From the Robinson Constitution
MARCH 11, 1896
Gus Warner, of Bridgeport, was in town Friday. He informs us that he had just disposed of 900 barrels of apples at three dollars per barrel raised off his twenty acres of orchard.
MARCH 18, 1896
D.A. Watts, the well known Lawrence county breeder and shipper of Poland China hogs, will have a public sale at Sumner on April 1st.
Our genial friend, Dr. T.H. Maxedon of Heathsville, became a candidate for the Republican nomination for coroner last week under laughable circumstances. His friend, Dr. Ziegler of Russellville, jokingly agreed to stand for coroner in Lawrence county if Dr. Maxedon would do the same in his county. The latter was notified to stand to his agreement, and accordingly he sent in his announcement; but finding that Dr. Ziegler had slyly withdrawn in Lawrence county Dr. Maxedon sent word to this city Monday on double-quick time to leave his name off the ticket. Hence the doctor's escape from official honors was a narrow one.
The Constitution congratulates Noah Tohill on his nomination for states attorney in the Republican primary of Lawrence county last Saturday. His majority over George Huffman was 52. The victory was one that he may be proud of, in view of his short residence in the county. A.T. Abell was nominated for coroner, C. E. Buchanan for surveyor, and the nomination for circuit clerk was in doubt when the report reached us.
APRIL 18, 1896
Prof. D.E. Hughes, superintendent of the Lawrenceville schools, was in the city Saturday.
A.H. Jones went to Birds Monday with the Big 4 RR claim agent to adjust some claims for damages growing out of ditches that were made.
The Lawrence County Democrats nominated the following county ticket last Saturday: Regan for clerk, Foster for Attorney, Benefil for surveyor, and Stokes for coroner.
Wm. Tuttle, the champion saw log hauler of Lawrence county is doing business here this week.
MAY 6, 1896
P.W. Bussard and wife attended baptism services Sunday afternoon at the old site of Charlottsville on the Embarras, the services being held by the Mt. Zion Baptist church, Lawrence county, and conducted by Elders Angel and Neal.
Postmaster Reynolds of Birds was in Flat Rock Sunday.
MAY 27, 1896 (Memorial Day)
In memory of the heroic dead, Rev. J.W. Jackson, of Sumner, himself a "Boy in Blue," delivered the memorial sermon at the Methodist church last Sunday morning The members of Henry Longenecker Post and of the Woman's Relief Corps formed a line in the hall and proceeded by the Robinson Silver Band marched to the church and occupied the seats reserved for them. The church was fittingly decorated with flags and bunting and presented an inspiring appearance. The band rendered some of its best music and the choir sang some of its most appreciated songs. Scores of persons were turned away because of the insufficient room to accommodate the crowd. Rev. Jackson's sermon was attentively listened to and well received. (NOTE: Sgt Jesse Jackson Co. C, 48th Ohio and Co. F. 83rd Ohio was taken as a POW at Sabine Crossroads, La.)
Fireman Wampler of Heathsville, in company with thirty prominent men from Vincennes, went fishing last week in Broady's Lake on Mr. Irwin's farm east of Russellville. A splendid time was reported, but not too many fish.
JUNE 3, 1896
The storm that visited this county last Wednesday evening was a part of the tornado that visited St. Louis and East St. Louis with such awful destruction of life and property. It spread out fan-shaped before reaching here, however, no damage was done. People were killed and proper destroyed, however, along its track from St. Louis to Mt. Vernon and some damage was done in Lawrence county.
Considerable uneasiness was felt by citizens here who had friends and relatives in the storm stricken cities until word was received from them announcing their safety. No one having relatives here is known to suffered injury or any serious loss of property. Harvey Brigham's residence in East St. Louis has damage only slightly. At New Baden, Ill., however, the home of Mr. Ferguson and wife, formerly of Birds, and relatives of the Lindsays of this city, was demolished and two of their children killed.