Fulton County Ledger
June 18, 1885

Transcribed by Judy Churchill.


M. T. Brown, of Davenport, Iowa, and Prof. Wilcoxen of the Lewistown schools, are in Canton this week canvassing for Johnson’s Encyclopedia.

Miss Addie Clayton, of Freeport, is visiting relatives in this city.

Charles U. Divilbiss went to Farmers City Saturday, to visit a few days with his parents.

Messrs. Geo. Dewey, of Toulon and Marshall Titman, of New Jersey, were in Canton this week, visiting the Dewey families. Also Judge Wright of Toulon.

Mrs. Julia Farwell, of Fredonia, Kansas, is visiting her parents in Canton, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Meek.

Hon. John A. Gray, of Lewistown, was in Canton on Tuesday.

Prescott Heald is at home from Alton, where he has been attending school.

Misses Rilla C. Meeker, May F. Strong, Rebecca Foltz, Edith Reiplinger and Varnessa Mummey were the graduates of the Farmington schools this year.

Uly Orendorff, who has been attending school at Evanston, Ill., returned home Saturday last.

Miss Maud Sebree, of Bushnell, is visiting in Canton with her cousin, Miss Stella Sebree.

Mr. C. A. Whiting, of Batavia, Ill., is visiting in Canton. Mrs. Whiting has been here for several weeks.

Dr. Marcus Whiting, of Peoria, visited his parents over Sunday.

George Wise and wife, of Hamburg, Iowa, arrived here Saturday and visited with Mrs. Wise’s parents until Monday evening, when they left for home. They had been to Washington with the Iowa editorial excursionists.





Burglary and Robbery

Tuesday afternoon, about 3 o'clock, John Hughes went to the house of his brother, A. L. Hughes, 4 1/2 miles southwest of Canton, to get a horse he had there. As he rode up to the front gate he saw a man leaning against an open front window. When he reached the gate, the man came to the fence. Mr. Hughes went to the front door, found it locked and went to the rear door, found it locked and went to the rear part of the house. Here he met another man, who joined his companion and the two started towards Canton on the railroad track, which passed a few yards in front of the house. Mr. Hughes went into the house, got a shot gun and coming out fired, some of the shot going through the cap of one of the men. The two chaps then run, Mr. Hughes firing a second shot. A man who was plowing corn near came to the house and the two men started on horseback after the men, captured them, brought them to Canton, where they were lodged in the calaboose until yesterday morning, when they were examined before Esq. Armstrong.

In addition to the facts as above, the wife of A. L. Hughes testified she left the house locked and came to town, some of the windows being raised about five inches, but fastened with spring fastenings. The front window had no doubt been raised by reaching in and catching hold of the spring. She found a necklace, sleeve buttons, watch chain, collar buttons and shirt studs missing from a mug in a bureau drawer, clothes tossed about, a pair of pants and shoes, evidently intended to be appropriated by the men, lying under the open front window.

A burglary and robbery had evidently been committed by these two men, although none of the stolen goods were found on them.

In default of $200 bail each, they were lodged in jail at Lewistown.

One of them was a full-blooded negro and the other probably a Mexican or half-breed Indian. They were tramps, and admitted having been put off trains, slept in cars, &c. The half-breed gave the uncommon name of John Smith.



From Banner, Ill., June 16, 1885


J. C. Hill, the harness maker in Monterey, and a young man working for Wm. Babcock, by the name of Wicks, had a dispute last Friday evening, which resulted in Wicks striking Hill in the face with his fist, and bruising it badly.  We understand there is a warrant out for Wicks’ arrest.  We would say shame to Wicks for striking a man as old as the hills.


Wm. Roberts has a new saw in his mill and the whistle is once more heard. 


H. J. Whitmore is treating his house and barn to a new coat of paint.  Harris, of Canton, is doing the work.



From Blyton, Ill., June 15, 1885

Misses Lavina and Amelia Ehresman, of Canton, Visited relatives and friends in this locality the 14th.

Oliver Myers is one of the most successful fisherman in the vicinity of Blyton.

Karl Roos, of Canton, accompanied by Miss Mary Mahr, visited friends in this vicinity Sunday last.

George Zimmerman recently lost a fine steer. It was supposed to have been bitten by a snake.

From Blyton, Ill., June 16, 1885

Albert Blaine and Misses Lovina and Amelia Ehresman were the guests of their Brother Jacob Ehresman on Sunday last.

David Duchen, Sr., has material for a new blacksmith shop, which he will erect soon.

Daniel Freyenhagen was baptized in Put Creek Sunday, north of the iron bridge, by Rev. P. Christian, pastor of the F. W. Baptist Church at Fiatt.

Peter, son of William Myers, is quite sick with heart trouble.

William Myers has built a new kitchen

Henry Tompkins is also preparing to build a new barn, Nelson West as carpenter.

Geo. T. Turner’s fine hay shed was demolished by the storm Friday night. It is quite a loss, as haymaking is so near.

Henry West spent part of last week at Maquon, visiting friends.



From Ellisville, Ill., June 12, 1885

Oliver Randolph and baby, of Lewistown, and John Randolph and wife, of Peoria, were visiting over Sunday with their parents.

Dr. Brick is fitting up an office in the rear of Hogsett's drug store.

C. B. Edmondson is on the sick list again


From Fairview, Ill., June 16, 1885

A Trenton, New Jersey, paper states that Miss Mary Ashton, of that city, fell two or three stories down an elevator shaft, when the elevator was down, breaking one of her limbs. Miss Ashton is the niece of John Voorhees, of this place.

Mr. Andy Abadusky had several hogs killed by lightning last week.

Misses Maggie and Minnie Brokaw started on a visit to Monmouth, Roseville and Raritan. Expect to be gone 3 weeks.

Dr. S. B. Beer, of Ellisville, has purchased his brother’s, Chas. Beer’s, farm, west of Fairview.

There was a reunion of the graduating class of Canton High School of 1875 at J. D. Beahm’s, Friday evening last.

Minks are reported to be killing young ducks in the vicinity of Cuba. Mr. Beahm killed 4 near his house and Josiah Whittaker, living on Fred Davis’ farm killed several.

Mr. John Heart killed a snake near Mr. T. B. Virtue’s yesterday, that measured 5 feet and 10 inches. It was a black snake.

Miss Nevius, daughter of S. P. Nevius, of Raritan is visiting here.

The Rev. Owens, of Bushnell, will preach here in the Reformed Church next Sabbath morning and evening.

Mr. T. Pumyea had a shed struck by lightning and partially burned down.

Luther Pumyea and wife returned from a trip to DeWitt County this evening.

Harvey Swartz, of Harper, Kansas is here on a visit.

John Spiss has built an addition to his residence.

Wyckoff Suydam, of Brunswick, N. J., brother of the postmaster, is visiting here.

Mr. W. H. Stout, Editor of DeWitt, Nebraska Times, Mrs. Jo. F. Stout, of Omaha, Neb., and Miss Sophia Stout, of Canton, are visiting relatives here.

Mr. George Stipp, of Wellington, Kansas, was here today.

Mr. Peter TenEyke is painting his residence. Charles Cyphers and George Mitchell are doing the work.

T. H. Travers expects to go to Iowa this week.

Mr. John Van Liew is building an addition to his house.

Mr. Jacob VanDorn and wife, of Bushnell, was here last week visiting friends.

James Virtue and J. H. Bird took the train at Wallace today for Macedonia, Iowa, where they expect to remain several weeks.


From the Farmington Bugle, 12th

Your Robert McMullen, who resides south of town, was kicked by a horse yesterday morning. The animal got the youth down in the stable and kicked him several times in the breast. Fortunately no serious injury resulted.

Mrs. Lucy Redfield and sister, Miss Fannie Caldwell, of Shenandoah, Iowa, arrived in town last Friday morning on an extended visit.


From Ipava, June 9, 1885

Alec Ruth was attacked by two ruffians one night last week, on his road from town home, about 9 o'clock at night. The object of the ruffians was robbery. They followed Mr. Ruth home. He soon procured a revolver and put to flight the would-be highwaymen. There are no well-founded suspicions as to who the guilty parties were. The inference is they were tramps.

Jacob Boozle has made some notable improvements on his residence on Main Street.

Dr. Ball, of Astoria and wife, were visiting their father, J. T. Ball, on the 8th.

Lewis Jones and wife, of Astoria, visited the family of O. P. Randolph over Sunday

Elmer Meredith, of Canton, sold a number of plows in Ipava last week.

Wm. McCaughey, of Gerlaw, visited his family here last Saturday and Sunday.

Miss McCormick, of Oneida, delivered a lecture in the Presbyterian Church last Firday evening, entitled, “Yosemite Valley,” for the “Gleaners,” the young folks’ temperance organization. The lecture was well received by an audience of some two or three hundred and resulted in the net proceeds of about $25.

Oliver Randolph and baby, of Lewistown, and John Randolph and wife, of Peoria, were visiting over Sunday with their parents.

From Ipava, June 16, 1885

William Babcock returned from the university of Illinois on the 12th.

Grandmother Engle started for Glenwood, Iowa, last Thursday, to her daughter’s, to be absent several months.

Born, in Ipava, June 10th, a daughter: Mrs. Isaac Middleton and Ike are as happy as a big sunflower.

Sherman Marshall returned from Champaign University on the 12th, a graduate of that institution.

George McQueen is making some notable improvements on the sidewalks along Broad Street.

Miss Phillips, of Kentucky, is visiting the family of Allen G. Webster.

Frank Randolph returned from Peoria on the 10th inst., where he had been visiting his brother John.

Miss Lizzie Randolph is visiting her cousins, near Adair, Ill., for a few weeks.

George Smith’s little boy Perry was thrown from a buggy on the 11th, and had both bones of his right arm broken near the wrist. Dr. Wedge reduced the fracture, and the little fellow is doing well.



From Joshua, June 17, 1885

S. W. Ash is building a large hay barn on his west farm.

During the rain storm of last week the lightning struck the rod on Harrison Ball’s house. No damage done, only the house was filled with gas and the family somewhat stunned.

Sam. Eyerly delivered the finest lot of strawberries last Saturday at Canton that has been heard of. 325 quarts—the nicest lot of the season.

A. H. Furrey has put a new roof on his house that stands on his west farm.

M. F. Havermale’s new barn is almost completed.

Don’t forget to go to the strawberry festival Saturday night, at J. J. Havermale’s.

Samuel Hinkle has built an addition to his dwelling—a kitchen and wood house.

Mrs. John Keefauver spent a few days in Peoria with her husband, who is there being treated for cancer, and is much better.

Dan Miller is building a large hay barrack. George Zimmerman, of Canton, is the boss carpenter.

James McQuaid’s little boy had his leg broken last week. A calf kicked him. Dr. Barnard attended him.

A Nubbin Ridge man says that D. F. Miller has the best show for a corn crop of anybody that he knows of.

Dan Miller is building a large hay barrack. George Zimmerman, of Canton, is the boss carpenter.


From the Lewistown News, 11th

Rob’t. Prichard met with quite a sad misfortune one day this week, which will probably occasion the loss of an eye. Mr. Prichard had a whip in his hand and accidentally struck the lash to his eye.

George Prichard, who has been attending Rush Medical College during the past year, returned home last Monday. George expects to return again next fall and continue his studies until he graduates.



From London Mills, Ill., June 16, 1885


Miss Nellie Comstock, of Galesburg, was visiting at Henry Voorhees’ last week.


James Duke, of the County House, was visiting here last week.


Look out, girls, Morrison Darland, Jr., and Milton Fulmer have purchased new buggies, and if you don’t get a ride it is because they are too bashful to ask you.

Harry Swartz, of Kansas, is visiting his old home and friends.


Mrs. Charlotte Shoemaker and daughter Emma, of Nebraska, were visiting at F. P. Schafer’s a few days.


Mrs. Lucinda White started for Kansas last Wednesday, to visit her son.  N. S. White accompanied her as far as Bushnell.


From the Vermont Chronicle

Friday evening, of last week, James Matthewson, who has been of late gradually getting more unsettled, visited the Methodist Church and made such disturbances that it became necessary to have him arrested. It required the aid of three or four men to overcome him and he was for a time most furious. He was taken to Lewistown, again adjudged insane and will soon be sent to Kankakee. It is unfortunate for the poor fellow and for his family, but it seems a hopeless case and unsafe for him to be at large.

Burglarious calls have been made on several families of late, but tolerable barren in results. At R. D. Mershon's the intruder became alarmed and ran, after gaining admission. At the residence of Thos. Nelson some silver knives and forks were taken. One or two other residences are also reported as having been visited, but we have no particulars.


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