Monday, March 7, 2016

Bryan for President and Civil War Veteran Barcroft

SEPTEMBER 16, 1896
Some months ago there was not a little talk in this county of prospecting for oil and gas, especially at Robinson and Palestine; but it was only talk. The fever is on, to some practical degree, it seems in Lawrence county, as a company has been organized to bore at Bridgeport.

OCTOBER 7, 1896
Lawrenceville was honored Saturday morning by the presence of the next president of the United States, Hon W.J. Bryan. He passed through on a B & O special and stopped for a fifteen minutes talk. His visit was only advertised two days ahead, so the great interest of the people in the cause of bi-metallism was enough to give him a crowd of five thousand. Hundreds went from this county, and if arrangements could have been made for a special train, and had not Mr. Bell had an appointment here, the number would have been increased to thousands. Bryan has already traveled over ten thousand miles and delivered over two hundred speeches. He was introduced by Geo. Huffman, heretofore a Republican, and editor of the Lawrenceville News. NOTE: The speaker Henry C. Bell from Crawford county was a noted speaker in this area. Having previously worked at the Pension Office in Washington he was an "expert" of pension affairs.

A crowd of people, variously estimated at from 3,000 to 5,000, assembled at the Lawrenceville Junction at 1 P.M., Saturday to see W. J. Bryan, the next president. At one o'clock, Duane Gaines of Jasper county, was introduced and held the attention of the people until it became known that the train bearing the free silver standard bearer was coming. Just as soon as the train was stopped Bryan was led to a platform erected by the side of the track. At the sight of him the crowd went almost wild with applause, but with a mere gesture of the arm Bryan quieted them and George Huffman introduced to the crowd as our next president,  Bryan talked a few minutes and then introduced Congressman McMillan, of Tennessee, who spoke until the bell rang for them to board the train. They could scarcely force their way through the crowd, for every one wanted to shake hands with him. So eager were the crowd to hear him that the approaching local had to stop and wait for the track to be cleared.
Mr. Gee, of Lawrenceville, addressed the people of Heathsville in the interest of gold standard Saturday evening.

OCTOBER 14, 1896
Geo. W. Goff is again running his saw mill near Birds.

OCTOBER 21, 1896
At the 19th District Veterans Association at Marshall last week John Barcroft was chosen as Vice President from Lawrence County.  
Note: According to the Civil War biographers less than a year after the death of John Barcroft's wife , and despite three young children still at home, Barcroft enlisted for military service.  On April 10, 1962, he was mustered into Company D of the 62nd Illinois Infantry, which was organized at Camp Dubois in Anna, Illinois.  Barcroft’s regiment was stationed in Tennessee and Arkansas for most of his three year term of service, seeing significant action in the ouster of Confederate forces from Little Rock in September, 1863.  During this time, Barcroft held the rank of corporal.  After a furlough, Barcroft returned to his regiment and re-enlisted as a veteran.  On September 15, 1865, Barcroft re-enlisted again, and was assigned to Company C of the consolidated 62nd Illinois Infantry, ultimately being promoted to second lieutenant. 

OCTOBER 28, 1896
John Daugherty of Birds is running a feather renovator in the Richey building in Flat Rock.
Charles Correll, of Allison prairie, was summoned to Trimble last Thursday by the illness and death of his sister, Mrs. Orlan Correll.