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Carries His Record on His Back.
Away back in 1874 John R. Lansbery, who resided on a farm about seven miles south of town, found a terrapin and carved his initials and the date found on its shell. Some ten years later he found the same terrapin on the same farm, and he drilled through the edge of its shell ten little round holes, one for each year. John R. Lansbery has been gathered to his father’s some seven or eight years, and his son Vernon Lansbery, now occupies the farm, and Wednesday of last week his little boy found the same old terrapin bearing the date and initials as given above; the ten little round holes are still near the edge of its shell. Mr. Lansbery carved the work “found” on its back and the figures 1915, and then turned Mr. Terrapin loose for another forty years of wandering.
Footnote:
I believe this is from south of Casey in Johnson Twp. According to the census from 1900 and 1930 and the war registrations Vernon Lansbery would be John’s son Wills Vernon Lansbery and that is where they are listed as living.
Unknown what paper the article is from. From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (folksandmore@yahoo.com)



Communicated.
Oak Point, ILLs., Jan. 2d, ’74 (1874)
Mr. Editor:
Seeing some communications in your paper from this place and waiting for some time to see if Mr. “Peter Kin” was going to write again, and then coming to the conclusion that he had run ashore, I thought that it would not be out of order to write to you. Mr. “Peter Kin” dealt in jokes, and we think that he must have been bad off for something to write, besides running considerable of a risk of getting his head punched for his trouble. So exit “Peter Kin.”

The Point is looking up of late; there being a subscription in circulation for the purpose of building a frame church on the corner of Mr. Baughman’s land, near E. T. Forrester’s residence. The list now amounts to over $700.00 with no names out of the neighborhood; in the opinion a better location for a church would be on the Casey road near Mr. Bell’s blacksmith shop. It is to be a frame building of convenient size, to have a cupolo and a good bell, to cost about $1,500 and for the use of an orthodox minister. Prominent among the most liberal donors are Mr. Baughman, Mr. J. S. Slusser and E. T. Forrester, each $100; Harrison Roberts, T. J. Slusser, Lewis Forrester, and Damon Finney, $50 each.

There is quite a sensation now agitating the people of Jasper County. Mr. Elias McFadden, the keeper of the paupers for Jasper County, living on Painter Creek, near Granville, has been arrested on the charge of murdering, or causing the death of one of the paupers. The facts, so far as have come to light, are as follows: The pauper, George Mitchell was subject to fits, and was the owner of forty acres of land, and Mr. McFadden had agreed to keep the man as long as long as he lived, for the land, and it seems as if the man was living too long, and hence his death. A post mortem examination revealed that the man’s stomach contained only some raw corn and a small piece of gristle, and that he was compelled to sleep in an out house in a box of straw, without anything to cover with and it is the unanimous opinion that the man came to his death from exposure and starvation.

Just at this time the school teachers are having a lively time. One was fined $5.00 by Esquire Cheesir last Saturday for severely punishing a scholar, and from present indications, other pedagogues would do well to profit by this example.

We have a rumor to the effect that two more saw mills are to be built in this township, one on the Barber land and one near the old Noah Peters mill seat. There is an abundance of timber on the north fork, and some that cannot be excelled in the State. The mill of Lemons & Co., are doing excellent work, and with a reasonable price for lumber, and the dispatch they make in sawing out a bill. They are having a large run of custom. They have recently bought a set of burr stones and are now making as good meal as any mill in the county. Wheat, as a general crop is in a very promising condition, bids fair to yield a fine crop.
Y. B.

[Unknown what paper the article is from. From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (folksandmore@yahoo.com)]


From Oak Point




OAK POINT ITEMS.

[Unknown what paper the article is from. From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (folksandmore@yahoo.com)]



From Oak Point.

OLD LOGAN

[SPELLING IS PER THE PRINTED ARTICLE Unknown what paper the article is from. From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (folksandmore@yahoo.com)]




From Oak Point, Ill.
Dec. 9, 1873
Mr. Editor: Thinking that the news from the capital of Johnson township , would be of some interest to the many readers of your valuable paper, I will try and give you some of the latest.

Business is brisk at the “Point,” hogs coming in lively, four cents per lb, being the price. The farmers that have not sold, are now driving in lively. Over fifty head left here for Casey on Monday last to Wash Sanford.

The creeks are out on a “bust” in consequence of the recent heavy rains, but not of the same nature of the “bust” that one of our saw mill men took. We learn that he had a barrel of the “tanglefoot,” brought home in the hog drover’s wagon. How lofty is that for high.

Madam rumor says that one of the Bell Air hucksters, has absconded, taking along his neighbor Pitcher’s wife, and left his wife and family as a compensation. Good Bye, Mr. Huckster, next time you take a neighbor’s “Pitcher” try and take all the little Pitchers along with you.

The Circuit rider of the M. E. Church has been carrying on a revival at the new log church near Mr. Isaac Gross’s and has succeeded in getting several members.

You stated some time ago that the “New Lights” were building a church two miles south of Joseph Howe’s, which is not the case. The church was built by no denomination in particular but was built by the neighbors generally, for the accommodation of any orthodox minister; there is a prosperous Sabbath School going on at the church now that bids fair to continue all winter. Success to it, for Johnson Township needs it. More anon.

PETER KIN.

[Unknown what paper the article is from. From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (folksandmore@yahoo.com)]



OAK POINT ITEMS

[Unknown what paper the article is from. From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (folksandmore@yahoo.com)]



Olive Chapel.

[Unknown what paper the article is from. From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (folksandmore@yahoo.com)]




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