Thursday, June 4, 2015

General News of the County 1881-1883


From the Robinson Constitution ( researcher David Foote)


Jan  5, 1881
The Sumner Lawrence County Democrat, has suspended. (This newspaper ceased publication.)

Aug 2, 1882
Miss Rose Abernathy, of Lawrence County, is the instructress in writing at the Normal School (similar to Teacher’s Institute)  in this place.

Sept 6, 1882
Dr. Will Stephens spent last week in Lawrence County "fixing teeth."


Lawrence Roby, of Chauncey, formerly of this place, has rented the Union House in Lawrenceville and will engage in the hotel business.

Jan 31, 1883
Capt. Judy, of Lawrenceville, called at this office on Friday last. The Captain is a jolly good fellow and is doing a large business in the abstract and loan line at the above place.

Feb 7, 1883-from Bird Station
Dr. Abshir offers his pension to any M.D. that will restore the wind he lost at the battle of Shiloh.
(The Civil war researchers found a John W Abshire who was in Co K of the 14th Missouri Infantry, also known as Birge's Sharpshooters. He was mustered out of the regiment for an unspecified disability.  Upon returning to Lawrence County he lived in Petty and Bond townships.  Abshire died of Bright's disease on September 22, 1912 at the home of his nephew, Lee Conover.  It is not known if this is the same Abshire as is mentioned in this article.)

April 11, 1883 Bird Station
Wm Martin has gone to Lawrenceville to take charge of a butcher flag.  ( open a butcher shop)

April 14, 1883

There was a horse race at Cole's Island, Lawrence County Saturday last, between the Steffy horse and Miller horse. The former won by 25 yards.

May 30, 1883
James Richards, one of the oldest settlers of Lawrence County, died on the 11th. He was brought to this county and buried at Good Hope cemetery.

Wm Borden, of Lawrence County, attended the delinquent tax sales at this place on Monday and purchased considerable lands for taxes.

June 13, 1883
Dr. Mullins spent last week in Lawrence County selling fortunes and selling his "Kill 'em quick" liniment.

Armstead Hardy, who moved to Lawrence County some time ago, has returned, his wife having died in that county.

June 20, 1883
At a field trial of harvesters near Lawrenceville on Thursday last, the Plano machine was decided to be the best and Mr. Henry Beam, agent for this machine was present, took seven orders for the machine on the ground.