Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lawrence County --October 1940's

October 14, 1943 Lawrence County News
Despite the plea that has gone out from George Field for shrubs and flowers to beautify hundreds of acres, the response has not been very liberal.  While there has been considerable shrubbery donated by Lawrenceville citizens, there is need for many more truckloads to complete the landscaping that has been started.   

October 21, 1943 Lawrence County News
All captains for the Lawrence County War Fund Drive are urgently requested to meet at the USO club in Lawrenceville.   •  Under the supervision of a committee appointed by the  Commander of the county American Legion Post, a huge billboard is being erected on the Courthouse lawn on which will be painted the names of all men and women from Lawrence County now serving in the  Armed Forces.  Holes six feet deep were dug Thursday; the poles to support the frame were set; and work on building the board will proceed as rapidly as possible.

October 16, 1947 Lawrence County News
Phil C. Templeton, captain and commanding officer of Co D, 130th Infantry Regiment, states that the organization is progressing rapidly with 15 men already enlisted.  The company will be federally recognized Monday Oct. 27 at the Illinois National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville.  After federal recognition, the company will be brought to full strength of 150 men and seven officers as rapidly as possible.

October 14, 1948 Lawrence County News
Fire thought to have started from heating hay, completely destroyed the large barn on the Fred Warner farm, North of Birds, Sunday night. A calf, the only animal in the barn, was brought to safety. The loss, including the barn and contents was estimated at about $6000.

October 18, 1948 Lawrence County News
The Women of the Moose were in charge of the city affairs of Lawrenceville, Wednesday, and were having a lot of fun.  Most of the activity of the day was confined to the police department, men being arrested for various trumped up crimes. S. E. Jones of Lawrence County News, paid the first fine of the day, being charged with sticking his nose into the police magistrate’s office looking for news.   •  Harry Lee Siddall, 19, of Evansville, and formerly of Vincennes, was drowned Sunday afternoon in the Wabash River near St. Francisville, when the light plane in which he was taking his first ride crashed on the river south of the Big Four spur railroad bridge in mid- stream.   •  Hugh Livesay, recently employed as farm adviser in Lawrence county to succeed Lyle D. Kerley will begin his work December 1.  He comes from Jefferson County.

Oct 21, 1948 Lawrence County News
The St Francisville Boat Club has made application to the War Department for permission to install and maintain boat harbor facilities in the Wabash River near St. Francisville.  Such permission for this facility is necessary since the Wabash is classified as a navigable stream.

Oct 23 19?? Lawrence County News 

A few weeks ago, J K. Riley of the Valley Battery and Radio Co received a letter from the Secretary of War stating that at the request of Major General of the Marine Corps, Mr. Riley’s name had been sent in as one entitled to receive the Order of the Purple Heart, about the highest recognition given for military service during the World War. The medal arrived last week and is a beautiful piece of art. 

We have a few seats available for our Lunch and Learn series...November 5, 11:30 am at the Lawrence County Public Library.  Check the web page at for more information or call N. King 945-9573 for reservations.....Hurry, last month's program was a sell-out!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 1932 and 1938

October 20, 1932 Lawrence County News
 Harley Seed, 18 year-old son of Simon Seed, living south of Lawrenceville, was bitten by a spider of Black Widow variety, last Thursday morning,  and for several days suffered intense pain from the effects of the poison. This is the first case of its kind reported this fall.

October 6, 1938 Lawrence County News
More than 1000 people were present for the opening of the Merchants Exposition and Style Show Tuesday night. The crowd was amazed at the beauty and size of the new armory building in which the show was held. Many of the people were viewing the new structure for the first time and the paid admission the first night was an even 1000.  •  Plans for the new addition to the Lawrenceville Township high school and remodeling of the present building were completed by Sutton and Routt, architects, and accepted by the Board of Education in a special meeting Saturday evening.  •   Frank Cooper, 44 well-known resident of Bridgeport, died in the hospital in Vincennes Tuesday. He had had the flu and was taken to the hospital for treatment about a week previous to his death.  •    A gas well, good for a million and 1/2 cubic ft., was drilled on the Laura Haughton lease in Russell last week. This well is the property of the BBB Oil Company and gas was found in the Bridgeport sand at a depth of 825 feet. Several locations have been made in the vicinity. The Laura Haughton No. 1, drilled by The A A Oil Company is still doing better than 5 million cubic feet.

October 13, 1938 Lawrence County News
A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. William T. Buchanan, of N. 15th St. October 5 in the hospital in Vincennes.  She is been named Joyce Leah.    The City Council took the first steps toward a sewage disposal plant last Thursday night when a contract was signed with the Building Engineering Service Corporation of Decatur, to make  a survey of the present sewer systems.    The Board of Supervisors met Saturday morning and voted a 10% increase in the salaries of the County clerk, treasurer and Sheriff, effective December 1 when the newly elected officers would take their office. The office of County clerk will pay $3700 annually for the next four years treasurer $3300 and Sheriff $2970.      The barn on the farm of the Rev. E. L. Steffey, north of Blackburn school, was totally destroyed by fire about six o'clock Saturday afternoon. The fire was thought to have been started by spontaneous combustion in the hay mow. Loss was between $700 and $800.  •A son, David Leon Alford, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Alford last Thursday. The youngster is the 15th child in the family.    The Stoltz – Eshelman Company, Inc., is being dissolved as a Corporation, and the business will now be operated under the name of Stoltz – Hudson Company, not incorporated. A. C. Stoltz has purchased the stock and goodwill of the balance of the stockholders and will continue with the present location on 10th St.

October 20, 1938 Lawrence County News
Thieves entered the dental offices of Montgomery and Campbell over the weekend, breaking the latch on the door and defacing some of the wood work. It is supposed that dental gold and morphine were the objects of the thieves but nothing was missed from the office.  •  Robert F. Hoover, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoover of Bridgeport, was killed instantly last Thursday morning when the car he was driving collided with the cattle truck at the hill East of Sumner. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.  •  The marriage of William Griffin of this city and Ms. Martha Schultz of Olney was solemnized Thursday, October 13 in Henderson, Kentucky. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Griffin of this city; the bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schultz of Olney.  •  Fire of unknown origin damaged the house belonging to S. N. Cunningham at the corner of Sixth and Dubois, Tuesday. The fire originated in the bedroom in the Northwest corner of the house and burned through the floor into the basement. The bed was totally destroyed and all of the furniture was badly smoked. Loss to both the house and furniture will probably not exceed $500.

October 27, 1938 Lawrence County News

A baby boy named Samuel Luman Jr was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Irwin of Bridgeport Friday.  •  Mrs. Gladys Hedde of the Gift And Baby Shop is celebrating her 12th anniversary in business this week.  •  The Board of Directors of the Lawrenceville Township high school met Friday, to open bids for the construction of a new addition and the remodeling of the present building and award the general contract to the Tri – State Construction Company of Evansville Indiana, on a base bid of $227,500.  •  While attending a wiener roast with a party of friends at the Roy Crouch cabin on Lake Lawrence, Friday evening, Mrs. T. Wilbur Gillespie fell and fractured both bones on her left  limb between the ankle and knee. She stumbled over a log drawn up near the fireplace in the cabin.  •  The political tea sponsored by the Women's Organization of Lawrence County, held in Lanterman Park at Bridgeport, last Friday night, was a most pleasing success from every standpoint. It is estimated that more than 1000 people were in attendance and many were unable to gain admission to the pavilion where the tea was held.

We have a few seats available for our Lunch and Learn series...November 5, 11:30 am at the Lawrence County Public Library.  Check the web page at for more information or call N. King 945-9573 for reservations.....Hurry, last month's program was a sell-out!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

News Occurring in October 1922-23

October 25, 1922 Lawrence County News
? Marsh, 13 yr old son of Mr. and Mrs. ? Marsh, south of Lawrenceville, was struck by a tank car on Track No 6, and lost his left arm just below the shoulder and the first two fingers of his right hand.  The tank car was standing on the track and the switch engine kicked another car onto the track just as the boy attempted to cross the track.  The car knocked him down and he put his arms in front of him, when the wheels ran over his arm and fingers.

October 10, 1923 Lawrence County News
Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson of Russellville are the proud parents of a baby boy who arrived Saturday.  •   Mr. and Mrs. George Oschwald are rejoicing over the arrival of a son, their firstborn, at their home Sunday.  The youngster weighed eight and one-half pounds and will answer to the name of John Tom.   •  The Seitzinger family celebrated the 80th birthday of William Seitzinger at his home 2 miles West of Russellville Sunday.   •  70 friends and relatives gathered with well- filled baskets of food to help Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wright celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at their country home in Lukin.   •  Ms. Ruth Fee and H. R. Martin were married Wednesday night in the Presbyterian manse, Rev. Baker officiating. Ms. Pauline Cook  and Harry Fee were their only attendants. Mrs. Martin is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fee and has for many years been employed at the City Meat Market as secretary. Mr. Martin is an employee of the post office. They will make their home on 20th St. after a 10 day honeymoon.  •  The latest addition to the building boom in Lawrenceville is a new home for the Hurley B Gould theatre which will be located on 11th St., next to the citizens Telephone Company building.   •  The employees of the First National Bank will move into their temporary quarters in the C.M. Ivy building on Friday while the new vault is being built.

October 17, 1923 Lawrence County News
Clyde Gould is the new sales manager for the Staninger – Nash Company, taking the position last week. He will have charge of the sales of this popular car in Lawrence County and will also assist in neighboring counties where the firm has branches.  •  The First National Bank is now located in the Ivy building, formerly occupied by Dr. C. E. Duff, where they will remain until their new building is completed.  •  Some excellent corn has been grown this year on the rich land surrounding Lawrenceville and to celebrate this fact and to stimulate fall selecting of seed corn, a corn show will be held in the LTHS gymnasium Friday afternoon November 2.  •  Mr. and Mrs. John Wiley Martin are rejoicing over the arrival of a son at their home Friday evening. Mr. Martin has been one of the catchers for the Havolines’ Ball Club for the past three seasons.

October 24, 1923 Lawrence County News
Crozier Stoltz had the misfortune of getting two bones in his left foot broken Tuesday while working at the refinery.  •  Mrs. Della Hicks, wife of H. H. Hicks, died in the family home just West of Lawrenceville Monday. Mrs. Hicks was born in Benton, June 17, 1875 making her age at death 48 years.  •  C. A. Storer of the City Cigar Store defeated Leslie Surbaugh of Vincennes in a 300 point match of three- cushion billiards, the last block of 50 points being played Friday evening.  The final score was 300- 273.  •  A marriage license was issued Tuesday evening by County Clerk Steffey to J. D. Madding and Mrs. Clara M. Dunn, both of Bridgeport. They were married Thursday and left immediately for a trip through  the East.   •  Other marriage licenses issued were Odin Craig 22, and Armand Glosser, 19, both of Petrolia; Sherman Sutherland, 40, and Ruth E Fray, 27, both of Lawrenceville; George I. Tucker, 22, of Olney and Agatha Dolman, 16, of Lawrenceville; Jasper S. Miller, 34, and Maud Pond, 25, both of Denison town.

October 31, 1923 Lawrence County News  Harley Seed, 18 year -old son of Simon Seed, living south of Lawrenceville, was bitten by a spider of Black Widow variety, last Thursday morning,  and for several days suffered intense pain from the effects of the poison. This is the first case of its kind reported this fall.   •  Mr. and Mrs. Florice Eaton are the happy parents of a nine-pound boy who arrived in their home Monday.   •   Dr. Charles P. Gore reports the arrival of a seven-pound girl in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Crawford, on the 13th, Sunday night.  •   Among the marriage licenses were Luther Pinkstaff, 23, of Russell town and Mary Bennett, 19, of Lawrence town; Kenneth Evitt, 21, of Sumner and Mary Crews, 20, of Mt. Carmel; Frank Later, 19, of Vincennes, and Stella Burway, 17, of St. Francisville.   •  Spencer and Tipsword have rented the Barnes building on N. 12th St. This firm has been in business in Bridgeport for many years and is very successful. The Bridgeport store will be continued with Charles Spencer in charge, while G. C. Tipsword will be in charge of the new Lawrenceville store. Both are licensed embalmers and there will be a complete line of furniture and undertaking goods in the store.

We have a few seats available for our Lunch and Learn series...November 5, 11:30 am at the Lawrence County Public Library.  Check the web page at for more information or call N. King 945-9573 for reservations.....Hurry, last month's program was a sell-out!

Monday, October 27, 2014

October News 1913

October 9, 1913 Lawrence County News
A. Gordon Boa sold his restaurant opposite the post office to John Inmon, who took charge Saturday.  •  G. W. Mullins purchased the W. G. Adams Livery stock of buggies and horses and for the present will operate the stables.  •  Lawrenceville is up against the proposition of raising $25,000 to secure the extension of the Oil Belt Railroad to the city. So far, only $7000 has been subscribed.  •  Today is moving day at the post office. J. B. Stout moves out and Henry C. Johnson moves in. There will be no change in the office force as all employees are under Civil Service.  •  C. A. Tate sold his popcorn wagon to William Carrell of Robinson and left Sunday for East St. Louis where he will enter the employment of the American Express Company.  •  Edward O'Brien, 37, a member of an extra gang on the Big Four, was struck by the South bound passenger train in Birds, early Monday morning and seriously injured. It may be necessary to amputate the left arm at the shoulder. O'Brien is a single man. He was working on the track and did not hear the approaching train.  •  At the meeting of the official board of the M. E. Church, Monday night, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year; A. M. Milligan, chairman; Lyman W. Emmons, Sec.; G. M. Highsmith, Treas.; C. D. Carter, chorister; Mrs. R. L. Gordon and Mrs. C. D. Carter organists; J. O. Smith, chief usher; H. K. Seed, G. P. Gordon, and J. J. Gould, building and grounds committee.

October 16, 1913 Lawrence County News
A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Crosser Wednesday.  •  Marriage licenses issued this week: Virgil J. Simms, 22 of Christy town and Hazel B. Price, 20, of Bridgeport; Henry L. Crothy, 32 and Carry E. Propes, 19, both of Bridgeport.  •  Miss Edna Lesseig is assisting Miss Nina McKibbon with in the office of the Citizens Telephone Company.  Miss McKibbon is preparing to take a vacation and rumor has it that it will be permanent.   •  The 9th annual meeting of the Wabash River Section Dental Society was held in Lawrenceville, Monday and Tuesday. At the election of officers Dr. C. E. Duff was named vice president and Dr. L. L. Rice of Bridgeport, librarian.  •  Mrs. Kerry Stanfield, 40, died at her home in St. Louis Wednesday evening of last week and the body was brought here for burial.  •  Christina Derr, 78, died last Thursday. She was born in Germany and came to the US in 1846. 10 years later she and her husband came to Lawrence County where she continued to reside until death. Four children were born to this couple, two of whom with the husband and father, preceded her in death. 

October 23, 1913 Lawrence County News
 The first snow of the season fell in this vicinity Monday afternoon. It was a miniature blizzard and lasted for a couple of hours.  •  C. F. Breen has purchased a half interest in the Airdome from Titus and Jones. The building is being repaired and when completed will be opened under the management of O. C. Redman.   •  Harvey, 11 year old son of Victor Litherland of St. Francisville, was killed Friday afternoon when he attempted to board a freight train at St. Francisville. He lost his hold on the ladder and fell under the wheels.  •  Mrs. Frank Clark, 31, died Friday and was buried Saturday. Dropsy was the cause of death. Saturday evening her two-year-old adopted daughter died of ‘summer complaint' and was buried Sunday. The Rev. J. T. McCreery officiated at both funerals.  •  Marriage licenses were issued to the following couples: Joseph Edwards, 26, of Paris and Emma Davis, 18, of Lawrenceville; Paul. Stangle, 27, and Fay McAllister, 24, both of Denison town; William A. Clark, 62, of Cannelburg, Indiana, and Mrs. Nancy Albright, 63, of Bridgeport; Joseph F. Stine, 60, of Petty town and Mrs. Marcia Dixon, 4,7 of St. Francisville.  •    Judge Green adjourned Circuit Court Friday. 18 true bills were returned by the Grand Jury as follows: Larceny, 4; Burglary, 1; Obtaining money under false  pretenses 1; Rape, 1; Speeding on Public Highway, 3; Assault with deadly weapon, 3; Mayhem, 1; Competence game 1; Forgery, 1; Selling liquor in anti-saloon territory, 1.

October 30, 1913 Lawrence County News
Marriage licenses of this week: Earl Fye, 21 and Lyda Bell, 19 both of Petrolia; George W. Andrew, 27, and Nina McGibbon, 27, both of Lawrenceville; Oscar Crewell, 23, of Allendale and Mary Beulah Carmody, 22 of Denison town.  •  Four wild geese killed by Robert Funk near the mouth of muddy Creek, attracted considerable attention on the streets last Thursday. They are the first killed here this season. It is a rare thing for a Hunter to get that number in one day.  •  The Board of Directors of the Lawrenceville Machine Company organized last week by electing James Davis, president; C. E. Mylan, vice president, T. L. Andrews Sec. – Treas. Other members of the board are Charles Milliron and A E. Lloyd.  •  Frank Seed, 46, died in his home in Bridgeport Sunday evening after an illness of several months. For 25 years, he was engaged in the hardware business in Bridgeport, retiring recently on account of his ill health.  •  E. E. Saylor, 52, proprietor of an electrical shop in the city was killed Wednesday morning, when his car skidded in the gravel near the forks of the road, east of Lawrenceville, and overturned. His neck was broken. Mr. Saylor had gone to Vincennes to see a party and was delayed in starting home. Earnest Scudder, an employee of Mr. Saylor, was with him when the fatal accident occurred.

We have a few seats available for our Lunch and Learn series...November 5, 11:30 am at the Lawrence County Public Library.  Check the web page at for more information or call N. King 945-9573 for reservations.....Hurry, last month's program was a sell-out!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sale of Property Where the Dubois' Mills were Located 1823

As published earlier on this blog, the land Patent from the United States to Toussaint Dubois, Sr. was granted on August 28, 1788 for about 1020 acres. This land Patent covered a group of seven locations comprising what was known as the Shoals, which was a part of the Northwest Territory that France had ceded to the colony of Virginia in 1762. Upon Toussaint Dubois, Sr. death, his Will dated June 15, 1815, left all of his property, including the services of one Negro man named Gabriel and Anna his wife, to his children and his wife Jane Dubois.

The children are listed as Suzanne Dubois Jones, Toussaint Dubois Jr, Henry Dubois, Charles Dubois, Emmanuel Dubois, Thomas B. Dubois, James Dubois, and Jesse K. Dubois. The Will of Toussaint Dubois, Sr. was filed for probate in the Circuit Court of Knox County Indiana territory April 15, 1816.

On March 4, 1819 the Illinois General Assembly passed an act allowing Jane Dubois, William Jones and Toussaint Dubois executors of Toussaint Dubois, Deceased to sell certain lands of the estate now located in the new state of Illinois. If one of the three executors died, the survivors could continue to sell property not specifically mentioned in his Will. However this act was repealed in 1821 for some reason.   William Jones, one of the executors, had died since the Act of 1819, so the remaining executors agreed to sell parts of the land in the survey located at the office of John Badollet Esq. Register of the Land Office for the District of Vincennes. This land was  known as  ‘Sucrier de tabac’ or the ‘Shoals’ on the  Embarrass river formerly in the counties of Edwards and Crawford, but by 1821 governed by  Lawrence  County. (Remember the land didn’t move, just the county lines.) (see Book A Pages 34-35 Lawrence County Recorder’s Office )  

On August 25, 1823 for $2000 dollars in US money, the executors sold to Austin B. Chafey, Onatis D. Chafey and Caius M. Eaton, as tenants- in-common, 35 acres lying in the Shoals tract, except the 15 acres previously sold to Valentine Bradley.  The 20 acres sold were those “being in the low or flat ground on the north side of the river including both the north and south banks which included the mill seat and improvements such as the dam and mills then erected.”

Chafey, Chafey, and Eaton then conveyed the property back to Jane Dubois and Toussaint Dubois,Jr. the surviving widow and one of the sons,  heirs of Toussaint Dubois, Sr. as security for a mortgage payable in four equal notes of $500, first payment to be made two years hence, on August  26, 1825. 
The three men were required to pay the taxes but could keep the rents and profits from 'the mills.'

By August 7, 1823 the remaining Executors-- Jane, the surviving widow and Toussaint Jr, one of the sons-- were not getting along apparently. The widow needed money and Toussaint, Jr refused to carry out his duties as co-executor and join in the deed when Jane wanted to sell 3 ½ acres of land in the Shoals tract to Valentine I. Bradley.  She signed the deed over to Bradley for $150 without Toussaint Jr’s consent.  Fearing that his stepmother’s act would put Valentine Bradley “in something of an unpleasant situation which he had every inclination to avoid,” Toussaint Jr. ratified and confirmed the deed on January 28, 1824. The tract of land included a frame and log dwelling house, stable and other out buildings and described the property  as being on the road running from the ford across the Embarras River.   (For those researchers interested in this interesting deed see Book A page 38 at the Recorder’s Office.)

Monday night's Historical Society Program will feature Phil Lewis  presenting a program titled -- 
The Quilts of the Underground Railroad.  
Don't forget to attend Monday Night October 27, at 7:00 pm at the museum.  
Come early to get a good seat!  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happenings in October 1903 and 1907; Post Office Robbery

October 8, 1903 Lawrence County News
Born  to Mr. and Mrs. George H. Jacobs, Tuesday, October 6, a son. Dr. Bryant was the attending physician.  •  The new mail routes were opened Thursday: Joy Seed, carrier for Route No. 1, William Philbert No. 2, Nathan Baker No. 3, and C.E Harris No. 4.  •  O. B. Divilbiss died at his home in Russell Township Saturday at noon.  The cause of death was blood poisoning. Some four weeks ago, he was kicked by a mule, breaking his left leg in two places above the knee. The physicians in setting the limb did not discover but one break. For a time he seemed to be getting along nicely, but later developments showed blood poisoning and he passed away as above stated. He leaves a wife and mother.  •  Lawrenceville now has another restaurant. Ed Furrow took back a part of the fixtures and stock he sold to Dick Musgrave and opened a restaurant in the basement of the courthouse.  •  James Douglass committed suicide in Olney Friday afternoon by shooting himself. He left a letter to his mother that he was tired of life. The deceased is fairly well known in the city, having worked by the month for Thomas Whitaker this summer until the latter part of July.  •  Lawrenceville police and citizens landed four thieves in jail last Thursday evening. At about three o'clock that afternoon two strangers came into Gooch's Clothing store and one of them asked manager Bramble to see a pair of overalls. Bramble took him to the rear of the store and showed him the goods. He did not purchase anything however, and when he and Bramble came to the front of the store the other stranger had left. Nothing particularly was thought of this action, however, until the manager of the handle factory telephoned Mr. Bramble that four strangers had just left the factory and that they had tried to sell a pair of new trousers to some of his man at the very low price of $1.50. Marshall Daughtery was immediately notified, started pursuit and finally located the men, having with them two suits of clothes and a pair of trousers. They were locked up and given preliminary hearings.

October 15, 1903  Lawrence County News  
P. McCloskey, of Billett, died Monday. Old age was perhaps the cause of death. The remains were taken to Seymour Indiana for burial Thursday.  •  News was received here Sunday that Charles Barnes, a former Lawrence County boy, had committed suicide in Utah.  •  Mrs. Ed Crutchfield met with what might have been a very serious accident Tuesday afternoon. She was visiting her mother, Mrs. Gould, who lives near the schoolhouse, and when hitching up her horse to start home the animal became frightened at some schoolboys performing on a trapeze and ran away, circling around on the school grounds among 200 or more little children who were playing. Fortunately none of them were hurt, but Mrs. Crutchfield was thrown from the buggy and cut severely about the eye and hurt about the hip. The buggy was torn almost to pieces, before the horse could be stopped.  •  Mrs. A. M. Swinehart died in the family home on W. Sugar St., Monday morning at one o'clock. She was married first to a Mr. Lick; two children were born to them, one dying about 25 years ago.  She was then married to A.M. Swinehart. To this union three children were born; the husband survived her.  •  At 8:30 Wednesday evening at the bride's parents in the city, Miss Bertha E. Little and Mr. Medford Pifer of Palestine were united in the bonds of matrimony in the presence of the bride's parents and relatives. 

October 22, 1903 Lawrence County News
The Vincennes Commercial gives an account of the marriage of Louis H. Ruark and Miss Jenny Mills last Friday. Ruark is well known in the city, having formerly owned the Courthouse Barber Shop.  •    Jailer Gilbert saved another jail breaking Saturday. The two prisoners, who were given penitentiary sentences last week, tried to break out of jail. Sheriff Carr allowed them out of the cell a few hours Saturday for exercise. They managed to get hold of the heavy stick of wood and battered the window bar down where it had been broken some time ago, making a hole large enough for man to crawl through. They then broke the fastenings of the outside window screen. About this time jailer Gilbert entered the jail and, seeing the work, put them in a cell.   •  Sheriff Carr took Charles Reed and Arthur McLellan to the penitentiary at Chester Sunday. Joe Frye assisted him with the prisoners. They were both sent under the parole law.

October 29, 1903 Lawrence County News
 J. H. Ward is making arrangements to move into his new dwelling on E. Sugar St. next week. Mr. Warren has a beautiful new home. It is a two-story structure modern in every respect and contains all the modern conveniences.  •  The News last week, was misinformed as to the person in jail for bootlegging whiskey. The man's name is Alexander Crouch of Lukin Township. He was taken to Cairo for bootlegging whiskey and pled not guilty, claiming that he did not retail liquor himself, but sold it for other parties. He was fined $200 and in default was remanded to jail. He is laying it out in jail there.  •  Charles Perkins and Bessie Duke were married Sunday evening, Judge Madding officiating.  The happy couple will begin housekeeping near Pinkstaff.  •  Pearlie Jones, son of Steven Jones, died Sunday morning. Lung trouble was the cause of his death. He'd been sick for several months and for the past six weeks had been confined to his bed. He was a young man 24 years old and for several years had been in poor health.   •  Joe Zeilinger of Bond had the second stroke of paralysis about a week ago. The stroke this time affected the lower half of his body, he having no use of his lower limbs at all.

October 17,1907  
Born to Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Smith, South of town, Thursday evening, a baby girl.   •  Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fish are the happy parents of a baby girl born Tuesday of last week.  •  Perry Lewis, who is attending the Wabash business college in Terre Haute Indiana was at home over Sunday. •  Dr. J. H. Penner, of South of town, is seriously ill with lung trouble and  little hopes of his recovery are entertained.   •  We had the first killing frost of fall, Sunday night. There is a good deal of corn in the low lands it was caught by the frost.  •  The post office in St. Francisville was robbed Monday night. $250-$300 in stamps and $1.50 in pennies were taken. The safe was blown with nitroglycerin and completely ruined.

Monday night's Historical Society Program will feature Phil Lewis  presenting a program titled -- 
The Quilts of the Underground Railroad.  
Don't forget to attend Monday Night October 27, at 7:00 pm at the museum.  
Come early to get a good seat!  

October 27 Monday Night Program 7:00 pm

Monday night's Historical Society Program will feature Phil Lewis  presenting a program titled -- 
The Quilts of the Underground Railroad.  
Mr. Lewis and his wife, Jeri own Red Coach Antiques in Effingham.  
Holding degrees from both SIU and EIU, Mr Lewis is a past president of the Effingham Historical Society, and a member of the Northeast Appraisers Association. 
He is presently training at the Lincoln Museum in Springfield. 
Don't forget to attend Monday Night October 27, at 7:00 pm at the museum.  
Come early to get a good seat!