THE MAIL '
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
The farmers are all busy plowing corn
Thanks to Mr. E. Mattoon for
One of the sights of Prairie City,
men are walking the streets
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
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
On the Sabbath quite a number of our
young men went to the creek to
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
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
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
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
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.
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rev. J.M. Baker delivered a
lecture last Sabbath evening at the M.E. church on the fore-knowledge
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
LOST, by Wm. Evans on the 5th of June 1874,
one note on Jos.
$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.
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
Our efforts, ably
seconded by our companion, Jack Lee, were usually attended with
the most gratifying success. the following subscribers were readily
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
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.
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
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