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Mt. Vernon Weekly Register - August 24, 1892, Page 1
Submitted By: Mary Zinzilieta

WHITLOCK Family Reunion
Tuesday, August 16. was the occasion of a happy event at the 
homestead of Mr. and Mrs Jasper HAWKINS near Limestone Church.  
In commemoration of her 80th birthday their home was arranged in 
holiday garb, in honor of their grand old mother, Aunt Fanny WHITLOCK, 
widow of the late Lieut. R. WHITLOCK, one of Illinois' first soldiers 
and a member of the first Illinois Calvary Company.  She rejoiced in 
the reunion of the entire family with the exception of one in Colorado 
and one in St. Louis.  Many of the old friends  and neighbors came also 
to mingle their rejoicing with those of the family.  It was indeed a 
happy occasion, the children rejoicing in the preservation of mother, 
and that for one of her four score years she still retained such strength 
and vigor, both physically and mentally; the mother that her children 
from positions of usefulness and honor in society were once gathered 
around her.

At and early hour wagons and buggies were seen wending their way up 
the hill to the abiding place of Aunt Fannie, from which were removed 
great baskets and boxes of food of every description until now would 
think we were going to have an old-fashioned camp meeting.  A long table 
was erected under a large forest tree in the yard and beautifully decorated 
with fruits, flowers, hugh cakes and meats of all kinds, intermingled with 
vegetables cooked in the old time way as pioneers love here.

Mother WHITLOCK was then lead to the head of the table and a scripture 
lesson read by Rev. HAY from the 37th Psalm, followed by prayer.  Then 
we had a poem addressed to the mother from her children, read by Emma JOHNSON, 
of Pleasant Grove, followed by one of the most bountiful meals one could imagine.  
After 75 people had partaken of the excellent food we repaired to the parlor, 
where Mrs. JENNINGS in her usual happy manner rendered "The Old Wooden Rocker," 
followed by songs from others.  The children were then called together and we 
had a poem entitled, A mother's address to her children," read by E. JOHNSON, 
when all joined in singing "All The Way My Savior Leads Me."  Rev. HAY then 
gave an interesting talk of ten minutes, which was followed by a song, "Rock of Ages," 
then very touching addresses were made by Messrs.George and Foster WHITLOCK, 
sons of Aunt Fannie, and as they stood by the chair of their beloved and highly 
esteemed mother, whose snow white hair reminds one !
of beautiful white lilies, her face now so old and white seemed to glow with 
gladness and joy that at last see her also to talking of what a happy day it 
had been.  She was the proud mother of nine children, 49 grandchildren and 
22 great-grandchildren.  The children are all members of the church but one.  
It was indeed an almost perfect day of enjoyment and will be remembered in 
coming years as a beautiful isle on the river of time.  A living treasure 
in memory's storehouse.

Submitted By: Lori Lisenby Leonard
Daily Register  Tuesday, 13 December 1892 
Rollie Farmer is in McLeansboro on business today.  Ed Liebengood is erecting a new store building on his lot opposite Air Line depot.  Mrs. John Q. Harman returned last evening from Cairo, where she attended the funeral of her father.  City Editor Pace of the Daily News paid the sanctum a visit this morning. Joe is the pioneer newspaper man of this city still engaged in active work.  If anyone notices one of our saloon keepers around town today with an ear in a damaged condition he may know that a certain colored damsel visited his place of business last night and that a row ensued in which the aforesaid ear was somewhat damaged.  One queer case is before the present court. Annie Mason, through her attorneys, Green and Watson, brings suit against Joshua Hopper for breach of promise. Unlike most similar cases, the declaration avers nothing more than a clear cut promise to marry, which the defendant with equal clearness denies. Leonard and Stelle represent the young mans interests.  SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: December 8, 1892 was the 25th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Neal's wedding or in other words their silver wedding. The event had been anticipated many weeks. Engraved cards, in nice envelopes addressed, had been sent to a great number of their friends, of whom not less than one hundred responded and reported in good order, a hundred smiling faces, a hundred merry tongues, and twice as many sparkling eyes surrounded the bride and groom at their residence in Ewing and heartily celebrated the day that rounded out a quarter of a century of wedded life. 

Daily Register  Wednesday, 14 December 1892  Sam Patterson is getting ready to go south with a car load of horses and mules about Christmas.  James A. Glover was given legal permission yesterday by County Clerk Tanner to make Sallie J. Maddox his wife.  The entire morning has been devoted in the Circuit Court to the trial of Joseph Myers, Jr., on the charge of sodomy.  Miss Mina Saunders, of the Continental Hotel, is entertaining her young friend Mertie Lockwood of McLeansboro this week.  Mr. and Mrs. John Unwin were delighted at the safe arrival of a healthy looking girl baby at their home on Opdyke avenue Sunday evening.  (Pleasant Grove) P. C. Glassman gave his many friends a parting call last week before leaving for California.  (Pleasant Grove) Aunt Katy Tyler is not able to be up much now.  (Pleasant Grove) Mrs. ? E. Johnson is up part of the time, but quite poorly yet.  (Pleasant Grove) How proud Tom Badgit is of his new baby.  Chancery Court: Dicy P. Book vs. Benj. F. Book, divorce, defendant fails to appear, evidence heard and decree of divorce and care of child as prayed granted on payment of costs. 

Daily Register  Friday, 16 December 1892  Circuit Court Doings: Criminal Court: People vs. John T. Whitlock, abortion, motion to quash indictment sustained and defendant discharged.  People vs. O. P. Moore, appeal; trial by jury and verdict of not guilty.  Same vs. S. W. Cremeens, obtaining money by false pretenses; contained by agreement.  Chancery Court: Ella L. Scott vs. John W. Scott, divorce; defendant defaults and evidence heard and divorce granted on payment of costs.  Minnie E. Foster vs. M. D. Foster, divorce; same decree as above.  Sam'l L. Fergerson vs. Eliza Fergerson, divorce; defendant defaults and evidence heard and decree granted.  Thomas J. Overton vs. Mary Overton, divorce; same decree as above.  S. T. Hirons ex parte petition for partition; decree of partition and assignment of dower as prayed and T. S. Mannen, O. P. Norris and H. C. Foreman appointed commissioners to divide and assign.  Ephraim Edmonson vs. Lizzie Edmonson, divorce; due service shown; defendant defaults, evidence heard and decree granted as prayed upon payment of costs.  Chas. T. Strattan vs. John T. Judd, et al., foreclosure; report of conveyance by Master approved and cause off docket.  Mrs. Amelia Miller of East Main street is reported very sick this morning.  Mesdames Matfield and White, and Miss Ethel White are in St. Louis today, viewing the sights of the Future Great.  T. J. Overton procured a decree of divorce yesterday from his wife and before leaving the court house secured a license to marry Mary R. Creek.  The County Clerk issued marriage licenses yesterday to the following parties: T. J. Overton to Mary R. Creek; Chesley E. Vincent to Ida Compton; Francis E. Burnett to Lavina Burford. 

Daily Register  Saturday, 17 December 1892  It has been demonstrated that celery and milk are responsible for the typhoid fever epidemic in St. Louis, both being fairly alive with the deadly malarial germ. A prominent physician of that city says: "no fresh vegetation should be eaten and no milk should be drank at this season of the year until it has been boiled if an epidemic of typhoid is to be averted."  BURNED TO DEATH (from Harrisburg Chronicle):  The wife of George Jones, who lives at "Rathbone station", about four miles northeast of this place, met with a fatal accident Saturday last, from which she died on the following day, after suffering as those only can suffer who die from burns. She was standing with her back to the fireplace when her dress took fire, and when discovered her clothing was in flames. The sight terrified her children and they rushed to her, and in her efforts to keep them from harm she neglected herself and the flames were not extinguished until every bit of clothing was burned off. The saddest feature of the occurrence is that she could have saved herself if the frightened children had not claimed her attention, and demonstrates that there is nothing that exceeds a mothers love for her children.  Circuit Court Doings: Criminal Court:  People vs. James Dial, assault to murder. Henry Kasserman appointed to prosecute. Defendant arraigned, pleads not guilty and continued by defendant.  Same vs. Allen Hoffman, disturbing peace; plea of guilty, and fine of $10 imposed.  The following cases were set for trial: People vs. Jas. M. Dial, forgery, next Tuesday; G. B. Leonard to defend.  Same vs. Lafayette Morton, burglary, set for next Wednesday; A. C. Webb to defend.  Same vs. Jas. R. Scrivner, forgery, set for next Wednesday.  Same vs. Joe Price, burglary and larceny; set for next Wednesday.  Common Law:  Village of Woodlawn vs. Slade and Lacey, appeal; trial by jury and verdict for defendants.  Chancery Court: W. R. Hutchinson vs. Susan Hutchinson, divorce; defendant defaults, evidence heard and decree granted on payment of costs.  Eliza J. Davis vs. Alexander Davis, divorce; defendant defaults, evidence heard and decree denied, and cause dismissed.  Sally Pate vs. Henry Pate, divorce; defendant defaults, evidence heard, decree granted, $25 as alimony allowed to pay complainants solicitor.  The divorce cases of Minerva J. Boyles vs. G. Merritt Boyles and Nancy W. Haslip vs. King H. Haslip and Nettie A. Rutherford vs. H. A. Rutherford and O. H. Kelly vs. Carrie Kelly and David I. Atchison vs. Louisa C. Atchison, were all granted on default of defendant, and hearing of evidence.  Jas. Tandy vs. Wm. H. Hogan, foreclosure; dismissed without prejudice.  A Female Prisoner: Caught at Fairfield and Wanted in Mt. Vernon.  Yesterday morning early Sheriff Gray received a letter from J. O. Colvin, sheriff of Wayne county, stating that he had caught and was holding a female which had been found in that city barefooted, bareheaded and almost naked, and as she was a complete stranger in that city he thought possibly she might have escaped from our county jail. On receipt of the letter Mr. Gray informed all the city police here but could not learn that any such person had escaped from here. By last evening's mail Sheriff Colvin relieved Mr. Gray's anxiety by addressing him the following postal card Fairfield, Illinois, December 15,  1892  Friend Tom and Lady,    The lady I wrote you about is Miss Mary Colvin and weighs seven pounds gross. All o.k. Yours truly,  J. O. Colvin  Mr. Gray at once wired Sheriff Colvin that since receiving complete information concerning the prisoner,      that she was wanted in the Jefferson county jail and for him to hold the prisoner as Mrs. Gray would go to Fairfield on the noon train to-day to claim the stranger. Sheriff Gray says that he and Mrs. Gray have been looking for such a stranger for a good many years now, and until this letter from Mr. Colvin had almost given up that she would never be found.   The Fair Association has voted Uncle Johnny Bogan an annual increase of salary of $15 per year. Mr. Bogan has been the faithful and efficient secretary of the Board for a number of years and he earns all the Board pays him for his services.  Yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock Rev. W. P. Hale, officiating the ceremony which united in marriage Mr. Chelsey E. Vincent and Miss Ida Compton was performed at the residence of Henderson Davis on 5th street. They left on the evening train for St. Louis, their future home. 

Daily Register  Monday, 19 December 1892  The services of the police were invoked on yesterday evening to quiet a few drunken young Arabs who were disturbing the peace and quiet of the good citizens of extreme South Union street. Policeman Hamlin went down there but they disappeared before his arrival. Warrants were issued from the Police Court to-day for their arrest. 

Daily Register  Tuesday, 20 December 1892  For disturbing the peace on Sunday Ed. Carter, John Hall, John Chaplen and Possie Bloch were each fined three dollars and costs in police court yesterday.  Mrs. Amelia Miller, whose dangerous illness was noted in these columns a day or two ago is in a dying condition as we go to press. She is a sister of Mayor Watson.  The most refractory prisoner that Sheriff Gray has had in charge for many months is young Huffman a twelve or thirteen year old boy now in jail, charged with throwing stones at passing trains on the Air Line road. Yesterday the Sheriff threatened to put cuffs on him if he did not behave.  Sheriff Gray at one time had a young man named Stonecipher in jail who was serving a sentence of imprisonment on a charge of bastardy. During the time Stonecipher was supposed to be in jail, he was on the streets in charge of the sheriff, and the woman in the case has sued the sheriff for damages. The case will be tried this term of court. Stonecipher died last Thursday.  Circuit Court Doings: Common Law--J. F. Carpenter vs. W. H. Lisenby and John Carpenter, appeal: continued at plaintiff's cost.  Chancery--Effie Echols vs. Joel T. Echols, divorce; defendant defaults, evidence heard and decree granted on payment of costs.  Anna Sanderson vs. J. H. Sanderson, divorce; same order as above. 

Daily Register  Wednesday 21 December 1892  Mrs. Henry Lee is dangerously ill with typhoid fever in East Mount Vernon.  Howard's shipped a large invoice of goods yesterday to the new town of Waltonville, on the Chester road.  Willie Rose was run over by one of the Mt. Vernon Transfer Co's. wagons yesterday evening, but was not injured beyond a swollen foot.  A very pleasant social event was the marriage last evening of Mr. Carl Wallace of Pocahontas, Mo., to Miss Rado Moss, eldest daughter of Mr. Thad C. Moss, the Rev. O. M. Martin, of St. Louis, officiating.  OBIT: Death of Mrs. Miller--Mrs. Amelia J. Miller whose serious illness has been noted heretofore in these columns passed peacefully away from the scenes of earth this morning at six o'clock, just as the streaks of light were ushering in another day. She was the sister of Mayor Watson, Mrs. John Wall, Dr. J. H. Watson, Wm. Watson and Thos. P. Watson. She leaves a family of seven grown children who are thus deprived of the counsel and advice of a devoted and kind mother, a large circle of friends who will realize the loss of a plain unassuming christian woman in the community who unostentatiously performed many kind acts, and a broken family circle from whose decimated ranks another beloved one's voice has been stilled in death. Many years ago Mrs. Miller was left a widow with a large family to care for. She was devoted to her children and was untiring in her efforts for their welfare. She was born April 17, 1833, and died December 21, 1892, aged 59 years, 8 months and 4 days. The funeral will occur tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the M. E. church, with interment at Old Union cemetery.  Make yourself and your little ones happy this year. It will soon pass and next year there may be vacant places. It is when the dear ones have gone that past events and friendships well cemented came thronging to memory to bless us. Never lose an opportunity to make the children happy and joyous. 

Daily Register  Thursday, 22 December 1892  Circuit Court Doings: Criminal Court--People vs. Lafayette Morton, burglary; defendant first pleads not guilty, then with consent of State's Attorney withdraws plea and pleads guilty of petit larceny under each count and is fined $1.00 on each count and sentenced to one minute in jail on each count.  People vs. Daniel L. Weatherford, contempt of court; defendant fined $5 and enters into recognizance with W. H. Green and A. C. Webb as sureties.  Common Law--Conrad Zing vs. Wyatt Parish and Margaret Parish. Appeal; trial by jury and verdict for plaintiff for $24 and costs.  Eliza Breeze vs. Walter Roper. Appeal; trial by jury. Being unable to agree, jury is discharged.  South Philadelphia Woolen Co. vs. Frank Moore and W. J. Moore, assumpsit; defendants default, evidence heard and judgment for plaintiff for $706.09 and costs.  Chancery--Martha J. Martin vs. John Martin, divorce; defendant defaults; evidence heard and decree granted on payment of cost.  Levi Thompson vs. Hatti Thompson, divorce; same as above.  Margaret J. Morgan vs. James Morgan, divorce; same as above. 

Daily Register  Friday 23 December 1892  Circuit Court Doings: Criminal Court--J. M. Davis, on charge of forgery, and James R. Scrivner, on same charge, were arraigned and plead not guilty.  People vs. Joe Pence, burglary and larceny; trial by jury; verdict of guilty, value of property $35, and defendant not 14 years old until next March.  Same vs. Wm. H. Stevens, burglary; trial by jury, verdict of guilty and punishment fixed at one year in the penitentiary.  Common Law--R. A. Williams, use of, &c., vs. J. F. and J. W. Carpenter, appeal; Susie Caveoder vs. Travelers' Insurance Co., assumpsit, and R. L. Bracy vs. L. & N. R. R. Co., case, were continued.  E. G. Scudder & Bro. vs. Houston Moore, assumpsit; trial by court, verdict and judgment in favor of plaintiffs for $65.97 and costs.  Joel F. Watson vs. Jas. M. Dare, debt; defendant defaults, judgment for plaintiff.  Same vs. Jas. M. and H. R. Dare, scire fa to revive judgment for plaintiff.  Same vs. Louis R. Dare, debt; same order.  McCormick Harvesting Co. vs. C. H. Brown, assumpsit; same order as above.  Reuben N. Chastain vs. Mt. Vernon Car Mfg. Co., trespass on the case; leave given to amend declaration and cause continued.  Samuel H. Watkins vs. Frank P. Champ, assumpsit; judgment for plaintiff.  The cases of Susan S. Varnell, Missouri A. Rogers, Wm. D. Rogers and Alexander Johnson vs. Mt. Vernon & Tamaroa Railroad were all continued.  G. B. Leonard vs. Wm. T. Fry, ejectment; continued by agreement.  Elizabeth A. Satterfield vs. City of Mt. Vernon, case, and Wm. T. McCrindle vs. L. & N. R. R. Co. and Mt. Vernon Car Co., case, were continued.  Chancery--Richard S. Coleman vs. Annie C. Coleman, Edna C. Allen vs. Chas. E. Allen, and Margaret Stein vs. Louis Stein, divorce; decrees granted.  Almedia J. Hutchison vs. Hughey H. Hutchison, divorce and injunction; injunction ordered issued and defendant ordered to pay complainant $100 temporary alimony within five days.  An extraordinary heavy shipment of whiskey has been made by the saloons of this city today--one alone shipping 87 gallons, mostly in jugs. Somebody is getting ready to celebrate on a large scale. 

Daily Register  Saturday 24 December 1892 

Ed. Wilson killed: By an Air Line Freight Train at Four O'Clock--Ed. Wilson a section hand on the Air Line was killed about 4 o'clock this afternoon. He was on a hand car, became excited at an approaching train and fell off on the tracks, when the St. Louis local freight run over him and killed him. The body was taken to Saunders & Wells' undertaking establishment for burial preparation.  Circuit Court Doings: Criminal Court--People vs. Barney Wells, selling liquor in less quantities than one gallon; clerk ordered to issue bench warrant and bail fixed at $200.  Same vs. Moses M. Jackson, kidnapping, defendant failing to quash indictment, pleads guilty and is fined $25 and costs.  Same vs. same, disturbing peace; plea of guilty and fine of $5 imposed.  Same vs. Edward Hoffman, throwing stones at a train; defendant pleads guilty and is fined $5 and costs and ordered committed to county jail until same is paid. Afterwards discharged on petition.  People vs. John Dodson, larceny; bench warrant ordered, bail fixed at $200. 

Daily Register  Wednesday 28 December 1892  Mrs. William T. Sumner is very sick at her home on East Harrison street. Her friends fear it is an attack of pneumonia.  Mrs. Logan Brown died at her home in east Mt. Vernon this morning after an illness of six weeks.  Jo Howard has been indisposed for several days, threatened with pneumonia. His friends will hope that he may be seen behind the counter again in the near future.  Scott Fly, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Fly who died yesterday will be buried at Oakwood cemetery tomorrow afternoon. Funeral at 2 o'clock at the family residence, north-east corner Harrison and Casey streets.  Sheriff Gray received a telegram yesterday from the Sheriff of Franklin County to arrest John W. Hutchcraft and wife who are under indictment at Benton for being accessory to burying a baby in a wheat field near Macedonia last summer. The arrests were promptly made and Sheriff Gray is holding the prisoners pending the arrival of the sheriff from Benton.  Last night about 9 o'clock while Ed. Watson was attending the City Council, Mrs. Watson says their little tan terrier became very restless and uneasy and wanted several times to get out. She paid no attention for a time but finally let him go. This morning they found their cupboard relieved of all it's good things and the hungry individual was presumably in the house when the little dog was making the fuss. 


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