Keyesport Journal

Devoted To The Interest Of Keyesport And Vicinity

C. Norcross, Editor and Publisher

Keyesport, Illinois


Excerpting copyrighted by Penny Sanders and Clinton County Genealogy





Vol 1 No. 1

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, November 10, 1897

This issue the Keyesport Journal _as appearance as an attraction in Journalistic arena of Clinton and Bond counties. Whether our maiden attempt _ former on the newspaper state _ applauded by the people of this _ is a question to be solved later. _ Rally to our support by chasing _ into the cash box of the Journal, _ begin to think they are pleased. _ we will have reason to believe _ citizens are dissatisfied. Although _ the first time we have had the _f of being an editor-in-chief, we _ had considerable experience in business; but there is always an opportunity to learn. We are one of those who are willing to gain knowledge. There is a saying that "a town without a newspaper is no town at all." There is more truth than poetry in this. Keyesport however, an exception. The _ on a boon. New houses are going up constantly. The new enterprises _creased business wonderfully, _a more plentiful here than in _rger towns. Our merchants are _ prosperity. They are a con_ et. Keyesport wants to grow and become one of the principal _ the two counties in which it is _. This Journal intends to all _wer to cause a further increase. Citizens of Keyesport want a flour _railroad running east and west, a _, a bank, in fact a whole lot of _. The Journal will work for these _ consequently its columns will be _ to the interests of Keyesport -lity, as the motto says. This newspaper will be strictly independent news. We will not have the time to _ attention to trivial matters of _are. It is our purpose to publish news all the time, excepting mat _ for publication in a family paper.

_ _ occasionally arouse the _ the person. This is expected by er men, and we expose to ex_ trials and tribulations of _.


Local News


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, November 10, 1897

- Poles are still being hauled here. Rate of thirty wagons loads daily.

- KESNER, who has been seriously ill - somewhat improved in health.

- Minta LOCEY and Rosa LAMB, school teachers, passed Sunday in .

- Mr and Mrs James MADDUX departed - -nnesota Monday, where they will - in the future.

- JOSLIN, proprietor of the Riverside - attended court in Carlyle Monday.

- J S MCDONALD has been quite ill - the past week.

- Fannie ROWLAND has returned - -gant visit in Centralia.

- the PONSOT is visiting her - Carlyle.

- and Mrs George DORSETT, of Shattuc passed Saturday with C O MOORE.

- do not forget the oyster supper to be held on Thanksgiving night at SCHMITT's.

- John MCALISTER, who has been - her son, Sharp, has returned to ne in Greenville,

-rker, of Boulder, known a plenty - -ulc Fellowship. He rode the goat - -ht last week.

Darrel HARRIS and Miss Dicie MCALISTER, of Carlyle, were entertained Saturday by Mr and Mrs Sharp MCALISTER.

Rev DEMPSEY occupied the pulpit of the Southern Methodist Church last Sunday morning and evening. His sermons were very interesting.

Jacob RAEF has removed to the MILLER property on Riverside avenue.

Miss Mattie PONSOT, of Carlyle, is visiting her father here.

Mrs Benjamin APPLE, who has been quite ill, is much improved in health.

Miss Emma SANDIFER, who has been ill, is now convalescent.

Squire FINLEY went to Carlyle Monday, where he had business in court.

Gordon BURNSIDE came home from Vandalia Saturday and passed the day with his folks in Irishtown.

The apple season is about over in this section. The farmers have reaped considerable revenue from the crop.

Milt EZELL exercised himself by hauling sand all day last Saturday.

Gilford WELCH and Arthur SHAW of Carlyle, were here last Thursday.

The Court of Honor held a meeting Friday night. Important business was transacted.

Miss Katie CONLEY, who has been working in Greenville, has returned to her home here.

Walter DUNN is thinking seriously of emigrating to Montana next year.

J A DITSCH, our popular livery stable man, was in Carlyle on business Friday.

Mr DUNN of Shobonier, has moved into the EDWARDS property.

W W HILL has disposed of his residence on the west side to W P MOORE. Consideration, $400.

The Village Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Nov 15.

Charles HARTMAN was a visitor in Greenville last Saturday.

Wm SMITH and Wm WEDLE, of Beaver Prairie, were in town last Friday.

Wm SMITH, who was charged with entering the house of Samuel FOSTER last March and stealing $115, was acquitted at Carlyle Monday.

O C WELCH is contemplating the erection of a saloon building on the corner of Porter street and the county line.

Leroy FARMER and Clint HATHAWAY, of Boulder, were transacting business here Friday evening.

P C KESNER is on the sick list at this writing.

Miss Mamie LIFRITZ is now working for Mrs Sharp MCALISTER.

Police Magistrate WARNER had the frame of his new house raised.

Z C MOORE, of Tamalco, was here on business Friday.

J R ARNOLD and sisters, of Greenville, called on friends here, Friday.

William HENSLEY, of Effingham, is visiting his brothers, John and E HENSLEY, here this week.

The members of the Court of Honor, at their last meeting, decided to give an oyster supper, and we think will surpass all previous attempts in this line. The affair will take place Thursday evening, Nov 25, in SCHMITT's Hall. A charge of 20 cents will be made for supper. Let everyone in Keyesport and vicinity attend and make it a grand success.

M R PALMER invaded the Woodmen Camp recently. He rode the goat borrowed from Sam NORMAN especially for the occasion in a very graceful manner. Frank LAWS has just about closed a deal for the purchase of the animal.

The late George S MILLS, by a verbal will, bequeaths to his children, Charles, Royal, Louis, Nellie and Jennie, 80 acres of land each. His widow receives until her death the income from one half of the land, or from 200 acres. The homestead upon the death of the widow goes to the youngest child, Louis. The witnesses present were Mr and Mrs G CHITWOOD.

John ROWLAND and George KYLE had troubles of their own Friday, which resulted disastrously to the "think-box" of the latter. The difficulty started about some trivial manner and KYLE, so it is alleged, commenced hostilities. ROWLAND picked up a billard cue, a very formidable weapon, and used a vigorous strike on the uppermost extremity of his adversary's body. John was declared victor and the fight was off.

Thomas BROWN is suffering considerable from the effects of a scalded hand, caused by the steam while culling staves.

Miss Jessie DAVIS, daughter of Capt. J M DAVIS, our Postmaster and one of our most prominent citizens, met with a painful accident last Thursday evening. She was on a chair lighting a hanging lamp. The chair tilted and Miss DAVIS was thrown to the floor. She received bruises on the hip and side, which necessitated her going to bed. The young lady is suffering very much. She is being attended by Dr HORD. We sincerely hope that nothing serious will be the outcome of the unfortunate accident.

The machinery in the hub mill started for the first time last Saturday morning, and everything ran smoothly. The proprietors, SNERLEY & JOHNSON, came here a little over a month ago and commenced the erection of the building, and now that they have started to work this soon demonstrates that they are hustlers. They now have in their yards 150,000 feet of hub poles, and have paid out during the past month over $1,200 for this material alone. Employment is given to 11 men. The daily capacity of the mill is 5,000 in the rough. The output is shipped to Sandusky, Ohio, Kalamazoo, Mich, and Indianapolis. They want a half million feet of hub poles between now and the first of March. These gentlemen have been in this business for two and a half years. The first year they made 436,000 blocks, the second 813,000 and this season they expect to fill an order for 540,000. Since they commenced buying poles the average daily receipts have been between 30 to 50 wagon loads. The average amount paid per load is at least $3, therefore, figuring over 40 loads, the amount paid out daily is $120 or $720 per week. Nothing but cash goes with them, consequently people can see one of the reasons for the boom in our town. The teamsters make from $2.50 to $3.50 per day. This is only one of the reasons for our prosperous conditions. Another will be given next week.

Mrs Dr VANDERVORT, who has been sick, is improving.

Mrs Maggie SPROULL has rented part of her property to Mrs NORMAN, of McKendree Chapel.

A dance took place Saturday night at the home of Hy HORICK.


Reunion Of The HENSLEY Family

A pleasant family reunion association was organized last Saturday afternoon at the home of our friend and neighbor, John B HENSLEY, who lives one half mile north of this place on a beautiful farm of 120 acres. The parties to the reunion were the sons and daughters of the late Rev J F HENSLEY, who was killed at Flora, Ill, some eight years ago in a runaway accident. Mr W L HENSLEY, president of the association, lives on a beautiful farm of 200 acres near the city of Effingham, Ill. Mr HENSLEY has two sons and three daughters, one son and daughter being married, and lives near them. Another son is a telegraph operator on the Vandalia railroad. Mrs S J HENSLEY, vice president of the association, lives on a farm near McLeansboro, Ill, and has a family of four sons and two daughters. Mrs May HENSLEY, sister of the HENSLEY brothers, lives on a farm in Hamilton county, Ill, and has a family of one son and one daughter who are both at home at present. Mrs Dilda O'CONNER, oldest sister of the HENSLEY brothers, lives in Oklahoma Territory and has a family of five sons and five daughters. Mrs Mattie VANDERVORT, youngest sister, whose husband is the secretary of the association and a practicing physician of this place, have a family of sons, who are attending school at this place. Mr. J. B. HENSLEY, Treasurer of the association, lives on a farm as above stated, one half mile north of this place and has a family of one son and three daughters. E E HENSLEY, the youngest brother, lives on a farm one half mile north of this place, is a painter by profession, and has a family of two sons and three daughters. Grandma HENSLEY divides her time between her sons and daughter, Mrs Dr VANDERVORT. The reunion will take place next fall at the country home of Mr Wm L HENSLEY, at Effingham, Ill, on Sept 5, when all the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, may live to enjoy many more such pleasant family reunions.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 9, 1898


M E EZELL made a business trip to Greenville Friday.

Louis JOHNSTON and Sam BARTON were in Carlyle Monday.

J W DUCOMB, of Buxton, was in Keyesport Saturday looking for a sly FOX.

O C WELCH and Sharp MCALISTER went to Greenville Monday.

Rev JONES, pastor of the Baptist Church at Coffeen, arrived here Saturday and will assist Rev DEMPSEY in the big revival.

Mrs F J GRAHAM is still on the sick list.

Mr EYSTER, of St Louis, was the guest of Messrs Joe PONSOT and Jake RAEF last Saturday.

Gus WINHEIM and Andrew MCCLAREN, of Carlyle, were visitors here Saturday.

Charlie EARNED has resigned his position as clerk in the store of MCALISTER Co and departed for his home in Reno.

We understand the Shakespear's play "Romeo and Juliet" will soon be produced here by home talent.

Jake SCHMITT rode the Woodman goat last Thursday evening.

Mrs Ed WANNAMAUGHER is on the sick list.

A republican voter arrived at the home of Mr and Mrs Perk KERSHNER last Friday.

Dr VANDERVORT is attending Mrs BUTLER, who resides near Flat Branch on the Greenville road. She is seriously ill.

George LITZENBERG, who resides north of town, is sick with the grippe.

Mrs Wm MEYER and Mrs George BRYANT were entertained Wednesday by Mrs Dr VANDERVORT.

Tom EDWARDS and Charles LANHAM, of Boulder, sold 30 hogs to William LANGHAM Saturday. One porker weighted 700 pounds. The price paid for the lot was $3.45 per hundred.

Dan DENNIS borrowed a pair of scissors from a certain girl. He lost them, therefore he's out just 25 cents.

Al BIGGS was worn out on a raft the other day.

Parties desiring to go to the Klondike region can get through tickets from here as follows: first class $361.09; second class $301.09. These are through to Dawson City, via Seattle and steamer lines.

John CHURCH, tobacco drummer of Centralia, was doing business in Keyesport Tuesday.

PONSOT & RAEL's mill started in full blast Tuesday.

The protracted meeting at the Brick Church is a grand success from the start, over 50 conversions up to the present writing.

J S MCDONALD and wife were visiting Mrs MCDONALD's grandmother, south of Carlyle, Tuesday and Wednesday.

C A CHITWOOD has been awarded the contract of clearing the trees from the road running east on the county line through the bottoms.


A Flour Mill

The Opportunity For Obtaining One Has Arrived

We are extremely glad to state to the many readers of this paper that Keyesport has a chance to add to the enterprises in a way which has been long wished for. Last Wednesday Messers BROCKMANN and POFF of Olney, were here for no other purpose than to ascertain the feeling of our citizens in regard to the establishment of a flour mill. Their proposition is very reasonable and some notice should be taken of it. These gentlemen are well recommended in a financial and business way, and are prepared to do the right thing. They propose to operate a mill here, if the residents of the town purchase a site and erect a building thereon, which would necessitate the expenditure of perhaps a $1,000. The capacity of the mill will be 75 barrels per day. This looks like a large amount, but it is a trival sum when the benefit to be derived is considered. A market would thus be furnished for our farmers, besides a number of men would be given employment. Of course there are some people who contend that a concern which desires a bonus is not worth having. On this point they are woefully deceived. There are very few instances on record where enterprises have been started in a country town, without the citizens shelling out. It cost Centralia $16,000 for her envelope factory and Carlyle $11,000 for its paper mill, and now why should we lapse into a lethargic state and refuse to loosen our purse strings and contribute to the advancement of our thriving little village. Let's go ahead in a business like manner. Call a meeting and discuss the offer of the Olney gentlemen in detail. All push for the flour mill.


The Revival

The Church Crowded Every Night

Rev DEMPSEY is doing wonderful work as an evangelist in this place. He has demonstrated in just seven days that he is entitled to a place among the leaders employed in spreading the gospel. In the remarkably short time a grand total of thirty-four persons have concluded to lead a different life. In other words there have been just that many conversions. Last Saturday night, one week ago, Rev W K DEMPSEY, local pastor of the Methodist (brick) Church in south town, opened a meeting. The interest has gradually increased until at present time, the edifice is hardly large enough to hold the crowds which assemble each evening. This minister is a fluent talker, consequently the people listened attentively to his sermons. They became very much interested. The manner in which he presented biblical facts started the members of the congregation to thinking. We are glad to state in a goodly number of cases the thought given the words of the pastor brought beneficial results. He feels encouraged and will therefore continue the good work. All the people are seemingly interested. Religion is discussed at the breakfast, dinner and supper tables, hence we hope to chronicle more conversions in our next issue.

Rev DEMPSEY has hopes that these meetings will surpass any revival every held in Keyesport and vicinity. Services are being held every afternoon at 2 o'clock. The following are the names of the converts: Grace REDDICK, Sarah PEAK, Virgil REDDICK, Tessie WARDLOW, Addie KESNER, Sadie DILL, Jessie DAVIS, Florence DEMPSEY, Hattie PEAK, Mamie LIFRITZ, Anne LANGHAM, Lee LIFRITZ, Katie JACKSON, Bertha MCALISTER, Lizzie BEAK, Cora PEAK, Delsie HAWLEY, Versie APPLE, Ella APPLE, Mrs A T EAGLIN, Annie WARNER, Jessie WHERRITT, Edna LANGHAM, Maggie DIXON, Hayes JAUCK, Jennie WOODS, A T EAGLIN, Frank BOUNDS, Mary ELMORE, Charlie HILL and Willie APPLE.


Keyesport Market Report


Subject to the Usual Market Fluctuations. Corrected every Saturday.

Wheat 90 cents

Corn 22 cents

Oats 20 cents

Hogs $3.50

Hay $7 to $7.25 per ton

Potatoes 80 cents
Eggs 13 cents
Chickens 5 cents
Turkeys 7 cents

Country Bacon 7 cents

Geese 5 cents
Ducks 5 cents
Butter 12 1/2 cents
Dried Apples 3 cents

Beeswax 20 cents


Killed By A Bull:

The lifeless body of Richard NEALL, aged 67 years, was found lying in a pasture on his farm south of Huey, Clinton county. Death was due to injuries sustained in an encounter with an enraged bull. The deceased was one of the largest fruit growers in the county.


Death's Harvest

A Pioneer Resident Is Taken Away

Samuel FOSTER, aged 83 years, died last Sunday morning at 10 o' clock at his home two miles west of this place. One week ago Friday he was taken ill with pnuemonia, which caused a rapid decline in his health. His daughter, Margaret arrived from her home in St Paul last Friday evening just in time to see her parent alive. All the tender nursing of a wife and child failed to work a change in the condition of the aged gentleman.

The funeral took place Monday, the sermon being preached at McKendree Chapel by Rev W K DEMPSEY to a large concourse of friends and relatives, and his remains were committed to dust in hopes of the resurrection.

Samuel FOSTER was a native of Ireland. He came to this country with his father and two brothers settling in Ohio. About thirty-five years ago he removed to Irishtown township and has been a resident ever since. He was married for the third time October 22, 1889 to Mrs Nancy LIFRITZ who survives him. The maiden manes of his two former wives were Mary WILSON and Lydia MOTT, both of whom preceded him to the grave. Two children, Mrs L PALMER, of St Paul, Minn and William H FOSTER, who is now in Alaska, are yet living.

He has been a member of the Christian Church for a score of years. Honesty, integrity and industry were marked traits of his character and life. He was like all strong natures, a good friend and an earnest, honest enemy. With him there were no half way doings. His industry, common sense and integrity aided him in accumulating a considerable fortune. In late years calamities of various kinds came. The seasons were not good, Health was broken and he bowed beneath the weight of years. His fortune began to dwindle, which caused no small amount of worry. He was however far removed from material want, possessing at least a modest competency.

During his last hours many friends and relatives cared for him tenderly. His last illness, typhoid pnuemonia, was very distressing, especially to one to whom sickness was a stranger for the greater part of his life. In his last illness he said more than once "I am out of Sam's hands now and in God's hand". I have done all I can. If he wants to take me I am willing to go, and if not I am willing to stay." He was conscious almost, if not entirely, to the last. His daughter said at the last, "Papa, do you know Maggie?" He answered promptly "Do I know Maggie, do I know myself?"

The deceased was held in high esteem by all his neighbors, who sympathize with the family in their sad bereavement.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 16, 1898

The county roads are getting into good condition for travel.

William LANGHAM is now paying 25 cents for corn.

Marion REDDICK was in Carlyle Monday, but couldn't get a marriage license because the clerk thought him too young.

Mrs Sol HILL and Grandma HENSLEY were the guests of Mrs J H VANDERVORT this week.

Rev DEMPSEY is suffering considerably from a bad Cold which has settled in his lungs.

Mr and Mrs John CLARK, Mrs FOSTER and Mrs POTTER went to Carlyle Monday on legal business.

Joe JOSLIN is at present dangerously ill with an attack of pneumonia.

Ernest MYATT is now often observed in south Keyesport.

Frank CLARK went to Carlyle Saturday and returned Sunday afternoon.

Mrs James MOUDY is ill with the grippe.

Dr J H VANDERVORT went to Greenville last Thursday on business.

Mrs BUTLER, who resides five miles west of here, is still very ill.

John MUNTON, residing 2 miles north of here is ill with the grippe.

Mrs George BRYANT, who has been very ill, is now able to be up.

Louis JOHNSTON went to Carlyle Monday. He has been appointed administrator of the estate of Samuel FOSTER.

Green GAULTNEY, of Boulder, has purchased a house and lot south of the office of Dr VANDERVORT from M E EZELL. He will occupy the same March 1.

Jake RAEF and Joseph PONSOT accompanied by a large gang of men went up river Saturday to raft logs.

M K PALMER went to Carlyle Monday and made a final settlement in the estate of Joseph PALMER of which he was adminstrator.

J S MCDONALD and Miss Kate CONLEY were visitors in Carlyle last Monday.

DITSCH & SMITH have made an addition to the livery stable. They have purchased a dark bay team of horses, each of which weighs 1500 pounds. They are consequently fully prepared to do all kinds of heavy hauling.

Quarterly meeting will be held in Boulder February 26 and 27. Elder J N CRAIG will occupy the pulpit.

G N WELCH, Sharp MCALISTER and Ed WANNAMAUGHER went to Carlyle Monday on particular business.

There will be a public sale of farming implements, household and kitchen furniture and livestock Saturday, March 12, on the farm of the late Samuel FOSTER, 1 1/2 miles west of Keyesport.

Messrs WARNER and KUSTERMAN are now asking for a share of the people's patronage in the blacksmithing line. They do general repair work and are thoroughly experienced in this line. Satisfaction is guaranteed or no charge will be made. Their shop is located north of the Riverside Hotel. Read their advertisement in another part of the Journal.

Samuel HALE, of Carlyle, was the guest of Miss Rosa LAMB last Sunday.

The Black Star minstrel troupe will be giving an entertainment in DAVIS Hall on Saturday night. The troop comes well recommended and we predict will be a full house in attendance.

Johnny MCALISTER is the boss clerk of this town. He takes well with the ladies so well.

Supervisor Wm MEYER, of Tamalco township, was transacting business in Keyesport Saturday.

Miss Jessie PARSONS of Tamalco, is staying with her sister, Mrs John LAWS.

Wm GILMORE and J E SANDERS are keeping bachelors hall. Success, boys.

Assistant Editor MCDONALD and sister in law, Miss Katie CONLEY, drove to Carlyle Monday, where Miss Katie had some teeth extracted by Dr DEAN.

Freddie CHITWOOD is talking of changing his boarding place to North Keyesport and leaving the carpenter trade under John LAWS. Good idea, Fred.

Dr J H VANDERVORT had business on CLARK ridge Monday evening.

L A SMITH, who has been in Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas the past fall and winter, returned home last week.

O C WELCH returned to his duties at Springfield Monday.

PONSOT & RAEF commenced stave cutting Wednesday.

Mrs Samuel WANNAMAUGHER is quite sick at this writing.

The hub mill force are not working this week owing to lack of cars.

The foundation for W W HILL's new house is laid and the work will be Pushed as soon as the weather permits

From all indications quite a building boom will strike this place this spring.

Charley CLARK, of McLeansboro, is working in A F RICHARD's ax handle factory.

Wm WANNAMAUGHER has lumber on the ground to build a dwelling house as soon as the weather permits.


The Revival

The Number Of Conversions Reaches 105

The protracted meeting still continues at the brick church and the interest has not abated. In the least, in fact it has been quite the reverse. People still continue to flock thither from the town and country and each night finds the building packed to the doors. Rev DEMPSEY is doing remarkable work in the evangelist line. Last week there were just seventy-one converts. This record surpasses that of any work in that line by any minister in this part of Illinois.

The names of the converts are Mary HILL, Madge HENSLEY, Mrs Mat PALMER, Maude HILL, John ROWLAND, Curtis MOORE, Fred DILL, Otto APPLE, John LANGHAM, America KNOTT, Edith MCCLAREN, Villa KYLE, Ed WYANT, Frank JOSLIN, Fannie ROWLAND, Joe DELAY, Minta SIMPSON, Lizzie KNOTT, Gertie WILLMIRTH, Alfred FOSTER, Willie HILL, Stella WELCH, Ida KYLE, John WARD, James MOORE, Claude KESTERSON, Anna MORGAN, Willie WISE, Jennie SMITH, James JOHNSON, CLARK WELCH, Clyde REDDICK, Louis and Ella BRISENDINE, Gus HENSLEY, Blanche KYLE, Minnie WELCH, Erwin FOX, Minnie MOORE, Vesta WILLMIRTH, Bessie ESSINGTON, Jacob KNOTT, Myrtle HALL, Kate CONLEY, William FINLEY, Mollie DILL, Jacob APPLE, Lucy CHITWOOD, Meda BLAIR, Josephine FINLEY, John KESTERSON, Lela FULLER, Ed WELCH, Mrs H J BUSTER, Jessie HORD, Katie ENGLISH, Bala SANDIFER, Clifford APPLE, Hattie M POTTS, Irene C BIGGS, Mary DILL, Hirman FINLEY, Mrs James MCCAULEY, Ruby KESNER, Maude A MCNEFF.

The citizens of Keyesport are just beginning to learn the true value of the PONSOT & RAEF saw mill to the town. When it was closed down temporarily the business men felt it, also the people in general. They now have in the yards and the river over 500,000 feet of sawlogs of different kinds or enough to run them six months. This represents an investment of $3,000 in cash besides $2,000 in manufactured stock. They have paid out during the past five months for labor and material for the building over $4,500 and sawed out 500,000 feet of lumber in that time. A total of 250,000 hoops have been shipped also several car loads of staves. A dry kiln has recently been erected where the staves are steam dried. They have also built a stave shed 180 feet long and will build two more. Their weekly payroll amounts to $200. J M DITSCH, of Liverpool, will soon become a resident of this place. We welcome such citizens as Mr DITSCH.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 23, 1898

There were several "new coons in town" Saturday night.

Charlie NOE wants to go Cuba and scrap with the Spanish.

John JOHNSON passed Sunday in Vandalia with his family.

Deputy Sheriff JONES, of Carlyle, was here last Friday on official business.

William LANGHAM is now paying 25 cents per bushel for corn.

Louis JAUCK now wears a red sweater with a collar large enough to wrap his girl in.

Joseph PONSOT and daughter, Julia, went to Carlyle Sunday and spent the day.

All wishing to join the Cuban company apply at recruiting headquarters at REDDICK's barber shop.

Miss Minta LOCEY passed Sunday with her parents in Carlyle.

Mrs F J GRAHAM, who has been seriously ill is somewhat improved in health.

Wonder who will be the next supervisor in Irishtown township.

Mack HIGGINS and Ezra HELMS, of Carlyle, stopped at the Riverside during the latter part of the week. They took down a couple of rafts to ROBINSON's mill.

Louis JOHNSTON and Frank LAWS blackened seven stoves Saturday and didn't even dirty their hands.

A nine pound baby girl arrived at the home of Mr and Mrs J D MCCLAREN last week.

MOORE & WOODS have just received a large consignment of spring clothing.

L POTTER of St Paul, Minn, was the guest of Mr and Mrs John CLARK last week. Mr POTTER accompanied by his wife, who was visiting here, departed for their home in St Paul last Thursday.

Miss Rosa LAMB passed Sunday in Carlyle with her mother.

Wm BRUNER positively refuses to go to Cuba unless his wife accompanies him.

Jim MCCLAREN says he will write a note the next time he wants to escort a young lady home.

Miss Celo MURRAY, the efficient teacher of East Union, spent Saturday and Sunday at home in Carlyle.

A grand ball was given at the home of Thos PETERS last Saturday night. The music was furnished by YATES and BASS, of Keyesport. All report very pleasant time.

P C KERSHNER is doing some carpenter work for Gus BARTH of Hellsburgh.

Misses LOCEY and LAMB were entertained Tuesday evening by Mr and Mrs J H VANDERVORT. Some choice selections of music was the feature of the evening.

John MCCALIB, of Mound Chapel, was over Tuesday night and attended the I O O F Lodge.

Rev JONES will preach at the Baptist Church Sunday morning and Sunday evening on Feb 27, 1898.

L E WHERITT has rented the SOPER property in South Keyesport where he will move in the near future.

In looking over the collector's tax books for Tamalco township we find some very heavy tax payers for our township. Mr Wm WANNAMAUGHER's taxes are some few cents over $246, Mr T L WELCH pays $103, Mr H P BIGGS, $141, W E FOLLETT, $136, Mr J W WISE pays over $100 and some eight or ten pay over ninety dollars in taxes. Mr BIGG's real estate is only about half situated in Bond county and we guess he is the heaviest taxpayer in the township.

John JOHNSTON has concluded to enter the race for Supervisor again and announced his candidacy this week. John has held this office for nearly 2 years and during that time he has served the people well. We think the people will not make any blunder by re-electing him supervisor by an increased majority.

May and Bennie JOSLIN have been very sick during the past week.

Mrs William FINLEY, Jr, and Mrs William FINLEY, Sr, are being entertained by Greenville friends this week.

Miss Ella CURRAN is visiting at J D MCCLAREN's.

Fred CROMER went to Farmersville, Ill, Wednesday to work this summer.

Ex Mayor Sam WANNAMAUGHER has several applications to muster a company in case a war is declared against Spain.

A protracted meeting will commence at the Baptist Church about Thursday night with Rev JONES as preacher.

W W HILL is very sick at this writing with symptoms of lung fever. Dr J H VANDERVORT, is the attending physician.

Henry MANSHOLDT, of Hookdale, was transacting business here Tuesday.

Al RIGGS was arrested Sunday on complaint of Wm TRAYLOR and taken before Magistrate WARNER, for obtaining money under false pretense, but on motion of Attorney EZELL the case was dismissed by Judge WARNER.

A good story is going the rounds about a gentleman who resides in a small town somewhere in Bond county. A number of people were congregated in a certain place in Greenville discussing the Cuban war question, when this man joined the gang. He pulled out a piece of long green tobacco about a foot long, bit off a couple of ounces and joined the discussion. He proved to be quite an orator, or at least he thought so. "I'll tell yer men thar'll be war and don't yer ferget it," he drawled out the late acquistion to the crowd. "These hyar Spainyards air tew insultin'. I'll jest bet thiz hyar old hat agin tew ounces of snuff that some infernal Waylerite put on one of them air divin suits and snuk around under that ship, until he found a weak spot, and then screwed on a torpedy. That's just how it happened and don't yer ferget it. If thar's war I'll be fer goin an don't yer ferget it. I've got a good air mule as any feller aroun' this neck of these air woods and I'll ride him clar to Key West. These Spainyards air stuck up, and us Americans air gettn' jest like em. Now look thar," pointing to a telephone receiver," they're so dern high toned here that they hall their spittoons on the walls." He then squirted about a gilt of tobacco juice into the instrument and said "the dern thing is awful unhandy for a short man, an I must say we must run them fellers out er Kuba." Here the proprietor appeared and run the orator out of doors. It is said the gentleman wants to be a postmaster, therefore it's no wonder the two senators are having so much trouble deciding the question in Bond county.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday March 2nd.

A change will occur in the mercantile circles of Keyesport April 1. John MCCLAREN has concluded to retire from the trials and vicissitudes which beset a country merchant. He has disposed of his stock in south Keyesport to James W and M P DUCOMB. Both of these young gentlemen are well known in this vicinity, having been reared on a farm in Irishtown. The first named has charge of the school at Buxton, while the latter is at present principal of the school in this place. These two young gentlemen have the necessary traits of character to make good business men, therefore we predict success to DUCOMB brothers in selling dry goods and groceries.

Market Report

Corn 25 cents per bushel.

Eggs 11 cents per dozen.

School closes April 5th.

Republican Convention Saturday night.

Township election April 5th.

Village Board meeting Monday night.

William LANGHAM passed several days of last week in St Louis on business.

John O'NEIL, candidate for sheriff, was here last Friday.

Bennie JOSLIN is still seriously ill with pneumonia.

Louis JOHNSTON is complaining of the grippe.

J W DUCOMB, of Buxton, made his regular weekly visit here last Saturday night.

Richard MILLER, who resides on the Greenville road, sold a wagon load of hogs to William LANGHAM Saturday.

Wesley WISE and wife, attended Jeff HUNTER's sale near Greenville, last Saturday.

Rev DEMPSEY went to Boulder Saturday and held quarterly meeting.

The banks of the Okaw river at this point are strewn with hundreds of logs which have been purchased by Messers PONSOT & RAEF. They are now making staves and will soon have the vacant lot south of the Riverside hotel covered with them.

John O'NEIL, who is a candidate for sheriff of Clinton County, subject to the decision of the democratic primary election, April 5, was a visitor here last week. John was born and reared in Irishtown township and is highly esteemed by everybody and as a consequences he will receive almost the solid democratic vote. He is fully capable of filling the Sheriff's office. It will be Sheriff O'NEIL if every township follows the steps of Irishtown.

Milt EZELL went to Wisetown last Wednesday, and acted as auctioneer at the public sale on the farm of J M DITSCH. The property disposed of brought unusually good prices. Mr DITSCH will remove to Keyesport at once.

A number of subscriptions have expired during the past two weeks. We trust those who subscribed for only three months will renew and all in arrears will pay the amount due to Assistant Editor MCDONALD. Our terms are strictly cash in advance, therefore all delinquents will be dropped from the list next week if this notice is not heeded.

A large new building will very likely soon add attractiveness to the northern part of Keyesport. Lee WELCH is thinking of moving his house about twenty feet east of the present location. He will erect on the vacant space a two story building, sixty feet long and twenty-five feet wide. The lower part will be a large store room which will of course be for rent. The second floor will be converted into a hall to be used by the different lodges. The total cost will be at least $2,000 and probably more. This is only one of a dozen houses that will be built.

Louis BRISENDINE and wife are visiting friends in Jacksonville, Ill.

Mrs PORTER, of Smithsboro, and a lady from Wisetown organized a W C T U at this place Tuesday night.

Guy KYLE is working in the livery stables of DITSCH & Son.

Lee WELCH was visiting friends in Irishtown Thursday.

Wm GILMORE was seriously hurt Saturday by getting a rib broken.

O C WELCH was in Greenville Monday on business.

The mask ball given in SCHMITT's hall Saturday night was a grand success, there being about sixteen couples masked in different ways. Mr and Mrs H C EMERY representing sailors and Mrs Homer SCOTT representing Topsy in Uncle Tom s Cabin took the prizes.

B F CLARK and Miss Minnie BRYANT attended Church at Tamalco Sunday night.

The hub mill has suspended operations for a month on account of bad roads and hauling.

There was quite an excited crowd at the depot Monday morning when news came over the wires that General Lee had been killed and Moro Castel was torn to pieces by American gun boats, several signified their wilingness to go to the service at once if war was declared.

Rev BEVILLE, of Duquoin, will soon hold a protracted meeting at the Baptist Church.

A F RICHARDS spent Friday in Pittsburg, Fayette Co.

Wm LANGHAM shelled several cars of corn last week.

C C DIXON, of Tamalco, was down Friday driving his fast thoroughbred trotters.

Mr Darrel HARRIS, Miss Sallie GORDON, Mr Chas ROBINSON and Miss Lillie GROSS was up from Carlyle Sunday.

Mr COPPLE, of Walnut Mill, was here last week looking for a home. He is desirous of investing in Keyesport property, and will then make this his home.

Mrs HOUCK has removed to the SMITH property. Oscar RING has rented the house recently vacated by her.

Last Friday a committee of our citizens agreeably surprised Rev DEMPSEY, pastor of the brick Church. On that day Mesdames James MCALISTER, M E EZELL, John ROWLAND, Wm PEAK, J D MCCLAREN, and M E EZELL met at the north end furniture store and each shouldered a chair. The same was presented to the minister and his family with two young ladies of Keyesport. The presentation speech was made by Attorney EZELL.

There has been another change in north end livery stable. James M DITSCH has bought out the interest of W A SMITH. The firm will be known as DITSCH & Son.

Dr J H VANDERVORT was last week reappointed physician for Tamalco township at a salary of $50 per year. He has held this position for 2 years, this making his third.

John MCCALIB and Sam BELCHER were over from McKendree Chapel and took in the masquerade ball.

Arch SHAW and Joe CRAUSE were up from Carlyle Sunday.

John MCDUFFY, of Carlyle, was entertained by Mr and Mrs Tom BROWN Sunday.

W A SMITH will move to Beaver Prairie this week.

Wm WEDLE, of Wisetown, spent Saturday in Keyesport.

George PIERSON and Miss Maude NORDIKE were united in marriage Monday afternoon at the home of Andrew SEAGRAVES in Carlyle. The ceremony was performed by Squire ROGAN. The young couple quietly left town Monday and returned the following day. The Journal extends congratulations to Mr and Mrs PIERSON.

If some of those fellows who stand on street corners and expectorate at the cracks in the pavement and pastime were arrested and fined $5 per spit, as they are in Phoenix, Arizona, the city would soon be rich. In Phoenix there is a city ordinance against spitting on the sidewalk. It went into effect last summer and the first man fined was the city attorney, who forgot himself and spat on the asphalt pavement. He paid $5 and the costs.

The sound of saw and hammer will soon be heard in West Keyesport. Milt EZELL has purchased 3 acres of land from Andy APPLE and will commence improving the same in the near future. It is his intention to build several houses on the lots, as he is farseeing enough to realize that the improvement will bring good dividends. The same will be for rent or for sale

Will DUNN has sold his farming utensils and will move to Montana in March to make his permanent home.


Keyesport Market Report

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, March 9, 1898

Subject of the Usual Market Fluctuations— Corrected every Saturday:

Wheat 90 cents
Corn 25 cents
Oats 22 cents

Hogs $3.60

Hay $7 to $7.25 per ton

Potatoes 80 cents

Eggs 11 cents

Chickens 5 cents

Turkeys 7 cents

Country Bacon 7 cents

Geese 5 cents

Ducks 5 cents

Butter 12 1/2 cents

Dried Apples 3 cents

Beeswax 20 cents

Oats 23 cents per bushel.

Eggs 10 cents per dozen.

Candidates are quite numerous, consequently the grafting season has opened.

Dr G Y HORD was in Carlyle last Saturday and disposed of a lot of honey.

Miltt EZELL spent last Saturday in Greenville on business.

Miss Myrtle HALL visited her mother in Irishtown last Saturday and Sunday.

Edward FINK, of Carlyle, was here on business Saturday.

Louis and Joe BACH, of Posey, were here last Saturday and passed the day with Jacob SCHMITT.

M M BRITTAIN went to Boulder Saturday and spent the day.

Ben JOHNSON came up from lower Irishtown Saturday and was entertained the following day by a young lady north of Keyesport.

Miss Minta LOCEY passed Saturday and Sunday with her parents in Carlyle.

Mrs H C REDDICK is very sick at this writing.

J M ROWLAND visited John KERTH of Beaver Creek, a few days last week.

J T WELCH was a Greenville visitor last week.

Miss Lizzie APPLE, of Vandalia, is visiting her father, Wm APPLE.

Elmer KELLER, of Xenia, passed Sunday with Green MOORE and family.

Some of our young men are talking of starting to Montana in the near future. We are sorry to lose them, but we wish them all the success in the world.

Pearl PORTER, of Smithboro, visited Jessie DAVIS one day last week.

R F DAVIS, of Swain, Ark, is visiting his Uncle J M DAVIS.

Rev HARRIS and wife, of Beaver Creek, spent Tuesday in Keyesport.

Mr Roms A THOMPSON, who has been working at the Vera hub mill, returned to his home in Clay City last Tuesday.

Misses Minnie and Stell WELCH spent Saturday and Sunday with Miss Jessie HALL.

Miss Mamie LIFRITZ, who has been sick during the past two weeks, is better at this writing.

A large number of people from this place were in attendance last Saturday at the public sale held by Mrs Martha MILLER.

Rev C S SMITH preached Saturday night, Sunday and Sunday night at the Brick Church.

Miss Katie CONLEY is visiting her grandma, who lives below Carlyle, this week.

Mrs G N WELCH was quite sick last week.

Collector UNTERBRINK made his last visit at this place last Monday and reports collections good.

Eli COX, of Vandalia, was visiting his brother-in-law, J W WILLIAMS part of last week, and also ordered the Journal for six months.

S A GOODSON is cutting hub elm on Shoal Creek for Vera Hub Co.

A J MCDONALD is clerking for Commissioner E A KERSNER of Irishtown this summer.

Thomas FRANKLIN has removed from Alton and became a resident of Keyesport.

Everybody should attend the sale at the Samuel FOSTER homestead next Saturday morning at ten o'clock.

Wils MOORE has been smiling many pleasant smiles during the past week. A ten pound girl arrived at his home last Tuesday morning.

Grandma HENSLEY is very ill at present with the grippe.

Hugh ESSINGTON, of lower Irishtown, who has been seriously ill in now convalescent.

A baby girl arrived at the home of William COSGROVE last Tuesday.

Wesley HILL is working rapidly on his new house in north Keyesport.

J S MCDONALD was in Carlyle Tuesday.

J J UNTERBRINK was in Carlyle on business Tuesday.

Irvin FOX is talking of going to Montana in the spring with the DUNN brothers.

Mrs C S SMITH and daughter, Mrs A N BIGGS, are quite ill at this writing.

G N WELCH and A WOOD were in Carlyle Sunday.


Keyesport Market Report

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, March 16, 1898

Subject To The Usual Market Fluctuations. Corrected Every Saturday.

Wheat 92 cents
Corn 25 cents
Oats 25 cents
Hogs 3.60
Hay $7 to &7.25 per ton
Potatoes 80 cents
Eggs 10 cents

Chickens 5 cents
Turkeys 7 cents
Country Bacon 7 cents
Geese 5 cents
Ducks 5 cents
Butter 12 1/2 cents

Dried Apples 3 cents

Beeswax 20 cents

Note: The Entire First Column Of This Paper Is Very Very Hard To Read.

----ce next Saturday night.

--MCDONALD wants to be collector of Tamalco township.

--drew MCCLAREN spent Monday in--.

-- was in Carlyle last Monday.

-- will soon remove to a — Patoka where he will follow agricutural pursuits.

Joe -—- of Carlyle, was a guest of Arthur LIFRITZ several days the past week. He purchased a horse at the —

--, who has been very ill when --- is now able to sit up.

-- ALEXANDER was in Carlyle - important business.

-- APPLE is suffering from an attack of grippe.

-- ESSINGTON who has been seriously ill is convalescing.

-- JOHNSON & SNERLEY will soon remove their hub mill from this place. The plant was located here last fall and hum of the machinery has been heard since. During that time a grand total of 360,000 hub blocks have been manufactured and nearly all of the suitable lumber has been used up. Their contract with a foreign concern called for _ _ _ blocks, but it will not be filled in its entirety. There are now in the mill over 10,000 feet of poles which will soon disappear. The gentlemen have not decided where they will next locate.

Miss Gertie, the 17 year old daugher of Hugh ESSINGTON, who resides in Irishtown township, several miles southwest of this place had a rather unpleasant experience last Tuesday evening. A noisy canine was the cause of all the trouble. Miss ESSINGTON had been to a neighbor's on an errand. She is quite an expert in the esquine art, therefore she rode a horse which is not possessed with the best disposition in the world. Enroute home and when near the farm of Mrs _ _ _ an ill mannered dog appeared in the road and proceeded to make a meal of the horses legs. The animal naturally resented the insult and commenced elevating his heels in an unceremonious manner. The fair rider was thrown high in the air and fell on her head and shoulders. The blow was a severe one, but failed to make Miss ESSINGTON unconscious. She walked a quarter of a mile and soon after entering her home fainted. A messenger was immediately dispatched for Dr VANDERVORT of this place. He arrived about 10 o'clock and gave the proper medical attention. The victim of the accident was found not to be seriously injured, hence no anxiety of the occurrence. The girl's head and shoulder was bruised, which caused her considerable pain. We are glad to chronicle the fact that the young lady is now convalescent. Her escape from Instant death was certainly miraculous.

The balmy weather during the past two weeks has expedited the work of our study agriculturists in this vicinity. Many of the farmers have already sown many acres of oats. The rain which fell almost incessantly during the latter part of last week caused work to cease. The wheat is in excellent condition, in fact our old residents claim they never have observed a brighter outlook for a large crop.

Last Tuesday Earl, the eight year old son of Eli HENSLEY, who resides one mile northwest of this place, came near being crushed into a shapeless mass. He can thank Divine Providence that he still occupies his usual position at the family table. Mr HENSLEY, accompanied by his son, left the house for the timber where it was intention to chop a quantity of fire wood. A tree had been partially cut down. When ready to fall, HENSLEY junior attempted to reach a place of safety. He was walking backward and tripped on a sapling. The lad was thrown on his back and before he could regain his footing the tree had fallen across his body. A slight bend in the main part of the tree near the end prevented the heavy log from crushing out the last spark of life. Mr HENSLEY by an almost superhuman effort managed to raise the tree, and then the boy crawled from beneath. He was considerably bruised, consequently Dr VANDERVORT was called. The physician found no bones broken. Young HENSLEY is not the worse off for his experience.

An amusing story is going the rounds about one of our Irishtown school teachers, or rather the joke on one of the pupils. The teacher one day recently carefully drew on the blackboard a good picture of a hen. The first thing in the afternoon was a "hen lecture" by this particular pedagogne. The children were told whether the hen laid one or two eggs a day, had it explained to them how many bones were in the body, listened attentively to the explanation of the way the feathers grew, in fact the pupils learned a whole lot of things about the habits of the barnyard. The following day the said teacher thought a review of the henology would be just about proper. The teacher again decorated the blackboard and the work of dissection was commenced by the class. The teacher finally asked "what grows on a hen?" This was seemingly a hard question to answer, as all were silent. Finally, one little fellow's face in the rear of the room brightened. He held up his hand and said, "Miss -- , I can tell you. Lice grows on hens." "Children you will now make preparations for your grammar lessons," spoke the teacher and she never cracked a smile.

Next Saturday night the people of Keyesport, in addition to enjoying a dance will have an opportunity to hear some first class music. On that night Mr and Mrs Sam ANDREWS and daughter, Lena of Pittsburg will be here and play at the dance given in SCHMITT's hall. This trio of musicians are highly recommended by everyone and you will miss a treat if you do not attend.

J S MCDONALD and P C KERSHNER were in Hookdale Tuesday.

Don't fail to hear the 12 year old musical wonder at SCHMITT's hall Saturday night.

PONSOT & RAEF sent a force of men up the river Tuesday morning to bring down 900 logs they have at their old mill site.

All lovers of base ball are requested to meet at MCDONALD's barber shop Saturday night to organize a base ball club.

Health good in Keyesport.

The Kaskaskia river raised faster Saturday and Sunday than ever was known before.

T L WELCH has bought the W J POTTS property and Mr POTTS will move to Montana in April to make his permanent home.

Wm MCCASLIN, of Dudleyville, a prominent farmer of MILLS township, was calling on our merchants Tuesday.

T L WELCH and W J POTTS transacted business in Greenville Tuesday.

W W HILL's new dwelling is about ready for plasterers.

A A WOOD will move in the POTTS property and Chas CLARK of Mt Vernon, will occupy the house vacated by Mr WOOD.

Jim BELL is visiting friends here after an absence of 18 years.

You will miss the chance of a lifetime if you fail to hear the musical wonder at SCHMITT's hall Saturday night.


A Grand Success

On last Wednesday a number of young folks were invited to spend the evening with Mr and Mrs F M MCHUGH for the purpose of celebrating the twentieth birthday of their adopted son, Capt HARRIS.

Accordingly about 7:30 the guests began to assemble, some coming in new buggies, some in old buggies, some on ponies, and even some walked and carried lanterns.

We were entertained for about fifteen minutes by a flowery discourse from Capt, who told us what an unlucky day it had been for him. He said that several times during the day the men tried to catch him and put him in the well, but being more fleet of foot than they, he succeeded in keeping out of their way. But alas when Frank told him to take the team and wagon and go to get some lumber and kerosene, he felt a presentiment that it was his last trip on earth. However, it was not quite so bad as that, for although the team ran away, throwing the kerosene can out, the wheel breaking it into smithereens, he succeeded in holding the team and no further damage was done.

After Capt had run down, some of the boys with their parents adjourned to the new room and enjoyed themselves in the games known as "Skip-to-my-Lou," "Chase the Buffalo" and "Roxy Ann". Having been playing for about thirty minutes, one of the boys proposed that they rest and let the other folks have the floor, to which all agreed.

Capt was not heard to remark that although a number were there not one had brought him a present. Royal MILLS appeared on the scene about this time and the signal was given to bring in the presents. Ernest MYATT stepped forward and handed Capt a new corn cob pipe and was closely followed by Lewis MILLS with two packages of Tribute smoking tobacco and then Royal came with a half pound of Battle Ax plug. Capt's face by this time was wreathed in smiles and we are sure that no present could have been selected that would have pleased him more than these did.

The sale of pawns came next. Zadock MOORE was married "Dutch Fashion," Claude NORMAN "scratched gravel," Rowe DILL operated a "spinning wheel." Royal MILLS acted as spinner, while Miss Daisy MUNTON captured one ball of yarn. Samuel BATEMAN "constructed a bridge," while A W COLE, Jr bowed to the wittiest, Miss Allie CLARK; knelt to the prettiest, Miss Gertie JACKSON; and kissed the one he loved best, Miss Julia RULE. Charles BATEMAN paid the best pawn by "barking at every lady in the house and kissing all that laughed." He had a regular picnic smacking the blushing belles. The enjoyment of the Terpachoerean art was then resumed.

The boys then selected their partners and played "Go to Boston" after which they got married. We are sorry to say though, not one of the boys took his wife home, but let her go home with some other fellow. As it was getting late all departed for their homes wishing Captain many more such happy birthdays.

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