Atchison County, Missouri Newspaper Abstracts by Pat O'Dell: email@example.com
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, February 21, 1880 Saturday
Along the Tarkio - ...
Hints for the Household....
Watson Items - The saddest event of the winter, and one that has spread a feeling of gloom over our entire community, was the untimely death of G.A. Bowers on the 2d inst. He had been sick and confined to his bed for over two weeks, but on Saturday and Sunday before his death occurred was believed to be improving to such an extend as to encourage his friends with hopes of his final recovery, but on the following day he was taken suddenly worse and sank rapidly until death relieved his terrible sufferings. His remains were buried with Masonic rites, of which order he was an honored and beloved member. The high esteem in which he was held by the community here was evinced by the immense throng that followed his remains to their last resting place. At the grave the beautiful and impressive burial rites of the Masonic order were conferred, in which Watson Lodge was assisted by visiting members from other lodges who vied with each other in doing honor to the memory of one who in life was the soul of integrity and virtue, and a devoted member of the ancient mystic order of Free and Accepted Masons. He was attend in his last hours by two of his brothers from Ohio, who, on learning of his dangerous illness, lost no time in hurrying to the bedside of their sick brother where they remained, to cheer him in his last moments and bid him a final farewell as he launched out on the lonely passage of the dark river....Joseph Mavety, a resident of this vicinity for the last twenty years, is preparing to remove to Nebraska. He has purchased a farm near Tecumseh, in that State, where he expects to locate permanently. He has been an honest, industrious citizen here, and the best wishes of his old neighbors follow him to his new home....
Memoriam Tribute - to Mrs Earnesteen D. Ginther by Morning Star Grange No 369, Patrons of Husbandry....
Married - On the 15th day of Feb 1880, at the residence of the bride's parents, in Clay township, by J.A. Newell, J.P., Mr W. Merit Sickler and Miss Addie Winkle, all of Atchison county, Missouri.
Died - On January 28th, 1880, little Celie, daughter of H.S. and R.M. Chastain aged 3 years, 2 months and 29 days, of scarlet fever....
Died - On the morning of the 16th of Feb 1880 little Earl, infant son of S.S. and N.J. Hughes at their residence in Templeton township....
The funeral sermon of the late Mrs Thomas Ward was preached last Sabbath morning at the Moulton school house.
David Sutton returned on Thursday from the Black Hills where he has been sojourning for some two years or more.
Mrs J.A. Newell received this week from her brother, Clover Sickler, who is in the Black Hills, of pair of beautiful deer heads. They are as natural and live-like as can be.
The personal property belonging to the estate of S.W. Colvin, deceased, will be sold at auction at his late residence near the Colvin bridge on Saturday, Feb 28.
Craig GAZETTE: Andrew Storm of Irish Grove, sold a cow on Saturday last and got drunk on the proceeds at Corning. On his way home, after night, he drove off a bridge and killed one of his horses.
J.H. LaHue of Benton township returned last week from a visit to his old home in Indiana. He says that after an absence of twenty years he found things so changed that he hardly realized that he was trodding on soil that once was so familiar to him. And the mud--Mr L. says there was no end of it.
We have received a copy of the Deerfield (Mich). RECORD, of Feb 7th, which contains an account of the family reunion of the Gifford family at that place, and in which Mr and Mrs T.C. Gifford of this city participated. Mr G. being the eldest of the children. Some of the dishes used on the occasion of a dinner were the same that were used by the grandparents.
Mr David Smith, father of Ed Smith, started to Blanchard this morning to take charge of the branch shop.
John Gray, Charley Teague and Sam Dillon left on Sunday for Washington Territory where they expect to carve out fortunes for themselves.
County Poor Farm - article tells about how it is run....
James Buchanan and Mrs Mary Pounds were charged with lewd and lascivious conduct....fined and jailed....
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, Feb 28, 1880
Letter from A. & H., Feb 14, 1880 in Roxbury, Conn. to Rock Port Journal....
Says the Hamburg TIMES: For many years there was a place in the Missouri river dreaded by all steam boat men. This much dreaded locality was known by the river men as Kansas bend and by the natives on the shore as "hog thief bend." As the old Missouri cut away this bend about ten years ago, we presume the Government surveying party that passed down the river last fall had but little idea that this place was a terror to steamboat men, and that there lie buried beneath the turbid waters of the old Muddy, and in the ever changing quick-sand, some half dozen or more steam boats, but it is nevertheless true. A few days ago Mr Frank Robinson, a farmer living in that vicinity, was out hunting, when he became wearied and sat down to rest on what he supposed to be a board, but afterwards proved to be the hull of a steam boat. Mr Robinson has been living in this vicinity twenty-three years. He has been an eye witness to the sinking of several boats, but does not remember of any going down in this locality. The boat is safely anchored on the sand bar about three hundred yards from the main channel. M.R. will commence at once excavating for his supposed hidden wealth. Our special reporter has consented to visit the place as soon as the work fairly begins.
Married - At the residence of, and by A.S. Jones, Minister of the Gospel, at Linden, Mo., Mr William Snook and Miss Lydia Tann, all of Atchison county, Mo.
Married - On the 24th of Feb 1880, at the residence of the bride in Linden, by A.S. Jones, Minister of the Gospel, Mr Enoch Williams and Mrs Elizabeth A. Martin, all of Atchison county, Mo.
Married - On Sunday, Feb 1st, 1880, at the residence of, and by John Zook, M.G., Mr Isaac Newton Sparks and Margaret Ann Silence, all of Atchison county, Mo.
Doc Mowery's little boy has a brand new sister, and the house of Mowery rejoiceth.
James M. Davis, one of our most promising young men, left on Tuesday for Stewartsville to accept this position of teacher in the college at that place.
The Oregon PRESS says that twenty more families of Germans from Washington and Franklin counties, Mo., will settle in the bottom around Bigelow in the spring.
Joseph Mavity, an old citizen of the Watson bottom, was in town on Saturday and favored us with a call. He has recently bought property in Johnson county, Neb., and removed his family thither. The JOURNAL will keep him posted on current events in "old Atchison."
Simon Sanders returned on Thursday from Colorado. He informs us that he has arranged to engage in business at Trinidad, and will probably leave with his family within a week or two for his new home.
The steam ferry boat at Brownville struck a snag on Saturday last and sank. Some ten or twelve teams and a number of passengers were on board, but they were all safely landed before the boat went down. We learn that the boat has been considered unsafe for some time, and that no effort will be made to raise her for use again. At present a flat-boat is being used.
Married - On Tuesday last Mr Harman Eilers and Miss Trine Bowers were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by the Rev Mr Miller. The ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride's Father, Mr Benjamin Bowers, in Benton township, and was witnessed by many friends of the happy pair. The Rock Port Cornet Band went down and discoursed music for the occasion, which wound up with a dance. We wish Mr and Mrs Eilers much happiness.
Thos E. Hayworth, for a number of years a resident of Tarkio township, has removed to Lyons county, Kansas.
We learn that quite a serious accident happened to Samuel Egbert, the Constable of Polk township, on last Saturday evening. He was returning from Watson in a wagon when his team ran away and threw him out severely injuring him. When found he was lying near the Nishne bridge east of Watson in an insensible condition with a severe gash in the side of his head and a number of contusions on his face and body. -- MAIL
Along the Tarkio - J.A. Nash and C.J. Gatley have gone west in search of land. Alex McKnown of Clarinda, and his brother Arthur McKeown from eastern Iowa, were looking for a farm here last week. Thomas McNight of Emporia, expects to move next week to the farm he has bought from J.A. Nash....The infant child, the last sorrowful memento of the late Mrs Thos Ward, of Center Point, died last Wednesday morning, at Mrs Robt Southerland's of Emporia, who had taken the child to nurse according to the dying request of its mother. Its body was laid beside that of its mother, in the Center Grove Cemetery, last Tuesday....
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, March 6, 1880 Saturday
Watson items - William Clevenger was married a few days ago to Miss Mary Stiffles, one of the brightest and fairest young ladies of the Sonora neighborhood. The wedding took place at the house of Mr John York who gave the party a splendid supper. The happy couple moved into Mr Clevenger's own house on his farm the same evening, where they were serenaded nearly all night by the dogwood angels.
August Wanschaff, of St Joseph, was in the city this week visiting his brother Alfred.
Samuel Robinson left Rock Port this week with his family for Kansas. They expect to make their future home in Osborn county.
Jesse Tolliver, brother of Thos and Charley Tolliver, of this city, died on Saturday last after a lingering illness with consumption. His remains were interred on Tuesday in Green Hill Cemetery.
Mrs Ellen Fletcher, widow of Howard Fletcher, late of Buchanan township, died on the 21st ult. of consumption at the home of her parents, Mr and Mrs Robert Anderson in Hamburg, Iowa.
Wm H. VanLeuven, of the Tarkio country, dropped in to see the JOURNAL on Thursday. He informs us that he has removed with his family to Blanchard, and taken the place of his son in his hotel there.
Mrs Delia Windsor, widow of Geo. L. Windsor, died on Monday, March 1st, after a very brief illness, at her residence in Benton township. Mrs Windsor was born December 25, 1820, in Guilford county, N.C., and was therefore 60 years and 2 months old at the time of her death. She was a most estimable lady, and greatly loved by all who knew her. She leaves but one child, the wife of R.W. VanDeventer, who has the sympathy of the community in her sad affliction. The remains were interred in Green Hill Cemetery on Wednesday.
Wm R. Saunders, an old and highly respected citizen of Nodaway county, was found dead in a ravine between his residence and Maryville on last Saturday morning. He left town for his home on the day before, and as it was known he had a considerable sum of money with him, it is the general belief that he was murdered for it.
Lorenz, Wilhelm was arrested for trying to assault Miss Bell Sanders....
List of letters at Post Office....
Married - On Feb 26th, at the residence of John York, near Sonora, by Stephen South, J.P., Mr William Clevenger and Miss Mary Stiffles, both of Atchison county, Missouri.
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, March 13, 1880
Along the Tarkio - ...
Otto Sharp who is to be hung at Maryville this month, married Miss Ida Stripe a respectable girl of Clarinda whose parents live there now at her father's house in Clarinda....he then showed himself to be the scoundrel that he is...has threatened to kill her if he gets out of jail....
Married - On Friday March 5th 1880 at the office of and by T.J. Wright, J.P., Mr Joseph A. Fletcher of Multnoma county, Oregon, and Miss Adelphia B. Sloan, of Fremont County, Iowa.
Married - On March 7th, 1880 at the residence of Mrs S. Taylor, in Sonora, by Stephen South, J.P., Mr Wilson W. Hudson and Miss Elizabeth A. Taylor, both of Atchison county, Missouri.
Admr notice for Sellick W. Colvin, deceased....
Jos Sanders took his departure on Tuesday for Trinidad, Colorado, where he will engage in business with Mr Simon Sanders.
R.H. Bellamy left this week with his family for Arapahoe, Furnas county, Neb., where they expect to make their future home. We wish you plenty of good look, Dick.
A young man by the name of Wm Keckler, in the employ of Conrad Deitz, was so severely kicked in the face and on the head by a mule one day last week that his life is despaired of. His friends in Iowa have been notified of the unfortunate accident.
An effort is being made to raise funds for the purpose of building a Catholic Church in Clark township, near the Gilkison bridge.
Simon Sanders left on Tuesday with his family for his new home at Trinidad, Colorado. The good wishes of a host of friends go with them.
Mrs McFarland, wife of Ira E. McFarland, who lives near McKissick's Grove, died very suddenly on the 1st inst. She got breakfast as usual and felt in her usual health, which was not very good, and was doing up her work when she fell to the floor and expired. Mr M. had gone after a load of wood and was deeply grieved upon his return to find his wife upon the floor and her heart stilled in the embrace of death.
Short Horn cattle sale...the first of this breed of cattle in this area....
Along the Tarkio - Arthur McKeown, from near Ottumwa, Iowa, has purchased the farm of Rev Cozad, one mile north of the Moulton school house. Mr McKeown has returned for his family and expects to move in a few weeks....
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, March 20, 1880 Saturday
Along the Tarkio - D.E. Dreibelbis has recently returned from Scotch Grove, bringing with him one of the fairest daughters of Iowa. They expect to move on their farm near Blanchard when their new house is completed....A.G. McKeoun and family arrived this week from Dauds, Iowa. He will move next week on the farm he has purchased from R. Cozad....J.H. Fillson of Centre Point, expects his father and mother from Scotch Grove, Iowa, this week. They intend to make their future home in our county....Died, at five o'clock, on Wednesday morning, March 10, Mrs Audrius Merritt, who resided three miles south west of Blanchard. She was the daughter of Mr Bullock of Blanchard and was a faithful member of the Methodist Church, and highly esteemed by all for her consistent christian conduct. She was in the twenty-seventh year of her age, and leaves a husband and two children, the youngest being only four days old. A large procession followed her remains Wednesday afternoon, to the Union Grove cemetery....
Mr and Mrs J.W. Harrington met with a sad loss in the death of their little daughter Lillie, which occurred at their residence in this city last Sunday morning after a very brief illness with membraneous croup. The remains were interred in the Milton cemetery on Monday.
Carl, aged 16, son of N.J. Way, of Tarkio township, died on Sunday last. The funeral took place on Monday, the remains being interred in the cemetery near the Campbell school house.
Burlington Junction POST: We learn by a note from J.W. Lamar, that Mr James George, of Lamar Station, lost his residence and most of its contents by fire on last Friday night. Mr George was away from home at the time, and his father, mother, wife and son were in the house, and barely escaped with their lives. His father, Mr Matthew George, who is a helpless invalid, would have perished in the flames but for the timely arrival of Mr Samuel Martin, who carried the old gentleman from the burning building.
Mrs Mary Thurber, mother of Mrs M. McKillop, died at the residence of Hon M. McKillop in this city on Wednesday night after a brief illness with typhoid pneumonia. Mrs Thurber was well advanced in life, having attained the age of seventy-five years. By her kind and gentle disposition and goodness of heart she had drawn about her many warm and loving friends, and her departure hence to the great beyond will be deeply felt and mourned by all who knew her. We understand that the remains will be taken to her old home in Illinois for interment.
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, March 27, 1880
Divorce - Harriet and Peter....
Order of Publication -
John W. York
Archibald H. York
Jane Gallagher and husband John Gallagher
Eliza Glendening and Elijah Glendening her husband
Madison Eastridge husband of Sarah Eastbridge deceased
Caroline Wilson and John her husband
Lucinda King and Hiram King her husband
Ruth Watts and Erasmus C. Watts her husband
Elizabeth Munkers and Noah Munker husband
Jane Watts and Jeremiah Watts her
Mary Munkers and Riley Munkers her husband
John Eaton husband of Nancy Eaton deceased
Julia Eastridge, minors and the unknown heirs of Nancy Eaton deceased.
L.C. Nurse of Centre Point, congratulates himself on being the father of twin babies, one of each sex. The combined weight of both babies we learn was less than eight pounds.
We learn as we go to press of the death of Mr B. Farnsworth, at his residence in this city on Thursday evening. He had been in feeble health for a long time and his death was not unlooked for.
We learn from the CHIEF that at the last term of the Page county, Iowa, Circuit Court, a divorce was granted to Samuel Walkup from his wife, Narsissa Walkup. The parties formerly resided in Irish Grove, this county.
Watson items - William Hoover, for many years a resident of this vicinity, died in this place on the 9th inst. He was an honest and conscientious man, but strangely unfortunate in business affairs, having at one time been burned out, losing nearly everything he possessed, and has since been afflicted almost continually with bad health....James Crockett, who has been living at Farragut, Iowa, for some months past, was here with his family visiting their friends last week. They returned home on Monday.....The widow Purcell, of Sonora, died one day last week after confinement to her bed of only a few days. A strange fatality has followed up this family ever since their settlement at Sonora about eight years ago. Seven children and both the parents now lie buried in the Sonora cemetery, leaving three orphaned little children to be cared for by strangers....Mrs Elizabeth Workman, mother of John S. and J.T. Workman, has had the good fortune to have awarded her a pension of about $1,500 to present date, and $8 per month during the remainder of her life....Mr A.L. Stiers has engaged to teach the public school at Bellville, Kansas, this spring and summer. He is a successful teacher and we had hoped he would be employed to teach the Watson school the present season.
Along the Tarkio - W.J. McMillen is rejoicing in the advent of a daughter, a handsome girl weighing nine pounds....Lewis H. Merritt, familiarly known as grandfather Merritt, died last Sabbath morning, March 14th, aged seventy years, ten months, and five days. His disease was congestion of the heart and lungs. On Wednesday of the week before he attended the funeral of his daughter-in-law, Mrs Susan Merritt, and up till Thursday evening he seemed to be in robust health, but that night he was taken with the disease which resulted in his death three days after. Thus suddenly death has stricken down and honored father, a good citizen, and a devoted christian worker. We know of none in our community whose wise councils, devoted prayers, and earnest exhortations, will be so much missed in the Sabbath School, at Church, and in our reform meetings. His funeral sermon was preached Tuesday afternoon in the Emporia school house by Rev S. Taylor, in the presence of a large audience, and on Wednesday morning his body was interred in the Union Grove cemetery....Death again entered the home last Monday of Judge E.M. Hurst, and removed their youngest daughter, aged about two years. The body was interred at Union Grove cemetery on Wednesday. Thus death has visited this family for the third time within the past two months. The sympathies of the community are with the sorrow-stricken parents....Mrs McGee, of Hazel Grove, departed this life last Saturday morning, March 13th, leaving motherless a babe two weeks old, and a large family of small children. Her body was interred last Sabbath morning at the Long Branch cemetery. Her loss is most deeply felt where she is best known, and her memory will be cherished by a large circle of neighbors and friends....A.G. McKeown with his family moved this week on the farm he has bought from Rev Cozad, five miles south-west of Blanchard. Mr McKeown was a veteran of the late war, having served four years in the 65th Ohio Regt V.I. He was at the battle of Nashville, Shiloh, Perryville, Stove River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Knoxville, Jonesborough, Roseca, Franklin and the siege of Atlanta. At Roseca he was color bearer, and held the flag until it was pierced by fifty-three bullets, and the flag staff almost cut in two in several places. At the battle of Franklin, just before his regiment retreated, he was knocked down by two balls; one shattering his arm, and the other striking him on the mouth, knocking out nine teeth. He regained his feet, gathered up the flag and ran for the Union breastworks, closely followed by the rebels, shouting "drop that rag," but Mac reached the lines amidst a rain of bullets, still hanging on to his "rag."...
Frontier Soldier Life....just a filler about being in the snow in the Rockies...not local people....
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, April 3, 1880
Hints for the household....
Along the Tarkio - party at home of E.F. Powell where his daughter Mabel Clara and her cousin Annie H. Bachir from Anamosa, Iowa gave some inspiring music on the piano....
Lost Grove listings - We understand that David Campbell is the happy papa of a little sic-pound dish-washer....David Rankin is fencing two sections of land in our vicinity....column signed by Sam Patch Lost Grove, March 27, '80
Admr of will of George Strayer....
Harry Moses says he begins to feel the responsibility of married life. A bright eyed boy baby has come to dwell with him.
Mrs E.W. Waits went to Mound City on Thursday to witness the nuptials of Mr Joseph Waits, of this county, and Miss Ollie Merritt, of Holt County.
Anthony Thompson, Samuel E. Stevens and a number of other residents of this county, left on Thursday for Denver, overland. They expect to make Colorado their future home.
Rev L.F. Merritt, of Kane, Pa., was called by telegram to see his father who died last week, near Blanchard, but did not arrive in time to see him alive.
On Sunday evening last Mr Amos Jones and Miss Belzora Dragoo, daughter of B.F. Dragoo, were united in marriage. The ceremony was performed in the Chapel at West Bend, by Elder Tate, in the presence of a large assemblage. The happy pair have the best wishes of the JOURNAL for their future happiness and prosperity.
Charley Tate has secured extensive range in Johnson county, Neb., for herding purposes, and will take stock from Atchison county to herd during the season. Charlie is an old herder, and all who entrust their cattle to him can rest assured that they will received good care and attention. Address him at Rock Port.
Methodist minister appointments in the area....
list of letters at post office....
Died - On Thursday, March 26, 1880, of diphtheria, Claude Watson son of Charles and Fannie McDaniel, aged 4 years 2 months and 2 days.
Married - On March 25th, 1880, at the residence of, and by Stephen South, J.P., Mr Francis H. Busby and Miss Clarinda Straway, both of Creston, Iowa.
Died - At the residence of his grandfather, Dr Benson Bond, Elk Dale, Mo., of whooping cough, March 36th, little Frank Bond Kellogg, aged 17 months, only child of Edgar J. and Carrie B. Kellogg.
Final settlement of Joseph Geiger estate
Final settlement of John P. Plank estate
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, April 10, 1880 Saturday
Along the Tarkio. Blanchard, April 5th, 1880 - Charlie Chambers writes that he does not like Neosho County, Kansas, and intends soon to return to old Atchison County....Geo Stevenson, formerly of Lone Star, has bought a farm in Nebraska and moved out last Wednesday. His brother Charlie is farming near Hazle Grove....
S.H. Prather will plant 1,000 bushels of flax seed on his farm on the Tarkio this season. This is regarded as a profitable crop to raise.
Blanchard RECORD: The post office at Hazel Grove, Atchison county, Mo., (less than two miles south of Blanchard) has been discontinued, and the postmaster ordered to turn over his effects to the Blanchard office.
advertisement for the Barnes' Wire Check Rower....how to plant in straight rows....
Charles Neidhart of Brownville was in the city this week and favored the JOURNAL with a call. Mr N. is the proprietor of extensive marble works at Brownville and has a large demand for his work in Atchison county.
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, April 17, 1880 Saturday
Lost Grove listings - ...
Dothan, Mo items - Dothan is located at the cross roads running between the farms of S.W. Proud, Wm Poulson and H.R. Kaufman and is one mile east of Walkup's Grove; it is also situated on the north bank of the Rhine, a beautiful little stream which is as much noted for its grandeur that the citizens of Dothan have named it in honor of the German Rhine....
Chris. Schneider went to St Joseph this week to attend the funeral of his brothers' wife.
The post office at Magnet is now in operation. The mail is carried try-weekly, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Taylor Lewis having located in Kansas, will offer at Public sale....
Attention Sabbath breakers...notice is hereby given, that all parties who engage in Fishing, Hunting game, or shooting fire arms, on Sunday in Township 63 & 64 of Range 40 in Atchison County, Mo., will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Take due notice and save trouble...list a group of names I think of the land owners who are writing the notice.
Married - On April 10th, 1880, at Nole's hotel, in Watson, by Stephen South, J.P., Mr Henry C. Collins of Mills county, Iowa and Miss Mary F. Beason, of Fremont County, Iowa.
John Holliway leaves next week overland for Colorado. Wm Wood, Olin Bird and one or two others are going with him to seek their fortunes. We wish the boys success.
We were in error week before last in stating that the County Court had concluded to let the dyking of the Nishnebotna near the state line rest for the present. The contract for the work will be let on April 21st.
Admr notice of William Lewis, deceased....
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, May 8, 1880 Saturday
Rev Wm Shepperson died at his home in Benton township, Atchison County, Missouri January 26th, 1880, aged 75 years, 5 months, and 9 days.
Mr Shepperson was a native of Hanover county, Virginia, but while in his early childhood removed with his parents to Richmond, Virginia. His father was a minister, and his mother seems to have been a lady of remarkable piety and one to whom her children were most devotely attached. Mr Shepperson's character during his boyhood and youth was looked upon as very remarkable. From boyhood his almost silent but firm and commanding resistance of evil and his veneration for sacred things were very marked and decided. At about the age of 22 he made a public profession of religion and united with the Presbyterian Church in Richmond. Some years ago he united with the Lutheran Church. ...He was licensed and ordained by the synod of Virginia, and as early as 1842 he was in charge of the English Lutheran Church in Wardensville, Virginia....He was at Preston county, Virginia and farmed in Jackson county, Virginia....also in Meigs county, Ohio...until the spring of 1864 when he came West. In December 1874 he was stricken down with paralysis, from which he never recovered, continuing all the time until his death in a very helpless, feeble and suffering condition. Very near all the time, however, his mind was not only clear but vigorous...
Along the Tarkio - A man was shot in the Blanchard saloon last week, but unfortunately he still lives....We have interviewed Mrs Clara Dunn on the Chinese question. She has recently returned from a seven-month's visit with her uncle in Modesto, California. Her impression of the Chinese, of whom there were a large number in that town was, that they were a quiet, inoffending, industrious, temperate class of people who attend to their own business, and are not known to fight, or patronize the saloons. Mr and Mrs J.H. Ware, of Burlington Junction, who spent last winter in San Francisco, informed as that the Chinese were the best behaved, industrious, faithful class of servants in the country....We are sorry to chronicle the death of little Duncan James Murchie, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Chas Murchie, of Long Branch, which took place last Wednesday evening, April 28th, at about six o'clock. He was aged 9 months and 14 days. His body was interred at the Long Branch cemetery Thursday afternoon….College Springs has lost recently two of its best citizens--Dr Irvine, who has moved to Canada, and Rev S.M. Kien, who has moved on a farm several miles south of town. That town is maintaing a glorious inactivity just now....
Pay of census takers for 1880 census - two and one-fourth cents per name, and twelve and one-half cents per farm, except in cities and towns of more than 2,000 inhabitants, where the rates will be two cents per name....
J.W. Kern, of the Rock Port Hotel, leaves next week for the mountain regions of Colorado for the benefit of his health.
Mrs M.A. Gault is visitng her sister at Valley Falls, Kansas. She expects to spend the summer with her mother at Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Mrs S.W. Colvin returned this week from a visit to friends in New York. She leaves next Tuesday for the Black Hills where she will reside with her brother. We understand that Frank Shelters will accompany her.
Thomas Jennings, living near the southern town limits, was on Monday adjudged insane, and on Tuesday was taken to the Asylum at St Joseph for treatment. At times he was so violent in his demonstrations that it required several strong men to manage him.
We are informed that the attendance of soldiers from this county at the Red Oak reunion will be quite large....
Serious accident to Mr and Mrs Thos Stafford of Benton township...Mrs S. has been troubled with rheumatism and Mr S. was applying some liniment when the contents of the bottle caught fire and exploded setting fire to the clothing of Mrs S....
On Friday of last week, J.F. Bachelor of Centre Point shot and killed himself....leaves a wife and four children....
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, May 15, 1880, Saturday
Mrs S.W. Colvin and Frank Shelters left on Tuesday for Deadwood.
Mr J. Shaw an artist from Chicago, is doing some fine crayon work for our citizens.
James Kern, mine host of the Rock Port hotel, packed his grip sack and left for Colorado on Monday. Dr Tracy joined him at Brownville.
Miss Flora E. daughter of Mr and Mrs J.L. Gray of Tarkio, died on Saturday morning last, and was interred in the Schaum cemetery.
Miles Sickler and Frank Horn left on Monday with several car load of stock for the Chicago market. Mr Sickler will visit his old home at Dixon, Ill., and will be absent some two weeks.
Married - On Wednesday at the Rock Port hotel by Esquire Kessler, Mr Thos J. Heath to Miss Josie Adams, both of Page county, Iowa.
Along the Tarkio - Dr Ewing and J.H. Hunt, from Glenwood, Minnesota, were prospecting for a location along the Tarkio last week....
New Town in Page County - A new town has been started on the St Louis road just east of and about a mile from Braddyville, and called Crooks, in honor of our fellow townsman, S.M. The Braddyville folks thought they had forestalled and prevented a project of this kind when they extended the corporate limits of their town eastward in the St Louis railroad track; but the founders of the new city crossed the track and laid out their town so that its western border touches the railroad track only a few feet from the east line of Braddyville.
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, May 22, 1880, Saturday
Miss Lena Cramer, of Albia, Iowa, is visiting the families of her uncles, the Rundle Bros at Rundles' Mill.
Mrs Dr E.Y Munsell left on Wednesday for Carroll and Caldwell counties, Mo., on a visit to parents and friends.
Mr and Mrs Jacob Malhaup and their little son Georgie left on Monday on a visit to kindsmen and friends in Germany. They expect to be absent six or eight months. We wish them a safe journey.
Married - On Tuesday, May 18, 1880, by Rev H.P.S. Wilson, Mr James Vest and Miss Sarah S. Shaver, all of Atchison county, Missouri.
Married - On Monday, May 17th, 1880, at the residence of George Traub, by Rev Poeverlin, Mrs Fred Toebke to Miss Mary Benner. At the above ceremony a very delightful time was had, as there is no one that knows better how to be hospitable than Mr Traub. The bride has just recently arrived from Germany, and the groom has lived here for some few years, and when they were pronounced "mann und frau" the guests partook of as delicious a repast as man is seldom permitted to enjoy.
More about the shooting of J.F. Bachelor...the letters that he wrote to his wife, Eliza, before he shoot himself.... tells her to settle affairs, take whatever my share of my fathers estate may be in Kansas and do the best you can for the children and yourself...Good bye, wife, Bell, Franky and Orty, and twice good bye to little Lee, the baby....sad letters....
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, May 29, 1880 Saturday
Dotham Items - The latest social event is the marriage of our popular merchant, J.R. Callison. They visited St Joseph, and spent some two weeks amonge [sic] friends, arriving home on the 29th, and will at once prepare for house keeping and settle down to a quiet life in Dotham....
Jacob Mulhaup and family left New York on Saturday last in the steamer Mosel. After landing at Bremen they will proceed direct to their old home.
Mrs H.M. Bush, of Centre Point, was on Wednesday called to the bedside of her father, Mr Biggers, at Mound City. The dispatch stated that he was in a dying condition, the result of a protracted illness.
Robbert Hunter leaves next week for the Black Hills for the purpose of inspecting mining property, notable the Sunday mine, in which he is deeply interested just at present. He expects to be absent from home some time.
Dyke on the Nishnebotne river has been constructed....
list of letters....
John Taylor of Atchison county was stabbed in a scuffle at the Senate saloon at Corning by a tramp....--Corning HERALD. Taylor died on Friday, 21st. He resided in Clark township, and was a man who was not regarded very highly as a neighbor. The tramp, who gives his name as Wm Morris, and as hailing from New York is said to have been acting in self defence at the time of committing the deed, but if it be true that he purchased the knife he used, during an interval in the fracus, it will no doubt operate against him.
Letter from M.A. Gault now in Olathe, Kansas....
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, June 5, 1880, Saturday
Watson items - tells of improvements of buildings etc in Watson in the past year....
Robert Hunter of this city, and H.D. VanSyckel, of New York, left on Wednesday for the Black Hills. [ two articles about this]
David Allison left on Wednesday for the Black Hills. He expects to remain in that country several months.
We understand that Mr Henry Davenport of Tarkio township, and Mrs Margaret Davenport of Linden were married last Sunday, but have no particulars.
Mrs Hansen, of Whiting, Kansas, and Mrs O.B. Toole, of Quincy, Ill., mother and sister of A.C. Hansen, who were visiting his family in this city last week, left for home on Saturday.
Joseph and George Cambridge, of Lincoln township, passed through town on Monday on their way to Johnson county, Nebraska, where they have a fine tract of land, near Beatrice, and where they expect to make their future home. We are sorry to part company with these gentlemen, but what is our loss is Nebraska's gain.
Mr Charles Biggers departed this life at the residence of his daughter, Miss Rose Biggers, in this city Wednesday morning. He was an old and respected citizen and his death will cast a gloom over the entire community--Mound City NEWS. Mr Biggers was the father of Mrs H.M. Bush of Centre Point.
Geo. G. Bonham, one of Tarkio township's most respected citizens, died on Thursday, May 27th, after an illness of but one week, with pneumonia. He was cut down in the prime of life, being at the time of his death 36 years and 2 days old. He leaves a wife and children to mourn his departure hence. The funeral took place on Friday, May 28, at Homer Hall, the services being conducted by Rev Wm. P. Logan, of London. The remains were followed to their final resting place in the Schaum cemetery by a very large concourse of people.
Our citizens will remember the merry Austins and the Keystone Komedy Kioncert Kompany that gave a performance here in March last. Charley Austin, the gifted and talented comedian, died at Hampton, Iowa, on the 3rd ult. He had just disbanded his company, and was ready to start to Providence, R.I., to see his brother, who is in the last stages of consumption, when the cold hand of death was laid upon him. His wife, Emma, is said to be frantic and insane with grief on account of the death of her husband, and grave fears are entertained that her mind may become permanently deranged.
The remains of Mrs Abigail Hubbard arrived here yesterday forenoon from Rock Port, Mo., where she died on Monday, the 17th inst., aged 73 years. Mrs Hubbard was the widow of the late Jeduthan Hubbard, who was one of the early settlers in what was then Wethersfield. Mr Hubbard died we believe in 1865, and some five years since Mrs H. removed to Missouri with her son-in-law, Mr A.C. White.
The remains were taken to the residence of Mr N. Mayhew, where brief funeral services were held, conducted by Rev J.F. Loba, and from thence were taken to the Wethersfield Cemetery for burial, escorted by a long procession of carriages filled with a large number of the elder portion of the citizens of Kewanee and Wethersfield, who thus paid the last tribute of respect to one they had known and loved through a long and useful life.--Kewanee (Ill.) INDEPENDENT.
Mrs Hubbard made her home while living in this county at the residence of Mr E.H. White, in Clark township. Her remains were accompanied to her old home in Illinois by Mr A.C. White.
Magnet items - In our scramble for a post-office, we lost our old name, Linden, because the rules at the great Sanhedrin thought it sounded too much like London, and therefore likely to cause confusion in the mail business; but an office was erected all the same, and Rev A.B. Jones, our obliging merchant, appointed postmaster, and the place called Magnet....
Trustee's sale of William and Darcus Kane...
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, June 12, 1880, Saturday
J.W. Laney informs us that he will in a few days start for the gentle zephyr of Colorado. Denver will be the point of destination, but he has not yet determined where he will locate.
A little daughter made its appearance at the residence of R. Trimble on Monday.
Mrs M. McKillop, wife of Hon. M. McKillop, a prominent lawyer in Rock Port, Missouri, is in our city visiting with her sister, Mrs O.W. Barrett. Mrs McKillop will remain some weeks enjoying the balmy atmosphere of Kansas.--Ottawa (Kas.) HOME NEWS
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, June 19, 1880, Saturday
Walkup Grove and vicinity items - ...
Grange Hall items - ...
Mrs Dr J.Y. Bird left on Thursday for Council Grove, Kas.; on a four weeks visit to her daughter, Mrs M.B. Nicholson.
The first white settler in Atchison county, Mr Henry Roberts, has been invited and is expected to be present at the Old Settlers Reunion in Rock Port on the Fourth.
Mrs S.W. Thornton, wife of Rev Thornton, formerly pastor of the M.E. Church in this city, but at present located at Evanston, W.T., is in the city with her children visiting old friends.
Mr T.J. Rice and Miss Amy Schuler, of this city, were united in marriage on Sunday last. The ceremony was performed by Rev D.B. Lake. The JOURNAL extends its congratulations.
Melvin May, son of David May of this township, was drowned while bathing in the Nishnebotne river last Sunday. He was accompanied by his brother-in-law, Ben. Byram, and a brother of the latter, but it seems they could afford him no assistance. He knew but little about swimming, and ventured beyond his reach, sinking in about nine feet of water. He was a young man very nearly 21 years of age and was well liked by all who knew him. His remains were interred in Nucholl's cemetery on Monday afternoon.
Blanchard and vicinity - gives a short history of Blanchard.... Mr Alex. Christy, of Toulon, Ill., is spending the summer with his son-in-law, John Hamilton....
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, June 26, 1880, Saturday
Billie Smith of Hamburg was in town last week visiting his brother John.
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, July 3, 1880, Saturday
Burlington Junction POST: Simeon Wright, one of Nodaway county's leading citizens met with a tragic death at Burlington, Iowa, last Monday morning by falling from a moving stock train and being crushed beneath the wheels. His remains were terrible mangled, the head being entirely severed from the body, and was found lying a distance of six feet away. The remains were brought back to his home for interment. In Simeon Wright, Nodaway county has lost a citizen whose place it will be hard to fill. To know him was to admire and honor him.
Watson wanderings - ...
John Burke, a section hand, was killed by the cars near Bigelow on Monday last.
Geo C. Thompson, formerly of Templeton township, but now a resident of Richardson county, Neb., was in town on Friday of last week and favored the JOURNAL with a call.
4th of July celebration and Old Settlers reunion...those there and how many years they have lived in Atchison county--
Martha Cozine, 26; Robert Townsend, 36; Chas M. Thomas, 26; Samuel Findley, 29; R.M. Robinson, 27;L.C. Christian, 28; Matthew Barnaby, 22; William Harmon, 22; E.K. Bailey, 23; Aaron Kidd,24; Joel A. Horn, 29; Isaac Wood, 25; Andrew Hughes, 31; Madison Greer, 33; Philip Walters, 26; Cordia Walters, 26; Jacob Hughes, 36; Peter Reddick, 30; Green Johnson, 28; Samuel Bartholemew, 27; Richard Buckham, 38; A.S. Stone, 35; Moses Tibbits, 26; Isaac Smith, 22; Wm. M. McNeal, 28; C.T. Rapp, 31; Elijah Hall, 25; Cionica? Hall, 29; Elisah? Hall, 25; John Wolf, 39; Isaac Frampton, 21; J.C.H. Christian, 28; Lafayette Barnaby, 23; Sarah Dragoo, 33; Fanny Kern, 26; Abraham Robinson, 28; Eliza Dueser, 25; Ann Graves, 25; Robert Ware, 35; Wm. P. Watson, 25; Amos Handley, 35; Richard Austin 25; A.F. Young, 22; D.A. Colvin, 22; George Steck, 33; G.G. Beck, 20; B.F. Rummerfield, 23; A. Casey, 25; O.P. Templeton, 25; Wm Huff, 25; R.C. Minter, 25; Caroline Wyatt, 22; Ellen Stoner, 35; Eliza Branstine, 31; Ethalinda VanMeter, 24; Susan Beck, 26; A. Beck, 23; Elizabeth Roberson, 27; Charles Howell, 25; Ansel Steck, 33; Zack Mulky, 26; McKinney Wood, 21; G. McFarland, 21; F.M. Lowe, 25; J.V. White, 25; Peter Walters, 25; George Harmon, 40; Mary Harmon, 40; A.L. Davis, 22; Frederke Hall, 23; Randolph Grebe, 32; Wm. King, 24; James J. McCartney, 24; James Brown, 26; John Kneirian, 24; Ed Prickett, 27; Levi J. Casey, 30; James M. Scammon, 30; Catharine Wolfe, 30; W.A. Rupe, 28; Lindsley Chambers, 25; Frank Walts, 33; Margaret Bartholemew, 23; Claudia G. Buster, 23; W.F. McNeal, 28; Joseph Wagner, 26; J.H. Campbell, 24; Nancy Lee, 22; Mary Cross, 28; J.W. Peck, 23; Joseph Walts, 36; George F. Smith jr , 32; James Lowe, 38; John F. Sutton, 27; W.R. Richardson, 23; Eliza Richardson, 33; A.F. Richardson, 23; Wm Dunbar, 25; M.E. Cheeseman, 25; Mehala Dunbar, 25; Robert Trimble, 24; Bettie VanPelt, 20; Taylor Lewis, 27; J.P. Lewis, 27; John Rapp, 31; Elizabeth Livingston, 37; V. Livingston, 37; Bettie Brown, 25; Kasiah Tibbits, 29; Mary Brown,23; Rose Townsend, 32; Sarah Johnson, 24; Nancy Holland, 24; Elizabeth McCarland, 21; Tracy Smith, 37; Malinda Fox, 29; John Fox, 28.
Henry T. Cook, a hand in the employ of Wes. Leeper, who resides on the western side of the county, received a severe kick from one of Mr Leeper's horses on Thursday of last week which resulted in his death on Friday. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and his sad and untimely death far away from home and kindred cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood. His remains were interred in Green Hill cemetery near Rock Port on Saturday.
Our venerable citizen, Squire William Sparks died on Wednesday afternoon last after a brief illness. He had in fact been ailing for some time past, but no serious apprehensions were felt in regard to his condition by his friends until quite recently. Mr Sparks was born in Mason county, Pennsylvania, March 18, 1791, and would therefore have been ninety years of age next March. He came to Atchison county in 1843, where he has since resided. He leaves four children--three by his first wife and one by his last--and numerous grandchildren. His funeral took place on Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock, the ceremony being conducted by the Masonic fraternity of which order he had long been a member. The remains were interred in Green Hill cemetery.
Jacob Sanders leaves tomorrow for Denver where he will join his family, and where he will no doubt engage in business. We are sorry to part company with Mr S. He has been a citizen of Rock Port so long that we regarded him until quite recently as a permanent fixture. He has the best wishes of the JOURNAL for his future prosperity.
At the recent term of the Nodaway Circuit Court Richard Copeland and John Watson--the latter a resident of Holt county--were each sentenced to twelve years in the penitentiary for robbing Moses Harrison a brother-in-law of Copeland, a short time ago. The robbin was perpetrated at Harrison's house a short distance north of Maryville.
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, July 17, 1880, Saturday
Blanchard and vicinity - ...[we] have eight practicing physicians in our town, two extensive lumber yards, two barber shops, two or three millinery stores, and one photograph car....Two of our neighbors in the vicinity of London were bitten by rattle-snakes recently, while at work harvesting wheat, Miles Colwell and Wallace Steel being the unfortunate victims but both appear all right agiain; the best joke concerning the matter is, that Miles wanted to "thrash" the attending physician, Dr May, after drinking a half gallon (more or less) of whisky....married - Mr Hurbert Rouse and Miss Jennie Cutler at Centre Point, June 30....
London Drops - Mr and Mrs Albright were the recipients of a handsome silver set as the oldest settlers, they having spent 45 years in the "Purchase." Uncle "Benny" Holt was made happy by the present of a very fine cane. Other nice presents too tedious to mention were distributed to old-timers. All went off merrily and peacefully....Miles Colwell was bitten today by a rattle-snake while binding wheat--more scared than hurt. Last week Perry Green picked up one in a sheaf, and yesterday Wallace Steel ran his finger in the mouth of one of the pesky critters, but was only grazed.
Mrs Dr L.S. Munsell took her departure with her children on Saturday last for Kidder, Mo on a visit to relatives.
Clover Sickler arrived in town on Wednesday from the Black hills, where he has been sojourning for a number of years.
Sam Rianey and his sister Mary left on Monday for their old home in Ohio. Sam expects to return in about three weeks.
The angel of death invaded the home of Mr and Mrs Abe Fouch on Sunday and claimed as his own their only child, an infant. The funeral took place on Monday.
Mr and Mrs A.C. Kern have been called upon to part with their first born and only child, an infant, which sad event occurred on last Saturday morning. The funeral took place on Sunday.
Mrs Urzula Dozier, the mother of Mrs John Wright and Z.T. Dozier, died at the residence of the former in this city on Tuesday morning. Her remains were taken on Wednesday to the home of her brother, who lives near White Cloud, Kans., for interment.
An eighty acre tract of land belonging to the Fanning estate was sold on Tuesday at Administrator's sale, the purchaser being David Rankin who bid it in at $37.50 per acre, cash. It is understood that one of the depots of the Tarkio Valley road will be located on this land, which is near the Fanning bridge.
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, July 24, 1880
Walkup Grove and vicinity - The wife of Mr W. Harms departed this life June 17th, and left three little children to mourn the loss of a dear mother. Her remains were taken to Corning where they now rest....
London Drops - ...divorce at Maryville of Pelton vs Pelton who are residents of this county....
Along the Tarkio - We looked with sorrow last Thursday upon the pale face of little Lena Chambers as she lay in her coffin at her father's, two miles north of Center Point. She was another victim to the dread diphtheria--the only child of James and Susan Chambers--aged two years and eight months....At a quarter to 8 o'clock Squire J.P. McElroy was united in marriage with Miss Lizzie E. Kern, at the bride's home three miles south of Blanchard. He has won the heart and hand of one of the fairest and most highly accomplished daughters of Atchison county. Long life and success to them, say a whole host of friends....
Clover Sickler departed on Thursday for Twin Lake, Col.
Misses Amy and May Richards, of Peru, Nebraska, are visiting their uncle, Harry Baker.
Robert Waugh, formerly of this county, but for a number of years past a resident of Dunbar, Scotland, his old home, is sojourning temporarily in Atchison county, with old friends.
Married - On July 17, 1880, by Stephen South, J.P., at Green's Hotel in Watson, Mr John N. Brown and Mrs Soprona A. Steele, both of Fremont county, Ia.
Died - On Saturday, July 17th, 1880 after a brief illness at their home in Wa-Keeney, Kas, Frank M., youngest son of Mr and Mrs Stephen J. Osborn, aged 1 year, 11 months, 29 days.
ATCHISON COUNTY JOURNAL, July 31, 1880
Walkup Grove and vicinity - The Baptist denomination is building a large church at Walkup's Grove near the grave yard, 54x36 feet, they want to get it done by the first of September so as to have the association at Walkup Grove....Mrs Snow, from Davis county, has come to see her father, who has been sick but is getting better now. She will return home on the 24th of this month....
Jerry Bush left on Monday for Holt county, Neb., where he has a large herd of cattle.
Mrs Martha Bradley, mother of Alpheus and Peter Hill, and Mrs W.P. Beck, died on Monday last at the residence of A. Hill in this city, after a somewhat protracted illness, aged 70 years, 8 months and 27 days. Mrs Bradley had a large circle of friends and was greatly beloved by all.