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






Elected Officers of Various Townships:

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, November 10, 1897


Irishtown Township Officers:

Supervisor John JOHNSTON


Assessor H C REDDICK

Collector Charles KNIER

Highway Commissioners E A KESNER, B F WILKEY, J A BUCK


Constables J E WILLMUTH, Andrew VOGEL

Tamalco Township Officers:

Supervisor William MYERS
Collector J J Unterbrink

Highway Commissioners S D Floyd, J M Deitsch, U D BUNCH

Justices C C DIXON, S D Floyd

Constables George FORTIN, F J SANDIFER


Judge Joseph Hanke

County Clerk John C LAMPE

Sheriff John A LEMMING

Treasurer J Otto KOCH

States Attorney T E FORD

Circuit Clerk F H ALBERS

Supt of Schools Wm JOHNSTON

Coroner Dr T E ALSOP

Surveyor Edward CASE

Master in Chancery J MCGAFFIGAN


Santa Fe Samuel SHARP, Chairman

Carlyle Nic WULLER

Irishtown John JOHNSTON

East Fork Abner CLARK

Meridian David PRICE

Clement James MASLER


Brookside Edward BAILEY

Wheatfield Aug SCHMAHL


Germantown Fred NORDMANN

Lookinglass G H SANTEL

Sugar Creek B H HEIMANN


Breese Theodore KLUTHO

County Officers - Bond

Judge John F HARRIS

County Clerk W S MARNEY


State Attorney F W FRITZ

Treasurer J F WATTS

Circuit Clerk Ward REID

Supt of Schools W E ROBINSON

Coroner Dr W T EASLEY

Surveyor R K DEWEY

Master in Chancery C E DAVIDSON

Keyesport Village Officers:

President Board of Trustees J S APPLE


Treasurer John M DAVIS



Marshall William LIFRITZ

Magistrate Henry WARNER


I O O F meets every Tuesday in Odd Fellows Hall. A special invitation is extended to visiting members.


C O MOORE, Sec'y

Court of Honor meets first and third Friday of each month in SCHMITT's Hall. Visiting members are cordially invited to attend.


C O MOORE, Recorder

G A R meets second and fourth Saturday of each month.

Visiting comrades are requested to attend.

J D BLACKWELL, Commander

William MEYER, Adjutant

Modern Woodsmen of America meets in SCHMITT's Hall. A special invitation is extended to visiting members.

Frank LAWS, V C

Sharp MCALISTER, Clerk


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 9, 1898

The Court Of Honor

The Growth Of This Order Is Remarkable

The members of the local lodge, Court of Honor, held an interesting meeting last Friday evening and listened attentively to the report of delegate, J B APPLE who has just returned from the meeting of the Supreme Court at Quincy. It seems that some person or persons during the past few months have been scattering circulars attacking the stability of the beneficiary society. It was alleged that the head officer had been guilty of mal-administration and a whole lot of other things which would have a tendency to frighten the members. For these reasons the report of delegate APPLE was awaited with much anxiety. Although no special credence was given to these allegations, news direct from headquarters would act as oil on the troubled waters. Mr APPLE said no attention was paid whatever to these misrepresentations during the supreme session, and since his return he has more confidence than ever in the order. He claims these rumors were circulated by persons not connected in any manner with the Court of Honor for slanderous purposes. This has a great big canard been run to earth. The Court of Honor is one of the most flourishing orders in the country at the present time. It was organized in July 1895, and now has a total membership of 29,319 members, a total increase for 1897 of 17,233. The total amount of insurance in effect is $28,895,000 which indeed looks big. The men at the head of this order are efficient in every sense of the word, an advertisement in itself. The cost of the insurance is 45 cents on $1,000. There were only seven assessments last year.

At the meeting in Quincy W E ROBINSON of Greenville was elected supreme recorder at a salary of $2,000 per annum and will serve 2 1/2 years. The next Supreme Court will be held in Peoria.



Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 9, 1898

For County Superintendent:

The undersigned is a candidate for reelection as County Superintendent of Schools, subject to the decision at the democratic primary election.



The undersigned is a candidate for the office of Sheriff of Clinton County, subject to the decision of the party at the democratic primary election.


County Clerk:

The undersigned is a candidate for County Clerk, subject to the decision of the party at the democratic primary election.


For County Treasurer:

The Journal is authorized to announce the name of Mr James ALLEN, of Irishtown Tp. as an aspirant for the democratic nomination for County Treasurer.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 9,1898

A Village Primary

With this week's issue we will inaugurate a primary election in which all legal voters, and none others will be allowed to participate. An unusual amount of interest will no doubt be manifested in the approaching municipal contest, and it is the purpose of this paper to show in advance the feeling of the people. The license question will not figure in this contest, although the voters can cast their ballots for the men they suppose will represent their sentiments in the village board. A coupon will be published each week in the Journal and can only be obtained by clipping it from this page. No extra ballot can he obtained. Each voter must sign his name to the ballot, which will be absolutely secret in every sense of the word. The names wil be detached each week and the editor counts. This precaution is taken to prevent "stuffing the box," as only a single ballot will be allowed to each person. The ballot box has been placed in the store of DAVIS & WELCH, lower Keyesport. The election closes Saturday March 26. Fill out the blank spaces and deposit.


I cast my ballot in the Journal 's primary election for











Trustees (3 To Be Elected)




Name -------------------------------------------------------------------


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 16,1898

Same announcements as February 9, 1898 with an additional one from:


The undersigned is a candidate for the office of Sheriff of Clinton county subject to the decision of the party at the democratic primary eleciton.

Harvey F JONES


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 23, 1898

Same ads as before mention but one additional one:

For Supervisor:

John JOHNSTON wishes to inform the people through the columns of the Journal that he is a candidate for re-election to the office of Supervisor of Irishtown township, at the election of April 5th, and solicits the support of the voters.

The voting has commenced in the Journal primary election. Read result in another part of this paper.

A Republican township convention for the purpose of nominating a township ticket for Irishtown for the coming Spring elections will be held at the school house, Saturday, March 5, at 7 P M.


Primary Election



John CLARK 2

Edward WYATT 1




John WALLS 1





Frank BOUNDS 1




Trustees (three to be elected)

John CLARK 4
Emmet BRYANT 1
Dr J C FOX 2


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, March 2, 1898

The exact shortage of Supervisor GARRISON of Shoal Creek township, Bond County, is $2,150.38. The auditing committee, C F THRANER, H W PARK, and John J SUTTON has just finished its labors. Below is a summary of the report: Deficit

1889 Dog Tax $183.26

1890 Dog Tax 48.00
1889 Town Fund 47.40
1890 Town Fund 96.14
1891 Town & Dog Fund 290.65
1892 Town & Dog Fund 223.89
1893 Town & Dog Fund 434.82
1896 Town & Dog Fund 900.28

Total $2224.44

Credits, ‘94, $28.73; 74.06

95, $45 33;

Total deficit $2150.38

All republicans of Irishtown township are requested to meet at the school house in south Keyesport next Saturday evening. A regular ticket will be nominated.

The democrats of Tamalco township will very likely nominate a straight ticket for the approaching contest.

John JOHNSTON has again entered the race for the office of Supervisor of Irishtown and therefore seeks the votes of those who are entitled to suffrage in Keyesport and the township in which it is located. He is asking the support of the republicans, democrats, populists, middle of the road men and prohibitionists alike and proposes to make a straight forward fight to succeed himself in every sense of the word. In the short space of two years he has demonstrated to his

Constituents that he is the right man in the right place and in the right places at the right time. He had not long occupied a seat among the supervisors before he was honored with a position on the finance committee, this preference in itself being virtual recognition of his true worth. On all the most important questions which have come before the board he has made himself heard by a speech for or against the measure, therefore we are glad to say that Irishtown has not been represented by some fellow "afraid of his shadow." On the contrary we can justly point with pride to the record made by Supervisor JOHNSTON.

The citizens of Keyesport have one thing to remember in the approaching township contest. They must not forget that we are under obligations of Mr JOHNSTON. It was due to his efforts that a good sized sum of money was saved the taxpayers of the village.

One of the most important additions to the progressiveness of our little town was the erection of the wagon bridge across the Okaw. This question had been agitated for a number of years, and finally it came to a focus as it were. The bride was constructed at ta total cost of $3550, and the village run short just $800. Arrangements were made, it will be remembered, for the issuance of bonds to cover the deficiency. Right here is where our efficient Supervisor was indeed a handy article. He appeared before the board, at the December meeting in 1896 and by energetic efforts succeeded in having an appropriation of $800 made. We doubt whether any other man in the county could have obtained this concession. He did it through friendship and nothing else. And thus were the Keyesport taxpayers relieved of an obligation and for this reason alone we assert he should be given support. At a meeting of the village board a vote of thanks was tendered Mr JOHNSTON because of his splendid work. We are firm believers in reciprocity. This gentleman has shown our people that he is interested in the welfare of the town, by inducing the county of Clinton to bear part of the cost of the erection of a bridge, which has been of incalculable benefit to our town, there fore why should we not reciprocate and give him our votes. We know from our own personal knowledge that Mr JOHNSTON is among the leaders in the county board, a credit to Irishtown and an honor to the county. We could not send a better representative forward.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, March 9, 1898

NOTE: In addition to all the names already listed the following appeared in the paper as candidates

For Supervisor:

Samuel NORMAN wished to inform the people through the columns of the Journal that he is a candidate for Supervisor on the Republican ticket and solicite the support of the voters of Irishtown township on election day, Tuesday, April 5.

For Town Clerk:

The undersigned is a candidate for the office of Clerk of Irishtown. township on the Republican ticket at the approaching election, April 5, and solicits the support of the voters.

Frank WADE

For Assessor:

Henry C REDDICK wishes us to inform the people through the columns of the Journal that he is a candidate on the republican ticket for re—election to the office of Assessor at the election, Tuesday, April 5, and solicits the support of the voters in Irishtown township.

For County Treasurer:

The Journal is authorized to announce the name of Mr James ALLEN, of Irishtown Tp, as an aspirant for the democratic nomination for County Treasurer.

This week Capt J M DAVIS, chairman of the republican senatorial committee of the 42nd district, notified all the members to assemble in Vandalia, March 18. A re-organization of the committee will then be effected besides the transaction of other important business. A date will be names for holding a convention when the regular nominations will be made. The new district comprises Clinton, Marion, Fayette and Effingham counties.

We take pleasure of informing the people of Irishtown that Frank WADE is a candidate for clerk on the regular republican ticket Frank is a Young man with exemplary habits, which is in itself a good recommendation for an aspirant for an Office. If elected we feel certain that he will transact the business in a creditable manner.

Henry C REDDICK has entered the race for the office of assesor in this township and announces himelf in another part of the Journal He served one term in the capacity of assessor and gave general satisfaction. Mr REDDICK is well qualified to hold office to which he aspires. We congratulate the republicans on their good judgement and sincerely hope that the regular party nominee will be elected by a good majority.


Republicans Meet

The Convention Saturday Was Well Attended.

The convention held last Saturday afternoon in the School house by the republicans of Irishtown might be termed in slang a "howling success." The attendance was unusually large, the interest manifested was inspiring to the aspirants for political honors, and as a result a nomination was made for every office to be filled Tuesday, April 5. The name of Samuel NORMAN will head the half dozen and one nominees and use his best efforts to puncture JOHNSTON's boom for supervisor and cause him to retire to private life. The meeting was called to order at 2:30 o'clock by central committeeman John L COLEMAN, who also presided and wielded the gavel. M P DUCOMB was selected as secretary, after which Mr COLEMAN tendered his resignation as committeeman because of his early departure for St Louis. He thanked the republicans for the honor conferred upon him: His resignation was accepted and M P DUCOMB selected as his successor. The next order of business and the most interesting part, was nominations for the different offices. Newt Baum fired the opening gun by nominating Capt DAVIS for supervisor. It seems that our postmaster is not at present aching for office and declined the halo tendered him. He said, "I would not have the office if I was elected." He did not fear entering the political arena with JOHNSTON as an adversary, but he was not seeking any office hence his declination.

Ben JOHNSON, the Mark HANNA of lower Irishtown, then nominated James BAUM. This gentleman declined the honor by proxy, Albert DILL also refused to accept. John CLARK then nominated Samuel NORMAN. He arose and insisted in a short speech that some younger man be selected, but if no willing one was found he would make the race and do the best he could. Charles MITCHELL was next placed in nomination. He was not hankering after an office, so he asked to be excused. NORMAN was then selected as the nominee by acclamation. Frank WADE and RICHARD NORMAN were then selected as nominees for clerk, H C REDDICK and W J FRANKLIN for assessor. The nomination of Charles KNIER for collector was made by acclamation.

Charles MITCHELL, the Chauncery M DEPEW of Irishtown, then let loose a flow of oratory and when he finished. Albert KITTLE was selected as a nominee for highway commissioner, MITCHELL again championed the cause for John Isaac SMITH for justice, but unfortunately those present questioned the republicanism of John, therefore, like the demand of Spain's recall of Consul General Lee, he was turned down.

Chauncey recommended him because he was so tall that he didn't know when his feet were cold. This was a hoodoo. The plum fell on the vest pocket of John W POTTS who was selected by acclamation. For constable William KNUTT and Nic WALLINGFORD was placed in nomination. The result was as follows: Clerk, WADE, 54; NORMAN, 11; Assessor, REDDICK, 48; FRANKLIN, 15; Constable, KNUTT, 50, WALLINGFORD, 6. The republican ticket will therefore have the following names printed therein: Supervisor, Samuel NORTON; Clerk, Frank WADE; Collector. Charles KIER; Assesor, H C REDDICK; Constable. William KNUTT; Justice of the Peace, John W POTTS.


Convention Notice

The Republicans of Tamalco township are requested to meet in mass convention at the Tamalco schoolhouse on Saturday, March 19, at 2 o'clock P M, for the purpose of nominating a township ticket and electing a central committeeman.

C C DIXON, Cen Comm

The voters of Clinton county will cast their ballots for supervisor in eight different townships on Tuesday April 5. Those retiring are John JOHNSTON, of Irishtown, August SCHMAHL of Wheatfield, John G TAPHORN of WADE, B H HEIMANN of Sugar Creek, Henry Hoff of Germantown, G H SANTEL of Lookinggiass, J R GRUNDMANN of St Rose and Chairman Samuel SHARP of Santa Fe. The holdovers are WULLER of Carlyle, PRICE of Meridian, JOHNPETER of Lake, MATSLER of Huey, BAILEY of Brookside. KLUTHO of Breese and CLARK of East Fork. All of the outgoing supervisors are candidates for re-election. The fight will be especially warm in Irishtown and Santa Fe, in fact, the contest in these two townships it will be the "hottest on the pike". We wish to call the attention of the voters to one important question in the approaching election. The new board bf supervisors will have a duty to perform. Several years ago our readers will remember that an investigation was made by an expert in the office of Circuit Clerk NIEHOFF. Although the disclosure were not of an altogether startling nature, the result was a benefit financially and well worth the expenses incurred. The Banner Of Carlyle, for the past two months has been conducting an investigation of the county clerk's office on its own accord. Cold facts were spread before the people of Clinton County disclosing a truly rotten condition of the records, the result of the mal-administration of the gentlemen in charge. During the past few years everything has been conducted in a flim flam manner. Administrator's and guardian's bonds remain unrecorded, the marriage license record was found in a bad shape, the birth and death registers have been weighted and found wanting, in fact everything in general demonstrates neglectfulness. Whether there is any deficiency in the fees collected is not for us to say, for we do not know. We do know positively that enough has been shown to warrant the employment of an expert accountant to place the records in the proper condition for the next county clerk. It rests with the supervisors whether the investigation is pushed or throttled in its infancy. Such a move is due the residents of Clinton county. To insure a speedy action in this matter, men must be sent forward who have the backbone to work for a house cleaning in the west side of the court house. Voters ask your candidates how they stand on the matter. We have explicit confidence either of the aspirants for supervisor in Irishtown township, but there are others you know.

In another part of the Journal, our readers will notice the announcement of Samuel NORMAN who seeks to represent this township in the county board. Mr NORMAN served several terms in the capacity of supervisor and gave the best of satisfaction to his constituents. His record is alone a splendid recommendation. If elected he will no doubt go after the scalp of a certain county official who has not been doing right.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, March 16, 1898

Note: Same political ads appearing in this issue as in previous issues. Penny

J S MCDONALD. our efficient village clerk, is seeking the nomination for collector of Tamalco township. He will go before the convention to be held in Tamalco next Saturday and ask the republican voters to consider his candidacy. Joe will indeed precisely fill the bill in this particular case. He is a native of Tamalco township where he was born in the ‘60's. He is a republican by inheritance. Joe has served the village of Keyesport well as clerk and we are satifisfied as collector he will make a splendid showing. A better selection cannot be made.

The annual school election will take place here on the third Saturday in April. John CLARK will retire as director. The holdover members of the school board are Albert DILL and Dr J H VANDERVORT.

The republican primary convention to be held next Saturday in Tamalco will apparently be a rather warm affair. The aspirants for the different offices are as follows: Supervisor, William MEYER; Collector, J S MCDONALD and Dr A WISE; Assessor, A B SANDIFER, Arthur FLOYD, Charles BATEMAN and L KIRSHNER, Clerk, H S GORLINE; Commissioner, Henry MANSHOLD; School Trustee, U D BUNCH. The gabfest will be attended by a large number of republicans from this part of the township who will go forward to lobby for thier friends. The affair will no doubt be very interesting. Our special representative will be there and furnish a write up in detail.

O C WELCH, one of the most prominent citizens, has entered the race for the sheriff of Bond county, and has a splendid chance of picking the plum from the official tree. We wish him success with his race for one of the most important offices in the county.

O C WELCH, our candidate for sheriff was in Sorento on business Tuesday.


Real Estate listings

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, March 16, 1898

Recorded in Clinton County, Ill since our last report:

W W HOLLAND to John S WIEDENKELLER, se ne, ne se, sec 3 & 2 & 1, warranty, Feb 11, 1898, $800.

Henry ALTHOFF to Friederich ALTHOFF, lots, 1,2,3,4,10,11 and 12 block 31. Hull, warranty, Jan 25, 1898, $250.

Mary E MUSGRAVE to Frank SCHMITT, se se sec 22 t 2 r 2, warranty, Feb 8, 1898, $825.

H DEERHAKE to Anton HOLTGREVE, 3 1/2 acres part ne se, sec 2 t 1 r 4, warranty, Feb 11, 1898, $135.

Frank SUITHAIR to John H HOECKELBERG, lots 1,2,3,4,and 5 block B, EWISS add to Aviston, warranty, March 5, 1898, $1400.

H OSTENSCHNIEDER to Henry BRINKMANN, lots 1 and 2, block D, Aviston, quit claim, Feb 7, 1898, $1.

Jos HORENKAMP to M G HOECKELBERG, same as above, warranty, April 27, 1897, $100.

Wm J SCHMITT to Anna C WIEGERS, part lot 2 block 43, Middle Carlyle, warranty, Feb 8, 1898, $700.

Antonie ROHR to Louis CHATTILON, lot 6, block 7, Lewis add to Trenton, quit claim, Oct 7, 1897, $1.

Charlotte BERHAUER to Julius CHATTILON, lot 6, block 7, Lewis add Trenton, warranty, Oct 18, 1897, $125.

Wm G WILLARD to Ann and Fred SCHLAFLY, s 1/2, s 1/2, ne Se, sec 19 t 2 r 2, warranty, Feb 10, 1898, $75.

J W Born to Geo RICHTER, lots 10 and 11, block 5, GRIESBAUM's add to New Baden, warranty, Feb 15, 1898, $100.

Frances GRIESBAUM to Geo J GRIESBAUM, lot 1,2, and 3 block E, Buxton, warranty, Feb 17, 1898, $75.

James FORREST to Julius MERTEN, ne se ne, sec 19 1 rl, warranty, Feb 12, 1898, $40.

Henry BENING to Julius MERTEN, ne se ne, sec 19 1 rl, warranty, Feb 12, 1898, $65.

Ruddle MCCLAREN to Flora J GRAHAM, lot -, block 7, 0 R KESNER's add to Keyesport, master's deed, Feb 25, 1898, $107. 67.

John WORTMAN to John R WORTMAN, n 1/2, nw se, sec 12, ne se, s 1/2, se ne, sec 14 t 8 rl, 10 acres, w sidee se sw, sec 12 t 3 r 1, warranty, Sept 12, 1892, $1.

Benj F OTHICK to J C W SCHNELL, lots 6, 9 and 10 block 22, Upper Carlyle, warranty, March 3, 1898, $2250.

Milton E EZELL, to Effen KEITH, n 1/2, nw, n 1/2, s 1/2, nw, sw, sec 11 t 3 r 3, warranty, March 3, 1898, $600

Anna E NATTERMAN et al to Wm F METZGER, part --- lot 5, block 34, middle Carlyle, warranty, Feb 11, 1898, $375.

Henry HOLTGREVE to Henry WOLTERING et al, se ne nw, sec 24 t 3 r 4, quit claim, Feb 28, 1898, $1.


Public Sales

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, November 10, 1897

I, the undersigned will sell at public sale at the residence of the late G S MILLS, deceased, two miles west of Keyesport, on Wednesday, November 17, 1897, commencing at 10 o'clock a m, the following described personal property to wit: 6 work horses, 1 suckling mule, 3 milk cows, 1 short horn bull, 2 yearling steers, 4 spring calves, 10 head of hogs, 9 head of sheep, 1 two horse wagon, 1 spring wagon, 1 buggy, 1 cart, 1 set of work harness, 1 set of double buggy harness, 1 set of single buggy harness, 1 saddle, one three horse riding plow, 2 mowers, 2 cultivators, one drill and other articles too numerous to mention.

TERMS OF SALE: Sums of $5 and under cash in hand; sums over that amount a credit of nine months, will be given, purchaser having note with approved security before removal of property.

C E MILLS, Agent


To The Klondike

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 9, 1898

A Few More Recruits For The Journal's Expedition

Since last week issue our recruiting officers has been circulating among the citizens of Keyesport and reports quite a number of willing ones. Frank LAWS has hinted that he would very much like to join the crowd if the proper arrangements can be made. NORMAN's goat is being especially trained for the occasion to work single and double. This animal will haul Frank from Skagway to Dawson City. He will thus have a motive power which will require little feed as the goat can chew up abandoned camp utensils or any other old thing. It will come in real handy in hammering the frozen ground where the nuggets are secreted. Frank's traveling companion will be Virgil REDDICK, who will be taken along to do tailor work with CLARK's spool cotton.

Uncle Jack JOSLIN has consented to participate in the trials and vicissitudes of the Alaskan country. The Riverside Hotel will be taken apart and carefully packed on the dray wagon of Jim MCALISTER, make the trip overland to Seattle, where the whole outfit will be shipped to Dyes. When these two old citizens arrive, Uncle Jack will open a hotel which will be headquarters for the Keyesport lads. MCALISTER will continue his bid business, but instead of hauling merchandise, will carry nuggets so much per pound. These two gentlemen will incorporate under the name of the Alaskan Hotel and Transportation Co. There has already a difficulty arisen as to the division of profits. The trouble will very likely be satisfactorily arranged.

Joe PONSOT and Jake RAEF have concluded to accompany the Klondikers. Owing to the almost impassable conditions of the trails the bulk of the mill machinery will be left on this side of the Chilkoot Pass. Here the saws will be operated and have chunks of of frigid atmosphere sawed out and exported to the States for cold storage purposes. The packing of this article of export will be entrusted to Al BIGGS, the head of the sawdust department of the mill. The dry kiln wil be taken along of course. All half frozen gold seekers who -are desirous of boiling out will be charged a specified price per boil. They hope in this manner to create a revenue better than digging the yellow metal.

It will be necessary to create a law department for the Keyesport colony, to be presided over by Milt EZELL. It will be his duty to act as a sort of arbitrator when an intricate problem arises. His salary will be determined by the colony. Of course his duties will not prevent him from picking up a few pounds of gold on the side. Milt will probably take a champion mower with him to be used in cutting down snow drifts.

Sharp MCALISTER intends to go with us, and act as a sort of general hand out man, that is he will keep a generous supply of everything on hand. In his store will be found dried apples, warm water, sponges, toothpicks, sugar barrels, glass fruit jars, and a whole lot of other good things to eat His little brother will furnish the gas for lighting purposes and also carry heat. Sharp will continue his duties as clerk of different lodges.

Dan DENNIS will be taken along to show the people how to fall in a branch without getting wet. His exhibitions will take place in the icy waters of the Yukon and the charge will be reasonable. He will not carry his girl's scissors with him.

Henry REDDICK and Joe MCDONALD have about come to the conclusion that it would be much better to operate a parlor in partnership when they arrive. Henry will shave the frost off the breath of customers, while Joe clips a few shavings from the golden lumps lying around the room. The latter will keep an eye open for any boozy Bouldaries, who chances to be up in that direction, besides furnishing special news for the Journal .

We hope to find more want-to-be Klondikers next week.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 16, 1898



We understand that "Uncle" Wash RUSSELL, who lives down on a farm in Irishtown, wants to cast his bread upon the ice covered ground of Alaska and reap gold. This is the gentleman who kills large snakes. Just what Wash is desirous of doing when he arrives in the Klondike we know not. He could be utilized in a number of ways, for instances, if the crowd runs out of eatables he can talk a meal out of some corner grocery man on Nugget Avenue in Dawson City. He could also furnish the wind for a large windmill to blow out the dust of the frozen ground. Wash will be an honor to the , therefore he may fall in line.

Frank CLARK will likely join the crowd and take his horse with him. He says he will run a bus line from the depot of the North Pole Air Line to the hotel of Uncle Jack.

Dr J H VANDERVORT is trying to arrange his interests here and join the party. He will of course take a well filled medicine chest. His prescriptions will be guaranteed to cure cramps caused by an over indulgence in roasted snow balls, and sleeplessness caused by watching for gold dust.

William LANGHAM will go with us and take several dozen heating stoves to warm up the atmosphere. He is also contemplating taking his corn sheller to shell out nuggets from the frozen ground. Lou JOHNSON is spoken of for a shovelor, but his staying qualities are rather uncertain, therefore it is doubtful whether he will do this work. Lou will probably open up a martimonial bureau up there and procure wives for those who are not married as they become millionaires. His fee will be $999 per wife f.o.b. Seattle. Delivered in Dawson City the charge will be double. He will tie the nuptial knots. The two above gentlemen will buy gold dust in car load lots if possible, but of course they will accept lots of a hundred pounds. C O MOORE is trying to make arrangements to procure a furlough from Jacksonville & St Louis. If these can be made he will accompany LANGHAM and JOHNSON as private secretary. He will lay a wire from St Michael to their headquarters and deal in electricity at so much per dot and dash. MOORE will bill out all the purchases of these two gentlemen. He will take with him Bill NYE's library and entertain the other Keyesport lads during long winter evenings by reading. MOORE aspires to be mayor of the Keyesport colony in the Klondike.


Local Vicinity Articles


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 9, 1898


Saturday night about 10 o'clock a daring burglary was committed in Greenville, and as a result five men all under the age of 25 years, are enjoying recreation behind the bars of the county jail in this city. The names of the prisoners are James ALLEN, William SAVAGE, Elisha ALLEN, Theodore ALLEN and Harry WHITE, and the nerve displayed would be a credit to the bold metropolitan footpads. The quintet entered the house of Fritz SCHRADER by breaking in the door with a fancy post. SCHRADER, his wife and father in law, John HINDON, 88 years old, was aroused from bed and compelled to stand in one corner of the room by two of the gang, while the others searched the house for money. The sum of $45 was appropriated.

All the windows in the house were then demolished with clubs and every article of furniture broken. Two stoves were overturned and the bedding set on fire, after which the marauders departed without the formality of leaving their cards. Neighbors arrived at the house and quenched the flames. The burglars were arrested Sunday morning by Sheriff MCALISTER in East St Louis and taken back to Greenville. They will very likely enjoy a trip "over the road."


The following is a copy of the report regarding the condition of Clinton county patients in the asylum at Anna. There are now 25 persons, former citizens of the county, receiving treatment. The oldest patient is Nancy GARRISON, who was received in 1878. The last was Elizabeth MOSS, sent January 4th of this year. The report is:

Physical Mental

Name Condition Condition


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 23, 1898

If all reports are absolutely true the people who reside around Hiltoga are paying lots of attention to spiritualism. Several fellows from Mulberry Grove attended a seance there recently and now they are sorry. The lights were extinguished in the room and all was as silent as a death chamber. A score of young people were there to have a gabfest with the spirits. A blue light appeared in a certain part of the room and then an apparition clad in immaculate clothing came up through the floor. It waved a hand and immediately the organ commenced playing. Tables floated through space, and chairs waltzed to the weird music. The spirit cut numerous capers but caused no fear among the Hitogalites. They were "on to the game," The Mulberry Grove lads had a peculiar feeling. The white object pranced toward them. This was sufficient. The strangers vamoosed through a window taking a sash with them, and left posthaste for their homes. The seances still continue, we are informed.


Keyesport Journal . Wednesday, March 2, 1898

Henry C BIRGE, the veteran mail carrier of Greenville, who has just retired, has traveled 45,625 miles and never left the town to do it. He carried the mail to and from the Vandalia depot for 12 1/2 years and never missed a train.


St Louis Third Bridge

The Plans Accepted And The Money Is Promised

St Louis, Feb 27- The secretary of war has accepted the plans for the new bridge between St Louis and East St Louis. The bridge will he divided into four spans, of which the western, or St Louis section will be 700 feet in the clear, the two in the middle 500 feet each, and the eastern or east side shore span of just 400 feet, a total of 2,100 feet

The money for the construction of the bridge has been promised without solicitation and there will be no delay from that cause.


Big Blaze In St Louis

Mississippi Valley Hay And Grain Co's Main Warehouse Burned

St Louis, Feb 27 — The main building of the Mississippi Valley Hay and Grain storage Co, occupying nearly a block at Hall and Dock streets, in north St Louis, and containing over 1,000 tons of hay, caught fire in some unknown manner Friday afternoon and was burned to the ground. The total loss will be between $25,000 and $26,000. An insurance of $10,000 was carried on the building. The stock was fully insured by the various owners who had it in storage.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, March 9, 1898

Came Near Being Killed

Mrs. Lucinda THORN had a miraculous escape from a horrible death last Thursday evening, thanks to the prompt action of Engineer FOLEY on the Jacksonville & St Louis railroad.

Mrs. THORN has been making her home with Sam BARTON, her nephew, during the past few weeks. She is 69 years of age and her eyesight is very poor. Her infirmity and dimness of sight were the direct causes for the accident. The old lady had been spending the day at the home of William FINLEY, which is a half mile west of the limits of lower Keyesport. Her visit had been a pleasant one, and when she left the home of her hostess she was in the best of spirits. Mrs THORN progressed toward the BARTON residence very well until the sidewalk was reached which branches from Riverside avenue. Instead of turning to the left she continued straight ahead and reached the railroad tracks, which was blindly followed the old lady of course thinking the end of her journey would soon he reached. She kept plodding on toward Tamalco. A trestle was reached which caused a fall, but the half blind lady continued the journey, picking her way across the bridge in a truly wonderful manner. She fell several times after this. Finally Mrs THORN became fatigued and sat down on the end of a railroad tie to enjoy a rest.

This was nearly five o'clock in the evening. The north bound passenger train, in charge of Conductor CONSTANTINE, and Tom FOLEY at the throttle in the cab, appeared. The engineer noticed a form beside the track and a number of toots from the whistle resounded through the air. The form remained motionless. Mrs THORN was unconscious of her impending danger. Engineer FOLEY supposed the person would vacate the dangerous position, but in this he was woefully deceived. When within a few yards of her he put on the air brakes so suddenly that the passengers were thrown from their seats. The engine was moving slowly when a pipe protruding from the side of the engine struck Mrs THORN on the head, knocking her to the ground. She was picked up while in a semi comatose condition, placed on the train and taken to Tamalco and removed to the home of J W WISE. Friday afternoon she was taken to the house of her son in law, George WISE, who lives near Wisetown.

Mrs THORN received a bad cut on the head, besides bruises on the left shoulder and hip. Her injuries are very painful but no serious consequences are anticipated.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, March 16, 1898

A Springfield furniture dealer was the victim the other day of one of the latest and smoothest swindles, ever perpetrated in that city. A young man, representing that he was about to be married, came in and bought an outfit of furniture amounting to $200, and gave a check in payment. He said he would call for the goods when he was ready to have them delivered and went out. In the meantime the check was presented at the bank upon which it was drawn and declared worthless. The man being a stranger, and having no money on deposit, the goods of course, were held and when he called was told what had occurred. In apparent great rage, he said, "give me the check, I'll cash it for you." Forgetting that he had endorsed it, the merchant handed the check to him and in a few minutes the young man had obtained the money at the hotel and left town. He lost no time in getting away and is still at large.


The Dr Rice Case

We are glad to chronicle the fact that George H RICE, physician and editor of the Sandoval Free Press, has been exonerated in part. This information was obtained last Sunday afternoon. One of the expert chemists employed in the case is ready to appear before the coroner's jury and testify. The report will be favorable to RICE. The history of the case in brief is about as follows:

August 10, 1897, the death of Amy, wife of Dr G H RICE, occurred after a brief illness. Her life was insured for $7,000 in four companies. The Metropolitan of New York alleged that there was reason to believe that death was due to arsenical poisoning.

The first day of last December Coroner BROOMER, of Centralia, impaneled a jury at the instigation of this company, they agreeing to pay all expenses. The body of Mrs. RICE was exhumed and an autopsy held. Parts of the stomach, liver, heart and lungs were placed in two dozen sealed jars. These were divided equally between Dr W C USSERY, of the Marion Sims College and Dr TEICHMANN, city chemist of St Louis, to whom were intrusted the duty of a chemical analysis. The former represented RICE and the latter the insurance company. Dr USSERY recently held a consultation with Attorneys VANHOOREBEKE, NOLEMAN and KAGY, legal counsel for RICE. The chemist stated that there was not the slightest trace of arsenical poisoning. These facts were procured from one of the above attorneys by the writer and are authentic.

Dr RICE is very anxious to have the matter settled. It has been over three months since the autopsy was held, and the work of Dr TEICHMANN, expert for the company, remains unfinished. A notice has been served on Coroner BROOMER to reconvene the jury at once. If no attention is paid to this legal course will be adopted to force the inquest to a close. It is expected that Dr TEICHMANN will finish his work before this month has passed.


Letters to the Editor:

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 16, 1898

Editor Keyesport Journal,

Being a subscriber to your valuable paper, I would ask space to drop a few lines in regard to the coming village election, which seems to cause considerable talk at present. The issue seems to be license or anti-license. While I have been a resident of and near Keyesport the greater part of my life! I am in a position to know considerable about the way the town is run. While I am a firm believer in Temperance I am not in favor of a body or corporation voting away their revenue and the liquor being sold just the same as if there was license and the town being beat out of the revenue. I have seen Keyesport what they call a dry town (that is they had no license), but the drinks could be bought just the same, and there was a great deal more drunkeness on the street than when they had license. I have seen Keyesport without saloons and it was dangerous for a lady to drive along on Mulberry Grove road any Sunday evening, as you could see from one to five rigs of drunken fellows coming from up the country, drunk on hard cider and driving as fast as their horse could go, giving the road to no one. I understand there is just enough money in the treasury to run the fiscal year and as there could not be any money raised by taxation before March 10, 99, I would like to know how the village could be run 12 months on wind. But, as I am no voter I would advise the citizens of Keyesport to study license and revenue and run your prosperous little village right and sell by the drink instead of having some fellow bootlegging.

An Observer

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 23, 1898

Editor of Keyesport Journal,

I wish to ask space in your valuable little paper, to ask a few questions to observers, as to what they think of a town voting license to sell liquor by the drink six days in the week and forbid selling it on Sunday and not putting that law in force.

Only two Sundays ago a lady was walking on the steets of Keyesport and had to step inside a gate to keep from being pushed off the sidewalk by a drunken man. Now the question arises, did that man go up in the county and get drunk on hard cider, or did he get the whiskey here from our own saloon keepers? The Supposition is he bought it here.

Mr Observer in last week's Journal says he is a firm believer in temperance I don't see how any one can advocate the cause of whiskey and licensed saloons and be a believer in temperance. We have a board of village trustees to make and regulate the laws of our village. To our knowledge they allowed the sum of nearly fifty dollars to be paid for copying and printing the ordinances of our village, and everyone living in Keyesport. Everyone knows that these laws are not enforced, that money was just thrown away. There is gambling being carried on all the time, whiskey being sold seven days in the week and the citizens of the village calling themselves law bidding citizens. The town had as well be without laws as to have laws which are not enforced.

When persons go to the country and get drunk we do not feel we are to blame, but when it can he bought right here in our own town we think it is time to vote the license out. Mr Observer says vote the license in and run our village right, if it is we run right we never saw anything run wrong.

People who call themselves citizens would I should think want something that would be advancement to their town, instead of a detriment. Voters, you were advised in last week's issue to vote license in our little town. Now study deeply over the matter, think of the bad influence it has on our youth, of how it tends to tear down instead of build up noble manhood, and think that after due consideration you will come to the conclusion, that you will vote against whiskey, no matter what comes or goes.

An Interested Person

Our Matrimonial Column

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, March 9, 1898

In this week's issue we will inaugurate a new feature. We know that a number of worthy young men reside in Keyesport. They deserve a good wife, in fact these young fellows of whom we will write should be caught in the matrimonial net.

It is our intention to cause them to become entangled in the meshes if printers ink will serve the purpose. Each week a short write up will appear setting forth the good traits of one young man. Our first victim will be Virgil WELCH and today he launches his matrimonial broom. Virgil is his real name, although many people are mean enough to call him Mike. He is a son of O C WELCH, hence he is a brother to Bruce, our well known pool player. Virgil is not really entitled to a consideration as a candidate to be initiated into Cupid's wiles. He is only 19 years old, but we have positive assurance from his father that his consent will readily be given. Mike is the only all round or jack of all trades in Keyesport. He can launch schooners, build houses, or do the soldier act to perfection. His favorite sport is chasing foxes. Virgil is not particular about his wife having money at least, if she is busted that will not prevent him from laying siege to her heart. He slightly favors semi-blonds. His wife must be able to play the organ and sing sweetly. The cooking question will not bother much as he can live a long time on brick cheese, Mike is rather a good looking young chap and will make shy girl a good protector.

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, March 16, 1898

Matrimonial Candidates

We take pleasure in introducing to the young ladies of Keyesport and vicinity a young gentleman who should have a life partner. Hayes JAUCK is his name. He is somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty summers before or after. Hayes is of medium heighth, is a brunette and is classed among the good looking "beau brummels" of the village. This young gentleman is boss over the "off bearing brigade" at PEAK's mill and is considered to be an expert in his line. The subject of this sketch is extremely fond of blondes. His wife must be rather good looking, an expert in the culinary art because he likes "good eatin." It is not absolutely necessary that she have a bank account, although a few thousand would not be an objectionable feature in this case. Mrs JAUCK must at least be able to play a hand organ.


School Notes:

Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 9, 1898

Miss Ruby KESNER entered School Monday after a week's absence

The boys still lead in the department race in room 2.

Virgil WELCH was a Visitor in room 4 last Tuesday

Miss Allie CLARK has been absent for a number of days.

Washington birthday will be appropriately observed in room 2. An interesting program is in course of preparation.

Minnie LAWS is confined to her bed at home suffering from a badly swollen jaw, the result of a bruise received while playing at school.

The teachers held a meeting Monday in room 2. The subject was "Reading" Miss LAMBS explained her three methods of teaching beginners, Miss LOCEY talked on stories for beginners and Mr EAGLIN spoke on punctuation and emphasis. Mr DUCOMB talked on the proper reading for older pupils.

Six pupils in the B class in room 4 passed the required grade of 85 per cent for promotion. A B WELCH received 100; Hattie PEAK 95; Erwin FOX 93; Grace REDDICK 91; Anner LANGHAM 85; Lillie KESNER 85.

Those neither absent nor tardy during the month of January in room 1: Ben JOSLIN, Nellie EAGLIN, Jessie DILL, Rosco SOPER

Room 2: Minnie DILL. Frank JOSLIN, Raymond LANGHAM, Ethel PEAK, Virgil VANDERVORT and Clara WELCH

Room 3: no report is furnished

Room 4: Jessie DAVIS, Ida MOORE, Addie KESNER, Hattie PEAK, Grace REDDICK, Versie APPLE, Sadie DILL, Estella WELCH, Lillie KESNER, Eunice HORD, Irwin FOX, Charles APPLE, A B WELCH


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 16, 1898

The pupils of room No 3 admire the idea of being called hustlers. Below is a list of hustlers for the past week: Boys: Louis APPLE, Clyde REDDICK, Cleve MCCLAREN, Otto APPLE, Edward DILL, George JACKSON, John LANGHAM, Willie HILL, Willie DEMPSEY, Jim MOORE, Ernest DILL, Daniel WARD, George SMITH, Freddie DILL, John WARD, Samuel APPLE. Girls: Tillie HANSON, Addie Warlow, Annie DEMPSEY, Minnie WELCH, Katie JACKSON, Belle SCHAUBERT, Mary MEYERS, Blanche KILE, Bertha CHITWOOD.

The attendance in room 3 was better than common last month.

The interest manifested in our work is greater from day to day.

The order in room 3 is on the improve. We think it is a result of moral culture.

Look out for our mannerly pupils.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, February 23, 1898

The boys are still ahead in the department race in room 2.

At the teacher's meeting Monday evening the subject of history was discussed. Messers DUCOMB and EAGLIN took up the advanced work. They thoroughly explained teaching history by outlines and maps. Misses LAMB and LOCEY discussed historical stories for little ones.

The attendance in all the rooms has been much better the last week. Each and every parent should see that their children are in school every day. No child can afford to attend school irregularly. Such attendance is not only a drawback to the child, but to his teachers and schoolmates.

Washington's birthday was observed by rooms 1 and 2 inviting No 1 into their room. The room was appropriately decorated. On the boards were drawn an acrostle,(George Washington,) the old cherry tree, hatchet, flags and Washington's monument. Each pupil was presented with a small hatchet, "Speak the truth" written on each one. We were very much pleased to have had so many visitors at our celebration exercises. We hope you so enjoyed our little entertainment that you will soon come again, but do not wait for a special day. You are welcome at all times. Following is our program:

Song, "Come children let us sing" School

"The reason why" Earl MCLAREN

"Washington's Christmas party" Minnie LAWS Quotations No 1

Recitation Josie JOHNSTON

Flag exercises Lulu WELCH, Jennie WOOD, Lulu RAEF, Clara WELCH

Song, "Sing a song of Washington" School

Little boy ‘s speech, Roscoe SOPER

Recitation John JOHNSTON

Chain of dates No 1

Recitation Charlie MEYERS

Recitation Roy LIFRITZ

Dialogue Grace Kue, Lena HORD, Nettie EAGLIN

Recitation Clifford APPLE

"Life of Washington" Lulu WELCH

Song, "Our flag" School

Mr John CLARK was a visitor Wednesday.

Chas APPLE was absent Friday.

The following is the report of the monthly examination in room 4:

Friday, Feb 18, 1898, Hattie PEAK, 93; Anner LANGHAM, 98; Grace REDDICK, 89; Eunice HORD, 87; Dilcie HAWLEY, 88; John APPLE, 76; Arthur WELCH, 90; Curtis MOORE, 86; Ruby KESNER, 73.

A class: Jessie DAVIS. 96; Ida MOORE, 96; Addie KESNER, 93; Irwin FOX, 89; Harley HORD, 86.

Misses LANGHAM and PEAK are at present a tie according to grades. The teacher has based the valedictorian credits upon the final examination, which will take effect the last Friday in March.


Keyesport Journal, Wednesday, March 9, 1898

Messers Arthur LIFRITZ, Elmer DILL and Misses Julia and Mattie PONSOT were unreadable Friday afternoon.

The examination held last Thursday Alfred FOSTER made a general unreadable out of 100.

The regular teachers meeting was held unreadable. Language was the unreadable. Miss LAMB explained unreadable of how to teach little ones to unreadable.

Unreadable took up the use of the new unreadable building.

Unreadable gave his method of teaching.

Unreadable DUCOMB explained sentence work and pareling.

No 3 and 4 have no roll of honor or at least they did not hand me any.

Elmer DILL was a visitor Friday.

Etta RUSSELL entered school after several days absence.

Sadie DILL entered school Monday.

The puzzles to be solved Friday evening was analized in a practicable manner.

Roll of Honor:

Room 1: Eddie POTTS, Roscoe SOPER, Lena HORD, Grace KILE, Jennie APPLE, Addie APPLE, Nellie EAGLIN, Jessie DILL.

Room 2: Elijah BASS, Minnie DILL, Florence DEMPSEY, Jessie HORD, Jimmie HANSON, Frank JOSLIN, Raymond LANGHAM, Edgar MOORE, Lulu RAEF, Homer REDDICK, Lea SOPER, Virgil VANDERVORT.


Keyesport Journal . Wednesday, March 16, 1898

School Examination


I will hold an examination for Second Grade Certificates at the Carlyle public school building, Saturday, April 2, 1898, beginning at 9 o'clock A M.

Win JOHNSTON, Co Sup't


9:30 Singing. Roll Call.

10:00 How has the study of geography be made practical?

Miss Laura THOMIRE. Discussion led by B J ALBERS and Everett SKELTON.

11:00 Training for citizenship. F C QUICK, E C MILLER, Ceto B MURRAY, Martha EDEL and Clayton JACKSON.

1:30 Music by the Buxton Orchestra. How to teach pupils to be self governing. E E VANCLEVE, Miss Jennie E FORD, Anton ENDRES and Miss Ethel DICKERSON.

3:00 Method of the recitation. Mr H SCHLARMANN, Miss Edith AMMONS, Mrs Emma HENDERSON and Miss Margaret HUGHES.

Business and adjournment







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