Monday, April 13, 2015

Russellville 1877-1881


News of Russellville 1877 - 1881 from the Robinson Constitution, a newspaper published during that time.

(River Boat)

Nov 29, 1877
Wm Pinkstaff has just completed the building of a boat at Russellville which will plough the Wabash.

 (But according to the paper 4 months later…..)

Mar 21, 1878
The Pinkstaff boat which has been running between Russellville and Vincennes, the past few months, was tied up at Vincennes, last week, by H.H. Flusher, of Hutsonville, for debt.

Sept 21, 1881
The little Wabash steamer, "JOE SEGNER", has been condemned and ordered sold at Lawrenceville on the 4th of October

Oct 12, 1881
Capt. Tindolph, of Vincennes bought the steamer "Jo Segner" which was sold at Lawrenceville by a U.S. Marshall. (Note 2 spellings of boat Jo.)

(Further research is required to determine if the Joe/Jo Segner is the same boat built by Wm Pinkstaff.)

(Flouring Mill)

Jan 9, 1879
The Russellville flouring mill was burned to the ground a few nights since. The loss is heavy.

Feb 6, 1879
Russellville is quite a monotonous place since the mill has been destroyed, and unless they can get a saloon there, day of grace in near at hand.

           From  the Tri-County History published in 1883, pg 271:  The present frame two-story, two-run flouring mill, erected by George W. Toreman in 1881 is a rebuilding of that put up by T J Kyle in 1855, which was burned in 1880. 

(Ed: So two thoughts come to mind.  One: What was REALLY going on at that Mill?  and Two: the History book was a year off on the date of the fire.)


(Post Office  The Russellville Post office was established in 1835.)

Dec 13, 1877
The Russellville post office will be moved to Heathsville owing to some irregularities. ( Hmmm…)

And then there were the stories of the “good mailman” and the bad mailman”...

Feb 2, 1881
The mail carrier enroute from Lawrenceville to Palestine arrested a horse thief last Wednesday night, at James Richey's, where the fellow had stopped for the night. The property stolen (two fine horses and sleigh) were found in his possession. The thief and horses were taken to Russellville and given up to the Sheriff of Lawrence County.

Oct 12, 1881
Two fellows named Garing and Sister, the latter formerly a mail carrier between Lawrenceville and Palestine, were arrested last week charged with making repeated attempts at wrecking trains on the O. & M. railroad east of Lawrenceville. They were held for their appearance at the next term of the Lawrence circuit court.

(Russellville Lodge A.F. & A. M)

May 15, 1879

Russellville Lodge A.F. & A.M. met in regular communication Wednesday night last.

Thanks to D Foote for the research.   By the way, the Society has NO photos of Russellville...anyone out there who can help us remedy this problem?