Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bird Station News 1884


Robinson Constitution Researched by David Foote 

July 4, 1884-Birds
Hayes' Negro Minstrel Troupe gave an exhibition here Saturday and Monday nights. The next thing strikes our town will be a circus.

July 16, 1884  ( Ed Note: Don't read this one if you get queasy!)
Last Thursday Wm Richardson, a farmer living near Lawrenceville, attempting to draw some straw out of a binder without stopping the horses. The needle descended just at that moment and passed through the middle finger of the right hand, carried the twine with it. This carried his arm around the shaft, breaking and crushing both bones and seriously straining his shoulder. (I told you not to read it.)

July 23, 1884-Birds
Our town will have a new store about the middle of August--the Klingler Bros, so we learn.

August 6, 1884
The old settlers of Lawrence county will hold a picnic at Walnut Grove on the 14th inst.
A "gay and festive" J.P. of Lawrence county, has been sued by a buxom young Paris widow, for $10,000 damage done by his failure to keep a matrimonial pledge.

August 13, 1884-Birds
There was a Blaine & Logan rally at Bond last week. T.C. Cook and J. W. Abshire were the principal speakers.
The colored picnic in Bond last Saturday was a very tame affair.
Rev Cox, of Hutsonville, preached in the mill to a large congregation Sunday night.

August 27, 1884-from Birds
B. Emmons, another Crawford Co. man has become a resident of Birds.
Sam Rush has added cigars, candy and watermelons to his hotel and is doing a flourishing business.The new store is now paying 12 1/2 cents for eggs.

Sept 3, 1884-from Birds
O.G. Bristow has sold his interest in the drug store to Ed Pinkstaff.
Rev. McCormick preached his farewell sermon at St. Paul Sunday eve.
Dr. Garrard, Master of Chancery, in Lawrence County, through this paper, advertises some very valuable real estate for sale.

Sept 10, 1884
Dr. E.J. Jenner, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Flat Rock, was in town last week, having a suit in court.
Chas. Vanarsdel, the fruit tree man of Bridgeport, was in town several days last week.

Sept 24, 1884
C.J. Robinson, of Lawrenceville, who has been confined to his house with a paralytic stroke the past few months, is visiting his sister, Mrs. Wm Catterson, near Palestine.
Wm Catterson attended the democratic rally at Lawrenceville last Thursday night. He informs us there was a very large turn-out of the democracy and a grand torch light procession, participated in by six hundred democrats from Vincennes. H.C. Bell, of Marshall, delivered one of his masterly speeches. The Lawrence county democracy are wide-awake.
Dr. McGowen has again changed locations. He has purchased the interests of Dr. Ford, at Russellville.

OCT 8, 1884
K.P. Snyder, States Attorney of Lawrence County was in town last Thursday.
Ed Alexander, the (railroad) section boss at this place for some time past, has been transferred to the Bird Station section and moved to Birds some days ago.
Samuel Whiteside, of Lawrence County, a stock dealer, called on Thursday. He now has a large bunch of cattle on hand.

Oct 23, 1884
John C. Reynolds, from near Jog Off (?), has moved to Bird Station and engaged in blacksmithing.

Oct 29, 1884-from Birds
About five hundred people attended the S.S.(Sunday School) convention here last week.
Rev. John L. Cox will preach Mrs. Sarah Rich's funeral here next Sunday at 10 o'clock.
John Fuller, the good democrat, and Bro. R.A. Hayhurst of Flat Rock, are invoicing the Hardware store at this place.
Our (railroad) section crew, like their new boss, Mr. Alexander, better than they did Uncle Toney.
Mr. J.H. Longenecker, one of our enterprising farmers, is building a new house.

Nov 5, 1884
P.G. Bradberry advertised a democratic meeting at Russellville on Thursday.

Nov 19, 1884
Governor Robinson talked to the people at Bird Station on Thursday last.
A freight train on the Wabash road was thrown from the track a few days ago near Bird Station by running over a horse. The horse is said to have been cut into mincemeat but not much damage to the train.

Nov 26, 1884-Birds
Our village will shortly have two butcher shops.
John W. Warner raised the largest barn in this community last week.
A daughter of Silas White died last Friday. There is considerable sickness in this vicinity.

Dec 3, 1884
Dr. Dale has removed from Oblong to Sumner to take charge of a drug store. We are sorry to lose the doctor as he was a good physician, a good citizen and a good democrat.
John Martin of Birds, a genial pedagogue, was visiting here (Flat Rock) Sunday.
Our town of Birds has experienced quite a boom in the building this fall and now machinery has been contracted for the new mill there. It will be a roller mill of 60 barrels capacity.

Dec 31, 1884
Rev. Massey and his wife, of Sumner, have been visiting in this place the past week. Former residents of Crawford county with their present residences who are subscribers to the Constitution:
Robert Mitchell-Pinkstaff, Dr. D.W. Dale-Sumner, Fannie Shipman-Pinkstaff

Dec 31, From Paris Gazette

Died in this city Sunday night at about nine o'clock, Mrs. Lidia A Tobey age 43 years, 7 months and 15 days. The subject of this memoir was born in Lawrence County, Illinois. May 6, 1841 and came to this city about twelve years ago. She was married to Sewell A. Tobey, May 8th, 1859 in Crawford County, Illinois. She was the mother of ten children, only three of whom are living. She united with the Baptist church about 9 years ago. She has been an invalid for the past three years and borne her illness with Christian fortitude.