' THE MAIL '
(newspaper)
1874     


R. Bloomfield pays 45 and 50 cts. for a good tub washed wool.
Longest day of the year, June 22'd.
Strawberries and peas in market at Neoga.
The farmers are all busy plowing corn this week.
Thanks to Mr. E. Mattoon for recent favors.
One of the sights of Prairie City, men are walking the streets barefooted!

Mr. E.M. Jones has moved to Altamont where he will open a new Drug Store.
Several of our citizens, went to Charleston last Tuesday to see John Robinson's mammoth show.
Lewis Phillippi has the thanks of 'The Mail' for a name of a subscriber, handed in by Judge Wiley Ross.
Mat Hurst has a dog that follows his cow off and sees that she comes back at night. A precocious dog.
The Board of Supervisors adjourned on Tuesday evening having finished up the work that was before them.
Greenup anticipates the visit of a "Big Red Show" soon, as several large boxes of bills have already been shipped to that place.
Lewis Harvey called here Monday and paid his respects. He has our thanks for expressing the hope that we will succeed.
Monday last, Mr. Henry C. Cook, of Greenup, gave us a friendly call.
Last Saturday and Sunday were very hot days.
On the Sabbath quite a number of our young men went to the creek to bathe....

D.B. Green started for Springfield last Tuesday, at attend the farmers Convention. He will probably return today.
Last Sabbath, Rev. Mr. Gilman, of White County, (a gentleman who preached in this neighborhood thirty years ago) delivered a sermon at the Methodist Church.
Dr. L. Carpenter, whose office is located near Mule Creek, P.O., was in town last Friday and gave the 'Mail' office a friendly call. He enrolled his name in its list of subscribers. The Dr. is a young man and a skilled Practitioner.
Last Friday, while in Neoga, we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Thomas Brant. He is an old comrade in arms, having served in the 6th cavalry with us. Of course we had a talk of the troubles and hardships incident to a soldier's life, and reviewed many of those we have passed through together. Truly it is pleasanter to look back at them now than to bear then. We shall have occasion to meet Mr. Brant again.

The State road leading from Prairie City to Jewett is one of the poorest we ever traveled. We understand that it is the duty of Sumpter and Greenup Townships to repair it. In certain seasons, it is utterly impassable, working to the injury of both of those towns. John Dugan, who is pathmaster, we understand is willing to do his duty, and knows how to make a good road, but he can not be expected to do it without help from Jewett. Let the two places co-operate and fix it.
Elder McGinniss was prevented from filling his engagement and Rev. Mr. Lacy of Milton Station filled his place. His ministrations are said to have been quite able. The best of feeling and harmony characterized the proceedings through and all felt that it was good to be there. Our friend and fellow townsman, Rev. J.L.B. Ellis was there and contributed materially to the interest of the occasion.

Something strange, a horse going down the street with a hog tied to its tail. Such was the scene in the city one day this week (Charleston Courier). We can beat that brother BUCK! Horses come into Casey nearly every day with a hog or two upon their backs! (Casey Times)

David Neal, a well to do farmer, some miles this side of Neoga, is putting up a fine and capacious barn near his house. As we rode along near his house, we noticed what we have seldom seen, a road that was really improved. Most attempts that are made to improve roads, result in making them worse. This was thrown well to the center, harrowed and then rolled. It is smooth and will shed rain as all roads ought. (The Mail, Majority Point, TH., 11th June 1874)

Dr. Hitchcock, the old Surgeon of Terre Haute, IN. will visit Praire City and neighborhood for a few weeks in June and offers his services in connection, when desired, with any physician in the treatment of chronic diseases, &c...Lat everybody buy a ticket to Robinson's show, sell it for cash, and rush to H.C. Fancher's in Neoga and invest it in a Singer Sewing Machine. dresses cut and made at Mrs. A.E. Stone's millinery store, east side railroad, Neoga.

H. Rhodes called at 'The Mail' Office Saturday, Mr. R. is a very clever gentleman. He served the people as Sheriff of this County, and made a good and efficient officer.

Mr. L.L. Logan received a dispatch Sunday, stating that his father was on the point of death. Mr. Logan resides at Brownsburg, Indiana, whiter his son went on the early train Monday morning.

David Corderman says that the Rev. Gilman, who preached at the Methodist Episcopal Church last Sabbath, was the first man he ever heard preach the doctrines of the church...thirty years ago. (Editor's Page, 11 June 1874, p.,c2)

The State Convention of Farmers met in Springfield last Wednesday. I was largely attended, characterized by earnestness and was quite harmonious, considering the diversity of opinion that exists upon the subject of finance. All the districts of the State were represented. Many persons were there who were not delegates. This, the 15th District, was represented by W.H. Blakely, J.N. Gwinn & J.O.P. Howard, of Effingham; R.Robinson, N. Hurst, Wm. Besses & L. Isuler of Clark; E.L. Collet, Chas. Voris, H. Johnson, J.G. Roberts & S. Casey of Shelby; T.C. Connor & Harlow Park of Cumberland.
(The Mail, TH., 18 June 1874, Local p. 3 c.3)

Prayer Meeting tonight.
Thanks to W.R. Humphrey for late Springfield papers.
Dr. Goodwin dispenses the best of soda water  to the thirsty of Greenup.
Mrs. A. J. Lee is visiting her parents in Crooked Creek.
Dr. McCartney and family are home again.
R. Bloomfield pays 45 and 50 cents per pound for Tub-washed Wool.
The county fair will be held in September, continuing four days.

In St. Clair county harvest hands get $3.25 per day.
R. McAllister of Neoga, called, in our absence.
John Rader, Esq. of Crooked Creek, spent Wednesday night in the city, and called here.
L.L. Logan has returned from Indiana, having attended the remains of his aged father to their last resting place.
Early and Clifford Woollen are acting as devils in this office. The later just now, is in luck. Wednesday, he found a silver watch.

R. A. Young, Postmaster at Mule Creek, has reported several names to this office recently. John Schee, Esq., of Johnstown, has recently called at the office several times. He takes an active interest in the welfare of our paper. D. B. Green reports seven or eight names for our list this week. He has got so many subscribers in the past fortnight that we find it difficult to keep the run of them!

In our absence, this office received calls from Frank Voris and T.A. Apperson, of Neoga. The later, according to 'The Gem' is a 'wind-gaded,' 'heavy' politician. He has ample health and vigor, however, to up-root the 'noxious weed'.

On Wednesday evening, about 8 1-2 o'clock, the Prairie City Band made its appearance in front of "The Mail" Office and discoursed delightfully. gentlemen, we tender you our thanks for the compliment. The music was beautiful in time, harmony, style, and melody. 'The Mail' was also honored by a visit from Mrs. Morgan and Miss Bloomfield, of this city.

Raspberries are getting ripe. Fine showers the past week. Corn is growing surprisingly. Stoves, tinware and glassware at Chas. Hanker's. House furnishing goods, all kinds of furniture, carpets, baby wagons, pictures, picture frames, &c. at Chas. Hanker's Prairie City, sold cheap for cash.

Machine attachments, ribbons, lace &c. at the millinery establishment of Mrs. Stone. To get dresses neatly cut and made, our readers have but to patronize Mrs. A. E. Stone, of Neoga. Mrs. A. E. Stone, continues to receive goods at the latest fashions, and to please to most fastidious tastes, in notions and fancy articles.

Wheat is nealy ready for the reapers. Harvest will begin this week. Hands are scarce. Wages high.

Some days ago, Mr. Henry Spring, of Crooked Creek, had occasion to shoot a bird. a lad working for him, named Cole, drove the team (hitched to a drill,) which they had been using some distance away, to avoid frightening them. As the shrill report of the gun rang out upon the air, the horses started, and did not stop until a wreck was made of the drill and the boy considerably hurt. He is however, recovering,  the damage to the machine $30.00.  

Ben Humphrey and John Gill, the former of Greenup and the latter of Union township, each owns a horse which is noted for his speed. To test the question of superiority they have agreed to run them on the Ward track June 25th.

Elder Harbin, of the Southern M.E. Church, wrote to friend D.G. Green, that he will visit this city on the 4'th. Sunday of this month, services in the morning at 11o'clock a.m. He is said to be eloquent, and will doubtless be greeted by a full house.

J.M. Young came into the office last week and paid his subscription. He is not a Sewing Machine Agent, as George E. Mason blunderingly called him, but a sucessful farmer. We thank him for the name of another subscription.

Called-Our young friend, J.P. Ewart, formerly of Greenup, who is now traveling for W.H. Scheer & Co., Mr. Ewart is one of the finest of young men, and is doing well for his employers.

Last Monday, J.M. Ewing, of Neoga Tp., handed in the names of six new subscribers! S.F. Wilson (Mason's favorite!) had 2; T.R. Hancock with 2, J.T. McSpadden, had 2. Names of new subscribers: Joseph Gibson; N. Ewing; J.L. Thayer; J.N. Smith; Wm. E. Morrison; J.M. Hay; B.R. Spencer; L.C. Myler; F. McMun; J.S. Myers; G.N. Dix, Jacob Swinger; H. Lawrence; Jas. Ewing; F. Nisewanger; Jas. Sheridan; H.A. Aldrich; A. Wilson; G. Swingle; J.C. Sryden; J.W. Carr; J.H. Hubbard & Eddie Stewart. This is a fair showing for Neoga.... (p.3, c.1,2)

"Editor Mail" I saw in the Democrat, of last week, a lengthy attack upon a communication signed "Citizen" which claims to present a true statement of our late election. But, to believe (Geo.E.) Mason, it stated gross errors. He says he did not "electioneer' for himself. I can tell him that be carried the tickets to Moor's and Ray's saloons and Dr. Yanaway's store early in the morning. what he terms the 2'd lie, will speak for itself. The 3'd. I dare the author to deny it. As to No.4, perhaps the men had got short of whisky. As to my saying that Mason said that Spahr was too religious, he had a lengthy article in his sheet against Spahr's conducting the school, but of course, this was behind his back. As to the charge about Lovins, I meant what I said, and will stand up to it with proof, if necessary, from men who are so superior to Mason, that he is not worthy to kneel down and untie their shoe strings....
When he said he was not the first man at the polls, and did not nominate F. White. Why, the poor fellow could not even wait to get in at the door. He actually crawled in at the window; and I repeat again that he made the motion. C. Ray was not present. Mason and White were the only two persons who voted for it. The other folks went out of the room when they found that they could not have a sober man for a teacher.
He 'further' says that I insulted the ladies. It was not my aim, and I deny doing it. Some of them will not deny that they believed Spahr was running for director instead of Logan. He 'further' says that I sent away for liquors by the quantity. I do not buy or drink it by wholesale and I am sure I was never kicked off the side walk like he was a short time ago. from the effects of it. In case of emergency I do use wine; but I promise you shall have no more ot it, as you have had in the past. Perhaps, Mr. Editor, old ClawFoot will scalp Mason next week, or he may have 'snakes in his boot' now, and his ravings this week are the effects of it. with this, I leave him until further opportunity permits me to write more. C. Hanker

Prairie City Sabbath School has decided to have a Celebration and Picnic on Saturday, July 4th, 1874. It is the wish of the committee that all the schools of the county will be well represented, and take part in the exercises of the day. Singing, Addresses, Recitation of Verses &c. Let all the churches be well represented. Let all the ministers consider themselves, especiallly solocoted to come and participate.
Rev. Baker, of this place, a venerable citizen of eighty odd years of age, honored this office last week, by calling. He is an old driver of the quill. (Prairie City Mail)
'Yes. good enough. we know Mr. Baker personally, as one of the best citizens in Cumberland County, and a very aged man, but the 'Grange' and the 'Council' is one ahead, yet, as a gentleman, aged 93 crawled up one, two pairs of stairs today and subscribed for the paper, leaving us a dollar greenback. ('Grange & Council', Terre Haute.)
Thomas Lacy, a propietor of the Neoga Livery Stable, boards horses by day or week and furnished rigs, singles & doubles at reasonable rates on demand. Horses left in his care are well groomed.

"Greenup Items" Trade, livening up. Big red show coming on the 22'd. Our enterprising merchant, C. Conzet, Jr. is building a new residence in front of his old one and it will soon be completed. G. Monohon is preparing to build a fine business house on hit lot on the west side of the square.

The City Hotel, under the management of Fred Welchimer, is becoming a popular resort for the traveling public, no wonder, for Fred is one of our most popular and accommodating men. One of those pleasant episodes that breaks monotony and make life so happy as well as miserable, took place in our village Saturday night about 10 o'clock. A love sick twain might have been see wending their way to the residence of D. Kester, Esq., who arriving, knocked loudly for admittance. When they were informed by his daughter that he was not at home, but would be in next morning, at which time he would attend to their case. when the would be little bride exclaimed, "La me, can't wait that long!" and started for L.B. McConaha's where they were soon made happy. And Mac, well, he was happy too, after he pocketed a little bill with a figure 2 on it. the boy's say they could scarcely get shaved all day Sunday, all on account of that bill. The happy couple, after calling Sunday morning and getting their marriage certificate, departed by the first 'walking train' for Crooked Creek, where the bridegroom liveth, and 'the woodbine twineth.' All day Sunday the Greenup boys might have been see collected in small groups, consoling each other on their loss, for Sally was a popular girl.

Our merchants are having a lively time at present over the wool trade. Ross Bosworth has the inside track. While we regretted the removal of  'The Mail' to the city, we wish it every success, and if it can keep the editor of the "Democrat any nearer the truth and bounds of reason, we will be amply paid for our loss. Although the 'Democrat' has some subscribers here, we are tired of his slanderous......

Capt. Berry was in town Saturday and called on at "The Mail' Office. He reports Cottonwood in flourishing.
Messrs. Logan & Eskridge are doing a driving business in the line of dry goods and groceries.
Henry Neese came in and enrolled his name as a subscriber.
Mrs. Woods has been very sick for several days.
Rev. J.M. Baker delivered a lecture last Sabbath evening at the M.E. church on the fore-knowledge of God.
A.J. Hunter of Paris, was in town last Saturday and orated at the Court House.
T.A. Apperson has gone to Springfield to attend the Republican Convention to be held on the 17th.

An hour of triumph comes at last to those who watch and wait.
County Court this week.
Big Rain Last  Monday.
R. McCallister, Dealer in Agricultural Implements, Hardware, Groceries, &c., Also, a full line of Reapers and Mowers, Cultivators, &25.00; John P. Nanny Reapers on next years time; Excel, and Champion Reapers, Bishop Wagons, Greencastle Pumps, Sulky and revolving Hay Rakes, Grain Drills and Cider Mills, all cheap. Agent for the Celebrated Aultman and Taylor Sweepstakes and Belleville Threashers. Call, see for yourselves. Neoga, Ill. (The Mail, abt 22 June 1874)

LOST, by Wm. Evans on the 5th of June 1874, one note on Jos. Cox for $56.00; on note on Michael Flood for $15.00, one note on Jas. Elder, for $34.00' a due bill on Geo. Starger, $7.83. June 15, 1874 Wm. Evans

CROOKED CREEK TP
.... Monday evening, Tuesday and Wednesday, accompanied by our genial townsman, Prosecuting Attorney Lee, we visited Crooked Creek Tp., and the northern border of Jasper County.
    As we passed along, we saw in the beautiful tracts stretched out before on either hand, the double shovel, the harrow and the cultivator, piled with skill by the farmers. It is a fact, worthy of remark, that never before in the recollection of 'the oldest inhabitant,' have the farmers been so preserving in labor and attentive to their crops. All the approved methods of cultivation which usually develop good crops, have been resorted to, and as a result we beheld the finest promise for wheat and corn that has been given for a series of years past.
    That we do not exaggerate may be ascertained from the annexed figures. Here are some of the fields of wheat in this township within a radius of perhaps six miles square, who average yield per acre will exceed twenty bushels.
    We saw several large fields of navy beans, but very little flax.  As society is fed by the fruits or effects of 'diversified industry.' so papers are sustained and flourished only by the most persistent 'drumming'. Hence, in our hasty travels over the beautiful country skirting Hazel Dell, we humbly presented the claims of  'The Mail' to some of the estimable people whom we met, people whose industry and frugality through many ebbs of the tide of time have made their homes comfortable and whose conscientiousness has established for that township a name for honesty and sobriety of which they may justly feel proud. As a rule the farmers are prosperous and intelligent. the proportion of wealthy men is above the average and the results of their labors, it seems, are generally more profitable than those garnered in other sections.
    In this connection, it is worthy of remark that Crooked Creek Township, during the late 'unpleasantness,' furnished more soldiers in defense of our common country, (taking into consideration its population) than any other township in the United States.
    Our efforts, ably seconded by our companion, Jack Lee, were usually attended with the most gratifying success. the following subscribers were readily obtained: G.W. Sartor, J. Black, T.C. Smith, J.D. Eveland, J. Smith, S.D. Odell, A.T. Phillips, F.J. Thompson, Geo. Rader, J.T. Covill, Thos. Burnett, Mrs. Sallie Gore, John Rader, D. H. Sanford, robert Reeds, George Henry, Dr. Cochran, W.A. Applegate, J.B. Kelly, T.E. Hollinsbe, D.R. White, J. McBrid, B.L. Townsend, Sam'l Welker, S.W. Kelly, J.B. Kelly, Jr., L. Shontz, J.J. Smith, H. Spring, W.H. Suddith, D. Hamilton, W. Wharton, D. Reesor, T.F. Kelly, Jacob Gard, J.C. Kelly, M. Kelly and A. J. McCash.
    Monday night we enjoyed the hospitality of Lewis Rader, father in law of Mr. Lee. He is one of the pioneers of the county. by his energy he has built up quite a farm, situated two miles south of Hazel Dell. It is fertile, wielding abundantly of the necessaries of life and lies in the belt of country to which we have already called attention. Mr. Rader is a reader of 'Harper's Weekly,' The 'St. Louis Journal', and other papers. We were glad to see them. to the clever host and hostess, we are under many obligations......top of paper missing.........rows of corn upon which the bugs were working destructively, and drenched them, pouring scalding hot water down the centers of the stalks! Expecting, of course to kill the corn, his surprise may be guessed when he found on the contrary, that it grew rapidly, and came to maturity, the water, apparently, having given it an impetus that sent it ahead of the balance. And the ravages of the little pests were checked. Only pure clear water will do, his wife, having subsequently tried scalding soap-suds on a favorite patch of early corn, and killed the last stalk.
    Highly pleased, we left this farm and called on Mrs. Gore, a mile or so north. this lady has a find farm and at the time of our visit, we having her house sealed and made read for the plasterer. She farms successfully and each year has produce to sell. We were fortunate to meet  John Rader, Esq. at this farm, and Mr. Spencer, son in law of Mrs. Gore and also her son. John Rader is an extensive and successful farmer.
    We stopped at Mr. Sanford's and under the beautiful trees which surround his house, had a brief but pleasant chat. Mr. S. is Justice Of the Peace, and stated that in the period of a year, he had had but one contested case. A creditable showing, indeed, for his neighborhood.
At Hazel Dell we met Geo. Henry, R. Reeds, Arch. Applegate, J.B. Kelly and Dr. Cochran. Mr. Kelly is selling flour at &7. per barrel. He is making some improvements to his mill, enlarging it, &c. Returning to Lewis Rader's, we again enjoyed the hospitality for the night.
    Wednesday morning, we steered for home, meeting several gentleman we previously visited. At Peter Burnett's we were entertained handsomely and cannot be said to have slighted the nice dinner which his good wife had skillfully prepared. As to Jack, well, he knew his capacity and of course, did not hurry him. He did get through, however, in time to engage in some pleasantries with Mr. B. who is an old friend of his. Passing on, we met several other gentleman and lastly, Daniel Reesor and when at the latter's house, we were pressed to take supper but we were anxious to get back where other business called and solicitor about the clouds, which threatened a storm and so we pushed on homeward. At Greenup, we met many open hearted friends but as we intend to give them all a call soon, we refrained from particulars.
    This trip will remain green in our ...top missing of this page.....

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