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NEWS ITEMS FROM THE GALLIPOLIS JOURNAL 1875

Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

The Gallipolis Journal
January 7, 1875


     The new issue of dollar bills have their denomination marked on each fifty-seven times. We got hold of one and counted.

     The Wise farm, lying on Raccoon creek below Yellowtown, was sold by the Sheriff last week. Mrs. Wise bought it.

     James Sutton was convicted of counterfeiting in the United States Court at Cincinnati, and sentenced on Thursday of last week, to six months in the jail of Gallia county, and fined $5 and costs.

     Mr. William Young, son of Mr. Israel Young, is visiting friends in Morgan township. He lives in Missouri, and has been gone from this county twenty years.

     The following gentlemen have been selected to represent the Episcopal Church here in the Diocesan Convention to be held at Columbus this week, to-wit: Rev. D. W. Cox, D. B. Hebard, Nelson Ford, A. Vance and A. L. Langley.

     One Professor Reardon stopped at Centerville to feel heads. He was a phrenologist. He stole a fellow-boarder's box of jewelry, and ran off without paying his board bill. He was, however, caught and made (to) disgorge the jewelry, and balance the provender account.

     Hon. David B. Hebard has been appointed by Gov. Allen, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, for this sub-division of this Judicial district, vice Hon. T. A. Plants, resigned. We congratulate the Judge on his appointment, and predict for him an honorable career in his new field of duty. We understand Judge Cartwright was his unsuccessful competitor for the position. The Judge is a good lawyer and would have made a good Judge.

     Opposition boats, the West Virginia and Clara Scott, have reduced the fare from this city to Charleston to one dollar and fifty cents. Passengers are taken to Thirteen for twenty-five cents, and to Buffalo for fifty. The Daniel Boone sticks to her old rates.

     Judging from the number of money hunters who are endeavoring to borrow, cash must be extremely scarce.

     The Woolen Factory in the lower end of the city was offered at Assignee's sale on Tuesday, but was not sold for want of bidders.


The Gallipolis Journal
January 14, 1875


     At Point Pleasant, on Wednesday morning, William Wetzel shot and instantly killed Capt. McDaniel of the steamer Active, for criminal intimacy with his wife. Wetzel surrendered himself and is in jail.

     The editor of the Portsmouth Tribune has been looking at their city council. He says of one of them:
E.E. Ewing has a fine round forehead, the inevitable moustache [sic] and goatee, fine teeth, and small grey eyes that forever twinkle with good humor and cordiality. We believe Mr. Ewing to be the best speaker in the Board. His style is cultivated and scholarly, argumentative and logical.

     Mr. Geo. W. Swisher, Jr., pulls up stakes from this community (Cheshire) and plants them on the waters of the Little Sixteen, Mason county, W. Va., where he has bought a farm of 100 acres.

     Capt. Sanford, of the "Salt Valley," Capt. Day, of the "Wall City," and Mate Chappell, of the "Mount Clare," are at home, froze off. These are all capital good fellows, representing good boats, and we are proud to count them in as citizens of Cheshire, and yet we want them all to "light out" as quick as possible.

     "Dump" Atkinson is in jail for breaking into the meat shop of the Messrs. Holcomb. He entered Tuesday afternoon, while the proprietors were absent, and stole $4.30. He was seen at the work through the front window, immediately arrested, made to disgorge, and then handed over to Constable Langley.

     Judge Hebard left on Friday to go upon the bench in Logan county, District Court opening there last Monday.

     Somebody, on Sunday night, stole hams from the meat house of G. Wash. Viney, in the upper end of the city.

     The dwelling house of Mr. Silas Northup, in Clay township, was destroyed by fire Tuesday night week. The family were absent at the time attending meeting at Ohio Chapel. Everything was consumed, building and contents. No insurance.

     Mr. John Gibson, of Clay township, was 102 years old last Christmas, having been born Dec. 15th, 1772. He is still vigorous and healthy; reads without glasses, and does his own shaving. We suppose he is the oldest citizen of this county.
The Gallipolis Journal
January 14, 1875


     Thursday, Friday and Saturday our young folks were out sleigh riding. Several of our country people came in on sleds.

     The river is falling with the channel full of floating ice. The last boat up was the Andes on Sunday morning, and she was forced to harbor in the mouth of Kanawha. Ice as much as seven inches in thickness has passed our city during the past week. Such congealed water is death on steamboat wheels. Our ice merchants have had all hands out . . . putting up ice. Mayhap it will be the last chance.

     Mr. John Dages, on Saturday afternoon, while passing down Second street, slipped and fell upon the pavement, fracturing one of the bones in his right forearm. Dr. Newton repaired the injury, and Mr. D. is going about. Mr. Dages carries an accident policy of $5,000. This gives him $25 per week during the disability caused by his broken arm.

     Mr. John DeLille will start out next week with his lecture on and exposé of Spiritualism. He has an extended trip laid out. The first place he will visit is Pt. Pleasant.

     Mr. Charles Creuzet gave Judge Hebard a reception last Thursday evening. It was characterized by that large liberality which this gentleman in known to possess.

The Gallipolis Jourrnal
January 21, 1875

     Miss Ida L. Nevius, the accomplished daughter of Mr. John Nevius, now in attendance at the Oxford (O.) Ladies' Seminary, and her room mate, Miss Ida Barker, of Newport, Ky., are here spending vacation.

     Mr. John T. Halliday, of this city, has been elected a Director in the Dayton and Gallipolis Narrow Gauge Railway Company. The annual meeting of the company came off at Dayton last week. Col. Yeoman is continued President, and Col. Hurlbert appointed Superintendent. The prospects for the building of the road, at least so far as the coal and iron fields of Jackson county, say its friends, are good. It is expected that work will be commenced in the Spring.

     Rio Grande - Two boys by the name of Dickerson, and one Scurlock, all belonging to one family, were arraigned before Justice Porter for "assault and battery" on Gerritt S. Giles, a teacher in district No. 7, Huntington township; assailing him with a shower of rocks in the school room, while performing the duties of school enjoined on him by his employers. They thought best to plead guilty, and were fined five dollars apiece and costs, also held in custody until paid. [. . .]

     Cheshire - Miss Barbara Swisher, daughter of Geo. W. Swisher, Sr., was severely burned last week by her clothing taking fire from the fireplace. She is recovering.

     Jos. Croninger's horses, attached to a wagon loaded with ice, ran off on Tuesday, and smashed that landaulet all to flinders.

     Mr. A. R. Weaver, of this city, claims to have discovered a lead vein in this county, measuring 8 inches in thickness. We have a specimen of the ore. It looks like lead. He keeps the location a secret.

     There are five hundred paid and unreleased mortgages on record in this county. When a mortgagor has canceled his indebtedness he should see that he is released on the record. Call upon Mr. Booton at once.

     We have an old man in our infirmary, named Cain Huddleson, who was born in Pennsylvania, in 1794. His step is still firm, his eye still vigilant, and his intellect still unimpaired, though nearly eighty-one winters have come and gone since he was ushered into the light of the world. He, like all men, has a history. Three times he has pushed a keel boat from Cincinnati to Pittsburg—this way before the day of steamboats. When those monsters came into use, the occupation of the keelboat was gone, and Mr. Huddleson turned his attention to furnishing the steamboats with wood, having furnished fuel for the first boat that ever navigated the waters of the Ohio. After a hard life of toil, he brings up in the house for the poor, an old, old man, friendless and alone. But God watches over and protects him.—Portsmouth Republican.
     Mr. Huddleson will be remembered by our oldest citizens as a former resident of Gallia county. He lived on the north side of the Portsmouth road, just beyond the farm of Mr. Leopold Frank, where he resided nearly fifty years ago. The house was torn down many years since. Mr. H. had one son named Abraham. This is the first information we have had of Mr. Huddleson for many years, and we are sorry to learn that the wheel of fortune has reversed and run over him.

     Mr. John J. Cadot was elected President of the Gallipolis Building & Loan Association on Saturday evening, and treated "the boys" to the saddlerocks.

     Capt. Ripley is certainly an unpopular host. About four o'clock on Friday evening Hutchings and Atkinson, the two laddybucks who are in jail, took up a stone in the floor, and commenced digging for liberty. They made splendid headway until nine o'clock in the night when Mrs. Ripley interrupted them. Upon being discovered they filled the hole up themselves. When they were discovered they were under the outer wall, with only eighteen inches of soft dirt between them and outside. In half an hour they would have been free. They need not stay there. They can come out, most any time, sure as you are a foot high.


The Gallipolis Journal
January 28, 1875


A Card of Thanks
     The Colored Band, feeling themselves indebted to the citizens of Gallipolis for their many expressions of sympathy and encouragement, together with pecuniary assistance and kind patronages, desire, in this public manner, to return their heartfelt thanks to all citizens who by either kind words or donations of money have enabled them to continue together during the past year; pursuing their practices semi-weekly; purchasing a new set of instruments, and retaining the indefatigable and zealous instructor, Mr. Jas. Nourse.
     Particularly are our thanks due to the courteous Editors of our city papers, who, looking over our many faults, still held us before the public in such a manner as to give us the greatest encouragement, thereby making our lessons an ineffable pleasure instead of a burden.
     To Mayor Bird, especially, are our thanks to be returned, for legal advice he gratuitously rendered, when we required it.
     To all, we say thanks, and hope to prove them, by continuing this year, as we have heretofore done, to gain the kindness of the public, and a credit to the city of Gallipolis.
The Members of the Colored Band

     A tenant house owned by Miss A. Randal, on Mill Creek, was destroyed by fire about 2 A.M. on the 19th. No fire about the house that night. Insured in the Ætna for $200.

From Morgan
     Mr. James Guy, who commenced a six months' school in our district, has taught us a good school so far. He has six weeks to teach yet.

     Mr. David Wilt still keeps his grocery store running, and is doing a fine business.

     Our county has again been celebrated; by a wedding this time. Mr. Thomas Shaver, whose age is eighty-four, was the groom. Never scold a child for contemplating marriage.

From Cheshire
     Going home from meeting at the "Poplar" the other night, some fellow "skipped a brick offen the head" of Mr. Wallis Roush. He waked up the wrong passenger, and report says that Wall intends to wake the fellow up lively with a revolver. Sic Semper.

     And now comes the saddest tale of all. The man don't live in Cheshire township, he don't live in Gallia county. I don't believe he lives in Ohio. He must be a White Leaguer from Louisiana, or a Ku Klux from Kentucky, or Hades must have puked up the man who stole the widow McCarty's lard and meat. She is a soldier's widow and a pensioner, and this was all she had for herself and orphan children. Words fail.

The Gallipolis Journal
February 4, 1875


     Mr. George McNealey, who was recently sent to the Athens Lunatic Asylum from this city, died at that Institution on Friday. His age was 78 years. His remains were brought here for burial. [Buried at Pine Street with dates 2-17-1797/1-29-1875, wife Nancy.]

     Andrew Mills, who formerly lived here, and has many relatives in our county, now resides in Santa Rosa, California. He takes the Journal.

     Col. Robert Safford (the old Colonel) was a member of the first Ohio Legislature. Gallia was then part of Washington county.

     Miss Ida L. Nevius returned to the Oxford Seminary on Tuesday.

     Mr. W. W. Watts, of Missouri, has been here on a visit to his sick parents the past week. We rejoice to learn that both Mr. A. Watts and his Lady are improving.

     Mr. Ruben Coughenour, after an absence of about three years, returned to his family in Cheshire township on Tuesday week. We hope Rube has been benefitted by his prolonged absence.

     Col. Wm. Harry Peeples, formerly of our city, is visiting his mother and friends here. He looks well and is well looking. He is at present engaged in mining in Colorado, and speaks glowingly of the new Eldorado. We are pleased to meet the Col., in fact we are always pleased to meet old, tried friends. They are never forgotten or less loved. When the Col. leaves our city he will leave freighted with the kindest wishes of a hundred true friends.

     We have been shown a letter from Mr. N. Z. Woodruff, son-in-law of our old friend, Mr. D. McLish, of Morgan township, to Judge Kent. Mr. Woodruff is at Grand Island, Howard county, Nebraska. He writes of the destitution in that country from grasshoppers. He says:

"There are folks in this county who have been without bread from four to ten days. We have no money, as it was all spent in coming here and building. We will be thankful for anything in the shape of clothing, flour, meal, or dried fruit. We must have help or starvation will ensue. The millers in your town could give a few pounds of flour or meal and not feel it. In the name of God do something for our people. Send things to the Nebraska Aid Society, Omaha, Neb., care of N. Z. Woodruff, St. Paul, Howard county, Neb., via Grand Island. They will come free of charge."
    

Our citizens should take the matter in hand, and send relief to these suffering people. We know Mr. Woodruff well. He is an honest young man, and whatever may be sent to his care will be judiciously distributed among those most destitute.

     Postmaster Newton has received a letter from Annie Jack, dated Edinburg, Scotland, inquiring the whereabouts of her brother, George Jack. It appears that the last heard of him was by letter written from this city in June last. He was on his way from St. Louis to New York, but was stopped here by low water. Since that time nothing has been heard of him. He is described as 30 years of age, dark hair, and large black eyes. Dr. Newton will forward any information that may be obtained of his whereabouts.

     Thieving in the Third Ward. About three o'clock on Sunday morning, Mr. Henry Williams, watchman at the upper Woolen Mills, saw somebody apparently trying to get into Mr. Reuben Canady's butcher shop, through the window. As he approached a man standing at the window conducted a retreat that would have done honor to General Early, in the Shenandoah Valley. When Mr. Williams looked in at the window he saw some fellow stretched out upon the floor feigning deep sleep. He aroused the proprietor of the shop, who went after Marshal Dale. Our good looking Marshal promenaded "the boy" down to the lock-up. He proved to be C. W. Myers, a Knight of St. Crispin, who hails from Kanawha, and has been loafing around town for several days. We called upon the cordwainer at the lock-up. He said it was a put-up job on him, and that he had been on Wash Viney's corner during the night with Fred Holmes and Bob Viney, two colored fellows; that they had struck him several blows upon the head, and made him get in the window, threatening to burden his mind with a good beating, if he refused. (This deponent cannot state how he came to be asleep so suddenly when Mr. Williams came.)
     On Monday Holmes, Viney and Myers were all before Judge Kerr. He discharged Holmes, there being no evidence against him, and committed Viney and Myers to the county jail in default of $300 each, to let the Grand Jury inquire into their malefactions.

     The hack from Portland broke down on Saturday night, a few miles from the city. A farm wagon was procured and passengers and mails dumped into it and brought through.


The Gallipolis Journal
February 11, 1875


     Relief for Kansas - "We, the undersigned, citizens of Gallipolis and Gallia county, feel that something should be done by our people for the sufferers in the devastated portions of Kansas and Nebraska, and therefore ask our citizens to come together at the Court-house, on Friday evening, Feb. 12, 1875, at 7 o'clock, to devise ways and means for the relief of the destitute and suffering in those States. We earnestly invite every one to meet with us on that occasion, and to do his utmost for those in distress and want." [The call is signed by a large number of our leading citizens, but we are compelled by want of room to omit them here.—Ed.]

     Mr. Samuel Drake, of Walnut township, is on the petit jury of the United States Circuit and District Courts, at Cincinnati, for the February term.

     We should have written Rudolph Coughenour last week, in place of Reuben.

     Mr. C. H. McCormick has sold his store to Mr. J. T. Halliday.

     On Monday, Mr. Hunt retired from a faithful service of sixteen years in the Clerk's office. He is succeeded by Mr. Sisson. Mr. John T. Hampton continues as Deputy. The tobacco box presented to Mr. Hunt was made of silver and lined with gold. It cost $35, and was made on order from Mr. Shober by Duhme & Co., of Cincinnati. On the top of the lid was engraven "Joseph Hunt," on the inside of the lid was, "Token of esteem by the Bar and Officers, Gallia County, Ohio, February 1875."

From Cheshire
     The Literary Society connected with the village school meets every Friday evening. It is well conducted. We were present at one of their meetings, and noticed that a young lady occupied the President's chair, Secretary's place, and, in fact all the places and committees were filled by ladies. This looks well for the girls, but, boys, you would better look to your rights, or you'll all be sure to be "hen-pecked husbands."

     On the night of the 2d inst., Wm. Shuler's meat house was broken open and robbed of 300 pounds of pork. There is a fair prospect of the rogues being brought to grief, and we hope they will be made to grieve deeply. One could stand losing a ham or two, but it makes a fellow feel bad to lose all at one haul.

     We want that jail now worse than ever. We want a police force, too, for we are putting on city airs. Our town has become famous, for we have had a regular safe burglary. Taking advantage of the darkness and terrible wind on the night of the 2d of February, certain adroit masters of the art tried their skill on L. W. Mauck & Co.'s safe, and we are sorry to say they were wholly successful. They gained admittance to the store by prying open the front door. The safe, one of Hall's medium-sized, seemed to fall an easy victim to the attacks of chisels, wedges, crowbars, etc., and at present writing, don't amount to much as a safe. The booty foots up nearly $1,000 cash. Thos. Ashworth lost $500; Mrs. Lucy Mauck $40; Township Treasurer $285. Efforts are being made to capture the burglars, but with what prospect of success, we are not advised. All the stamps belonging to the Post-office were taken. Two revolvers were taken from the store but nothing else. This is the second burglary our town has suffered within one year, and we are getting tired of it. It is more than our share.

From Gallia Furnace
     There has been a religious revival among the colored people of this township, and quite a number were immersed in Symmes Creek, near the residence of Mr. Evan Edwards, about two weeks ago. It was a cold day, and the ice had to be cut, and from the great speed with which some traveled after being lifted from the watery grave, we would judge that the sensation produced was not very agreeable. We do not wish to be understood as making light of the ordinance of Baptism.

     Peniel's Chapel was dedicated on the 21st ult. The house was pretty well filled. Rev. R. Williams and Rev. John W. Evans preached in the Welsh language, and Rev. D. J. Jenkins and Rev. E. R. Jones, A.B., preached in the English language. The house makes a nice appearance, and reflects credit upon the Architect, Mr. W. B. Chambers.

From Chestnut Grove
     Chestnut Grove is in the western part of Huntington township. The farming land is good and well adapted to grazing. We have many well-to-do farmers whose cribs are filled with corn, whose barn-yards are filled with cattle, and have plenty of feed for the winter.

     Mr. James Craig does a star business in the line of blacksmithing. Mr. Burns is foreman in the shop, and Mr. Alonzo Deckard is apprentice. They run two forges, and are making money.

     Our neighboring store has been kept for the last fourteen years by Mr. Stephen Willcox. He is a close observer, and knows the needs of his customers. . . . He keeps the post office, and is deservingly popular.


The Gallipolis Journal
February 18, 1875


     On her way to church on Wednesday evening of last week, Mrs. W. T. Minturn slipped and fell, severely injuring her.

     A new post-office has been established at Flag Spring, in Walnut township, with Mr. T. J. Neal as postmaster.

     Mr. Hiram Maxon is seriously ill at the Dufour House. Friends and physicians pay constant attention to him.

     Mr. O. M. Carter's school at Quaker Bottom has closed, and he has gone to Illinois. Miss Anna Vanden, of our city, his assistant, is at home.

     Our Cheshire correspondent speaks of the arrest of Isaac Manley for breaking open a meat house up there. A special grand jury was called on Friday, and Manley indicted for burglary. The following are the names of the jury, which found the indictment: James H. M. Montgomery, foreman, Roman Menager, Samuel T. Cook, Ephraim Patterson, Atkinson Cole, James F. Irwin, Robert Gordon, Richard Blazer, P. A. Sanns, Charles Topping, Ansel Lawless, Lewis Dyas, Morgan Mollohan, Charles Friend and John Pepple.

     David Henry, the boy who struck Mr. Geo. W. Eachus with a croquet mallet last summer, pled guilty in Court Tuesday, and was fined $25 and costs.

     A colored man by the name of Viney, living in a tenant house on the farm of Mr. Jno. A. Rodgers, near the city, has the small pox. He is, however, under quarantine, and there is no danger of the disease spreading.

     Rev. Edward P. Hall, some years since stationed in this city, is now presiding elder of the Normal District, Central Illinois Conference, and resides in Normal. The fiftieth anniversary of his birthday was recently celebrated, and it proved to be a very pleasant and interesting affair. His many friends here will be pleased to hear that he stands high in the estimation of his brethren in his new Conference.

From Cheshire
     Wm. Boice, Esq., is engaged in hauling lumber from the portable saw mill three miles out in the hills. Cold weather and mud don't bother him. William is a brick.

     A four-horse omnibus, belonging to McCormick, of Gallipolis, passed through here for Pomeroy with 20 or 25 passengers. Our old friend and fellow townsman, Dan'l Swisher, manipulated the ribbons. Carriages and busses are passing at all hours of the day in consequence of the freeze-up on the river.

     Mr. Clede Vangilder, of Madison, Ind., arrived here last week on a visit to relatives.

     A. O. Mauck, Esq., has returned from Congress.

     Mrs. James Mauck has gone to Gallipolis to attend her son who is reported sick. Hope to see you soon, Allie.

From Rio Grande
     After the close of the service on last Sabbath, a collection was taken for the benefit of Kansas sufferers.

     While at some points, mails are irregular on account of ice, we are highly favored with daily mails. Much credit is due Mr. J. Broughman for regularity and promptness. Not a failure during the severest weather—the only wonder that he did not freeze.

Cincinnati Commercial telegram from Omaha, Feb. 11 - A dispatch from Laramie City, Wyoming, states that as an emigrant train bound west was leaving Table Rock Station to-day, a passenger named Charles McFarland, of Addison, Ohio, shot himself through the heart. He was much under the influence of liquor. Still alive.

PortsmouthTribune - George L. Drouillard has an interest in the Kanawha Iron Works at Charleston, W.Va., and will reside in that city for the present. .


The Gallipolis Journal
March 4, 1875


     The St. Joseph, Missouri, Herald, of Feb. 26th, contains an interesting account of the Silver Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Minturn. The parties were married in this city, Feb. 25th, 1850. Their friends here join in the congratulations due the occasion. The presents were numerous and costly.

     We are in receipt of a copy of the annual report of the Ohio Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb. We notice the following names in attendance at the Institution from this county: Harriet S. Null, Gallipolis; Alfred S. Williams, Eureka; Daniel M. Shuff, Gallia Furnace, and William E. Love, Sprinkle's Mill.

     The Infirmary Directors are in session. They have been allowing bills and visiting the Infirmary. They will retain Mr. Cherington as Superintendent of Infirmary until Fall.

     The types made us use the name of Mr. David Trobridge in our Court report last week, when it should have been Isaac Trobridge. We hope Mr. D. S. will excuse us.

     We learn that Mr. J. W. Fillmore is quite sick at Porter. We hope that he may recover.

     From Centerville - Mr. H. D. Allison is teaching singing school here; also at the Fairview church. Miss Cordelia Price, of Jackson, is teaching our winter school.

     Sportsmen are having fun chasing foxes, which, by the way, are numerous.

     From Cheshire - Mr. Alex. Frazier's wife died on the morning of the 22d ult. She was sick only a day or two.

     Prof. Starcher of Middleport, O., is teaching a writing school here.

     N. E. Mauck, Esq., was the owner of a jack knife. He don't brag on it any more. It has found its final resting place in the crystal depths of la belle riviere. . . . Newt. will never cut his tobacco with it any more. In an unguarded moment, Wm. Boice beguiled him of it, and flung it river-ward. But, although so "child-like and bland," Bill always was a little tricky.

The Gallipolis Journal
March 18, 1875


     Ed. F. Maddy, Clerk on the Salt Valley, is seriously ill of typhoid pneumonia at the residence of Capt. Harry Bayes. His friends have entertained serious doubts of his recovery. We do hope that he will get well soon.

     Sixty years ago Alfred White and Mary, his wife, both long since dead, settled in Gallia county. The former died while on his road to California soon after the discovery of gold there, and was buried upon the plains. They were the parents of quite a family of children, all remarkable for their longevity. The children now living are Mrs. Armennie Scurlock, aged seventy years; Mrs. Amanda Miller, aged sixty-eight; Rufus White, aged sixty four; Mrs. Cynthia Burke, aged sixty; George White, aged fifty-six; and Mrs. Rachel Thompson, aged fifty-rwo. These parties had not been together for thirty-two years, until the other day, when they met at Rufus' in Perry township. The greetings were warm and true, and the stories of childhood repeated. It was a happy, happy occasion upon which memory will longingly, lovingly linger.

     It is with regret and sorrow that we are compelled to announce the mental decay of our friend Dr. W. A. Jenkins, of Green Bottom. His friends have for some time noticed that his mind was failing, and the shock does not fall unexpectedly. He was in our city last week, in company with his lady, and among other acts destroyed a lot of greenbacks, tearing them in fragments and scattering them upon the streeets. He will be taken to an asylum at St. Louis, we understand. We wish him an early recovery.

     T. A. Roberts. Esq., formerly of this county, who sold his farm to Mr. W. D. Graham, has purchased the Capt. McBride property in Syracuse, Meigs county.

     The large carriage and wagon shop of Mr. A. A. Lyon, in process of erection on Third street, was shoved out of its right angles and perpendiculars on Friday night by tthe high winds. It has been righted, and will be completed this month.

     The funeral of the late Charles Henking took place at three o'clock on Wednesday of last week. A large concourse of relatives and friends paid their last respects to the deceased.
   
     Messrs. Bailey & Cherington have sold their Livery Stable to Mr. J. J. Pool

     Capt. John H. Evans has been quite ill from a bilious attack for several days. He is out now.

     Mr. James Mullineux has received the appointment of Postmaster for this city, to succeed Dr. Newton, whose term expires April 1st. We believe the selection of Mr. Mullineux will give very general satisfaction to our people. He is one of our old citizens, a man of thorough, correct business habits, and withal, possessed of a character for integrity that cannot be impeached. Dr. Newton has held the office six years, and we cannot refrain from bearing testimony, upon his retirement, to the ability and correctness with which he has managed the duties of the office. He will retire with the respect and confidence of all. Mr. Mullineux . . . having withdrawn as a candidate for Cemetery Trustee, Mr. S. Y. Wasson has been selected to fill the vacancy. This is a good nomination.    


The Gallipolis Journal
March 25, 1875


     A little son of Dr. Mills fell out of the loft of his barn a few days ago, and broke his leg. He is convalescing now.

     A suit for $10,000 damages has been brought by E. Skees against Charles Johnson and Adam Uhrig, for whisky furnished Skees' son, from which he became intoxicated and broke his leg. Mr. U. is responsible only indirectly, we understand.

     The friends of Mr. Wm. Keck, formerly in the employ of Mr. Wm. Shober, of this city, now a resident of Ashland, Ohio, are pained to learn that he recently slipped on the ice, breaking both bones of his left leg.

     Dr. W. B. Guthrie, of our city, is proud; very proud. He has good cause, however, it is a dear little, sweet little girl baby. We have the Doctor under $10,000 bond to behave himself until the thing wears off.

     Albert V. Gates, son of Mr. David Gates, of Perry township, graduated at the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, on the 11th inst., and is now an M. D. The subject of his graduating address was "Physiological Effects of Tobacco." The Doctor has not definitely settled where he will commence the practice of medicine. We wish him success.

     Jail Notes - There are five in jail, viz: Myers, Sutton, Lucas, Crawford and Manley. Crawford was put in for selling some land in the lower end of the county to which he had a clouded title. The prisoners are utilized by making them whitewash the upper rooms. Myers spends his spare moments shoe-mending; Manley singing; Crawford sleeping, and Sutton sadly sighing. Lucas was taken to McArthur last week by the Deputy Sheriff to testify in a murder case in progress there. Plans, maps and specifications are on exhibition at the Auditor's office for the proposed repairs to the old jail.


The Gallipolis Journal
April 1, 1875


St. Paul, Nebraska, March 20th, 1875
     Editor Journal - I wish to acknowledge through the Journal receipt for $6 65 100 [sic] from Geo. P. Matthews, Secretary Cheshire aid Society . . . to be distributed to our sufferers here. . . . from J. C. Gross of Rio Grande, $8 40-100 [sic] taken up in the Free Will Baptist of that place. [. . .] We have in Howard county 1056 people left entirely upon the hands of the people of the Eastern States, and these figures must steadily increase until the first of September . . . (when) their crops will be harvested and ready for use. [. . .] Our people are suffering for something to eat; there not being above one-third enough shipped to feed this 1056 people. [. . .] Yours respectfully, N. Z. Woodruff

From Addison
     C.C. Barton's school in the village closed on the 19th ult. Clayt. is a success in that line.

     J. W. Thomas has two very sick children; we only hope how soon they will get well.

     The Farmers' and Mechanics' Club at their meeting Saturday night elected the following persons for the ensuing year: Capt. Sam'l Rothgeb, President; G. R. Viers, Vice-President; C. C. Barton, Secretary; D.R.S. Shaffer, Corresponding Secretary; Miss Jennie Reynolds, Treasurer; W. H. Kincade, Sergeant-at-Arms. After the election Wesley Rothgeb presented the Club with a barrel of fine Rome Beauty apples, which were discussed with a relish by those present. [. . .]

From Chambersburg.
     W. K. Roberts, wife and mother, paid our town a flying visit last week.

     Only two in town carrying wounds at present; quite a good report considering the times. Three arrests—two escapes—two drunks—three pummelings in the last fortnight. [. . .]

From Cheshire
     Geo. W. Swanson left for Cincinnati on the Andes last week to consult a physician in regard to his health.
    
     Mr. Albert Mauck is able to be on the streets again.

     Mr. Fessler is preparing to build a $4000 house just below the village. Mr. Ellis Swisher has his new house well under way.

     On the night of the 23d last, Henry Bundy, a colored boy, was arrested for breaking open Swanson's Drug Store. Considerable of the pelf was found in his possession, and he was handed over to the tender care of Sheriff Ripley.

From Vinton
     B. Martin has bought the old store house, on the bank of the creek, close to the bridge; price $160.


April 1, continued

     Mrs. Adelaide Maguet, then Adelaide LeClercq, in October, 1792, [sic] at the age of five years, came with her father from Havre-de-Gras, [sic] France to Gallipolis. In 1806, she married Anthony R.R. Maguet, who died in 1829, by whom she was the mother of seven children, four of whom are still living, viz: Mrs. Harriet Bankard, aged 67, Mrs. Lucy Hern, aged 65, Mr. L. P. Maguet, aged 62, and Mrs. Louisa Halliday, aged __ years.
     Friday last was the eighty-eighth birthday of Mrs. Maguet, and her descendants gathered around her at the residence of Mr. E. P. Ralph, on Fourth street, to celebrate the event. There were present four children, twelve grand-children, and thirty-four great-grand-children. Besides these there were relatives to these descendants by marriage present, making the total number sixty.
     The guests were entertained by Mrs. Ralph, who, by the way, is a grand-daughter in true style. A pleasant afternoon was spent, and all departed wishing their venerable parent, the sole survivor of the French emigrants and founders of our city, many years of earthly life yet.

     R. E. Dunn, Esq., son of the popular landlord of the Dufour House, returned to the city a few days since, a graduate of the Law Department of the University of Michigan. Success to our young friend in his new profession.

     Capt. Jas. P. Drouillard and lady recently presented Mrs. James Harper with a beautiful and valuable silver set, as a Silver Wedding present. The set contained a waiter and six pieces, each one having engraved upon it the name of donee, and the words "Silver Wedding." Mrs. Harper's silver wedding was due two years ago, but such sweet gifts never come too late.

     And it came to Pass. Rev. Albert A. Price (colored) of our city, son-in-law of Mr. Geo. W. Mason, some two or three weeks since left Gallipolis for Louisville, Ky., to attend the conference, and like Bunyan's pilgrim, met with many difficulties. He is, according to Cincinnati papers, said to tell about this story.
Arriving at that city on the steamer Ohio, in the night, he went to a Mrs. Jackson's, who keeps a colored boarding-house on Broadway. Failing in waking the inmates, he went to the Crawford House. He made application for lodging of the night clerk, Mr. Buskirk, who refused him admission and accommodations, after he had offered to pay for the same. He then left, and went to the Galt House, where he was permitted to sleep in the bar-room. Mr. Price went on to Louisville, and upon his return to Cincinnati swore out affidavits against Frank J. Oakes of the Crawford House, and his two clerks, under the Civil Rights Bill. The case was heard by United States Commissioner Hooper. Upon the trial of the case Price swore positively that Buskirk refused him entertainment, saying the house was full; that it was between 12 and 1 o'clock in the night when he made application; that the colored porter referred him to the clerk when he asked the former for lodging, and that he (Price) tendered money.
     The defence outswore Price. The colored porter swore that Price made application to him, and not to the clerk. A boarder corroborated the porter; and the defendants were discharged. Price left the city before the Commissioner's decision was given, and the Cincinnati papers say the defendants threaten him with perjury.
This case caused considerable talk, but it really decides nothing of importance, as it was only a question of fact as to whether Price did make application for entertainment or not. The evidence was that he did not.


The Gallipolis Journal
April 8, 1875


     Charley White was re-elected City Solicitor by the largest majority of any man on the ticket. A flattering compliment to a worthy officer. J. Perry Bradbury, Esq., has been re-elected City Solicitor of Pomeroy. He was the choice of all parties.

     Mr. John Wigal, of Crown City, had a cancer successfully removed from his lower lip, the other day, by an obscure Lawrence county physician.

     Purloining Pants - One day last week a yellow darkey named Woods, who has trespassed ere this, went into the clothing store of Mr. J. H. Weil, and while the proprietor was serving a customer, slipped a pair of pants under his coat and started off. Mr. Weil had been watching. He nabbed the fellow, and sent for a policeman. Fined and locked up.

     Dr. R. M. Bain is seriously ill of consumption, at his residence on Third street. His brother is his constant attendant.

     Mr. J. E. Pitrat has opened a regular sewing machine and musical instrument store on Second street. Business is opening up lively, and we wish our friend the best of success.

     Jacob Musser, Esq., of Rutland, Meigs county, was found dead in his bed. Heart disease.

From Cheshire
     Mr. Geo. Fife has finished the new school house for the Turkey Run district. They have had no school there this winter, but, we are informed, will soon have a summer school.

     Mr. Weed has wound up his broom business, and will commence harness making soon.

     Mr. Jno Jackson, of Anderson, Indiana, is about to purchase G. W. Swanson's store. Mr. J. came up on the Hudson, and had the misfortune to drop overboard his pocket-book, containing $83, and a $2,000 check. To cap the climax, he shot a duck, and instead of putting his revolver in his pocket, he let it slip and it now bears company with his wallet. He says he don't go much on rudder packets anyway.

     The landlady of the St. Charles says that the habit some people have of jumping their bills is getting monotonous. An early attention to the above by certain parties may save them some notoriety.

From Chambersburg
     S. R. Campbell's school closed Saturday, but Monday morning he entered upon another in Mercer Bottom; this his 25th term.

     The home of Wesley Willey, in his absence Sabbath last, was visited by a Mr. Williams, who hailed from Parkersburg, W. Va. He appropriated one overcoat, two shirts, 55 cents, all of which were recovered–'Squire Martindill fining him $50, turned him over to the custody of 'Squire Ripley, S.G.C.O.

     Happy Family Reunion. At the residence of Mr. Joseph Vanden, on Front street, Thursday, his descendants met to celebrate his 88th birthday. Mr. Vanden is one of our oldest and most respected citizens. He was born at Amsterdam, Holland, in the year 1787. He came here in 1791, and in 1814 was married to Mary, daughter of Christopher Randall, she being eight years his junior. They are both still living, having lived together sixty-one years, and being the parents of quite a family of children.
     The children are James Vanden, aged 59; Mrs. Joanna C. Rathburn, aged 57; Mrs. Mary A. Kerr, aged 54; Mrs. Susan Beck, aged 51; Jno. C. Vanden, aged 48 years, and Joseph Vanden, aged 46 years. There are forty grand-children, twenty-seven of whom were present on this occasion, and eight great-grand-children. "And the children to the third and fourth generation were brought upon Joseph's knees."
Mr. Vanden first settled, when he came to Gallipolis, upon the public square, in the old block house thereon.      He served as a soldier in the war of 1812, and has attended nearly every election since, voting intelligently upon all questions at issue. Though verging upon four score years and ten, he possesses unusual vigor and bids fair to live years yet. We hope he and his aged wife, who is also quite vigorous, may live to bless many grand-children and great-grand-children yet. We look upon them as the only links connecting us with the forgotten past, and can not be spared without being sorrowfully missed.

     A cool thief entered the dwelling house of Mr. Laing Halliday, in the lower end of the city, about nine o'clock on Saturday evening. He entered at the front door, went up stairs, took a cursory examination of the contents of a bureau, took a pocket-book containing about five dollars and a lady's gold watch valued at $40, and made his exodus at the back door. The family were in a front room at the time, but did not hear anything unusual, and only knew of the burglary when about to retire by seeing the rear door unfastened. It was cool,.calculated and the thief certainly had a wealth of assurance.


The Gallipolis Journal
April 15, 1875


     We hear that our old friend Dr. W. A. Jenkins, died while en route for the Asylum. If such is the case, our tenderest sympathies are with his family and friends.

     Capt. John Hutsinpiller, of this city, met with personal injuries on Tuesday. He was at his farm, opposite Pt. Pleasant, and in attempting to go down the riverbank, slipped and rolled down some distance. He was brought home, suffering much pain, but it is hoped that the injuries are not serious.

     A tenement house on the Blessing farm, near the Blessing bridge, occupied by Mr. Jacob Fierbaugh, was burned on Wednesday. Mr. F. succeeded in getting out part of his household goods. Accidental burning.

     Two ruffians made a late call at the residence of Mr. Henry Hannan, on Wednesday night. They didn't get in, and left. They should have been treated to shot.

     Capt. J. R. Smithers and wife are in the city, on a visit to relatives and friends.

     A telegraph office has been established at Cheshire, Mr. A. D. Guthrie operator.

     Subscription papers are in circulation for the building of a new M. E. Church. Thus far good success has followed the movement. The cost of the new structure is fixed at about $15,000.

     The Board of Education met on Monday, and new members sworn in. Jas. Vanden, as President, and W. T. Minturn, Secretary, and Jno. C. Vanden, Treasurer. Miss Lydia Breare was employed to teach the school in Bailey district. [. . .]

From Cheshire
     Hooper & Co. have dissolved partnership in the barrel factory. L. W. Mauck will continue the business.

     Israel H. Anderson has deserted the sterile hills of Addison, and pitches his tent on the fertile plains of Cheshire.

     There was a big turnout at our election and the fun ran high. The following are happy: W.S. Jenkins, J.P.; A. Lemly and Bart Shuler, Constables; John Kail, Assessor; John Malaby, John Sisson and Isaac H. Boatman, Trustees, and Supervisors "too numerous to mention." Not one-fifth of the voters on this side of the township went to the polls. It takes a heavy charge of patriotism to induce men to leave their work and walk ten miles to vote. We ought to have an election precinct in this part of the township. Boys, what do you say?

From Cora
     This is a lively little place; Mr. Aaron Davis keeps a first-class country store and his mill does No. 1 business. James Calhoon, his miller, is a success. Raccoon is in good grinding stage.

     We have had six months' school here, but our teacher, John H. Smith, has quit the trade, got his greenbacks and married.


The Gallipolis Journal
April 22, 1875


     A letter from Mrs. Julia M. Jenkins, of Green Bottom, West Va., states that her husband, Dr. W. A. Jenkins, is not dead, as stated by us a few days since. The Dr. is at a private institution in St. Louis undergoing treatment. In common with his family and many friends, we wish him an early and permanent recovery.

     Dr. R.D. Jacobs, of Vinton, was appointed the Gallia county member of the Sanitary Committee by the Medical Association which was in session at Middleport last week.

     Messrs. R. E. Dunn, S. S. Jones and C. J. Switzer were admitted to the bar by the District Court last week.

     The Messrs. Brown have let out the contract of building a low water boat to be run between this city and Syracuse. She is to be 105 feet long, and to be completed by the 20th of July. Messrs. Enos, Hill & Co., of this city, will furnish the machinery.

     Gen. Grosvenor, Martin Hays, J. P. Bradbury, F.C. Russell and Col. Cushing were at our District Court last week. The last named is in poor health, but has all the humor and geniality of the long ago.

     Mrs. S. R. McCormick, of Green township, has a flock of 16 sheep. Seven ewes in the flock, this Spring, gave birth to twelve lambs, 5 out of 7 having twins. This is extraordinary.

     Our kind friend, Mrs. Leopold Frank, has furnished us with some Easter unleavened bread. We have been indulging, and find we don't make a bad Jew in this direction.

     Mr. William Sherritt, formerly of this county, is engaged in the furniture business at Ashland, Ky.


The Gallipolis Journal
April 22, 1875


Who Can Beat This?
     Mrs. Amanda R. Williams, a lady sixty-eight years of age, living near Gallipolis and well known to many of our citizens, with her own hands accomplished the tedious task of knitting one hundred and twelve pairs of socks, during the past winter, besides doing some quilting and house-work. Wonder if any young lady has even darned or toed as many pairs in the same length of time?

From Cheshire
     Mr. A. D. Guthrie is fitting up a store-room for the reception of drugs which he will soon receive. Success to you, Dunn.

     Miss Hattie McMillin, of Vinton, Miss Sharpnack, of Letart, and Mrs. Geo. Ruble, of Pomeroy, have been spending a few days among us.

     Quite a number of our young folks tripped the light fantastic at the residence of J. Q. Evans, Friday evening.

     Dr. Watkins, with a posse of men and dogs, killed one hundred and forty-five rats in a barn 12x14, in the space of three hours. We saw the rats; there were two bushels of them. [. . .] Counting 5 bushels of corn to the rat (which is low enough for a Cheshire bottom rat) these two bushels would have eaten 725 bushels of corn in one year.

     Our burglar has concluded to quit the business and go to work. He broke into Coleman's Carriage Factory one night last week and supplied himself with a small kit of tools.

     Joseph Blazer was appointed Guardian of the minor heirs of Henry Wise, deceased.

From Addison
     D.R.S. Shaffer shipped 1600 dozen eggs to Philadelphia during the month of March, and 1400 lbs. butter to Pittsburg.

     We are pained to hear Mrs. J. L. Teed has been confined in the house for the last ten or twelve days, from the effects of a sprained ankle. She is improving slowly at present.


The Gallipolis Journal
April 29, 1875


     Three steamers, the John Bodman, Exporter and John Kyle, were destroyed by fire at New Orleans on Friday. They were all first-class steamers, costing respectively, $100,000, $75,000 and $60,000. They were burned to the water's edge. Much freight was lost. The worst part of the calamity is the loss of life. So rapid was the progress, that but little time was given the crews and passengers in which to make their escape, and some thirty, it is believed, perished either by drowning or burning. Among the lost is Mr. John Ferrand, second engineer of the Bodman, born and raised in this city, but now a resident of Belleview, Kentucky. He was about 40 years of age, and bore the character of a skillful engineer, and a good citizen. He leaves a wife and one child.

From Cheshire
     Joseph Cherington, of Springfield township, is teaching the school at Liberty Hall, the new Turkey Run school house.

     Capt. Wm. Grayum is at home. He reports himself on the sick list.

     An accident happened to Leopold Frank's carriage as he was leaving town the other day, which came near causing a runaway. as he was driving a very spirited team. It is fortunate that no lives were lost, as the bar might have missed one of its brightest ornaments.

From Vinton
     The sale of the personal estate of the late John Atkinson took place on Thursday. The farm of two hundred and forty acres was sold recently at partition sale to Mr. Reuben Russell, son-in-law of Mr. Stephen Wilcox, for eight thousand and some hundred dollars. It is one of the best farms in Huntington township, lying as it does in the forks of the two creeks.

     Mr. Abner J. Holcomb and his new wife have gone to Portsmouth to live. Every farewell was freighted with kind wishes. May the sovereign Fates deny them no earthly bliss.

     Gen. A. T. Holcomb deeded four and a half acres of land near Vinton last week, to the Township Trustees, to be used as a burial ground. The location is beautiful, and persons directly at interest should see that the same is laid off in square lots, fenced, and a good road made to it. We like to see a community take an interest in this direction.

     The blacksmith shop of Mr. James H. Porter caught fire the other day, but was soon extinguished. Mr. P. has been circulating around for pay from the insurance company he had patronized. He ought to have it too.

     About twenty years ago there lived on "Hogback" (a region in the northwest corner of this township) one David Gleason, a man of considerable mind, yet poor and uncultivated. He was the author of an arithmetic called "Gleason's Arithmetic," and the father of two sons, Harris and David Jr. These boys, though born in abject poverty, had a spark of Nature's fire in them. Years ago they moved to Iowa, where they both studied law and were admitted to the bar. Recent advice from there says that Harris is a District Judge and David a State Senator. Both are known as men of marked ability, and command universal respect. They are examples of which our township ought justly to be proud. Scented darlings of society, take notice!

From Pine Grove
     Abram Shoemaker, a former resident of Cheshire township, was arrested on the 8th inst., and brought before a J.P. charged with borrowing an ox last fall without the owner's consent, and disposed of the same accordingly. Through the generosity of 'Squire Hulburt, he is furnished free boarding and lodging in the hotel de Ripley, at Gallipolis.

     Efforts are being made by some of our leading citizens to solicit contributions for the Western sufferers.

From Chestnut Grove
     Mr. Wm. M. Morris and family have moved back from Nebraska; their experience with grasshoppers and drouth was not satisfactory to them.

     Wm. F. Butler, M.D.J. Hickerson and wives, are making a visit in Missouri.

From Rodney
     We have in our town one M.E. Church, one blacksmith shop, one wagon shop, one shoe shop, and one watchsmith.

     Mr. Rees is the oldest man in town; Mr. Zimmerman the youngest.

From Rio Grande
     Adamsville is having a school this Spring, taught by Miss Lydia Williams.

     Mr.. J. C. Gross has marketed in the last three months about one hundred barrels of eggs, and one and a half tons of butter.

     Wm. Lawson, of Gallipolis, moved last week, so we can boast of having one councilman in Rio Grande.


The Gallipolis Journal
May 6, 1875


     The school exhibition across the river on Saturday, was a very creditable affair. It was conducted under the management of Mr. W. P. Buell, the teacher. One of the most interesting exercises was the crowning of Miss Bettie Woods, daughter of our ferryman, Queen of May. Mr. Buell, in the school-room, is the right man in the right place.

     The skating rink in Aleshire Hall has been in operation for several days. It affords innocent amusement and healthful exercise. We advise all to try it.

     The funeral sermon of the late Abner J. Holcomb will be preached at Vinton on Sunday, May 23d, by the Rev. R. Breare. Rev. J. W. McCormick will preach the funeral sermon of the late John W. Gills at Centenary church, in Green township, on Sunday, 16th inst.

     Mr. Abraham Blessings's residence, in Green township, was destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning of last week. The fire caught from the chimney. The property was worth, we understand, in the neighborhood of $1,200, and was insured in a Cleveland Company for $900. Mr. B. has the sympathies of many friends.

     Three additional Elders have been elected by the Presbyterian Church in this city, viz: Messrs. W. T. Minturn, S. Y. Wasson and H. A. McGonagle. Their ordination will occur next Sabbath, in connection with the regular morning service.

     Shooting - On Wednesday afternoon, while in the Mayor's office, John T. Hampton shot George Williams, one shot taking effect in the head and the other in the side. There were family difficulties between them. The Grand Jury investigated the case, but no bill was found against John. Williams is confined to his bed, but will recover.

     We see by a telegram to the Cincinnati papers that Mr. Geo. W. Isaminger was tried before the Mayor of Portsmouth and a jury, on Saturday, for obtaining money under false pretenses of John W. Givens, and acquitted. The sympathies of the community were with Mr. Isaminger, says the dispatch. Mr. I. is at present engaged in the insurance business at Cincinnati.

From Cheshire
     Mrs. Polly Riley, an old lady, lived alone in a cabin on the farm of her brother, Wm. Shoemaker, in this township. On Friday morning, 30th ult., her lifeless body was found lying in the door of her miserable home. The circumstances of her death, as we gather them, are truly horrible. It is supposed that she drew her straw tick up in front of the fireplace, on Thursday night, to sleep, and during the night it took fire. In her terror and pain, she rushed from the house, tearing the ground with her burning hands, grasping trees and stumps, and rubbing against the side of the house, all of which was plainly shown by the particles of charred flesh adhering to those objects, and then, finding escape from death impossible, threw herself half way into the house where she was found, with the fire smoldering under her yet. A note for $200 and a small amount of money was found in the back part of the room.

From Chambersburg
     Rev. A. B. Sollers, of Locust Grove, Adams county, paid a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Dr. Gillett, not long since. Many of the citizens of Gallipolis will remember the revival there under Rev. Simmons, in which he participated.

From Addison
     Mr. John Nolan died last Wednesday, 28th inst., from (a) stroke of palsy. Mr. N. was born in Canada, was of French descent, been a resident of the county over 20 years; was a peaceable, upright, honest citizen; was the father of Mrs. W. W. Fisher. His remains were buried at the Poplar meeting house in Cheshire.

     Mr. James Jones met with a serious accident a short time ago; by some accident his revolver went off, the ball coursing downward and lodged in the calf of his leg; he is convalescing.

     Sidney D. George is teaching a subscription school in Addison; Miss Annie Rothgeb is teaching in the Guthrie school-house; Miss Julia Watson in Rockville school-house; Miss Lucinda Sawyer in Faneuil Hall. She is home on sick furlough at present.


The Gallipolis Journal
May 13, 1875


From Centenary
     Always a good Sunday School, which arises from the fact that we have good officers, Mr. E. A. Stone being Superintendent, Mr. J. Gillis, Assistant, and C. W. Stone Secretary.

From Chambersburg
     Miss Ida Gilmore teaching a subscription school, S. F. Clark teaching in Bladensburg, Emory Hay teaching in Raccoon Bottom.

From Clipper Mill
     Alfred Kinder has gone as pilot on the steamer Little Condor.

     Ira Kinder, flat-boatman, was home last week on a visit to his family.

From Saundersville
     Mr. Samuel Mount, the Saundersville blacksmith, is going to remove to Scott Town, Lawrence county. We regret this very much, for Sam is a star smith and a good citizen.

     Mr. W. F. Sheets and Wm. Barlow are running their saw mill and corncracker on Sand Fork. [. . .]

From Cheshire
     Truman Mauck left for Cincinnati last week to engage in business there. True is a good fellow, and deserves success.

     Mrs. A. D. Guthrie has gone to the city to purchase millinery goods. She will commence that business at Cheshire on her return.

     Mrs. Lucy Mauck has moved to Point Pleasant.

From Rodney
     Prof. J.T. Vaughn is teaching a singing school at Oak Grove school house.

     Mr. David White has moved back to his old residence in the hills.

     Mrs. Caroline Goeting, wife of Charles Goeting, died May 1st, 1875.

     Miss Ellen Dyas is teaching school at the Cross Roads school house.

From Cora
     We have a Spring school here taught by Miss Kate White.

     Mr. Madison Harbour has started with his wagon enroute for country produce.

Unknown Genius
     Mr. Daniel Williams, engineer at Neal's mill, showed us last week some of his inventions, which we must pronounce successes, and only want practical tests to render them universally popular. The first invention shown us was a measure in the shape of a funnel by which a half-pint, pint, quart or half-gallon of any liquid can be measured by means of a change of the gauge, thus doing away with three measures, as used by grocers now. The vessel, or funnel, can be made very cheap, and is certainly much more convenient.
He showed us a patent to be put on tops of chimneys to keep them from smoking. This is made out of sheet iron, and will turn with the wind. It is useful, and would if put on the market, meet with ready sale.
He has a carpenter's square which works at the angle upon a rivet, and can be closed up. It can be made to form any angle, and does away with two or three extra squares in the carpenter's kit.
     Besides these he is the inventor of a steam gauge by which the amount of water in a boiler can be ascertained to the smallest fraction of an inch. Engineers who have tried and examined this, pronounce it far ahead of all previous inventions. It is being used on the boilers at Neal's mill, and at the Furniture Factory.
     Mr. Williams deserves great credit for his inventive genius, but being a poor man he has small chance to introduce his inventions to public notice. If some man of means would back him, both could realize handsomely, besides bringing merit to its full reward. Let some man of capital strike hands with Mr. Williams and put his practical inventions into use.

Mysterious Disappearance
     One week ago last Friday Martin Mack, cigar manufacturer, left his home at Middleport and came to Gallipolis. Here he remained with his brother, Mr. Charles Mack until Saturday evening, when he started for the wharf, intending to go home on one of the little boats which start about seven o'clock. This was the last seen of him by his brother, and but little thought of the matter until last Monday, when a messenger came down from Middleport to find out what had become of Martin. . . . Mr. Charles Mack commenced making inquiries, and found that the last seen of his brother was at Durain's saloon at 11 o'clock Saturday night, he having missed the little boat in the evening. It appears that Martin started about 11 o'clock Saturday night for the Telegraph to go home, but the passenger list of that day does not contain his name. It is supposed that he was either accidentally drowned, or there was foul play, and the river made to hide the body. Two hats have been found, one near the wharf-boat, on the bank, the other close to the mouth of Chickamauga creek. Mr. Charles Mack thinks that one of the hats belonged to his brother. He also states that his brother had money on his person. If there has been foul play, money was the inducement. We would like to see this matter ferreted out, and cleared of the mysterious cloud which overhangs it. The report current Tuesday evening, that the body had been found in the river at Swan Creek, proved untrue.


The Gallipolis Journal
May 20, 1875


Kindness in Trouble
     April 29th, 1875, was a day long to be remembered by many in Gallia county, especially in this locality, on account of wind and fire. The fire broke out in John Martindale's clearing, and the wind blowing a gale, fire running almost with the speed of a horse, taking in its course Samuel Smith's farm of 100 acres; sweeping clear across the west end, making a clean sweep of fences, and making havoc among the timber, which was 30 or 45 acres of the finest white oak in the county–—killing the majority; doing great damage to the growing wheat; burning about 15,000 rails; leaving his crops exposed to his stock; no enclosure to confine them but his barnyard. Having a long winter and about out of feed for his stock, and his neighbors no better off, they could not help him in that situation. Some good samaritan said: "Come, boys, let us go and help Brother Smith." The neighbors turned out to the number of 60 or more, chopped and put into rails some 4,000, some in fence.
     Brother Smith would have tendered his heartfelt thanks and will ever bear in mind that he owes those kind friends a debt of gratitude, and will ever hold himself ready to return the same, if in his power so to do. We here must say no tongue can tell the comfort and consolation that this act of kindness gives him; language fails him to picture or express. We must say in his behalf—God bless you all. We feel we live in a large place. We think it was the largest rail-making ever in the county. Perhaps we must here, in justice to his estimable daughters, praise them for the way they made the inner man rejoice by the way they cooked the dinner and supper for the hungry railmakers. The table was furnished with everything to eat that our plentiful county abounds in, and in justice to the cooks we are compelled to say it was gotten up in the very best of order, which I think every one will testify to. Young men, if you want to make a fortune by getting a good house-keeper, I have said enough for you to know where she can be found.
     Joseph

The Cincinnati Gazette, in the following extract, pays a worthy compliment to a gallant officer:

On the down trip of the Ohio No. 4 Wednesday a female deck passenger gave birth to a girl baby. The cabin was crowded with excursionists to the Musical Festival, and of course there was no room for the mother upstairs. But Capt. Halliday, who seems to be equal to any emergency, whether it be to command a large side-wheel steamboat in a storm or act as god-father to a baby, did not fail on this occasion. It was a generous impulse that belongs to his nature which prompted him to employ a physician at Portsmouth, bring him to Cincinnati, pay his fee, and send him back on the first packet, and also find the mother and child comfortable quarters at the City Hospital.
                 Mr. James O. Beardsley, son of Mr. H. J. Beardsley, left Sunday evening on the Hudson, for Oregon. Success go with him.          

     Mr. Charles Creuzet celebrated his 82nd birthday last Saturday.

A Dam Site
     On Tuesday night of last week the mill dam of the Vinton mills, on Raccoon creek went out. It is supposed that some of the basement timbers had rotted off, and the great pressure of water above forced it out. Messrs. Shack & Hamilton, the proprietors of the mills, went to work instanter, and by the time this reaches our readers there will be a dam there that is a dam.

     The Government chartered the steamboat Frank Willard last week to put lights along the shore at the most dangerous places to navigate along the Ohio River. She started out Wednesday. There will be two lights on Gallipolis Island, one at the head and one at the foot. Each light is a large globe in which sperm oil will be burned, at a cost to the Government of fifty cents per night. Parties on the shore are engaged at $15 per month, and, one month's wages being constantly withheld, this amount will be deducted for every time the lights are not lighted at the proper time or go out before daylight.

From Wood's Mills
     Mr. Joseph Jacobs is erecting a frame barn in the place where the other was burned last Fall.

From Chestnut Grove.
     Our district school at Bunker Hill is being taught by Harrison Deckard, and at Gravel Hollow by Seth Huntley; good order in school; pupils learn well.

     Mr. Reuben A. Russell has moved from his Spring Run farm to his new farm. He is a good neighbor. We wish him success.

     Rev. P. P. Hamilton delivered a fine discourse at Mount Tabor, from the thirteenth chapter, seventeenth verse, St. John. He met with an accident on the same day. His horse took fright and threw him out of his carriage. Not being seriously hurt, after making slight repairs to the carriage went his way rejoicing.

     We have a neighborhood of colored people and they are very good citizens, they have a school and two churches and only one grocery.

     The ferry-boat Kitty Woods, caught fire about 6 o'clock on Tuesday evening and was burned. The fire caught from a cigar, or spark therefrom, thrown on a bed. She was fastened to the Virginia shore at the time. The Billy Collins came up in time to throw water and save the hull. The loss will be about $800. No insurance. Capt. Woods will build a new boat at once.

     The Improved Order of Red Men, accompanied by the Naomi Brass Band, attended the funeral of Mr. Wrightly, on Sunday. They made a fine appearance. The music was excellent.

     Mr. Hudson Maddy, of Addison township, had a horse stolen from his pasture on Tuesday night. On Thursday the animal and thief were heard from on their way up the Kanawha. It is hoped that both may be captured. The animal is described as a white mare, heavy with foal.

Giving up Its Dead
     On Wednesday afternoon of last week, the body of Mr. Martin Mack, of Middleport, the gentleman of whom we made mention last week as missing, was found afloat in the bend of the river at Clipper Mill. Coroner Cromley was notified, and had the body brought up to the city for inquest. Quite an interest was felt in the examination, since so much rumor was in the air relative to foul play, and a number of persons were present at the inquest. The jury after a full examination of the body of the deceased, returned a verdict of accidental drowning. On his person were no marks of violence, although the left side of his face in the neighborhood of the eye bled somewhat. In his pockets were found $36.86, part in his pocket-book and part in his vest pocket. Revenue cigar stamps, bills of goods bought, and letters were found in his pockets. The body was taken to Middleport for interment.

From Rio Grande
     The many friends of Mrs. R. P. Porter will be glad to learn that she seems to be slowly recovering from a severe illness of some weeks. Dr. J. H. Winn is the attending physician. It is but Justice to say that Dr. Winn has been quite successful in several severe cases in our knowledge.

     Mr. S. Giles has put down a well of about forty feet, for college use, going most of the way in a very hard soapstone rock.

From Centenary
     Funeral of Mr. James Gills' child preached on Sabbath, by the Rev. J. W. McCormick. Quite a large assembly present.

     Mr. Henry Ecker and son took the Granite State for Pittsburg Tuesday.


The Gallipolis Journal
May 27, 1875


     Mr. Editor: The City Ordinance prohibiting swine from running at large on the streets of Gallipolis, has been faithfully observed for many years, and much loss and damage to private property thereby prevented. An ordinance to prevent cattle from ranging at will over our streets, would have a like effect. Shade trees along the sidewalks and front-door yards, set with flowers and shrubbery, add greatly to the beauty of any town . . . It is believed very many of our citizens would cheerfully incur the expense and trouble of thus beautifying our town, if adequate protection against the inroads of these "scalawags" of cows could be contained. [. . .]
     The subject might properly be brought before the City Council, who are always prompt in adopting measures for the promotion of peace and good order in our town. A VICTIM

Dewitt, Arkansas Co., Ark. April 20, 1875
      Mr. Editor: Allow me in your interesting paper to give a brief description of Eastern Arkansas. Arkansas county lies between Arkansas and White rivers, about thirty miles west of the Mississippi river—of mild and seasonable climate, productive soil and gently rolling surface, two-thirds prairie and one-third timber. Here are thousands of acres of United States Government land and State land to give away to settlers. The United States will give you 160 acres of rich land if you will occupy and improve it for five years. The State of Arkansas will give each head of a family (or person 21 years old, unmarried), 160 acres . . . and to the wife and each child 160 more for $2.50 per personage. A wife and nine children for $25 can get 1,600 acres of choice land. [. . .] The prairies here are 2 and 3 miles wide between streams, and dotted with islands of excellent timber—oak and hickory. [. . .] This is an excellent country for all kinds of grain, fruit, berries and vegetables raised in Ohio, and cotton, besides a country where cattle, horses, sheep, hogs, chickens and geese can winter without care. [. . .] We have here a large settlement from Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, doing well. [. . .] The county is destitute of mechanics and shops; not a flouring mill nor tannery, nor cabinet nor tinshop, nor threshing machine in the county, and but three saw-mills, and all in great demand. [ . . .] Raised in Ohio, I have been from Massachusetts to Kansas, and from Canada to New Orleans, and all things considered, this country outweighs them all.
Yours truly, P. MIXER

     On Tuesday two boys found the body of a man in the Ohio river at Walker's Landing, just below the city. Coroner Cromley and a jury found that the deceased had been murdered by some unknown person. There was a gash three inches long on the left side of the head, and the back part of the head was crushed to jelly. There was nothing to tell his name. He was about forty years old, slightly bald, and sandy whiskers. The body was buried on the bank where found.

     The engineer at Gallia Furnace, named Alex. W. Donaldson, was killed on the 20th. While working at the engine, by some thoughtless means, his head got in the way of a key that ran through the piston rod, which penetrated his head to the depth of 7 inches. His head held to the key while the engine made three revolutions. When taken up his brains were running out profusely. He lived about an hour and twenty minutes.

     Tuesday evening about 5 o'clock our city was threatened with a serious conflagration. The furniture warehouse of Mr. E. Skees caught fire on the roof, and when discovered it was burning quite briskly. By prompt and efficient work it was put out and thus that part of the town was saved from the fire fiend.

Drowned
     William Evans, formerly a shoemaker at the McIntyre corner in this city, was drowned off the steamer Dick Henderson at Parkersburg, last Saturday. He was steward on the boat at the time. While in the act of drawing a bucket of water through a window the latter gave way, precipitating him into the river. There was no yawl belonging to the boat, and he disappeared before assistance could be rendered.

From Mercerville
     Mrs. Ann Robinson, wife of John Robinson, Esq., of this place, is dangerously ill with dropsy. Dr. Sanns, of Gallipolis, is in attendance.

From Cheshire
     Mr. Rowe Blosser, who has been attending school at Albany, has returned home looking well.

     Miss Belle Guthrie is teaching a select school here.

     The funeral of Mrs. Ella Watkins was largely attended, on Thursday of last week. The Rev. Mr. Davies, of Pomeroy, officiated. Mrs. Watkins was the daughter of Mr. John Watson, one of the old citizens of Cheshire. As child, girl and woman she was universally esteemed, and her loss will not be lightly forgotten.


The Gallipolis Journal
June 3, 1875


     Tuesday evening Mary Ellen Sales, a colored woman aged thirty-five, dropped dead in the upper end of the city. By the upsetting of a buggy a week or ten days ago she had her arm broken, but never had it set. Mortification set in, and it is supposed it had reached some vital part. Coroner Cromley viewed the body, but knowing all the facts did not deem an inquest necessary.

     Sold - S. A. Nash, Esq., Assignee of LeClercq Bros., has sold the Union Woolen Mills at private sale, and the sale has been confirmed by the Court. The price paid was $15,000, two-thirds of the appraisement. The purchasers are Charles E. Kennedy, of Buffalo, N.Y., Mrs. Emily F. Vance and B. T. Enos of this city. We understand it is the intention of the new owners to start the establishment to work in a very short time, and that they are even now ready to purchase stock. We are glad that these works have fallen into the hands of parties who will put them to work. It is by such industries that towns and cities are built up and made prosperous.

    Dedication - At 10 o'clock A.M., next Wednesday, the 9th inst., the dedication of Mound Hill Cemetery will take place on the grounds. Rev. Walter Mitchell will deliver an address. Gates' Brass Band will furnish music. After the exercises are over the Cemetery Trustees will sell lots. The Trustees are extremely anxious to have everybody come and see what they have done. Let everyone consider himself invited to attend the dedication of our new cemetery next Wednesday.

From Rio Grande
     William Williams who is pleasantly situated in his new cottage house has added another convenience, a well of excellent soft water.

     A. Houlsworth is hauling coal for Madison Furnace.

     Since woolen mills have become plentiful, the old-fashioned spinning wheel and hand-loom, such as our mothers used to manufacture our "shirts of tow and pants of jeans," are scarcely seen; but there are a few still in use. Mrs. S. White still weaves hundreds of yards of rag-carpet of the best quality every year. She not only weaves but pieces and quilts many nice bed quilts, which younger people are happy to possess. Her age is seventy-three.

     Jacob White has been worse for a few days past; he has been quite afflicted for some time.


The Gallipolis Journal
June 10, 1875

From Locust Ridge
     Fry's saw-mill has commenced to saw again; they are doing big things, sawing twelve thousand feet of lumber a day.

     The colored people have a regular two-weeks' prayer-meeting at the residence of George West, an old, very old man. They have a very good congregation, with the whites and colored both. [. . .]

     We learn that Mrs. Henry Blazer has returned home after a long visit out west to her daughter's. The Centenary friends have missed the absence [sic] of sister Blazer very much, especially in the Sabbath-school.

From Cheshire
     At the F. B. Quarterly meeting held at 2d Kyger (Poplar) meeting house last Sabbath, there were 800 people present. Services were held by Rev. I. Z. Haning Sabbath forenoon, Rev. Fulton and Thomas were present.

     Miss Barbara Swisher, who was burnt so bad, has been suffering; we learn she is better.

     A sad accident occurred below Cheshire Wednesday evening. Mrs. Lydia Agee had been over to Mrs. Louisa Lasley's, and was starting home; she was trying to hold her horse and one line came unbuckled, and she pulled on the other line, the horse whirled around and she jumped out. She bruised her arm and shoulder.

From Rio Grande
     Some sick in this vicinity. Mr. J. White seems to be failing fast. W. B. White, of Jackson, is at home visiting his father and friends.

     Last Sabbath, while Mr. J. H. Wood and family were at church, two young men, one a "map peddler," the other "pot meddler," made a raid upon the cupboard and partook heartily of the provision that had been put out for the colored boy's dinner. Not being satisfied with that, they broke the lock of the safe and satisfied their ravenous appetites with pies, cakes and other eatables. Undoubtedly they are looking for Kansas grasshoppers to come this way, and are improving present opportunities by storing in.

     The dedication ceremonies of Mound Hill Cemetery occurred as per announcement on Wednesday of last week on the grounds. This cemetery is situated on the Weibert Hill just below our city, and from it is one of the grandest views up and down the river between Pittsburg and Cincinnati. The cemetery grounds contain fifty-three acres, eleven acres of which have been laid off into three hundred lots, the lots containing from three to nine hundred square feet each. In the arrangement of these grounds Messrs. Jones, Wasson and Ford, the Trustees, have shown great skill, taste and interest.
     The dedication exercises consisted of addresses by Revs. Mitchell, Cox and Breare; music by a choir of about thirty-five voices under the lead of Mr. McBride, and by Gates' Brass Band. Mr. T. S. Ford gave a history of the progress that had been made in preparing the grounds. The addresses were well written and well taken. There was a good attendance. The exercises concluded with the singing of the Doxology, seconded by Gates' Band. Everything was pleasant and all were pleased.

     The smoke house of Mr. James E. Mills, of Green township, was entered by burglars Sunday night, and between $40 and $50 worth of side meat carried off. But a few days previous he had removed his hams and shoulders to a more secure place, otherwise his loss would have been much heavier. No clue to the rascals.

     The body of J. F. Ferrard, the engineer of the Charles Bodman, who lost his life by the burning of the steamer New Orleans recently, has been recovered. This will prove a great consolation to the friends of the deceased.

    On Thursday night while standing in front of the Dufour House, the horses attached to the mail hack, frightened at an approaching steamboat, started and ran out State street, down Third street, across Chickamauga bridge, and four miles and a half in the country. Yet, strange to say, when caught up with they were on their road to Portland, and every thing was right. Not a buckle of strap broken or missed. The mail bags in the hack were also safe.

     The city Board of Education have employed Prof. E. E. Spaulding, of Painesville, Ohio, to superintend our public schools the coming year, paying him therefor $1,600. There have been about thirty applicants. Prof. S. comes well recommended.

     On Sunday the Granite State collided with a towboat and sank. We hear that the towboat whistled to pass, but the Granite State did not respond; hence the collision. The Granite State was run to the bank, and sank in shallow water. She was raised, repaired and taken on down on Monday.

     A Military company has been organized in this city, with the following officers: L. Z. Cadot, Captain; John Alexander, 1st Lieut.; Walter McFarland, 2d Lieut.

     Messrs. R. Aleshire & Co. have put their mill in superb order for the new wheat crop. Among other improvements made, Mr. Arthur Bradley, representing the firm of Howes, Babcock & Co., Silver Creek, N.Y., has put in one of their improved Brush Smut Machines, which is warranted to do clean work.

     Some fisherman set fire to woods in the rear of Mr. David Smith's house, Huntington township, last week, and about seventy-five acres of woods were burned over.


The Gallipolis Journal
June 24, 1875

     Jerome Fry had part of his foot cut off by a circular saw, Thursday, on the farm of Mr. R. M. Rodgers, in Green township. Drs. Newton and Mills attended the man, and hope to save part of his foot.

     The City Council on Tuesday evening, abolished the police force, and instructed the City Solicitor to prepare an ordinance creating the office of Assistant Marshal. The vote, with the exception of Pool, was unanimous. Parties now talk of employing private watch-men.

     Mr. W. B. Flower, of this city, has become part owner in the manufacture and sale of "Shenk's Combination Bread Chest." He is now engaged in introducing the article into parts of Indiana. Our people know its value, and would not be without it, and the people of Indiana, upon trial, will find it an indispensable part of their household goods.

     Our readers will remember the finding of the body of a man at Walker's Landing on the 25th ult. and the inability of a coroner's jury to identify it. Last week Coroner Cromley received a letter from Mayor Corns, of Ironton, stating that about six weeks ago one Philip Buch, of that city, started up the river by steamer, and had since been missing. From the description in Mayor Corns' letter there can be no doubt but that the body found was that of Buch. It was buried on the bank close to where found.

     Mr. Alexander Baird, of Morgan township, has been dangerously ill, but we understand is now improving. We hope soon to hear of his full recovery.

     Mr. J. R. Cole, living opposite Pt. Pleasant, was thrown out of a buggy at the head of Second street on Tuesday, and badly injured. His wounds on the head are serious, but not fatal. The horse attached to the buggy became frightened, hence the accident.

     The contract for building the new M. E. Church, we understand, has been awarded Messrs. T. S. & H. N. Ford. Price $13,500. These gentlemen are superior workmen.

From Cheshire
     Mr. Joseph Mauck was stricken by palsy Friday night at 11 o'clock. His right side paralyzed; no one at home but Mrs. Mauck and their son-in-law.

     Mrs. Barbara Scott, up on Kyger, is very sick.

Wise Cradles
     Cradles made by Jacob Wise, of Clay township, Gallia county, can be had at the following stores in Gallipolis: S. F. Neal and J.T. Talbott & Bro., and they are the only places in Gallipolis that my make of Cradles can be found. Other parties have been selling Cradles as the Wise make, and I am positive that there has not been one of my make of Cradles offered for sale in any of the hardware stores of Gallipolis for four years. The genuine Wise Cradles are all hand made, while other makes have the Columbus snathe.
Parties buying Cradles at any store in Gallipolis, excepting as mentioned above, as the Wise Cradle, will confer a favor by reporting the same to me. Jacob Wise.
June 24, 1875.


The Gallipolis Journal
July 8, 1875


     Mrs. R. Aleshire was thrown out of a buggy up on the River road, Wednesday of last week, and received a broken ankle and several bruises. Mr. Aleshire was with her at the time. She will recover.

     The Centreville National Bank will open at 8 A.M. and close at 6 P.M. It will also issue drafts on New York or Cincinnati in amounts of twenty-five dollars or less, for ten cents, thus enabling parties to remit as cheap and much safer than by registered letter.

     Mr. John Betz, on Thursday, had two fingers of his right hand cut off by a saw at the saw mill in the upper end of the city. The wound was dressed, and Mr. B. is getting along finely.

     On Saturday night Wm. Courtney, colored, and a colored boy got into a difficulty at the upper end of Front street, about a watch. Courtney was drinking at the time, and pitched into the boy, when another colored man named Jackson interfered, telling him not to hurt the boy. Courtney turned then upon Jackson and struck him three times with a knife, once over the left lung, the other two cuts in the back. Jackson is lying in a dangerous condition, and Courtney has gone over the river.

     The old Methodist Church has been leveled with the ground, and the brick all piled in the street. The contractors jack screwed the parsonage up and rolled it to the site of the old church on Monday. The Messrs. Ford are the contractors for the new church building, and also for the removal and fitting up of the parsonage. They are expeditious, first class, thorough workmen, and push their undertakings with city speed.

     Mr. John H. Rupp has gone to Grayson, Ky., to start and run a tin and stove store. It will be owned by Mr. J. L. Kuhn.

     Saturday afternoon, while working with sulphuric acid, in the drug store of C. D. Kerr & Bro., Mr. Henry Baxter, clerk therein, was badly burned on the legs and feet by the acid. Medical treatment, however, is bringing him right out.

     Mr. Abram Blessing, of Green township, who lost his dwelling house by fire recently, received the insurance money on Monday. It was insured in the Residence, of Cleveland. W. S. Matthews, General Agent for the Union Central Life Insurance Co., paid Mrs. Laura E. Fillmore, of this city, $2,000 last week, the amount of insurance on the life of her late husband, Mr. J. W. Fillmore.

     Mr. Cottrell has sold one hundred Cradles this season, besides repairing a large number of old ones. There is prosperity and wealth in the support of home industry.

     The Adams Express Agency of this city has been removed from the store of J. J. Cadot & Bro. to Geo. D. McBride's Music store, on State street. The latter gentleman is the Express agent now.

     Mr. Leopold Frank left Thursday night for Baltimore, via Parkersburg and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, with 49 head of cattle. At the same time, Mr. Aaron Frank left for the same market, via C. & O. R. R., with 34 head.

From Meadow Creek
     The health of Mr. A. Beard of Morgan, is improving very slowly. His son and family are visiting him from Knoxville, Tennessee.

     I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Henry Harting; he is here visiting his aged parents, relatives and friends. He is looking well; reports everything lively in Covington.

     Some person broke into Mr. David Wilt's store the other night and took a quantity of tobacco.     


The Gallipolis Journal
July 15, 1875


     By the unjointing of a steam pipe on the Wild Gazelle, Monday morning, at Syracuse, Tom Holmes, colored fireman, was considerably scalded. He is convalescing.

     On Monday evening a Mrs. Grubb, living just below the Thomasson House, shot and wounded Mr. John West, clerk, for, as she alleged, talking about her. John was drawing water in the rear of her house, when she opened a fusillade on him from her window, one ball passing through his ear, another through the back of his neck. John denies the charge made by her. Since this is a Sunday-school journal, it would not be proper to detail grievances. Mr. West will recover, and Mrs. Grubb is under $300 bail.

     Be Liberal - The new military company of our city is yet ununiformed. Subscription papers are in circulation asking our people to contribute to a fund to uniform the same. The uniforms are expected to cost $15 each, and the gentleman who subscribes $500 will have these guards named after him. As this is a semi public enterprise, and will reflect credit on and be the pride of our city, we hope the citizens will contribute handsomely to our home cadets' uniform fund. Let it be done; bread cast upon the waters will return.

     Burglary - On Tuesday night of last week some thief cut out two panes of glass in the front window of Mr. Stephen M. Neal's store, in the lower end of the city, and entering stole a large pocket-book with $500 in notes and accounts in it, and fifteen or twenty dollars in script and nickels. The entrance was doubtless made after twelve o'clock, as Marshal Dale passed the store shortly before midnight, and all was right then. Mr. Neal has no suspicions as to the thief.

From Cora
     Some little sickness among us. Dan'l Jones is very low with rheumatism. Mrs. Aaron Davis and Mrs. Jenkin Davis are both sick but we hope will recover soon.

     The oldest man in this neighborhood is Mr. Wm. Clark; being near 85 years of age. The proudest is Charles Wood, on Big Beaver; he being 16 and the dad of a 13 pound darling boy.


The Gallipolis Journal
July 22, 1875

West Point Examination
     The examination of candidates for admission to West Point took place in this city on Wednesday of last week. Messrs. Cox, Frizzell and Aleshire of the selected committee were present and conducted the examination. There were twelve applicants, four of whom were rejected for physical disability. Upon the final examination the contest narrowed down to James A. Aleshire and Oberlin M. Carter. They stood on grade: Aleshire 9 1/3. Carter, 91-6. The committee reported in favor of Aleshire. He will be recommended. He is a cousin of Congressman Vance. Should he fail upon the final examination at West Point, when he reports on the 27th of August, there will be a vacancy in the Academy from this District for the coming school year, during which there will be another competitive examination.

     Charles Adkins is his name. He stole a mare from his cousin Wellington Bruce, last Thursday, and cantered Rosinante to Gallipolis, where he disposed of her to Leopold Frank for $30. In a few days (the Duke of) Wellington came along, and finding his horse flesh in Mr. Frank's field, took her out and started home. Marshal Dale went after him, and brought the horse back under a writ of replevin. A special constable was started to Millersport, Saturday, after Charles, but he got wind of the constable's coming and took to tall timber.

     Mr. Henry Swindler, of Guyan township, is quite sick at the residence of his brother, J. Swindler. Drs. in attendance, Patten, Gillett and Hall. Mr. Swindler is the oldest Whig (now Republican) of Guyan township. We hope for a speedy recovery.

     Some fellow came along on Friday and put into the hands of W.K.S. Hall a horse to be put up at auction. Mr. H. accordingly did so, and Mr. Frank Holcomb bid the horse off at $70. On Sunday the owner of the horse came along and took his property. No trace as to the thief. Our citizens should be doubly careful about buying horses when they do not know the owner. This thing is becoming monotonous.

     Charles Woods, son of Robert Woods, of Perry township, aged nineteen years, committed suicide on Tuesday by hanging himself with the hitch-strap of a bridle to a beam in his father's barn. The first that was known of his death was about three o'clock in the afternoon, when a young man by the name of Tanner called to see him, when he was told that Charles had just gone to the barn. On going to the barn he found the body suspended, the feet touching the floor, and life extinct. The cause of the suicide is not known. He was an intelligent, bright young man.

     Gov. Allen arrived Tuesday night, and is the guest of Mr. Aleshire. He made a little speech in the evening, in which he said that the first meal he ever "et" in Ohio was in Gallipolis, at Gates' tavern.

     By falling from a scaffold at the Union School house, last Friday, Mr. W. H. Johnson, painter, was slightly hurt.

From Addison
     Wesley Rothgeb is potato king in Kyger bottom this year, having 45 acres planted. S. H. Gates will have the most wheat in the township. Capt. Samuel Rothgeb has the most onions (1/2 acre). enough to bring the tears, if properly applied, to the democrats that may be in town Wednesday, more effectually than all losses of life and treasure during the late unpleasantness, (I mean war,) but now that's politics and I didn't mean to say one word on that subject, but when a fellow is spurred he can't help but kick a little.

     Mr. Thomas Shaver, Jr., lost an unoccupied house by fire Saturday night, supposed to have been struck by lightning; loss about $200, no insurance. Also, the Guthrie School house was burned sometime Saturday night, supposed to have been set on fire by carelessness, or maliciously as we are informed persons from abroad of bad repute are in the habit of holding their midnight carnivals in the house, by crawling in at the windows. If so, the penitentiary should contain a few more.

     Miss Lou. Preston is here on furlough from teaching a six months' school, visiting friends and relatives. Lou. is an accomplished teacher.


The Gallipolis Journal
July 29, 1875


     The Rain Descended. Gallia county, within our recollection . . . never experienced such a rain storm as was visited upon it last Thursday. . . . The rain commenced falling about seven o'clock in the morning, and continued during the day and into the night. [. . .] Farmers throughout the county suffer . . . Mr. J. J. Blazer had fifty shocks of wheat washed into the river. Mr. Jno. A. Morrison lost five hundred rails, and his corn washed out. Chickamauga, in the neighborhood of Mr. F. M. Womeldorff, swept away fences and crops. Clear Fork, in Green township, damaged fences, crops, water gaps, etc., to the amount of $500. The bridge across Chickamauga, beyond Mr. A. Rodgers', was considerably damaged. . . . Old citizens state that Chickamauga has not been so high in forty years. It is estimated that five inches of water fell.

     Indiana Hawkins bought twenty-seven feet on Second street, below Fillmore's store, on Saturday, at Sheriff's sale, for $1,500.

Cutting Scrape
     On Wednesday of last week while the Emma Graham was coming down the river to the Democratic meeting a cutting scrape occurred. It appears that the boat was so crowded, and the roof being frail, the Captain ordered the Steward to place two men at the foot of a stairway to keep men below. One of the men thus stationed was a colored man named Mace Robinson, a laborer on the boat. A fellow whose name we failed to learn insisted on going aloft. Robinson refused to let him go, when he drew a knife, and starting toward Robinson said, "I'll cut your g----d----g---- out." Robinson pushed him back, and pulled his own knife and struck the fellow on the side of the neck, and succeeded in slashing him to the edges of death. Marshal Dale took the police to the boat, arrested Robinson, and lodged him in the station house. The injured fellow, knowing that Robinson cut him in self defense, refused to appear against him, and accordingly he was discharged.

From Rio Grande
     The funeral ceremonies of Charles Wood took place July 23d, at Mt. Zion church, which was largely attended. The body was kept from Tuesday until Friday, with ice, in quite a natural state, awaiting the arrival of two brothers from Fayette county. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community.

     Colored meetings have been held two Sundays in succession, which were largely attended by white people.

     Rev. J. M. Kayser, of Wisconsin, made a short visit here a few days ago. He is resting from ministerial labor by travelling and visiting relatives.

     The mills of Raccoon have suspended business on account of high water.

From Cheshire

     Rev. P. H. Drake preached his farewell sermon last Sunday. His new field of labor will be in New Lyme, Ashtabula Co., Ohio.

     F. N. Fesler's new house is under roof; it looks neat.

     Ed. Ulrich, of Covington, Ky., is here visiting friends.


The Gallipolis Journal
August 5, 1875


A Tragedy
     At Cynthiana, Kentucky, last Thursday evening, Dr. Charles Lockwood Donnally shot and killed Dr. Edward J. Peckover for calling him a d–liar. Shortly after Peckover was shot a young brother-in-law of his shot and killed Donnally. The trouble originated between D. and P. concerning some business transactions in the settlement of which Donnally cast an imputation on Peckover's integrity. Donnally will be remembered as living on Front street in this city, and made buckskin gloves. The "Donnally Buck Glove" is celebrated. He has relatives living here now. We believe he left here in 1863.

     The colored voters in the third Ward have organized a Hayes club. It already numbers over 100 members. Geo. Casey is President, R. A. Brock Vice President, and James Brock Secretary. The proceedings came in too late for publication this week.

     Daniel Martin is certainly the most peculiar thief on the job. Last Wednesday, he stole Mr. A. N. Nesbitt's mowing machine, worth perhaps $75, put it in a wagon and brought it to Gallipolis, where he sold it to Kling, Shober & Co. for old iron, realizing $3.05. The mowing machine has been returned, and Daniel is in jail. Martin is not such a looking person as we expect to meet in Heaven.

     Richard Carter drove his wagon across a bad place in the Mill Creek road and damaged it. He sued the city for $30; before Judge Kerr. His Honor held on Friday that the city was not liable for the bad conditions of roads outside the city limits, and dismissed the suit. Solicitor White for the city.

     Burglaries - Our city has been afflicted with burglars during the past week. On Wednesday night they entered the house of S. A. Nash and took $20; the house of E. S. Aleshire and took $5, and Mrs. Ward's house where they took $6. These sums were all taken from the pockets of pantaloons. On the same night they put a ladder up to the window of George Anderson's house, but he heard them, and appearing on the scene they suddenly disappeared. For these burglaries no one has been arrested.
     On Thursday night thieves entered the sample room of the Dufour House and subtracted four or five hundred dollars worth of goods, and about the same amount of checks and notes. These belonged to some foreign firms, and were in the hands of drummers. Suspicion for this offense fastened upon Jo. Alexander and Jo. Elswick, who had suddenly disappeared. They were followed to Ironton by Marshal Dale, and there searched, but nothing was found. It seems they left here on Wednesday evening. So far all the whole stealing scheme is a mystery.

     A Sad Accident - On Monday while catching drift from a John-boat near Gallipolis Island, Mr. Benjamin F. Curry, of this city, fell overboard and was drowned. His body was recovered in about twenty minutes. Mr. Curry will be remembered as the drummer boy of the 31st Regiment. He leaves a wife and four children.

     Abraham Syphas, when returning from the Democratic meeting at Gallipolis, was thrown from his horse near the residence of Esquire Plymale, and has since died from the injuries he then received.

      Miss Heisner, of this city, while on the train between White Sulphur Springs and Covington, W. Va., the other day, had her pocket picked of $100 and her baggage checks.

     A Foul - Last Saturday the boys had a game of base-ball just above Yellow Town, which had for a sequel an unpleasant episode. There seems to have been an old unsettled score between Shannon Loucks and Wiley Angel, in which, if we are to give credence to rumor, there was an injudicious sprinkle of jealousy. Two or three weeks before they met, quarreled, and in the fuss Angel "got away" with Loucks by hitting him with a brick. After the ball game above referred to was over Loucks struck Angel a powerful blow on the head with a base-ball bat, felling him like Samuel did Agag. Angel is in a precarious condition.

     Pickings - G. W. Isaminger is in the insurance business at Eaton, Ohio. . . .George P. Matthews thinks of going to Oregon shortly. . . .Croquet is in constant demand in this city. . . .S. S. Jones will teach the Centerville schools this Fall and Winter. . . .Brown's new boat, the Luella, made her trial trip to Pt. Pleasant in forty two minutes. . . .Capt. Thornburg bought the West Virginia on Tuesday of last week. . . .Some hapless wight had $14 stolen from him on the upper wharf-boat Wednesday night. . . .Mr. John H. Saunders sold his store to Mr. Wm. C. Miller, last week, for $2,300. . . .Workmen are building the cellar walls of the new Methodist Church. . . .G. W. Viney will represent the stock of our colored citizens in the Albany Academy at the next meeting of the stockholders. . . .John T. Hampton and brother have gone to Iowa to engage in farming. . . .We are to have fifteen policemen without salaries; five in each ward.


The Gallipolis Journal
August 12, 1875


     Mr. Benjamin F. Curry, whose sudden death we mentioned last week, was buried with military honors by the Gallipolis Cadets, under command of Capt. Dale.

     The man who brought the stolen horse here which was sold the other day at auction to Mr. Frank Holcomb, returned the same route he came, (through Savannah, Meigs county), stole a pair of boots, $20 in money, a shot-gun, and crossed the river into West Virginia.

     Even the oldest inhabitant does not remember such a flood in August. It has never before occurred since the settlement of the country by the white man.

     A colored gentleman, who gives his name as Thompson, hailing from Washington, D. C., went into the house of W. H. H. Sisson, on Tuesday, and stole a lady's scarf. Marshal Dale arrested him shortly after and found the scarf on him. He was locked up.

     The destruction of crops in the Swan Creek bottom, by the floods, was heavy. The sufferers are J. H. Guthrie, Jacob and A. W. Kerns, Henry Hannan, C. B. Blake, J. M. Hannan, Jr., R. F. Sibley, and others. The loss will aggregate at least $10,000.

     An attempt was made about three o'clock on Monday morning to enter the saloon of Charley Johnson, on Court street. The thief tried the rear doors and windows, but was heard by a boy sleeping in the room above. The boy arose and looked out. The would-be burglar immediately departed.

     Daniel Martin, who was put in jail for stealing went out on Wednesday night. He was confined in a cell, the main room being open undergoing repairs. Somebody probably helped him from the outside.

     On Friday night some thief broke open the rear door of the jewelry store of W. McFarland, and going in blew open the safe, and took the contents. About seventy-five watches were taken, and all the most valuable jewelry in the establishment. Among the watches were six gold watches left there for repairs. Messrs. W. C. Newton, Geo. W. Eagle, J. W. McCormick and J. R. Baxter with many others lost watches. The loss will be in the neighborhood of $1,500. No clue to the thief.

     On Sunday afternoon while the family were absent from home a thief entered the dwelling house of Mr. Josiah Hawk, near the city, and after eating all he wanted, took $15 in money and Mrs. Hawk's gold watch and chain. The loss is about $140. Isaac Webster, a colored man, was arrested on suspicion and tried before Judge Logue, on Tuesday, but there not being sufficient evidence against him he was discharged.

     The Great Show of Barnum Coming - We are advised that the great object-teacher of the age, P. T. Barnum's stupendous Traveling World's Fair, Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Circus, will soon pay us a visit, in all that entirety of its colossal proportions and innumerable resources of instruction and entertainment which have gained for it from the press the unanimously appropriate title of "The World's Show." [. . .] For further particulars, at present, our readers are referred to the handsome "Courier," now being distributed by one of the advance agents. The advertisement, giving exact day and date, will appear in our columns in due time.

The Day. Hayes and Lawrence. The People Came, Floods Notwithstanding.
     Thursday was the day fixed for Gen. Hayes and Judge Lawrence to speak in our city upon the political issues. For several days previous it seemed that Fate had let loose the floods, cutting off nearly every communication with the city. [. . .] But notwithstanding these our people came as they will come in October.
In the morning a great many of our citizens, in hacks, buggies, wagons, expresses, etc., started into the country to meet the speakers, who were being brought from Centerville by Mr. Beman. These with country people met them near Mr. John A. Rodgers’, and forming a line, headed by Naomi Band, came into the city. Driving down Second street to Vine, and up Third to Mr. Perry’s, the visitors alighted to be welcomed. In the procession were also the Colored Band, of this city, and the Charleston Band, of West Virginia.
     At one o’clock the Gallipolis Cadets escorted the speakers to the Court-house yard where a great crowd had gathered, filling all the seats and standing room within hearing. Gen. Hayes was introduced by Chairman Stone and spoke about two hours, being repeatedly cheered. Judge Lawrence closed with an able, logical argument upon the currency question, and the meeting adjourned with three cheers for Gen. Hayes.
In the evening the speakers were serenaded, and returned thanks. During their stay here they received many of our citizens, and invariably left good impressions. It is estimated that two thousand persons were present. Had everything been favorable, there would have been thrice the number. The speakers left for Athens via Parkersburg, having abandoned their Pomeroy meeting on account of high water. [. . .]

     Temperance Union - The Women’s Temperance Union will hold a County Convention at the Court House in Gallipolis, on Saturday, August 14th, at 10 o’clock A.M. All friends of the work are cordially invited and will be entertained. Rev. Mr. Wilding, of Pt. Pleasant, and other good speakers will address the meeting.

From Springfield Township
     The colored voters of Springfield township, met at the School-house on Buck Ridge, Monday evening, Aug. 9th, and organize a Hayes Club by adopting the regular Constitution, with 25 signers. Robert Mayo, was elected President; Thomas Guthrie, Vice President; J. Smith, Secretary; D. Mondel and K. Mayo,
     Executive Committee
- Moved and seconded that the proceedings of this meeting be published in the Gallipolis Journal. Adjourned to meet on the 21st.


The Gallipolis Journal
August 19, 1875


     Old Papers - Mrs. Fannie Gilruth has had the kindness to send us three old papers, the Gallipolis Journal, published in the years 1835 and 1838. The full name of the paper is, “Gallipolis Weekly Journal, and Gallia, Meigs and Lawrence Public Advertiser. It abounds in Literature, General News, and Live Advertisements” for runaway slaves. In one of the papers is the delinquent tax sale, which was about as long then as it is now. One would think from the way some people talk, that in those old “General Jackson” days, a man’s land was never sold for taxes. We shall clip some articles from the papers as we go along. Ironton Register.

     Grange Picnic - There will be a Union Basket Picnic at John Watson’s Grove, in Cheshire township, near Cheshire village, on Saturday, Sept. 4th, at 10 o’clock A.M. The programme of entertainment will consist of music and speeches, by able and interesting speakers. Come out everybody, and learn something more about the granges, and let us have a good time generally. No sale stands of any kind allowed on or near the place of meeting. By order of the committee of arrangements. Aaron Rife.

Bandits in Guyan
     Reuben Rice is an old man, about seventy years of age, living on Guyan Indian creek, in Guyan township, with his aged wife, and a nephew, a young man of perhaps twenty years. There are no close neighbors. Mr. Rice is one of those peculiar old men who set great store by the old gold and silver dollar. Being pinchingly close he had accumulated quite a sum of money, and lived not to enjoy but to hoard and guard it. That he had some money was known among his acquaintances, and such knowledge proved unfortunate to him.
     On Thursday night after last after the family had retired some men came to the house and demanded admission. On account of the lateness of the hour this was of course refused, whereupon they broke in the door, and overpowering the family proceeded to search the house. During their search the young nephew who was lying in bed attempted to rise when he was immediately knocked back. The robbers found $250 in gold and silver which they took, but failed to find $1,000 in greenbacks which were in the house. The thieves then departed without injuring any one further than above stated.
     The next morning a crowd of twenty-five men started in pursuit of the banditti, and followed them to the river where they embarked in skiffs either for West Virginia or down the river. The thieves were six in number, and entered the house with blackened faces. Daniel Martin and -------- Kennedy are under arrest for the offense, and parties are on a hot track for the other offenders.

     A colored lady, Mrs. Mahala Viney, aged 46, living in the village of Porter, has pieced a quilt with 33,724 pieces in it.

     Mr. McFarland requests us to say that his loss by the recent burglary is between $3,000 and $4,000, instead of $1,500 as stated by us.

     Griffith G. Jones, of this county, will teach at Ætna Furnace, Lawrence county, this winter. Why is it our best teachers go into other counties to teach?

     Dr. W. Tom Northup, of Winfield, W.Va., is at home for a few weeks. He goes from here to Gotham. Tom has been treading “the primrose path of dalliance lately,” so to speak.

     On Friday morning Mr. Will S. Matthews and Miss Grace L. Breare started in a buggy for Vinton. As the buggy was crossing the intersection of State and Third streets Mr. M. noticed that the harness was broken, and commenced stopping the horse. This caused the buggy to run forward and strike the animal, causing it to kick. He turned the horse toward the sidewalk, and its sudden stopping, when coming in contact with a tree growing therein, threw him out, dislocating his hip. The horse was caught, and the lady jumped out uninjured. Dr. Newton reset the limb, and Mr. M. is lying at his boarding house doing as well as could be expected. He desires a delegation of young ladies to call upon him every twenty minutes.

     About two weeks since, Willie, a little son of Mrs. McClurg, living on Front street, accidentally shot himself through the right hand. Owing to poor treatment or neglect, the hand has become much worse, and fears are entertained that amputation will be necessary.

     Mrs. Lou. F. Maguet left Tuesday evening for the East, on a visit to her relatives.

     Cornelius Buckle, Wm. Ingles and Belle Lanning constitute the Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Institute for the coming year. Mr. Buckle is Chairman.

     The Women’s Christian Temperance Union held their County Convention in the Court House, on Saturday. Quite a number of Leagues were represented. A liberal dinner was spread in the hall between the offices. Miss H. U. Maxon spoke in the forenoon, and in the afternoon, addresses were made by Rev. Mr. Wilding, of Point Pleasant, Mrs. Marshall, of Chambersburg, Rev. Battelle and others. The attendance was good.

     Last spring Chas. Gilliland was put in jail here for whipping his wife. He was afterward adjudged insane and sent to the Asylum. He stayed there about two weeks, and went home, where he has remained until now. when he comes to the surface under the charge of attempting to commit a rape. This latter happened about ten days ago. G. was caught in the act by Joe Short. He has been lodged in jail again, where he keeps up a hub bub all the time. He hung himself with a strip of blanket, on Friday, but was cut down by a deputy. He also built a fire in his cell which, however, did no damage.

     Alpheus Irwin is drumming for a Cincinnati house now.

     Three fellows, Bill Dailey, —Thompson and Bob Viney were in the lock-up on Thursday night, when somebody furnished them files, by the use of which they escaped. They filed off the hinges of the inner door, and went out through the transom over the outer one. It is not known who furnished the files. The injuries have since been repaired.

    We have seen the will of the late Henry Swindler, of Guyan township. It was made in March, 1868. This will gives all his personal and real estate to the executor as trustee, except certain farming implements and household goods. The real estate is to be converted into Government bonds, and the interest on the same is to be equally divided between the children of John Swindler, at the age of thirty years, provided they are virtuous and respectable, and leaving the latter to the judgment of the executor. After the youngest of the said children is thirty years old. the fund is to be turned over to a Board of Trustees to be selected by the executor, who shall build a high school building in Guyan township, using all the funds necessary, and the balance is to be an endowment fund for the same. To this school the children of all poor people in the township are to be admitted free of tuition. Mrs. John Swindler gets the interest on $500 during her life. Joseph Hunt, Esq., is the executor. The testator speaks of him as being “an esteemed friend, and a true Union man.” The deceased had $5,000 in Government bonds at his death. His estate is worth between $15,000 and $20,000.

From Rio Grande
     A. Troth has the frame erected on his new residence.

     Schools have about all taken up. Miss Jennie V. Giles left a few days since to teach one of the Cheshire schools.

     The floors are being laid in the college. The slaters and tinners are also advancing with their job; a few days more and they are done. The building is universally admired, and attracts many visitors. Our “intended” Gov. Hayes and Judge Lawrence paid their respects to it in passing this way.

     Miss Ida Haning is employed in giving music lessons on both Organ and Piano.


The Gallipolis Journal
August 26, 1875


     Drs. Newton and Mills, on Monday, took a tumor from the calf of John Casey’s leg, which weighed over a pound. Casey is doing as well as could be expected.

     His Head Is Level - On Wednesday afternoon of last week Charles Gilliland was taken out of jail and brought before Judge Kent, to hold an inquest of lunacy. The charge against G. is an attempt to commit a rape upon Miss Tryphena French. Upon a former inquest he was adjudged insane, and sent to the Athens Asylum, where he stayed but two weeks. It was the opinion of the court on Wednesday, that he is not insane. He was remanded to the jail to await the action of the next grand jury.

     Some thief went into the second story of the Drug Store of C. D. Kerr & Bro., one day last week, and stole a coat, blanket and shirt. The articles were not missed for two or three days.

     On Wednesday evening a Guyan tipstaff brought Bill Blankenship and Bent Kennedy to jail for being concerned in the recent robbery of Reuben Rice’s house, in Guyan township. Blankenship was pumped and confessed the whole thing, giving the names of the other chaps engaged in the robbery. Others are on the lookout for them, and are almost certain of taking them in. Four more of these scoundrels were captured at Oldtown, Ky., on Saturday, by a squad from Guyan township. They were brought to Crown City on Sunday evening. While taking them through a cornfield, Charles Adkins, one of the dads [sic], slipped the handcuffs and escaped, though several shots were fired at him. Two hundred men were out looking for him on Monday.

     Singing Festival - Mr. Summerfield Cherington will close his Singing School, at the Baptist Brick Church, in Springfield township, Sept. 9, 1875, commencing at 10 o’clock A.M., by a grand singing festival. Bring your dinners with you, as no sale stands will be allowed in the neighborhood. Also bring your music books, the Silver Song and Triumph. All friends invited.

     Mr. R. T. Carter, of Perry township, will sell all his personal property Sept. 22d, 1875, preparatory to moving West.

     The dwelling house of Mr. John Rothgeb, of Addison township, was entered about four o’clock Sunday afternoon, by a couple of burglars, who carried off a suit of clothes, revolver, a pair of ladies’ gold bracelets, a ladies’ work-basket, two dress patterns, a small silver watch with open face, and about two dollars in fractional currency. The scoundrels made their entrance at the rear of the building by breaking a pane of glass, by which they were enabled to gain access. The family was absent at the time.

     We hear that Mr. George King, city teamster, has had $40,000 left to him by the death of his father in Germany, and that he will leave in a few days to go and get the bonanza.

     Pickings - Mr. W. S. Mathews is able to sit up, and to be out buggy-riding on Monday. . . . William Holloway, pilot, is in the city. . . .M. R. Matthews, of Vinton, is Treasurer of the Gallia Association of Universalists. . . . James Aleshire has gone to West Point Academy. . . . Joseph Bradbury has bought property in the city, and will remove here.. . .O. M. Carter will teach the graded school at Letart, Meigs county, this Fall and Winter. . . . Prof. Spaulding has rented the former residence of T. W. Hampton, on Front street. . . . Judge Bostic was re-elected J.P. in Walnut township, the other day.

From Vinton
     Mr. Henry Shaner died in Morgan township last week. He was for many years a Justice of the Peace.

     Mr. John H. Guy closes out his store this week preparatory to starting with his family to Kansas, their future home.

     There will be a Union Sunday-school picnic on the 18th of September, upon the lands of Jno. A. Martindale, just above the Adney school house. All are invited.


The Gallipolis Journal
September 2, 1875

     T. J. Neal’s house, in Walnut township, was visited by thieves, Sunday, and $15 taken.

     Dr. W.B. Guthrie has been appointed City Physician for the ensuing year by the Board of Health.

     Some fellow went to the hen roost of Jim Bashore the other night and was about to “inquire within,” when he received a dose of shot liberally distributed, which operated as a “notice to quit.”

     Pickings - . . .Billy Miller goes to the Morgantown, W.Va., military school. . . . Capt. Mell Brown has gone to Hot Springs, Ark.

     The appointment for the close of the Singing School of Mr. Summerfield Cherington has been postponed to Sept. 30th, when it will come off at the Baptist brick church in Springfield township.

     Some man went to the house of Mrs. Bryan, in Addison township, one day last week, while the men folks were absent at work on the farm, and finding her alone drew a revolver and pointing it at her, told her to keep still while he helped himself. He took $50 in money and such other things of value about the house that he wanted, and left. It is probable that the robber watched the house until all the men had left.

     Miss Hannah U. Maxon will not teach in our schools this year. She has accepted a position at Springfield Ohio.

From Cheshire
     The moral people of our town and community are indignant, and we think they had better hold an indignation meeting. You will not wonder what for when we state that a whisky saloon is about to open in our midst. We hope and believe that it cannot exist. We wish the proprietor well if he will follow a legitimate business; but otherwise, we hope the people will wage a successful war against him.

     A. F. Mauck, of Cincinnati, has been calling on his numerous friends here during the past week.

     Alvah J. Agee leaves for Marietta next Monday, to attend school during the coming year.

     Miss Carrie Resener is visiting relatives in Cincinnati.

     GRAND RALLY AT GALLIPOLIS - Thursday, Sept. 9th, to be addressed by Senator Oglesby of Illinois, and Gen. J. W. Kiefer. Let the friends of free schools and honest money rally in their full strength, and give these eminent speakers a demonstration worthy of the National reputation, and of the cause they advocate.
The Central Committee desire to make this meeting the rallying point for a grand and glorious Republican victory in October. To that end they earnestly urge upon Republicans in every township attention to the call. Come yourselves and bring your neighbors with you. Where it can be done, the Committee desire and request the several townships to arrange for coming into town in a body—in a procession—so that when they arrive here, the whole county can be formed into one grand procession, a procession which shall be the wonder and astonishment of this or any other campaign in Gallia County. Col. Cadot has been appointed Grand Marshal of the day, and he will have Assistants on every road coming into town, to direct people and processions to the common rendezvous. Each township delegation should also provide itself with a Marshal. Col. Cadot has made the following appointments of Assistant Marshals, to-wit: Maj. S. F. Neal, Dr. W. S. Newton, Dr. W.C.H. Needham, Capt. J. W. Dale, and Lieut. J. M. Alexander. [. . .]

Banner Presentation
Everybody, Greeting. Gallipolis, Aug. 30, 1875.
     The Hayes Club of Gallipolis, propose to present a large and beautiful banner, with appropriate inscription, to the township bringing in the largest delegation to the Republican Mass Meeting, to be held in this place Sept. 9th. . . . The presentation of the flag will take place with appropriate exercises, at the Court House, immediately after the grand procession. The Hayes Club of Gallipolis, sends greeting to all her sister Clubs throughout the county, hoping that she may have the pleasure of meeting together on that day all who are devoted with us to the same great principles, which we hope to see triumphant on October next. John A. Hamilton, Pres. Will S. Matthews, Sec’y.


The Gallipolis Journal
September 16, 1875


     A school teacher is wanted in School District No. 1, Guyan township. Apply to Mr. William Fulks.

     Mr. F. M. Womeldorff, of Springfield township, has done a good act, for which the public will be grateful. He has placed a watering trough in the road near his residence. We hope others will follow his example.

     Joseph Mauck, Esq., of Cheshire, left last week for Hot Springs, Ark. We hope he may return with renewed health.

     Telegrams were received here Monday stating the arrest at Carrollton, Ky., of the two Kennedy boys charged with participation in the Rice robbery. Capt. R. Blazer left last night to bring them home.

     A tramp going down the river in a skiff, a few days since, landed in front of the farm of Mr. W. S. Thorniley, in Clay township; went to his potatoe field, and stole some ten bushels of potatoes, and then put out. He was followed, caught, brought back, and made to return the potatoes to the place from whence they were taken. Before (bidding) adieu to the gentleman, his captors administered a coat of tar and feathers to a portion of his person, and then with a few well put on licks from a good switch, he was commanded to get. He went, satisfied no doubt with the experiment of attempting to steal potatoes from a Clay township farmer.

     John Martin was sent to jail, last Friday, by Esquire Vance, of this township, to await the action of the Grand Jury for stealing a mowing machine.

     Mr. C. B. Taylor, of Porter, is making some good speeches for the Republican cause. He has an intelligent view of the issues, and knows how to express them.

     From turning the gas too high in the millinery store of Miss Andrews, on Tuesday night, the articles on exhibition caught fire. Slight damage.

A Grand Demonstration
The Republican Column Marching On to Victory
     The Republican meeting last Thursday was a grand success. It was the largest meeting of Gallia County voters ever held in the county. The number present was not less than three thousand, representing every school district in the county. . . . Promptly at 1 o’clock the crowd filled the Court House square, eager to hear the eminent speakers. The meeting was organized by the appointment of the following officers, to-wit:
Chairman, Hon. Simeon Nash; Vice-presidents, Roman Menager of Gallipolis; Aaron Rife of Addison; Wm. Symmes of Cheshire; Alexander Baird of Morgan; M. R. Matthews of Huntington; I. Z. Haning of Raccoon; Andrew Watts of Springfield; Robert Carter of Perry; Friend McDaniel of Walnut; Wm. Phillips of Greenfield; Gus Fry of Guyan; Harrison Martin of Harrison; Jas. H. Guthrie of Ohio; Thomas Wetherholt of Clay; John S. Northup of Green.
     The first thing in order was the presentation of the flag offered by the Hayes Club, of Gallipolis, to the township bringing in the largest delegation. This was awarded to Springfield township, her report being 280 persons. Green, Raccoon and Huntington were strong competitors. The presentation was made by S. Y. Wasson, Esq., in a neat and well delivered speech. The plow, donated by Dr. W. C. H. Needham was given to Alex. Terry, a colored man from Springfield township, who brought in a load of colored voters, numbering thirty-eight persons.
     Senator Oglesby was then introduced, and for two hours held the undivided attention of the crowd by his convincing logic and powerful eloquence. . . . The Senator was followed by Gen. Keifer, who thoroughly and ably dissected the bogus thing called Ohio Democracy. . . . The meeting broke up in excellent humor. The people pronounced it a great success, and went home inspired {. . .]

     We send out an important supplement this week. “Free Schools for All,” and “Honest Money for All,” are the topics discussed. Judge Taft of Cincinnati, handles the first, and the talented Grosvenor, of Missouri, gives attention to the second. Read them carefully—the questions discussed concern all—and thus be prepared intelligently to discharge the duty of an American elector.

From Cheshire
     Our town is improving for we once more have a drug store in active operation, and then we have a new grocery store on Main street, two doors west of R. Long’s barber shop, kept by T. R. Weed.

     A Hayes Club was organized last Tuesday evening, by electing Asa Bradbury, President, and Frank Coughenour, Secretary. They obtained fifty-two names at the first meeting, and at the present time have about one hundred. Our citizens who attended the meeting in Gallipolis last Thursday speak in the highest praise of Gov. Oglesby. Too bad that Cheshire did not get the flag.

     Our citizens held an indignation meeting last Monday evening, and appointed a committee of five to circulate a petition, and then present it to the proprietor of the whiskey saloon. The petition stated that we did not want a whiskey shop, and if he would quit he would meet our hearty approbation. But few refused to sign it, yet he refused to quit. He gets but little patronage from the town, but we are sorry to say that he has quite a number of customers who have, on several occasions, become quite boisterous.

From Cora
     The new Baptist church will be dedicated ere long. Then we will have a big meeting.

     Daniel Jones is still suffering from rheumatism.

     David Danner’s funeral ceremonies were attended the 12th, at the Slagle Chapel.

From Pine Grove
     At the grand Republican Mass meeting, held at Gallipolis on the 9th inst., the several prizes as announced were awarded to Springfield, as having the largest and best looking delegation in the county. Old Springfield will undoubtedly give a good report at the coming election for Hayes and the Republican ticket.

     A class in vocal music has been organized at a place known as the Temple Baptist Church, and (they) have selected Mr. J. A. Parker, of Porter, as Teacher.

From Vinton
     Shack & Hamilton are doing a thriving business this fall. Being gentlemen of sociability and good business qualifications, they deserve success. Although not a unit on politics, they are on flour and yarn.

     Prof. DeLay goes to Cheshire, to take charge of the schools. Success to him. Our acquaintance with him here proved him to be a gentleman of honor and dignity, and we can recommend him to any community.

     The Mr. Adneys have returned to the college at Washington, Pa.

     Huntington will roll up a big majority in October for Hayes and Young.


The Gallipolis Journal
September 23, 1875


     We have received a letter from our esteemed friend, Joseph Mauck, Esq., dated Hot Springs, Ark., Sept. 15th, from which we learn that he arrived there safely a few days previous. On his arrival he was welcomed by Capt. Coe, of Middleport, and Capt. Brown, of the steamer Luella, who had everything arranged to make his stay pleasant. We hope to hear that the baths have been a benefit to him.

     Mr. Simeon Irion, aged about twenty, a grand-son of Hugh Plymale, Esq., while engaged in cutting up the lap of a tree on the farm of the latter, Tuesday of last week, nearly severed his right foot from the limb by an accidental stroke of the axe. He is under medical treatment, and his friends entertain hopes of his final complete recovery.

Runaway Accident
     On the 11th inst., while at Dixon, Ill., a serious accident occurred in which our townsman, Mr. R. L. Stewart, was concerned much to his damage. In company with two other gentlemen he was out riding in a buggy, when the tongue dropped out of the yoke and the horses ran off. All were thrown out. Mr. Stewart was unconscious for six hours. One rib was broken, and his whole body badly bruised. Mr. S. arrived at home by boat on Sunday. He will recover, but it may be several days before he will be able to be around as of old.

     Pickings. . . . Dr. Jas. T. Hanson and lady are in the city. . . . Our old friend, Col. Cushing, was in the city last week. . . . City express fare down to five cents. . . . Miss Jeanette Jenkins, of Green Bottom, is visiting Miss D. C. Maxon. . . . Martha King is under arrest for stealing $26. [ . . .]

     Mr. John C. Vanden and lady and Misses Cora Bayes and Carrie Irwin left Sunday evening for Charleston, to attend the Grand Conclave of Knight Templars of West Virginia.

     Mrs. S. A. Lasley and Mrs. Jennie Andrews, are guests of Mrs. L. Perry, this week.

     Dr.A. L. Norton has been elected Superintendent of the Pomeroy Rolling Mills.

     Mr. William Walker is doing some star work on the new road down the river. Every supervisor in the county should go and look at it.

     The colored mutual Aid Society of our city celebrate their ninth anniversary to-day (Wednesday). A procession will march through the streets. Speaking at the Fair Ground.

Gone Aloft
     Charles Adkins, Samuel Martin, Jasper Kinder, William Blankenship and Benton Kennedy, belonging to the band of robbers who entered the house of Mr. Reuben Rice, in Guyan township, were indicted last week for burglary and grand larceny, and for robbery. . . . Friday morning they were brought out for sentence. Mr. Rice was in court. . . . He was sworn, and made his statement as follows:
“Three men came into my house; think there were more of them; they came to the bed and held
us down with revolvers and a butcher knife; they got on us; held my son on the bed; they kept us there while they carried out the gun and chest with money in it. I was asleep when they came
in; their faces were blacked; it was between 11 and 12 o’clock."
                   The prisoners declined to make statements. . . . Boster was brought out who knew all of the fellows, and told the whole affair. He was not indicted. . . . With the facts before the court Charles Adkins was . . . sentenced to four years in the Penitentiary. . . . Samuel Martin . . .was sentenced to four years. Jasper Kinder. . .was sent for one year, the shortest period—the longest is ten years.
     Adkins appears to have been the leader of this gang. He is a man of about thirty years, with brown mustache, an odd expression of the eye. He appeared penitent, but the sentence of the court did not affect him in the least. Martin is a heavy-set fellow of about thirty; big neck, smooth face, and appears to be easily led. Kinder does not look like he is more than twenty-one; is slim, bony and loose-jointed. Blankenship and Kennedy will remain in jail until November. Sheriff Ripley left with Adkins, Martin and Kinder for Columbus on Monday.

     Court Report - Court was adjourned on Monday morning until November 8th, 1875, at 10 A.M. The following business was transacted:
. . . Allen C. Rose and wife vs. John Graham and others. E.N. Harper appointed guardian ad litem of minor heirs. Court found that the word “bodily” had been inserted before the word heirs in drafting the deeds, whereby an estate tail was created in Maria H. Rose, contrary to the intention of the parties to the deeds; and that the name Allen C. Rose had by mistake been inserted in place of Maria H. Rose. Deeds ordered to be reformed and corrected. [. . .]

The Gallipolis Journal
September 30, 1875


     THE GRAND EISTEDDFOD OF JACKSON AND GALLIA COUNTIES - will be held at Oak Hill, Ohio, October 6th and 7th, 1875. The exercises of this old-time Festival of the Welsh, will consist of grand choruses, quartets, trios, duets and solos; orations, addresses, declamations, debate, criticisms, &c., &c., all closing with a Grand Concert on the night of the 7th. A huge Tabernacle with a capacity of 3000 persons, has been secured for the occasion. Ample accommodations can be found for all comers, as no efforts are spared to make the affair a complete success. Half-fare arrangements have been made with the M. & C. R.R. and branches, and tickets will be good from 5th to 11th October, inclusive. A special train will run from Hamden on the evening of the last day for the accommodation of those desiring to attend the Concert, and return after the Concert is over, and if there will be 100 persons desiring to return to Portsmouth that evening, a special train will be provided for their accommodation. By order of Ex. Com., Jno. J. C. Evans, Chairman. Sept. 30, 1875, 1 w.

     On Tuesday night of last week the barn and contents, belonging to Mr. Valentine Switzer, living about three miles from the city, were entirely consumed. There were no horses in the barn at the time. The loss will be about $1600. There were $800 insurance in the Ætna and $450 in the Continental. Some villain certainly did the work.

     Some thief did wickedly, feloniously attempt to burglarize the hardware store of Talbott & Co., on Wednesday night, by trying to force open the rear doors. Fortunately, these doors were fastened by a bolt, an inclined chair under the door knob, and a gun-barrel in the same position, but with one end under the center cross piece of the door. The force used was sufficient to remove all but the gun-barrel, and that kept the thieves out.

     The Jewish New Year begins this (Wednesday) evening at 6 o’clock and continues till to-morrow evening at the same hour. The day of atonement occurs Saturday week. Jewish business houses will be closed on both of these days.

    The store house of Wm. B. Turner, Esq., situated about a mile west of Ewington, in Huntington township, was burned on Wednesday night of last week. The fire broke out about 10 o’clock in the night, and was so far gone when discovered that it was impossible to save any of the contents. It is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. The loss will be in the neighborhood of $800. We have not learned whether there was insurance.

     A young man named -----Grayum, erstwhile from Knoxville, Tenn., stole a horse from ‘Squire Jenkins, in Cheshire township, on Tuesday night of last week. Grayum had been working upon an adjoining farm, and took the horse out of Mr. J’s stable-yard. He was in this city on the morning after the horse was stolen, and in reply to where he was from said “from over the river; crossed on the ferry.” Ferryman Woods said that he did not cross. Marshal Dale had this talk with Grayum. When word came of the horse being gone, he started down the river after G., but failed to get him. The horse was found in the road at Mr. Henry Shephard’s farm, on Saturday, wandering home, and turned over to the owner. Measures are being taken to secure Grayum.

     Sheriff Ripley landed Adkins, Martin and Kinder safely in (the) penitentiary last week. They talked and sang until within sight of the prison. Martin told the Sheriff while going out that he was the one who held Mrs. Rice down with a revolver; that Adkins was the one who knocked young Rice down and that Bent. Kennedy and Bill Blankinship carried out the money chest and broke it open. He said they were all as guilty as he was, and ought to suffer just as much.

     Mr. Wm. C. Miller has bought out the Queensware store of Mr. Wm. Geppert.

     The oyster season has opened, and Mr. Charles Semon is prepared to supply this delicious bivalve in any way it may be called for. His saloon is cozy and pleasant.

[The following follows a complete list of all Republicans running for election in 1875.]
     To the Polls. We earnestly urge upon every Republican the duty of voting next Tuesday. The issues are the most momentous that have ever been presented to a free people. We need not restate them here. They have been before the people for ninety days, and in that time have been thoroughly discussed, so that none can be in ignorance of what they are, or of their importance. They imperil what every honest and patriotic citizen should love, and if need be, give his life to sustain and uphold; the very existence of the National honor and State education..
     With such issues facing us, and calling upon us for action, every voter should be aroused to effort and duty. There should be no sluggards next Tuesday; every man should be up early and work late; every vote should be polled. See to it, patriotic citizens, you who love honesty and free schools for all, that this is done. Then when the day’s work is completed, you will receive the reward which an approving conscience always bestows upon duty well and rightly performed.

Editor Journal: - We, the undersigned citizens of Walnut township, in justice to our esteemed friend and neighbor, Franklin McDaniel, wish to correct an expression made by the Gallipolis Ledger, of Sept. 24th, 1875, that he was in jail for rebellious conduct during the war. We wish to say to the readers of the Journal, through its columns, that said expression is unjust, and altogether false, uttered by whomsoever.
           Isaiah S. Williams, Sylvester McDaniel, John Williams
[A similar letter came from Greenfield township, signed by Joseph Stafford and Pleasant Rose.]

     Several citizens have requested the privilege of placing memorial windows in honor of their deceased friends in the main audience room of the new M. E. Church, and the Trustees have agreed to permit them, provided all of the windows are so taken. About half are spoken for without public notice being given. The balance are now offered. Further information will be given to those inquiring at the store of Halliday, Miles & Co.

     Misses Mary Jones, Lillie E. Williams, Eliza Jones, Mary A. Morgan, Lizzie Wynne, Mary J. Knox and Jennie Morgan, of Centerville, will take part in the Eisteddfod to be held at Oak Hill today. [ . . .]

     Wharfmaster Cowden paid into the city Treasury, for the quarter ending Sept. 1st, $848.58.

     Mr. James H. Clendenin is studying law in the office of Pond & Jones, Columbus.

     Rev. Mr. Baum, of the German Lutheran Church, this city, having suffered from a diseased eye for some time, went to Cincinnati last week and had it successfully removed.

From Cheshire
     H. Wood and wife returned home from the Hoosier State last week, after an absence of about a year.

     David Mauck and wife, of Missouri, are here visiting their numerous relatives. They were formerly residents of Meigs county, and this is their first visit back to their old homestead.

     Miss Carrie Resener is quite sick.

     If there is a town in Gallia county with more widow women in proportion to its population than Cheshire, and any one will notify us, giving satisfactory proof, we will make them a present of six months’ subscription to the Journal, for it has been ascertained by actual count and careful counting that
one-fourteenth of the entire population of our town are widow women.

     Mr. Camden Hogg and Miss Lydia Wood emigrated to the State of Happiness (matrimony) last Thursday.

     Wm. H. Langley, last week, resigned as President and Director of the Gallipolis, McA. & C.R.R. Co. The resignation was accepted by the Board of Directors.

     Some sympathetic soul handed files in to the prisoners confined in the lock-up, on Wednesday night of last week, whereby Boone Dailey and Tom Morrow, by filing off the window bars, made way for liberty. They were the only ones therein. That institution has since been repaired.

     The flag which was presented to Springfield township at the Oglesby meeting arrived last week, and was turned over to that township on Friday. It is of bunting, and fifteen feet in length. On it are the words, “The Banner Township.”

     Arvilla loved him earnestly, and Thomas H. Benton Kennedy reciprocated the tender passion. This deponent knoweth not when and where they first met and blended the beatings of their hearts. T. H. Benton Kennedy was unfortunate. He got mixed up in the Reuben Rice robbery and was put in jail. Last week Arvilla called at the jail. They soon found that they were ready and willing to put on the conjugal yoke. Judge Kerr was called in, who being satisfied the neither had a husband or wife roaming around anywhere in the cold world, put the grappling irons of matrimony on them. Tom Benton Kennedy has a flattering chance for the Ohio penitentiary, while Mrs. K. will be a quasi widow. O, happy love!

     Pickings - Mr. James Brown is quite sick. . . . Dr. Livesay was in the city on Saturday. . . . The evenings are devoted to croquet. . . . Uncle Joe Devacht has gone to the Exposition. . . . W. S. Mathews, Esq., has gone to Cincinnati. . . .Quite a number of our citizens will attend the Mason county Fair.

     Railroad Matters - Messrs. John Burt and C. H. White, of the Ohio and Michigan Railway Company, the former managing Director and the latter contractor for building the road, were in the city Friday. In the evening, Mt. Burt addressed a large meeting of our citizens at the Court House, presenting the plans and purposes of his company. It is an organization chartered under the laws of Ohio and Michigan to build a Railway from Grand Haven, in Michigan, to the Ohio river, the ultimate object being to reach the seaboard through the Chesapeake and Ohio R.R. Portsmouth was its first objective point on the river, but a more careful examination of routes and destinations drew their attention to Gallipolis, and that examination resulted in favor of adopting, if possible, this route. Hence their visit. . . . The proposition of the company is substantially this: It will build the road to this place upon a subscription of $5,000 per mile, and the right of way secured. This subscription may be paid in the paid-up stock of the G. McAr. & C.R.R. . . . In other words, if the road bed and right of way should be appraised at $100,000, and the $5,000 per mile to reach . . . Vinton station should amount to $175,000, we can pay the $100,000 in stock, while the $75,000 would have to be paid in cash. . . . Should we undertake to meet it? This must be determined by the stockholders of the G. McAr. & C.R.R., at their meeting to be held October 18th. . . . It is proper to state that no subscriptions in behalf of this new project are to be paid until the road is completed, and a train of cars has passed over it. So, in any event, no road, no pay.


The Gallipolis Journal
October 21, 1875


     Rejoicing - On Saturday evening the Republicans of our city celebrated their recent victories by music, fireworks and speeches. Both the Naomi and Colored Band were out and discoursed music to crowded streets. A large bonfire was built in the center of the Public Park, while turpentine balls and sky-rockets made night beautiful. Hon. E. A. Stone was called out and made a speech in which he heartily thanked the people for what they had done for him. Messrs. Bradbury and Evans also spoke. The crowd sent up cheer upon cheer for Gov. Hayes, our next President. Everybody seemed happy and jolly. Several citizens gave additional interest and enthusiasm to the occasion by an illumination of their residences. Among these we noticed the residences of F. Carel, L. Perry, W. C. Miller and M. Mollohan.

     Sheriff Ripley received a letter on Tuesday, stating that his brother, David Ripley, was lying dangerously ill at his residence in Iowa.

     Marshal Dale, ever vigilant, picked up two fellows, Saturday on suspicion. They had sold two fine horse blankets for $1 each to a citizen of this place. Upon searching them he found thirty-two keys and several memorandums, upon which was the name of Mr. Grant, of Middleport. Capt. Dale telegraphed Mr. Grant to know if he had lost such. Mrs. Grant appeared, and said that her husband’s valise containing such articles had been stolen at Chicago about a week before. The two “birds” are in the lock-up.

     Miss Gilman’s school gave an exhibition on Friday evening. The pupils acquitted themselves with great credit. Miss Gilman is fast gaining the reputation of an excellent teacher. May her school prosper.

     We congratulate our old friend, Joseph Morrison, Esq., upon his reelection as Treasurer of Muscatine County, Iowa. He received the largest majority on the ticket.

     Mr. Benson Woods of Perry township, had a horse stolen from his pasture on the night of October 9th. The horse is described as a brown mare, about 12 years old, and thin in flesh. Mr. Woods will give a liberal reward for the return of the mare.

     Pickings - The Japanese Jugglers have been in town. . . . Judge Nash is talked of as a member of the Supreme Court Commission. . . . Mr. Henry P. Elias has purchased the Geppert stand, on Court street. . . . The roof is going on the new Methodist Church. [. . .]

From Cheshire
     Dr. W. A. Watkins left for Arkansas and the South last Friday.

     The whisky saloon is still in active operation—too bad. We don’t know why a man will continue in a business that is against the will of all the people.

     The past week will long be remembered by our citizens as the most exciting time ever known here. . . . A telegram was received at 4 o’clock, stating that Allen was elected; the news spread rapidly, and in less than ten minutes, everybody (except the four Democrats) looked as if they had lost their last friend. . . . At 7 p.m. another telegram was received stating that Hayes was elected, which shattered the cloud of despair, and sent all Democrats home. . . . The news again spread rapidly, . . . and cheer after cheer and hurrah after hurrah, followed by heavy reports from our artillery, which shook the earth for miles around, conveyed the news of “Hayes and Victory!”

River News
     The Active, within the past week, has been purchased by Gallipolis parties, as follows: Frank Torrence, John Hutton and Thomas Harris. Capt. Beckett, formerly of the West Virginia, takes charge of the office. The Active is now running in the Kanawha trade on the West Virginia’s days, while that boat is undergoing repairs.—Ohio River Pilot.

From Addison
     Election over; intelligence and honesty triumphant.

     Mr.. J. B. McKown is visiting friends after an absence of nine years. Becoming a Sucker must agree with Jo., judging from appearance.

     Miss Addie Roush is home on a short furlough, after an absence of nearly two years. She is at present engaged in teaching in north central Ohio. Success attend thee.

     Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Fulton, from Addison, and Mrs. Atha of Cheshire, started Sunday on the steamer R. R. Hudson, on a visit to relatives in Kansas.

     The String Band of Addison, are beginning to draw the attention of outsiders with their sweet sonorous sounds.

From Gallia Furnace
     The election passed off harmoniously. Nearly every man in the township mustered out. Largest vote ever polled in the township. Hayes majority over Allen, 24. McDaniel need not be ashamed of the race although he has been defeated.

     The grand Welsh Eisteddfod at Oak Hill, Jackson county, was a decided success. The music was good and the declamations excellent. Five choirs competed in the singing of the anthem “The Heavens are Telling.” The prize was awarded to the Cincinnati choir. Judge Longbon of Jackson, was awarded $20 for the best essay on the subject, “Consanguinity of the human race.”


The Gallipolis Journal
October 28, 1875


     Louis Durain will remove his saloon to Third street, and occupy the store-room formerly owned by Mr. Jno. H. Saunders.

Bakery Burned
     About midnight on Thursday night it was discovered that the bakery of Mrs. S. Baxter, on Front St., was on fire. The fire department and people came out promptly at the alarm, but the fire was so far gone that extinguishment was impossible. Fences and sheds attaching it to other buildings were torn down, and neighboring roofs dampened, that the fire might not spread. The fire department threw water upon a burning room adjoining the bakery and into the bakery itself. The loss will be about $600, upon which there is no insurance. In cleaning away the debris an empty oil can was found under the corner where the fire originated, and the charred wood smelled strongly of oil, leaving but little doubt that the building was fired by some wanton party.
     Mrs. W. R. Johnson has been running the bakery for some time, and continues to do so notwithstanding the fire, the bake oven having escaped injury. Our people owe their patronage to Mrs. Johnson for her industry and perseverance. We hope she may receive it with unstinted hand.

     Col. John F. Hoy arrived in this city, the home of his boyhood days, Saturday night. He is the guest of his sister, Mrs. Dr. Cromley. On Monday evening he lectured on temperance in the Court House. The room was packed full, many having to stand, and yet for an hour and a half he held the earnest attention of that large crowd as none but an orator could. The Colonel is giving the best powers of his soul and mind, and the best days of his life to the cause of temperance, traveling and speaking continually, and judged by his effort here must be doing effective work. This (Thursday) evening, he will speak again. He should have a full house. Capt. Hoy requests the Temperance ladies of Gallipolis, to meet at the residence of Mr. Laing Halliday at 2 1/2 o’clock today (Wednesday).

     Mr. James Campbell, of Green township, has recently purchased a yearling Durham bull for which he paid $100. It came from Athens county.

     Mr. John Fultz has been appointed city Weighmaster. Mr. Wm. F. Cromley, policeman from Second Ward, has resigned. Messrs. L. J. Langley and Albert Hughes have been appointed policemen in the Third Ward.

     Mr. John B. Clendinen is building a tin shop on Second street, just below Mr. Pitrat’s sewing-machine store. Mr. A. R. Chase will occupy it.

     Mr. E. K. Chapdu started for Baltimore, last Friday morning, with one of the best lots of cattle we have lately seen. The lot consisted of 67 head; thirty-two head averaged 1600 pounds, while the balance, 35 head, averaged 1300 pounds.

     The steamer, J. C. Crossley, Capt. Geo. W. Bay, has taken her place in the Gallipolis and Ironton trade, and will make tri-weekly trips, leaving Gallipolis every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Capt. Bay is an experienced steamboatman, a thorough-going, upright honest business man, and should be sustained by our business community. We should patronize out local packets.

     Parties are trying to get the Atwood Institute, at Rio Grande, incorporated. School will be taught there this winter.

Bible Society Anniversary
     The Gallia County Bible Society will hold its Anniversary meeting at the Presbyterian Church, in Gallipolis, on Sabbath evening, Nov. 7th, 1875, at 6 1/2 P.M. Rev. W. Herr, District Superintendent, will be present. Business meeting on Monday, following. The Township Auxiliary Societies are requested to send their reports to the Depository previous to the Anniversary meeting. Delegates from the branch societies will be welcome.

From Rio Grande
     Rev. I. Z. Haning and his daughters went to Athens on the 23d, to attend the funeral of his aged mother—he having received a telegram of her sudden death.

     The college building is pronounced by travelers to be the best in Southern Ohio.

     R. P. Porter, Esq., has removed his family to Vinton for the present. Mrs. Porter seems to be regaining her health slowly.


The Gallipolis Journal
November 4, 1875

     Geo. Wright, of Salem, has given up going to Arkansas, and purchased a farm in Gallia county.

     The only Justices of the Peace elected in the county at the October election were Mr. Jno. J. Thomas and Mr. Joseph Hartsook, both in Raccoon. The former was re-elected; the latter succeeds R. P. Porter, Esq., removed. Both are excellent selections.

     In the apple line this year, Mr. A. T. Blake, was one of the fortunate ones. From three trees he gathered 44 barrels good apples, besides making one barrel of cider. At present prices for apples, that is not bad.

     On Thursday morning Mr. Rhiledarfer, river mate, living on Second street, in this city, fell into the river off a wharf-boat at Cincinnati, and narrowly escaped drowning. He was pulled out totally unconscious. Somebody went through him while in this state, and took all the money about him, over $80.

     These things should not, but somehow or other the ungodly cusses who edit newspapers will get hold of them, and out they go. They had a little mill out at Vinton the other day. Now, Vinton is usually quiet, very quiet, but this time a lot of fellows became injudiciously full of poor whisky, hence the interference with the State’s peace and dignity. Just who bred the invasion we are not advised, but there were seven sanguinary sons of the soil all spoiling for a fuss, and among these it appears that one Isaac Clark was the chiefest transgressor. He acted foolish with a revolver, shooting himself through the hand, John Lowe through the arm and Capt. Sam’l. Welker in a delicate part of his anatomy. Then commenced a free fight, in which fists stones, skulls, etc., were conspicuously prominent. The death angel gathered his harvest, the wounded poulticed their own wounds, the unhurt enjoy that peace which passeth all understanding, and the god of battle has departed for the nonce.

     Pickings. . . . The roof and cornice are going on the new Methodist Church. . . . The Ohio River Pilot has suspended publication. . . . Mrs. Geo. W. Baggs. of Vinton, is quite ill. . . . Mr. Henry P. Elias has bought Mr. Henry L. Miller’s stock of queensware. . . .Why are cows allowed to pasture on the Public Square? . . . The Gallia County Medical Society meets to-day. . . . School Commissioner Smart is President of the Central Ohio Teachers’ Association. . . . Mr. O. M. Carter is teaching school at Letart Falls, Meigs county. . . . Mr. A. B. Hamilton is seriously sick with lung fever, at Vinton.

From Harrisburg
     There was a small squad of men from these parts started to Arkansas on a hunt last Monday, November 1st. Namely, S. P. Wood, W. H. Wood, Noah Walp and A. H. Darnell.
District school taught here by F. D. Allison, and has thus far given good satisfaction.

From Cheshire
     Miss Viella Smith made a flying visit to Racine this week.

     L. W. Mauck is building quite an addition to his cooper-shop, and will soon be prepared to manufacture barrels in abundance. He has about twenty hands employed at present.

     C. L. Vangilder, Esq., called on a young lady a short distance below town a few evenings since, and while there two boys from Loguean came along and unhitched his horse from the carriage, and brought it part way home, where they left it in a neighbor’s yard. Cliff took the place of the horse in the buggy and arrived safely at home, a wiser and perhaps a better boy.


The Gallipolis Journal
November 11, 1875


A Happy Social Gathering
     We copy the following from the Quaker Bottom correspondent of the Ironton Register, date Nov. 1st. Mrs. Fuller is the sister of Mrs. Zenas Baxter and Mrs. Caroline Coleman, of this city. Their father, Mr. Swaine, was one of the pioneer citizens of Gallipolis:

     I had the pleasure, on Tuesday last, of meeting at the residence of Mrs. Mary Fuller, widow of Gen. A. T. F. Fuller, a large company of relatives, friends and neighbors of that social family, who assembled to celebrate the 75th birthday of that venerable lady. Her father, Mr. Swaine, was one of the pioneers of this neighborhood. We met among the numerous relatives, five daughters, Mrs. Jas. Haskell, of Ashland; Mrs. Jas. Fry, of Bradrick, Mrs. John Cox, of Virginia, Mrs. C. Blake, of Gallia county, and Mrs. Fonnie Gilruth, present mistress of the old homestead. Also had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Wm. Gilruth, of Scioto county, the father-in-law of the last named lady, who gave us some very interesting sketches of the early history of his neighborhood and surrounding country; also numerous interesting facts in agricultural matters. He has not farmed three-score years with his eyes shut, as many do. Also met the Rev. Mr. Gilruth, who recently returned from a tour of Europe. He gave some interesting facts in regard to German literature, language, manners and customs of that industrious, peaceable and happy people?
     Mrs. Gilruth did herself, as well as her guests, great credit in furnishing one of the most sumptuous of repasts. Nothing could have been more inviting to the eye or tempting to the palate. The greatest source of real enjoyment was the overflow of genial and heartfelt sociability of the whole family. It always was a national trait of the whole family; and if anyone desires perpetual sunshine, in all sorts of weather, go to Mrs. Fuller’s. I like sunshine. I desire to see it in the pulpit, in the bar, on the bench, behind the counter, in the landlord, the conductor, the editor, and down to the printer’s devil, the steamboat captain and clerk, and above and over all, in the school room. Give us perpetual sunshine.

     Mr. James E. Sanns is the leader of the Naomi Band; he is a musician of great excellence; he is justly appreciated by the members of the organization of which he is leader, and as evidence of that appreciation the members of the Band have presented him with a silver E Flat Solo Alto Horn, made in Germany, an instrument pronounced by connoisseurs first-class both in manufacture and tone. The gift is creditable to both parties.

     Rev. F. Davis, of Rock River Conference, Ill., and son of Mr. Grasson Davis, of this county, had been appointed Missionary to India. His field of work will be at Madras and its vicinity. He sails from New York about the 20th of this month, and will take Europe in his route. Mr. Davis has many friends in Gallia county, and we are sure all will wish him health and success in his new field of labor.

     Sick - Mr. James Brown is dangerously ill at his residence in this city. Mrs. Brown has been quite unwell, but is recovering. We learn that Dr. C. B. Hall, at Millersport, is in a critical condition with cancer in the face.

     Building - Mr. Daniel Calohan is putting an extra story upon his dwelling house, at the corner of Locust and Fourth streets. Mr. H. J. Vanden is building an additional story to his dwelling, on Fourth street, besides making additional improvements.

     The many friends of Mr. Hiram Dale, who has long been a miller at the mill of R. Aleshire & Co., will regret to learn that he left on Saturday for Fort Worth, Texas, to take charge of a mill at that point. His family remains here. Mr. D. goes freighted with the kind wishes of a host of warm personal friends.

     Judge Kent, on Monday morning, slipped and fell upon the steps at his residence, severely injuring himself just below the floating ribs. He is confined to his bed, but the physician thinks him not seriously injured.

     Some fellow went through the jail building on Monday night, and taking an inventory of the things in Capt. Ripley’s trousers, took therefrom $16 in money and notes, papers, etc. The thief was considerate and kind enough to leave the papers on a table in an adjoining room. He entered by the kitchen door, which was provided with a poor lock.

     Judge Hebard has relinquished his seat on the Bench to his successor. During his short term Judge Hebard has shown himself an able and conscientious officer, and retires with the respect and confidence of both bar and people.

     Messrs. Miles & Kerr, marble cutters of this city, completed this week a fine monument to be placed over the graves of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Mitchell, at Vinton. This monument is of Italian marble, is nine feet high, weights four tons, and cost $500. Mrs. E. T. Holcomb erects it in memory of her parents.

     Frank Jolly and Charles Richards, disturbed one Mrs. Casebolt’s calm and quiet, in the lower end of the city, on Thursday night. They were up before the Mayor and a jury on Saturday. The prosecution failing to prove venue, they were discharged unpunished for their jamboree.


The Gallipolis Journal
November 18, 1875


     Mr. Samuel Richardson, of this city, reached his 85th birthday Nov. 4th, 1875. He visited this office last week to pay his subscription, and came up the twenty-three steps leading to our sanctum with the ease of a man of sixty.

     Select and District School at Centerville - Mr. Stephen N. Jones and Mary Morgan have commenced work under the above heading. The second month began on Nov. 15th, and will continue six months. Good boarding can be had in private facilities or at hotel for $2.50 ad $3.00 per week, or good rooms can be had for those wishing to board themselves. Special preparation to those desiring to prepare themselves for teaching. Terms:—Common branches one dollar per month; each extra branch twenty-five cents each. Mr. Jones is a No. 1 teacher, and we can assure our readers that he will fully satisfy. We hope this school will be well patronized.

     Chas. Richards was not in the Casebolt affair of last week. A combination of circumstances made us err.

     Our wide-awake musical man, Mr. Geo. D. McBride, sold last week to Mr. A. B. Greenwood, of Maysville, Ky., a piano for $450.

     Capt. W. O. Martin sold the Alex. Chambers, last week, to Messrs. Jno. B. Clendenin and J. H. Summers for $2500. She will continue to tow.

     Dr. W.C.H. Needham and family, of this city, left Sunday evening, to spend the winter in Florida.

     The Gallia county Scholarship in the Ohio University at Athens, is vacant. Applicants must apply to the County Commissioners.

     A Sharp Game, But Not Sharp Enough. Last week Mr. Irving M. Lusher, who lives near Mercerville, in this county, went to Baltimore with a load of cattle to put into the market. After selling his cattle he boarded a train and started home. At Covington, Va., a man got on the same train and trumped up an acquaintance with Mr. Lusher. He asked Lusher if he hadn’t been at Baltimore and sold cattle; also how he took his money home. On the train he tried to sell Mr. L. a revolver. All this was done to find out whether Mr. L. was armed and whether he carried his money back with him. L. in reply to these questions told him that he sold cattle in Baltimore and always sent his money home in drafts by express, and that he didn’t want to purchase a revolver, because he always carried one with him. The stranger represented himself as a cattle man, and was coming West with the purchase of cattle in view. At Coalsmouth both left the C. & O. R.R., and came down on the West Virginia. The stranger did not have money enough to pay his passage on the boat, and after arriving in Gallipolis he pawned his overcoat at the upper wharf-boat for money to pay it.
After circulating awhile in the city by some means he became acquainted with Mr. William S. Hanson. While in a conversation with Mr. Hanson, he told him as they were about to separate, that he could not remember his (Hanson’s) name, and to write it down for him, which Mr. Hanson did. In the meantime, the fellow made inquiries ‘round town as to the financial standing of Mr. Lusher, Mr. Hanson and others, visiting the banks as well as business men for this information. His intention seems to have been to fleece Mr. Lusher, rather than Mr. Hanson, and it is said that he had procured the autograph of Mr. Leopold Frank also.
     We next hear of the fellow inquiring at J. M. Smith & Bro’s., D. S. Ford’s, W. C. Miller’s, Halliday & Miles’, and Geo. W. Cox’s for blank bank checks, not seeming to be very particular which bank they were upon. At the store of Mr. Adam Uhrig he was accommodated with a blank check upon the First National Bank. He inquired of Mr. Uhrig if pencil writing upon a check would do. Mr. U told him that he thought it would, but just step back to the desk and he would find pen and ink. The stranger went back to the desk and filled up the check. He next turns up at the counter of the First National Bank with a check for $150 drawn by William S. Hanson, which Mr. Deletombe paid, and nothing thought of the matter at the time. In an hour or so Mr. Lusher came into the bank and asked Mr. Deletombe if a man (describing him) had been there, and said he was going to have him arrested. He said he didn’t understand why the fellow should be inquiring over town how he stood financially, and where he deposited his money. This excited Mr. Deletombe, who went to the residence of Mr. Hanson to see whether the check was right or not. Mr. Hanson was not at home, but Mrs. Hanson said that her husband had given no such check. Mr. Hanson was seen leaving the city, and he threw considerable light upon the matter. He had given no check.
     Then commences a search for the bearer of that check, the payee’s name on the check being J. P. Blair. It was discovered that he had gone to the wharf-boat and redeemed his overcoat, when he boarded the Active for Huntington. A telegram was sent to the Marshal of Huntington to arrest him. Messrs. Deletombe and Hanson took the Ohio No. 4, and landed at Huntington about two hours after the Active did. They found the bird in the hands of the Marshal. Mr. Deletombe stepping up to the fellow said, “Well, my friend, we got here about as soon as you did.” The prisoner hung his head and said nothing. The President and the Cashier of the Huntington Bank were with the chap, and from pictures which they have, think he was one of the fellows who went through their bank not long since.
     Messrs. Deletombe and Hanson and the Marshal of Huntington brought the fellow back on Saturday night, and landed him in the station house. He has nothing to say. He denies being the man, but says he was here on Friday and Saturday. He is about five feet ten inches tall, red headed, smoothly shaven, florid complexion, between twenty-five and thirty years of age, weighs close to 170 lbs., and says that his name is John Smith, and that he lives at Pleasant Hill, Mo. For some reason he was searched for arms only at Huntington, and now no money can be found. In prison his air showed the greatest nonchalance, he apparently regarding it a mere business transaction.
     On Monday morning a special Grand Jury was called, and our impecunious friend indicted for forgery in about half an hour. He is in jail, where he has been furnished with a copy of the indictment to study three days, when he will be brought out to plead to it, after which a day will be set for trial.
     P. S. On Tuesday the chap was brought out and arraigned. He pled not guilty, and selected Judge Nash to defend him. He did not even ask to have him appointed at the expense of the county. The trial is set for one day next week.


The Gallipolis Journal
November 25, 1875


     Mat Bowen and John Clark, two colored fellows, on Saturday evening, seriously beat one Harvey Morgan, another colored fellow, out on the farm of Mr. Leopold Frank. Doubts are entertained of Morgan’s recovery. He is under the care of Dr. Cromley. Whisky.

     Mr. Eli Davis, formerly of Ohio township, this county, now of Kansas, has been elected a member of the Legislature from Miami county.

     Mr. A. Newton went to Pittsburg last week, with a lot of turkeys and geese, near five hundred in number.

     Mr. Conaway Fisher, of Huntington township, went down to the Ohio Medical College, at Cincinnati, last week, to have an afflicted limb treated.

     Mr. Jno. F. Whiting’s tailor shop was entered on Saturday night, and $38 stolen from parties therein.

     Mr. George W. Baggs, of Vinton, left on Saturday for Washington City, where he intends working in the Government Congressional Printing Office.

     Miss Alice Halliday, of our city, was in attendance at the Woman’s Temperance Convention, at Cincinnati, last week.

     Capt. W. H. Nash, Commissary of Subsistence, has been ordered to proceed to Columbus Barracks, Ohio, to inspect and report upon subsistence stores recently purchased at that depot by First Lieutenant J. M. Thompson, Twenty-Fourth Infantry. Captain Nash will perform the duty under detailed instructions from the Commissary General of Subsistence, to whom he will report by letter on completion of the same.—Cin. Com.

    The Gallia Academy is one of our educational institutions of which every one is justly proud. It has started many a young man on the road to fame. Under its present management it maintains its preeminence. See notice of winter term.

     A colored woman by the name of Green was badly burned from the hips down, out in “Texas” on Saturday night. She was lying in front of the fire, and her dress caught fire from sparks. She is being treated by Dr. Cromley, but her case is considered hopeless.

A Little Episode
     Capt. Ripley has been in the habit of allowing the wife of Bill Blankenship, a jail bird, to visit him. On Wednesday of last week while on one of these visits, John Smith, the fellow who forged the check for $150 on the First National Bank of our city, gave her a hundred-dollar bill, and told her to take it and buy him a shirt, socks, cigars, etc. The woman went to the store of Capt. Blagg, bought the things, and tendered the bill in payment. They could not change the bill, and Cy. Blagg, started out to get it changed. He could not get it changed until he arrived at the First National Bank, where Capt. Hamilton recognized it as the one paid out to Smith on the check. In company with Mr. Deletombe they followed the woman to the jail, and recovered $97 of the money. The woman said she received the money of Smith.

     Dr. Badgley has returned from his Western trip, and is again ready to accommodate his patrons with his services in Dentistry. The Doctor has supplied his office with many new improvements for the comfort of his patients, one of which is Nitrous Oxide, or Laughing Gas, for the extracting of teeth without pain. His long experience and success as a Surgeon and Dentist, gives him the confidence of all. So get your teeth extracted without pain.

     Personal - Capt. Wm. Summers was in the city yesterday. He is a pioneer commander in the Cincinnati and Kanawha River trade, the last boat of which he had command being the side-wheel Herman. He was in command of the Blue Ridge when she exploded, about A.D. 1848. In 1855 he went to Sacramento City, Cal., and steamboated on Feather River, between Sacramento and Marysville, in employ of the Steam Navigation Co., twelve years. He visited his family, in Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1866, but returned to California, and has since been boating in Feather River, in the same trade as before, but for a private company. The exposure and hard work (for Capt. S. says it is hard work to steamboat in California) prostrated him with illness some time ago. Having recovered sufficiently for the journey, he decided to return to his old home in Gallipolis to spend the remainder of his life. He is now about seventy-two years of age, but is still an active man.—Cincinnati Gazette of Thursday.

     Notice is hereby given that there will be a Festival held on the 24th and 25th of Dec., at the A.M.E. Church, for the benefit of the Gallipolis Cornet Band (colored). All are invited to attend; also, all the neighboring Cornet Bands.

From Rio Grande
     Ruth Houlsworth is teaching near Centre Point, this fall. Jennie V. Giles, after one week’s vacation, commenced a four month’s school in Capt. Rothgeb’s district.

     It reads as it were in “letters of gold,” Rio Grande College, on the front of the building, but still some will have it Atwood Institute. People do not generally call their heirs all by one name. There is an institution now in running order by that name in Albany, Athens county. In all probability the building will be completed about the middle of December.

     Prof. R. Dunn has taken a trip to Cleveland, and some other points, but is expected to be at the Meigs Quarterly Meeting to convene at 1st Kyger Church on the third, fourth and fifth of next month.

     Mrs. John H. Wood has been quite afflicted with heart disease for several weeks past, but seems to be mending slowly of late.

     We hear that the church known by the name of “Old Pine,” (U.B.) is being repaired in the way of a new roof, &c.

From Pine Grove
     Mr. John Clark as estimable citizen of Morgan township, died recently after a short illness. His companion had preceded him to the better land but a few months since.

Jail Delivery
     Between 8 and 9 o’clock on Friday evening, while court was in session, and the Sheriff absent, four of the chaps in jail went out through a hole cut in the side of the building. Their names were Bent Kennedy, William Blankenship, Charles Gilliland and John Smith. They had not been gone more than five or ten minutes when their escape was noticed, but the night being pitch dark and a light rain falling, pursuit was considered useless that night. In the morning Philo Ripley started down the river and Amos Ripley, Jr., up the river. Mr. James P. Gray, coming in from Vinton, met a man on foot near Mr. Owens’, just this side of Porter, whose description exactly corresponded with Smith. Capt. Blazer immediately started after him. Philo Ripley sent word back at noon, on Saturday, that Kennedy and Blankenship crossed Raccoon Creek at Cottrell’s Mill, just below Yellow Town, early in the morning. Gilliland seems to have lost himself, in the night’s darkness. He took breakfast at Mr. Valentine Switzer’s, and was afterward heard of at his father’s. There were two others in jail, Wm. Watson and S. L. Gillman, colored, but they made no attempt to get out. The probabilities are that the pursuers will get the fleeing birds.

Later
     Capt. Blazer returned on Saturday evening, having overtaken the man he was in pursuit of, two miles beyond Wilkesville. He proved to be a man named Miller, and had been working up Kanawha. Philo Ripley returned on Monday morning, and reported that Blankenship and Kennedy crossed the river at Chambersburg, on Saturday, and that Smith had continued on down the river on this side. Mr. Lorenzo Sibley heard of Smith, and going down to Straight’s Riffle caught him on a raft floating down the river with some lumbermen. Taking his prisoner, he started to Gallipolis with him on the Billy Parsons. When at Neal’s Landing, opposite Raccoon Creek, and just as the boat was pulling out from shore, Smith, unobserved, jumped to the bank, and ran like a quarter horse for the hills. Those on board opened a fusillade upon him, but he kept running. Messrs. Sibley, Blake and Clendenin started after him. After long search they were about to give him up, when the family of Mr. William Neal discovered Smith in the garden. They scooped in the boy. Philo Ripley and Jno. B. Clendenin went down and brought him up, and lodged him back in his old quarters.
     Smith says that he, Blankenship and Kennedy were together until ten o’clock on Saturday, when they crossed the river. He says they were furnished with horses. He promises to tell just where they are. He says that B. and K. took his overcoat from him, and though they had money, they would not give him a cent. He says they told him they were fifty miles from Gallipolis when they were at Chambersburg, and he believed them for he supposed they had walked twice that distance. Smith says he crossed the Yellow Town bridge at daylight. He also says that he is a son of Capt. J. B. Smith, Co. A, 81st O.V.I., and was in that company. The roster of this regiment does not show any Capt. J. B. Smith. It has only one commissioned Smith, who was Samuel B. Smith, and a First Lieutenant. Smith says also that he is a sole leather cutter, and learned his trade in Cincinnati. The effect of the shots fired at Smith as he was leaving the boat were a slight wound in the back of the head, and a flesh wound in the arm.

John Smith’s Identity Established
     Pleasant Hill, Mo., Nov. 19—A postal-card was received at this place this morning by Captain George B. Harper, cashier of the First National Bank, making inquiry about Jno. Smith, who was arrested at Gallipolis, O., last Saturday for passing a forged check. He gave his name as John Smith, and stated that he was from this place. A man by that name, and filling the description to a dot, was sent to the Missouri Penitentiary about three years ago for two years, for stealing wheat, and was pardoned out six months ago under the three-fourths rule. He is a native of Tennessee, and a bad man generally. He never had any connection with the Younger or James boys. Cincinnati Enquirer


The Gallipolis Journal
December 2, 1875


     Dr. W. S. Newton and family, of Gallipolis, and Rev. O. H. Newton and family, of Mt. Vernon, are visiting their relatives in Marietta—a general family thanksgiving reunion. A happy time all around, as this is their childhood and boyhood home. Marietta Register.

     Elder Dillon, who presided over this district last year, has retired from the ministry on account of failing health, and is living in Vinton county. His health is very poor. Wm. Arbaugh, who has been suffering for a long time with cancer in the face, died last Friday. In the evening he was a well as usual, but violent and rapid hemorrhage from a ruptured blood vessel in the seat of the cancer, caused his death, in an hour or more, after it set in. He was buried on Sunday last.

     Bill Blankenship, whose offense was robbery and who escaped from jail the other night, was taken in out of the wet by Amos Ripley, Jr., on Sunday, and brought back to jail. Saturday he entered a plea of guilty, and was sentenced for three years to the penitentiary.

     Henry Alexander, a colored fellow who was some way implicated in the burglary of Reuben Canady’s store, was arrested at Ironton on Sunday, and brought back and lodged in jail.

     Mr. Joseph Drouillard, Jr., and his sister Marie, left Saturday for Florida, where they expect to spend the winter.

From Cheshire
     Mrs. Ashworth is much improved, but Mr. A. has suffered for the past week from lung fever.

Cash Mauck and Perry Wood have been visiting their Cheshire friends and renewing the old happy scenes.

     Mr. and Mrs. Hogg have returned from an extended bridal tour in the West.

     John Smith. Since the passing of the sentence of four years in the penitentiary by the Court, upon “John Smith,” for forgery, a citizen of our city has received a letter from Capt. George B. Harper, cashier of the First National Bank, of Pleasant Hill, Mo., fixing his identity. Capt. Harper encloses a photograph in his letter. This photograph is that of “Smith.” The letter says:

“I enclose photograph herein of John Fulton Brown, formerly from Ohio; was here in 1871. Compare it with your prisoner. If this is the man, I will give you something of his history, while here. I am disposed to think this is the man. This man committed a forgery while here. He worked mostly on farms while here.”
    

“Smith “ was shown the photograph, and asked if his real name was not John Fulton Brown. He admitted that the photograph was of him, and denied that his name was Brown. Everyone who has seen the photograph says that it is an excellent picture of him; no one doubts it. So “John Smith” turns out John Brown.

     Winter amusements - for both old and young, have a good beginning in our city. We have the Musical, Dancing and Euchre Clubs. These meet once a week, and are occasions of pleasant memories. We hear talk of a reading Club in addition. The more the better. [. . .] The Musical and Dramatic Club lately organized by some of our young people has proven a decided success. There are now about fifty members, some of whom are possessed of considerable talent. The Club have decided to hold public entertainments at Aleshire Hall on the evenings of the 15th, 16th and 17th of this month. The proceeds to be given to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. At the last meeting of the Club, after the regular programme of the evening had been executed, Prof. James M. Neal, of Ironton, Major J.B. Downing, of Middleport, and Doctor Bailey, of New York, favored the company with a variety of choice instrumental and vocal music. The Club have secured, for temporary use, the rooms of the Lotos Club, at which place the next regular meeting will be held.

     About midnight on Thursday night an alarm of fire was sounded. It was discovered to be in the third story of the Thomasson House. The Fire Department came out promptly, but the flames were extinguished promptly. Upon examination it was found that the fire started in the old Red Men’s Hall, and also in the garret, several feet distant. The fire in the old Hall had burned a hole through the center of the floor. That in the garret did no damage. The fact that there had been no fire in these places for several years leaves no doubt but that some wanton party set them on fire. [. . .]

     Philo Ripley, who has served during his father’s term of office, will act as Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff Stuart. Philo has heaps of kind friends. Mr. Stuart’s selection is a good one.


The Gallipolis Journal
December 9, 1875


     Henry Alexander, whose arrest on the charge of implication in the burglary of Canady’s meat shop was stated last week, had an examination before Esquire Vance on Thursday, and was discharged. The evidence was insufficient to make a case.

Letart, Meigs Co., Dec. 3, 1875
     Editor Journal: - Believing that Gallia is interested in her sons who have stepped over her borders and are battling with the “ills of life” in other counties, I desire to speak of two who have gone out as educators, and are now faithfully laboring in Meigs County.
     Charles T. Coates has been teaching in this county for the last few years. His success in the common schools won for him quite a reputation as a teacher, so much so that he received a call from the trustees of the Carleton College, at Syracuse; and to-day, he stands at the helm of that institution. So successfully has he steered the institution through every voyage he has made, that many are placing themselves under his watchful care. He truly has shown himself “a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” The hopes of the trustees have been realized. The patronage of the institution is increasing.
     O.. M. Carter is meeting with success in this place. He has proven to the patrons of his school that he is well qualified for the position he occupies. It is both pleasant and instructive to visit his school. He has won the affections of his students, and all, both teachers and students, are working with “might and main.” The school building is a beautiful structure, erected and furnished last year at a cost of something over seven thousand dollars. There are three departments at present. Mr. Carter superintends the whole, and teaches at the High School.
     If these two young men are fair specimens of the instructors that Gallia has sent out, she may well be proud of her sons who are engaged in this occupation beyond her borders. The JOURNAL is a welcome visitor. We could not well do without it. G. C.

    The Pomeroy, Big Sandy and Cincinnati Packet Company has gobbled up the Ohio, and now controls all of our Cincinnati packets except those running to Wheeling. This company seems to have a desire to monopolize the carrying trade between Cincinnati and Pomeroy. If it deals honorably and fairly with the people perhaps there will be no serious protest, but if it attempts to oppress shippers and travel by the power it has secured it will be a bad day for the company. We have still two good packets running outside of the monopoly, Andes and Hudson, and these should be liberally supported, that they may maintain their independent position, and thus keep open competition.

     Some four or five years ago, Messrs. James Mullineux, Robert Black and James Brown were appointed Commissioners to divide the Ferrard estate. Now, two of the parties are dead, and they the youngest members of the Commission. The elder, Mr. Mullineaux, remains an active and useful citizen. Such is life.

     The two colored men, Mat. Brown and John Clark, and another whose name we did not learn, who beat Harvey Morgan, another colored man, out on the farm of Mr. Leopold Frank, two weeks since, were arrested on Saturday, and on Monday were brought before Esquire Logue. The prosecuting witness not appearing, Clark pled guilty of an assault, and was fined $2 and costs, while the other two were discharged.

     Enos K. Jones, well known in this city, has secured a ticket for the Kentucky penitentiary by stealing at Maysville.

     Mr. A. A. Stewart, of Cincinnati, son of R. L. Stewart, Esq., of this city, represented old John Robinson at the great sale in New York of the effects of Barnum’s celebrated Hippodrome. Mr. S. bought for Mr. Robinson some of the trained horses.

     Mr. John R. Smithers and Lady are in the city visiting relatives and friends.

From Cheshire
     William Symmes, Esq., has sold his storehouse and goods to Messrs. Sandford & Maddy.

     The quarterly meeting at First Kyger Church was very well attended. Prof. Dunn, of Hillsdale, Mich., preached Sabbath morning and evening.

     The new cooper-shop is in full blast, and about twenty-five hands employed.

From Centerville
     Centerville though small, is not by any means an insignificant, dull, lonesome town that many imagine it to be. . . . We have four churches—Welsh Baptist, Calvinistic Methodist, Congregational and an English M. E. Church. I think these four churches average as large an attendance as the churches of Gallipolis, not that we have more people but less “Sunday loafers.” We also have four secret orders, viz: Masonic, Knights of Pythias, Red Men and Odd Fellows, all of which are progressing finely. Centerville, we claim, ships more butter and eggs, and packs more hogs than any town in the county. Centerville has turned out the following teachers this fall, who not only are an honor to Centerville, but a credit to the counties of Gallia and Jackson in which they are teaching, viz: L. C. Steele, S. S. Jones, D. L. Morgan, Wm. H. McNeal, L. Hathaway, Misses Lillie Williams, Eliza Waddell, Annie Waddell, Mary Morgan and Mary Thomas.

     I understand Mr. J. Warren Yost has resigned the management of the Centerville National Bank of Thurman, and intends to return to Gallipolis. Centerville and community deeply regret the loss of one of its best citizens. Mr. Yost is a young man of fine intellect and excellent deportment, in fact a model young man. He leaves Centerville with not an enemy and a host of friends. May peace and prosperity go with him.

From Addison
     Mr. S.H. Gates has put up an addition to his already commodious barn, for the benefit of his bovines.

     Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Fulton returned Saturday morning, from a six weeks’ visit to friends and relatives in Kansas and Missouri. They report a pleasant trip and a fine country.

     M. Jas. Logue arrived Sunday morning on a visit to his numerous relatives and friends, after an absence of fifteen years or upwards.


The Gallipolis Journal
December 16, 1875

     Our Point Pleasant neighbors are in a fair way to receive telegraphic communication with the world. The Western Union Company has promised to lay a sub-marine cabal [sic] across the river, on condition that the town pays them a bonus of $800. $600 of the money has already been subscribed, and it is expected the balance will soon be forthcoming.

     The family and friends of Mr. Henry Menager, in this city, are in much trouble in regard to the fate of this gentleman. He has been residing in New York for some years, engaged in business. Some two or three months ago he sold out his business, and in a few days thereafter disappeared, since which time neither his friends there, nor his family here, have heard a word from him. It was his universal custom to write his aged mother every week, but these letters of affection have been missed for ten weeks or more. It is feared that he has been foully dealt with.

     The wooden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Dunbar, was celebrated Monday evening, at the residence of W. C. Miller, Esq., father of Mrs. Dunbar. The company was large, the hospitality liberal, and the enjoyment sweet. The presents were numerous, and included almost everything made from wood, from a clothes pin to a step ladder. It was a happy, joyous occasion, and brought with it earnest wishes that the happy couple might live to enjoy their golden wedding, surrounded then as now with true and loving friends. [Note: The wood anniversary is the fifth.]

     Rev. Walter Mitchell closes his connection with the Presbyterian Society, in this city, on the First of January. His departure will be regretted by a large circle of admiring friends. He occupied a high rank among the ministers of our town. During the eight years that he has ministered to this people, he has done much not only for the advancement of the cause of his Master generally, but for the upbuilding and strengthening of the Church and congregation over which he has had more immediate control. He will carry with him in his retirement the kind wishes of many outside of his congregation. We wish him abundant success wherever he may go.

     Mr. W. S. Scott, of Tippecanoe county Ind., a former well-known citizen of this county, is here visiting relatives and friends.

     Mr. J. L. Plymale is teaching school in the Hanley district, W. Va.

     Messrs. Mauck & Gentry have removed their Gents’ Furnishing House to the room adjoining Kerr’s Drug Store, Court street.

     Judge C. W. Smith, Captain of the Trumbull Guards at this post during the war, is now a resident of Huntington, W.Va.

     The Directors of the Agricultural Society held a session last week. It was decided to hold the annual Fair for 1876, September 27th, 28th and 29th, and Messrs. C. D. Bailey, J. C. Vanden, John E. Mills, Isaac Boatman and J. J. Poole were appointed a Committee to prepare the Premium List. [. . .]

     Thieves, Monday night, stole 15 chickens and 5 geese from Mr. Moses Moch.

     Capt. C. C. Aleshire, of this city, has secured an appointment in the organization of the House of Congress.

     Mr. W. H. Clark has been appointed Postmaster at Lincoln, in place of Charles Stuart, Esq., resigned. At Saundersville, Mr. John H. Saunders takes the place of Mr. Wm. F. Sheets, resigned.


The Gallipolis Journal
December 23, 1875

     On Saturday morning there was an alarm of fire in the city. The roof and ceiling in the upper end of Mr. Deletombe’s building on Second street, below the Public Square, occupied by Mr. Gates as a jewelry store, had caught fire from a defective flue. It was extinguished with but small damage. The fire Department was not needed.

     For the Gallipolis Journal. In view of the fact that the small-pox is to some extent afflicting the people of our neighboring cities and towns, it is recommended by the Board of Health, to all persons in the city who have not been successfully vaccinated, or who have children under their care who have not been so vaccinated, that they as a matter of precaution against the scourge of this loathsome and terrible disease, immediately procure the same to be done. That all persons in the city who are not able to employ a competent physician to vaccinate them, may and are recommended to apply at once to Dr. W. B. Guthrie, the City Physician, and be vaccinated at the expense of the city. By order of the Board of Health of Gallipolis, Attest: E. N. Harper, Clerk.

     We wish to inform our customers and the public that we have removed from our old stand to our new room, No. 2 Drouillard Block, being eight doors out on the same street from our old stand, next to C. D. Kerr & Bro.’s Drug Store, where we hope to see all who are wishing anything in our line. Come and see, if you do not buy. MAUCK & GENTRY.

Still a Mystery
     We mentioned last week the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Henry Menager, of New York City. The same cloud of mystery still overhangs. A letter from Mrs. Elias, sister of Mr. M., states that on the knowledge of the disappearance of her brother search was commenced by making inquiry of the landlady with whom he had been stopping. All the information she could give was from a note which she found in his room, written upon both sides of the margin of a newspaper. The note reads as follows:

My Dear Mrs. Monroe:—I have received news from the West, and will have to go out to Ohio to see my relatives. Will return in a short time. If you can rent the rooms, please do so, for I cannot say when I will be back. When I return I will call to see you at once. When you are down town please deliver the keys at the store. Resp’y, H. M.    

     This note is written in a clear business hand on the evening of the 11th of October. Mr. M. took his baggage with him. The letter from Mrs. Elias states that no effort is being spared to trace up the slightest clue. Mr. M. frequently went to California, and a letter has been received here from an intimate friend of his there, with whom he was in the habit of stopping, in answer to one sent, stating that he had not been seen there. In common with the family and friends we hope that the missing one may yet turn up and be restored to the arms of his old mother, who constantly pines for the loss of her son.

    
     Mr. Jno. Alexander, who has been at Louisville, Ky., for medical treatment has returned much improved.

     Mr. J. R. Baxter has rebuilt his bakery which was recently burned, and removed into it.

     They foolishly talk of making a new county out of parts of Gallia, Lawrence and Jackson counties, with the county seat at Millersport. There ought to be a commission de lunatico appointed and sent to Millersport.

      Mr. Joseph Anderson, who has been for long years in employment at the Bailey & Cherington Livery Stable, has left the position. The patrons of this stable will miss Jo.

      The Thomasson House has changed hands, Mr. Thomasson retiring, and Mr. Thos. J. Harris, assuming control.

      Mr. A. F. Moore fell off the steamer Luella at Cheshire one day last week, and came near being drowned.

      Dr. Rathburn will remove his drug store into the room recently occupied by Mauck & Gentry.

Festival Day
      Ancient York Lodge, No. 33, F. and A. Masons, will hold a Festival on Monday evening, December 27th, 1875, at the Colored Baptist Church, on Third Street. All are invited to come. Good order will be observed. J. W. Smith, Sec’y.

From Cheshire
     Joseph Mauck and wife are at New Orleans. Miss Ida Pittinger has gone to Illinois to spend the winter. H. G. Swisher and Alex. King left for Missouri last Friday. Dr. Watkins has returned from Texas. He is pleased with the country, and will locate there. Doc., we are glad to seeing you enjoying improved health.

     G. W. Bing was elected Master of Peerless Grange at their last regular meeting. He is a zealous Granger, and no doubt will make a worthy and efficient officer. George, it’s your treat.

     D. Coughenour, N. King, B. Rife and J. M. Coughenour, were tried before ‘Squire Daniels, for pounding the breath out of John Golden. The three former were acquitted, and the next Court of Common Pleas will have to settle Melvin’s case.

     Ice commenced running in the river last Friday morning, and of course the Chesapeake had to go into winter quarters the day previous; therefore, we have had no mail since last Thursday. We entertain hopes, however, that the accommodating mail contractors of the Gallipolis and Parkersburg route will give us one more mail in 1875.

From Raccoon
     Miss Ida and Truda Haning have gone to Cheshire to stay over the holidays, and visit friends. Miss Ollie Ridgway has a short vacation in her school.

     “Aunt Susie White” (as she is familiarly known), still weaves carpets. She has just finished one that is hard to beat, in design and quality. Mrs. Aaron Davis is the owner of said carpet.


The Gallipolis Journal
December 30, 1875

The following appears in the proceedings of the United States Court, at Cincinnati, Thursday, copied from the Gazette:
W. C. Newton, first mate; P. R. Hartwig, chief engineer, and Benj. Woodworth, first mate of the Ohio No. 4, were taken before Commissioner Hooper yesterday afternoon on an affidavit sworn out by Henry Harris, roustabout, charging them and James Halliday, who escaped by leaving the boat, with assaulting and mistreating him. His story, which he substantiates with a badly damaged head, is that when the boat was above Ashland, day before yesterday, Halliday, who is second engineer, got into an altercation with him and struck him on the head with an iron bar. Thereupon Newton came to the rescue, and duplicated the blow with a lump of coal. The three men were released on $1,000 bail each, to appear again for trial next Thursday at 2 p.m.

Centennial
     At a meeting of the citizens on Tuesday evening it was resolved to celebrate the coming in of the Centennial Year in an appropriate manner, at twelve o’clock on Friday night, and the following Centennial Committee of Thirteen was appointed: J. P. Aleshire, W. S. Wheatley, W.H.H. Sisson, Jas. Williams, Jno. Alexander, C. M. Holcomb, F. J. Zehring, J. W. Gardner, C. W. White, J. B. Clendinen, Alex. Brock, Jno. A. Morrison, S. T. Cook. This Committee will meet at 9 A.M., this (Wednesday) morning, at the office of White & Holcomb, to make out programme, appoint sub-Committees, etc., which will appear in due time.

     Mr. Charles A. Seidler, formerly of Crown City, in this county, had his house and contents burned, in Monroe county, during the first part of this month.

Fence Notice
     The Trustees of Mount Zion Cemetery at Mount Zion Church, will offer on Saturday, Jan. 22d, 1876, at 10 o’clock A.M., the job of building a fence around the new Cemetery lately attached. Specifications made known on day of sale. They will also offer for sale on the same day lots in the new Cemetery. By order of the Board of Trustees, J. E. Mills, Sec’y. Dec. 27, 1875.

     There was an immense amount of powder exploded Christmas, but we have heard of but one accident, and that not a very serious one. Fred. Mullineux, son of Postmaster Mullineux, accidentally wounded one of his fingers, and may possibly lose a portion of it.

     Mr. James W. Gardner has been employed by the Council to prepare a map showing the new boundaries of the city.

     Mr. June Dunbar has resigned his position as second clerk on the steamer Andes.

Robbery
     Mr. Samuel Massie, living near Center Point, in this county, was knocked down and robbed in the road near Salem Church, in Perry township, while on his road home from Greasy Ridge, on Wednesday evening of last week. He says he met three men, who asked him the road to Patriot. One of them struck him on the head, and in the round he was cut across the breast with a knife. They took $345 from him.

Well Done
     With this week Capt. Amos Ripley retires from his second term as Sheriff of this county. With his retirement Capt. Ripley takes with him the respect, confidence and kind wishes of all men of all parties in Gallia county. During his long service he has been prompt and honest in the discharge of every duty. Not a cent remains unpaid. His accounts are all square. He does not owe the county a cent. With one voice we all say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

A Thief
     On Tuesday of last week, while the family were absent from home, an umbrella fixer by the name of Murphy, went into the dwelling house of Judge Logue by bursting the button off the kitchen door. He rifled all the drawers, and stole a cameo breast-pin, worth $12, a gold tooth-pick, a pen-knife, a coat, and other things. He was seen going in at the gate. A warrant was issued and Murphy was arrested. Upon being searched the pen-knife alone was found. The Mayor fined him $10 and costs, and Murphy now works the streets. This man is undoubtedly a common thief. We advise our readers to watch this fellow. He has a little of the Irish brogue on his tongue; is about 5 feet 11 inches high; fair complexion; rather sandy hair and goatee; blue eyes; weighs about 140 pounds, and is rather solidly built. Keep your eye on him.

A Bit of a Discussion
     Jim Lewis and Nelson Scott, two colored fellows, had a drunken difficulty, in the upper end of the city, on Thursday evening, in which Lewis came out badly cut in the right side by a knife in the hands of Scott. The latter claims that the cutting was done in self-defense. Lewis, though having a cut about six inches long, will, it is thought by physicians, recover. Scott has been bound over.

Sad Affair
     Mr. Lorenzo Clark, of Morgan township, and his son William, aged about twenty-one years, had a serious difficulty on Tuesday of last week, the result of which is that the father lies in critical condition. Our informant states that the difficulty occurred about the milking of a cow by a younger brother. The father attempted to correct his younger son, when William interfered. Mr. Clark had his head so badly beaten that Drs. Sisson and Gardner took twenty pieces of fractured skull out. William claims that he struck his father with his fist, and that he fell striking his head on a rock. The physicians think that he was struck on the head with a stone or club, as a fall could not have done so much damage. Mr. Clark’s recovery is in doubt. No arrests as yet.

From Addison
     Mr. Isaiah McKown and family, and Miss Clara Rothgeb, left Sunday evening for Nokomos, Montgomery county, Ill., the former go there to reside, the latter to visit friends near Springfield.

     W. H. Reynolds gives a week’s vacation during the holidays. Will. wields the rod o’er the juveniles of Addison, with satisfaction to all concerned.

     Christmas in Addison was a big day; more people in town than ever before . . . The Christmas dinner was a success . . . The committee on table did nobly . . . Mrs. S. H. Gates and Mrs. D.R.S. Shaffer and others had charge. The Addison String Band furnished music during the day . . . After dinner the tables were cleared . . . Twelve couples gracefully waltzing looks grand. . . . instructor, W.W. Ralston, handles the baton gracefully. . . . as the evening shades came on . . . the gathering at the church began . . . the eager throng feasted their eyes on the beautiful Christmas tree, laden with presents and handsomely decorated . . . by Mrs. J. H. Teed, Mrs. F. A. Guthrie, Miss Ettie Hamlin, Mr. W. H. Hamlin, Mr. W. H. Reynolds and Mr. Elliot Watson . . .music was furnished by Miss Nettie Rothgeb, as organist, accompanied by the Campaign Choir. After the presents were distributed the congregation passed resolutions of thanks to trustees for the use of the M.E. Church, Mr. Shaeffer for the use of the warehouse and hall, choir for music furnished in the evening, and also the string band for their entertainment during the day. . . . the gathering dispersed about 10 o’clock P.M. . . . Many happy greetings were passed. Everybody enjoyed themselves hugely. It was estimated that there were 400 present [. . .]


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