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    Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - Thursday April 12, 1887
    Last Monday night, John Pickett's barn, a mile and a half south of 
    Spring garden, was burned.  It was supposeed to be in the work of
    an incendiary.  Tuesday morning some of the neighbors came in to 
    inspect the ruins and noticed some tracks.  Two of the three youngesters 
    concluded to follow the tracks.  They followed until they came to 
    William Grandville Pickett's field.  he is the brother of John but 
    neither were fond of the other.  Bill went out to meet the track 
    inspectors and inquired what they were after.  The answer not be 
    satisfactory, he ordered them out and a very warm unpleasantness ensured.  
    The result was a set -to-between Bill Pickett and Mark McKinney, in which 
    Bill got :chawed"  Mark tried his teeth first into one ear and the the other 
    and not relishing these, he made a dive at Bills face in general and planted 
    a bite between his eyebrows.  After biting and a large amount of pounding 
    the men were separated and Mark disappeared.  the other parties answered 
    for the racket between Esq. Clark, but Mark McKinney is still out presumely 
    hunting for game that is not quiet so tough as Mt Pickett.  the cannibal 
    ought to be jerked up and fed on boarding house steak awhile and have to 
    Pickett to pieces with his fingers.
    Note:  Mark McKinney was a brother to Nancy McKinney wife of John Pickett
    Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - June 1, 1887
    Veterans buried in the Old Covenanter Cemetery (Marion County, IL)
    William GASTON, Revolutionary Soldier under Washington in 1776. William GASTON Jr., War of 1812, under Gen. Harrison. Hugh Parkinson, War of 1812, under Harrison and Black Hawk War in 1832. Newton A. GASTON, Mexican War, 1846-1848 Rev. J. C. WYATT, Co. I, 79th New York H. E. McWILLIAMS, Co. C, 11th Illinois Wm. WALLIS, Co. H, 80th Illinois Jas. L. PATTON, Co. H, 80th Illinois John T. KELL, Co. H, 80th Illinois Thos. BOGGS, Co. H., 80th Illinois Samuel G. ANDREWS, Co., H, 80th Illinois Samuel W. SMITH, Co. H, 80th Illinois Isaac C. SMITH, Co. H, 80th Illinois Wm. K. STORMENT, S. W. KELL, John B. MYERS, John WYATT, Sam'l A. NEWMAN, Wm. B. SMITH, W. Brown MORTON, John K. MORTON, Wm. BURGESS, all Co. A, 111th Illinois. Wm. H. WYATT, Co. E., 136th Illinois Matthew RAINEY, Co. G., 22d Illinois John Mc. RAINEY, Co. G, 22d Illinois Mt. Moriah Cemetery (Marion County, IL) Rev. J. MORRISON, RW Jarmon SHELDON, RW Wm. BUNDY, War of 1812 David MERCER, War of 1812 Samuel HAYS, Black Hawk War, 1832 Wm. BINGAMIN, Black Hawk War, 1832 Chas. KILPATRICK, Mexican War, 1846-1848 War of 1861-1865 Franklin WATSON, 111th Illinois Jon BUNDY, 111th Illinois M. W. HAYS, 111th Illinois Urastus Hill, 111th Illinois Marion ROGERS, 111th Illinois Jasper HUFF, 70th Illinois George HAYS, 70th Illinois Stephen D. HAYS, 70th Illinois James C. HAYS, 70th Illinois Peter MARCH, 62d Illinois Louis BINGAMIN, 6th Illinois Jno. PARKINSON, 40th Illinois
    Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - May 4, 1887 Unhappy Couples - The following divorce suits have been filed for the coming term of Circuit Court which meets next week: Eliza E. JONES represents unto the court that on February 23rd, 1869, she was lawfully married to one Edward T. JONES, that five children, two of whom are now dead, were born unto them; that she has always conducted herself towards him as a chaste, dutiful and affectionate wife. She then charges him with extreme and repeated cruelty and says that on divers occasions he has beaten, struck, kicked, choked, cursed and abused her; that he has reglected to furnish her with necessary food and raiment, and that in the month of January last he flew into a passion and struck her across the back and arms with an iron poker, which performance was repeated in February. It is further represented that during the past winter the plaintiff was compelled to go out among the neighbors and plead for assistance to keep starvation from their door, while the defendant, a stout able-bodied man, lay lazily coiled up in bed in the house, awaiting their return, and if their mission proved fruitless they were compelled to boil a little raw wheat and parch some common corn to eat, the latter being the principal diet of the family for the past winter. For these and other reasons assigned the plaintiff prays a divorce to be granted. It is further represented that the defendant is the owner in fee simple of $1,200 worth of realty and at least $100 worth of personal property, and an injunction and order restraining him for selling or emcumbering said property is prayed. Since the commencement of this suit the alimony question has been settled by JONES paying his wife $400 and giving her all the personal property. He sold his farm for $800, and has left the country. Norman H. MOSS represents the complainant. Otto W. WALLACE, through his attorney, Judge PACE, prays for a dissolution of the bonds of matrimony existing between himself and Elizabeth WALLACE, to whom he was lawfully married March 4, 1882, at the village of Belle Rive, this county. The declaration charges wilful desertion, which according to the bill occurred on the same day. Cannon SAWYER was married to Pernissa Ann SAWYER March 6, 1883, and continued to live with her as a kind and indulgent husband should until March 10, 1885, when he learned for the first time that William BAILEY, of Centralia, occupied a prominent place in the affections of his wife. That from and after that date he has refused to live with her, and therefore prays a dissolution of the matrimonial obligation. Norman A. PIERCY attorney for complainant. Loretta V. BONNETT was married to Henry BONNETT Nov. 15, 1868. For a time all was peace and joy, when a few years afterwards he commenced the excessive use of intoxicating liquiors and for over two years past has been guilty of habitual drunkeness; that he indulges in protracted sprees, neglecting his family and squandering his money. That he has absented himself the last time since May 16, 1886. She represents that they have four children, that he is a man of low, vicious and vulgar habits, wholly unfit to be entrusted with the care and custody of the children. It is further represented that he owns realty in this county and in Kansas worth $3,600 and a personal estate of the value of $1,500. The usual remedies are prayed. Ruth J. HOOTS charges that her hunband, Henry HOOTS, to whom she was married June 1, 1883, has been guilty of extreme and repeated cruelty towards her in that he has kicked her and struck her with his hands with such force as to leave the marks of violence upon her person. February 9, 1886, she represents that he assaulted her with an iron poker, at a later date with a pocket knife; that by reason of his repeated cruelty life has become burdensome to her. She charges him with other serious offenses unfit for publication, and prays a divorce through POLLOCK & Sons, her attorneys. Mary S. SYLVESTER, through her attorneys, Albert WATSON and George B. LEONARD, represents that she was married to Henry J. SYLVESTER in 1876, that he abandoned and deserted her in St. Louis, Mo. about 1882. She charges Henry with being a loose and dissolute character, in the habit of becoming frequently intoxicated, and that he failed to provide for herself and two children, wherefore a divorce and custody of the children is prayed. Lillie FLICKER was married to one James Austin FLICKER July 1, 1886, and it only required three months for Lillie's love to flicker out entirely, when she returned to her father's house. She charges him with extreme and repeated cruelty in that he was of a very violent and ungovernable temper and frequently cursed and abused her, threatening to beat and kill her. That during the three months they lived together he expended the sum of fifty cents for food, and that her husband finally solicited her to become a lewd woman, and proposed to various other men in her presence to sell her honor for money, and force her to sacrifice her virtue and lead an unchaste life. We are glad to say James Austin FLICKER is a Wayne County beast and does not belong to Jefferson. Nonegh M. BURGESS wants a divorce from Ephraim L. BURGESS on the ground of continued desertion since January 10, 1884, while Logan SAWYER asks for a divorce from Elzinia SAWYER on same cause. Margaret M. BRUCE prays on the same basis for a divorce from Jefferson D. BRUCE, and William H. REED pleads desertion as a reason for dissolving the matrimonial tie between himself and Frances M. REED Hester A. VANCE says she was married to John VANCE August 24, 1884, and it only required one month for her to ascertain that she and John could not get along together. John went down into Franklin County in September and while there was guilty of certain performances not consistent with his marriage vows and which greatly displeased Hester, wherefore she is willing to part company. Sarah L. WITHEM was united in marriage with Francis M. WITHEM Nov. 18, 1885, and conducted herself in a becoming manner until Jan. 1, 1887, when she ascertained that Francis had wholly given himself over to the bad, and there being no prespect of his reformation she wants the alliance declared at an end.
    Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - September 7, 1887 DEATH AND DESTRUCTION - A Threshing Engine Blows Up Near Spring Garden - Killing two men and wounding two other, one of whom will die. Early yesterday morning our citizens were horror stricken with the intelligence from Spring Garden of the explosion of a portable engine belonging to William BUMPUS, Frank JERALD and Thomas PIERCE, which dealt death and destruction among those engaged in the work of threshing on Dr. BERNARD's farm a short distance west of Spring Garden. J. Henry MITCHELL had one leg torn off, and death resulted before 2 o'clock that afternoon, from shock and hemorrhage. William BUMPUS, a son of William BUMPUS, Sr., had an arm broke and was struck with a flying piece of iron in the stomach which caused his bowels to protrude. He died soon afterwords. Thomas J. WILLIAMS, well known as an ex- Representative from this county, was hit on the side of the head with a piece of iron and suffered a fracture of the skull which will result fatally, although he was reported resting easy yesterday evening. Cooney BUMPUS was scalded badly, but is not in any danger. He will recover. Robert BERNARD, a brother of Dr. BERNARD suffered slight injuries, but will also recover. A runner was sent to the city for medical assistance, and Drs. Walter WATSON, J. H. MITCHELL, Fred PATTON and Dr. ARUNDEL responded. BUMPUS died before their arrival, while MITCHELL was beyond reach of medical aid. They did everything known to the science of medicine to alleviate the condition of the suffers and left them in good condition except they consider WILLIAMS likely to die. To show the terrific force of the explosion it is only necessary to state that the dome of the engine, weighing near 300 pounds was blown a distance of 200 yards, while many pieces of iron were found at distances of from one-fourth to one-half mile from the scene of the explosion, one piece of iron being found east of Spring Garden, while the accident occured west of the town. Various theories are advanced as to the causes leading to the explosion, but the one most generally credited is that on account of the extreme drouth which has prevailed this summer portable engines engaged in threshing have been using very muddy water, and engineers unite in the statement that steam gauges under such circumstances are very deceptive, and that wile the gauge would indicate plenty of water the boiler may be nearly empty. Becoming hot they blow up, and this hay have been the cause of this explosion. Other theories, however, are numerous, and each one has it's advocates. It was a fearful day's work and brought sorrow and death to two homes, and is another costly lesson to inexperienced men engaged in running the engines.
    Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - October 12, 1887 One week ago today Miss Daisy VARNELL became separated from her father, Hon. George H. VARNELL on the St. Louis Fairgrounds. Mr. VARNELL instituted a search for her, securing the services of detectives and police and espending time and money until Thursday noon when a telegram was received informing him of her safe arrival at home in the city the night before. Miss Daisy found her way to the Union Depot and boarded a train for home when she gave up the search for her father.
    Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly) - December 21, 1887 Four unhappy couples unmated in the Circuit Court last week, and thereby licensed to go and render some other mortal unhappy. Lina E. CHURCH procured a decree of divorce from Emery F. CHURCH and her maiden name restored to - Lina E. KNOX. Mathias FAHR was divorced from Salone FAHR. Matilda E. WATSON was granted a decree of divorce from William WATSON, while John ALLEN and Mary E. ALLEN were legally separated, the custody of one child, Andrew, being awarded the father, and the other, Walter, being given the mother.


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