MAR 3, 1881


N.B. Oakley, the packing house man who had his foot mashed while trying to climb between two moving cares on Tuesday is getting along finely and the doctors say that the foot will not have to be amputated.

There is now a rumor afloat to the effect that an Omaha pork packing company is trying to buy ground in East Atchison on which to erect a packing house.  The St. Joe papers state that they ground has already been purchased and that the buildings will be erected at once.

East Atchison is evidently having a smallpox scare.  The doctors are busy and so great is the rush for vaccinations that their supply of virus has been exhausted.  Dr. Scip says that he will have a new supply tomorrow and be prepared to vaccinate everybody who desires it. 

A number of cases of pneumonia are reported in the East Atchison and vicinity.

The receipts of hogs at the Union Stock Yards have been very light for two or three days.

            It is a surprising fact that even the serve cold weather of the past three months has not driven the malaria out of the air.



MAR 4, 1881


            A number of cases from East Atchison will be tried at the March term of the criminal court, which commences in St Joe next Monday.

            T.W.Harl, the lawyer is building a large addition to his office on Fowler Street.

            Hagon, the man who was robbed on the same night of the burglary at Weir’s saloon while sleeping in a room over the saloon, and who was arrested as the party who committed the burglary and then discharged because the prosecuting witness failed to appear against him claim that his arrest was a conspiracy to conceal the real burglars and will carry his case to the higher courts.

            Goodell’s East Atchison elevator is now doing the largest business in its history.

            Work will be commenced on five or six new residence in East Atchison as soon as the weather moderates.



MAR 5, 1881


            A man named King, while crossing the river on the ice last night, broke through and had a desperate struggle to keep the current from carrying him under the solid ice.  He finally managed to pull himself out, however and ran to the watchman’s box at the east end of the bridge, where he was properly attended to.

            Don Mogle, an employee in the K.C.yards, fell from a freight platform this morning, and received painful injuries about the head.

            A first class scandal is developing in East Atchison.

            Three different parties have signified their intentions of starting beer gardens in East Atchison during the coming summer.

            Hog receipts at the Union Stock Yards continue to be light, on account of the snow on the Western roads.

            There is a very small amount of drunkenness in East Atchison at present.

            Shelly, the grocer will be closed tomorrow.  Therefore it would be a good plan to buy your Sunday groceries to-night.


            Goodell’s little East Atchison elevator has shipped out 120 car loads of corn in nine days.



MAR 7, 1881


            A lot of loafers who had congregated in an East Atchison store this morning, and were annoying the proprietor in various ways, were suddenly dispersed by a doctor, announcing that one of them had symptoms of small-pox.  The proprietor of the store appears to be greatly pleased with his new scheme for the riddance of this great source of annoyance.

            T.W. Harl the lawyer, has sold his old office and will shortly commence the erection of a handsome new business building on Fowler street.  Several other parties are also contemplating the erection of buildings as soon as the weather will permit.

            Al Hulse, the druggist went to St Joe to-day.

            Frank Kinsley is again behind the prescription cases at Hulse’s drug store.

            Goodell’s East Atchison elevator is now handling an average of twenty cars of grain a day.

            The freight trains of the eastern roads are now arriving on time, but it is feared that the present storm will cause another blockade.


MAR 8, 1881 – Page 1

            J.A Bailey, town clerk, authorizes the Globe to say that all persons holding warrants of date of 1880 on the town of Winthrop, should present them to him for cancellation before the 25th of this month.  After that date they will not be paid.

            The receipts of hogs are distressingly light at present.  For the past week, only about 100 a day have been received at the Union Stock Yards in East Atchison. This is not the fault of Atchison or her live stock men, however, but is probably the result of a general shortage in the crop as light receipts are reported everywhere.

            Dr. J. B West returned to East Atchison this morning after an absence of over a week.

            A few of Fowlers old workmen can be seen on the streets of East Atchison almost any day, as though they had great admiration for the town and couldn’t stay away from it.



MAR 8, 1881   Page 4, Col 4

            Judge Sherman, the new Judge of the East Atchison district, announces that the St Joe gamblers and bawdy house keepers must move out of the city, or go at another trade.  A custom has heretofore prevailed of fining these people rather lightly, and instead of foreing them to make a personal appearance in court, of permitting them to plead guilty through the sheriff.  This will be changed and heavy fines imposed and collected.


MAR 9, 1881 – Page 1

            The March term of the Criminal court commenced in St Joe last Monday.  A number of cases from East Atchison will be tried, and the sheriff was in town today hunting witnesses.

            East Atchison promises to become center for brick making.  There are already five yards ready to begin operations as soon as the weather will permit, and representatives of three new firms were in town yesterday looking up locations for extensive yards.  One of these firms proposes to put in machinery for making dry pressed brick from the white clay which was discovered in the vicinity of town a couple of years ago.


MAR 10, 1881 – Page 1

            Most of the Quincy workmen will shortly leave the new packing house, and their places be filled by Atchison men.

            Hog receipts at the Union Stock Yards continue to be very light and the men at Smith, Farlow & Co., packing house have been engaged in the killing department only one day this week.

            The transfer teams are now engaged in hauling flour from the depots of the eastern roads, in East Atchison, to the Santa Fe.

            The manufacture of brick in East Atchison will furnish work for about 250 men during the spring and summer.  Eight yards will be operated.

            Large numbers of dead hogs – a result of the recent heavy storms, are now being received in East Atchison, and the rendering establishment north of town is doing a prosperous business.

            Another saloon will be open in East Atchison in a short time, by a gentleman from St. Joe.


MAR 11, 1881 – Page 1

            The hog market was more active yesterday than it has been for a week.  Seven hundred were received at the Union Stock Yards and are now being made into hams and bacon at the new packing house.

            A number of East Atchison men are serving on the Grand Jury now in session at St Joe.

            The doctors are of the opinion that there will be very little ague in East Atchison and vicinity during the coming summer on account of the continued cold weather of the past three months.

            The workmen engaged in laying the new floor to the Chicago and Atchison Bridge have reached the span next to the Missouri shore, and think they will be able to complete the job by the middle of next week.

            The eastern roads are handling an enormous amount of freight since the raising of the snow blockade.


MAR 11, 1881 – Page 3 Col 1

Not the least matter in the terrible record for January and February of damage to person and property caused by the severe weather is the great increase in railroad accidents.  Official figures show that there were 223 accidents, whereby 30 persons were killed and 182 injured.  Twenty accidents caused the death of one or more persons each; 41 caused injury, but not death, whiled 162 or 72.3 percent of the whole number there was no injury recorded.  As compared with January 1880, there was an increase of 161 accidents, of 19 in the number killed and of 132 in that injured.  The number of accidents is the largest we have ever recorded, the nearest approach to it being in February 1875, when there were 211 in the list.  The extraordinary number of accidents and the very sharp contrast to last year are not difficult to explain.  January of this year was the severest month for many years.  Intense cold and frequent snow storms are not favorable for safety of operation and the nature of the accidents almost of itself explains the cause.  There was no less than 20 broken rails, 33 broken wheels, 6 broken connecting rods and 11 broken exles, evidence not to be disputed.


MAR 12, 1881 Page 1

            Hog receipts are good at present, when it is taken into consideration that the roads all over Kansas are in a horrible condition, and that one half of the Central Branch country is entirely cut off, one account of the bridge over the Republican river at Clyde having been carried away by the flood.  Over seven hundred were received at the Union Stock Yards yesterday and were being killed at the new packing house this morning.

            The eastern roads are now receiving large quantities of silver bullion from the Santa Fe and Flour from the Atchison mills.

            An excellent free lunch will be served tonight at the Blue Front saloon.  Everybody is invited.

            The East Atchison prison is at present empty.  There has not been a case in the police court for over a week.


MAR 12, 1881, Page 4, Col 3

            If the saloon keepers desire the friendship of Atchison in their battles with the constitutional amendment, they must quit selling the habitual drunkards and minors and close up on Sunday.   All classes object these abuses and there are several other particulars in which reform is necessary.


MAR 15, 1881

            A number of Fowler’s old workmen came up from Kansas City last Saturday, as usual and spent Sunday in East Atchison.  They report this time that the Fowler house is running only one gang of men to run both the killing and cutting department.

            Bob Barrett of Smith’s packing house has gone to Kansas City to work with the Fowlers.

            AL Hulse yesterday received a letter from a gentleman at Louisiana, MO who wishes to purchase his drug store.  Mr. Hulse does not wish to sell, however as he has a great deal of faith in East Atchison and wishes to make it his permanent stopping place.

            The new floor to the Chicago and Atchison Bridge will be completed this week.

            A colored family named Ewing, living in East Atchison is almost in destitute circumstances and deserve the attention of charitable persons.  Dr. Seep has been attending one member of the family, who is sick and supplying medicine at his own expense, but he need assistance in his work of charity.


MAR 15, 1881 – Page 4 Col 3

            News from Blue Rapids is to the effect that the lower part of the town is flooded from the Blue, which is thirty feet above high water mark, and that the iron bridge is wrecked.

A tremendous ice gorge has formed a few hundred feet above the St Joe Bridge, and that structure is regarded in danger.  The Central Branch Bridge at Clyde was taken out in this way, the ice gorging under it and pushing it off the piers.  There are several gorges between this city and St. Joe and as the river is rising rapidly, it is the opinion among river men that the ice will all break up before daylight tomorrow.


            It is a significant fact that the Kaw river at Kansas City is very high and now comes the great flood from the Missouri.  In the opinion of experts this will result in flooding the bottom on which the Fowler packing house is built.



Mar 15, 1881 – Page 4 Col 4

            At noon today the ice in the Missouri river went out.  In an instant after it started the vast sheet was in motion and before the spectator had time to look in all direction, four cars were thrown from an Atchison & Nebraska switch truck on the river bank, by the up heaving ice, the drawn rest at the bridge crushed in like an egg shell, and great piles of ice were deposited on the river bank.   It is not know whether the bridge rest is damaged except at the top.  If a new one has to be built the expense will not be less than $10,000.  It is probable that the ice is now in motion as far up the river as Omaha.


MAR 16, 1881 – Page 1

            Two large flat boats which were built by the government last summer for use in the river improvements north of East Atchison, were tied to the shore just north of the bridge when the ice commenced to move yesterday, and there is now a pile of ice fifteen feet high where they were tied.  Nobody knows whether they were demolished or carried down the river.

            Mr. Wm Ross formerly of the grocery firm of Ross Bros. will shortly open a large boot and shoe house in East Atchison.

            The Santa Fe delivered ten cars of silver bullion, and a large amount of hides and tallow to the eastern roads yesterday.

            The receipts of hogs at the Union Stock Yards yesterday were three hundred.

            Packing house aprons 75 cents at Wood’s old stand.  Also, bankrupt stock of clothing that must be sold in a few days.



Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing between A Ross and Wm Ross under the firm name of Ross Bros. has been dissolved by mutual consent.  Wm Ross retiring.  A Ross will in future conduct the business and have charge of all accounts belonging to the old firm.  A. Ross & Wm. Ross – East Atchison, MO March 16, 1881


MAR 16, 1881 – Page 3 – Col 2

            Dave Thorn, a citizen of DeKalb, Missouri was arrested this morning and brought to Atchison on a charge of bigamy.  On the 17th of last July, while engaged as a teamster at Nebraska City, he married a young woman and lived with her six or seven month.  Two months ago he went to DeKalb, looking for work and immediately married again, but did not attempt to conceal his whereabouts from his first wife, occasionally writing to her. Being in that condition which ladies who love their lords desire to be, his Nebraska City wife, yesterday afternoon reached DeKalb to visit him and learned to her horror that he had been untrue to his vows.  Calling in a constable, they arranged for his arrest.  Early this morning the officer and the discarded wife went quietly to his house and found him kissing his number two good-bye, as he was about departing his work.  He turned very plae but quietly submitted to arrest, the two women glaring at each other while he was being handcuffed.  As the Rock Island train came in to the station, he fell to the floor in a fit, and four men were kept busy holding him.  His yells were frightful to hear and he frothed at the mouth like a man in the last stages of hydrophobia.  Added to this were moans and sobs of his two wives.  Arrived at Atchison he was too weak to walk and had to be carried into the Missouri Pacific train, which took him to St Joe and to Jail.


MAR 16, 1881 – Page 4, Col 4

            As was predicted the joint spree of the Missouri and Kaw is proving a dangerous menace to Kansas City.  The Missouri or the Kaw may be high on separate occasions without damage to anyone, but when they are bank full the same week, the people living on the Fowler bottom move to the bluffs.  Seven acres of land caved in yesterday.  The papers say an inundation is not feared, but this is merely cheerful whistling in the face of danger.  Old residents say there is always devastation when both streams are high at the same time.  Usually the Kaw runs out before the rise in the Missouri commences, but both are now full from surface water, and interesting news may be reasonably expected from Kansas City.


MAR 17, 1881

            Two shootings scrapes occurred in East Atchison last night, but as that part of the inhabitants who are of a shooting turn of mind and either getting out of practice, or carry very inferior weapons, nobody was hurt.   The first shooting occurred at Prosser’s saloon about six o’clock in the evening, between Reben Hall and Killis Southard in which the former shot twice at the latter, missing him each time.  The other took place about eight o’clock, two hours later, at the saloon of Pullian and New, and the participants were the same two proprietors.  A dispute arose about the same trivial matter, when Pullian drew a revolver, and shot at New, the ball passing through his overcoat and lodging harmlessly between his undercoat and vest.  No arrests were made, although it is said that the marshal of the town was an eye witness to the second disturbance.

            A United States revenue detective was in East Atchison last night, trying to discover fraud again the government.  He pretended to be under the influence of liquor, but was very sly about his business and nobody suspected who he was until after he had left town, when some person who was acquainted with him disclosed his identity.

            J. S Patterson, who was at one time Mayor of East Atchison, but has been in the east for several months, returned yesterday.

            A reliable party can purchase a paying saloon business in East Atchison by applying to A. G. Prosser.



MAR 18, 1881

            Four hundred hogs were received at the Union Stock Yards yesterday and five hundred were killed at the new packing house this afternoon.

            Although shooting scrapes are frequently reported from East Atchison, it is only justice to say that the population of the town is not composed entirely of desperadoes, as many outsiders would suppose.  It is true that the town contains a number of very rough characters, who do little else than boast of their fighting propensities and marksmanship, but it also contains many people who are as respectable and refined as in any town in the county and who never associate with these men of muscle, pistols and knives and do not deserve to be classed with them in a newspaper report.  A respectable man stands as good a show in East Atchison as in any other town, unless he is ?istinq and “looks in” while a fight is going on.  This is something that the fighters won’t stand.  The farmers Silvers “looked in” while the fight was in progress at Jones’ saloon, a couple of months ago, and was in consequence confined to his bed for several weeks. \

            The eastern roads are now doing an enormous freight business and the depots in East Atchison present a lively scene. 


MAR 19, 1881 – Page 1

            Fred Reuthlinger will probably be the next Mayor of East Atchison and T.R. Shelly, John Meyer, Emil Winkler and A. G Prosser the next Councilmen.

            A number of young men living in East Atchison and vicinity evacuated Missouri father suddenly on Wednesday morning, to avoid indictment by the grand jury now sitting at St Joe.  There is only one thing that will thoroughly inspire a native Missourian with terror and that is a grand jury.  Numerous criminals are being indicted and the southern end of Buchanan county is being cleaned out in a manner that is highly satisfactory to the respectable and peach living portion of the community.  It is understood that Andy New is now in St Joe for the purpose of filing complaint against Wm Pulliam who shot him in the overcoat the other day.

            Smith, Farlow and co killed one thousand hogs today.  The receipts at the Union Stock Yards yesterday were 676.

            A ragged and forlorn looking woman named Hooper passed through East Atchison this morning from Savannah, looking for a runaway husband.


MAR 20, 1881

            There are at present about forty families living in small cabins and dugouts in what is known as dugout town, on the land owned by the Hannibal railroad company.  An agent of the Hannibal who was among them, trying to collect rents, says that they are all very poor and their cabins filthy and dirty.  The cabins were formerly occupied by workmen in the Fowler packing house, but since that institution closed, they have been taken possession of by a different class of people.  The male members of the families are said to do no work, and it is beyond the comprehension of the average man to tell how they find a living.

            East Atchison will in a short time boast one of the finest saloons in the Missouri valley, that of Patterson & McKinnis at the corner of Main and South Streets.

            A week from next Tuesday promises to be the liveliest day in the history of East Atchison.  It is the day for electing town officials.

            Al Hulse’s lottery contains no blanks.  Every number is a prize. 

            Two cars of freight came in over the Rock Island yesterday, billed through to California by the new Atchison route.




MAR 22, 1881 – Page 3, Col 1

            Fishing parties and East Atchison beer will be popular after the first of May if we mistake not.



MAR 23, 1881 – Page 3

            Substantial sidewalks are now being constructed in various portions of town, to the great delight of pedestrians.

            Twenty-two cars of freight were unloaded at the Hannibal freight depot in East Atchison yesterday.

            The new packing house was in operation ten houses yesterday.

            Fifteen cars of merchandise came over the Hannibal road yesterday for Atchison whole sellers.

            The receipts of hogs were very light at the Union Stock Yards yesterday and today.

            As will be seen by professional card, Dr J B West has removed his office to Dr. Burchards’s drug store.

            The coming elections in East Atchison promises to be a very exciting one.  There will undoubtedly be numerous fights on that day, as the ?eumity of the two factions toward each other is very great.

            J.S. Patterson has opened a saloon at the corner of Main and South Streets.



MAR 25, 1881 – Page 4

            J.R. Keene, the Sugar Lake fisherman is on the market every morning with bass, crappy, perch and bullheads.  Mr Keene is the most popular fisherman who comes to Atchison, because he gives full weight. 


MAR 28, 1881 – Page 1

            There will be a mass meeting at the city hall tonight to nominate candidates for the various city offices.

            The Mayor received a letter Saturday from an eastern firm saying that they would build and operate car shops in East Atchison, provided that they could be exempt from town taxes for ten years.   The council meets tonight to take action in the matter.

            Owen Seip, the brik king of Atchison and East Atchison, returned Saturday from Chicago where he purchased a machine capable of turning out 80,000 pressed brick a day.  To make this number of brick, in a day by the old method would require six gangs or about fifty men.  Mr Seip thinks that when he gets the machine in operation he will have not trouble in filling all orders.

            The present man whose duty is to keep the bridge floor clean, fills the position eminently better than the former one.


MAR 29, 1881

            The Missouri river is now pouring a flood of water into Mud Lake, and this morning the Hannibal track was washed out by the water raising over it.  The K.C. and Rock Island tracks at that point have culverts beneath them, but the Hannibal is a solid dirt grade and when the water raised to the top, it poured over it like a mill dam, carrying away the track.  The Missouri always overflows into the lake during high water.