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Cumberland Presbyterian Newspaper
Alton, IL
June, 1869


Misc. News for LaSalle, Ottawa and Peru
Taken from the Ava Advertiser

Excerpts from The Newton Press
Jasper Co., IL

Statewide News
The Ava Advertiser
Jackson County, Illinois
for the year, 1890
January 31 - December 26

(this was a weekly newspaper)

Miscellanous News From Southern Illinois
Eldorado - excerpts from 1930
Harrisburg - excerpts from 1922 and 1925
Saline - Excerpts from 1912
Shawneetown - Excerpts from 1896

Sangamon Newspaper Excerpts NEW!

1886 Train Accident NEW!
Central Illinois Victims

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Three Lives Lost

Taken From the Ava, Jackson County, IL  newspaper
2 May 1890:

John Eustrie, N. P. Akeyson and Jacob Williamson were suffocated in a mine at  Spring Valley a few days ago. They had gone down the shaft to extinguish a  fire. - courtesy Susan Cook
Spring Valley

W. T. PFIEFFER, of Peoria, is in the city
C. E. FITCH of Princeton is a business visitor in this city today
Rev. A.L. SHUTE of La Salle and Rev. E. C. STOCKWELL of this city will exchange pulpits next Sunday evening.
Some people who saw a hearse on the street late last night, thought probably it contained the dead Peruan hopes of Charley McDONALD, but this was a mistake.

The funeral of Mrs. Ursula LUCHRENGER of De Pue(?), who died Sunday, occurred yesterday, Rev. J. H. WILSON of this city conducting the services. The lasdy was 83 years old and well known and beloved.
At a reception given by the old members to the new members of the Congregational church, Thursday evening, in the church parlors, S. M. DALZELL will welcome the new membes and Ford CUMMINGS will respond in their behalf. A very pleasant time is anticipated.
The various resorts in town are again filled with lewd women, and seemingly no attempt is made to enforce the law. Many blame the police for this, but some of those who should know say the blame should rest on the mayor and some of the councilmen, and not the police. It is even intimated that the police have received strict orders from his honor not to do anything with the women unless they are forced to by warrant. Just why the mayor should adopt this course is not generally known, but it is said that he is influenced to do so by some of his aldermanic friends. It is a well known fact that DELMAGRO is easily influenced and seemingly taking a risk, when he orders such a flagrant violation of law and decency.
The benefit for the public library which will be held in the opera house on the evening of Easter Monday, April 19th will consist of the thrilling drama, "The Ranche King," to be followed by a social dance. The cast will be as follows:
Jack Ralston, scout - Chas. SNERRARD(?)
Joe Dempsey, villain - Chas. MONTGOMERY
McFadden, ward politician - E. B. BARBOUR
Mr. Lester, banker and broker - Chas. FEHR
Cyrus, his servant - P. FRAIN  Kidder, Dempsey's pal - Jas. MORAN
Charley, a young terror - Ed. FEHR
Mary Lester - Annie HICKS
Miss Spriggins, a governess - Mand FEHR
Winona, an Indian maiden - Mary McCLARENCE


J. H. BLACK was over from Streator for a short stay yesterday.
Ike GUTHMANN left this morning for Chicago, on a business trip.
Will EGLE was up from Losta on business yesterday afternoon.
Michael BYRNE was a visitor in ?(Ottawa) for a few hours today.
Dr. C. W. BESCAN and wife, of Peoria were visitors in this city yesterday.
S. R. LONG of Amboy was the guest of his friend, Will HODGE yesterday.
C. K. CLAUER, C. E. TYRON, F. A. HENDALL and John MAHER were down from Ottawa yesterday.
Mr. and Mrs. John O'BYRNE and three children, accompanied by Michael HANNIFIN and Miss Nellie HANNIFIN, left today for their home in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Mrs. and Mrs. Julius W. HEGELER left on the 8:11 train this morning for the East. If their present program is carried out, they will sail from New York for Europe on Tuesday next on the North German-Lloyd steamship Trave?.
H. McGINNIS was in Lostant on business yesterday.
John CURRAN was in Streator today visiting relatives

Miss Jennie HINDS of Second Street is quite ill with an attack of la grippe.
Mrs. Adolph WELTER is recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia.
George B. TREAT has been confined to the house by sickness, yeterday and to-day.
The Free Cooking School will be at H. C. HUNTOON's, in Peru, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Gene DEN?H, of Lostant, was visitng relatives here today.
Michael DONOGHUE of South Bend, Ind., was visiting relatives here yesterday and today.
Just two men and three women were seen on three blocks of First street at two o'clock this afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph BLACK of Chicago were the guests of their daughter, Mrs. OTERPH of this city to-day.
Misses Tillie and Nellie O'BRIEN returned to their home in Peoria last night after a few days visit here.
A. KELLY, the well-known traveling man of Chicago, was taken ill today and Jay FEENEY is taking his place.
George NELSON and sister Miss Mary, left last evening for a few weeks visit with relatives and friends in Peoria.
Mrs. Chas. L. DIESTERWEG will entertain the members of the Sewing Club at her home onSeventh street, tomorrow afternoon.
Mrs. Edward BOYLE and two children came down from Chicago last evening to spend a few weeks visiting relatives in this city.
Born this morning to Mr. and Mrs. D. MEAGHER of Kinsman, Ill., a baby boy. Mrs. MEAGHER was formerly Miss Maggie McGUIRE of this city.
Wm. GARDNER has received an appointment from Major McCLAUGHREY, warden of the Joliet penitentiary. The job is said to be worth $75 a month.
Geo. CRANE Sr., sustained a severe injury to his left forearm this morning while cutting some kindling wood. The hatchet entered his left arm, making a severe gash almost from the hand to the elbow.


Five prisoners were brought before the court this morning to plead to the indictments found against them, among them Thomas GEDYE, the Seneca murderer; RYON, the man who obtained property from Peru merchants on false pretenses, plead guilty on two indictments and was sentenced to 15 days in the county jail in each cse, ordered to pay a fine of $1.00 and return the property fraudulently obtained.

Frank MOORE, the Sheridan teamster, accused of rape, in which Daisy BARBER's father figures as the complainant, was in court and was furnished with a copy of the indictment.

Thomas GEDYE, the man who killed William MORGAN at Seneca, by thrusting an iron bar into his breast, plead not guilty to the charge of murder.

Dennis McCARTHY, alias Albert HARRISON, who robbed J. E. SCOTT & Co.'s store, plead not guilty and D. R. BURKE was appointed to defend him.

Charles WOLF, was another man charged with larceny, plead guilty and was sentenced to the county jail for thirty days and assessed $1 and costs.

The two liquor and four gambling cases were certified to the county court. The people against BORCHSENIUS, HINRICHSEN, WALSH, ALLEN, RIORDAR?, NERTNEY?

In the case of FURR vs SMITH Bros., a motion for a new trial was entered.

Thos. HANLEY entered up judgement against Matthew WHITE today, for $2,815.83 and costs. All Mr. HANLEY has to show for the loan is a judgement note.

Charles I. TAYLOR has field a bill regarding land owned by himself and Alita? M. CROTTY, who came by her share through the death of her father N. J. RULISON. The property in question is tenanted by Albert PRAGER and Henry D. OSGOOD,

The case of GUNDERSON vs. the C. B. & Q. is on trial. George GUNDERSON was killed at Leland September 19, 1893, and his widow brought suit for the full limit, $5,000 claiming that the train was running through the village at a higher rate of speed than the ordinances permitted. The verdict was for $5,000, which the higher court reversed (the rest is illegible, although Judge JOHNSON can be made out).


Will HILDEN went to Marseilles this morning
Louis HIGGINS spent Sunday with relatives in Tonica
J. H. BLACK of Streator was in town today on business
Misses Kate IAWSCHEID and Mary WEGMAN are employed at the steam laundry
Peter EDWARDS waas transacting business in Ottawa for a few hours yesterday afternoon.
Herman VOLLMER returned home yesterday afternoon, from a few weeks visit with relatives in Lostant(?)
John GRINNEY went on a business tour to several of the eastern cities this morning. He will be gone about two months.
Miss Emily BROWN left this morning for her home in Cincinnati, O., after spending a few months visiting her aunt Mrs. p. A. CARROL of Peoria Street.
Henry WICKER, Mr. and Mrs. Christ WICKER, of Peoria, and Mrs. Gus KEITZER, of Chicago are in this city to attend the funeral of their relative, Louis WICKERT.
Master George WEAZLE of Main Street is quite seriously ill with an attack of blood poisoning, caused by having a rusty nail run into his neck, while at play, about two weeks ago.
The funeral of the late Miss Stella L. AULER took place at two o'clock this afternoon from her late home on Schuyler street to St. Joseph's church; interment in Peru City cemetery.
Sup't. Wm. WEINER finished his work on the bridge yesterday and intends to leave town soon; but he cannot do it until Ald. BOEHME, who is chairman of the finance committee, O. K.'s his bill, which it is supported will take quite a while.
C. W. HAW?S, Head Clerk of the M. W. A., is up from Peoria, making arrangements for the WICKERT funeral. The M. W. A., of which society he was a member, will have charge of the funeral and will accompany his remains to the grave.
Mrs. David GIESLER celebrated the 37th anniversary of her birth at her home on Fourth and Pike streets last evening. About twenty-five couples attended and assisted her to celebrate. The merry crowd played games, cards, danced and enjoyed themselves in many other ways until an early house this morning. Supper was served about midnight and was well taken care of.

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The Newton Press, Jasper Co., IL April 18, 1888:

George M. DUCLOS, of Bloomington, has gone to New Hampton, Ia. He believes that the J.B. Duclos whose name is in the list of the killed in the Milwaukee & St. Paul road accident at Wapsie is either his father or his brother. His father was a resident of Oregon and his brother a stock dealer of Friender, Dak.

At Hudson, McLean county, a few days ago, occurred the death of Samuel Y. Snavely, an old and wealthy farmer.

Judge J.W. WILKINS, of Danville, received the Republican nomination for Supreme Judge from the Third district.

The large tile works of J.K. DICK, at Waynesville, DeWitt county, were burned a few nights ago. The fire is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary. Loss, $5,000; insurance, $2,500

Detective RITTENHOUSE, of Champaign, left Chester a few days ago, having in custody Eugene WILLIAMS, wanted in Piatt County for horse-stealing, and Shield CASPER, wanted in Champaign County for running off mortgaged property. Williams was in the hold-over at Chester, having been arrested as he came out of the penitentiary, having just finished a term for a burglary committed in Jefferson County. Casper was captured by the detective at Jonesboro.

July 27, 1887:
John DOWLING, a wealthy and prominent citizen of Galena, died at St. Louis, a few days ago, where he had gone for medical treatment.

Rev. David CLARK, D.D., of Sandwich, formerly of Dallas, Tex., has formally accepted a call to the First Presbyterian Church in Galena, and will enter upon his pastorate the second week in August.

Robert MUNHOLLAND, an old resident of Bloomington, died a few days ago, aged fifty-five. His death was caused by an overdose of morphine, taken to induce sleep. He was born in England and had lived in Bloomington 25 years.

Calvin OSBORN, aged 28 years, a well-to-do farmer, who lived near Potomi, Vermillion County, was killed a few days ago by falling from a hay-rake between the horse and machine.

Mr. Jacob KIGHTLINGER, an old gentleman well known in the northwestern part of the State, committed suicide a few days ago by shooting himself through the temple at the house of his son. The father and son had gotten into a dispute over some land, when the old man deliberately took his own life.

George BUCKINGHAM, alias SMITH, sentenced for 15 years for burglary at Chicago in 1884, was released a few days since, his sentence having been commuted to a four-year term by the Governor. Buckingham was sent down with Alexander EWING and James SHEA, alias CONNORS, alias KELLEHER, habitual criminals, who received 20 years each. Ewing recently died at the prison.

The following patents have recently been awarded to Illinois inventors:
G. H. STAHL, Quincy, machine for loading cartridges; Thomas BASON, Englewood, floor-latch; A.T. WESTLAKE, Springfield, dial figuring-machine; A.J. BURBANK, Harvard, hay-truck; A.C. COON, Hutsonville, wrench; ROBERT H. DEMENT, Hudson, car brake; Leo G. HAASE, Harlem, road-scraper; J.B. JOHNSONS, Newton, plant-tray; R.W. MCCLELLAND, Clinton, running gear; E, RANKIN, Jr., Lincoln, harrow; J.W. RIGGS, Mount Carmel, gate closer.

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