Wednesday, June 17, 2015

News in the County in Jan 1900

January 25, 1900 Lawrenceville Republican

Doctors in 1900 mentioned in the paper: Dr. Frank Schrader, Lawrenceville, Dr. Will Purdy, Lawrenceville, Dr. J. O. McDowell, Sumner, Dr. Connett, Lawrenceville, Dr. Dank, Lawrenceville, Dr. A B Stevens- dentist, Lawrenceville (office above the Glover restaurant in the SJ Gee rooms)

Charles H Martin was an attorney practicing in Bridgeport in  1900.

Location of restaurant
 in Lawrenceville 1900 unknown
Squire Jone’s court was occupied Monday in adjusting the preliminaries to a bastardy suit in which Luella May Hensley sued Harmon Stillwell. The court bound him over to the County Court in bond of $600.

The attention of the County Court was occupied in probate business Monday. The case of most interest was that of  Theresa King vs the Estate of Theresa J Lando. It was in the nature of the claim of $525 against the estate for attention to an heir. The court allowed the claim for $300.

Lawrenceville’s enterprising millers, Gordon and Link have added an additional roller and bolting chest to their already excellent mill. This gives them an increased capacity and adds to the quality of their output. They inform us that they are well pleased with their business and with Lawrenceville.

Sheriff Pettyjohn was called to Sumner Monday to go to Lukin and arrest Silas K Bell who was acting insane and terrorizing the neighborhood by flourishing a revolver. He brought him here Tuesday and a jury adjudicated him insane Wednesday. He was taken to Anna  (State Mental Hospital)  this Thursday morning. JC Cunningham, JB Lewis and Mat Snyder of Lukin were witnesses in the insanity case of SK Bell.

In the classified ads of January 1900: Timothy hay --eight dollars a ton by James A Seed; two- horse, low- wheel, broad- tired wagon, and two top buggies for sale by R B Hollingsworth; six full-blooded Durham Bulls for sale, all eligible for register by T P Gillespie, Lawrenceville.

G I Nunn’s drugstore sold Electric Bitters, a marvelous remedy for old people's complaint for only $.50. They also advertised Dr. King's New Discovery for Consumption-- every bottle guaranteed-- $.50 and a dollar ----trial bottles free. Nunn’s drugstore also sold Bucklen’s Arnice Salve for 25cents. (It was good for piles.)

The editor had a pleasant visit at the Clark Danford Handle Factory Wednesday. Since they have built the addition to the factory, added new machinery and increased the capacity of the mill, it has been doing a big business. Enough orders are now in to keep them busy at least six months. Their payroll now reaches $800 a month. 20 men are employed at the factory. Mr. Danford was a soldier in the Philippines and has their office adorned with great many trophies from the islands.

Monday, June 22 - 7pm at the Museum- "Bondage in Egypt - Slavery in Southern Illinois" by Darrel Dexter.

 "For most Americans, Illinois, the home of Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, is thought of as a “free state” in America’s great struggle with slavery. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 banned both slavery and involuntary servitude in the territory and state."

But slavery legally existed in Illinois from 1720 to 1865 in thirty-four counties in southern Illinois known regionally as "Egypt."   Darrel Dexter will present his research of more than a decade  on how this happened,  at the LCHS June meeting.