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MELROSE MELODIES
1895

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CLARK COUNTY HERALD -- 12-FEB-1895
J. E. Padget is on the sick list supposed to be an attack of grip.
Dr. Baker was in the county capitol last week attending a special session of the supervisors.
Wesley Action, wife and family of Casey, are spending an extended visit with relatives here.
Mrs. Maria Hastings is visiting her son F. G. Hasting at Arcola this week.
John R. Trump of Orange is at present is in Alabama and is well pleased with the country so we are informed.
An effort is being made to organize an A.O.U.W. lodge at this place; Rev. Reed of Paris is the organizer.
Henderson Hedden is prostrate with abdominal trouble and suffers intensely.
The school here is progressing nicely under the management of Miss Hattie Gard, who as a teacher possesses efficiency and capability, two grand requisites for success.
There seems to be a decided preference in favor of John R. Tanner for governor among the republicans of this township. If a good political manager is desirable in a candidate John R. Tanner will exactly fill the bill.
Harry Wells is running a saw mill in Indiana. Harry is a practical engineer.
[Submitted by Ron Cornwell]



6-MAR-1895
Miss Mary Binning closed her term of school Thursday. John Reece was calling on Lue Alexander Monday night. Alex Van Fleet has bought Ed Jennings place and moved in. Ed has moved on to Fancier Fix's farm. Robert Bailiff visited at Dick Alexanders last Thursday and Friday. Rev. F. M.Buckner returned home last Sunday from Dudley, Mo, where he has been holding a protracted meeting. Mrs. Mat Riley is visiting Mrs Ella Buckner. Harry Scott is going to work for Mr Madison, of Walnut Prairie, the coming summer. Little Bert Bartlett will teach the summer school at the Ohio. Kelly and Orlando Barnes, of Kentucky, are clearing for S.S. Whitehead, near Melrose. James Beckwith and family have moved to Jasper County. Dick Alexander and sons Lue and John have been clearing for Albert Wernz. Joseph Wallace has been hauling lumber to build a barn on S.S. Whitehead's farm. McClellan Thompson has moved on to L.B. Janney's farm. Quite a number of relatives and friends called on Perry Bartlett Wednesday evening. There was singing at Choctaw Tuesday night. Wheat looks very fine. Mrs Mary Binning will teach the summer school at Choctaw.


7-Aug-1895
Threshing in this vicinity is not yet finished. Miss Josie Miller, of York, is visiting friends here. The sheriff was here Sunday looking after some of his plebeians. Another wedding has been consummated. We tender congratulations. William Shaffner has just completed a house which looks real noble. Broomcorn harvest is almost here, there being quite a large acreage planted here. The township S.S. Convention at Bailiff Church last Thursday was a very pleasant affair. Joseph Wells and grandson visited the formers brother at Jewett, Cumberland County, last week. As there has been no items from this section for some time and thinking a few local words would be in order, I write. John Ryan, traveling agent for a Cincinnati clothing house, was here last week, interviewing our merchants. MELROSE HAS HAD A HEALTHY GROWTH THIS SUMMER, TWO NEW BUSINESS HOUSES HAVING BEEN ERECTED BY MESSRS. DODD AND CORNWELL. A match game of ball was played here the 4th between Walnut Prairie and Melrose. They came with a loaded umpire and the score stood 18 to 5 in favor of Melrose. Reckon Walnut has learned by this time that Melrose can play ball.


14-Aug-1895
The editor of the Democrat still persists in wanting to assist the Herald editor to establish himself politically. It is possible however that Mr. Handy might be too officious in his strenuous efforts to define the Herald's political position. It would be well for Solomon to remember that he was reared and hails from this township and many have their misgivings as to his true political sentiments.

P. F. Dodd visited the county capitol Tuesday. Effie Baker spent last week visiting friends and relatives here. William Baily and lady of Flat Rock, were here rusticating last week, the guests of Jont Medsker.

Ed Poulter now languishes in the county Bastille. It is our wily Ed, sure this time.

Jim Lions, who travels for Bement, Rea, and Company, of Terre Haute, chatted with our merchants Thursday. Mr. McGrew, representing Finkbiner and Denwig, of Terre Haute, visited this city last week. B.C. Hasten is preparing to harvest his broomcorn. There would have been a heavy crop had it not been for the bugs. Mr. Dodd now permanently located in his new building and with the blandest of smiles caters to the wants of his many customers.

Guy Hasten, of Arcola, who has been visiting his grandparents here, returned home Friday by wheel. Dr. Baker is having a well dug and a new barn erected on his farm West of town. Luther Rhine is the architect.

Miss Mollie Jackson, of Ridge Farm is at present stopping with her parents here, for the purpose of recuperating her health. J. D.Mills is making arrangements to erect a cosy residence Northwest of town. J. R. Trump is to do the carpenter work, so we are informed. The shrill notes of the steam thresher is still heard in this vicinity, but the yield of grain falls short of this years crop.

T.R. CORNWELL'S NEW STORE IS SLOWLY NEARING COMPLETION. Reck will be out of sight when he gets in his new quarters.

The prospect for corn is splendid and it looks as though the yield might exceed last year's crop. Our highways are at present infested with an army of watermelon vendors. Certainly it must be a lucrative business, judging from the number engaged in the business.

It is currently reported the Frank Hedges is indisposed, cause from too great reveling with the festive watermelon.

21-AUG-1895
John Perine, of Kickapoo, Johnson township, was here last week, seeing old friends. L. D. McClure, of Orange, was in the city Monday. Mr. And Mrs. W. R. B. Hasten are visiting their son, Frank, at Arcola, Illinois. Rev. Johnson filled the pulpit here last Sunday.

Uncle Jake King has several fine steeds and is strictly up to date in all that pertains to horse swapping. J. M. Wells was surprised on going to his barn Thursday morning to find a strange horse there. Some person had made him a present of a very inferior animal.

Your correspondent made a trip through the Southern part of this county and the northern part of Crawford County last week. The corn crop along the line traveled is being cut short by dry weather and the ravages of the chinch bugs. George Hurst and family, from Marshall, came last Saturday to visit his brother-in -law, P.F. Dodd. Mrs. H returned home Sunday evening, while Mr Hurst took in the Bellair-Annapolis ball game, returning by rail Monday morning.

Rock Hollow is the chief pleasure resort of this vicinity at this season of the year. The picturesque scenes and environments of the place makes natures contribution of beauty complete and affords a scene upon which the eye of the artist may look long and rapturously.


28-Aug-1895
F. A. McAllister, who represents Havens and Geddes, of Terre Haute, called on our merchants last week.

From general appearances, T. R. CORNWELL'S NEW BUSINESS HOUSE MUST BE ABOUT READY FOR OCCUPANCY. When completed it will be a neat and commodious building.

J. C. Howerton last week made a business trip to Charleston, Arcola and other northern cities. J. M. Wells has re-roofed and other wise repaired his dwelling. Deputy County Surveyor Hawkins was here last week surveying a new road.

Othello Henderson calls in town oftener than was his want. Reckon there must be a femine magnet here. A. G. Cowden and wife were visiting in Chicago last week. It is needless to add that Mr. C. enjoyed the sights in the windy city by the lake. C. C. Hodges, Ed Gard and Chester Crumrine attended U. B. quarterly meeting at Annapolis last Saturday.

We have in this township an individual who is afflicted with an office seeking mania, yet he has never been any thing more than the tail end of a party kite. A petty office is to him as big as dukedom


11-SEPT-1895
We failed to put in an appearance last week, for which the Herald readers should unite in singing the long-meter doxology: "Praise God For Whom All Blessings Flow".

Mr. McGrew, traveling salesman for Finkbiner and Duenweg, of Terre Haute, called on our merchants last Thursday. F. M. Spiry had a birthday dinner last week, he having passed the 45th milestone.

Uncle John Crosby has dug a well and found plenty of water at a depth of 22 feet. It is understood without telling the Mr. Crosby is greatly pleased. John Fasig, of Martinsville, is now domiciled in the new building on the Cornwell corner.

Next Monday being the 15th, the Nimrods can go in quest of the juicy prairie chicken. Rev. Johnson filled the pulpit here Sunday and Sunday night. The broomcorn in this vicinity is about all cut. There will be a large acreage planted here next year.

Dr. Baker is rejoicing over the advent of a son of standard weight at his house. Corn cutting is the order of the day, as the chinch bugs have ripened the corn at a rapid rate. Fasig Bros. have repaired and refitted the mill at this place and are now prepared to manufacture a good grade of flour.

A notable wedding occurred in our community last week. Miss Rilla, the charming daughter of Taylor Robinson, Esq., was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Elias M. Baker, a well-known young man in this neighborhood. We do not know who performed the ceremony. A goodly number of invited guests were present to witness the interesting ceremony. Our kindest wishes are extended to the happy couple.


18-SEPT-1895
Dr Baker attended the supervisors meeting at the county capitol last week. S.D. Cooper was in Marshall Monday. Ed Crumrine started last week for Effingham with a load of watermelons. George Grubb, who has been working in Douglas County, visited his mother last week. Fred Wells has returned from Bloomington, Illinois, where he has been running a threshing machine.

T. R. CORNWELL HAS HIS NEW STORE TASTEFULLY PAINTED INSIDE, BY DOC BROWNING.

B.C. Hasten and Oscar Edwards visited Casey Saturday looking for a broomcorn baler. Misses Alice and Sarah Bartlett have returned from Chicago, where they have spent the summer seeing the sights. Willie Baker has moved to Westfield for the purpose of attending school this winter.

Clarence Griffith, traveling salesman for Hoberg, Root and Co, called here Thursday. Melvin Beemer is erecting a new residence on his farm two miles North of town. Miss Hattie Gard began school here Monday morning. Miss Gard has taught here before and we are lucky in securing so efficient a teacher.

Our baseball team will play a match game with Sullivan, Indiana, on Sept 27th. Of course our boys expect a sweeping victory. Daniel and William Prust, of Walnut Prairie, visited relatives here Sunday.


9-OCT-1895
John L. Forrester, of Yale, Jasper County, was in the village Friday, seeing old friends. P. F. Dodd took in the races at Terre Haute last week. Frank Miller and family, of York, were visiting friends here last week. School is progressing nicely under the tutelage of Miss Gard. J. D. wells new residence is nearly complete. Several from here attended the old settler's reunion at Marshall Thursday.

Our road commissioners are still litigating the winter roads. L. D. McClure, the jolly octogenarian of Orange, circulated on our streets Thursday. Buckwheat harvest is now at full blast here, with flattering prospects for an abundant supply of cakes for the winter. How we did swipe Sullivan! The score was Melrose 15 Sullivan 5. The boys are now seeking new worlds to conquer.

Fasig Bros., accompanied by a millwright, went to Indianapolis last week and purchased some new machinery. They have added several new appliances since taking charge of the mill. Old Glory now flaps her wings over the temple of learning and it is hoped that the sentiments of patriotism and loyalty may be instilled into the hearts of every schoolboy.

We would like to ask ye editor who it is that writes the history of Old Clark and give the editor the privilege of answering, either publicly or privately. Harry Wells found a pocketbook in the road containing some money and some notes. The owner can get the same by a description of the pocketbook and telling the contents. Items have been very scarce with us for two weeks and time precious, but as duty demands something's of us as disseminators of news, we will draw on our imagination and trust forbearance of our readers.

A merry-go-round now holds the boards here and promises to wake up this old town in a manner not soon to be forgotten. Thomas Blizzard, of Alright, is employed to teach the East McDaniel School this winter at $35 per month. Another happy marriage occurred here last week. Albert Francis, a young man of sterling worth was joined in bond of wedlock to Miss Sarah Candy, the estimable and accomplished daughter of William Canaday, Esq. Of this township. Miss True and her niece Mabel Dodd, visited relatives in Marshall last Saturday. It is currently reported that Uncle Jake King has contracted to furnish the material for the dummy horses belonging to the merry-go-round, as he has several horses that look like they would not live always.


13-NOV-1895
Clarence Bryant, of Wellsville, has been transacting business in the village this week. S. D.Cooper, sovereign of South Carolina, called in the village Sunday. An infant child of Joseph Relms died on the 3rd and is buried in Medsker Cemetery. Dock Snedeker, the personification of gallantry, is still smiling on one of the fair damsels in this neck of the woods.

Dr. Baker is going to Missouri hunting this winter. A niece of Mrs. T.S. Rook's is visiting her. She is an estimable lady. The public school teachers of this vicinity should organize a reading circle. It will be interesting and instructive to the members. Rev. Conrad occupied the pulpit here Sunday and delivered a very interesting discourse. William Stanfield, has been again, employed as clerk in J.F. Johnson's store in Annapolis, Illinois. Our road commissioners are pretty busy engaged looking after road matters. They were over on Mill Creek Saturday. They go to Union Monday and have very urgent business for Tuesday.

The merry-go-round has suspended business for the winter to the disappointment of the young bloods of this community. This antiquated little village has another building boom. Henry Grubb is building a cosy residence in the suburbs. William Belts has lately moved into the house vacated by Frank Smith. Mr. S. moved into the old hotel property. Change of pasture makes the fat calves you know. A nuptial knot was tied in West end Morning Glory last week. The contracting parties were Mr. Vern Wilson and Miss Louise Henderson. John F. Fowler has added a new shed to his barn. W. R. B. Hasten is building a new fruit house. C. W. Hammond has lost one of his hogs to cholera, it is supposed. Norman Hunter moves to William Crumrine's farm in a short time.

Joe Cornwell is building a new house on his father's farm. Roe Welsh and Fred Wells were seen Sunday evening driving in the direction of West Union. There is certainly some attraction in the town for the boys.




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