Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Admits to Charge of Frequenting a House of Ill Fame 1897

Sumner Press
September 16, 1897

An Unsavory Mess in Which the Defendant Admits Everything

An unsavory mess was brought before the public Saturday morning in the trial of Henry Rosco, of this city, on the charge of frequenting a house of ill fame, that of  Mrs. Zack Glouser. Zach abandoned his family several months ago; in fact he was little help to them for some two years before he left.

The complaint was sworn out by Arch Bolding before John Barekman, Police Magistrate, S. C. Lewis, City Attorney, prosecuting and D. T. Clark defending. A change of venue was taken by the defense to B. F. Sumner, J. P.

Briefly stated, the evidence of the prosecution was that Rosco was seen to go into the Glouser house two or three times a day, remaining generally one half hour. When he came the blinds were put down, and that young children were sent out of the house, there being two grown daughters Zena and Lue. Mrs. Glouser in her testimony said that Rosco was the father of the unborn child of her daughter Zena. Rosco, who is a married man, in his testimony admitted this, and said he went to the house for the purpose of looking after the girl, who has since (Monday) given birth to a son. There was also much other testimony given which was not important.

After the pleading of the counsel, Squire Sumner assessed a fine of $25 and costs, the defendant to be committed to the calaboose until fines and costs were paid, or well secured. Late in the evening Rosco sold his dwelling to Mayor Ed C. Wilson.

The Glouser family have been aided by the Township for about a year past. They were informed some time ago by Supervisor Westall that they would receive no more help if they permitted Rosco to visit the house.


The latter came here from Vincennes, and is said to belong to a responsible family. We are informed he purports to  remove from here to Mt. Carmel. Mrs. Glouser is a native of Wabash County, and comes from a good family near Lancaster. Had her husband supported his family as he ought, it is very unlikely they would have fallen as they did.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Burglar Arrested For Stealing Pie 1897

Sumner Press
September 16, 1897

Court News

The trial of Ed Westall last week on a paternity charge by Miss Anna Angle resulted in a judgment against him for $550, which being unable to pay or secure, he was remanded to Sheriff Rodrick. Having been so indiscreet as to say he was going to escape, he remains in the 'inner court' for safekeeping.

Sheriff Rodrick now has six boarders.  Deputy Sheriff Thorn, learning that Harry Knight was arrested and in jail at Vincennes, dropped over Monday and invited him to return to the Lawrenceville jail, which he accepted. The authorities think this is the man they had been looking for, who was engaged in the burglary at Seed Brothers, at Bridgeport, a few months ago.

At last we've caught a burglar- a real live burglar right in the act of eating a piece of pie, as he came out of the kitchen of Lewis Gowin’s residence. Night watchman Peter Carr, being on the alert, gave chase, but he soon found the burglar had a good pair of legs. Although at the early hour of 2:30 Tuesday morning; a number of citizens were aroused. It must have been by the unusual sight or sound of a burglar pursuit. While nearing Attorney Seth Rowlands’ residence, the pursued one was suddenly confronted by a barrel of steel, and stopped, whereupon he was taken in charge by the night watchman, and tenderly taken to jail. Being caught in the act, he is a curiosity for Lawrenceville. It is not supposed that he feels very ‘pious’ after his early-morning meal.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Westall Paternity Case 1897

Sumner Press
September 2, 1897

She Wouldn't Have Him

Ed. D. Westall, formerly of Petty Township, has been wanted by the authorities for over a year back. Finally he was traced by the Sheriff to Mansfield, this state, and brought to Lawrenceville Thursday by Deputy Sheriff Thorn. The guest of Sheriff Rodrick but he would rather be joined in lawful wedlock than remain in his present position.


Accordingly, he secured a license to marry Miss Anna Angle, who had a year and a half previous sworn out a warrant for his arrest, charging him with being the father of her child. Accompanied by the Deputy Sheriff, he repaired to her house in Petty Township, Friday, but his fond hopes of a reconciliation fell a little short of fulfillment as Miss Angle, who was unaware of his whereabouts, refused to forgive all the past just at once, and the would be groom patiently returned to Lawrenceville with his escort.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Artifacts from Chauncey



The two plates above were purchased at an auction and then donated to the Museum.

WE need researchers to help us find out more about them....so far we know:
Earl Trueblood was born in Lawrence Co in 1897.  His mother was Laura Petty.  His full name was John Dee Earl Trueblood.

A reader believes that a part of the Chauncey Post Office that  was in the Poland and Albert store may be in the museum in Newton.  Florence and Ausby Green ran the telephone exchange board there.

Anyone who has any information about these businesses or others please let us know.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The History of Chauncey Part 4

Part 4 History of Chauncey Conclusion

Another unforgettable character in Chauncey's history was Alex Britton, who operated the business now owned by Willard Albert. (1954) Mr. Britton was a progressive citizen who campaigned for a new frame school building to replace the, now decrepit, brick one. He built the tall stone house near his store and installed in it and the store the first electric lights seen in Chauncey, a “Delco” powered by a noisy gasoline motor. He ran wires to the Christian Church too, and the congregation enjoyed night services much more, because they could read the hymn books so well. Mr. Britton caused hysteria in all the gentle buggy horses along the dusty summer roads with the noise and speed of the first automobile in these parts, an International red with lots of brass trim and no doors and not much windshield or fenders. He built an insulated ‘icehouse’ and hired men to cut ice from Harris’ pond and stored it between layers of sawdust to preserve it for cooling summer drinks and for making ice cream.

Chauncey story is not complete without the mention of  ‘Uncle Jim’ Mushrush’s apple butter and cider making plant. The long open shed stood in a big lot about 1/2 miles north.   A patient horse went round and round drawing a long pole connected to the press, and thus furnished power for squeezing the juice from the apples for cider, and at another season to press the stalks of sorghum cane. This juice was cooked in long pans over a brick furnace. Uncle Jim stirred the thickening juice slowly and carefully all day long until at last the greenish liquid became golden brown molasses.

On Decoration Day both the Chauncey and Wagner cemeteries are dotted with small flags which mark the graves of the men who fought in the wars of their country. Most of the graves are of Civil War veterans who served their country and returned to their community to live out useful and contented lives. The residents of the area are no less proud of the men who served in other conflicts.

Chauncey’s peak of growth was reached in the period which ended with improved roads and faster transportation. The stores now (1954)  are largely stocked with groceries and farm supplies. The blacksmith shop has been replaced with a modern service station. The membership of the Christian church died or moved away, and the building was dismantled. The Methodist denominations united. In 1927 the Church of God erected a lovely building and purchased a parsonage for their minister. The mail route was combined with Sumner routes, and in 1953 Chauncey's post office was discontinued.

The story of our little hamlet has been neither thrilling nor unique. In 100 years just a steady change from wilderness to a homey corner of America with churches, stores and a school serving farm families along good roads. Perhaps 90% of these families can trace their lineage to one or more of the first settlers of the vicinity. Later comers have only added to the honor and well-being of Chauncey. None of Chauncey's fold ever reached the ‘Hall of Fame’ or is listed in ‘Who's Who’ although many have gone away and been successful as doctors, lawyers, teachers and ministers. No one is pictured in a Rogues Gallery or is among the ‘10 Most Wanted.’ Chauncey is just a group of good, quiet, industrious, God – fearing people, the kind of people upon whose lives and ideals the fate of America depends. May we of the present generation always be as concerned with churches, education and community betterment as were the founding families who wrestled our little crossroads, Chauncey, from the wilderness!


 Compiled by Gertrude Phillips and published in 1954….furnished by Flossie Price

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The History of Chauncey Part 3

This is the third part of the History of Chauncey found by Flossie Price. It was compiled by Gertrude Phillips in  1954. If anyone has photos about Chauncey to add to our archives please scan them and send them to the Historical Society.  The only way to preserve the history of our county is to share what we have and what we know.

Part 3

The new village of Chauncey  flourished. The very first house in the area which was to be Chauncey was built by John Bace, who was also the first blacksmith. By 1860 Luther Watts and Robert Berkshire were Chauncey's merchants. In 1866 a grocery store bore the sign “Daniels and Wagner.” Dr. Goodman cared for the sick with medicines dispensed from the saddle bags slung across his big riding horse. A man named Hughes made ox yokes, wheat cradles, and other articles of wood, including coffins as they were needed. Perhaps it was also he who manufactured wagons, for Chauncey had a wagon factory for a short time.

In 1879 Dan Patton opened a drugstore on the northeast corner of the crossing. In 1873 Chauncey had a post office with George Barnes as the first postmaster. The mail was carried by a a star route from Sumner to the post offices  at Pasturefield, Chauncey, and Landes.

A public scales stood on the north side of the road near the Berkshire store. Buyers collected droves of sheep, hogs or cattle and they were weighed here before being driven overland to Sumner for shipment.

In the decades around the turn-of-the-century, several doctors chose Chauncey as a favorite place to set up practice. Drs. Murphy, Smith and Mountz and Petty are remembered by older residents. Dr. Ira Johnson was the last Dr. to have an office here.

The Lodge organizations were chartered, and for many years held lively meetings in their lodge halls above two of the stores. Haynes and Clements (also a Methodist preacher) had a furniture store and undertaking
Eastern Star parade at Chauncey
 business. The Correll blacksmith shop succeeded the older generation of ‘smithys.’** A Dr. Smith had a drugstore and office where the service station is now located.(1954)

By 1880 “Uncle” Billy McNeal was the proprietor of the general merchandise establishment which is now (1954) the location of Camp’s Store. Mr. McNeil ran a huckster route through the community, buying eggs, butter and chickens and from the stock loaded on the shelves in his covered van the country folk could buy most any staple article of food. By ordering anything the store had,  would be delivered on the next trip. Uncle Billy also took orders for supplies to be purchased for his neighbors when he made his weekly trips to Vincennes, where the produce he had bought was marketed.

Prices at McNeal’s store sound astonishing. Coffee was $.10 a pound; 25 pounds of flour cost $.25; and 3 pounds of sugar for a ‘quarter.’ The sugar purchased Uncle Billy wrapped and tied in a piece of brown paper as paper bags were almost unknown. Material for a calico dress cost $.50 as 10 yards were needed. At one time the post office was in the McNeal store, too, and during this time Chauncey's rural route was started with Loe Poindexter as the first carrier. .. continued tomorrow

** see April 19,2011 blog for more about Correll Blacksmith Shop or use the search button on the left side of the blog.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The History of Chauncey Part 2


This is the second part of the history of Chauncey written by Gertrude Phillips in 1954. If anyone has photos about Chauncey to add to our archives please scan them and send them to the Historical Society.  The only way to preserve the history of our county is to share what we have and what we know. 

Part 2

The first church organized in Chauncey was the Chauncey Methodist Protestant. This organization included a circuit of various churches as far east as Pinkstaff. The church meetings were held in the Munn school house for several years. Records of the Methodist Protestant church list births, marriages and deaths of its members as far back as 1849. By 1853 the membership was large enough to consider building a church. A site was chosen near the Wagner cemetery. The first lumber was hauled to this location before the members could settle a bitter disagreement as to whether or not the settlement would be a better place. The Wagner family also owned land in Chauncey and very generously offered another lot. The lumber was moved, and in 1860 the Methodist Protestant church was completed on the site where it still stands.



The Methodist Episcopal Church was organized at about the same time and their first building was erected in 1858. A little later the Christian church was organized and this congregation bought the first Methodist Episcopal building.

Chauncey's first school was a one-room log structure, but as the population grew, plans were made for a larger better school. Bricks were hauled from Vincennes and a school erected in 1872, on the plot which is still the school yard. This building and the teachers who taught in it gave Chauncey’s school the reputation of being the best in the County at that time.

Just before the Civil War, Peter Smith secured the services of surveyor Benefield from Lawrenceville, who was to survey and lay out lots. Several of the men most concerned proposed names which would honor themselves. Munnville, which all agreed would soon be nicknamed Mudville, Brownstown, Wattsville and others were suggested. At last Peter Smith turned to Brown and asked, “What did you say you named that new baby at your house?”


Brown replied, “Edward Chauncey.” Illinois had one town named Edwardsville so the baby's middle name Chauncey was agreed upon, and the name was so recorded on the map.