A novel wedding occurred in Russellville Christmas Day. The contracting parties were Mr. Renick Heath aged 84 years and Mrs. Sarah C. Ford aged 54 years. Mr. Heath, the groom, is one of the pioneer settlers of Lawrence County and one of the most esteemed citizens.
JANUARY 16, 1889
The lowest price paid per month for a male teacher last year in Illinois was $12.50 which occurred in Lawrence County. The lowest per month paid any female in the state was $10 in Richland County. (Taylorville Journal)
FEBRUARY 6, 1889
A.N. Smith, of Morea, Crawford County, was in town Tuesday. He informs us he is soon to become a resident of Lawrence County having purchased a large farm two miles north of Allison, and while here he subscribed for the Herald. (Lawrenceville Herald)
FEBRUARY 20, 1889
TRIBUTE of RESPECT Birds, Ill., Feb 14, 1889
WHEREAS, almighty God has in his all wise providence, removed from our midst, our brother L.S. Highsmith, thereby weakening the chain that binds us one to another and thereby reminding us that we, too, are mortal, therefore be it
RESOLVED, that in the death of our beloved brother, his wife has lost a kind husband, the community an upright and honorable citizen, and our institution a true and faithful member, whose vacant chair in our lodge will ever be remembered with the most cherished affection
RESOLVED, further, that we tender to the heart- stricken family, and to the numerous friends of our deceased brother, our most cordial sympathy
RESOLVED, further, that a copy of theses resolutions be presented to the wife of our deceased brother, a copy furnished to each of the Lawrenceville and Robinson papers for publication, and that the same be spread on the records of our lodge.
W.A Delzell of Lawrenceville was in the city Monday and Tuesday.F.W. Glass, of Bird Station, was in the city Saturday. Mr. Glass was granted a pension last week, at six dollars per month, dating back twenty one years, which gives him a snug sum the first whack.
MARCH 13, 1889 Fox Hunt
Harlan Wolfe of Birds Station vicinity, was in the city last press day (Wednesday) and called to have some printing done.
Our friend Firman Wampler, of Montgomery township, writes us that on last Saturday, the big fox drive which had been advertised to take place near Allison, in Lawrence county, some six or seven miles up the river from Vincennes, was a grand success, there were about fifteen hundred persons present at the "round up" men women and children; six red foxes were surrounded, but only two were caught, more than fifty rabbits were slaughtered and one large white wolf, was also gathered within the circle, but he swept the same way of the four foxes, and no doubt will live to cause much trouble in the neighborhood. The dogs of Wampler, Wm McAnder and Tom Pinkstaff, after an exciting chase of less than half an hour pressed one of the foxes that had escaped so hard that he was compelled to seek shelter in a friendly black gum tree. Firman writes us much more concerning the rare sport of that day but space forbids further mention.
MARCH 20, 1889
J.N. Rosborough, of Lawrenceville, District Agent Phoenix Insurance Co., was in this city Thursday.
MARCH 27, 1889
John Steffy, was admitted to bail last Saturday evening in the sum of $2,000, his father and wife were accepted as securities, and John left the Hotel de Jones for his home in Lawrence County on the night train.
APRIL 10, 1889
J.T. Wood, of Bird Station, Lawrence County, called Monday.L.C. and J.D. Conover, of Lawrence County, passed through this city on Friday on their way to attend a Sunday school convention north of Annapolis.
The corner stone of the new court house of Lawrence County, will be laid at Lawrenceville on next Tuesday, by the Masonic Fraternity. M.W. John C. Smith, Grand Master, of Illinois, officiating.
APRIL 17, 1889
W.A. Hunt has suspended the publication of the "Local Reporter", at Hutsonville and moved the plant to Bridgeprt, Lawrence County, where he will publish a paper.
APRIL 24, 1889
The C. V. & C. line will sell tickets between Lawrenceville and Marshall on the occasion of the Odd Fellows' celebration at Hutsonville, April 26, at one and one-third fare for the round trip. The 8:50 freight going north will carry coaches for the accommodation of all who wish to go. Don't fail to go and hear the Rev. McIntyre, the great orator that day.
MAY 8, 1889
Jesse K. White has been appointed postmaster at this place, the appointment having been made Monday last. The appointment as far as we know, will give universal satisfaction. (RURAL REPUBLICAN)
Jesse K. White was appointed postmaster at Lawrenceville, Monday; vice, Chas Robinson, removed. A very good appointment. (SUMNER PRESS)
(Ed Note: but not everyone was happy with this appointment….) Robinson is a crippled ex-union soldier while White is an able bodied young man who could earn a living either by manual or intellectual labor. Our worthy contemporaries might have said with propriety that this removal and appointment is a fair specimen of Republican love for the soldier. (LAWRENCEVILLE HERALD)
JUNE 12, 1889
Our genial democratic friend, J.R. Reagan, postmaster at Bird, Lawrence County, who made a model postmaster and filled the position with credit to himself and satisfaction to the patrons of the office, was summarily bounced by Clarkson on last Thursday and Mr. T.M. Calvert appointed, who of course is a deep dyed G.O.P. man.
JUNE 19, 1889
Bob Mitchell, of Birds, Lawrence County, was in the city Monday, June 12. The following attended Masonic Temple at Robinson. P.M. Chas H. Martin, Lew Gowens, P.J. Anderson, Sam W. McIntosh, Chas Shultz, F.C. Meserve, J.E. Kitchen, and C.F. Judy, of Edward Dobbins Lodge, Lawrenceville; Dr. T. J. McGowin and John Wampler, Birds.
JUNE 26, 1889
Elmer E. Barton, of Birds, Lawrence County, was in the city Monday canvassing for a patent copying book.