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Excerpts from the 1882 Oquawka Spectator
Dates of Oquawka Spectator abstracts.

May 4, 1882

Our old friend Thaddeus Eames entered upon his 93rd year on the 23d day of April, 1882, and is still hale and hearty, and drives to town and attends to business as of yore.

On Saturday morning last Mrs. N. Edwards, of this place, received a telegram announcing that her brother, Mr. Samuel Randlett, of St. Mary's Parish, La, was dead, and from accounts in Chicago papers it is learned that he was killed or washed away during the severe storm last week. Mr. Randlett was an old resident and a well-to-do planter in that parish - Aledo Record

MARRIED - BIRDSALL-HASLER - At the residence of the officiating clergyman, Tuesday evening, April 24, 1882, by Rev. E.W. Thompson, Mr. A.E. Birdsall and Miss Katie Hasler, all of Kirkwood.

DIED - PATTERSON - Yesterday afternoon, from his residence on Frederick street, a venerable and esteemed citizen, whose face and form have been familiar to the people of Staunton for more than half a century, passed away from earth, James F. Patterson, the Clerk of the Hastings Court, and Clerk of the City Council, had been a trusted city officer for nearly half a century, having filled the place of what was called the town clerk, when Staunton was a village. He first came here from Winchester in 1822, as a clerk for M. Warden, and afterwards opened the first place in Staunton where drugs exclusively were sold. He was first made a Mason in 1828 and for more than a quarter of a century was Secretary of the Lodge and Chapter, and for ten years Recorder of the Commandery. Some years ago the different orders of Masonry, as a mark of their veneration and esteem, made him an honorary member. He has been Clerk of the Hastings Court for thirty-seven years, and died in harness, having been at his desk up to within ten days of his death from pneumonia. He had been Clerk of the Board of Directors of the Institution for many years. He was 81 years of age and had been a communicant of the Presbyterian church the greater part of his life, and was one of the Trustees of the church. He leaves five children, one of whom, Dr. H. M. Patterson, of Highland, left the death bed of a beloved daughter to come to that of his father. The other ones, Howard, Frime [?], and Frank Patterson of West Virginia, and Miss Mary Patterson of this city. - Staunton (Va) Vindicator, April 23.

May 22d, 1882 - TERRE HAUTE NEWS

Last Monday Wm Louden had a bad runaway. His son left a team standing hitched to a planter, and by the time he got back the things were pretty badly demolished.

Miss Ketchum, who teaches the school one mile north of town, was taken suddenly sick a few days ago, but she improved enough to come to town Saturday and today we understand she is worse. We are glad to see that Tib Hunter has got well enough to be around among us again.

Saml Hutton lost a mare last week and there are some others around here that have got sick horses

S.H. Bruen is having a new roof on his house and some other improvements.

Another patent right man was in town Friday. He disposed of two townships to Milton Stokes, we did not learn the amount paid.

Mr. Cassingham came into town Saturday night on a bicycle and created quite an excitement.

Justice Morgan had a two year old colt shot by some unknown hunters the other day. The colt is still alive at present writing.

June 11, 1882

Mr. Samuel Hammack, who has been engaged in the glucose works run by Mr. J. Turner in Canada, was accidentally killed, last Monday, while on duty, by being caught in the machinery. We got the sad news from Mr. Wm Hulet, as received by a dispatch sent to the brother of deceased at Gladstone, and that his remains would probably reach Burlington…

Death of Mr. S.W. Thompson - Tuesday morning, after a long illness, Mr. S.W. Thompson, one of Dubuque's best citizens, breathed his last at his former residence, No. 463 Locust street, aged 49 years. Mr. Thompson has been connected with and a stockholder in the Dubuque Lumber Company since 1867. During the last eighteen months he has been a great sufferer from the dread disease, consumption. He leaves a wife and two daughters to mourn his loss. His life and patience under great personal affliction has been a model for all. Few truer nobler men have lived and died in any community. Dubuque Times

Mr. Thompson was a former resident of Oquawka, and will be remembered by many of our citizens as an exemplary young man. All who knew him will join the SPECTATOR in condolence with the bereaved family.

September 21, 1882
The Congressional Convention

Hon. Wm. H. Neece, of McDonough, the Candidate.

The democratic convention of the 11th district assembled in Union Hall, Monmouth, on Wednesday, Sept. 13th.

The convention was called to order at 1:15 p.m. by Charles W. Whitaker, chairman of the congressional committee. The election of temporary officers was dispensed with and on motion of Hon. Benjamin Warren, of Hancock, Hon. John C. Bagby, of Schuyler county, was elected permanent chairman. M.M. Corbitt, of Rock Island, was elected secretary, and Chas. W. Dunes, of McDonough, assistant secretary.

A committee on credentials was then selected by the various counties as follows:
Rock Island - C.J. Powers
Henderson - J. B. Patterson
Hancock - Benjamin Warren
Mercer - C.W. Postlewaite
Warren - D.M. Taliafarron
Schuyler - Felix Johnson
McDonough - J.M. Downing

The committee, after examining the credentials of the various delegations, through its chairman, Co. J. B. Patterson, reported a list of delegates. All delegations were full.

John E. Alexander, of Warren, moved that the various delegations each select a man for a committee on resolutions. This was carried by a rising [?] vote. A motion to reconsider was made and carried and after some little discussion the original motion was defeated.

Nominations for congressmen were next in order, and it was proposed to call the roll of counties, each county, as it was called, presenting its candidate.

J. M. Downing, on the part of McDonough county, presented the name of Hon. W.H. Neece. When Rock Island county was called, Mr. Cable [?] rose to his feet, and after stating his reasons for refusing his name to come before the convention, ended by presenting the name of Major Harry C. Connelly, of Rock Island county. Warren county brought forward J. Russ Hanna, of Monmouth.

A motion was made and carried that the first ballot be an informal one.

The informal ballot stood:
For Neece - Hancock, 8, McDonough, 7, Schuyler, 5, total 20.
For Connelly - Hancock, 1, Rock Island, 6, total 7.
For Hanna - Hancock, 1, Henderson, 2, Mercer, 4, Warren, 5, total 12.
Total number votes cast - 39; necessary to choice - 31.

The first regular ballot was:
For Neece - Hancock, 8, Henderson, 1, McDonough, 7, Schuyler, 5, total 23.
For Connelly - Hancock, 1, R. Island, 6, total 7.
For Hanna - Hancock, 4, Henderson 1, Mercer, 4, Warren, 5, total 11.
Total number of votes cast, 39, necessary to choice, 20.

Mr. Neece having received a majority of the votes cast was declared the regular nominee of the convention.

On motion of Hon. George P. Walker, of Hancock county, the nomination of Mr. Neece was made unanimous.

On motion in accordance with that plan of organization adopted by the state central committee, the chairmen of the various county central committees were declared to constitute the congressional committee.

There being no other business, on motion, the convention adjourned.

OUR COUNTY TICKET Is now full, and the candidate for each office well qualified to perform its duties.

For County Judge, Hon. J. Simpson stands the peer of the best lawyers attending our bar, and his legal ability is unquestioned throughout this judicial district.

For County Clerk, Mr. George M. Dill is well qualified to perform the duties of the office, and being a native born Henderson county boy of unblemished character and good business habits, is entitled to the votes of the tax payers of the county.

For Sheriff, Capt. D. Caswell Hanna's correct business habits and high standing as a man are so generally known throughout the county that he commands the respect of the people in every part of it, and if elected will make a --?-- sheriff.

For Coroner, Dr. William Bailey's name is presented to the voters of Henderson county and as the duties of the office require a medical physician as well as a good business man, he is eminently qualified to fill the position.

For Assessor and Treasurer, Moses McElianey Esq. has the field. He is an old citizen of the county, well qualified to fill the --?-- and will, if elected, endeavor to perform the duties of his office to the entire satisfaction of the people.

For County Commissioner, Thomas N. Baird is well qualified to guard the interests of the people, while his active and correct business habits and well-known ---?--- are a sure guarantee that he will, if elected, perform the duties of the office to the entire satisfaction of the people.

Henderson Co. Greenback Convention - Reassembled at Gladstone on last Saturday, N. H. Jamison, Esq. occupying the chair.

The matter of nominating a county ticket being introduced, considerable discussion ensued. After a full and friendly interchange of opinions, it was resolved not to nominate. This conclusion was --?-- induced by the recognition of the fact that the democrats at their late county convention had placed three greenbackers on their ticket - Simpson, Hanna, and McDill, for Judge, Sheriff and Co. Clerk respectively.

The county central committee organized [?] by electing S.H. Ruple chairman and B.H. Martin secretary.

An Independent Candidate: We present today, for the consideration of the voters of Henderson county, the name of Miss Olive M. Jempson [?] as a candidate for Superintendent of Schools. Miss Jempson is a good printer, an employee of the Spectator for several years, a teacher, has attended the state Normal University several terms, is a young lady of active, industrious habits and a business turn of mind and we believe, if elected, she would perform the duties of the office to the satisfaction of the people of this county. We ask for her a fair share of the people's voices.

When in need of dry goods, it will pay to look through J.S. Schrimm's [?] stock at 212 Jefferson Street, Burlington.

Dr. W. C. Reece has gone to Keokuk and will be absent until Friday.

A convention will be held at Monmouth Sept 28th for the purpose of nominating a prohibition candidate for Congress. As the counties to be --?-- are requested to send delegates.

--- Faro [? - only guessing here! ] Crane [? - only guessing here!] of the U.S. Navy, came to Kirkwood [?] last week on a visit to his parents and old friends. He has only a month's furlough and will make good use of his time in seeing as many of the friends of his boyhood days as practicable [?]. On Monday he came to visit the family of his uncle, Capt. J.A. Peace, and with him made us a pleasant call.

SHOT - Last week a man by the name of Smith stole John Bowen 's skiff, including fish and fishing tackle, from the landing at Shokoken, and was followed by Bowen to Dallas City, where he was --?-- by the city marshal and Smith was overtaken near Fort Madison. He was hailed [?] to surrender but tried hard to make his escape, when he was shot down by the marshal, the wound proving fatal in a very short time.

November 18, 1887 - or September 22, 1882 (I'm not sure)


Henderson county was once the home of the TAYLOR family who emigrated from England between 1830 and '40 to Illinois and made their residence in Henderson county. The family afterwards removed to Nauvoo and became somewhat permanent members of the church of Latter Day Saints. After the Mormon war they emigrated to Salt Lake. Their son JOHN whom we knew as an intelligent and sprightly young man soon took rank as one the Prophets Apostles, and since the death of Brigham Young has become President and chief ruler of the Saints.

Soon after the arrival of the TAYLOR family came MARSDEN families, the old gentleman and wife with two sons, WILLIAM and SAMUEL, who settled in Oquawka and for several years were employed in the distillery of Messrs. MOIR & ROBERTS. They were members of the Morman church and the older son WILLIAM who had been ordained a preacher, went to Navoo and crossed the plains with the great body of the church.

Mr. ROBERT MOIR received a letter from him recently, dated Parowan, Iron Co., UT, Aug. 30. from which he has permitted us to take some extracts. We are glad to learn that WILLIAM has prospered in his faraway home. He says, "I have been retired from business two years. At present can live very well without. Prospects for stock raising here not very good as it costs too much to freight; but ranching is very good; as butter and cheese and pork are in good demand. We look for the railway to be extended to Iron City shortly, and then it will pay to freight all kinds of produce. After the extension of the railway there will be a good time to make money as there is an abundance of the iron ore, coal, alum, copper and silver within six to eighteen miles of this place.

December 7, 1882

A Meeting of the Soldiers - Of Greenville and Oquawka, called for the purpose of taking joint consideration the propriety of forming a Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, held at the Court House in Oquawka, Dec. 2nd, 1881, in ---?--- to call, organized by electing Miron H. Mills Chairman and G.F.W. Froehlich Secretary. The call for the meeting was read. After discussing matters generally it was moved and seconded that the --?-- of this meeting be taken whether we organize a post. Motion carried unanimously. Ayes: Miron H. Mills, D.C. Hanna, James R. White, James O. Anderson, J. M. Lukens, Silas Marble, Ira W. Beaty, G. W. Beaty, Ira Moore, W. Woods, John A. Pence, Alex M. Smith, and G.P. Wm Froehlich. Noes: none. The following committees were appointed: Messrs M.H. Mills, James R. White and G.P.W. Froechlich on charter and finance, Messrs J.A. Pence, J.O. Anderson, A.M. Smith, Ira W. Beaty and D.C. Hanna on hall [?] and --?--. Meeting adjourned to Saturday, Dec. 9th, at 7 o'clock p.m. sharp, to which all honorably, discharged soldiers are invited. M.H. Mills, G.F.W. Froehlich, Sec. Comm.

Stafford, Dec. 2, 1882 - To: J.M. Akin, County Supt., Henderson Co, Ill

We, the undersigned, directors and patrons of Stafford school, having seen your letter refusing to give our teacher, F. Gifford [?], a certificate, thereby arraying yourself, with a few vindictive characters against our dearest interest - Interests which you were elected to subserve - and further, having noted the deportment of said teacher as that of a gentleman, do thus publicly demand the facts upon which this to us unwarranted, conscientious (?) refusal is based. An early and satisfactory public answer will save the necessity of further action in this matter.

Directors: L.N. Ditto, George Christie

J.H. Rice, M. Rice, Margaret Christie, Mary Christie, Luther Wilson, Amy Watson, Lem Dewitt, M. Dewitt, Elizabeth Ditto.

[Ex. Supt. Akin informs us that he issued a certificate to Mr. Giffard, Dec. 3rd 1882 good for one year, or until last Sunday, the close of his term of office. He declined to grant a new certificate which would have run a year into the term of the new Superintendent.]

A Battlefield Revisited

To the members of Co. D, 7th Mo. Cav:

Comrades - it may be interesting to some of you to catch a few glimpses from the old campground and battlefield of Independence, Mo. The writer chanced to be present on the morning of the 7th of October, when Frank James was bro't in, having surrendered to the authorities the day before. I can hardly express my emotions on standing once more, after a lapse of over twenty years, on the very ground occupied by us as a camping ground, and looking around me on the same sights with which we were all so familiar, viz., the stone wall (now leveled to the ground), the stately walnut trees, the old well where we went for water, the old house used as a hospital, the orchard near by the little old board stable at the corner west of the hospital and north of the camp, still bearing marks of the bullets in the fight, and even a part of the board fence surrounding the hospital, and withal, the very identical gate through which I passed a few seconds before being wounded. And these are almost wholly unchanged. I stood on the ground occupied by Lieut. Vance's tent, ran my eye along the ground where our picket rope was stretched, noted the spot on which Capt. Morris fell, then made my way up through the garden, orchard, etc., directly as I had on that fatal 11th of August, passed once more through the same little gate and stood exactly on the spot where I received that cruel rebel bullet in my knee. I looked ahead of me and saw the identical spot on which Lieut. Vance fell. (He denies the falling, however, but I saw him with my own eyes.) I stood and looked long and eagerly all around, on the fence in front where the rebels lay resting their guns and firing on us, then I turned and walked to the hospital, stepped upon the porch, same as I did on that fatal day, and in fact went through with everything that I could with the exception of lying down on a stretcher. Everything seemed so real, so recent, that I could scarcely believe it was so long ago. Comrades, it will pay you to go hundreds of miles to witness those familiar sights. While other cities have changed so materially, you will see Independence as you saw it then. Going up the street from the campground toward the square, you see but few changes. The Bank where Buell had his headquarters is just the same. The Court House alone looks different. The old PO building is the same except it is now a Hotel. The Merchants Hotel is just the same. John D. Terry that solid, reliable Unionist still keeps the livery stable. Our commissary building, Provost Marshals office and the jail are yet unchanged. Walking around the Square, I met a score or so of familiar faces, some look changed while others look almost the same. Wm. McCoy, the banker, looks not a day older. Very many, however, have passed on the great beyond. Many more have left for other fields. Those of us who were wounded, will remember with much pleasure the dear ladies who cared for us so tenderly. One in particular will carry the writer's blessing through time and perhaps eternity. She it was that found our comrade, Henry Billings, mortally wounded, famishing and calling for water. She ministered unto him as best she could and at his request carried him into her father's house, laid him on the bed and gave him some brandy. He drank it, smiled grateful acknowledgments, gasped and died. She then washed him, dressed him in a new suit of clothes and carried and laid him among his 34 dead comrades in the hospital yard for burial. I inquired for her and found she lives in Kansas City. I determined to see her, called on her at her residence, and found her to be as amiable…

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