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Other than what it said about the location, I have no clue. Perhaps someone
from the Jackson County Historical Society would know. They might even have
a business directory since it was in the 20s.
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> Mary: re the bakery story: any ideas/info on what the Trobaugh site
> mentioned in the article was and who owned it? Carol
> Our life may not always be the party we would have chosen, but while we
> are here, we may as well dance!
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Mary: re the bakery story: any ideas/info on what the Trobaugh site
mentioned in the article was and who owned it? Carol
Our life may not always be the party we would have chosen, but while we
are here, we may as well dance!
HENRY BORGSMILLER STARTED WITH SMALL NEIGHBORHOOD STORE IN 1890--NOW BIG WHOLESALER
That America is a land of opportunity has been proven many times to the satisfaction of every one except the disgruntled misfits who lack ability to enter the door of success as it is open to them.
That Murphysboro has many citizens who have thus proven their abiity to wring success out of the most meager opportunities is proven time and again. Among those outstanding citizens is Henry BORGSMILLER of the Borgsmiller Wholesale Grocery Co.
He came to Murphysboro in 1885, at a time when mining was the sole industry and went to work in the coal mines. In his youth he had learned several fundamental truths which have remained with him through life. To make your way in this world you must work and he had no grievance against that fundamental law; another was that to succeed you must save a part of your earnings. These things he had done before he came to Murphysboro a young man full of purpose and of high ideals, and he has not changed his plans of life.
Immediately after his arrival he became active in St. Andrew's church, the church of his faith from childhood. It was there that he met soon after his arrival Miss Elizabeth BORGERS, daughter of Uncle Henry BORGERS, a pioneer citizen long since passed to his reward. They were married in 1887 and have been the inspiration of a large and healthy family of children which blessed this union.
It was in 1890 that Mr. Borgsmiller first essayed to go into business, in a small building just opposite Park View (then Turner's park) on north Ninth Street. This was the first neighborhood store to be started in Murphysboro, all of the other business establishments being in the down town district. It was a stroke of business genius that meant a success from the start, notwithstanding the fact that the business depression of the early 90's followed soon after.
At that time mines to the north of the city were working full blast and many families were living north of the then city limits. His stock consisted of grocieries and general merchandise and while his capital was small he kept up a rapid turnover that meant quick profits.
So well had he succeeded in his first venture that six years later he bought the building and stock of the W. C. KENT store one of the old estabished businesses at 1420 Walnut Street which he conducted successfully for a number of years. In 1902 he started in the wholesale grocery business as Henry BORGSMILLER & Sons with a location on Seventeenth Street just across from the Mobile & Ohio depot. This busines has grown until today its large list of customers all over Eegypt look to it for their wholesale needs in the grocery line. This business is now managed by Henry BORGSMILLER, Jr., the senior Mr. Borgsmiller having relinquished active management of this store when his sons had grown into the business. He still serves in an advisory capacity in this and other Borgsmiller enterprises, and has never given up his idea that work is one of the blessings of life.
The Borgsmiller Produce Co., located in the same block on Seventeenth Street which has a large and successful business is managed by Herman BORGSMILLER.
The Murphysboro Grocery Co., was established in 1921 and serves a trade within a radius of fifty miles. Under the sole management of Joseph BORGSMILLER, another son, this business has had a remarkable growth and is expanding rapidly. It is located on the corner of Division and Eighteenth Streets in a modern brick building. At the rear of this property Mr. Borgsmiller, Sr., is erecting a modern steel and concrete ware house with trackage on the Mobile & Ohio railroad.
With Mrs. Borgsmiller and the five unmarried children, Mr. Borgsmiller lives in a beautiful home at Twenty-third and Division streets, where the sons and daughters and the grand children foregather on Sundays and festive occasions.
With a vision of what Murphysboro might be in the future as he started his first small business in 1890, he has seen the community grow and his faith justified. He is still a man of vision and is a firm believer in the future of his adopted city, his home town.
AMITY LODGE I.O.O.F OLDEST IN CITY
Amity Lodge No. 132 is the oldest order in the city, the charter having been issued October 15, 1853, just one day more than twenty years before John GREAR and Bethune DISHON started the Independent.
The charter was granted on that date, but the lodge was not instituted until December 9 of that year. The charter members were George KENNEDY, Sr., Cunningham KENNEDY, J. M. MORGAN, J. O. JONES, and M. F. SCHWARTZSCOPE. The Kennedy brothers were members of Allegheny Lodge, Allegheny, Pa., and had withdrawal cards. The five men rode to Chester on horseback and were there given the five degrees to the newly elected members and they returned to institute Amity Lodge. The charter members have all gone to their reward.
Mr. Kennedy was elected treasurer of Amity Lodge and remained such for many years. In those days he was the only member who received a Fifty-Year medal from the Grand Lodge of Illinois.
The lodge was initiated on the second floor of the old frame building at Eleventh and Walnut streets and remained situated there until 1862, when it moved to the second floor of the Kennedy cabinet shop at Locust and Eleventh streets. Later Mr. Kennedy built a three story brick building at Tenth and Walnut and the lodge removed to the upper structure there and remained until the 80's.
Amity Lodge later removed to the Willis building, third floor, east side square, and remained there until it built its own spendid home at Locust and Ninth streets, a two-story brick building.
The I.O.O.F.'s of Murphysboro went through the Civil War without disbanding. Growth was imparied that and the succeeding years, but new life came with the settling down of the country to peace times.
July 23, 1870, thirteen members of Amity Lodge withdrew and instituted the Mt. Carbon Odd Fellow's Lodge. April 5, 1899, however, the two lodges combined, the Mt. Carbon Lodge bringing to Amity Lodge 55 members.
Many of the best known pioneers of Murphysboro were the heart and life of Amity Lodge and not a few of them have lived through to this day to enjoy all the honors Amity has deserved.
The roster of this lodge in the past carries many of the names of men prominent in the life of Murphysboro and the nation. Major General John A. Logan, whose mortal remains lie in a crypt at the National cemetery in Washington, D.C., was an early member.
JOHNNY WILLIAMS, COMEDIAN
Life is not all skittles and beer, as every grown person will tell you, but Memory, that master artist, has the happy touch which paints out the dark scenes and leaves only those bright pictures that we all cherish.
Who would guess, for instance, that John R. WILLIAMS, 2008 Pine Street, Mobile & Ohio engineer of quiet mein, was the one and same person who fifty years ago convulsed with laughter the audiences of the old Concert hall with his black face sketches and songs.
Yet the proof is here not only in the memory of many of the older citizens of today, but in the printed stories from the newspapers of that time.
Mr. & Mrs. William celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary July 3, this year, surrounded by their children, and with the benign father of the bride, Ralph COLLINS, 89 years old, present to again give the bride away.
What memories the fiftieth anniversary of the Independent bring back to this estimable couple!
"Do you remember, John," Mrs. Williams said the other evening when these memories were being brought out from the alabaster box of time, "the first ice cream parlor in Murphysboro" It was started by a man from Grand Tower by the name of PRIBLE, and was just across from the Concert hall." Mr. Williams did and he recalled how that ice cream was very much like frozen hail stones, having no resemblance to the product known in this day, but how they enjoyed it.
Mr. Williams came here in 1867 from Scanton, Pa., and went to work in the Mt. Carbon coal mines. Miss Collins had come with her parents from Ohio some time before and rode over from Carbondale in Phil TEMPLE's stage to Murphysboro. She went to school in the school house on Tenth street taught by Miss AKIN, later, Mrs. Thos. HORD and a Miss HINCKLEY. Later she attended the Mt. Carbon school.
Mr. Williams worked in the mines awhile and later "kept bar" for the late Wm. SPILLER, father of Robert SPILLER, in the basement under the Gill building on Walnut and Tenth street. Uncle George KENNEDY had a tin shop across the street where KRAUS & BOWER's hardware store now is and Bob WATSON had a lunch stand across the street near the post office when E. B. PELLETT was postmaster.
In 1883 he went to work for the Narrow Guage in the round house which stood then at what is now the corner of Spruce and Eighteenth streets. He has been with that road ever since. But before that time he was a comedian and with Dan O'LEARY was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department. His talents were often called into play for "benefits" for the firemen, and for many a home talent show.
Mrs. Williams recalled how in those happy days you could not even intimate that you had a birthday but what the town's folks would come in for a party and a dance. No matter if the folks had gone to bed, the stove would be moved out of the way and rooms made ready for the merry crowd who came to dance.
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY
On Oct. 25, 1917, a few loyal Scientists met at a home in Murphysboro and organized the Christian Science Society of Murphysboro. The first services were held in the city hall Oct. 28th, 1917. Dec. 12th, 1917, they moved to the band hall and continued to hold services there until they moved into their church home March 4, 1923.
July 1920, the property at 1819 Walnut known in the history of Murphysboro as the old Logan Home was purchased. Here the church edifice was erected in 1923.
ROSS STORE IS EXAMPLE OF NEW SPECIALTY SHOP
No better example of the present day tendency to specialize may be found than the exclusive ready to wear stores. The ROSS store at Thirteenth and Walnut streets may be pointed to in this connection as typical.
The business was established a number of years ago by "Billie" ROTH, who successfully conducted it until his health failed early this year and he disposed of it to Sam and Sol ROSS, progressive young businessmen of St. Louis. They not only kept the store and service up to the high standards established by Mr. Roth, but have endeavored to improve it. They are ably assisted by Mr. & Mrs. F. E. PERKINS.
The store specializes in ladies suits, coats, dresses, furnishings, millinery and other ready to wear apparel for ladies, and has a separate department devoted exclusively to shoes for ladies and children.
STATE BANK OF MURPHYSBORO, 1918
The State Bank of Murphysboro is the newest banking institution in the city, and is proof of the growth of the city in recent years. It was opened in April, 1918, in the JEFFREY building with capital stock of $50,000.00, and has shown a rapid growth, its deposits now totaling $450,000.00.
Its first officers and directors were:
W. H. BRETT, President
Z. V. McCORD, Cashier
J. W. CARICO, Director (deceased)
Z. V. McCORD, Director
R. A. McCORD, Director
Peter JEFFREY, Director (deceased)
W. H. BRETT, Director
J. B. ELLIOTT, Director
M. M. MORALEE, Director
Dr. C. E. RISELING, Director
Ed WALLER, Director
B. M. JONES, Director (deceased)
Located as it is in what was fifty years ago the western limits of the city, corner Fourteenth and Walnut streets, with the federal building to the west across Fourteenth street, it is now in the heart of the city. William H. BRETT, its first president and who continues to occupy that position, is the son of Jerry BRETT, well known to the people of fifty years ago and for years city clerk of Murphysboro.
The present cashier, Cooper STOUT, who until his connection with this bank was for several years United States Marshall, is the son of Uncle Newton STOUT, a resident of the Ava community since 1867. His father is 82 years of age and still retains his health.
The present officers and directors are:
Wm HL. BRETT, President
J. L. DEAN, Vice President
Cooper STOUT, Cashier
M. M. MORALEE
R. R. COBBUM
Dr. H. H. ROTH
McNEILL BROS. AND SALLY ANN KEEP US WELL
Hats off to Homer McNEILL, baker of the famous Sally Ann bread, at the fine McNeill Bros. model plant on West Walnut street. Homer was among the very first men to leave Murphysboro for service in the World War and perhaps the first local man to be commissioned from the ranks. As an officer he remembered what Napolean preached: "An Army fights on its belly." And it so happened that Homer for a long time was the Napolean of the kitchens down in the cantonments and afterwards, and saw that the doughboys had plenty of "grubpile."
Returning home he acquired the old Chris KUHN bakery at 17th and Elm streets. Sally Ann bread made a hit there and finally the McNeill business found itselt sparring for room. Ultimately the McNeills bought the TROBAUGH site on Walnut, midway between 16th and 17th streets, and erected a modern brick business home and the newest, big capacity ovens the baking business knows.
In this model plant, the appearance of which is of itself inviting to buyers to enter, the McNeill Bros. produce the goods and S. B. McNEILL, the father, superintends sales and distribution. The firm prides itself on bread and pastries.
The McNeill family has been in Murphysboro for many years. Mrs. McNeill is from the old esteemed family of George TYLER. McNeill is another name for hard work and good service.
CHEVROLET CAR FEATURED HERE BY T. R. CROSS
T. Rosier CROSS came to Murphysboro from the Dimond Motor Sales and Service firm in Mt. Vernon, Ill., in September a year ago, as representative of his employers following their purchase of the KENT & SAUER automobile sales place at 220 North 11th Street.
Mr. Cross is a hustler and hustled business at the North 11th address in July, this year, he took over the business from the Dimond interests and is exclusive sales agent here for the famous Chevrolet cars. Chevrolet sale and service has no better home in Egypt than it has found in Mr. Cross' spendidly appointed sales place, with a ground floor alone of 5,000 square feet.
The gentleman knows the automobile game from top to bottom, is a courteous, square man in all his business dealings, and has made a spendid impression in Murphysboro.
L. C. WILEY'S JEWELRY CO. LIKES CITY
Earlington, Ky., is some town and Mr. & Mrs. L. C. WILEY will never forget the homy place down in the Blue Grass region. Mr. Wiley said, however, that Murphysboro is "all right all over" when interviewed Saturday for the Independent's Anniversary Edition.
Mr. & Mrs. Wiley came here three years ago and acquired the jewelry stock of Fayette KERR, deceased. The new jewelry firm thus bought into an old established location for their line, and added to the stocks with much new and attractive silverware and jewelry. Mr. Wiley also does a general jewelry repair business.
The firm is located in the RITTER building, 1212 Walnut Street, and the Wileys continue to make new business friends here.
TONY HUFNAGEL, CLEANER, DYER WALNUT 10TH
Tony HUFNAGEL has eternally stuck to business for the last five years, since he has had a business of his own to establish, and is at this writing one of the best known men in the cleaning and dyeing trade. His establishment at Walnut and Tenth street, second floor, also does expert tailoring and repairing.
Mr. Hufnagel was in the tailoring business for three years prior to entering the World War. Prior to that for twenty consecutive years his revered father, deceased, was a prominent merchant tailor here where the Wandy Kitchen now is located.
The Hufnagel establishment employs four trained workers and enjoys a considerable, select patronage.
P. W. GRIFFITH IS PIONEER
Peter W. Griffith, retired farmer and member of the board of directors of the City National Bank, had gone through the Civil war and was back home in business when the Independent made its initial bow.
Born just north of Murphysboro on what is now the Dr. DANIEL farm, he recalls vividly hearing his father tell of his trip to this state from Pennsylvania and of his going to Brownsville to trade shortly after his arrival in the section. He told of the citizens of that frontier town gathered about the store when the stranger came up. He was asked where he was from and when told Pennsylvania was at once dubbed "Buckskin" and told to get ready to fight the town bully, as he must prove up just how tough a "Buckskin" was. He did not want to fight, but his friend from this section who went with him told him to wade in and make a good job of it now, and he would be left alone ever after. He licked his man and was at once hailed as a good fellow.
Mr. Griffith remembers the days of the early stores in Murphysboro, of the opening of the mines, and the prosperity that followed; of his own work in the Dr. BIERER store where the Citizens' State & Savings Bank now stands and the rough and ready character of its pioneer citizens, but like every other citizen of that day who still trods the boards, he declared it was even then a good town to live in and he still holds to that faith.
Mr. Griffith for a number of terms served on the city council and has always been active in its affairs, while caring for his various farm interests.
T. J. SHARPE SPECIALIZES IN DRY GOODS LINE
T. J. SHARPE's Dry Good Store located in the Union Block of old, is not an old institution either in years or methods. Mr. Sharpe however has been a resident of this city many years and was for years located with W. S. ROBERTS at the old Desberger corner. He bought out Ed NEILL's drug store years ago, but later sold that to Frank POST and returend to his first love, the dry goods business. He has been in business in the present location nine years. The store occupies two floors and is the only one in the city confining itself strictly to dry goods and kindred lines of ladies' dress accessories and notions.
K OF C LODGE INSTITUTED IN CITY IN 1915
The organizers of the Knights of Columbus in this city held their first meeting in St. Andrew's school on March 19th, 1905. The Council owes its beginning to the vision and assistance of Dr. C. L. MOLZ, who presided at the first meeting and was later elected the Grand Knight of the Council. The Council was officially instituted on April 30th, 1905, with the following officers in the chairs:
Thos. McDONALD, D. G. K.
Foss MARTELL, Rec. Sec'y
Peter EVERSMAN, Fin. Sec'y
Chas. CHAPMAN, Treasurer
Rev. J. MUNIER, Lector
J. W. HALPIN, Advocate
S. A. BASTIEN, Warden
Albert SLAUGHTER, I. G.
A. LAWRENCE, O. G.
Ed VAN CLOOSTERE, Trustee
John STOELZE, Trustee
Henry BORGERS, Trustee
Rev. K. SCHUARTE, Chaplain
First meetings were held in Amity hall. The Council grew in membership from the very out-start and later on the Murphysboro Council was instrumental in organizing several other Councils in Southern Illinois. New quarters were secured in the Craine building and the third floor was so arranged to meet the needs held therein on December 5th, 1905.
It is one of the leading fraternal organizations in the city and during the World War its members entered every branch of the miitary and naval service, rallying to the call of their government in defense of country and flag. On account of the growth of the Council and a strong desire to own their own home, the substantial building on the corner of 13th and Locust streets was purchased in 1921 and as soon as possession can be secured they will move to their own quarters on the first floor of this building then one of the best lodge halls and locations in the city.
The membership is now over the 800 mark and consists of some of the most substantial business men in the city who have been identified with every worth-while movement for the betterment of Murphysboro.
LLOYD SMITH BOOTERY IS HERE TO STAY
Lloyd SMITH Bootery at Walnut and 11th streets has not been here fifty years but it is here to stay. This statement expresses the confidence of Mr. Smith, founder and proprietor of the business, in Murphysboro's future. The gentleman isn't sitting down and depending on Murphysboro to make good, but is out on the jump organizing merchants to make the city continue to grow.
Mr. Smith learned the retail shoe business with the Sam SCHULTZ Co. at Pana, Ill., and again with the S. L. BIRD Shoe Company at Detroit, Mich. He came to Murphysboro in 1920 as manager of the WOLF Shoe Co. interests here, and bought into the shoe business here January 28, 1921, marrying Miss Nell WISELY February 18, 1922.
Smith's Bootery offers six dress brands of shoes, a spendid line of hosiery, and sundry models in worker's and sport shoes. The Bootery this soon has found itself cramped for room and Mr. Smith is to extend the store rearwards many feet in the near future, when he will boast a display and sales room 90 feet long.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith are congenial salespeople and have the knack of making it easy for customers to call again.
FRED C. THIEME BUSINESS AMONG EARLIEST HERE
The history of the F. C. THIEME undertaking establishment on South Eleventh Street dates back for a quarter of a century in the history of Murphysboro. Established in 1898, the business has grown to a remarkable extent and has kept abreast of the changing times.
Mr. Thieme acquired the business from D. L. BOUCHER who had successfully conducted it for a number of years. Among the other early owners of it were Louis HOFFMAN of Tenth and Walnut streets.
The present owner is a licensed embalmer and has had years of experience in his profession. He is a graduate of one of the best schools and the business has shown a steady growth under the new ownership.
The equipment is motorized throughout and maintains auto ambulance service day and night. Mr. Thieme gives the business his personal attention and has a lady assistant on his staff.
While he has been a resident of the city for a comparatively few years, his strict attention to business and his pleasing personality have won him many warm friends, who are pleased with the success he is making.
BIG DEPARTMENT STORE, SITE OF OLD LANDMARK
On the site of the old DESBERGER building so well remembered by our citizens of fifty years ago is one of the finest department stores in the city. Occupying two stories of the building owned and built by John M. HERBERT for the type of business of the AKERS & Co. department store it is ideally constructed with show windows that display to the best advantage the goods within.
Hal R. AKERS, the manager of this fine store, came here from Clay Center, Kan., and has demonstrated that the business methods of the "Sunflower" state are in keeping with the best traditions of the east. With an ambition characteristic of the west he has built up a stock that would do credit to a city many times the size of Murphysboro. Mr. Akers is ably assisted by his wife and a corps of efficient clerks who believe in service to the community which they serve. Mrs. Akers, besides being a good accountant, is also a skilled musician and very fine vocal soloist.
PROFESSOR RESEARCHES GRAVESITES
BELIEVES CEMETERY HOLDS TRAIL OF TEARS INDIANS
By JIM Sure
the Associated Press
Published Sunday, November 27, 2005
ANNA - The tiny Camp Ground church cemetery includes among its dead some of
the earliest settlers from this part of southern Illinois - Germans whose
weathered sandstone grave markers date to the 1800s.
Still, a mystery lingers about others who might be buried on this solemn
ground: Is the graveyard the final resting place of Cherokee Indians who
died here during the winter of 1838-39 when they were forced westward on the
infamous Trail of Tears to what now is Oklahoma?
According to local legend, the graves are here, but Harvey Henson wants to
know for sure. The geophysicist at Southern Illinois University in nearby
Carbondale has rolled out the high-tech gadgets to try to get answers.
"We've definitely got unmarked graves, no doubt," he said. "But are they
Europeans or settlers or Native Americans? No one quite knows that, and that
's a nice problem to solve."
Henson calls his evidence "pretty circumstantial," and barring a court order
to dig up the property - something Henson doesn't endorse - the answer may
forever elude him.
Henson thinks he has pinpointed at least two single, unmarked graves, though
results of new data being processed could reveal more - perhaps a dozen, he
"We're dealing with so many unknowns," he said. "We're out to find where the
Cherokee are buried and how many are there. You just have to take it
systematically and line up the evidence."
Henson has been trying to build his case since 1999. That's when Sandy Boaz,
whose ancestors are buried in the Camp Ground graveyard, sought his help to
prove whether the cemetery included any Cherokees who succumbed during their
The cemetery already is part of the National Park Service's Trail of Tears
National Historic Trail, which was designated by Congress in 1987 and
stretches roughly 2,200 miles across nine states. The graveyard is on the
trail's northern route, one of three pathways used by about 16,000 Cherokees
when they were ordered out of the southeast.
Stories have passed from generation to generation about German settlers who
befriended the Cherokees, who, while trying to pass through this Union
County area on foot or by horse or oxen-pulled carts, became trapped when
ice floes made crossing the Mississippi River impossible.
The total death toll along the Trail of Tears isn't clear. The official
government count at the time was about 400, though most accounts suggest
that some 4,000 Cherokees perished.
Burial records involving any Cherokees in the Camp Ground cemetery were
never kept, and Henson suspects that survivors of those dead may not have
had time to erect grave markers.
After researching the matter for some 20 years, Boaz is convinced that
Cherokees are spending eternity near her ancestors, who she says owned the
property that became the graveyard.
"To me, it's not a mystery at all," said Boaz, 58. "My family have passed
this word down for years. I feel this is legit."
In trying to unmask the mystery, Henson has marked off a small Camp Ground
cemetery section - roughly 50 by 60 feet - that appears unblemished and "had
been left alone pretty much through the years," given the legend of what may
Using noninvasive tools such as ground-penetrating radar, he said he has
found disturbances in soil layers that would suggest the presence of
interment or graves.
"We got a few interesting anomalies and patterns," he said. "When you start
getting the same story from different techniques and methods, you start to
believe. It's kind of like a court case - you get people to testify and put
forth evidence, then get the jury to determine who's right and wrong."
Though none of his information identifies the buried person's ethnicity, sex
or age, Henson hopes his work will help ensure that any possible gravesites
remain undisturbed "to preserve their right to rest in peace."
ZELLE OPENED FIRST FUNERAL HOME IN EGYPT
The first Funeral Home in Southern Illinois was established by A. G. ZELLE in the "Daddy" TURNER homestead, 1421 Walnut Street, in August 1915. The idea was taken up a short time later at Cairo and Centralia and has since spread to practically every city of importance. Previous to that time they were found only in the larger cities.
Mr. Zelle came to Murphysboro in 1910--five years prior to the time he embarked in business for himself, and was employed as undertaker and embalmer in a local undertaking estabishment on South Eleventh Street. He is a graduate of the Barnes School of Undertaking and was granted a state license in 1906.
He was married a short time after coming to Murphysboro and Mrs. Zelle soome became interested in the profession of her husband and decided to prepare herself to become his business associate. She entered the Worsham School of Embalming, Chicago, and after completing the work was granted a license in 1917. She had assisted him, however, previous to that time.
Louie CLARK, undertaker and embalmer, who is employed by Mr. & Mrs. Zelle, is also a graduate of the Worsham school and was licensed by the state in 1920. He is a graduate of the M. T. H. S. and spent 18 months in the service of his country during the World War. While in the service he was connected with a hospital unit at the Brooklyn hospital.
Mr. Zelle has been a member of the Illinois State Funeral Directors Association for the past 15 years and is now first vice-president.
THE MODERN WOODMEN INFLUENTIAL ORDER
The Modern Woodmen of America is among Murphysboro's several flourishing fraternal orders. At the time of this writing John McDONALD is Consul and Fred B. SPENCE, Clerk.
The fraternal order was chartered in Murphysboro as Camp. No. 4879, July 9th, 1897. Its first officers were John ROLLO, Consul and Albert EBERLE, Clerk.
From it's modest beginning the Modern Woodmen Camp has griown into an influential order of 225 members.
It's charter members were:
W. R. CHILDERS
John CRAWFORD (deceased)
Albert EBERLE (deceased)
O. T. HART
W. H. HERRINGTON (deceased)
W. R. HAMPTON
J. W. IRWIN
John KATZMARK (deceased)
Geo. A. KENNER
M. LEVY (deceased)
H. L. LOTT
R. E. MAYER
A. D. MILLHOUSE
R. J. PATTERSON
W. S. ROBERTS
Geo. W. SADLER
James T. THORNTON
E. A. WELLS
CLELAND HUB CLOTHING AND SHOE STORE
Cleland's Hub Clothing and Shoe store, 1012 Walnut street, came to the ownership of H. W. CLELAND August 24th, 1922, when Mr. Cleland having made a study of the business in a clerical capacity for B. C. SMALL for three and one half years, acquired the spendid business from him.
David CLELAND, father of H. W., himself and ex-merchant of Ava of the general merchandise firm of GWIN & CLELAND, and 22 years in the service of the DEAN Milling Co. of Ava, came into the local furnishings firm the first of this year. With two such men centered on continuing the good business patronage at the spendid location, only success can be the answer.
In addition to gents' furnishings, the firm is carrying a complete line of shoes for everyone. Up front the firm's policy is to maintain very attractive show windows, and behind the windows the policy is to give customers quality goods and the right consideration.
The junior firm member had some experience in the retail line with his father at Ava. His earlier merchantile career, however, was cut short when he went into World War service. Returning he located in Murphysboro. David CLELAND and family removed to this city two years ago.
The elder Cleland has been a citizen of Jackson county for fifty years.
"MERRY MAT" MORALEE IS HUSTLER HERE
M. M. MORALEE, otherwise known as "Merry Mat". To be formal one should say "Matthew Madison." But how is one to be formal when Mat is around.
Mr. Moralee was born in Hancock, Mich., several years ago, in Houghton county, and graduated from Kenyon Military Academy, Gambier, O., in 1890. Then, just to become serious, he studied law for a year and six months and got enough of it to help him wonderfully in a business way.
He next went to the Michigan College of Mines one year and next entered the wholesale lumber business with his sire and remained thus engaged until his father's death in 1897.
Mr. Moralee then became engaged in the railroad contracting business, came here in connection with his work for the Missouri Pacific and in 1903 married Miss Mable ASHMAN of Murphysboro.
The couple made their home in New York City, where Mr. Moralee was estate superintendent for John W. STERLING, a wealthy Gotham business man. He also was superintendent of the Osborne Memorial Home Association, a charitable institution for aged gentleman.
He came to Murphysboro in 1917 and bought the Robt. W. WATSON real estate and insurance business. The firm name is M. M. MORALEE. real estate and general insurance, at 1014 Walnut Street.
LETTERS FROM OLD TIME RESIDENCE STILL LIVING HERE
Mrs. Frances COONEY writes the Independent an interesting letter for its FIftieth Anniversary. She says: I was one of the early subscribers and still have a copy of one of the issues of 33 years ago. I recall very well one incident in which John GREAR and John EVANS figured years ago. With my husband I went to the soft drink parlor conducted by Medor LUCIER and my husband called up John EVANS and Editor John GREAR to join us. They ordered lemonade with a "stick:" in it. It was not until some time later that I learned that this was the same as what we now call "with a kick in it." Wishing the Independent the success in the future that it has had in the past, I am, Yours truly, Frances COONEY
Mrs. W. E. ROBERTS, who before her marriage was Jennie HAYWOOD, writes of those early days and recalls gathering persimmons near where with her husband, Judge ROBERTS, she now lives at the corner of Walnut and Fifteenth streets.
She says: My father, Chas E. HAYWOOD, came to Murphysboro in 1871 and was connected with the Mt. Carbon Co., which was at that time very prosperous. This city then was only a small mining town. Fourteenth street was the edge of town on the west; Walnut street was a mere lane. Where we now live was a corn field and when I was a little girl I used to come out here to gather persimmons.
My father bought our home where the Hardy building now stands, midway in the Thirteenth block on Walnut street, and where he lived until his death. Across the street from where we then lived, where the Elks building now is located, lived the CLIPNER family, two of the members of which still live in Murphysboro, Mrs. George SHORT and Mrs. Fannie FAUTH. On the Jeffrey corner stood the home of Dr. Fain. One daughter of that family is still living, Mrs. Minnie McKELVEY, of Chicago. The C. C. CULLEY home was where the Morgan Music company is located. John KANE's father had a blacksmith shop where the old Apollo hall stood so many years, now the HUTHMACHER building that is being rebuilt. Their home was next door to the shop. We had good neighbors and enjoyed being sociable with each other.
I started school in the old Ozburn school a few days after we moved here. Prof. R. J. YOUNG was principal and Prof. MOULTON was assistant principal. In the primary department was Miss Emma JAMSEY (now Mrs. MAYHAM) of St. Louis with Mrs. Frances DUNCAN in charge of the department. Many of the scholars of that day are living here now, and some have moved away, while others have gone to their reward. Frankie WATSON, now Mrs. George S. ROLENS, was considered the best little girls in school. She was always so quiet and had good lessons. My seatmate for years was Lillie OZBURN, now Mrs. Judge ROBARTS of California. We always loved each other and always found something to laugh about. Best wishes to the Independent, Jennie HAYWOOD ROBERTS
Mrs. Carrie ROLENS, mother of the editor of the Independent, had planned writing some of her memories of those "dear days beyond recall," but illness has prevented. She is a sister to Mrs. George S. ROLENS and with her family lived "on the corner" where the Murphysboro Plumbing Co. is now located. Later the Watson family moved to the block in which the Independent is located. She has recalled for her children all of the scenes of those early days in Murphysboro and the editor of the Independent recalls with what interest he listened to the tales of the good times in her youth, and the names of many of the school children of those early days are almost as familiar as are the names of his own schoolmates in another time and place.
Mr. & Mrs. Sam RODMAN have made this city their home for more than a half century among many others, whom the compilers of this edition have not been able to seek out for stories of those old times. Mrs. Rodman, who was Dollie SPANGLER before her marriage, lived at the extreme northwest end of town in 1873, at what is now the corner of Seventh and North Streets.
Mr Rodman came here in 1867 and went to work for the Mt. Carbon Co., later going with the Narrow Guage. He is still with the Mobile & Ohio company and seldom misses a day, as foreman of the wrecking crew.
Mrs. George S. ROLENS writes entertainingly of those days fifty years ago when according to the school report appearing elsewhere in this issue and printed in the Independent in 1873 she got 100 in deportment. She says: "My family, the WATSON family, was one of the early families to settle in Murphysboro. When I was born we lived in a house located about the center of the Logan hotel block. Shortly after we moved to the corner of what is now Eleventh and Chestnut streets, where the Murphysboro Heating & Plumbing Co. is now located. My father owned part of the block. Later he became circuit clerk and died just at the close of the civil war. Shortly after that we moved to the corner of Chestnut and Thirteenth, now occupied by Ben DANIELS' old wholesale house, just back of the Independent office, with our house facing south on Chestnut street.
Well do I remember my school days of fifty years ago, when a young girl in my early teens attending the Ozburn school. It was a substantial brick house then with only two rooms below with a cloak room for each room, one large room above also with cloak room, which was used most of the time for recitations. The house stood on a knoll just south of the St. Andrew's Parish house. What merry times we would have during the winter coasting on the hill. The large boys would bring their bobsleds and get as many girls as could get on safely, and away we would fly. It wasn't as much fun climbing back as it was going down though.
The teachers, I remember so well, R. J. YOUNG, Joel BOWLBY, Geo. W. HILL, etc. One assistant teacher will always be remembered; he was such an eccentric man, he had such queer methods of punishment that would seem odd to the children of nowadays. One was to stand with your face close to the wall. We had a girl in our school named Sarah HALL. If he found her at any misdemeanor he would point his finger at her and say "Sarah Hall, take the wall." We girls had that for a by-word ever after.
Another instance, I remember of, another schoolmate, a most estimable lady of this town at present, Mrs. John Q. ADAMS, nee Sarah MAUND. We always called her "Goody" for the reason she was always bringing sweets to school and would divide her last bite with the girls.
That school house served the purpose until the I.C.R.R. was built through the "Flats" Then the jar of the trains cracked the building until it was condemned and torn down. Those hills have been cut down and a road built through there in late years. Ninth street hill, south, was the only road to the school then. In those days the school gave the play "Cinderella." I was chosen for Cinderella on account of my small feet. James ALBRIGHT, a brother to Fount ALBRIGHT, a well known and old time lawyer of this place, was "Prince." It took place in the "Old Concert Hall" (called in those days) the building which stands at the corner of 9th and Mulberry streets and is occupied by a grocery store.
HARDY CREWS WRITE OF LONG AGO
Oct. 11, 1923
In regard to recollections of the Independent and some incidents in Jackson county 40 or 50 years ago. I remember well about 48 year ago when the school house known as the Crews school was built 10 miles north of Murphysboro and three miles north of where the old Mannings Prairie school stood. We had as our second teacher a Miss Loniza HAYS from Carbondale. I remember how common it was for her when she came in home to my father's where she boarded. When it was paper day the first thing generally when she took her wraps off was to ask for the Indepenent. In regard to the idea expressed by the Cairo paper that the first bale of cotton ginned this fall at Cairo was supposed to be the first bale of cotton ginned in Illinois, I wish to state that along about 1870 and after Samuel SCHWARTZ ran a cotton gin at Elkville, where cotton grown by many farmers was ginned, I wish here to relate a story of an occurrence in connection with selling cotton at this gin:
Two men who are neither one living now were going to Elkville on a sideboard load of cotton tramped in the wagon. One of these men, a young man 20 or 21 years old, told the owner of the cotton that if he would buy him a half pint of whiskey he would bury himself in the cotton and let him weigh him with the load of cotton. The proposition was accepted. A hole was made down in the cotton just before they got to Elkville. The young man got down in the hole and was covered up and the load was weighed. Then as the cotton gin was a quarter of a mile from the scales, Mr. Schwartz remarked that he would get on and ride. So he got on the load and lsat down right over where the young man was lying. This created a great necessity of some change being made, so the farmer said to Mr. Schwartz that he needed to stop in at the store and would drive around and hitch in the shade awhile. So Mr. Schwartz got off of the wagon, the farmer drove around out of sight and opened up the !
cotton and let the young man out in greater need of fresh air than whiskey. The cotton was unloaded at the gin and the farmer fulfilled his part of the contract by buying the whiskey and they returned home.
LETTER FROM MRS. BURR
Dear Mr. Rolens:
I thank you for inviting me to tell of something of fifty years ago. One very memorable event was the building of the Big Muddy bridge at the end of Ninth street and the wonderful dance at the court house to celebrate the affair. About this time the mines were opened at Mt. Carbon and the railroad was built to Grand Tower.
The old Concert hall, the first place of amusement in Murphysboro and under the control of my husband, Gill J. BURR, Thos. HORD and Abe PUGH, where the first shows and performances that required a stage were held. Only one person, that I recall, who is in our city that helped to make merry evenings, and I think the one who sand "Digging Dusky Diamonds Underneath the Ground," is Mr. Johnnie WILLIAMS who is now an M & O engineer.
The many, many faces of those times that only memory can see.
Mrs. Emma R. BURR
BAPTIST CHURCH HISTORY IS OLD
The First Baptist church of Murphysboro was organized June 27, 1867, with approximately 60 members, by Rev. MONGER of Carbondale. A building was started and the cornerstone laid for the church in that year where the Woolworth store now stands, but it was not completed.
Later this congregation acquired the old Southern Methodist church at the corner of Locust and Twelfth streets, where the congregation worshipped many years until the building on the corner of Logan and Fifteenth streets was built thirty years ago. This building is now being replaced by a fine new brick structure, which it is expected will be ready for occupancy this winter.
In the interim the services of the church are being held in the Liberty theatre on Walnut street.
The Free Will church was organized in 1875 by Rev. G. A. GORDON, who recently passed away at this home in Ava. These two churches consolidated in 1912, making a membership of about 400. Soon after consoidating they voted to raise the building, putting in a basement; in this they have worshipped with overflowing classes until it became necessary to transfer two classes to the parsonage and build an annex later for the Junior department of the Sunday school, the Beginners working in a dwelling house on the property bought adjoining the church. In the year 1922 the church, feeling the great need of larger quarters and more adequate equipment voted to raise a building fund of $65,000 for a new house of worship. The membership has increased to more than 900 and First Baptists are proud of the first step they are able to take in laying the cornerstone of their new church, which took place Sept. 16.
The following are the officials of the church"
Rev. H. T. ABBOTT, Pastor
Frank McCORD, Trustee
John SWAFFORD, Trustee
D. W. PENROD, Trustee
Fred SCHUMAKER, Trustee
J. E. ESSICK, Trustee
H. C. ROBERTS, Finance Committee
F. C. THIEME, Finance Committee
H. A. BASKIN, Finance Committee
W. N. PARKER, Finance Committee
Floyd WOODS, Finance Committee
Frank McCORD, Finance Committee
Mrs. Laura SILVEY, Music Committee
Mrs. Park KESSELL, Music Committee
Mrs. H. C. ROBERTS, Music Committee
Mrs. John PIERON, Music Committee
Miss Ruby FRANZE, Organist
Mrs. H. C. ROBERTS, Missionary and Benevolence
Mrs. Park KESSELL, Missionary and Benevolence
Mrs. Laura SILVEY, Missionary and Benevolence
James GRIFFIN, Financial Secretary-Treasurer
H. C. ROBERTS, Deacon
George E. SMITH, Deacon
Frank McCORD, Deacon
E. G. SMITH, Deacon
Floyd WOODS, Deacon
F. E. PERKINS, Deacon
Aden MALLORY, Deacon
Park KESSELL, Deacon
Emry DERRINGTON, Deacon
Ralph BLACKWOOD, Deacon
Laura E. SILVEY, Deaconess
Carrie ROBINSON, Deaconess
Florence BROWN, Deaconess
F. E. PERKINS, Supt. of Sunday school
Fred SCHUMACHER, Asst. Supt. of Sunday school
Irene BROWN, Secretary-Treasurer of Sunday school
Jennie THOMPSON, Presidence B. Y. P. U.
John SWAFFORD, Church Moderator
R. A. GARDINER, Church Clerk
John SWAFFORD, Building Committee
Robt. GARDINER, Building Committee
John ESSICK, Building Committee
Fred SCHUMACKER, Building Committee
H. H. WALLACE, Building Committee
WOLFF BROS. IN BUSINESS HERE PAST 16 YEARS
Wolff Bros., jewelers, came to Murphysboro in 1907 and made their farm name a household word in Jackson county.
The firm in that year was composed of M. G. WOLFF, senior partner, and Anton WOLFF, junior firm member, Wm. WOLFF, a young brother, was admitted into the firm in 1921. The firm came in May and bought the stocks of Wm. KRONMEYER in the Herbert building, South 11th Street. The stock acquired is said to have envoiced $7200.00
The firm remained in the Herbert building for five years. Courtesy and good goods profited the investors. The South 11th room became too small. The Hrabik building, first floor, Walnut and 12th, was leased for a long term of years. Here Wolff Bros. made a greater appeal for business and came to the place where they carried stocks worth $30,000 to $35,000 prior to the Chritmas holiday seasons, carrying a normal stock quadruple that of their first year in business.
There are five jewelers in the Wolff family, Martin G., Anton, and William in Murphysboro, Frank at Chester and John WOLFF at Fort Wayne, Ind. Every one of them is an expert watch maker. The local firm in addition to jewelry has long been accredited optometrists. They boast one of the prettist stores in this region of "Egypt."
The partners hail from Evansville, Ill., where their mother resides. Just to rest their weary bones between the rushes, Wolff Bros. several years ago estabished the "Wolff Den", a fishing club on the banks of the Okaw not far from their old home.
BERT DAVIS SON OF PIONEER HERE FIFTY YEARS AGO
The Bert DAVIS Dry Goods Store is located in the Twelfth block on Walnut between what fifty years ago was a livery stable at one end of the block and the Baptist church building at the other.
Dr. Davis has been in the Dry Goods business for twenty five years, but insists that he was not here fifty years ago to remember just how things were, although his father, Cartwright DAVIS was born at old Brownsville and lived in and near Murphysboro from the days of Brownsville until his death eight years ago at the age of eighty-seven.
Mr. Davis has been honored by his home town, having been president of the Commerical Association a number of years and Mayor of the city for three terms.
His store occupied one of the central loocations of the city and has a south entrance on Walnut street and a western entrance on Thirteenth street, and is one of the many prominent stores of the city.
GUS BLAIR A WEDGE-SLEDGE MINER WHEN 9
Mayor Gus BLAIR of Murphysboro was born in 1871. Orphaned very early in life, he lived with his aunt, Mrs. John LAWSON. His ninth year found him a boy miner in the old Mt. Carbon Mining Co.'s No. 3 pit and "The Tunnel." He is another of our citizens who "came through" with Murphysboro from the old days to the new.
All of his memories of the Mt. Carbon times in the late 70's and the 80's, Mr. Blair recalls most vividly of all the days away back there when Big Muddy River broke into the "Old Tunnel" and No. 2, which were oprated together. The men were in the workings he said, when the river went through in a great whirlpool near the Mt. Carbon school. As it happened, no lives were lost. But as the men and boys forged their fearsome ways toward the place where they again hoped to see the light of day, the water was so deep that they met mine props floating towards them on the crest of the inpouring floor.
Those were the days of "the wedge and the sledge" when Mt. Carbon miners would hoot the thought of the use of power to do their work for them, and could count a miner a man who could wedge and sledge down say three tons a day, and be thankful for his pay at the rate of 60 cents to $1.00 a ton, Mr. Blair recalls. The days were ten-hour days and long ones, with the hearty diggers of the time thinking little at all of working knee deep in the water of the pit.
Mr. Blair also recalls distinctly the burning of the old Granny shops soon after he had entered his teens, and the keen sense of loss the Mt. Carbon and Murphysboro community felt at the time. These shops maintained the primative engines and other rolling stock of the old Grand Tower & Texas, built as a coal road from Murphysboro to big coal dumps at Grand Tower in the early 70's and later extended to Grand Tower.
When Mt. Carbon school boys of the time came to the "Fifth Grade" they came to the educational jumping off place, as the school did not go any farther, Mr. Blair declares. A boy was expected to have enough book learning and gumption by the time be left the fifth grade with honorable mention, to go ahead and get along and learn more as he got there. So it was that the present day Mayor Blair came to be a "Fifth Grader" and jumped off, as it were, to shift for himself when it came to getting more education. The age of twenty found him still a miner, but with night school learning added to that the little Mt. Carbon school afforded him. His final schooling in addition to his practical lessoning in the mines came through a corresponence course after he had become a man.
His oldest memory picture of Murphysboro paints the town as a straggling village around about a court house, with a tail-like wing of homes and business places extending down McGuire hill away towards Mt. Carbon, when Mt. Carbon was the larger town and the fount of the local industrial pay rolls.
Of the early trading places Mr. Blair recalls best, he says, the original "Company Store" when Capt. CHAPMAN was in charge. Here the miners' wives would go to shop on pay days, the first of the month. The old company book system was used. The customer would present her book. It would go in its turn into the top of the box in back of the counters, and come out of the bottom of the box. When it came out the owner would be waited on, not before. Mr. Blair says he remembers too well how traders would get into the crowded store at 8 and 10 a.m. on these days and sometimes be kept waiting until 4 and 5 pm. before their orders were filled.
Coal mining, this pioneer miner declares was the "foundation of Murphysboro." To other industries he attributes the rounding out and modernization of the city that grew and grew.
Leaving the mines when 20 years old, Mr. Blair made a trip through the northwest and did granitoid work in St. Louis three years, then to come back and take charge of the D. P. WILLIS & Co. coal operations at Willisville, which instanced the building of the town about the mine. Mr. Blair opened a store for the incoming populace. Both the mine and store prospered. The young mining man married Miss Evangeline ROSENDOIL, daughter of a landowner whose holdings the company developed.
Six years later found him back in Murphysboro, where he opened in his own name Blair mine No. 1 on the M & O north of Gartside No. 4 and Blair No. 2, near the old Billy BOUCHER farm house, now the Earl IMHOFF farm, on the Missouri Pacific. Operation of mines 1 and 2 occupied him from 1902 to 1917.
Mr. Blair's first public office was that of alderman in 1907. He was appointed postmaster under the Woodrow Wilson administration and served seven years. For a few years he found himself without a coal mine and then got back into the game. Mr. Blair was elected mayor last April.
Is there anyone out there that can talk to me about Myrtle Spangler (born February 1900) who married a Balsano (first name unknown) some time after 1920. I can't locate information on them anywhere. I believe they might have moved out of the area for a while in the 20s and 30s but eventually came back. Thanks.
Does anyone have any information on this family....????
Descendants of William Anderson Phillips
Generation No. 1
1. WILLIAM ANDERSON4 PHILLIPS (JEFFERSON3, WILLIAM2, UNKN1) was born March 23, 1848 in FRANKLIN CO., ILLINOIS, and died October 14, 1921 in MURPHYSBORO, JACKSON CO., ILLINOIS. He married MELINDA CLARISSA "CLARI" UPCHURCH September 07, 1870 in FRANKLIN CO., ILLINOIS, daughter of CASWELL UPCHURCH and SARAH CLETON.
Notes for WILLIAM ANDERSON PHILLIPS:
William Anderson Phillips was the only son of Jefferson and Mary (Beaty) Phillips of Franklin County.
Children of WILLIAM PHILLIPS and MELINDA UPCHURCH are:
i. SARAH5 PHILLIPS, m. ..??.. ANDERSON.
ii. MARY A. PHILLIPS, m. ..??.. LEWIS, beleived WISCONSIN.
Mabel Arbell Rodman, was born May 30, 1895 in Elk Twp., Jackson County IL, died
January 08, 1982 in Murphysboro, IL. She was my mother. If I can be of further assistance, let me know.
Roy F. Rodman
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PIONEER FIRST NATIONAL BANK ORGANIZED 37 YEARS AGO, CARRIES ON, FIRST DIRECTORS ALL EXPIRED
Thirty-four years is not a long period in the affairs of nations, States, Kingdoms or principalities, but it is another matter with individuals of the human race. No more striking evidence could be produced than the fact that all the members of the Board of Directors of this bank at its organization have passed to the great beyond, viz: Geo. W. PARKER, Geo. W. WALL, Willard WALL, J. VANCLOOSTERE, George KENNEDY, Sr., Thomas M. LOGAN, and Wm. K. MURPHY.
Its first officers consisted of Wm. K. MURPHY, President, Jos. VAN CLOOSTERE, Vice President, Willard WALL, Cashier, and Chas L. RITTER, Assistant Cashier, and of the five Mr. Ritter only survives. The latter had served the Jackson County Bank as Assistant Cashier and continued in the same capacity for the new bank until July 1, 1897 when he resigned that position to become Superintendent of the Murphysboro Water Works, Electric and Gas Light Company. He has, however, served the bank in an official capacity from the date of its organization to the present time.
The bank was organized to take over the business of the Jackson County bank owned by Messrs. LUCIER, DESBERGER & CO., which began business September 4th, 1884, having succeeded the Miners' Savings Bank conducted by W. S. MURPHY, which failed.
The multiplicity of details having been attended to and charter received from the Federal government the new bank opened its doors to the public on May 13th, 1889 in the east room of the present Utilities office on Chestnut Street and south of the Court House. The bank continued at this location until the year 1891 when it moved to new and larger quarters in the Logan Hotel building at the south-west corner of Eleventh and Walnut Streets, its present place of business.
The first charter of the new bank covered a period of twenty years. In 1909 it was extended for another twenty years but Congress having amended the banking laws, it was again extended September 7th, 1922, for a period of ninety-nine years from July 1, 1922. It is quite evident that none of the bank's officers need be concerned for many years in regard to a further extension.
The wealth of the community represented by the bank deposits and volume of business transacted was very limited in the early days. At the first meeting of the board of directors the appointment of a teller and bookkeeper was deferred until a later date or such time as the business would warrant. Consequently all small details and book-keeping were attended to by the Cashier and Assistant Cashier for several years after the bank's organization. Figures showing the banks growth in deposits will be shown later in detail.
Another evidence of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death is shown by the mortality in the list of names of the first day's depositors. In a perusal of the list our older citizens will recall many names of prominent men of affairs of that day long since forgotten except an occasional one who left children to perpetuate the name and memory. The list follows:
Marshall BOONE & Co.
F. J. BERGDOLL
G. H. C. BODECKER
J. O. CUMMINGS
CHAPMAN & G'SELL
M. A. HARTMAN
L. HAMER & Co.
John R. KANE
J. B. KIMBALL
F. A. KUEHLE, City Treasurer
LUCIER & VAN CLOOSTERE (to pay their depositors)
LEE & GLENN
W. H. McLAUGHLIN
Murphysboro Brewery Co.
Robt. P. MARTIN
ROTHROCK & GLENN
Chas L. RITTER
C & L RITTER
SCHNEIDER & VAN CLOOSTERE
C. H. SUNDMACHER
J. VAN CLOOSTERE
J. VAN CLOOSTERE, Gdn.
Robert W. WATSON
Samuel C. WILD
One of the most interesting subjects of a historical sketch of this kind has to do with the personnel of the organization. The names of the first officers and board of directors have already been mentioned.
Perhaps no bank in Southern Illinois had as its founders three more conservative, competent and widely known men than Wm K. MURPHY, Geo. W. PARKER and George W. WALL unless it be another bank founded by the same men. They were ably assisted by Joseph VAN CLOOSTERE and O. A. HARKER, as stockholders. Mr. Murphy served as President until July 8, 1907 when, as stated in his letter of resignation he had reached the age at which he felt it necessary to be relieved of some burdens assumed when younger and at a time when the bank was in a prosperous condition, its business larger in volume and earnings greater than at any time in the past. The resignation was regretfully acepted by the board of directors and Willard WALL was elected to fill the vacancy. Mr. Murphy continued, however, to take a lively interest in the bank by lending his counsel and advice until his death in December 1911.
No sketch of the bank's history would be complete without expecial mention of the services of Willard WALL, to whose ability, integrity and industry a large share of the success of the bank is due. As its first Cashier and later as President, his devotion to its affairs was a matter of common knowledge and admiration. Mr. Wall's untimely death on July 13, 1915 was universally mourned.
Mr. Wall was succeeded to the Presidency by John ALEXANDER, who was elected on July 26, 1915. Everyone loved John ALEXANDER and under his administration the bank continued its good record set by his predecessors. Mr. Alexander resigned the Presidency on December 26, 1916 and was succeeded by John M. HERBERT, the present incumbent. Thus the bank has been served by four Presidents--Wm K. MURPHY, Willard WALL, John ALEXANDER and John M. HERBERT in the order named.
Joseph VAN CLOOSTERE served the bank as Vice President and Director faithfully and well for many years and his cheerful greetings and hale and hearty manner continue to be sadly missed by the older officers and patrons of the bank. J. B. GILL and Chas A. WALL have also served as Vice Presidents. The present incumbents are Chas L. RITTER and Henry BORGSMILLER.
F. B. HALL, the present Cashier, was first employed in September 1896 as clerk and stenographer. His duties included the collection of electric, water and gas bills for the Murphysboro Water Works, Electric and Gas Light Company which had its office in the bank. This duty was no sinecure as money appeared to be scarce and claims and counter claims were numerous necessitating many a trip on "shank's mares" to the outer limtis of the city. The task was heavy and onerous but Mr. Hall stayed with it until July 1893 when he resigned to accept the position of Chief Clerk to A. B. MINTON, then Master Mechanic of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad Company, which position he held until June, 1904, when he returnd to the bank as Assistant Cashier, having been assured that his duties would not include the unpleasant one of collecting electric, gas and water bills as all had been collected. In July, 1907, on promotion of Willard WALL to the Presidency he was elected Cashier, which posit!
ion he has continued to occupy to date.
George B. FURNESS entered the service in January, 1903, as messenger and clerk. Like Mr. Hall, his duties included the collection--or rather attempt to collect--the old unpaid electric, water and gas bills but aside from having been threatened to be thrown out of several business houses on sundry occasions George fared well and continued to retain his patience and good nature and the office of the Utilities Company was eventually moved from the bank. He was elected Assistant Cashier on June 29, 1912, and continues in the same position. The officers and directors are proud of George and his record.
John S. NORMAN, Frank CHEW, Raymond L. HAGLER, Clyde CHEATHAM, Russell E. BROWN, and Reet THOMAS each served for short periods as Assistant Cashier but left the service for other employment. The bank now has three Assistant Cashiers, George B. FURNESS (already mentioned) Leo ENGETT and Z. V. McCORD.
Misses Stella A. BURR and May E. COTTER are veteran and expert bookkeepers and are doing their full share in conducting the affairs of the bank. As the writer has a high regard for his skin and hair no dates of employment are given.
Earl McDONALD, Miss J'Neita REESE and Mrs. Blanche MARTIN are bookkeepers at this time and all are competent and interested in their work. Among the list of former bookkeepers who served the bank a comparatively short time may be mentioned Parker REEVES, John L. DIXON, Hugh PALMER, Anna Lavell CHANCEY, Howard KANE, Ray H. GIBSON, Frank PAUL, Thom. JENKINS, Jr., Willard ROLENS, Sheridan BUTCHER, David S. CROSS, Pearle E. GILL, Ruth Redd HARDY, Kenneth DEASON.
The writer feels that expecial note should be made to the memory of George KENNEDY Sr., who was a member of the board of directors at organization and who continued such service until his death August 9th, 1907. His name was signed to many reports of condition and although well advanced in years he always made it his duty to attend the meetings of the board in good or bad weather, showing a lively interest in the bank's affairs until his death.
Another name we all revere is that of E. A. WELLS, who has been a shareholder since organization and has been in attendance at every annual meeting of the shareholders. On January 11th, 1922, the board of directors of the bank made official recognition of the fact of his faithfulness and loyalty by suitable resolution and something more substantial.
John M. HERBERT, the bank's fourth President in term of service served as director for many years and has seen the bank grow in the volume of business and deposits each succeeding year of his administration. The first year of his term saw many changes in stock ownership until the bank is now practically owned by local capital, a condition devoutedly to be wished for. During this year the board of Directors was increased to eleven members, later to thirteen and now comprises the following men of sterling quality:
J. A. BARTH
J. E. CRAINE
Homer K. DEAN
John M. HERBERT
Fred B. HERBERT
C. C. HUTHMACHER
H. O. OZBURN
Chas L. RITTER
Earl E. ROLLO
W. S. SMYSOR
James A. WHITE
No doubt under Mr. Herbert's wise and skillful management and that of his most excellent board of directors, the First National Bank of Murphysboro and its allied institution, Murphysboro Savings Bank, will continue to expend to heights heretofore unattainable and at the same time serve faithfully the community in which they have their being.
In 1918 the bank received permission from both the Federal Government and State of Illinois to act as Trustee, Administrator, Executor, Registrar of Stocks and Bonds, Guardian, etc. This service fills a long felt want and one that our citizens have not been slow to recognize.
The bank started with $50,000.00 Capital Stock and so continues. The surplus has been added to from earnings from time to time until it equals the Capital Stock making it a Roll of Honor Bank as designated by the Comptroller of the Currency, who has jurisdiction over the affairs of National banks.
The bank has grown in deposits since organization as shown by the following statement.
May 13, 1889 - $44,464.07
May 20, 1890 - $79,011.90
May 29, 1891 - $94,262.41
June 15, 1892 - $107,563.18
May 13, 1893 - $131,372.75
May 21, 1894 - $79,532.74
May 25, 1897 - $110,853.96
May 15, 1900 - $183,078.78
May 20, 1905 - $421,597.86
May 13, 1910 - $450,951.65
May 15, 1915 - $590,138.45
May 15, 1920 - $799,312.92
May 15, 1923 - $1,022,676.97
Until recent years National banks were not permitted to make loans secured by mortgage on real estate. Realizing at an early date the necessity of some method by which our citizens could obtain money to buy or build homes or business buildings benefitting a prosperous and growing community, and to enable farmers to buy or improve farms, the officers and directors of the First National Bank of Murphysboro, on May 19th, 1893, opened the books of the Murphysboro Savings Bank, having previously received a charter from the State of Illinois for doing so, to fill that want. From the date of its organization nothing but savings accounts have been handled upon which interest has been paid and this bank has furnished a means by which many of our citizens have purchased or improved homes, business buildings, industries or farms which could not have been done otherwise and at the same time provided an institution where inactive funds could be safely deposited and an incentive to !
old and young people to save their nickels and dimes for the proverbial rainy day.
The bank has always been closely affiliated with the First National Bank of Murphysboro and has made use of the banking quarters of its mother institution. The officers of the latter have acted in the same capacity for the former and it is no idle boast to say that the same conscientious and conservative attention and care have been given to the affairs of both organizations. The management, past and present, is proud of the record. Although the directorate of the Murphysboro Savings Bank is not as large as that of its affiliated bank, the members have always been and continue to be, members of the board of the older organization.
As a matter of interest it may be noted that on the first day of its business activities a total of $459.22 deposits were received which were made by Williard WALL, Mrs. Jennie RITTER, C & L RITTER, Joe BAER, Eunice DECKER, Mary SUNDMACHER, Bertha A. PENNY, and John McDONALD and the first loan was made to C. C. HUTHMACHER. The Capitol stock was $25,000.00 and has so remained to date. Starting with no surplus it is now $10,000.00, all of which has been earned.
UNCLE JOSEPH BEASLEY READER SINCE YEAR '73
Uncle Joseph H. BEASLEY has been a reader of the Independent since its first issue, although the subscription was in the name of his father Robert A. BEASLEY, who was prominent in the affairs of Jackson county at the time. He and John GREAR were personal friends from the time the new editor came to Murphysboro, Mr. Grear often driving out to the Beasley farm for one of the fine chicken dinners that editors and preachers have always enjoyed above other men. Uncle Jodie BEASLEY, as he has long been known by his friends, will be 65 years old next week and expects to meet his old friend Editor Grear during the day of the Independent's Anniversary.
Mr. Beasley was married forty-three years ago to Miss Julia Ann BLOOMBERG, of Murphysboro, the wedding being performed by Anthony PATE at his home in Somerset. Mr. Pate was then a Justice of the Peace as he is now, and is another of the old time friends of the first editor of the Independent.
Mr. Beasley rented a horse from a livery stable where the Ross Store now stands at the corner of Thirteenth and Walnut streets, to drive out for his girl and the wedding.
Mr. & Mrs. Beasley still enjoy good health and their friends hope they may enjoy many more years of life together in that sweet harmony that has made their married life a success. They had six children to bless their union, but three of them have passed to the great beyond.
Mr. Beasley tells many stories of those old days. His father and he were in Murphysboro when the negro was hung at the old covered bridge at Big Muddy in '73 and the elder Mr. Beasley was sworn in by Sheriff HANKS to aid in dispelling the mob that had broken into the jail and taken the negro. The son followed along at a reasonable distance behind the one hundred men who were to aid the sheriff in retaking the prisoner. When the rescue party had reached the bridge however the lynching had already occurred and the negro was hanging to a tree.
Mr. Beasley in talking of these other days told of the early schooling in Jackson county when the teacher was chosen not so much for his learning as for his ability to thrash the big boys, and he recalled vivdly the big "hoop-poles" that hung over the teacher's desk for that purpose. School days were short for most of the boys and girls of the early day, for few of them got more than three or four months schooling during a year.
REV. C. HENLEY RELATES STORY OF M. E. SOUTH
The division of Methodism in the U.S. dates back to 1836 when the plan of separation was presented, because of the application of some certain laws regarding ordination. This separation was consumated in 1844. The southern branch took the word "South" as a distinguishing name. Then the word did not have the stigma which came later and reached its climax about the time an effort was being made to organize in Murphysboro-one of the old timers wrote it this way. For several years before and during the first years of the war between the states, many ministers and churches in this section assumed a political attitude and took sides in political partisanship. It was common for churches dedicated to God for holy worship to be used for political mass meetings. Sabbath after sabbath this pollution continued, preaching politics instead of the gospel, to the neglect of immortal souls. Many of the most spiritual minded persons were grieved and longed for a gospel of spiritual!
life apart from politics.
In 1862 there came into this section two men, about the same time--Rev. A. L. DAVIS and Rev. Jacob DITZLER--both were intently religious and good speakers. Their presentation of the gospel pleased many but by this time the word "South" had a bad name. These men preached and organized churches at Blairsville, DeSoto, Manning's Prairie and Poplar Ridge and had preached many times in Murphysboro, mostly in homes of admirers. (unreadable) and Rev. Ditzler came to fill the appointment. It was time for services, the people were assembled and behold the court room was locked and the janitor, the sheriff and key could not be found. Mrs. LOGAN, mother of John A., being a woman of initiative and determination said "We won't be outdone this way" and turned to Rev. Ditzler and said "If you will preach from the court house steps I'll stand and hold a lamp," and it was so. Mrs. Logan held the lamp in the east door of the court house and Rev. Ditzler preached to the people standi!
ng in the street. This was the first public service of the Methodist, South. There was strong opposition but a strong determination also had a brush arbor meeting resulted in a number of conversions and an organization. Then the struggle to build a church, but they went forward and built a church, at the southeast corner of 12th and Locust streets. The last meeting for business was held in this building November 22, 1874. The building was sold for debt. Later it went into the hands of Missionary Baptists, who either rebuilt or remodeled it. The Southern Methodists then disbanded and there was no services of that branch of Methodism until 1884, when Rev. B. R. HESTER of Ashley came to Murphysboro to preach. He came unannounced and a stranger, asked for permission to preach in the court house and it was granted. Then to announce his services he borrowed the dinner bell from the hotel and walked into the street ringing the bell. Occasionally he would stop and cry lik!
e the old-time announcer of a sale: "Oh yes, Oh yes. There will be pr
eaching in the court house tonight."
Then the Evangelical church was tendered for a meeting and it resulted in a number of conversions and the M. E. church, South, was reorganized. Gen. John A. LOGAN donated the lot on the corner of 7th and Walnut and in 1885 the church was built and dedicated Logan Chapel. There were only a few members and the work was a circuit, at first with Baldwin. Rev. W. D. BLAYLOCK was pastor and lived at Baldwin. In 1886 he moved to Murphysboro and preached at Murphysboro and Poplar Ridge. The work grew and has become a strong factor in the spiritual life of Murphysboro. A. C. DAVIS was the last of the charter members.
ANTHONY PATE, SON OF PIONEER EARLY READER
Anthony PATE, living four miles north of Murphysboro, was one of the first readers of the Independent, his father, Perlemon PATE, being among the first subscribers.
Mr. Pate was born on the same farm on which he now lives in June, 1843, and has a vivid recollection of the days when a four-wheeled wagon was a novelty. Only one of these vehicles was in the neighborhood in his youth and he remembers going to the big road to watch it pass. It was owned by George CARBAUGH, father of the young lady Mr. Pate later married. Mrs. Pate was born in the same neighborhood in 1884. He was married to Isabella CARBAUGH in 1864 and is the father of nine children, four of whom are now living. Mrs. Pate is still active and with her husband goes about without much thought of the encroaching years. The children now living are: Mrs. Anna REESE of this city, Mrs. Louisa CAMPBELL of Bedford, New Hampshire, who has been the guest of her parents this summer, Mrs. Gertrude AMIO and Mrs. Myrtle JOPLIN, both of this city.
Mr. Pate knew John GREAR and Bethune DISHON well and recalls the fact that John loved to hunt quail and deer in those early days. Mr. Pate says that deer were so plentiful about his father's farm that one evening he drove thirty-two deer out of his father's corn field to save the crop. Wild turkeys were so pentiful that the people of that day tired of their meat.
He recalls coming to town the first time with his father, when they brought some dressed hogs to John HANSON's store, located where the Commercial hotel is now, and recieved 2 1/2 cents a pound for the meat. His father left him and a brother there and came further up toward what is now the Logan house, then a small frame hotel, and his memory of the occasion is that he was considerably frightened for fear his father would get lost, there were so many houses.
He has witnessed many a horse race in the old Logan lane which ran from about Thirteenth street west to the old Tom Logan home about where the M & O depot is located.
Mr. Pate has been a Justice of the Peace for fifty-three years and has married many score of young people in this community.
His father bought the land the son now owns from the government, together with many other acres of that then wild forest, and the grant was signed by President Buchanan.
Sunday night George CRETH, who lives in the north side of the city returned from church and retired to bed with his family at the usual hour to be disturbed in a short time by a noise among the turkeys of his neighbor, Mr. C. B. DISHON, who owns a very nice gang, that use a tree for their use by the house in which Mr. Creth lives; Geo. got his revolver from beneath his pillow, and concluded he would see what it was that was causing the turkeys to fly from their roost at that hour of the night, he got to the foot of the tree in time to see a gentlemen well known to himself coming down the truck of the tree at telegraph speed. The presentation of George's gun had a tendency to loosen the turkey gentlemen's grip on the old gobler he had selected, and to beg like a good fellow for mercy. The midnight marauder was released on condition that he would never so much as say "turkey" under the penalty of being exposed.
We have been told that the subject may have been born in TN, but have never found where.
He is in Jackson Co. IL by the late 1830's and married Elizabeth Ann Reynolds (Dtr. of Millenton David Reynolds) and I know they were in Rutherford Co. Tn. before moving to IL. They had their first child about 1837 and a few more by 1846 when they leave Ava, IL. and I find them in Ripley Co. Mo. in the 1850 census.
We believe he was a 'junior' since I found on one business paper 'Jr' written after his name. I have no proof nor the names of any siblings.
He could have sold some land when he moved or there been a birth record of his son Dennis Wells Reynolds b. 1840.
Is there anyone who would happen to know if any records were kept out at Ava where he was living?
I live in TX but made a trip to Jackson Co. early in my genealogy efforts....went to the courthouse and they quickly told me records after 1843 were burned..could anyone offter suggestions for finding for sure his fathers name and/or siblings, land sale or anything?
I know there are some Rodman researchers out there so I have a question. George Washington Rodman married Mabel Hinchcliff in 1916. George died in 1963 and is buried in Pleasant Grove. I don't have a death date for Mabel and the transcript I have for Pleasant Grove shows a headstone for Mabel but with no date of death. I'm assuming she is buried there but I dont have a date. Can anyone fill in this blank for me. Thanks.
W. M. TARPLEY, ANCIENT MILLER STILL WITH US
W. M. TARPLEY, 419 North Eleventh street, came to Murphysboro in 1869 from Carbondale, where he was born in 1866, and went to work in the flour mill at the foot of McGuire hill, now the southern end of Ninth street which was then owned by Ben HALL and John GILL, and later by YANTIS & TISMER.
At the time Mt. Carbon was the home of many of our citizens and Mr. Tarpley tells of the way in which his hair had the uncanny habit of rising straight up when he passed under a certain old tree at the east approach of the old covered wagon bridge that then spanned the Big Muddy, as he walked home after midnight from his work at the mill.
The tree had been the scene of the hanging of a negro shortly before when he was lynched by an angry mom, with Old Aunt Granny PATCHETT putting the rope about his neck for the timid mob.
Mr. Tarpley declares he was at the hanging, a looker on, at the edge of the crowed and stood just across the road from the tree that was used as a gallows. He saw the boy in the tree who had been used to pull the rope up over the limb.
Working at the flour mill at that time was Don OZBURN, brother of John and Allen OZBURN, who was manager, Louis BLACK was miller, Mr. Tarpley was packer and other workmen were Sam WEATHERLY, father of Sam WEATHERLY of Eighth Street, Thomas GARNER and John McGOWAN.
Mr. Tarpley said that this mill was the gathering place of all the farmers in the county. Later he worked at the other mill then in the city, which stood for years until fire destroyed it at what is now the Wm. KULL bottling works property.
These were great old days declared Mr. Tarpley when the only lights on the streets were the dim flickers from the tallow candles and oil lamps in the windows of stores. However with all the darkness and so-called wildness of the community there was never any fear of robbery and men went about their affairs with large rolls of money without danger.
Mr. Tarpley knew the young editors of the Independent well, his brother, John TARPLEY, now of Dallas, Texas, learning the trade under Gill BURR of the Era, and later working on the Independent for many years.
The following editorial under the above heading appeared Dec. 18, 1873.
The past week has been one of excitement to be long remembered in the criminal history of Jackson county. In quick succession our quiet citizens have been shocked by the report of riots, murders, and sudden deaths. In times of epidemics a feeling of awe which pervades the community in which the horrors of death are "rife in the land," is modified by the acknowledgment of the Supreme and All Wise Creator of the uiniverses. But when men will ignore the commands of the Creator and take laws of the land in their own hands, and with instruments of destruction to life cause death to assume shapes of horrible murders, death assumes a different aspect.
Last Friday dispatches were received, spreading the news throughout the country that a band of lawless men had set the laws of the country aside and formed a mod to destroy property, and if necessary, to take the lives of their brother men, to gratify an imaginary wrong. The injured feelings of the public had scarcely been restored to usual smoothness, when it was again disturbed with the more shocking information flying with the rapidity of thought over the county, that an old citizen, G. M. BULLINER, living in Williamson county, had been brutally murdered on Friday morning in open daylight in a large populated neighborhood of law-abiding citizens, and the unknown murderers permitted to escape without one shadow of a chance of their apprehension and punishment. The funeral requiem had not ceased to reverberate and the sound of the clods on his coffin yet fresh in the memory of its citizens and friends, when the community was again brought to a stand still to contempla!
te the horrors of the murder of a young man just enterring upon the stage of action, in the bouyance of manhood and eager to run the great race which he has strated so favorably and promising. But a few weeks ago he returned from Texas, a state looked upon as a place where laws are not regarded and life is not safe, to spend a short time visiting his relatives and friends in a land of law and Christian influence, to be summoned without warning by the angel of death to appear before his maker. A murdered man, but yesterday so full of life and animation, to-day cold in the embrace of death, "cut down in the bloom of life," not by disease's leveling power, but by the hands of a fellow man; and a community thrown into excitement of indigation, scarcely able to control their feelings. On Saturday our sympathies were arroused by the death of a girl, Malinda GOLLIHER, by an accident. In an unguarded moment she was injured by a fire, and the next day death relieved her sufferi!
ng, adding another human soul to the list of victims hurriedly snatche
d from the loving embrace of their friends.
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (Dec. 11, 1873)
The board resumed business Monday, adjourned to meet again the 30th inst. During the meeting a large amount of business was transacted among which was the disposal of claims of reward which under the old system, was standing allowance for the arrest and conviction of horse thieves.
James ALLEN was allowed the amount claimed for arresting TINTSWORTH, who stole a horse from Mr. ADSIT.
The claim of Abe MORGAN and S. A. GENT for arrest of Jack SMITH, was moderated and the sum of $126 was allowed.
The claim of Tom BOYLE for the same services was deferred for explanation.
On Motion, Ben L. WILEY, the clerk was instructed to issue 10 percent interest bearing county bonds for amounts of $500 each.
Other important business was transacted, which will be published in this paper next week. During the session, debates between Mr. Joe CULLEY of DeSoto, and Mr. THORPE of Carbondale, were animated and interesting, giving life to the dry, monotonous subjects that are required to be handled. The following election was ordered:
Notice is hereby given that on Monday, the 29th day of December, A.D. 1873 at the regular places of voting in the different townships, in the county of Jackson and state of Illinois, a special election will be held to vote, "For or against the issuing of new bonds for the amount of $40,000 in lieu of outstanding evidence of county indebtedness, as provided for in a certain act of the legislature."
"An act to enable counties, cities, townships, school districts, and other municipal corporation to take up and cancel outstanding bonds and other evidences of indebtedness, and find the same approved March 26th, 1872, in force March 26th, 1872. Gross' statue chap. 27, sec. 42 and 44.
Dated at Murphysboro this 10th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventh-three. By order of the board of supervisors."
CARBONDALE ITEMS (Dec. 11, 1873)
Another one of the "light-fingered gentry" has come to grief. He has been spotted as a suspicious character for some time and was arrested while passing through our city by Chas. DOWELL. He gave his name as Miller and had with him when arrested, a valise, in which was a large monkey wrench, drills, etc. He would have escaped detection had he not attempted to ship about $300 in gold and silver, which was taken from Marion late Wednesday night. The coin was placed in a cigar box and given to the express agent at DuQuoin, marked to himself, St. Louis. The weight of the box and the noise made by some of the loose coin, aroused the suspicion of the agent, so he held the box; the coin was identified by the parties whom it was taken from. He was taken to Marion to have an examination, but waived it and was committed to the Williamson county jail for trial.
The largest porker of the season was brought in last week, his porkship weighing 587 pounds, net. It was raised by Dr. JOHNSON and purchased by our friend Sam E. NORTH. Sam is buying all the pork that comes into market.
We had a coal oil explosion last Friday night at the residence of Mr. Logan MORGAN. Mr. Morgan received a slight cut to the chin, which was the only damage done.
Several stores and residences in our city have been visited by the fingered gentry. They laid in a supply of whiskey at the expense of PRICKET & CO. Their small change they secured from Upham, the groceries from S. M. BOWLING. For their wearing apparel they went to the residence of Rev. Mr. HUELLEY and from other residences the remaining articles.
We were in Murphysboro Monday and through an invitation from our friend and county Ben JOHNSON, we dined at the Murphysboro House. Kane sets a good table and knows how to treat his old friends. Folks from Carbondale will do well to stop with him. They will find Ben around there and will find that he is still the same. Fat offices don't change him one bit. Success to you Ben.
We are pained to have to announce the death of Mayor A. J. BACKUS. Mr. B has been in poor health the past summer and fall, and for the last few weeks confined to his bed. Yesterday (Monday) morning he began to fail rapidly and died about 7 o'clock p.m. The deceased was a native of New York, and came to Illinois in 1863, and has resided in or near Carbondale ever since. He leaves a wife to mourn his departure for a better land. His remains will be taken to New York for internment.
Lost, by our friend James O'BRIEN, a gold sleeve button, garnet set with two pearls. The finder will receive a liberal reward by leaving it with Harry GIBBONS, watchmaker and jeweler.
Some of the good people of our city are having "spitirual seances" about twice a week. Your reporter has not been invited to attend one of their meetings as yet, but should we be fortunate as to receive an invitation, you will hear from us on this subject again.
Plenty of cotton coming in all the time, NORTH, CAMPBELL & CO., the principal buyers. We counted at one time as high as 35 bales on the platform of the railroad depot.
We hear it rumored that our enterprising fellow-citizen Frank J. CHAPMAN was or will receive his insurance money and rebuild in the spring. We hope that it is so. Frank is a No. 1 business man, and deserves encouragement in anything he may undertake.
]MT. CARBON CORRESPONDENT
The Mt. Carbon correspondent got a lot of fun out of his job and gave a half column to the first issue:
The sickly season is passing away, many however have gone to their long rest. Cholera and congestive chills have done their work and left for parts unknown and it is the prayer of all the saint (and we have many of them) that they may never return. Almost every dwelling has become a house of mourning but we are looking forward for brighter propsects. Jack Frost has made his appearance and left his foot prints on the tree tops.
The crowd of boys who daily bathed their delicate frames in the crystal stream of Big Muddy have bid it farewell until another year. The lovers who wended their way from the dirty city of Murphysboro to while away the passing hours and view the moon and stars from the backs of the beautiful Mudyhaha, are no longer seen. Their gentle whisperings "Jim, dont." "Sallie I'll tell your ma." "You ask Pa" can no longer be heard. Why all this change? We inquired and received the consoling answer that winter would be here by and bye.
J. M. AGNEW was at the fair in St. Louis last week. It is better than a free ticket to Barnums show to hear him tell the good sights he saw. He saw a colt sell for $300,000.00 together with ten thousand other sights more wonderful than the colt sale. He speaks highly of the police and passed himself off for a Methodist preacher and consequently none went for his pockets.
Coal shaft No. 3 is closed for the season while No. 2 does not work for more than half time. Upwards of two hundred miners have left for othe places and many of them for parts unknown.
The saw mill is in full operation again, working upwards of twenty men and turns out from fifty to twenty thousand feet of lumber daily. And have orders on hand to keep it running until spring.
The Narrow Guage tried to run over a fence rail last week and failed when only going ten miles an hour.
J. R. PALMER has not suffered decapitation, but he had to be found in ten thousand different places every day. His trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota did not in the least hurt his good looks, his eyes are as bright as ever, the scowl on his manly phys looks natural as in the days of his early youth.
There is trouble in camp on this side of the river. A young man made love to a supposed widow. He boarded at her house. He lodged at her dwelling. He promised to marry her in due time. The widow had a charming daughter. She too loved her contemplated step father; not so much as a step father as she could a dear husband. Mama is mad, and stepdaughter shan't have that scoundrel and so the matter stands.
REPORT OF THE MT. CARBON SCHOOL FOR THE MONTH OF NOV. 1873
Number of pupils enrolled - 146
Average attendance - 113
Tardiness (No. of minutes) - 879
Pupils advanced - 22
Teachers tardy, Bundy - 1
Teachers absent, Bundy - 1
UNCLE FRED STRIGER HEARD GREELY'S CRY
Uncle Fred STRIGER of DeSoto lived just north of Murphysboro on Beaucoup when the Independent first saw light fifty years ago and his father was a subscriber.
He was born Nov. 16, 1843, at Kenton, Ky., and came to Jackson county with his paretns in 1858. In 1874 he married Miss Mary E. REESE, daughter of a neighboring family, and they passed through the vicissitudes of life together and are still happily married. In 1881 he felt the lure of the cry of Horace Greeley when he said "Go west, young man, go west" and in a covered wagon left his Beaucoup farm and traveled to Fort Scott, Kan. The panic year of 1873 and the cycle that followed made the young men with families go west in great numbers, but success not always followed and the prairie schooners that headed west with the slogan to "Kansas or bust" came back with "Kansas and Busted" on the other side of the cover. While Mr. Strigler was not busted he was glad enough to come back to good old Jackson county and has found it good ever since. He remembers very vividly of attending Jackson county's first county fair. It was held shortly after the Striger family came from !
Kentucky, where they had been regular attendants at the local county fair and expected to find as flourishing institution here. What was the surprise of the young Mr. Striger, however, when he came to the fair to find that it was only occupying about an acre of ground where the Jim SILL home now stands and that the race track was a short lane where the horses that had drawn the two wheel carts or been ridden were entered. He tells of how Scott ATKINS won a race by using a blacksmith whip on his own horse, at the same time whipping principly behind the horse to keep the horse just behind him from coming any closer. George WILL won the prize for draft horses by getting on his horse to hold him to the ground while he pulled the sled that was loaded with rock for the purpose of the test of the horse's strength. He there saw his first four wheeled farm wagon, which was brightly striped with paint for show.
Tiring of the fair, he came up town and ate a lunch in a small frame building where the SMITH BOOTERY is located at the corner of Eleventh and Walnut streets. That now famous thoroughfare was covered with dog fennel and only a path showed where the street was located.
Mr. & Mrs. Striger have the following children living: Mrs. Bert R. BURR, Springfield, Ill., Mrs. Rose A. SCOTT, Billings, Mont., Stella A. KELLEY, East St. Louis, Mrsw. Ashby SNIDER, Christopher.
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