A Petition will be circulated in Wayne county praying for a submission of the question of removing the county seat from Fairfield to Johnsonville.
(Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, IL), September 25, 1889 -- Transcribed & submitted by Nan Lambert Starjak)
Wayne county held circuit court for the first time in its new court house on Monday of last week. Judge C. C. Boggs on mounting the rostrum rapped for order and without formally opening court, in a neat speech reviewed the history of courts in the county. Other speakers followed and the occasion was made one of interest. The new structure cost $25,000 and is described as an elegant structure, the walls being of stone and the offices, hallways and stairs finished in hard wood. The county has also recently built a new jail.
[Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, IL), October 28, 1891 - Transcribed & submitted by Nan Lambert Starjak]
At the annual meeting of the Fairfield Building and Loan Association held at the court house, John Keen, Harry K. Johnson and W. G. Carrothers were elected. No opposition. No business of importance was transacted.
[The Fairfield Republican, February 11, 1897 - Transcribed by Becca Hamlin]
Record for Service
For tenure of office in Southern Illinois, the cake goes to James R. Shelton of Elm River township, near Fairfield, Wayne county. In 1866 Mr. Shelton was elected school treasurer and was re-elected every two years thereafter until last week when he resigned. During these forty-two years Mr. Shelton has handled all the school money in one of Wayne county's largest townships, and although he is now nearly 80 years of age, his books are models of neatness and absolute accuracy. Mr. Shelton is a democrat and has a large family.
[Edwardsville Intelligencer (IL) May 5, 1908 - Transcribed & submitted by Nan Lambert Starjak]