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Hardin County Independent News
County More Than 100 Years Old
Allen Barnerd, Sparks Hill, was in Elizabethtown,
recently, he told the editor that Hardin county has
been a county more than 100 years. He said he
had a tax receipt to show that members of his family
had paid taxes to Hardin county in 1800's before
note from him containing two tax receipts was sent to
the Independent last week. With these Mr.
grandfather, Allen Andrew Barnerd settled on Rock
Creek precinct in 1827, on a farm where the Peters
Creek Tower now stands. He procured 80 acres of
land under the "Bit Act."
tax receipt which I mentioned, written with red ink,
has been misplaced, but I am sending two other
receipts which will show that Hardin County was
settled more than 100 years ago." One of
the receipts stated: "Received $1.65 in payment
in full of taxes for the 1845. (Signed) Lewis
Lavender, sheriff." The other receipt
stated "Received of Allen A Barnerd $5.55 in full
payment of his personal and land tax for the year
1856. (Signed) J. W. Ralph, sheriff."
Barnerd thinks this 1856 receipt is 1836, which would
mean that Hardin was a county more than 100 years afo.
But there is an arm on the top of the 5 in that figure
of the year 1856 which is not contained in other 3's
in the same handwriting giving the location of the
land. Also, it would be more history-making than
to change the 100th birthday of Hardin county from
1839 figures at Springfield , for a man's taxes to
drop from $5.55 in 1836 to $1.65 in 1845, in Hardin
county, Illinois, or any other county in the United
States, in the opinion of the editor. So he must
have paid $5.55 in 1856 not 1836.
Post Office at Hall Ridge, Ill., was discontinued.,
Feb. 15, and Herbert Oxford is carrying mail to
residents of Hall Ridge as an extension of his rural
mail route out of Cave In Rock. Mr. Oxford used
to carry the mail only as far as the Bob Hill corner,
where the Hall Ridge mail carrier met him, but now he
will carry the entire route, which will be one of the
longest in the county.
Victoria Humm, who was 80, Saturday, Feb. 18,
celebrated the day with her sons Nick and George, at
George's home in Eichorn, Sunday. Guests enjoyed
the birthday dinner, and the large Angelfood cake
lighted with candles was the big surprise for
Grandma. After dinner, the afternoon was spent
enjoying music and Chinese checkers. Grandma
Humm remembers when she was a girl, people planted
orchards, and chestnut and pecan trees. She
remembers helping her father plant a pecan orchard
which grew large and was cut down only a few years
ago. She said she had dropped potatoes many a
day. Potatoes used to be the main crop in the
county. Grandma Humm has lived all alone since
the death of her husband Karl Humm, Sr., on his
birthday, May 18, 1918. She has four children;
Jack, Frank, George, Nick, and 28 grandchildren and
and Mrs. Mark Brown, Rosiclare are announcing the
marriage of their youngest daughter, Imogene, aged 20,
to Oakley Dixon, aged 22, who is in the CCC camp at
Eddyville. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. O.
Dixon of Grantsburg. They were married Saturday
morning in the Methodist church in Paducah, KY.
The witnesses at the ceremony were the bride's mother,
Mrs. Mark Brown, and daughter, Mr. Tom Creamer, Miss
Thelma Travillion of Grantsburg and Bernard Dixon also
of Grantsburg. The bride is a member of the
Senior class of Rosiclare High school. She plans
to continue at school until she graduates this spring.
marriage license was obtained in Paducah, KY., last
week by Ruby Ferrell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. F.
Ferrell, Karbers Ridge, and Milford Ginger,
Elizabethtown, route 3. The bride plan to
continue to attend school at Cave In Rock where she is
a member of this years graduating class. He
lives with his father, Fred Ginger near Karbers Ridge.
Alvatine Ledbetter, age 19, a member of Rosiclare High
School senior class and J. L. Bateman were married
February 11 at Smithland, KY., by the Baptist
minister, J. J. Smith. The bride is the daughter
of Mrs. Emma Ledbetter and groom the son of Mr. and
Mrs. L. T. Bateman. They have rooms at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Davidson in Rosiclare. Mrs.
Bateman plans to finish this year of High
school. J. T. Bateman has employment at the
marriage license was issued by County Clerk, A. J.
Wootton, on Feb. 21, to Winfred Edwards, age 29, of
Cave In Rock and Edna Jennings, age 23, Cave In Rock.
and Mrs. John Byford, Marion, Ky., are announcing the
birth of a daughter, Carolyn Kay, February 12th.
Mrs. Byford is remembered by friends in Rosiclare as
the former Miss Virginia Vaughn.
Boulden, Sycamore, has received an announcement from
Philip Floria, Murphysboro, that he and his wife are
rejoicing over the arrival of twin girls.
and Mrs. Richard McConnell, Sr., Cave In Rock, have
received an announcement of the birth of a daughter to
Mr. and Mrs. Richard McConnell, Jr., on February
11th. The baby, which was born at the home of
Mrs. McConnell's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Stone,
Wheatcroft, Ky., weighed nine pounds and has been
named Lady Joreta.
rumbling noise in Elizabethtown, Cave In Rock and
Karbers Ridge Monday night was not an earthquake or
even thunder. It came from Rosiclare, where
eight business and professional men were limbering up
their joints bowling in the former Y. M. C. A. bowling
alley. Bill Karber, Earl Kibler, H. W. Bear,
Fowler Curtis, Harve Renfro, Paul Richard, Gilbert
Frayser and Tom Pease were getting stiff at five cents
a frame, the charge of the Boys Scouts who tend the
alley's stiff frames. The Scouts First Aid
treatment couldn't do anything for the other stiff
frames the next day.
and Mrs. Lane and Mrs. India Flannery spent Friday at
Cave In Rock, guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dave
Douglas. George W. Flynn has been ill this week,
unable to attend school or work at the Independent
office. He is again suffering with
arthritis. The M. E. Ladies Bible class is being
entertained by Mrs. J. L. Hosick and Mrs. Pearl Dalton
at the Hosick home tonight.
Mrs. India Flanery, Elizabethtown, visited Friday
evening with her grandson and his wife, Mr. and Mrs.
C. J. Douglas, and attended the revival service at the
Methodist Church. The Rev. Raymond Rose, Rev.,
Lawrence Devault, E. N. Wingate and Edgar Blakley
attended a minister's meeting at Evansville, Ind.,
Tuesday and Wednesday. Mrs. Rose accompanied
them and visited her daughter, Mrs. Jerry Paddock,
Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Paddock, Jr., Evansville,
Ind., spent the week end with Mrs. Paddock's parents,
the Rev. and Mrs. Raymond Rose. The Rev. W. B.
Dunkum and the Rev. Herbert Reeves returned Monday to
their home in Louisville, Ky., after conducting a two
weeks' revival meeting at the Methodist church.
They were accompanied as far as Carmi by Alvin Walker
and Ralph Frailey. At the regular Sunday morning
service, Mrs. S. E. Oxford and Mr. and Mrs. George
Warren Gustin were received into the membership of the
church and William Henry Gustin was christened.
Twelve conversions resulted from the meeting.
Mrs. Ray Lambert received a nice box of oranges from
Mr. Lambert Monday. The box also contained some
interesting shells which he had picked up on the
coast. He is now located at Ocee, near Winter
Garden, Fla., and is improving in health some since he
has moved away from the coast.
Roy Koch, Eichorn, is driving a new car this
week. Jimmy Birch is battling with the flu this
week. Mrs. Lottie Shockley, Rosiclare, is
assisting in the care of Mrs. Sarah Rose at the Rose
Hotel. Claude Winters and family, Harrisburg,
spent Sunday here with the Clyde Winters family.
Mrs. and Mrs. Billy Mayfield and son, Ronald Dean,
spent the week end with his mother, Mrs. Chas. Brazell
at Cave In Rock. Miss Lillian Humm and Miss
Lucille Koch spent Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. M. J.
Koch near the Wye. Mrs. Cecelia Shetler and
children, Harrisburg, spent Thursday night with Mrs.
Shetler's parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Koch near the
SALE: Team of work horses. See J. L.
SALE: Team of coming two year old mules.
John Ginger, Karbers Ridge.
SALE: 1 coming 3 year old horse, unbroken.
See Michael Hermann, Elizabethtown, Ill., R. R. 2.
SALE: Two horses. See F. W. Hindall,
Sparks Hill. Will sell cheap or trade for other
The Dental Offices of Drs. Birch and Scott of
Elizabethtown and Rosiclare will be closed on Thursday
afternoons, until further notice.
WORK-GOOD PAY-RELIABLE MAN WANTED to call on farmers
in Hardin and S. Gallatin County. No experience
or capital required. Make up to $12 a day.
Write Mr. McElrath, P. O. Box 88, Decatur, Illinois.
Y. M. C. A. Rosiclare, Saturday Nite, Feb. 25.
Chas. D. Ledbetter and his Ambassadors. 9:00 to
1:00. Adm. 40¢ Each or 80¢ Per Couple.
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