CUMBERLAND COUNTY
NEWS

1874

27 Aug 1874 Majority Point

Dr. Carpenter kindly furnishes the following local items:
Ferdinand Duensing threshed 273 bushels of fine wheat from 14 acres of land.
Taylor Young threshed from 7 acres of land 147 bushels.
Wm. Grosscup threshed from 20 acres 220 bushels.
AJ Payne has 14 head of nice 2 year old steers of his own raising.
The exreme hot and dry weather has greatly injured corn crops and will make wheat sowing late.
Information submitted by Debbie.

1875


Inter Ocean Sep. 2 1875
A Village In Ruins Casey, Ill. Sep. 1
This morning about 1 o'clock a fire broke out on Main Street at Greenup, Ill. destroying about half the business houses in the town. the cause of the fire is unknown

A Village in Ruins. Burning of the Business Portion of Greenup, Ill
Casey, Ill., Sept 1.—This morning about 1 o'clock a fire broke out on Main street at Greenup, Ill., destroying about half the business houses in the town. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Date: Thursday, September 2, 1875  Paper: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL)  Volume: IV  Issue: 138  Page: 5
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1876

Neoga Illinois
Feb 22 1876
Special Correspondence of the Inter-Ocean Feb 19, 1876
Three men, George Swengel, John Kimery, and James Wisely, had each a horse stolen her last night. The animals were tied near the Methodist Church.

May 08, 1876
The south-bound mail train on the Illinois Central Saturday was struck by the storm near Neoga and lifted completely from the track. Several persons were injured, among them Mr. Doyle, Secretaryof the State of Wisconsin.

1890


October 5, 1890
Neoga, Illinois

The Rev. G.B. Black preached his farewell sermon in the Presbyterian Church last Sunday Evening

Mrs. G.W. Monroe and children of Sullivan, visited friends here the first of the week.

S.P. McAllister, of Decatur, was in town Monday.

Miss Susie and Alice Votan and Ethel Simpson visited in Greenup this week,

Professor H.H. Brown, a former teacher in this place is paying a farewell visit to his many friends here
before starting for Austin, Texas, where he will teach this year.

W.R. White moved his family to Normal this week, and his residence will be occuplied by the Rev. Plowman.

Captain M. Votan made a business trip to Terre Haute, Greencastle, and Indianapolis last week.

The Cumberland County Fair was held at Greenup Oct. 1,2,3, and 4. This is the second year Greenup
has held the fair and no pains were spared to make it a success.

Eugene T. Smith, of the firm of Ewing & Smith, of Lerna, has bought half interest in the large dry goods
and grocery store of D.C. Greene, and has been invoicing this week. Mrs. Smith and children have visited
in town for several days.

Miss Sallie Mitchell returned home Wednesday from an extended trip in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Dr. Chalmers Robe, wife and sister-in-law started for Wheelock, Ind. on Wednesday.

Will Johnson, of Mattoon, spent Sunday with his many friends in this city.

J.O. Wallace has been in Indiana this week.

Mrs. Plowman spent part of this week in Arcola.

1891

October 19 1891 Inter Ocean
AERONAUT KILLED AT GREENUP
Greenup Ill. Oct. 8
Just as the balloon on the fair grounds ascended this afternoon, Alex Gordon, a country youth, tried to jump across the ropes attached to the parachute, but his feet became entangled in them and he was taken up head downward. In his struggles to escape he caught the rope that releases the parachute, which threw him and the balloonist to the earth, about 80 feet below, killing the balloonist, William Kisser, of Louisville, Ky., and breaking Gordons leg and arm.

Another Balloon Fatality.
Greenup Ills Oct- 9.—A balloon at the fair grounds ascended yesterday afternoon Alexander Gordon, a country youth, tried to jump across the ropes attached to the parachute. They caught in his feet, too him feet upwards, and in his struggles to escape caught the rope that releases the parachute, which threw him and theregular balloonist to the earth, about eighty feet, killing the balloonist, William Kisser, of Louisville, Ky., and breaking Gordon's leg and arm and injuring him otherwise.
 
Rock Island daily Argus., October 09, 1891, Page 4, Image 4

Date: 1891-07-19; Paper: Inter Ocean
NEOGA, July 17,— Special Correspondence
J. T. Wallace shipped the first new peaches from this station last Monday night.

The Rev. Father Lyon, from Altamount, is the successor of Father Martin at this place.

Miss Allie Votaw gave her young friends a party last Friday night in honor of Miss Nora Ward, of Greenup

The Woody Brothers have been holding musical convention here this week.

The Rev. W. D. Baker filled the appointment of the M. E pastor at Sullivan last Sunday.

Miss Florence Albin returned Saturday from a visit with relatives at and near Greencastle, Ind. Emberry Hoffman departed yesterday evening for Bolton, Mo., where he expects to reside for the present.

Miss Lillian Wampler and Miss Pearl Gammon, of Sigel, hare been the guests of Miss Jennie Good this week.

The Rev. J. M. Johnson started Tuesday evening to accept an Invitation from the church at Morristown, N. J. to preach at  the fiftieth anniversary of the time he first began preaching, in said church.

Thomas Mitchall came over from Indianapolia last Sunday and joined his wife in a. visit with his relatives and friends here.

Harvy Wade's residence, west of Neoga, was destrojed by fire on Sunday night. The loss was $800 and he held a policy in the Continental for $600.

Mrs. Jonathan Lindley and Mrs. Jesse Coloman started Tuesday morning for Martinsville, Ind. Mrs. Lindley being is very  poor health, will visit medical springs. Mrs. Coloman will visit relatives.

The apple crop has begun going north, I. M. Wrignt and J. T. Wallace are already shipping

Neoga, Ill., Nov. 13---Special Correspondence---
W.A. Seidler departed for Indian Territory Wednesday morning.
Miss Josie Brown, of Indianapolis, returned home last Monday.
J.T. Weakly has moved his household goods from Altamont here this week.
Thornt Brandt and family returned from Lawn Ridge, Kan., Wednesday night.
J.M. Ferguson and wife returned home from their visit to Ohio last Saturday.
James M. Miller and wife, of Decatur, Ill., spent part of last week the guests of Lewis Castevens.
William R. White, the gate patentee, of Bloomington, came down and spent Sunday with his friends in this city.
Evan Baker and wife have been visiting their daughter at Humbolt the past week.
Miss Fausta Faris returned to her school at Lerna Monday, the diphtheria having abated.
Neoga now has a lecture association, and expects to furnish some excellent entertainments during the coming winter.
Mrs. H.H. Rex returned to her home in Terre Haute last Tuesday, after a visit of three weeks with friends and relatives here.
Miss Jennie Claybaugh returned from Chicago Tuesday evening.  She came on account of the sickness of her sister Grace, who is ill with typhoid fever.
Mr. and Mrs. P.L. DeVore have been visiting Samuel and Hattie Rogers, at Kansas, Ill., the past week.
Father Martin, of Arcola, and Father Brennen, of Decatur, were guests of Father Lyon Thursday.
Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Sunday, November 15, 1891; pg. 19
(transcribed by Nina Kramer)

1894

January 27 1894
BRETHREN IN STRIFE CHARLESTON ILL, Jan. 26
Special Telegram.
The liveliest Democratic war that was ever waged in this part of the State is now in progress.
The new Nineteenth Congressional District takes in a layer of layer of lower counties, one of which is owned by Congressman Fithian. In seeking to retain his grasp on his old district he ran up against Andy Hunter in Edgar, and Dr. J. W. Neal in Coles. The Craigs, James W. and State Senator Ike, who have long domineered over Coles Coanly, have joined the Fitbian forces and are trying to down Neal, who is a popular man and a great favorite with the rank and file of his part. With the Craigs are allied Post master Briscoe and Colonel R. K. Foller, of Charleston; State Printer Herreford. of Mattoon, and Bill Ashmore, of Oakland, chairman of the county central committee
    The trouble all arises from a disagreement as to the manner of selecting the delegates to the Congressional convention that meets in Greenup, April 23.   On Jan. 18, a meeting of the central committee of this county was held and by a vote of 23 to 15, a mass meeting was ordered to be held in this city Feb. 1 Then the kicking began. It was charged that there was a scheme to pack the courthouse in favor of Neal, so a petition was circulated and found a sufficient number of signers among the committee to justify a call for another meeting, which was held this afternoon in this city. It took two halls to hold the people. The regular committee met with thirteen of the twenty-three members and issued a manifesto denouncing the bolters and standing by its resolve for a mass convention. The bolters. or "rump." as they are called, had only nine of the committee with them, but they knew no fear and issued a call for a primary to De held in each township March !4.
    There are four Democratic papers in the county, and three of them, the Commercial , News, and Ledger, whose editors were here today, say that they will not publish the call.   The remaining  paper, the Courier, is too busy fighting Cleveland to take a hand in this fight. The result will be that two sets of delegates will go down to Greenup and renew the fight there. The friends of Dr. Neal acknowledge his defeat, but they intend to die game, and say that they will pull Fithian's house down in the wreck. Republicans are rejoicing on all hands, for even conservative Democrats say that Coles County will be lost to them by 500 majority, and express doubts as to their being able to carry the district, which is 2,200 Democratic

1895

Inter Ocean April 9, 1895
TEMPERANCE PEOPLE HARD AT WORK.
Hope To Overthrow The License Party In Greenup
GREENUP, ILL., April 8.—Special Telegram
A union temperance revival begins at the opera-house here tonight, in anticipation of the village election April 16,  when the question of the license or no license will be hard fought. Rev. H. C. Gibbs, Rev. D. V. Goudy, and J. L. Montgomery, of Marshall; Rev. M. R. Palmer, of Martinsville; Rev. C. Baughman, of Tracy, and the local ministry will take part in the week's programe, and the revival will close with the Cumberland County Woman's Christian Temperance Convention April 13,14 and 15, at which Mrs. Louise L. Rounds, State president of the W. C. T. U., of Chicago, and Miss .Mane C. Brehni, district president, will be present. License has carried here for two consecutive years, the vote last year for president of the village board being, a tie declared in favor of the license candidate by drawing lots. Both sides are making usual efforts this spring, and the result will be close.

Inter Ocean May 22 1895
COLE'S LITTLE GAME,
He Makes Bogus  Contracts for Circus Supplies.
PLENTY   OF   VICTIMS.
Showmen Who Know Say It Is Not a New Trick.
How the Unwary Are Gulled by the "Tape Measure" and the "Short Change"   Schemes.
Greenup, Ill. May 21 Special Telegram
A stranger giving his name as F.D. Cole Struck this town with a new game on unsuspecting citizens He came here a week ago claiming to represent the "Royal English Shows, " a reorganization of the old John Robinson Circus, which  was to be here next month. he made contracts for livery rigs and for meat, provisions, and feed to be paid for and delivered upon the arrival of the show, and  said he would return in four days with his advertising car, which, of course, never came. His game is to draw the person with whom he had contracted into a deal whereby he would raise the supposed order on the circus company and divide the difference. that is, if he had contracted for $25.00 worth of feed, he would give an order for $35.00 if the feed dealer would advance in $5. the circus never comes and the dealer is $5 loser. Cole is a slick man. no doubt, with considerable circus experience, and evidently working the game as a business, as he carries a stock of printed forms for contracts and orders.
BUT THE CIRCUS MEN LAUGH
Old circus men around town laughed gleefully when the wail of the people of Greenup was  brought to their attention. "Mr Cole's little scheme," said one veteran of the white tents last night, "is as old as it circus, and has been, worked through every section of the country, and ahead of every real and a host  of imaginary shows. I don't know anything about any 'Royal English Show' or any 'reorganization of John Robinson's Circus.' Therefore I should judge that Mr. Cole's show wither does not exist, or is a cheap one-tent-and-a-worn-out-elephant affair E. G. Waldron, long known as a circus agent, explained the operations of the scheme. "The people are worked in two ways, and, as a rule, the town folks are easier to scalp than the jays,"  said Mr. Waldron.   "The trick of issuing bogus orders in a regular thing, and the man makes a business of it is always armed with a stack of printed blanks to back his statements.
"Sometimes he works the merchant, as these people of Greenup have been worked, gets the victim to enter into a scheme to fleece the circus, and gets $5 or more of the expected booty from  the greedy countryman. It's a miniature green goods scheme, that's all. The jay thinks be Is going to rob somebody else and gets the hot end.   Another way of working the trick is to tell the jay that a money order has not arrived, that I need  $10,  advance it to me and I'll add it to the amount in your contract, see?"The farmer is easily caught on that trick almost every time."
THE TAPE-MEASURE TRICK
"A dodge that I have seen played in large cities," said Frank Logan, another 'advance man,' " Is the tape-measure trick.   The sharper selects a vacant lot alongside of a saloon and begins marking and measuring. Saloonkeeper comes out and gets inquisitive. Circus man tells him he is finding a lot for So and-So's show but Is afraid this lot is too small.   Saloon-keeper thinks a week of a circus right by his door will net him big trade and bribes the circus man with $100 or so to report favorably on the lot.   And the circus never comes."
Sidney Euson, a circus man for fourteen years, described the manner in which the dollars are gathered
after a circus strikes a town.
"The advance order and tape measure tricks," said Mr. Euson, "are easy and small beside the jobs  by which the 'grafters' skin lambs when the show is once in town. First the parade. Then a shell game is opened, and i can tell you the name of a prominent Chicagoan who used to pay Forepaugh $500 a week for the shell privilege.
" The jay,  we will suppose, has escaped the advance man and the shell game, he gets into line and an animal book is sold him only to be collected from him when inside the door. "Prize boxes", guaranteed full of gold and silver-nit- are sold to him; finally he buys a ticket and is given a deal like this: "He buys a 60-cent ticket and hands in $5. The grafter gives him his change in silver and counts it thus:
'Sixty and fifty is two, two twenty-five, fifty, three, four, five and there you are", and there he is, shy a dollar. Or he hands a $10 bill to the ticket seller, who has a $1 bill in his cuff. "Smallest you have? Can't change it take it back!"
"And the jay takes back a $1 note instead of his hard earned ten. that's called 'the push back'.
"Those are merely samples of circus trickery. the people of Greenup, therefore, are not out of the woods yet.
If they were so easy on the advance order graft, what will become of them when a circus actually strikes their town?
Why, they'll be skinned alive and lose their next year's corn crop if they aren't careful.

March 10 1895
Greenup Township Nominations
Greenup Ill. March 9
The Republicans of Greenup Township today nominated as follows Supervisor M. Stockbarger; collector, John Stull; assessor H.F. Sperry; commissioner of highways, John Waldrip; town clergy; A.S. Williams. The Democrats nominated the following ticket; supervisor Charles Conzel; collector, H.F. Booth; assessor, James Reynolds;commissioner of highways. Arch Fettner; town clerk, W.H. Cunningham.

Inter Ocean
April 15 1895
Greenup Ill April 14
W.E. Carleton and Miss Electa Tutewiler were married here this afternoon.

May 22 1895
THEIR MARRIAGE A SURPRISE
Dr. Denman and Mrs. Robertson, of Greenup, Did Not Inform friends.
Greenup Ill. May 21 Dr. W.O. Denman and Mrs. May Robertson surprised their friends today by driving to Toledo and getting married. They left for Plymouth, Ind. where the groom will engage in business as a merchant.

Inter Ocean April 28 1895
SLUSSER GHOST CEASES TO APPEAR
Strange Story Of A Bargain With the Greenup (Illinois) Apparition.
Greenup, Ill, April 27-Special Telegram
The mysterious visits of the Slusser ghost have ceased. The "woman in black" that is said to have haunted the home of Lincoln Slusser, seven miles south of Casey, for the last twenty years, is no more. The superhuman woman appeared to Mrs. Slusser and  laid bare to her the burden of its heart.  It is said that in an old abandoned well were the remains of her murdered infant, and if these were removed and properly  buried it  would never appear to her again, but would haunt the guilty parties to the end of their days. In pursuance of the strange request the old well was cleaned out and bones, presumably those of the infant, were  really found and carefully interred and the old well was filled up.
The apparition has not since appeared and the people of that neighborhood are lapsing into their normal peace of mind after several months of intense excitement, during which hundreds of  visitors went  from miles around to witness the maneuvers of the ghost. Reports are conflicting in regard to this mysterious affair, but there are worthy persons nevertheless who affirm to have witnessed these visitations, and who look forward to the time when there will be a sequel to the mystery

August 22, 1895
Young Hero Rescues A Child
George Smith, Aged 13, Performs a Gallant Feat Near Greenup, Ill.
Greenup Ill., Aug. 21 The five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hutsill, four miles west of this city, narrowly escaped death in a burning barn today. George Smith, 13 years old, rescued the child, burning himself badly about the hands. The Hutsill child may live, but is in a critical condition. He was at play in the barn when it caught fire. the building and contents, property of H. Bright, were entirely consumed. Two horses burned to death.

Nov. 19, 1895
GUESTS ESCAPE SCANTILY CLAD
Hotel Building at Greenup Illinois is burned.
Greenup Ill. Nov 18 This morning at 4 o'clock fire broke out in the European Hotel building. the inmates escaped with only their nightclothes. The losses are estimated as follows: F.H. Bosworth, European Hotel building, value $3,000; $1,000 in German of Freeport; hotel fixtures and restaurant stock, value $2,000; $500 insurance in Hartford and $200 in German of Freeport. Charles Flowers, general stock, values at $5,000; $1,500 insurance in Connecticut. Sheriff L.C. Feltner, building and contents, hardware and implements, loss $7,000; $2,500 insurance in German of Freeport. A.R. Bosworth, building, loss $2,200; $500 insurance in Hartford and $1,000 in Connecticut. the heat and explosion of powder in the hardware store shattered plate-glass windows and caused damages estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. The losses generally are well insured. the cause of the fire is unknown.


Inter Ocean Nov. 14 1895
ANOTHER COMET STRIKES THE EARTH
Greenup Ill Nov 13
The Montrose comet suspended publication today, Editor J.E. Johnson retiring from the newspaper business. the subscription lists and the business were assigned to Greenup Press edited and published by John and W.H. Cunningham in this city.

1895-06-03 Inter Ocean
Death William Stewart at Greenup, Ill.
1896

Inter Ocean Feb. 13 1896
MALIGNANT DIPHTHERIA AT WOODBURY
Greenup Ill. Feb 12
Diphtheria of a malignant type has broken out in the vicinity of Woodbury station, then miles west of here. One entire family, that of John Wisner, is afflicted. His youngest daughter died yesterday morning, and his oldest daughter today, and two of the five remaining children will not survive. the outbreak of the disease has occasioned much alarm, and the schools in that vicinity have been closed.

Inter Ocean Feb. 28, 1896

Greenup Has A Couple Not Afraid of Matrimony
Greenup, Ill. Feb 27 Abraham Rhue, aged 64, and Mrs. Rebecca Rocks, age 55, were married in Union township, Cumberland County. the groom was recently divorced, and this is the fourth marriage of both the bride and groom.

March 24 1896
VETERANS TO MEET IN JULY
Greenup, Ill. March 23
At a meeting of the officers of the Cumberland County Veterans Association in this city. It was decided to hold their seventh annual reunion at the Greenup fair grounds July 2,3, and 4. A number of regimental reunions will be held at the same time and place.

Date: 1896-05-23; Paper: Daily Inter Ocean
High School Commencements Greenup (Ill.) Class Dispenses with Any outside Help Greenup Illinois May 22
The fourth annual commencement exercises of the Greenup High School occurred at the opera house tonight.  A class of four girls and two boys delivered graduating essays. The programme included: " Shoe Solo" Miss Jessica Conzet; "Applied Thought" Mr. Stanley Smith; "What O'Clock Is It?" Miss Mattie Mock; "The Need of the Times" Mr. Charles Eckard. the event surpassed all previous efforts here, one distinctive feature being that the programme was rendered entirely by the class, who interspersed their essays with musical selecting. Newton Ill. May 22
The commencement exercises of the Newton High School were held at the opera house tonight, and diplomas were conferred upon three young women and one young man, as follows: Antoinette Girhard, Emily Small, Mable Clarke, and Ed Arnold. Miss Emily Small was the valendictorian, her subject being "Hitch Your Wagon to a Star"  Ed Arnold's salutatory was on "A Napoleon of Peace." A quartet, consisting of Misses Jessie Johnson and Nora McQueen and W.H. Lathrop and Dr. C. Booker, sang and Miss Antoinette Gerhard gave a vocal solo. Miss Mable Clarke read an essay entitled "Words Fully Spoken, Acts Well Done" Judge James P. Jack  presented the dipolmas and Rev. U.G. Johnson pronounced the benediction.

Theirs Is a Much -Mixed Marriage.
Greenup. Ill., March 24—Special Telegram.—
Down in Spring Point Township Cumberland County, Joe Greenwood was married the second time to Mrs. Nancy Elliott, after having been divorced from her for years. He had been married once before, his first marriage to her and twice afterward, this being his fifth marriage and her second.  The groom is 53 and the bride 56 Date: 1896-03-25; Paper: Inter Ocean






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