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
Information submitted by
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,
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
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.
October 5, 1890
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
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.
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
and grocery store of D.C. Greene,
and has been invoicing this week. Mrs. Smith and children have
in town for several days.
Miss Sallie Mitchell returned home
Wednesday from an extended trip in New York, Pennsylvania and
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
Mrs. Plowman spent part of this
week in Arcola.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thornt Brandt and family returned from Lawn Ridge, Kan., Wednesday
J.M. Ferguson and wife returned home from their visit to Ohio last
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)
January 27 1894
BRETHREN IN STRIFE CHARLESTON ILL,
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
Inter Ocean April
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
Showmen Who Know Say It Is Not a
How the Unwary Are Gulled by the
"Tape Measure" and the "Short Change" Schemes.
Greenup, Ill. May 21 Special
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
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.
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
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
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
1895-06-03 Inter Ocean
Death William Stewart at Greenup, Ill.
Inter Ocean Feb. 13 1896
MALIGNANT DIPHTHERIA AT WOODBURY
Greenup Ill. Feb 12
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
Inter Ocean Feb. 28, 1896
Greenup Has A Couple Not Afraid of
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