From the Robinson Constitution
NOVEMBER 8, 1899
LAWRENCEVILLE NEWS: Charles and Albert Kirkwood finished delivering their sunflower seed to W.R. Crackle yesterday. The boys had 28 acres in sunflowers that made 24, 527 pounds, or 877 pounds to the acre. After the expense of harvesting the seed, which only cost them $16, the crop cleared them nearly $14 to the acre. The Kirkwood boys were among the first to plant sunflower seed in Lawrence county. (Ed Note: See earlier Blog post about sunflower growing in Lawrence County.)
NOVEMBER 22, 1899
J. A. Duncan, of Flat Rock, has accepted as district agent with the McCormick binder people and will make Lawrenceville his headquarters.
Dr. Kibbie of Oblong, was in the city yesterday. The doctor is interested in the Swaren voting machine and was talking with some stockholders in this city. The machine is said to be one of the best and simplest devices made for registering and counting votes. LAWRENCE COUNTY NEWS
DECEMBER 6, 1899
A.N. Link of this city and George Gordon of Mattoon, have purchased W.R. Crackel's interest in the flouring mill at Lawrenceville. Mr. Link went down yesterday to close the deal. Mr. Gordon and Mr. Kilgore will have charge of the mill, as Mr. Link will remain here.
The following visited Flat Rock last week: John Martin of Chauncey vicinity. Price Johnson and wife of Russellville.
DECEMBER 13, 1899
Dr. H.C. Kibbie and Inventor Swaren of Oblong, were in the city Friday on their way to Birds, to attend a meeting of some of the stockholders of the Swaren voting machine.
J.W. Helpinstine, formerly of Flat Rock, died at Birds Saturday.
DECEMBER 20, 1899
Dr.Kibbie, of Oblong and W.A. Swaren, inventor of the Swaren voting machine, exhibited their machine to Lawrence county stockholders at Birds last Friday evening, Those who saw it are exceedingly well pleased with its workings. Dr. Lindsay, of Birds, who is one of the stockholders, informs us that it complies exactly with the Australian ballot system and that is far ahead of the standard machine. They expect to have it ready to put on the market by Jan1, and will offer it for sale in Indiana first.
Mrs. Mariah Landreth, widow of William R. Landreth, Co E, 98th Ill. Vol. Inf. Regt. will receive $8 per month from Jan 20, 1897; also the accrued pension of the soldier. She listed her post office as Russellville.
Sam Faucett of Flat Rock has a position at Lawrenceville running an engine.
Russellville Lodge, No 348, A.F. & A.M. elected and installed the following officers;
J.M. Jarrett, W.M.; H.W. Zeigler, S.W.; J.W. Weger, J.W.; P.H. Lyons, Treas; Price Nuttal, Sec; J.P. Weger, S.R.; W.L. Tohill, Marshal; H.F. Jones, Chap; T. Lougdon, S.S.; W.C. Hayhurst, J.S.; J.O. Weger, Tyler
DECEMBER 27, 1899
MARRIAGE PERMIT: Alva H. Lafair age 31-Birds & Pearl J. Lackey age 23-Montgomery Twp (The Illinois Marriage Index reports that Mrs Pearl Fisher Lackey married Alva H Lafare Dec 21, 1899 in Lawrence County.)