullivan visited Columbus friends this week.
   Geo. H. Corya of Commiskey, was here Wednesday.
   The family of Chas. Rollins of near San Jacinto, has been visiting relatives at Columbus for the past two weeks.
   A cakewalk will take place in the opra house tonight by some of our colored population.
   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 convalescing.
   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 participants.
   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
   Active 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 disease.
   John Todd, the popular teacher at Grayford, visited friends at Moores Hill last week.

VERNON JOURNAL - January 17, 1902

   John Rinkhard the wife murderer, was hanged in the state's prison early this morning.
   Trustee Lett was in Vernon on business yesterday.
   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.
   Mrs. Newkirk and daughter Lou, of North Vernon went to Dupont Sunday to spend the day.
   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.
   Font 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.
   Harry Meloy won the shot gun raffled off by Fred Fetter, number 2 being the lucky number.
   Nick Eitel returned home last Friday night. He failed to find a location for business which surpassed Vernon for a business site.
   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 night.
   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 Wednesday.

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.

Family Reunion
   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.

Marriage Liscenses
   Edward Barnes to Ora Ryan
   Joseph Bertman to Bessie M. Stewart

Soldiers Examined
   The following old soldiers were examined at North Vernon Wednesday.
       D. B. Reeder    North Vernon
       F. W. Verbarg            "
       W. J. Richardson    Westport
       Lafayette Hand    Madison
       Arthur J. McGuire      "
       Isaac H. Rowland    Paris
       A. R. Cline                  "
       David Bannister      Scipio
       Jos. W. Lloyd     Versailles
       D. W. Denison    Seymour
       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 here.

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.-- Col. Times    

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 business
   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 Rev. Holmes.
   E. M. Munden, attorney of Seymour was here Wednesday.
   Geo. Hartwell came home last Sunday to visit his family. He is in the employ of Kingan & Co.  in their packing establishment.
   The contemplated change of ownership of the firm of N. DeVersey the first of the year is postponed for several weeks.
   Miss Louise Vawter visited at Cincinnati this week.
   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 Monday.
   Jim Wells is dangerously ill with lung trouble.
   Rev. Frank Bundy was here on a visit to relatives recently.
   Dr. Will Abbott of Irvington, is here on a visit to his father, who is still in feeble health.
   Patrick Martin 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 last Tuesday.
   Frank Amsden of Bigger township was in Vernon Monday.
   Born, to Lawrence Stewart and wife Dec. 27, a boy.
   John Norris spent Tuesday and Wednesday at Louisville.
   Jerry Bundy was at Indianapolis and Louisville last week. Mr. Bundy and sister were at Columbus last Saturday.

   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 Oklahoma.
   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 president.
   Bertha King     1st vice president
   Estella Hole     2nd  "          "
   Ella M. Hole    3rd   "          "
   Jennie Forsythe  4th  "         "
   Bernice Child   secy.
   Arthur Hutton   treas.
   Anna B. Myers - Junior  League superintendent.

   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 Vernon Wednesday.
   Andy Lilly, of Main, is visiting home folks.
   Mrs. Jasper Degar and child went to Danville on Tuesday.
   Mrs. L. L. Stearns and child were at Harper Wednesday
   D. Evans moved his shop and wood house.
   Mort Clark moved from J. M. Stearns' house to C. Parker's home.
   Mr. Ora Ferdinand of Nebraska and Mrs. J. Stonecypher of Harper spent Sunday here.

Cherry Park
   Alba Ferris and wife were here recently.
   Mrs. Fry called on Mrs. Sennett Wednesday
   Mrs. Patrick and daughter have been very sick but are now better.
News from Over the County  As Told by Correspondents
   North Vernon
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 served.
   Miss Kate Sanger has gone to Fort Smith, Ark., to spend the winter.
   Miss Lula Newkirk spent Sunday at Columbus.
   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 here.
   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.
   Mrs. Pete 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 bakery.
   Miss Agnes Morris is visiting relatives in Indianapolis.
   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 organist.
    The following is a list of officers newly installed in the I.O.O.F. lodge.
A.D. Hinchman  N. G.
Davis W. Neal   V. G.
A. R. Davis  Recording secy.
John A. Duncan  Financial
John W. Forsyth  Treas.
Joseph Gordan  Trustee for three years.
    The F. A. M. officers for 1902 are
I. J. Hutton,  W. M.
J. W. Silver,  S.W.
T. E. Goforth,  J. W.
C. F. Hole,  S. D.
M. D. Tyler,  J. D.
Y. Bemsih,  Treas.
J. W. Forsyth, secy.

Indian Creek
   Preaching at Zion every second Saturday and Sunday in the month.
   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 and family.
   Joe Batrom and girl visited North Vernon Saturday
   It is rumored that one of the commissioners swampted in the Euler ford, so look out for a new bridge.  

The Plaindealer Again
   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 EXPOSURE
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.
   Austin 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 afterward.


THE PLAIN DEALER   January 4, 1876

Home News
   Hon. J. D. New returned to Washington this week.
   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 week.
   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 Treasurer.
   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.
   Mr. Bain's 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 evening.
   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 pounds.
   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.
   J. M 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.
   On Saturday 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 chains.
   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.
   J. T. Walton sold his restaurant last week to his father, W. H. Walton, who continues the business at the old stand. 
   Doc. 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 ago.
   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 Seymour.
   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 advertisement.
Burgess, Rebecca Mrs.
Boyd L. H.
Brocket, David
Caldwell, D. John
Cook, Mary Mrs.
Gant Jennie Miss
Ryker, Frank Mr.
Robbins, Nathaniel

Area News---
From Westport (Decatur County)
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.
   The other 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.
   This is 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 night.
   Not much sickness here. Weather very warm.  Zigzag

Scipio Items
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 business.
   Miss Susie Clark, daughter of Patrick Clark, died at her residence near Mutton Creek, Wednesday morning after a long illness.
   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 character.
   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.

Deputy Items
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.
   Mr. Keath will soon commence building a fine dwelling house.
   Wrape & Co. are still loading stone for Miama bridge, and will continue all Summer.

Paris Crossing
December 23rd, 1875
   Christmas passed off pleasantly, and with it the festival at Coffee creek church.
   The people of Paris Crossing are making preparations for a festival to be held at the M.E. church in that place.
   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 understand.
   Public School was dismissed for the holidays.
   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. 
   Dr. Mitchell, of Vernon, with his family, was visiting his mother near here this week.
   Henry Deputy is putting up a new house here.
   Ed Wilson cried an auction in town t'other night.
   Geo. Riggs says his family were the happy recipients of valuable Christmas presents from relatives. 
From Butlerville
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 miner.
   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.

Spencer Township
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.
   On motion it was ordered that the proceedings be published in the county papers.
                A. W. Brown,   Chairman
H. B. Weaver,   Secretary   



Jennings County Republican Nominating Convention
   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 committee.
   On motion, Col. H. Tripp was chosen Chairman of the convention.
   Upon a call of the township, the following delegates were reported, being a full delegation: 75 in all. Necessary to choice, 38.
Merideth Johnson, George Mix, J. H. Cox, J. C. Bland, C. Wildman.
L. 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. Harrington.
Joseph 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 Brooks.
    P. Stewart, J. H. Rogers, Geo. W. Bard, Daniel Lewis, Caleb Robbins
A. V. Hudson, Geo. Riggs, B. F. Wilkerson, John Tobias, T. J. Shepherd
    Sand Creek
Simeon Stearns, John B. Riggs, Jeptha Moncrief, John D. Kidd
John Oathoudt, Milton Eastman, D. W. Downs, Moses Spencer, Chas. Whitcomb
Z. T. Denslow,  Jacob Artz, Miles A. Perry, John Muster, Lafayette Hendricks
R. Leavitt, P. D. Baughn, Jacob Clinton, James Meek, John Carney, T. A. Pearce, L. D. Pennington, David Strock, E. VanArnem, Chas. Dunlap, Gilbert Green.
    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 Coroner.
    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 read.

   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 unanimous choice.
    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.
    The 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.
Commissioner--First District
    The 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.
Commissioner--Second District
    Mr. James W. Hill was proposed before the convention for this office, and was chosen by acclamation, the vote being unanimous.
Commissioner--Third District
    The following 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 nominee.
    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 votes.
    The nominations being made the following resolution was offered by Col. H. Tripp, and adopted by the convention.
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 come.
    On motion, the convention adjourned sine die  
J. F. Lattimore
                                                      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.

John Overmyer
   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.
P.C. McGannon
   Like Mr. 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
   Was 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 Mr. Brown.
Harmon Dixon
   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.
   John S. 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 township.
   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.
   Wm. B. Prather
   Is a Surveyer by profession and understands it in all its details. He was a soldier during the war. 

From Butlerville
April 4, 1870
    Messers Moore & Forsythe have been improving the sidewalk in from of their place of business. Others ought to do likewise.
    The Y.M.C.A of Butlerville have been invited to conduct a series of meeting at Deputy in this county.
    Mr. James Craig talks of building another business house here.

Brewersville News
Correspondence of the Plain Dealer
April 4, 1876
    Mel Higgins and wife are the happy possessors of two lassies. All are doing comparatively well.
    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.
    The Grangers will meet at the residence of F. M. Coryell, on the 8th inst.
Sudden Death
    Last 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 week.
    Gumble Bros. here enlarged their store room.
    Mrs. A. L. Bonnell has gone to Cincinnati to stay an indefinite time.
    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.
    Hon. J. D. New came home on last Saturday, He returned today taking his wife with him.
    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) evening.
    The store of Messrs. Lawrence & Ayers, of Commiskey, was burglarized on Monday evening. They estimate their loss at about $500.
    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 chance.
    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 half. 

   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 departed.
   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.
   The 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 a Beecher.
   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 effect.  J.M.M.

   On 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.
A Card
  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 goods.
                          A. Andrews
                          Jas. M. McRee
North Vernon, April 11, 1876

   On 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 News
    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.
   Died---This morning, April 10th, Clara Irwin, daughter of Wilton and Nancy Kellar. She leaves her husband and one child to mourn her loss.  R.

Democratic Meeting
   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 alternates:
   Bigger and Campbell--Wm. Clarkin, del;  Chas. Rawlings, alt.
   Marion and Montgomery--John Ashton, del; Geo. H. Corya, alt.
   Vernon--J. N. Culp,  del; Louis Eitel,  alt.
   Lovett---Henry Hargesheimer, del.
   Columbia and Sand Creek--W. T. Jordan, del.
   Center--John Overmyer, F. W. Verbarg  delegates; W.H. Lawrence and Joe Williams alternates.
   Spencer--John Wrape, del;  W. B. Whitcomb, alt.

Martin Mueller and wife and Miss Maude Fortner, of Columbus spent last Sunday with E. S. Barlow and family and other friends in Vernon.

   Mrs. A.L. Bonnell is at Dayton, Ohio instead of Cincinnati.
   Messrs. Hickman & Higbee are improving their machine shop.
   Mr. J. F. Lattimore of the Vernon Banner, made us a call on Monday of last week.
   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 race.
   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.
   Tom Ward, painter, recently of this place, died a few days ago at his home in Trafalgar.
   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 failure.

Sudden Deaths
   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.

Miss 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.

George 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 responsibilities.

Mr. Jacob Doll, of this city, is announced as a candidate for Auditor, subject to the "decission" of the Democratic nominating convention.

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. C.C. Alley.

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 may come.

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. Mayfield 

The 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 this time.


  Daniel Amick, Esq. the subject of this brief history, was born in Gilford county, North Carolina, May 15th, 1806.
  With his 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 of cattle.
  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 price."
  In his death the community have lost a citizen whose place cannot be easily filled. A friend, kind, cordial, candid, generous and energetic.
  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 how sweet
        To be for such a slumber meet."

  J. W. Summerfield: Dear Sir, I send you a brief communication today:
  Married 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 Jackson county.
  We have no means of sending you a specimin of the cake, but it was both delicious and abundant.
                                                                                                                          Winthrop  Young
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.
W. Y.
 [Well 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. Banner.

   At the residence of Mr. James C. Meek, of Vernon, on the 25th inst., by Rev. Thomas Hill, Mr. Samuel W. Turner to Miss Sarah Boner.
   Plenty of cake, and that of the very nicest sort, appeared on our table the next day. Plenty to eat at that wedding. 

  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 insolvent.
                                                                                                   MARY KNOCHEL

Court of Common Pleas, February Term 1866
Michael Gilfoil
vs                               Action for Divorce
Johanna Gilfoil
  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.
  Said 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 absence.
                                                            Witness the Clerk of said Court
                                                            and the seal thereof, at Vernon,
                                                            this 22nd day of November, 1866
                                                                 J.W. Summerfield

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 collection.
                                                                                                                                        J. S. Basnett

January 10, 1867 - VERNON BANNER
   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 gentlemen.
   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 ever.

   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.

Court Report
   Thomas 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.

For Sale
   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. Vawter.

   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.

Administrator's Sale
  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 sale.
                          JOEL AMICK, Administrator

Notice of Petition
State of Indiana, Jennings County
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, clk.
Common Pleas Court, February Term, 1867

Arilda Wildey
        vs.                        Action for Divorce
John Wildey
    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   VERNON BANNER

   On 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.

A Card--Thanks!
   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 gentlemen friends.
   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 proved themselves-friends indeed.
                                               Robert & Mary Leavitt

Home Again
   Our old 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 abundant success.

   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.

   We 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. Branham
   Of Jefferson County, was elected speaker of the House of Representatives.

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 nicely.

   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 delays.

   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 now. 

North Vernon Sun -January 15, 1880

   Paris 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, treasurer.
   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 house.
   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 where
                                                "Other skies will bend above them,
                                                             Other 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 gone.
(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 Township."

   Our new blacksmith is doing a good business.
   George Krenning and wife from Illinois are visiting friends and relatives in this neighborhood.
   Geo. F. 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.
   Our citizens express a desire that Rev. John McCoy, should come down here and hold a protracted meeting in our church some time this winter.

   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 times.
   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 is furious.
   Harry Biggs, 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.
   A protracted 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 of.
   There is a natural curiosity near the raging Tea Creek that claims the attention of some of the wicked knights of the West end.
   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 good officer.
   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.


Over the Rhine
   James Hopkins laid by about 15 acres of corn last week.
   Granville Childs and family spent yesterday with relative here.
   A full house greeted Rev. U. M. McGuire at this place, yesterday.
   A social row occured over in Marion township a few days ago.
   Taylor Winscott, together with family was visiting relatives here yesterday.
   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 Childs.
   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.

North Vernon Notes 
    Wm. Fall has been in our city for the past week.
    Mr. P. C. McGannon with part of his family left Monday for Minneapolis, Minn. They passed over the J.M. & I.
    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.
A good step--yet "there's more to follow."
    Clyde McMillan 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.
From Hardenburg
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 yet.
    The lightening has played havoc with a beautiful oak tree belonging to Albert Whitcomb in his woods just north of town.
    William Railing has bought ten acres of timber from H. Allison north west of town which will be immediately made into staves and heading.

Needmore Items
June 27th, 1881
    Mrs. Dixon, who was hurt by a rooster, has so improved as to be able to walk.
    Madison May is in a feeble state of health, so that he has been confined to his room for about three weeks.
    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 some.
From Butlerville
Butlerville, June 27th
    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 engine.
Paris Crossing Squibs
June 27th, 1881
    Mr. Arbuckle and family of Hardenburg, are visiting here.
    Mr. Benjamin Gaddy has gone on a visit to Kansas.
    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 years.
     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, 1881
Complaint No. 357
Sarah C. Smith
Daniel 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 Indiana.
   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 absence.
   Witness my name, and the Seal of said Court affixed, at Vernon, Indiana, this 13th day of June, A. D. 1881
June 15.                                               DANIEL BACON, Clerk.    


  Within five years past the Building Associations have assisted in the building of houses for the following named persons, so far as we can recollect.
  1. Patrick Murray, frame dwelling
  2. W. G. Norris, frame dwelling
  3. Mrs. J. R. Robinson, brick business house
  4. John G. Berkshire, 2-story frame dwelling
  5. A. A. Tripp, 2-story frame dwelling
  6. W. J. Hole, frame dwelling
  7. A. M. Gordon, frame dwelling
  8. Trippp Bros., brick business house
  9. Joe N. Covert, 1 1/2-story frame dwelling
10. B. F. Crutchfield, 1 1/2-story frame dwelling
11. Conner & Pasmore,     Central Block
12. J. C. Cope                          "          "
13. Covert & Crutchfield        "         "
14. Geo. F. Verbarg                 "         "
15. W. A. Harshman, frame dwelling
16. Dr. C. H. Green, brick business house
17. Belle S. Hahn, frame dwelling
18. W. H. Gibson, frame dwelling
19. A. J. Johnson, brick stable
20. John Rash, frame dwelling
21. Samuel Bricker, frame dwelling
22. Nancy Butler, frame dwelling
23. Betsy King, frame dwelling
24. Ed Gallagher, frame dwelling
25. Chas. Meyer, 2-story frame dwelling
26. W. F. Kolm, 1 1/2-story frame dwelling
27. Peter Wahl, brick dwelling
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
33. Wm. Teepe, frame dwelling
34. James Hester, frame dwelling
35. C. Bacon, brick business house
36. W. E. Riker, frame dwelling
37. H. C. Vaught, 2 story frame dwelling
38. C. A. Olcott, frame dwelling.
39. C. A. Olcott, frame business building
40. Eli Lockwood, frame dwelling
  Beside these, 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) 321.                                       

   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 water.
   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.
Committee:  L. Brandon
                     T. L. Wilson
                     B. Litsey

  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 preference.
  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. & I. road.
  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 home.
  Wanted, for cash all the old dry bones in Jennings County.  P. Conkling
  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 subscription.
  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 miles home.
  The members of the North Vernon Alumni are requested to meet at Miss Carrie Alley's, on Thursday afternoon, May 13th, at three o'clock.
  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, Monday morning.
  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 buildings &c.
  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 agency.
  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.
  The 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 them.
  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.
  Wm. 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.
Hardenburgh Locals
  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.
  Prof. S. W. Conboy was seen on our streets last Saturday.
  Our Trustee, 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 over Sunday.
  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 township Trustee.

Queensville News
  Mrs. Grace Blythe and two children, of Iowa, are here visiting relatives.
  Mr. 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 themselves splendidly.
  Mr. Oldaker has been very sick again, but is on the mend.
  Mr. Will Stewart and family spent Sunday at Mr. Schuyler's here.
  Miss Fannie White visited Mrs. Kennedy last week.
  Mr. J. B. Smith and lady visited Scipio and Pea Ridge Sunday schools, Sunday.
  Willis Peterson is in Bartholomew Co., near St. Louis Crossing, at work for Jno. Couchman. S. Peterson is also selling fruit trees in same county.
May 10th, 1886               X.Y.Z.

  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.
May 10th, 1886                        WATCH

  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.

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