The following news items were gathered from microfilm at the Lawrenceville Library about 38 years ago by Mrs. Carl Curry from the newspaper, the Rural Republican. The story/news was titled News from Purgatory.
August 28, 1902 Miss Anna Vancleave is somewhat indisposed this week. John Pettiford of Gibson County was a visitor with us last Sunday. Benjamin Anderson, one of our oldest (80 years old) citizens spent Sunday in Vincennes. The little daughter of Mrs. Mary Portee has been quite ill, but is much better at this writing. Lula Cole, Edna Casey and Mr. and Mrs. Lyles took advantage of the excursion Sunday and spent the day in Danville. Lincoln Payne and Lewis Portee met with a very bad misfortune last Monday morning by each having a horse killed by lightning. A very agreeable surprise was given Miss Emma Casey last Friday evening. Several couples were present and enjoyed a very pleasant evening. The feature of the evening was excellent music, after which refreshments were served and all departed for home. The Hon. E S. Kingsbury visited our neighborhood one day last week, looking after his interests pertaining to the office of County Judge. We believe that in Mr. Kingsbury, the office of County Judge will be graced with a very amiable gentleman and, by his pleasant way and manner, he will draw to his support many friends.
September 11, 1902 Miss Della Casey is very sick at this writing. Miss Rosa Casey is very much indisposed at this writing, suffering from eczema. All of our friends are requested to help us in our struggle to raise our conference claims. The candidates for the different offices are out among the voters working up their interests. Miss Cretta Tann, who has been spending a few months in Indianapolis, has returned home to spend a few weeks. Rev. Williams and wife and the Misses Kendall all of Lawrenceville, were out Saturday night to our entertainment. Mrs. Emma Meeks, the wife of Mr. James Meeks of Sullivan, Indiana is visiting her mother whom she has not seen for six years. On the fourth Sunday of this month Rev. Stone will close the present conference year’s work; assisted by Rev. Williams, an old time Methodist love feast will be held at 11:30. Mrs. Anna Casey, William Casey’s wife, and daughters, Edna and Della, spent last week at Princeton, Indiana attending the Gibson County fair and report a delightful trip.
September 18, 1902 Doc Russell is very ill with typhoid fever. Rosa Casey is suffering considerable with malaria. Ulysses Mitchell is the happy father of a bouncing baby girl. Miss Emma Kendall, of Lawrenceville, spent Sunday evening visiting Mrs. Russell. Our school began Monday at the Cole school house with Miss Perry, of Mattoon, as the teacher. Garfield Anderson, who has been suffering from an injury caused by catching a hog, is getting somewhat better. Miss Emma Meeks, who has been visiting her mother and friends here, returned Tuesday to Sullivan, Indiana, accompanied by her mother. Saturday evening the 20th, will occur our grand entertainment given by the ladies of the church. Everyone is cordially invited to participate with us and have a nice social time. Do not forget the old-fashioned Love Feast at 11:30 AM Sunday morning September 28 when the pastor will close the present conference year and say goodbye. Everybody please come out. Last Sunday was Dollar Money Day at the AME church. The pastor, Rev. Stone, assisted by Rev Williams of Lawrenceville, is closing a very successful year’s work. Spirtually, great interest has predominated. Financially, we have done exceedingly well. The debt on the church has been lifted off and the advancement made has been rapid. The amount collected was $1550; we must reach the $2000 mark before conference. We ask everyone who is a well – wisher of our cause to help us raise our claim.Miss
October 2, 1902 Miss Francis Lewis, of Vincennes, is spending a few days here visiting friends. Several of our friends visited the Wallace shows at Vincennes, last Thursday. Mrs. George Lyles spent several days in Robinson attending the street fair. Mrs. C Matteson of Mt Carmel is spending a few days here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Payne. Mr. and Mrs. F M Cole are spending a few days visiting their daughter at Robinson and also friends at Oblong. Neil Casey and son, Samuel were called to Oblong to attend the funeral of his daughter’s little child, Mr. and Mrs. Mode Russell which occurred Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Eliza Anderson met with a very painful accident last week. She attempted to throw a stick which had a nail in it and in some manner the nail caught the palm of her hand making an ugly wound. A very agreeable reception was given by the pastor Rev. I S Stone at the residence of Charles Boarman to his many friends and congregation. Music galore was the feature of the evening. Refreshments were served after which all spent a social time and departed for home declaring the Rev. to be quite a charming entertainer.