Fayette County Illinois
FAYETTE COUNTY OLD SETTLERS, Sept 2, 1896
BIG ELECTRIC RAILROAD IS IN CONTEMPLATION, Feb 25, 1903
FAYETTE COUNTY OLD SETTLERS
Vandalia, Ill.--Sept. 1--The annual reunion and picnic of the old settlers of Fayette County was held here today in the Courthouse Park. The weather was propitious and old settlers turned out in goodly numbers. Dr. L. P. Stoddard and Rev. Ben Mahon, both pioneers of the county, made interesting addresses. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, William Buchanan of Brownstown; Vice president, Dr. L. F. Stoddard, Ramsey; secretary, Colonel R. W. Ross, Vandalia; treasurer, G. W. Brown, Vandalia. The next meeting will be held the first Tuesday in September, 1897.
[St. Louis (MO) Republic, Wednesday, September 2, 1896; transcribed by A. Newell.]
BIG ELECTRIC RAILROAD IS IN COMTEMPLATION
Johnson Bros., Would Build One from St. Louis to Terre Haute.
Johnson Brothers of St. Elmo, Ill., the widely known railroad builders, will build an interurban electric railway from East St. Louis to St. Elmo, and eventually to Terre Haute, Ind. Yesterday they incorporated the St. Louis and Eastern Electric Railroad Company with principal office at St. Elmo, for the purpose of constructing and operating an electric railway from East St. Louis to St. Elmo in Fayette county. It is proposed practically to parallel the Vandalia railroad. The work of construction will be commenced at once. The capital stock is only nominal ($50,000) but will be increased later. The incorporators and first board of directors are:
B. F. Johnson, P. M. Johnson, G. W. Bledsoe and G. W. Harlan, all of St. Elmo, and Representative George T. Turner of Vandalia. A second company will be incorporated for the construction and operation of the road from St. Elmo to Terre Haute.
[Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield, IL), Feb 25, 1903; transcribed by A. Newell.]