The Rochester Sentinel








Published every Saturday








Saturday, January 5, 1878


Dr. C. B. HIGGINS, of Peru, dropped in upon his numerous friends of this place for a short visit on Wednesday last. Doc was once one of the jolly good fellows of Rochester, and is always a welcome visitor at this place.

(Estray Notice) Taken up by the subscriber living 7 miles north of Rochester and 1-1/2 miles west of the Michigan Road, one white cow with a bell on ... Appraised at $15. ROBERT DIBELBESS. January 1st., 1878.




Davidson's Academy of Music -- everybody likes the name.

The room on DAVIDSON'S ACADEMY OF MUSIC is about ready for heavy storms.

Mrs. Minnie HUGHSTON is spending a few days with her many friends in this place.

Mrs. Dio HAUK and daughter of Logansport, are visiting at the old homestead in this place.

The social gathering at Dr. GOULD's, Wednesday night, in honor of Miss PORTER, of Urbanna, Ohio, is said to have been a very pleasant affair.

Moore RALSTIN has sold his valuable farm lying north of town and will, with his family remove to Washington, Territory in April next. He will be accompanied by Mr. A. C. ELLIOTT and family of this place.

Miss Lulu ROBBINS, Cynthia BROWN and Carrie SHRYOCK returned from Peru Thursday. They have been enjoying the holidays and receiving callers in that gay burg.

L. M. MONTGOMERY has sold his ware house and grain elevator to Mr. HOUSTON, a gentleman from near Mansfield, Ohio. The transfer of property was made yesterday and the new proprietor is now in possession of it.

B. F. DAWSON of the Michigan University is enjoying holidays at his home in this place...

G. G. LONG has thrown down his awl, hammer and last and has removed to Indianapolis where he will engage in a new branch of business.

The following named officers of Rochester Lodge No. 47, I.O.O.F., will be publicly installed this evening... W. H. DENISTON, Wm. DOWNS, Robert GOULD, L. S. EMRICK.


The "First Day" in Rochester. . . .


The pleasant afternoon was occupied by many in receiving and making calls.

At the residence of D. W. LYON, Miss Estella LYON and Miss Dora ROBBINS received their friends.

At Lyman BRACKETT's, Mrs. BRACKETT and Miss Minnie BRACKETT entertained many callers.

Mrs. RYLAND and daughter, assisted by Mrs. A. T. BITTERS, Mrs. EMRICK, Mrs. SHIELDS and Miss Mattie SPOTTS waited upon numerous callers.

At the residence of Mr. COWGILL, Mrs. Geo. HOLMAN and Miss Ella REX extended a kind greeting.




-Jan. 1st, 1878, by A. V. HOUSE, at his residence, Mr. Milo MARTIN and Miss Ella WHEELER, both of Liberty Township.




Mr. P. C. DUMBAULD is doing a good business in the dry goods and grocery line.

Billy TAYLOR is an obliging clerk.

Mr. FINLEY has opened a new grocery in the Kesler and Fish building.

A. MESSENA, the blacksmith is an expert.

The BUGBY boys are running a shoe shop...

V. H. Bougher, the wagon maker is always ready to do your work on short notice.

Teurs ELY is about to start a steam saw mill. He is an experienced sawyer and will do good work.

Frank MONTGOMERY, our school teacher is on the sick list. We have a good school.

A social dance occurred at the house of Mr. FIX, last Tuesday evening.

A KALLENBAUGHER met with a bad accident. He was driving his team and standing on some loose boards on the wagon when one of them tipped up, and he fell between the horses, was kicked, and the wagon passed over him, breaking one of his arms and bruising him about the chest; however, his injuries are not serious.


Aubbeenaubbee Township Institute. Leiters Ford, Ind., Dec. 22d, 1877.... at Leiter's School House ... (names mentioned) E. MYERS, J. T. GOUCHER, N. D. ELLIS, BOYCE, MOON, MILLER, ALLEN, MINTON.... S. J. Barger, Trustee...


LIST OF LETTERS remaining in the Rochester post office for the week ending Jan. 5th, 1878: Geo. H. AINSWORTH, J. A. AUGUS, John W. BRAMAN, Grace BOWMAN, Lou COOK, Milo DAVIS, Mrs. M. DOSAR, W. F. EMMONS, Mike EFFMAN, Jennie GLAZE, Charles GRABER, Gibbert GROVE, Poselta HALTERMAN, John HAMLET, W. H. HARTMANSPERGER, Ida HELERDLEMAN, Mary Ann JOHNSON, Ellie B. KING, Andrew LEWIS, Marie LUBBRIGEY, Allareta MARTIN, Ida E. MARTINDALE, T. P. MAXWELL, W. MILLER, Benjamin F. MILLER, John NEBELSIGER, Larsar NOYER, Arthur RODEFER, Libbie STELONE, John SUEMAN, E. J. Tracy, Katie WAIT, George WALDROP, Samuel WOLF.  -- Mrs. E. J. Ryland, PM.


Miss  Lida STRADLEY and Miss Mollie HORTON are on a visit to Cincinnati and other smaller places. They will return in about a week.


(Sheriff's Sales) Elmira H. WALLACE vs John M. HUNTER ... I will expost at public sale ... on Saturday, January 26th, 1878 ... the undivided four-fifths ... (real estate described) situate in Fulton County... Taken as the property of John H. HUNTER and others at the suit of Elmira M. Wallace ... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana. January 3d, 1878. Enoch STURGEON, Attorney for Plaintiff.


Indiana ex rel Robert ANDERSON, Adm'r of Estate of Jesse BIRD vs. S. FOUDRAY, Absalom NELLANS and James H. BLUE, Adm'r of Estate of Nathan BYBEE... I will expost at public sale... on Saturday, January 26th, 1878... Lot number Seven (7), located on the north side of Main street in the town of Bloomingsburg, Fulton County... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County. ESSICK & HOLMAN, Attorney for Plaintiff.


Union Township Institute, Kewanna, Dec. 29th, 1877... (names mentioned) F. L. WAGNER, Miss Laura GEIGER, A. J. HARSH, Miss Olean BAINTER, Miss Allie WEARY, Wm. GORSLINE, Henry D. HOWELL, D. LOUGH, Jr.



Saturday, January 12, 1878


(T)here are many men who are willing to take the chances of escaping punishment, and plunge into all kind of villainy. The last one that has come to grief in the county is Albert TAYLOR, who was formerly a resident here, but for the past few months has been living near Paris, Ill. Tired of living in the Sucker state, he concluded to return to his native sod, and the best means that suggested itself to him to make to trip was to appropriate a farmer's horse... Sheriff WARD had some notice of his coming, and on last Saturday afternoon started south on the Michigan Road to meet him. About four miles out he espied his man... The arrest was immediately made... On Monday Sheriff WARD started with his captive to Illinois and the horse was returned by rail on Tuesday...




Miss Norma PHILLIPS accompanied Miss Emma BARNETT to Terre Haute, where they are attending the State Normal.

A. RIMES has bought John F. ROBBINS' wagon shop and blacksmith shop and expects to commence work here before long.

James McGORSELINE has opened a wholesale and retail grocery store in Robbins' block, corner Main and Logan streets.

John H. TONER was fifty and two years old on last Monday, and of course he killed the fatted -- turkey and made merry with his numerous friends.

Henry HOWELL and John WILLIAMS with their families have commenced keeping house in the late residence of Dr. James SMITH, now owned by H. PHILLIPS.




-A strange and sad incident occurred at the funeral of Mrs. Dora MURRAY, Dec. 28. While on the way to the graveyard their child of several summers died of diptheria.

-Mr. Lindley MOORE, an old citizen of Wayne township, died on the night of the 5th inst. Mr. Moore has long been a resident of this county and has lived to a good ripe age; had gained his "three score years and ten."




James CHAPIN and Joe ALLMAN are yet on the sick list.

Carpenters are hammering away at the store rooms under Davidson's Academy of Music.

J. P. MYERS has resumed his position of postal clerk on the Michigan Southern railroad with a run from Cleveland to Chicago.

M. S. WEILLS, formerly head clerk in Mercer's hardware store, is now engaged in the same business at Fred. Fromm's new hardware store.

Ex-Sheriff John DAVIS was interviewed by M. WILE and Fred. FROMM at Ashton's place in Windsor, opposite Detroit, the other day. Mr. ASHTON and Mr. Davis are both enjoying good health.

F. P. ZORTMAN became tired of lacing shoes for the "fair" customers and is now embarked in the hardware business for L. MERCER.

James M. BEEBER was at home this week in his new suit of blue. "Jim" has passed an examination as postal clerk, and is now very familiar with his long route, Chicago and Crestline.


PACKING PORT. One of the principal stock buyers of this county, Mr. Alexander CURTIS, of Akron, together with John F. FROMM, is now engaged in the pork packing business in this place. Mr. Curtis is buying hogs that are being barreled by expert packers in the north room of Fromm's frame building. Both of these gentlemen have had much experience in the pork business and are capable of conducting it on an extensive scale, which they are thinking of doing. Just at this stage of the hog market, the outlook is favorable for packers, and it is altogether likely that Messrs. CURTIS & FROMM will carry on their new branch of trade as long as the prospects are as good as they are at present. We hope it will prove a profitable investment for the Rochester packers.


Last Saturday evening the officers of Rochester Lodge, No. 47, I.O.O.F., were publicly installed... The exercises were conducted by Isaac GOOD who served as Grand Master and Vernon GOULD, Grand Marshal...




-Mrs. Eliza SIBERT, wife of Samuel SIBERT, died at her home three miles southeast of this place on the morning of 11th inst. She was born in Tippecanoe county, Ohio, Feb. 9th, 1817. She was an affectionate mother, a kind neighbor, and respected by all who knew her. The funeral will occur at 10 o'clock this forenoon at Mt. Zion.




Mr. ELY started his mill.

Frank MONTGOMERY is able to teach again.

Mr. KALENBACHER is improving some, but is still in bad condition, being hurt more than was at first supposed.




(Sheriff's Sales) Samuel S. TERRY vs George HOOK and Catharine HOOK... I will expose at Public Sale... on Saturday, February 2d, 1878... (real estate described) situate in Fulton County... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.

Calvin VanTRUMP vs George HOOK et al... I will expose at Public Sale... on Saturday, February 2d, 1878... (real estate described) situate in Fulton County... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.



David C. LONG vs Joseph LEFFERT and Mary LEFFERT... I will expost at public sale... on Saturday, February 2d, 1878... (real estate described) situate in Fulton County... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana. Jacob S. SLICK, Attorney for Plaintiff, January 8th, 1878.


(Notices to Non-Residents) Arthur C. COPELAND vs Alice WRIGHT, Mary Ann WOLPERT and Manoah WOLPERT... that said defendants Mary Ann Wolpert and Manoah Wolpert are not residents of the State of Indiana... this 9th day of January, 1878. Samuel KEELY, Clerk.


William TRIBBETTS vs Alice WRIGHT, et al... that said Defendants Mary Ann WOLPERT and Manoah WOLPERT are non-residents of the State of Indiana... this 9th day of January, 1878. Samuel KEELY, Clerk.


Elizabeth WRIGHT, et al vs Edward BALL et al... that said Defendants, Oliver DUNLAP, John DUNLAP and William DUNLAP are not residents of the State of Indiana... this 10th day of January, 1878. Samuel Keely, CLERK.


(Administrator's Sale) ... by virtue of an order of the Fulton Circuit Court the undersigned Administrator of the Estate of Hugh VANMETER, deceased, will offer at private sale on the premises, on and after Saturday, January 26th, 1878, an equal undivided two-thirds (real estate described) situate in Fulton County... Philip HOOT, Hannah VANMETER, Administrators.


(Petition to Sell)... Edward B. CHINN, Administrator with Will annexed of the estate of Mary J. DAWSON, deceased, has filed his petition to sell the Real Estate of the decedent... Samuel KEELY, Clerk.




-Lafayette RALSTON, son of Young RALSTON, died last Friday evening of consumption. [1]


Public installation of officers at Center Hall tonight: Charles W. HOLEMAN, officiating.







Henry WARD is arranging SERGEANT's dry goods stock in nice style.

Keep your cattle off the street or they will get in the pound.

A new gas lamp lights the crossings at FROMM's corner.

Charley PLANK is to take a deputy-ship in the post office until the muddle is settled.

Bert BRACKET, the boy that was so seriously injured by being thrown from a horse some weeks ago is now "up and around."

Rabbi REUBEN, of Fort Wayne was in town on Tuesday, to perform the rite of circumcision on an infant son born to the household of Max SILBERBERG.

Mr. HOUGHSTON the new proprietor of the Steam Elevator is at his home near Mansfield, Ohio, to look after his grain and stock in that vicinity. During his absence Mr. MONTGOMERY is managing the elevator.

Mr. A. H. McDONALD of Logansport, a former publisher of this paper, gave us a pleasant call, Thursday. His connection with the Sentinel was before the war, about twenty years ago. He is now engaged in the grocery business at Logansport.

Wm. H. CARTER has bought the Indianapolis ice house on the banks of Lake Manitau...

G. M. SERGEANT is opening a new stock of dry goods in MILLER & HEFFLEY's new room in the Citizens' Block.

Dr. Frank HECTOR of the E. M. Institute of Cincinnati recently returned to his home in this place. Frank will soon obtain his "deplume," and hang out his shingle.

Jas. A. HUGHSTON, formerly railroad agent at Michigan City for the I.P. & C. company, lately removed to Laporte, where he will act in the same capacity for the same road...


Richland Township Institute. Held in District No. 9, on Saturday 12th... (names mentioned) Supt MYERS, Trustee NEWCOMB, J. MARTINDALE, C. CHINN, Mr. NEWTON, A. F. BOWERS, Wm. DILLON, S. R. MOON, E. T. HENDERSON, William NEWCOMB, Ches. CHINN.


(Notice of Administration)... William BROWN appointed Administrator of the estate of John BROWN, late of Fulton county, deceased ... Jan. 25, 1878.


(Administrator's Sale) ... the undersigned, administrator of the estate of John BROWN, deceased, will sell all the personal property of said decedent, at his late residence, 3 miles west of Lincoln, Ind., on Saturday, the 16th day of February, 1878... William BROWN, Adm'r.


(Sheriff's Sale) Frederick SUMMERS and Philip WARE vs Benjamin VANMETER... I will expose at Public Sale... on Saturday, February 23d, 1878... (real estate described) situate in Fulton county... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.






Plasterers are at work in various rooms in the Commercial Block.




-Mrs. PETERS, a widow, died on Wednesday and was buried on Thursday.

-Johnson McCLURE, a worthy citizen died at his residence near the railroad on Wednesday evening.

-No event that has happened in a long time, had the effect to cast a greater gloom over the people of Rochester, than the announcement of the death of Mrs. Annie KENDRICK, wife of Mr. Frank K. KENDRICK, which occurred on last Saturday night, at about 11 o'clock. Her death was so sudden and unexpected, that it was a great shock to her numerous friends. On Friday evening she attended a social party at the residence of Dr. A. K. PLANK, and was, upon retiring that night, in her usual health. Toward morning, she awoke with a chill which increased in violence until death relieved her suffering on the following evening. Mrs. Kendrick was fifty-six years of age, and having lived in this town and county for more than thirty years, had won by her kind and affectionate disposition, a host of warm friends who deeply mourn her departure. Her every act was one of charity and good will. Ever pleasant and social, she was the price of society and the true friend of the needy and distressed. Few persons combined more social qualities than she, which together with her many other virtues made her the beloved of all. She leaves behind a sorrowing and heart-broken husband and relatives, but no children. The funeral took place at 10 o'clock on Monday, from the Kendrick residence on Main street, Rev. N. L. LORD conducting the services.




Edward CALKINS visited his old homestead in Ohio this week.

Capt. John BEEBER has been spending his week of leisure from postal duties at Rochester.

Tommy DAVIS was one of the expert typos working in the Sentinel this week.

Thomas CHAMBERLAIN of Dayton, Ohio, is visiting his relatives in this place.

Miss Anna STOUT of Havanna, Ill., is yet enjoying herself among her friends and relatives in this place.

Tommy SHAFER, the rising young clerk is slinging hardware for Fred FROMM.

Miss Tella LYON and Miss Minnie BRACKETT go to Chicago next week for a course of instruction in vocal and instrumental music.

Theo. MONTGOMERY, a well-to-do farmer living on the outskirts of town, brought in thirty-five hogs on Thursday morning that averaged 325 lbs. each.




-Dr. F. M. BURKETT, formerly established as a surgeon dentist at this place, was in town yesterday. No evidence needed ... but his general appearance, to prove that he had taken unto himself a "rib." The event took place at Warsaw on January 16th, and Miss Ida M. WALL was the happy bride.

-Thursday morning, at half-past eleven o'clock, Mr. John M. QUIGG and Mrs. Margaret J. TRUE, went to the M.E. Parsonage and by a brief ceremony pronounced by Rev. F. M. RULE, their fortunes were united "as long as they both shall live."

Mr. Quigg is from California, and his bride is well-known as one of the most estimable ladies in this county.

They went to Tennessee on their wedding tour, followed by the best wishes of a host of friends.


TIDAL WAVES by Tom Thumb


As a teacher Prof. Wm. STRONG is a success.

Miss Maggie DAVIS, the able assistant of Principal BITTERS, is now boarding at Matthew YEAGLEY's.

Mrs. DILLON is visiting her parents this week, at the city of David, situated mid-way between Sevastapol and the city of Warsaw.




-There has been several acts of matrimony committed in the vicinity of this place recently. The names of the contracting parties are respectively, as follows: Mr. A. HOOVER to Miss Ida HARTER and Mr. R. MARSHALL to Mrs. S. CHAMP.




-On Friday, January 18th, at the residence of his sister, in the city of Lafayette, of bronchitis, Isaac MELVIN, son of Sam'l MELVIN, of near this place. The remains were brought back for interment at Omega.




Mr. S. T. FOUDR[A]Y is very sick with lung fever.

It was reported that Harry HAMLET saw five wolves about a mile south of this place and killed one of them, which caused a great deal of excitement until Mr. Hamlet came to town and reported he killed a skunk instead of a wolf.


The following is a list of the Petit Jurors for the February term of the Circuit Court: Edward McLOCHLIN, John A. BARNETT, Andrew BARGER, Wm. T. BUTLER, Wm. H. GREEN, John WINN, Wm. BEMENDERFER, Sr., Sampson ELY, Isaiah ALTAFFER, E. M. BUSSERT, John RUSH and Benjamin GREEN.

While out on the lake skating yesterday forenoon, Cal. KNOPP and John ANDES broke through the rotten ice, and narrowly escaped drowning. By the timely assistance of Charles HUTCHINSON, they were rescued.



Saturday, February 2, 1878


Democratic Convention... at the Court House on Jan. 26... (names mentioned) David McCAUGHEY, James WARE, Hickman PHILLIPS, A. D. TONER, O. C. POLLY, Martin STURGEON, Dr. O. P. WAITE, James MARTIN, C. CHAMBERLAIN, L. M. MONTGOMERY, E. R. HERMAN, C. VanTRUMP, J. M. DAVIS, Fred PACKER, I. PUNTIOUS, Reub. WHITTENBERGER, E. T. REED, C. HAIMBAUGH, Isaac GOOD.




Mr. RHODES, of Rochester has been spending a day or two in this place, getting up plans for a dwelling each for H. PHILLIPS and A. D. TONER, which are to be built next summer.

J. LEITER and wife left for Pensacola, Florida, on the 22d, arriving in Nashville, Tenn. on the 24th where they will remain until about the first of February, when they will resume their journey for the coast...




-A quiet wedding wook place at the residence of Father SPARKS, on Thursday evening the 24th inst. Mr. HARRINGTON and Mrs. RHODES of Bruce's Lake were made one. [2]




-January 24th, 1878, Andrew BARGER of Leiter's Ford, aged 62 years. The deceased has been a sufferer from paralysis for months past, and was only relieved by the cold and chilling hand of death. Mr. Barger was a beloved father, friend and neighbor and was esteemed by all who knew him for his kind and charitable disposition toward all mankind. Ever willing to give rather than receive.




The wife of John TONER, Jr., has been dangerously ill.

"Uncle Johnny" ROBBINS who was stricken with paralysis some time ago, is slowly recovering.

KILLMER and KALER are sadly contemplating the uncertainties of the poultry trade.

Mr. "Gid" TALBOTT will close out his saloon stock, and go to Virginia, his former home, whether permanently or not we are uninformed.

Our worthy P.M. has taken the initiative in a much needed reform -- an anti-tobacco society. The red ribbon is the badge, and quite a number have shown their consistency in the cause of temperance by donning the colors, and leaving off an expensive, filthy and useless habit.




-Mrs. SLUSSER, a very estimable lady who resided near Millark, departed this life on last Tuesday night. [3]




Mrs. RYLAND is yet seriously ill, and mends very slowly.

Walt STICKLES has been running our job press for the last forty eight hours.

Wm. ARNOLD, of Schoolcraft, Mich., passed through this place yesterday, on his way to Akron, to see his numerous friends in that place.

Miss Carrie SHRYOCK and Charlie PLANK have assisted in handling some of the heavy mails at the post office this week.

The young typo Tommy DAVIS run foul of another young blood on last Monday night near the Wallace House, and exchanged considerable wind and a few blows over a matter of sour mash. Tommy received a severe thump on his right arm, but managed to come out first best.

Sam. HUFFMAN, the gentleman who until recently was engaged in the book store traffic with E. KIRTLAND, is now handling flour and feed with his father-in-law, in the building near the Central House, owned by John MYERS. Mr. Huffman is a pleasant man to do business with, and we predict that he will be liberally patronized in the flour and feed trade.




-After several weeks of fever and suffering, one of our worthy citizens and genial fellow townsmen, Joseph ALLMAN, "was called from this earth away." He died at his home in this place on last Wednesday afternoon. "Joe," as he was commonly called, was 28 years of age, and has been engaged in the mercantile business here, for a number of years, and managed to accumulate a snug little fortune. A few months ago he, together with his aged mother, sister and brother from the "old country" commenced housekeeping, and enjoying the pleasures of a home. He was sociable, accommodating and generous, and had drawn a large circle of friends about him. The body was taken to Laporte, Thursday, to be interred in the Hebrew burying ground near that place.

-At Millark, Fulton County, Indiana, January 29th, 1878, Mrs. Susan SLUSSER, wife of Solomon SLUSSER, in the fifty-fourth year of her age. She was born in the State of Ohio in February, 1824, and moved to this State with her husband in the spring of 1867. She was a member of the Christian Church of near thirty years standing, always adorning her profession with an upright walk and Godly conversation, and died in hopes of a better life. She was esteemed by all who knew her for her Christian graces; was ever ready to lend a helping hand to the poor and needy. Though she is dead, yet her memory will live in the hearts of her friends and neighbors for time to come. She leaves an aged husband and many friends to mourn her loss, but they weep not as others who have no hope, but they feel if they prove faithful they shall meet her again to part no more. Her funeral sermon was delivered by Elder S. McNEELY of Argos, Ind., to a large concourse of friends and neighbors...




(Resolutions of Respect) ... to the memory of Isaac MELVIN, Steward of Antioch Grange, No. 1012 ... from our midst ... on January 12th, 1878... A. T. SHEETS, R. W. NEWELL, Com.




S. T. FOUDRAY is on the mend.

The Murphys meet Friday evening at the Christian Church. Some able speakers are expected.

The oyster supper at the Masonic Hall was largely attended. Mr. McCLARY delivered an able address.

Mrs. Hannah BROCK from Michigan is visiting friends here and will remain for several weeks.




Nelson RADER and wife held a wooden wedding at their place of residence this week. Good time.

Al. SHAFFER came near "turning the corner" by a severe attack of congestion of the stomach. He is slowly recovering.

Frank HOFFMAN has abandoned the professional idea, that of studying law, and is going to Kansas to twist heifers tails and do a general business in "wild cows."

Wm. BEVINGTON, who lately commenced operations here in the blacksmithing business, has suspended business for an indefinite period. Hard times and general depression in trade.


(Notice in Attachment) In Justice's Court before Abner WOOD, J.P. of Newcastle Township ... Ewing W. CORY vs William R. ELLIOTT ... this 21st day of January, 1878. -Abner Wood, Justice of the Peace.


(Notice of Administration) ... Leroy ROGERS appointed Administrator of the Estate of Lovey MOHLER, Jr.


(Estray Notice) Taken up by William REES on the 1st day of December, 1877, as estrays, two heifers ... Appraised by G. H. WERNER and John M. STUCKEY at five dollars each. -E. R. HERMAN, Justice.




Saturday, February 9, 1878




Miss Josie McCARTER returned from a four months visit to Dayton, Ohio, on Monday last.

Mr. RIMES and family have arrived and he will commence in the carriage business soon.

A birthday feast was enjoyed by H. PHILLIPS on the 5th inst. Mr. Phillips supposed himself to be 44 years old.

Mrs. Jennie PHILLIPS starts for Rochester, Minnesota today. She expects to spend a few weeks visiting her many friends at that place.

The prizes carried off at the spelling match on last Saturday night were as follows: Cora BRUMBACK, 1st prize; F. H. GRAHAM, 2d; John TROUTMAN, 3d; and Charles NEWTON, 4th. J. HENDRICKSON, the spelling book.




RIMES & NEFF have dissolved partnership.

"Doc" LOUGH has removed back to the farm.

Miss Clara BROOMBACK won the Dictionary at the prize spelling school last Saturday evening.

Isaac MONESMITH becoming tired of United States has removed to Mexico, Miami county.

"Rob" LYONS, living a mile west of this place, lost a couple of horses last week under circumstances which indicate very clearly that they were poisoned...




-Mr. Samuel SIBERT a well-to-do and respectable farmer who resided near the east bank of Lake Manitau, died at his home, of consumption of the lungs, on last Saturday night. He moved to this county from Ohio about 16 years ago, and engaged in farming. He raised a large and industrious family and was considered a worthy citizen.


No grand jury has been called for this term of the Court, and it is not probable that Ed. CARTER and Kitty BLAKE, the parties interested in abstracting a silk dress from the Central House, will receive their trial until next session.




Mrs. Al. PUGH is now on the sick list.

P. M. SHORE is moving his stock of groceries into his new room in the Commercial Block.

Mr. Emanuel KRATZER is yet with FROMM, and is now putting an immense stock of groceries in the new room.

Sam SWARTWOOD is now the hard working editor at the Recorder's office. Sam is not a rapid writer, but he puts in full time.

Jas. W. BRAMAN, a young man living near Fulton, in this county, was arrested and taken to Indianapolis on a charge of manufacturing bogus coin. The evidence against him is very strong, and his prospects are very flattering for a term in the penitentiary.

Frank ZORTMAN has stepped out of MERCER's hardware store and made for himself a desirable nest at the thriving town of Denver. It is reported that Frank will soon take possession of a general stock of goods in that place...




TIDAL WAVES by Tom Thumb


Frank HOFFMAN has given up his western trip...

G. W. BURNS is doing a good work in the temperance cause...



Saturday, February 16, 1878




-On Thursday evening, at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. E. J. RYLAND, by the Rev. F. M. RULE, Mr. Victor H. DANIELS to Miss Flora A. RYLAND.




-A son was born to Mrs. Benj. VAWTER, of this place, on Monday, which to-day tips the scale at 1-1/2 pounds. A finger ring of ordinary size can be slipped upon its arm to its shoulder. It is in good health and bids fair for a long life...


Teachers' Institute, Wayne Township, Feb 9th, 1878... was convened by Trustee BUCHANAN... Isaac E. HENDRICKSON, Chairman... Leroy ARMSTRONG, Secretary...



David AULT, of Liberty township and one APT, formerly a mail carrier between this point and Kewanna, are brother-in-laws. Apt's wife died recently, and with his little child went to live with his friend Ault. We don't know just what happened, but Apt and Mrs. AULT left the old homestead one day, and Ault has advertised to sell the household goods, together with all the horses, cattle, grain, &c. on the farm. The sale will take place one week from to-day.




A social hop was given at the Grange Hall, Tiosa, last evening.

M. O. REES is preparing to build a fine residence on West street, near the Advent church.

Haverly's New Orleans Minstrels will show in this place about the 26th of March.

Bill CARTER has about recovered from the injuries received by falling in his ice house and the ice tumbling upon him.

Two large imported French plate glass windows now adorn the front of the two store rooms under Davidson's Academy of Music.

The Edison telephone that connected this office with an undertaking establishment, broke loose at the west end, and was hauled in for repairs.

Emanuel KRATZER resigned his position as clerk at Fromm's and accepted a situation at Mercer's hardware store...

Jewelers have been somewhat active and on the move this week. Oscar DECKER, Mr. WOLF's watchmaker vacated his old workbench, and "set up" for himself in the room occupied by P. M. SHORE's grocery store in the Commercial Block. But before moving into his new location, Mr. Decker removed considerable competition by purchasing the stock and fixtures belonging to Geo. W. KILLAM, who will pull up stakes and go elsewhere. This change occurred on last Tuesday.



-The funeral of D. ZIGLER, of Fulton, will occur to-day (Saturday) at the Baptist church, at Fulton.

-An aged and respectable citizen, Mr. Peter GOOD, died very suddenly at his residence in Kosciusko county, near the Newcastle township line, on last Tuesday night. Heart disease is supposed to be the cause of his sudden departure.

-Mrs. Elizabeth RALSTIN, living about six miles north of Rochester, died on Wednesday morning of this week, aged about 58 years. Mrs. Ralstin has had her full share of sorrows of this world. She was the mother of a large family which the angel of death has taken from her one by one until she was left almost alone in this world. Her husband, Young RALSTIN was a well known and worthy citizen of this county for many years was taken from his family a few years ago since which time the destroying angel has made frequent visits to that household and it last claimed the fond mother of the surviving family. ... Her funeral took place on Thursday and was largely attended.




A young man named John WHITESIDE, living just on the northern border of Rochester attempted to take his life last Sunday afternoon by trying to cut his throat with a jack-knife. He is but about 21 years of age and is a victim to that dreaded disease, consumption... Surgical assistance was immediately summoned... He is still alive and will recover from his self-inflicted wounds.




-Rev. A. V. HOUSE is a favorite matrimonial knot tier. His last experiment was in binding together at his residence, on Wednesday evening of this week, Henry LEBO and Amanda DUMBAULD.




J. M. GORSLINE has sold his farm to Uncle Isaac CANON.

We learn that Wm. CARTER's youngest child is dangerously ill.

Mack GORSLINE has occupied the Frank APT property.

The "grim monster" has been threatening Perry CALVIN.

J. F. NUTT has been on the sick list for a few days.

The telephone mania is bound to become general.

Jesse KALER is going to put up about a thousand tons of ice more or less, as the case may be.

Joe LEIBO is moving his goods and chattels to Pulaski county where he has rented a farm for a term of years.

"Hi" TROUTMAN, who sold his farm last fall, has concluded to remain in Union township for the present. He rented the Billy MILLER property.

At a business meeting of the membership of the Baptist church of this vicinity, on last Saturday, it was decided to build a house of worship, and to build it in Kewanna. Time will prove the wisdom of this decision.




-In Kewanna, on the 7th inst., by Esquire GRAHAM, Miss Rebecca LUNSFORD and Isaac HILL...

-At the residence of the bride's parents in Union township, on the 12th inst., Miss Olean BAINTER and "Mont" EVANS; the Rev. Father SPARKS officiating -- were made one in the bonds of matrimony ...



(Application for License) to sell spirituous, vinous and malt liquors... In the room fronting on Main street, on the ground floor of the two-story frame building, situated on the west end of the south half of the north half of lot number twenty-six (26) in the original plat of the town of Rochester... Jerome EDMINSTER, Applicant.


(Notice of Insolvency)... the estate of Joseph A. LOVE was declared probably insolvent... M. V. COPLEN, Administrator.



Saturday, February 23, 1878




The Post Office here, is connected with Strong's store by a line of telephone. The avaricious reply in response to the first message asking for fine-cut -- "Have you got a nickel?"

Dan BALL, residing near Akron, held a public sale last week for the disposal of his portable property. Dan, we learn intends locating in Silver Lake, to engage in the hardware business.




Gid TALBOT will start to Virginia next week.

T. McKINSEY has sold his barber shop and cigar stand to SMITH & HEIMBERGER.

Dr. ROGERS has sold part of his drug stock to J. M. GORSLINE, and removed to the room occupied by the latter.

DIED. -Mrs. FICHTNER, of Wayne Township was buried on Wednesday.



LIST OF LETTERS remaining in the Post Office for the week ending February 23d, 1878: Mrs. Kate ALLISON, Rufus ALSPACH, Mrs. Mary S. BROWN, Wm. BRUE, J. W. BRANTHOFFER, Miss Agnes BOWMAN, W. S. BAKER, S. COLLINS, Miss Almira COPLEN, Godfrey CRAMER, Jackson CUNNINGHAM, Lewis A. CLARK, Mrs. Meril CLOWSEN, Wm. COLBINS, Frank COMINGORE, Miss Cora DAVEDSON, Mrs. F. A. FLOOD, Mr. FLOCK, Nell HIGGINS, Jacob HERINGER, J. HAWMAN, Benville HARPSTER, Hatty HASE, Rev. S. C. HEAD, Sarah HENNY, Hiram MORRIS, S. MILLER, Miss Hattie MILLER, Rev. Sam'l McWEILY, Mrs. Mollie RAY, Miss Rosa RETY, Mrs. Esther READ, Jacob RAILSBACK, Miss Belle SHAFFER, David SUTTON, Mrs. Mary STONE, Sarah A. SPENCER, Amos SELBY, Jas. P. SHOOP, Dan'l SHOWLEY, Mrs. Electa SIMPSON, W. S. SHAFFER, Martha Ann SCHOFIELD, Chris SHOUK, Wm. SHISEMER, David SHUNK, N. H. WALTON, Mrs. C. A. WILSON, Miss Annie WRIGHT, Mrs. Mary WILLOW, Jos. WAMBERGER.   - Mrs. E. J. RYLAND, P.M.




Mrs. Ira MYERS, of Peru, visited her friends in Rochester this week.

Miss Ella FOX, of Plattsmouth, Neb., is visiting her cousin, Mrs. Al. PUGH, in this place.

Miss Cora WOOLEY is at present very sick, and at times doubts are entertained as to her recovering.

A. BAKER and family have returned from a three months visit to Virginia, greatly improved in health.

What remained of Jake GERSON's stock of goods was closed out at auction this week by Capt. FISHER of Warsaw. The most valuable fixtures in the store were purchased by Obed OSGOOD for his harness store.

Mr. KENDRICK's cozy residence on south Main street, will soon be occupied by Geo. HOLMAN and family. Mr. KENDRICK will remain with them, and enjoy the pleasure of boarding at the old homestead.

Mr. KIRTLAND's new jeweler is Mr. Norton DELONG, of Marion, this State...

Marion REITER returned home from Bellefontaine, Ohio, on last Wednesday. Mr. Reiter resigned a very good position in Ohio to accept one more profitable and desirable in FROMM's mammoth establishment...




A few minutes after nine o'clock on last Tuesday morning, the clear ring of the fire alarm called out nearly everybody within the corporation to witness the burning of a small frame dwelling house, on the corner of Jefferson and Columbia streets, in the north part of town... The property consumed belonged to John HILL and was valued at nine hundred dollars. Insured for two thirds of its value. It was occupied by two families, names unknown.



John DILLY shot Wm. WEIDNER's dog, on a moonlight night last week, near Bloomingsburg. Julius ROWLEY appeared for Weidner, and T. J. McCLARY represented Dilly. It was a "terrible, deliberate, cold blooded affair," etc., but Dilly was acquitted, because no eye, but the eye of the dog was upon him when he shot. Justice STRADLEY rendered the decision.


The large stock of groceries, that was in the Centennial Block, is now located in the north room of the Masonic building, second door from the corner... All groceries delivered free to any part of the town. J. G. COOK, Prop.


All dental operations performed by H. E. SHERWIN are executed in a skillful and durable manner, and by the latest improved methods. Artificial teeth inserted on rubber or celluloid, and fully warranted for two years. Office in the Balcony building -- sign of the Gold Tooth.


Saturday, March 2, 1878


Curg RANNELLS went to Buffalo one day this week, to accept a position as Weigher of Mails on the Lake Shore and Michigan Sothern railroad...


In a naughty breach of promise suit of Miss Lovina COTNER against the youthful heart breaker, George A. TROUTMAN, which was tried at the Court House this week, the joys of an engagement, and grief of disappointed love were fully brought out with all of their funny variations. The cause of the revengeful but pretty and respectable young lady, was earnestly and ably represented by Messrs. ESSICK & HOLMES, and CAULKINS & McCLARY, while the trial and troubles of the much loved young man were profundly and forcibly advocated by Jacob S. SLICK. The attorneys for the plaintiff succeeded in convincing the jury that $500 would be about the amount due the lady for her past attention to Mr. Troutman, and rendered their verdict accordingly.


The Sheriff... on the 9th day of March... will sell at public auction the undivided one-half of MATTINGLY & KITT's printing office... to satisfy a judgment against Mr. KITT [as surety for another person] obtained in the White County Circuit Court...




Frank P. BITTERS winter term of school expired this week. The primary grade under the direction of Maggie DAVIS will be continued the short term of two weeks.

Frank P. Bitters started for Louisville, Ky., where he will attend a four months course of lectures at the Medical College there.




-At his residence three miles west of Akron, after a few hours illness of pleuro-pneumonia, Lyman WHITE aged 31 years. The deceased was a poor, but honest hard-working man, always enjoying good health up the the time of his last sickness, which terminated his life much to the surprise of his family and friends. At the outbreak of the late war, he was one of the first to the front in response to the first call of troops and served in the 46th Indiana Regiment until the close of the rebellion. In the summer of 1874 he met with a terrible accident in one of the saw mills of this county, which exploded its boilers, blowing him high in the air and horribly mangling him. Contrary to the expectation of his friends he recovered but was sadly disfigured. He leaves a wife and family in needy circumstances.


(Commissioner's Sales)... Commissioner... to sell the Real Estate... Saturday, the 30th day of March, 1878... (real estate described)... Martha J. WOOD, Commissioner.

Commissioner... to sell the Real Estate... Saturday, the 23d day of March, 1878... (real estate described)... John KING, Commissioner.


(Sheriff's Sale) Riley RICHARDSON vs David RUSSEL... public sale... on Saturday, March 30th, 1878... Lot number two hundred and forty-seven (247) in Robbins & Harter's addition to the town of Rochester... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.




Mr. John COTNER is running a delivery wagon for GOULD's grocery and dry goods store.

Miss Vida WALLACE, lately returned from a pleasant visit at Piqua, Ohio, looking hearty and happy.

Len DOWNS is now in the market as an auctioneer, and is ready to help any party desiring to sell out.

John MURPHY is the proprietor of a new Billiard and Pool table, of the latest design.

On Monday evening the editor of the Spy and his estimable wife will celebrate their twentieth or China wedding anniversary...

PLANK & MILLER's drug stock will be removed to the Bearss building as soon as the time for the demolition of the Mammoth building arrives. Mr. WOLF has not yet determined upon a place for his jewelry stock.

E. KIRTLAND's new room in the Commercial Block will soon be occupied by a large stock of clothing. The new establishment will be known as the "Poor Man's Friend, Clothing House."

Eli ROGERS announces himself today as a candidate for Trustee of Richland township. Mr. Rogers served in that capacity two terms a few years ago in that township, with credit to himself and to the interests of the people...

It has been fully determined by D. W. LYON and A. K. PLANK, that they will tear down their portion of the mammoth building and erect in its stead a good brick building, two stories high. The contract for the brick work has already been let to J. E. CATES...

Mr. & Mrs. D. A. AULT celebrated their tenth or tin wedding anniversary on Wednesday evening of this week...




Wm. NEWCOMB has recovered from his serious illness, so as to be around and to chat with his friends.

Mr. MARTINDALE, the able teacher at the Center school is giving satisfaction.




Dr. A. M. TOWL suffered long and severely with one of his eyes, and after a painful operation, finally lost the sight of it entirely.


Saturday, March 9, 1878


 (Sheriff's Sales) Adam AULT vs Jacob GERSON et al... public sale... on Saturday, the 30th day of March, 1878... Lot number One Hundred and Eight (108) in the new Plat of the town of Rochester ... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.


William CROSSGROVE vs George H. GASKILL... public sale... on Saturday, the 30th day of March, A.D. 1878...The undivided one-half (real estate described) situate in Fulton County... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana. SHRYOCK & CONNER, attorneys for plaintiff.


(Notices to Non-Residents)... Adaline BALL, Aaron BALL et al vs. Robert G. BALL et al... that said Defendant, Robert G. Ball, is not a resident of the State of Indiana... this 7th day of March, 1878. Samuel KEELY, Clerk.

In Justice's Court before F. H. GRAHAM, J.P. of Union Township... Attachment... Aaron KERSEY vs Frank M. APT... that he is not a resident of the State of Indiana... this 2nd day of March, 1878...


(Ordinance)... Rochester... for the building of a sidewalk... C. C. WOLF, President Pro Tem of Board of Trustees. Attest: J. W. SHIELDS, Clerk.


(Commissioners Sale)... commissioner... will offer for sale at the law office of Jacob S. SLICK... on and after the 1st day of April, 1878... Lot No. 11 as designated on the plat of the partition of lands of which Fredrick AULT died the owner...James KEELY, Commissioner.



(Administrator's Notice)... Joseph BRUCE, administrator of the estate of Elizabeth WRIGHT, deceased, has filed his petition to sell the Real Estate of the decedent... Samuel KEELY, Clerk. March 4, 1878. STURGEON & CONNER, Attys.



Levi MERCER's new brick store-room is packed full of all sorts of agricultural implements.

Abe SAMUELS is tearing calico and slinging butter and eggs at SERGANT's new store.

Chas. PLANK and Chas. HICKS visited some of their relatives in Chicago, last Sunday.

HERMAN & ROWLEY are about to move into their new quarters over FROMM's store.

Fin. EMMONS delivered a telling temperance speech at the Court House, Tuesday evening.

A. C. SHEPHERD started with his little daughter for Massachusetts, on Monday, where she will spend another term in an advanced school for the deaf and dumb.

Henry WARD, son of Sheriff WARD, is making arrangements to handle a stock of dry goods at Bloomingsburg. He will probably occupy the same building with Mr. FINLEY.

Dave GOLDSMITH, of Myer WILE's large establishment, is always as happy as a lark, and congenial as a bucket of maple molasses. Long may he live and perpetuate jokes on his friends.

Prof. WILLIAMS, of the Rochester schools, received a telegram early this week announcing the severe illness of his father at Granville, Ohio.

S. S. TERRY, L. M. MONTGOMERY, I. W. BROWN and J. N. GASAWAY have been absent from town for several days. They are probably lingering about the Toledo Board of Trade with serious intent. May good luck be with them.

Mr. GONSOLUS, of Lafayette, and Miss Amie PYKE, of Michigan City, were in the city Thursday, visiting Rev. F. M. RULE and family. They attended the COOPER-HEFFLY wedding.

The china wedding of Mr. & Mrs. T. Major BITTERS, which occurred at their home on last Monday night, was the occasion of a large gathering and pleasant time...




-Dr. J. C. SPOHN and Miss Ella J. REX, have issued cards of invitation to a host of their friends to witness their marriage ceremony which will occur at the residence of Dr. M. M. REX on next Tuesday evening.




-Jackson WHITESIDES, the gentleman reported in these columns, a few weeks ago as attempting to destroy his life by the application of a jack-knife to his throat, died at an early hour on Wednesday morning of this week. He had about recovered from his self-inflicted wounds, but he grew weaker each day under the dreadful disease of consumption which relieved him from his suffering. His remains were taken to Peru for interment.

-Many of the young people of Rochester remember Mr. Mon L. ZOOK, and will be grieved to learn of his death, which occurred at Marion, Ind., on Thursday of last week. A few years ago he engaged with Dr. BOSWELL, at this place to learn dentistry... and when he went away to engage in business for himself he carried with him the best wishes of this community for his success. He located at Marion where he did a thriving business until his death. His funeral took place on Sunday at Marion, and was attended by our townsman, Ed. ZOOK, his brother, and his parents and other relatives, who reside in this county. Mr. Zook was 27 years of age.


If all reports are true, a new post office will soon be in running order at Richland Center, about seven miles north of here, and by establishing this new office a new postal route will also be established in this county. It is designed for a mail carrier to start from this place early on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, going to Richland Center office, from there to Salina, and from the latter place to Leiter's Ford, returning to Rochester the same day, thus affording some man with a horse and saddle steady employment, two days in every week....




"Bigfoot" was the name of an old Indian warrior who was killed in an encounter with a man named POE, a relative of Edgar A. POE. During the Indian war, Poe and Bigfoot met on the bank of a stream somewhere in Ohio, and immediately commenced a deadly fight which resulted in the death of Bigfoot. In reading the history of the war, Col. SHRYOCK became deeply impressed with this hand to hand combat -hence the name of the Bigfoot post office. Newcastle township and big feet had nothing to do with the name.


TERRIBLE ACCIDENT. A Church Struck by Lightning! One Man Killed!

Several Severely Injured! One Horse Killed!


It is our painful duty to record a heart-rending occurrence that took place last night (March 7th).

The M.E. Church at Leiter's Ford was struck by lightning about eight o'clock. There was a meeting at the time, and about 75 or 100 persons were congregated at the house.

The shaft of lightning or current of electricity struck the steeple of the church and passing down the south-west corner, penetrated the roof and run longitudinally along the ceiling about five feet, where it passed through the ceiling and evidently took a diagonal course across the room, striking the body of Elias BIDDINGER, killing him, it is supposed, instantly. Robert KING, who was sitting one or two seats to the rear of Mr. Biddinger, was severely shocked, and a partial paralysis of the right side intervened.

Mr. Harrison WALTER, beside Mr. Biddinger, was severely shocked upon the right side and the great toe upon the left foot was burned to a crisp on the under side.

Miss Alice HAY, daughter of Mr. John HAY, sitting upon the opposite side of the house from Mr. Biddinger, near the stove, was severely shocked, and one foot was severely burned in several places. Her dress was ignited, but the flames were extinguished at once.

A horse standing beside the church was instantly killed.

Every light in the house was instantly extinguished. The scene that followed was simply terrible... ... ...




-On Saturday, March 3d, by J. M. DAVIS, J.P., at his office in Richland Tp., Benjamin F. DUKE, of Michigan, and Mrs. Anna M. FLEMMING, of Richland Township.

-On Thursday, March 7th, by Rev. A. V. HOUSE, at his office, Wm. F. CLAYTON and Catharine R. SHRIVER, both of Henry Township.

-On Thursday evening at 8 o'clock, Mr. W. H. COOPER and Miss Eva HEFFLEY were united in holy matrimony by Rev. F. M. RULE.




The public school here is being continued for a term of four weeks, under the supervision of Mr. David KNOTT.

Last Saturday the Murphy club held their regular meeting, and according to a previous announcement, Mr. Finley EMMONS, in company with R. C. WALLACE, put in his appearance.

Last Saturday being the last day of the Germany school, of which Silas HOFFMAN is teacher, a large crowd of interested patrons from the surrounding country visited the school, and were well entertained... The Germany school is one of the largest and best conducted schools in the township.


Saturday, March 16, 1878




-An event of more real brilliancy in social circles seldom occurs in Rochester, than that which took place at the residence of Dr. M. M. REX, on last Tuesday evening, when Dr. J. C. SPOHN and Miss Ella REX took the marital vows ... ... before the ministerial majesty of Rev. F. M. RULE... according to the ritual of the Methodist denomination... ...




James FELTS is proud of his two weeks old son.

James CHAMBERS has not yet returned from Bourbon.

The Widow SHORE has again moved to her old home in Stringtown.

Mrs. HARTZOGE is expecting to start to-day to visit her many friends in Iowa.

Mrs. COLE is lying low with the lung fever.

Mr. BRIDEGROOM is moving on the place formerly owned by the Widow RALSTIN. Mrs. R. has not yet determined where she will locate.

The Widow FLEMMING is again enjoying the pleasures of married life with her husband, Benjamin DUKE. They took the train on Tuesday for Kansas...



Marshal LINKENHELT arrested two disorderly beer drinkers, Tuesday and marched them before 'Squire REES, who fined them lightly. Failing to "liquidate," they were given quarters in the station house.






(Sheriff's Sale) Adam AULT vs Jacob GERSON, Anna GERSON and Levi HEILBRUN, assignee... Public Sale... Saturday, the 6th day of April, 1878... Lot Number One Hundred and Eight (108) in the new Plat of the town of Rochester... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.


(Administrator's Sale)... the undersigned Administrator of the Estate of David HALL, deceased, will offer for sale at the late residence of the decedent, near Center School House in Richland Township... Saturday, April 6th, 1878, all the personal property... Jerome HALL, Administrator.


(Notices of Administration)... Jerome HALL appointed Administrator of the Estate of David HALL, late of Fulton County, deceased...

... Joseph BRUCE appointed Administrator of the Estate of James S. WRIGHT, late of Fulton County... deceased...




Mr. and Mrs. D. R. BEARSS, of Peru, are among their relatives and friends in this county this week.

Miss Dell BLOUNT of Wabash, is enjoying herself in this place, as guest of Carrie SHRYOCK.

Fred. BOSENBERG and Gus. CORNELIUS engaged in a small lawsuit yesterday, over a matter of rent, which resulted favorable to Bosenberg.

Leroy ARMSTRONG is at Burlington, Kansas, and will probably hang out his shingle somewhere in the "far west."

The Democrats of Henry Township have nominated Silas HUFFMAN as their candidate for Assessor. A very good selection and one that is likely to win.

The Continental Insurance Company is now represented in this county by Mr. A. C. ELLIOTT...

A social party was given by Mr. and Mrs. CALKINS at their residence last night, in honor of Mrs. COCHRAN of Wabash, who is visiting them.

E. S. BARNES, of Sturgis, Mich., is in town...

Our former townsman, Joseph WEIDNER, who has been in business at Lincoln for a year to two, has returned to Rochester and will engage in the bakery trade at the north end of town.



(Prosecuting Attorney) P. O. JONES, of Plymouth... B. D. CRAWFORD, of Plymouth... Julius ROWLEY, Rochester...

(Township Trustee) Eli ROGERS, Trustee of Richland township... William J. LEITER, Trustee of Rochester township... Calvin VanTRUMP, Trustee of Rochester Township... V. ZIMMERMAN, Trustee of Rochester Township.




... for the April Term of the Circuit Court, commencing Monday, April 22d. John J. CARTER, Joseph E. HENDERSON, Lewis M. LOUGH, Henry C. REMENSNIDER, William REAM, Lambert W. FELTS, John A. BOWERS, Daniel FULTZ, Wm. J. BAILEY, B. F. PORTER, Philo QUICK, William BRIGHT.




The well known boot & shoe house, formerly owned by V. ZIMMERMAN, is now the property of Mr. C. HOOVER, the accomodating furniture dealer. This change occurred on last Tuesday. Mr. Hoover has engaged the service of Mr. REITER, as superintendent of this large stock of goods... Mr. Hoover intends moving the whole stock into his new store in the Commercial Block...


Geo. SELBY, a brother to Amos SELBY, visited this place recently, and in his meanderings, attended a dance on Thursday night somewhere in the north end of town. Selby fashion, he kicked up a row, and was arrested by Len DOWNS. He was brought before 'Squire REES and fined $14 for his misdemeanors, and attempting to get away from an officer.



The popular Boot and Shoe man, Mr. J. SIDMORE, has removed his shop from the Wallace House block to one door south of FROMM's new store... Joe is a first-class workman...



Saturday, March 23, 1878




Mrs. J. ROBBINS is convalescing.

Willie ROGERS drives a span of beautiful dapper grays.

Mr. BRIDEGROOM has taken possession of his new home in Stringtown.





-On March 16th, of lung and typhoid fever, Mrs. Mary COLE. After a severe illness of two weeks, she was called away from those who loved her, to that home where the weary find rest. Mrs. Cole had for a number of years been a member of the Christian Church, faithful in the discharge of her duty, she was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in distress. The church has lost a good member, the community a kind neighbor, the family a loving wife and mother. [4]

Jasper I. McCOY, an excellent young man of this city, has removed with his family to Rochester, as a preliminary step to occupying a Fulton county farm which he bought recently. -Peru Republican.


On last Tuesday the Sheriff succeeded in making a sale of the undivided one-half of the Independent office. The purchaser was Dr. THORNTON, of Sturgis, Mich., who was here for the purpose in the interest of Mr. SWEET, the gentleman of whom MATTINGLY & KITT made their original purchase... Mr. KITT has lost all the funds he invested.


(Notices to Non-Residents)... Enoch HOLDSTOCK vs Louisa PETERS, Fyenn SLESSMAN and Lucinda ZETELER... the Plaintiffs by CALKINS & McCLARY, Attorneys... that said defendants Fyenn Slessman and Lucinda Zeteler are not residents of the State of Indiana... this 21st day of March, 1878. Samuel KEELY, Clerk.

... Alvin C. ELLIOTT vs. George RALSTIN... Plaintiff, by Jacob S. SLICK, Attorney... that said defendant... is not resident of the State of Indiana... this 16th day of March, 1878. Samuel KEELY, Clerk.


(Administrator's Sales)... the undersigned, Administrator of the estate of Wm. A. SALES, deceased, will offer for sale at Public Auction at the late residence of the testator in Aubbeenaubbee township... Tuesday, April 9th, 1878, the personal property... John SALES, Administrator.

The undersigned, Administrator of the estate of Sardis B. NYE, deceased, will sell (real estate described) near Sturgeon in Richland township... John M. DAVIS.


(Notices of Administration)... Alfred B. SIBERT appointed Administrator of the estate of Polly PARKER, deceased... Samuel KEELY, Clerk. March 23, '78. CALKINS & McCLARY, Attys.

... John SALES appointed Administrator of the estate of William A. SALES, DECEASED... Samuel KEELY, Clerk. March 18, 1878. ESSICK & HOLMAN, Attys.





(Sheriff's Sales) John CRAIG vs Henry B. SCOTT, Sarah SCOTT and Charles NELLSON... Public Sale... Saturday, the 13th day of April, 1878... (real estate described) situate in Fulton County... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.

Jacob S. SLICK vs John S. MILLER and Lydia MILLER... Public Sale... Saturday, the 13th day of April, 1878... (real estate described) situate in Fulton County... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County.


(Notice of Dissolution) Notice is hereby given that the co-partnership heretofore existing between the undersigned in the Grocery trade, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent. Horace G. KEWNEY, H. M. DAVIS. March 16th, 1878.




Miss Carrie SHRYOCK is visiting friends in Peru.

Chas. BEERY and lady of Akron, spent last Sabbath in this place.

Robert GRAHAM, an Attorney from Noblesville was in town, Tuesday, calling on his friends.

Mr. FROMM is using his old room for a ware-house in which he stores all of his agricultural implements.

Frank ERNSPERGER and Jas. CHAPIN were at Bloomingsburg, Tuesday, invoicing a stock of goods, to be purchased by Daniel FINLEY and Henry WARD.

D. W. LYON and A. K. PLANK are placing some of the material on the ground for the construction of their new brick business rooms. The work of demolishing the old mammoth building will soon commence.

HEILBRUN & SON put a very fine burglar and fire proof safe in their store on Wednesday...

Dr. Ed. HORTON and family have removed to Bluffton, where the Doctor will commence the practice of medicine with his father. Ed. has spent considerable time and money in fitting himself for the profession, and is undoubtedly well prepared to hang out his M.D. shingle in Bluffton or any other town.

A plowing match will take place on the farm of Fred. PARKER, near Tiosa, on Wednesday of next week...







(For Clerk) Joseph A. MYERS ... Isaiah WALKER... J. Q. HOWELL

(For Recorder) Fred. W. DANIELS... Jay W. SHIELDS... Peter C. DUMBAULD... John M. FISH... A. BAKER... Lewis MYERS... John HAY... Frederick GRAEBER...

(For County Commissioner) William BRYANT... William BITTERS... Martin STURGEON...


(For Prosecuting Attorney) P. O. JONES... B. D. CRAWFORD... Julius ROWLEY...

(For Township Trustee) Eli ROGERS, Richland township... William J. LEITER, Rochester township... Calvin VanTRUMP, Rochester township... V. ZIMMERMAN, Rochester township...


Saturday, March 30, 1878




...Democracy of Rochester Township held their convention... last Saturday... V. ZIMMERMAN was nominated for Trustee; Wm. WALLACE, D. McCONNEHEY, Robert WALLACE and Hiram CARRUTHERS for Justices of the Peace; A. L. GOODRICH for Assessor and Len DOWNS, Perry MERHLING, George LUCAS and Keith OWENS for Constables...



Miss Mollie MERCER has been visiting friends in Logansport.

F. K. KENDRICK is building an addition to one of his dwelling houses on south Main street.

The popular New Orleans Minstrels will spread themselves at the Opera Hall to-night.

The new show cases in Dawson's Drug Store are of the latest pattern and present a fine appearance. One is used for a cigar case in which to keep the finest brands of smokers in the market.


(Notice of Administration)... Henry MEHLING appointed Administrator of the Estate of Hester LONG, late of Fulton county, deceased... March 25th, 1878.


(Administrator's Sale)... Henry MEHLING, Administrator... will well at Public Auction, on Thursday, April 25th, 1878, at the residence of Esther LONG, deceased, late of Richland Township... all of her personal property... March 28th, 1878. [5]


(Sheriff's Sale) Jacob LEITER vs Alfred BARDEN, et al... public sale... Saturday, April 20th, 1878... The undivided one-third (1/3) of (real estate described)... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana. STURGEON & CONNER, Attys for Pltff.




Enoch STURGEON is confined to his room a greater portion of the time.

An organization of Greenbackers are flourishing in Wayne Township.

Mr. E. P. COPELAND has moved into Mr. COWGILL's new house on west Pearl street.

Mrs. William HUGHSTON, of Peru, was visiting at Col. SHRYOCK's this week.

Henry S. KEELY, of Indianapolis, was in town yesterday shaking hands with his numerous friends.

Josie STEINFELD, of Columbia City, has been visiting at ALLMAN's for a few weeks.

A. M. SHIELDS of the Greencastle University is at home for a few days.

The residence of Obed ALLEN on South Main street was lately smoothed down inside by a gang of plasterers.

C. K. BITTERS, of Valparaiso Normal School, was at Chicago this week. He returned to his home at Akron yesterday.

The new residence going up in the vicinity of the depot is being erected by Mr. BEECHER the blacksmith.

J. W. RICKEL, an attorney from Auburn, Ind., was in town this week visiting his son who is chief sales-man in KIRTLAND's book and variety store. He thinks of locating here.

J. D. BITTERS, for eighteen years a resident of Peru, engaged in the harness trade, has located in Rochester, and early next week will open a new harness shop nearly opposite the bank...

At the request of ENTSMINGER and EILER, the proprietors of the Newkirk steamer, we interviewed one of their machines yesterday, while it was doing its good work. The steamer is so simple in construction that any boy can attend to it without danger. It can be used for steaming any kind of feed for cattle or hogs, and works well in boiling sugar water...


RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT To the Memory of William A. DAVIS, member of Rochester Lodge, No. 47, I.O.O.F. ...removed from our midst by death... on March 18th, 1878...that a copy under the seal of the Lodge be furnished the bereaved family, and a copy sent to Plymouth Lodge... Charles JACKSON, Isaac GOOD, John BEECHER, Com.





-Mellie, daugher of Anthony F. SMITH, died on Friday afternoon, the 22d inst., at three o'clock, aged sixteen years, six months and eleven days. The deceased was a victim of consumption, and for some time past was conscious that her departure was near at hand ... The funeral services took place on Monday morning at 8 o'clock, from the St. Bridget's church. The remains were taken to Rochester for interment. -Logansport Pharos.

The father of the deceased is a brother to Milo R. SMITH, and is well acquainted throughout this county.




(For Treasurer) Absalom NELLANS...

(For Recorder) Joseph W. McKEE... Al. G. PUGH...



Mr. S. H. HOUSTON formerly of Mansfield who purchased the L. M. MONTGOMERY Elevator asks those who have grain or seed to sell to give him a call.




The Independent Greenback party of Wayne Township held their Township Convention last Saturday, and nominated the following ticket: Trustee, John McCLANAN; Justices of the Peace, Daniel BISHOP, Robert THRUSH; Assessor, C. H. LAMBERT; Constables, S. RAUCH, Thomas HARRIGAN and Wm. BARKER.

It will be observed that there were seven candidates nominated, four of whom were formerly Democrats and the other three Republicans... the Republicans got all the offices worth having, and left the balance for the Democrats...




We have been informed that N. S. "Shell" DeLONG, son of our worthy citizen, W. C. DeLONG, has located in Rochester, this State, as a silversmith... is a young man of good habits, and having four years training under our veteran silversmith, H. S. MARK...Marion Star.


Saturday, April 6, 1878


(Letter received by Mr. Samuel MECHLING of this place from Fred MECHLING who is now a resident of Cuero, Texas, from which point he writes under date of February 29th......)


UP AND DOWN  (election results)




-On Tuesday, April 2d, 1878, at the residence of George R. McKEE by Rev. Henry SPOHN, Michael W. DOWNEY, of Marshall County, and Mary M. THURSTON, formerly of Shelby county, Ind.

-On Tuesday of this week at the Residence of the bride's father, by Rev. Frank LEITER, Louis ZUCK and Sarah HARDING, all of this county.


ORDINANCE of the incorporated town of Rochester (making it unlawful to fly any kite or any other paper toy upon or over any of the public streets, alleys or sidewalks... or use or have in his possession any sling-shop or devil's sling or any weapon for throwing stones or other missiles... shall be fined in any sum not less than One nor more than Five Dollars...) V. ZIMMERMAN, Pres't Protem.  Attest: J. SHIELDS, Clerk.




L. C. MILLS is like a mushroom. He caused a dwelling to spring up in one day.

Mr. VanLUE, the artist, left our village yesterday. Mr. AULT will still continue the business, as he is now owner of the picture car.




Mrs. I. ADAMSON is having an attack of lung fever and side pleurisy.

Mr. James WRIGHT will take possession of the RALSTIN farm in a few days




-The funeral sermon of Mrs. Mary COLE was delivered last Sunday by the Rev. Mr. CORNHILL.


Miss Clara RALSTIN in company with her sister, Mrs. BEEBER removed to Plymouth Monday last.

Mr. BEEBER has the building material all ready on the ground for the construction of his new residence. George will soon be at home in his new house.


(Notice) All persons are hereby warned against purchasing a certain note executed by me payable to Rans SHERMAN, dated the 28th day of February, 1878, calling for $9.50, as the same was fraudulently obtained and is wholly without consideration. Joshua TIPTON.


(Sheriff's Sale) Charles W. HOLMAN, Guardian vs William M. WHORTON and Henry B. JAMISON ... Public Sale... Saturday, the 27th day of April, 1878... (real estate described)... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.








Jud. INGRAM is the owner and driver of another fast nag.

South Bend and Niles are now connected by a telephone line.

The foundation and walls for the new engine house are about completed.

Al G. PUGH intends moving back into Mrs. KITT's property in a few days.

Fred BOSENBERG has recovered from his illness, and is now able to be up and at his business.

The elegant new rooms in Doctor ROBBINS' building are finished in Palmer House style.

Henry HOLZMAN returned to his home here, from Hillsdale, Mich., to be among his friends for a few days only.

H. F. LINCOLN is constructing a Phonograph on an original plan, which promises successful results.

Reason EMERY has been installed as a deputy in the Auditor's office...

V. ZIMMERMAN has four good dwelling houses in Rochester which he is offering for sale at good bargains...



Dave GOLDSMITH's smiles are broader than ever, and we judge from the style of gait, that it's about a fifteen pound boy.


J. DAWSON has just completed the enumeration of school children within the corporation and finds the number to be as follows: Males, 355; females, 373; total 728. Of that number, five are colored -- three males and two females.


A young German boy, by the name of STURKIN, was tried for stealing money one day this week; found guilty and jailed, at the instance of his father. This is a case where the parents mean business in reforming their son, regardless of tender ties or reputation.


MARRIAGE LICENSES issued by the Clerk since February 20:

Mathew E. JONES to Clara DEWEESE. Arnold BIELSER to Fredericka TETZLAFF. David G. HARTER to Anna ASHELMAN. C. G. POWERS to Mary Ella BRYAN. John CLAYTON to Mary E. HARTMAN. Benjamin F. DUKE to Anna FLEMING. Marion BRADING to Eliza E. WINGARD. William F. CLAYTON to Catharine SHRIVER. William H. COOPER to Eva HEFFLY. Wm. O. ADAMSON to Sarah A. RANNELLS. Jacob C. SPOHN to Ella J. REX. Jacob W. EIDSON to Minerva BALL. Floyd CLEMANS to Naomi CLEVINGER. William A. NIXON to Viola E. BITTERS. Joseph HARTMAN to Sarah E. MELVIN. William JOHNSON to Eliza McINTIRE. Lewis W. ZUCK to Sarah A. HARDING. Jas. B. HARVEY to Emma A. CUMMINGS. John CARN to Mary BURNS. Thomas MOORE to Margaret SPENCER. Edward DOUGLAS to Hannah SWISHER. Perry DAVIS to Elizabeth DOLLINS. Augustine HISEY to Rebecca SANDERS. Byron E. SLICK to Lucy GUISE. Orland EMMONS to Harriet HAYES. Michael DOWNEY to Mary THURSTON.

Saturday, April 13, 1878


MARRIAGE LICENSES issued since last Tuesday:

John BRUBAKER to Katie WIRICK. Archie STINSON to Josie DAVIDSON. Sam'l BRINEY to Lavina MUDGE. Finley C. WISER to Mary E. NELLANS.




Miss Estella LYON returned home from Chicago, on last Thursday night.

The tearing down of the old Mammoth building is about complete. The debris will be cleared away in short order, and work on the new foundation will commence early next week.

Remember that Ex-Vice President COLFAX will spread himself at the Opera Hall on the evening of the 23d inst.. The lecture will not begin a minute later than seven o'clock.




-Owen LOVETT, an old gentleman living a few miles south on the Michigan road, died on Thursday night.

-Mrs. Jane BEATTIE, wife of James BEATTIE, died at her residence in Wayne township, on last Saturday. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Baptist church and greatly loved by all who knew her.




-At the residence of the bride's father, near Bloomingsburg, on Thursday evening, by the Rev. F. M. RULE, Mr. Finly E. WISER and Miss Mary A. NELLANS.

-Augustine HISEY and Rebecca J. SANDERS were married last Saturday, at Tiosa Grange Hall, by Esquire J. M. DAVIS, all of Fulton County.




The NORRIS brick yard, south of town is in full blast.

Lyman BRACKETT has commenced the erection of another dwelling house, on south Jefferson street.

Oscar DECKER has just opened a new stock of jewelry, which he proposes to dispose of at low rates.

Miss Clara RALSTIN is making her home with James M. BEEBER and wife who are now located at Plymouth.

The passenger traffic on the I.P. & C. is increasing. The night trains have been packed full lately.

Carpenters are hammering away at the new addition to Milo SMITH's residence.

Wm. WALLACE has rented the front room in the second floor of ZIMMERMAN's new building.

Aubbeenaubbee Township sends in a candidate this week. Daniel BIDDINGER for Recorder...

S. ALLMAN & CO. will soon occupy V. ZIMMERMAN's large and attractive new room in the Commercial Block.

Mrs. HOLMAN & SON have some of the material on the ground for a brick business room adjoining HEILBRUN & SONS. On Monday morning a force of workmen will be engaged making excavations for cellar and foundation walls.

Milt FARNHAM the expert cigar maker is now located in Plymouth, paddling his own canoe in the tobacco trade. Milt is energetic and full of business, which qualities insure success in a thriving town like Plymouth.

Miss Ella WALLACE of Rochester, Ind., is in the city, the guest of her friend, Miss Carrie MATHEWS.  -Peru Sentinel.




New Dry Goods house one door south of the Wallace House. A. H. GRAY, proprietor.

J. G. COOK is the manager and conductor of the largest coffee mill in town. Call at his store in the Masonic Block, and see it grind.



The POOR MAN'S FRIEND Clothing House... Next Door to FROMM's, Rochester, Ind...

We are now receiving a full line of Staple and Fancy DRY GOODS... BOOTS and SHOES and HATS and CAPS... GROCERIES... S. ALLMAN & CO. In Danziger Building.


(Notice of Administration)... Sophia CARTER appointed Administratrix of Isaiah M. CARTER deceased... has filed petition to sell the Real Estate... Samuel KEELY, Clerk Fulton Circuit Court.


(Sheriff's Sales) Isaac HENDRICKSON vs. David C. LONG... public sale... Saturday, the 4th day of May, 1878... The undivided one-ninth (1/9) of (real estate described) situate in Fulton County... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana. Jacob S. SLICK, Attorney for Plaintiff.

Jacob LEITER vs ALFRED BARDEN at al... public sale... Saturday, April 30th, 1878... The undivided one-third (1/3) of (real estate described)... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana. STURGEON & CONNER, Attys for Pltff.


(Notice of Administration) ... Joseph BRUCE, administrator of the estate of James S. WRIGHT deceased, has filed his petition to sell the Real Estate... Samuel KEELY, Clerk.


Saturday, April 20, 1878


F. L. WAGNER one of the candidates for Surveyor resides at Kewanna but intends to make Rochester his home in a short time.




The new residence being erected by Milt REES is ready for shinglers.

Mr. J. P. MYERS is still dangerously ill.

Curg RANNELLS was at home for a few hours this week.

Al J. KITT put in full time with the Sentinel gang this week.

J. S. TAYLOR's fine brick residence north of town is completed.

The residence of Levi MERCER was recently improved by the addition of a bay window.

The sail boat "Centennial" has changed owners and will hereafter be run by T. J. McCLARY.

STEPHENSON & SON have located the Abstract office in the Balcony building.

Abe BOWERS is building a new residence in the southwest corner of town.

Chas. K. PLANK acted as John MYERS substitute in slinging mail matter on the Lake Shore Road this week.

David GOLDSMITH is now managing a new stock of Groceries in the west room of Doctor ROBBINS' new building...

Last Saturday being a pleasant day, hundreds of farmers visited this place with their families, and made the town noisy and lively with their prancing steeds, rattling wagons and active girls and boys. The sidewalks and stores were crowded until late in the afternoon...


(Estray)  Strayed from the subscriber, living one mile east and 2/12 miles south of Kewanna, a dark iron gray mare colt... She left my premises on the 11th day of April and came to Rochester...  Jeremiah CLARK.




-Amos T. SELBY was born in Canaan Township, Athens county, Ohio, July 15, 1839, and died at the above named place March 31, 1878. At an early age he made his home in the west. He was married at Winchester, O., in 1861, and after five years spent in the service of his country, he removed to Rochester, Indiana.

He was not a member of the church, but about one year ago became interested in the Murphy movement and made some speeches. It being a religious work, he soon became concerned for his personal salvation, and failing health led him to seek the bosom of his relatives, and a place in the church. He earnestly sought pardon, and found peace in believing, and on the 26th of March was baptised... Thus another of this family has passed away, and we are constrained to ask again, who will go next?  -Cyrus ROSE.




School opened last Monday morning with Miss SWEET as teacher.

P. M. SHORE, of Rochester, visited his aged mother at this place last Sunday.

Miss Katie CHAPMAN is teaching the center school.

Wm. BUSH has purchased a farm of S. S. COLE. Mr. C. is now prospecting in Kansas.

The stone masons have just completed a cellar wall for Wm. SHOEMAKER.

The name of the Rev. gentleman alluded to in our previous letter should have been BARNHILL instead of CORNHILL.

The long continued absence of Mr. CASLOW reflects bad credit upon his farm near this place. Farmers should be very careful about trusting their property to strangers.

Mrs. Harriet RALSTIN's agents have purchased for her 160 acres of land in Kansas, where she expects to make her future home. She will start for that place next week.

Mr. George ROBBINS, of Nebraska, is visiting his numerous friends in and about Stringtown.

While engaged in a game of cards at Jerome EDMINISTER's saloon, Rolla MARTIN and another young man by the name of Bill BAKER, passed the "lie" several times in angry tones, which brought out Martin's revolver to settle the matter. Edminister interfered as a peace maker, and by the accidental discharge of one of the cartriges, received a ball in the neck, inflicting a bad flesh wound, though not dangerous. Martin was arrested by Constable EDSON and tried before his honor 'Squire REES and found not guilty of any serious intent.


MONEY TO LOAN. On Farm property on long time in sums of $1000 and upwards at low rates of interest. Call at office of Milo R. SMITH, Rochester.  N. J. CLUTE.




Allie HOLEMAN is superintending the erection of his new building opposite the Court House.

Orton MITCHELL returned home from Notre Dame last week. He is learning to thump electric batteries and is progressing finely.


The north end of town made out to do considerable business last Saturday. Several bloody knock downs occurred, and one or two dog fights closed the noisy battles of the day. In consequence of the crowd being attracted that way the merchants in the Commercial and Cornelius blocks raked in a good trade.




G. W. KEMP is the Democratic candidate for Coroner.

WOOLLEY & CRAIGO, harness makers, have dissolved partnership.

John P. MYERS is slowly recovering from his serious illness.

Mr. COLFAX was the guest of Judge KEITH and Col. SHRYOCK, during his stay in town, Tuesday.

A troupe of Tennessee Jubilee Singers (colored) will appear at Opera Hall on Wednesday evening.

John A. BOWERS of Akron was in town, Wednesday, interviewing some of the Court officers about legal matters.

In the case of the State against Ephriam DAUGHERTY for malicious trespass, after the third trial of the cause, the defendant was acquitted.

Gus. KISTLER the tonsorial gentleman, is now taking orders for fancy paper hanging. He is an expert workman, and works at very reasonable rates.

Notwithstanding the Democratic atmosphere that pervades the Sentinel rooms, HAYES and LINCOLN were both working in the office yesterday.

Mr. J. W. RICKEL, of Auburn, Ind., has permanently located in Rochester, and established himself in the practice of law with Milo R. SMITH. Mr. Rickel is an old practitioner and is highly recommended by the best people of the place from whence he came. The new law firm of RICKEL & SMITH will be a valuable addition to the Fulton county bar...

Mr. Jacob HICKS and Mr. ELLSWORTH, of Ann Arbor, Mich., spent a few days in this place this week, visiting Chas. V. HICKS, son of the first named gentleman...



-Esquire J. M. DAVIS, of Richland township is doing a good business at performing marriage ceremonies. His last case was that of Aaron PACKER and Nissa BARNHART, which occurred at Tiosa Grange Hall, on last Saturday.

-It was for the want of space that among other local happenings of last week the marriage of John FLINN and Miss Louise RICHTER did not appear in the Sentinel. That interesting event occurred on Tuesday evening of last week at the residence of the bride's parents...



On Tuesday morning, a fine black horse and a set of harness were stolen from Mr. BUCHANAN, living on the Michigan road, eight miles this side of Logansport. Pursuit was made at once and the owner found his horse on Main street of this place. On the same morning a young man giving his name as Isaac ORR, and who claims to live about six miles west of town, went to DAVIDSON's livery stable and engaged a team and carriage to go a few miles north. Procuring the team, he proceeded to Jake RANNELLS' boarding house, where he had remained a portion of the previous night, and loading the harness in the carriage, made all haste to Plymouth where he attempted to dispose of the harness at such a low price as to arouse the suspicions of the citizens, and they had him arrested. The authorities here were informed of the fact, and on Wednesday, Constable DOWNS returned him to this place. He had a preliminary examination on Thursday morning, and was sent to jail to await his trial. There is but little doubt but that he is the man that stole the black horse and harness from Mr. Buchanan, and it is quite probable that he intended to get away with Davidson's livery team. He abandoned the black horse at this place because he was too closely pursued.

Yesterday the Cass county official came and took the prisoner to Logansport where his trial will be had. Before going he confessed to having stolen the horse and harness.



Saturday, May 4, 1878




Billy FERGUSON has been going about on crutches for a week or two. A heavy bar of iron at ASHTON'S FOUNDRY flattened out his great toe.

Father FOOTE is the oldest man in the county; John BITTERS of Akron is next, and William WHITTENBERGER was 83 years of age. Who takes his place?


Col. Kline G. SHRYOCK, of Rochester, is looming up as a prominent candidate for Congress in the 11th District. His many friends in Laporte will rejoice greatly in his success. He is certainly worthy and well qualified for the position. Laporte Herald.




-One of the oldest settlers, and one of the most worthy and esteemed citizens of this county, William WHITTENBERGER, died at his home near Akron on last Sunday morning.

William WHITTENBERGER, Senior, was born in Bedford county, Penn., about 100 miles from Baltimore. When about eight years of age, his parents moved to the extreme western part of Pennsylvania, and at the age of 21 years he was married to the one who now mourns the loss of a devoted husband. In 1831, the deceased removed with his family to Medina county, Ohio. In 1836, about 42 years ago, they came into this county and settled on the farm on which he died. In early life he joined the Lutheran church, and remained a faithful member for a number of years. Soon after moving into this county he joined the M.E. Church, in which he remained until death. His unusual long life was full of good works and of strict integrity. He was the father of ten sons and one daughter, all now living. Just before departing this life, he asked to be led to the door of his house that he might for the last time gaze upon the green fields and the blooming woods.

His funeral at Akron on last Monday afternoon, was attended by a large crowd of mourning relatives and friends.

-Benjamin S. LYON was born in Williamsport, Pa., February 23d, 1817, and died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 22d, 1878.

He was married in early life to Miss Mary HORTON, who lives to mourn his death. The fruit of this union was nine children, four of whom preceded their father into the spirit world. Mr. Lyon moved from his native State to Logan county, Ohio, in 1855, and in August, 1857, came to Rochester, and made it his permanent home. He was not blessed with a rugged physical nature, but by persistent effort and business tact he amassed quite a little fortune. In the early part of last winter, he was called by the death of his son, George, to look after business interests in Cedar Rapids, where he received the imperative call of the "Death Angel," to leave the activities of time, for the rest of eternity. He was a member of the M.E. Church for many years, and served it most of the time as an officer. Being a man of firm convictions, and strong impulses, he naturally made enemies as well as friends. But in the only lengthy conversation it was our privilege to enjoy with him, he expressed a deep regret for those things which, through his impulsive nature, had had done that gave offense, and said: "However it may be with others, I need to watch and pray, and but for the assurances of God's Word, would long since have made shipwreck of faith." He was faithful in his household worship, and never let the fire go out on the family altar. He almost invariable prayed for the right use of his mind in his dying hour, and the petition was granted. He not only arranged his business as a prudent man, but also gave directions for his burial services; choosing the following words as the text for his funeral sermon: "For we know if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

In our brief acquaintance with Mr. Lyon, we regarded him as a dignified Christian gentleman, and trust that with his dear ones who passed before, he is enjoying that eternal rest into which death introduces the faithful soul. -F. M. RULE.


ROCHESTER TOWNSHIP CONVENTION. Last Saturday was the day appointed by the Democratic Central Committee for the holding of the Democratic Primary Conventions in the several townships....

The Democratic voters of this township to the number of 520 - nearly the entire strength of the party - met at the Court House... Isaac GOOD, Chairman and A. T. BITTERS, Secretary.

The following delegates were then selected: Wm. McMAHAN, J. S. SLICK, Ches. CHAMBERLAIN, J. F. FROMM, Samuel KEELEY, A. H. ROBBINS, L. M. MONTGOMERY, C. W. HOLMAN, Cal. VanTRUMP, Wm. WALLACE, Lawrence McCARTER, Geo. GREGSON, I. W. BROWN, W. H. DAVIDSON, Fred BOSENBERG, Jacob ROSENBERG, F. B. ERNSPERGER, Joseph ARNOLD, Isaiah CONNOR, R. C. WALLACE.

(resolution offered by Cal VanTRUMP ... discussed pro and con by Dr. ROBBINS and J. S. SLICK ... laid upon the table...)


CORPORATION CONVENTION. The Democracy of the Incorporated Town of Rochester... on Thursday evening ...

...called to order by L. M. MONTGOMERY... E. R. HERMAN... chosen to preside. (nominated): Trustee 1st Ward, M. O. REES; 2nd, Geo. GOSS; 3d, Jas. S. CHAPIN; Clerk, Jacob ROSENBERG; Treasurer, Wm. J. LEITER; Assessor, D. M. RANNELLS .... a Town Executive Committee: 1st Ward, V. ZIMMERMAN. 2d, J. S. SLICK. 3d, S. R. MOON.




Miss Carrie SHRYOCK is visiting relatives in Laporte.

I. W. BROWN is thinking seriously of organizing a game protection club.

John P. MYERS is up and around, and will soon be ready for duty again.

John F. FROMM has attached two beautiful awnings to the front of his elegant brick block.

William GRINDLE of Akron is furnishing steam power for the public boring apparatus.

Arrangements have been made for the consolidation of the two Masonic lodges of this place.

Miss Mollie HORTON lately returned home from Ft. Wayne, where she has been receiving instructions in instrumental music.

William WILLIAMSON is now running two chairs at his popular barber shop. Gus KILMER is his assistant, and their trade appears to increase rapidly.

A new substantial sidewalk was recently put down in front of the Central House. Many other defective places in the walk along Main Street should be repaired.

Oscar DECKER has removed his stock of jewelry into Chris. HOOVER's new room in the Commercial Block...

Lon RANNELLS, Scott SHIELDS and Marion REITER are candidates for Corporation Clerk on the Republican side of the house...

Jerry BARBER has removed his chairs, glasses and razors to Fred HICKS' old stand opposite the Bank; while Hicks moved north to Barber's old location in the Central House block.

The Presbyterian congregation of this place, has secured the services of Rev. A. M. WORK as their Pastor...




-John CRAIGO's mother, Mrs. Sarah CRAIGO, died at the residence of her son in this place on last Saturday, at the age of 78 years. Her remains were buried in the Hoover grave yard five miles east of here, on Monday. The funeral services were conducted by Noah HEETER.



The National or Greenback party organized a Club at this place on last Saturday.

The masons are now at work on the foundation of A. D. TONER's dwelling.

Mrs. NORRIS has her house ready for the painter and plasterer.

Miss Anna HUDKINS has returned from a long visit to Ohio

J. H.

RHODES and SON have contracted for the carpenter work on the Baptist church.

F. H. GRAHAM and Milt HILAND will build two business rooms east of the Odd Fellows' Hall. ...

H. D. HOWELL and Lina MURPHY are succeeding well in both departments of the Kewanna schools.

Mrs. JONES is improving very slowly. She has not been able to walk since she was injured by a fall at the river early in the spring.

Charles CLELAND, of Topeka, Kansas, brother of Dr. W. T. CLELAND, of this place, is visiting friends in this and Miami county and will probably remain for some weeks yet.

John KILLMER drives an express wagon from this place to Marshtown. He intends fitting up the room now occupied by GRAHAM & HENDRICKSON and commence business here before the season is over.




-April 25th, 1878, Isaac TONER, aged 25 years, 11 months and 25 days. The deceased had been complaining for some weeks past, yet his death was sudden and unexpected causing a gloom and sorrow to enshroud the homes of parents and many sympathizing friends.


REMOVAL. The Pelican Barber Shop, of which Fred HICKS is the Boss Barber, has removed to the popular barber shop between GOULD'S STORE and the CENTRAL HOUSE... Mr. BUTLER, of Ft. Wayne, the expert, is now using his sharp razors at Hicks' Pelican Barber Shop.


Saturday, May 11, 1878


DEMOCRATIC COUNTY CONVENTION... last Saturday... Isaac GOOD, Chairman of the Central Committee was chosen permanent Chairman of the Convention and J. S. SLICK and E. MYERS, Secretaries...

(names mentioned): Dr. A. H. ROBBINS, E. R. HERMAN, E. T. REED, Dr. C. F. HARTER, Chas. W. CAFFYN, Absolom NELLANS, Wm. A. WARD, C. W. HOLMAN, Wm. McMAHAN, Martin STURGEON, Wm. BITTERS, John M. FISH, Jay W. SHIELDS, Frederick GRAEBER, Joseph W. McKEE, Lewis MYERS, John HAY, Fred DANIELS, Daniel BIDDINGER, P. C. DUMBAULD, Al. G. PUGH, Silas J. MILLER, F. L. WAGNER, G. W. KEMP, Emanuel KRATZER, Finley EMMONS, Dr. L. ROGERS, (----) LAWRENCE...

... delegates to the Judicial Convention to be held at Plymouth on Saturday, June 1st, 1878: David McCAUGHEY, S. N. BEATTIE, J. C. PHILLIPS, Dr. L. ROGERS, Samuel BARGER, Lewis LOUGH, Dr. O. P. WAITE, Asa DEWEESE, I. CONNOR, C. W. HOLMAN, C. VanTRUMP, J. M. DAVIS, B. A. EIDSON, Dr. C. F. HARTER, Geo. BURNS, G. B. STOCKBERGER, O. K. GROVES.

A Central Committee was also appointed... James WARE, F. H. GRAHAM, Wm. MOORE, Dr. O. P. WAITE, Wm. McMAHAN, J. S. SLICK, E. R. HERMAN, Jesse MARTINDALE, Dr. C. F. HARTER, E. T. REED, Nathaniel MEREDITH.




Ches. CHINN has been installed deputy postmaster.

Capt. John BEEBER and wife have been spending the week here.

Andy EDWARDS is erecting a new dwelling house on north Main street.

Horse buyers are paying from a hundred to a hundred and twenty-five dollars for good sound horses.

Sam WALLACE the "boss" painter treated the front of RICHEY's restaurant to a coat of white paint this week.

Geo. KING, of Henry township, was taken to the Asylum for insane persons at Indianapolis this week.

Members of the Rochester Light Guards will meet at their armory next Wednesday evening...

Mrs. SILBERBERG and children took the train for Cincinnati this week, to enjoy the pleasures of that city for six weeks.

Ben. ELLIOTT has taken his ague medicine like a little man, and is now up and around, and about ready for business.

Mr. L. L. DOWNING is stopping at the Wallace House and visiting the business men of Rochester introducing one of the most remarkable pens ever invented. It may be called a fountain pen as it will hold ink enough for two days constant writing...

An attempt is being made to resurrect the lodge of Good Templars in this place. The rooms over REES' furniture store have been rented for lodge purposes.

Last Saturday night the Republicans met in Corporation Convention and nominated... Trustee, 1st Ward, Clark HICKMAN. 2nd, C. A. MITCHELL. 3d, Jacob STAHL. Clerk, Marion REITER. Treasurer, Chris. HOOVER. Assessor, S. H. HOFFMAN...

Work on the artesian well has again suspended. The pipe that had been driven down about 130 feet was found to be bent near the bottom. It was withdrawn this week, but a supply of larger and more substantial piping has not been received, which retards the work for the present.

SCOOPED AGAIN... the whole republican ticket... elected, except the Trustee in the 1st Ward, where M. O. REES barely escaped with a majority of 3....




-Sarah CRAIGO was born April 17th, 1800, in Washington county, Virginia. In 1816 she moved into the State of Ohio where she was married. She came to Rochester in 1871, and remained with her son, John CRAIGO, until death, which occurred April 27th, 1878. She was the mother of ten children, of which only two are living to mourn her loss. At the time of her death she was a faithful member of the Christian church, always manifesting a sincere faith in the Lord. She passed away quietly and peacefully, and was rational to the last.




John SEARS has commenced work on his foundation for a new dwelling.

SNEPP and RITCHEY, of Bourbon, think of moving to this place before long.

The 3d quarterly meeting of the Kewanna Circuit will be held at Olive Branch, May 26th, 1878.

Mrs. David SMITH has been seriously ill for some days, but was thought to be better when last heard from.

Dr. J. Q. HOWELL is fitting up his office and will resume the practice of medicine in earnest. He thinks, "Politics, like white man, mighty uncertain."

B. W. CRAWFORD has associated with himself in the boot and shoe business, a Mr. HARKINS of Rochester.



-William CROSSGROVE, an old citizen of Union Township, was buried on last Wednesday. [6]




George KESLER is improving his farm by the way of a new board fence.

Miss Mede BALL, while washing on Wednesday, ran a needle in her hand and broke it off, which caused her much pain.




Mr. MICLOW, of near Fulton, visited some of his old time friends in this place last week.

Mr. Jacob MILLER and lady of Tiosa, have gone to Texas on a three weeks visit. Mr. M. intends buying a farm before he returns.


MARRIED:  Mr. CASLOW has returned from Ohio to hit home in Stringtown. He brought with him a companion for life...


(Notice to Non-Residents)... David S. KLINGERMAN vs George W. RALSTIN... Plaintiff, by J. L. COOK, attorney... that said Defendant... is not a resident of the State of Indiana... this 7th day of May,


1878.SamuelKEELY, Clerk.


(Sheriff's Sale) William H. ROBERSON, Admr vs Frederick W. STOCK and Minnie STOCK... Public Sale... Saturday, the 1st day of June, 1878... (real estate described) except that portion of the same heretofore deeded by Ellis WILLSON and Margaret WILLSON to David WHITE and Horace SNOW for mill purposes. The Real Estate first above described being the same heretofore conveyed to Frederick W. Stock on the 27th day of January 1869 by Ellis Willson and wife by deed, recorded on page 104 of Deed Record (H)... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.


(Commissioner's Sale)... the undersigned, who was appointed a Commissioner by the Fulton Circuit Court... offer at private sale, on and after Saturday, the 8th day of June, 1878 at the law office of STURGEON & CONNER, in Rochester, Indiana (real estate described)... John KING, Commissioner.



Saturday, May 18, 1878




WALKER, the surveyor was here last week, dividing settling stakes and corner stones, for the several heirs to the estate of John L. SLAYBAUGH, deceased.

The families of "Uncle John" BITTERS, Phillip RADER and Wm. WHITTENBERGER were the victims of a severe shake-up by the lurid lightning coming in contact with the houses.




Orton MITCHELL has returned from Notre Dame.

Mrs. B. S. LYON and daughter returned from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on last Thursday.

Johnny WOOL has gone out of the saloon trade. He has picked up his paint brush and gone to work.

Sam KEELY recently purchased the HEILBRUN property just west of Main street, on Pearl.

J. B. ELLIOTT having sold his interest in the big flouring mill, will engage in the trade of furnishing lime, hair, and other building material.

Chester CHINN is now managing editor of the Rochester post office. Thomas SHAFER recently resigned his position in the office and went to Michigan City to seek employment.




Mrs. A. T. JACKSON is toothless since the BROWN dentist was here.

J. C. PHILLIPS and F. L. WAGNER took an overland trip to Logansport to-day.

In the absence of C. T. APT, Miss DUDELSON officiated at the organ at the M.E. Church, last Sunday.

DIED:  -A little daughter of Major FULLER's died very suddenly on last Sunday. Croup was the sad destroyer that took their child without an hour's warning.

T. J. McCLARY and Dr. HILL entertained the people at the Murphy meeting on last Monday evening. They are sounding the only true and effectual remedy for intemperance, which is "Prohibition." The ring of that kind of temperance just suits us.




William HOLMAN was visiting friends in the burg and vicinity last week.

Miss Clara E. ROWLEY is teaching the spring term of school at this place and is using her utmost endeavors to instruct the young and impress on their minds the value of education.

Henry SNYDER is running a huckster wagon for FINLEY & WARD. Henry is a good talker and attends strictly to business, consequently he brings his wagon home well loaded with produce of all kinds.




Saturday, May 25, 1878


FULTON COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY.  Pursuant to a call at a meeting of the medical profession of Fulton and adjoining counties, quite a full attendance was had at the office of Dr. SPOHN, on Saturday, May 11, 1877 [sic], ... they proceeded to organize as the Fulton County Medical Society -- auxiliary to the State Medical Society... Drs. J. W. BRACKETT, President; Vernon GOULD, Secretary and J. C. SPOHN, Treasurer.

A Board of Censors was chosen, consisting of Drs. C. HECTOR, J. A. SUTTON of Rochester and William KELSEY of Monterey.

Dr. O. P. STEVENS of Maxinkuckee was appointed to read an essay on Diptheria at the next meeting of the Society.....




DIED.  -Last Tuesday, Robert SECOR, a son of David SECOR, and in his twenty-first year, suddenly died in an apoplectic fit.

The deceased was a young and robust man who always enjoyed good health and had been plowing during the forenoon, when he came in for dinner, being possessed of a good appetite he as usual ate very hearty, after which he returned to the barn for his team, where he was shortly discovered lying on his side, by one of his brothers. When spoken to he rolled over on his back, opening his eyes and moving his lips apparently in an endeavor to speak. He soon breathed his last. The shock of his death prostrated the family with grief, who are receiving the sympathy of their neighbors and friends. The remains were interred in the family lot in the Nichols grave yard.


REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION... last Saturday... J. A. SUTTON, Chairman, and Major BITTERS and T. J. McCLARY, Secretaries...

(nominated): For Clerk, Charles JACKSON; Auditor, Fred. PETERSON; Sheriff, Hudson STILES; Treasurer, George KESSLER; Recorder, John BLANCHARD; Commissioners, Alex. CURTIS and Stephen BISHOP; Surveyor, E. L. YARLOT; Coroner, Val. THOMPSON.


Last Wednesday being the 67th birthday of Col. K. G. SHRYOCK, his eldest daughter, Mrs. E. J. RYLAND invited a few of his friends to assemble at her home... (names mentioned): Edward CALKINS, M. L. ESSICK, Col. D. R. BEARSS.


(Notices to Non-Residents)... John W. McCLANNAN vs Sylvanus ALDRICH... Plaintiff by RICKEL and SMITH, Attorneys... that said Defendant... is not a resident of the State of Indiana... this 21st day of May, 1878. Samuel KEELY, Clerk.


James BARDEN vs The Unknown Heirs of Charles R. STOUT, Priscilla LEE and John LEE... that said Defendants are not residents of the State of Indiana... this 21st day of May, 1878. Samuel KEELY, Clerk.






Miss Cora WOOLEY of this place is teaching school in Argos.

Gas fixtures will be put in PLANK and LYON's new building.

New brick from the NORRIS kilns are coming to town.

A new crossing runs from the middle of the Commercial Block to the Wallace House block.

Mr. FROMM informs us that he will soon receive a car load of the world renowned McCormick reapers and mowers.

The celebrated "Tivoli Minstrel Troupe," will give one of their ethiopian entertainments at the Akron Opera Hall in Akron to-night.

Lon RANNELLS and Geo. EDWARDS will take charge of the Central House on Monday, and Robert WALLACE will conduct the Wallace House.

Some of the Wallace House boarders complain of the tallow factory in that block being entirely too fragrant for comfort. It's a nuisance that should be abated.

The services of Rosa RARRICK as a household servant is in great demand by prudent housewives since her little episode at SERGEANT's. No kissing behind the kitchen door with her.

The new office desk and enclosure at FROMM's stores were made by the expert carpenter, Dick BETZ...

Every business room in the Commercial block is now occupied except DAVIDSON's. The latest addition is the dry goods store of ALLMAN & CO. in ZIMMERMAN's room.

Eight gas burners were in full blast in DAVIDSON's north room yesterday. The whole building is to be lighted with gas that promises to be of a superior quality.

Shan MACKEY is doing a good job with his sprinkler, keeping down the dust on Main street.

Miss Anna KEITH and her brother, John, have gone to spend the summer months among their friends in Maine.

Prof. Joseph NEVOTTI has gone east and will probably occupy a position in Gillmore's Band. He is one of the finest cornet players in the world, and did much to improve our band in blowing and reading difficult music. Mr. Nevotti leaves many warm friends in this place who wish him success wherever he goes.




-Justice D. COPNER, one of the old settlers of Fulton County died last Saturday evening, at the age of sixty-one years. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. M. RULE, at the U.B. Church in Fulton, on Tuesday morning at ten o'clock. The large concourse of people present was an evidence of the esteem in which Mr. Copner was held by his neighbors.[7]







Chas. W. HOOVER to Josephine DAWSON. John N. FLINN to Louise RICHTER. Wm. D. WHITTENBERGER to Charlotte ANDERSON. Aaron PACKER to Nissa BARNHART. Henderson STARNER to Anna M. WHITE. Wm. B. BURGET to Emily L. CARTER. John OVERMIER to Emma J. BURNS. Francis KINDIG to Alfaretta NYE. John F. HAWKINS to Mary J. McLOCKLIN. Howard PETERS to Jennie PATRICK.


ROSA RARRICK is a healthy, rosy, blooming damsel, fair to look upon, and a splendid subject for married men to let severely alone.

Rosa has been doing housework at the residence of one G. M. SERGEANT, a dry goods dealer who does business in the Citizen's Block. Rosa complains of improper treatment from the hands and lips of her employer, and had him brought before 'Squire REES last Tuesday, to tell how in arousing her from her morning slumbers, on Friday of last week, he aroused himself. He did not remember of kissing her that morning and talking about a new dress; but she told the 'Squire all about it in such an earnest manner that all of the boys who were in at the trial agreed that Rosa was the worst case of "give away" that had ever been awakened at four o'clock in the morning. Mr. Sergeant was fined $25 and costs, but preferred having the case tried in the Circuit Court, and accordingly took an appeal. Both parties probably acted imprudent, and did not understand each other, and the new dress business well enough to settle their "morning calls" without publicity. Like the famous Elizabeth her "conscience quickened" and she confessed, and like the noted H. W. B., he declares himself "innocent of the great transgression."




DIED. -A child of J. CLARK's died on the 21st inst.

A Dr. PETERS of Ohio intends locating at this place.

Mrs. NORRIS, also L. C. MILLS, will move into their new dwellings to-day.

Mrs. Eva HOWELL is expected to return on next Friday. She has been visiting friends in Iowa for some months past.

BIRTH. -F. L. WAGNER rejoices because it is a fine big boy, and Jessie "kinder" thinks he is uncle. Logan street one ahead.

Mr. AULT moved his picture car to Marshtown to-day, where he expects to engage in the picture business for a few weeks.




George KESLER was down to Richland Center last week, looking after his store and getting ready to see how many votes he can get this fall for Treasurer.



(Sheriff's Sales) Hannah CONGER vs Samuel M. CONGER, Margaret E. CONGER, Samuel S. TERRY and William DOWNES... Public Sale... Saturday, June 15th, 1878... (real estate described) situate in Fulton County...

John SOICE vs Charles RITTER and Catharine RITTER... Public Sale... Saturday, June 15th, 1878... (real estate described) situate in Fulton County...


Joseph AINSWORTH vs Eusebia N. PERKINS, Amos B. PERKINS, Elijah NEFF and Sarah R. NEFF... Public Sale... Saturday, June 15th, 1878 (lot in Rochester described)...



Benjamin LINKENHELT vs Gustavis A. DURR, Matilda DURR, Ezra PHELPS, Manford PHELPS, Thomas PHELPS, Alma PHELPS, Claude PHELPS, Margaret PHELPS, Effie PHELPS and Lulu PHELPS... Public Sale... Saturday, June 15th, 1878... (real estate described) situated in Fulton county... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.



Saturday, June 1, 1878




-The white-winged messenger of death has again asserted his claims upon the human race and taken from among us, Mr. Enoch STURGEON.

He came on Wednesday evening of this week, at 5 o'clock, just as the shades of night were gathering, and wafted to that unknown land the spirit of a loved and cherished citizen.

Mr. Sturgeon was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, in 1831. In 1843 he became a resident of this State and has remained within its borders until his death.

In early life he learned the carpenter's and joiner's trade, and becoming a master mechanic, his services were eagerly sought after. In 1855 he was married to the lady who now mourns his departure. Their union was blessed with an interesting family of children, some of whom have passed over the cold stream, while others are left in sorrow at the loss of a devoted and loving father.

During the year 1862, he was nominated and elected by the Democratic party as Justice of the Peace for this township. By hard study and close application to the duties required of him in that capacity, he gained such a thorough and practical knowledge of the law, that when his term of office expired he determined to adopt the practice of law for a profession. Being admitted to the bar, his ambition was to excel, and by slow and steady advances, he arose from one degree of prominence to another, until he became one of the leading members of the Fulton county bar, with a practice extensive at home and extending into all the adjoining counties. He was for years one of the Attorneys for the I.P. & C. Railroad, in which position he rendered his employers good service. He was a man competent and worthy to occupy exalted political positions, but he preferred the humble walks of a private citizen to the confusion and scramble for political preferment. He was largely possessed of a spirit of enterprise and was always the strong advocate of every social and moral reform. To his efforts are the people of Rochester indebted for the excellent school privileges enjoyed. For years he has been one of the Town School Trustees, and his labors to promote the educational interests of Rochester, are worthy of a kindly remembrance by those who enjoy the profits and pleasures of his services. Since 1857, he has been a member of the M.E. Church at this place. Until failing health admonished him to husband his strength, he was an earnest and zealous worker in the cause of Masonry, and has been honored with every title and distinction belonging to a Master Mason's lodge, including a "seat in the East," where he had general supervision of the craft belonging to Rochester Lodge, No. 436. It would be impossible in space at our disposal to note all the virtues that he cherished and practiced, nor have we any disposition to recount any weaknesses he may have had, which are so common to mankind. He was simply human, but the good deeds of his life will live and be remembered when all that was not praiseworthy will be lost in forgetfulness. Rochester has lost a noble citizen, the bar a learned Counsellor, Masonry a shining light and the family a devoted husband and father.

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at 1-1/2 o'clock from his late residence and the Baptist church, under the charge of the Masonic Lodge of which he was a member. The brotherhood of Masons were largely represented. The Court bar, Court officials and all the County officers were in attendance. Several members of the Plymouth bar were also present. At the church the services were scriptural lessons by Rev's LORD and CHARPIE, and prayer by the former gentleman, after which Rev. F. M. RULE preached a very able sermon from the subject contained in the 1st verse of the 12th chapter of Hebrews.

The deceased was 47 years and 22 days of age.




John E. CATES will furnish and lay the brick for Mrs. HOLEMAN's new building.

ASHTON & THOMPSON are making the iron work for PLANK & LYON's new block.

The partnership heretofore existing between RANNELLS & PLANK in the book and stationery trade has been dissolved, and hereafter the business will be conducted by Mr. RANNELLS.

It is reported that MICKEY's grove a few miles north of here will be the scene of a grand picnic and a general good time on July 4th. It is expected that the Rochester Band will be there and that M. L. ESSICK will orate.




Newt. RANNELLS has purchased the B. S. LYON residence, on Jefferson street, and is now, with his family pleasantly domiciled there.

A few days ago Jim ROBBINS, an elderly citizen living at the north end of town was afflicted with a severe headache, and endeavored to cure himself by using some sort of patent "cure all." Soon after applying the liniment he lost his sight and is now almost stone blind. His recovery is considered doubtful.

Charlie BROKAW and Porte OWENS locked horns a few days ago... They said their little pieces to 'Squire HERMAN last Tuesday, and Mr. Brokaw was taxed $2.00 and costs for too freely using a club.




Mr. C. KNOTT as gone to Texas as a missionary preacher.

William SHOEMAKER and Mrs. Jennie BOWERS are on the sick list.

Miss Nettie ELLIOT of Rochester visited her relatives in Stringtown last week.




George KESLER is going to bring his store to this place in a few days.




Saturday, June 8, 1878


The first "Commencement Exercises" of any importance ever given before a Rochester audience was witnessed by nearly four hundred people at the Opera Hall, on Friday night of last week...

(names mentioned): Rev. F. M. RULE, Misses Minnie BRACKETT, Carrie SHRYOCK and Messrs. EDWARDS and BITTERS, Colfax MERCER, John Brown DAVIDSON, Mary MERCER, Laurie COPELAND, O. F. MONTGOMERY, John Conant KEITH, Prof. WILLIAMS, Geo. EDWARDS, Frank D. HAIMBAUGH, Hugh BROWN, Mrs. J. C. SPOHN, Dora ROBBINS, Rev. A. B. CHARPIE...

In presenting the first diplomas to graduates of the Rochester High School, Prof. Williams made a brief but appropriate speech...




As a wool buyer and carder, Marcus COOK is said to be a success.

Several velocipedes fly up and down the streets at all hours of the day.

The Wallace House is now open for trade. R. WALLACE, Prop., Tommy SHAFFER, clerk. Free bus, good tables, good sample rooms, etc.


MARRIED. -All within an hour. License issued - ceremony performed - bride saluted - fee paid - certificate made, and Amos HIDER of Sevastopol and Margret TIPTON of this county were recently made one, according to the diving RULE. Next.

A furniture store was recently opened in the Centennial Block, likewise a feed store. H. PETER runs the furniture department and J. B. ELLIOTT manages the flour and feed side. Both are located in Mr. HINMAN's new room.




J. Sheridan ELLIOTT, son of B. M. ELLIOTT, started for Petersburg, Pa., last Tuesday, where he will visit his relatives during the summer.

Chas. V. HICKS received a dispatch yesterday, summoning him home, near Ann Arbor, to be at the bed side of his sick father who is not expected to live.

Mrs. WILEY, of Davenport, Iowa, a very intelligent and sociable lady, who has been visiting Mrs. V. GOULD for a week or more, returned to her home yesterday.

Our young friend, Geo. S. STANTON of Akron, is assisting in publishing the Pierceton Free Press...

F. P. BITTERS returned from the Louisville Medical College, on last Tuesday night.

Emanuel KRATZER has given up his clerkship at Mercer's hardware store and accepted a position as traveling agent for an Indianapolis implement manufactory. Billy SHELTON supplies his place behind the counter at Mercer's.


MARRIED. -'Squire HERMAN does a fair amount of tying hearts and fortunes together. His latest subjects were John W. APPLEGATE and Fannie R. BAKER, on Thursday...




Geo W. BURNS is plying his paint brush daily in this vicinity...



BIRTH. -A bouncing big boy is the cause of J. C. PHILLIPS wearing a broad smile.

GRAHAM & HENDRICKSON have moved their hardware to their new room one door east of Odd Fellow's Hall.

DIED. -The youngest child of H. N. TROUTMAN, aged about two summers, died on last Sunday night of membraneous croup. Funeral services at the Christian church on Monday last, by Father SPARKS.




BOWMAN & DITEMIRE are doing a good business in the grist mill.

ELEY is preparing a boom to put in the river to hold the logs that come down.


(Notice of Administration)... Adolph HUNNESHAGEN appointed Administrator of the Estate of William CROSSGROVE, late of Fulton county, deceased.


(Notice to Non-Residents)... Josiah FARRAR, Adm'r of Estate of Susan GRIFFIN vs William L. CAIN and Josiah E. KIMBALL... that said defendants... are not residents of the State of Indiana... this 6th day of June, 1878. Samuel KEELY, Clerk.



Saturday, June 15, 1878




Ed. ARNOLD of Grant Corners has removed to Millark.

BIRTH. -Milt REES thinks it is the biggest and prettiest boy in town.

The "Black Diamond" is a new brand of nickle cigars manufactured by EMRICK, that is an excellent smoker.

New brick from the CATES kilns will be brought to town to-day, and work on the LYON and PLANK and HOLEMAN buildings will begin on Monday.

W. E. CAROTHERS, an old time typo, who was one of the founders of this office, away back in the dim past, has again returned to Rochester, after an absence of several months, and accepted a "sit" on the p.o. organ. As an artist and genial fellow he has but few equals.




Mead SHIELDS is at home from the Greencastle University.




Ab NELLANS and his two little boys made our burg a visit this week.

Lewis ELEY is bringing some very nice logs down the river this week.

Albert DAVIS lost a good horse a few days ago, with what was supposed to be the spinal affliction.

W. C. BAUGHER inflicted a severe wound on his hand this week, which will lay him up for a few days.


(Commissioner's Sale)... the undersigned, who was duly appointed a Commissioner by the Fulton Circuit Court... offer at Private Sale, on and after Saturday, the 6th day of July, 1878, at the Law Office of RICKEL & SMITH... (real estate described)... Milo R. SMITH, Commissioner.


(Notice of Administration)... Edward WENTZEL appointed administrator of the estate of Samuel SHADLE, deceased, has filed his petition to sell the Real Estate... Samuel KEELY, Clerk. ESSICK & HOLMAN, Attys.




Saturday, June 22, 1878




Lawyer RICKLE will occupy HICKMAN's brick residence at the south end of town.

J. E. EICHELBERGER, of Peru, the boss baker, is now turning out a fine quality of breat at TRUE's Restaurant.

Mr. TRUE has sold his Restaurant and Bakery to G. W. WALLACE who will conduct the business at the old stand two doors north of Mercer's hardware store.


MARRIAGE LICENSES issued by the County Clerk:

John MARONEY to Mary E. CARROLL. Amos HEIDER to Margaret TIPTON. John W. APPLEGATE to Fanny B. BAKER. Edward MOONSHOWER to Sophia MITCHELL. William L. PACKER to Jennie M. EIDSON. Ashvil W. GOOD to Mary RICHARDSON. Sam'l ROUCH to Susanah LAMB.



Yesterday morning the grocery house of J. G. COOK, in the Masonic building, suspended business...




Abe SAMUELS will soon start for Texas.

H. H. DOWNING and wife, of Chalmer Station, are visiting in this locality. Mrs. Downing is a sister of Mrs. Al. G. PUGH, of this place.

B. F. DAWSON lately returned home from the Ann Arbor University where he has been studying pharmacy. He will enjoy the pleasures of home for three months.




-At the residence of the bride's mother, Rochester, Ind., Thursday, June 20th, 1878, by Rev. A. B. CHARPIE, assisted by Rev. F. M. RULE, Prof. William J. WILLIAMS, Supt of Rochester Public Schools to Miss Rosa A. BRACKETT.

The above wedding was to have taken place on Thursday evening. A large number of guests had been invited and every preparation made for a grand wedding. At an early hour on Thursday morning, Prof. Williams received a dispatch from his friends at Granville, Ohio, announcing the sudden death of his sister Libbie. The deceased lady will be remembered as having taught the fifth grade in the Rochester school for the year ending June, 1877. She returned to her home at the close of her school, and has been in feeble health ever since, but not such as to create any alarm. She was a talented and very worthy young lady, and her death will be regreted by her numerous friends here. The notice of her death was a great shock to her brother, who was anticipating such a pleasant occasion in the evening, but with true courage he arranged his plans for the marriage ceremony to take place at 10-1/2 o'clock that forenoon and at noon he was on his way, with his bride to attend the burial of his sister instead of the pleasure excursion they had mapped out.



KESLER & FISH have their store in running order.

BIRTH. -Henry BOWMAN is the proudest man in town, and all because it is a boy.

Lewis ELEY is getting out some oak lumber, which is to be shipped to the old country.

Charles McCANN of Winamac was here this week looking after his sawmill, which he is going to move away soon.

DIED. -Whooping cough is raging here, and has caused Amos LEEDY and companion to lay away one of their children, aged eight months.


(Found) A certain amount of money was found by me in the hardware store of Shepherd & Deniston, on Friday of this week. The owner can have the same by calling on me at my residence, three miles east of Bloomingsburg, Ind., proving property and paying for this notice. J. M. MEREDITH.


(Notice of Insolvency)... the estate of Norman MAYBEE was declared probably insolvent... Christian EDDINGER, Administrator.


(Notice of Administration)... Elizabeth COPNER appointed Administrator of the Estate of Justus D. COPNER, late of Fulton county, deceased...


(Dissolution Notice)... the partnership heretofore existing between CALKINS & McCLARY is dissolved, the term for which said partnership was entered into having expired. E. CALKINS.





(Sheriff's Sale) William H. ROBERSON, Administrator of the Estate of Sarah ROBERSON, deceased vs Frederick W. STOCK and Minnie STOCK... Public Sale... Saturday, the 6th day of July, 1878... (real estate described) situate in Fulton county... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.


Saturday, June 29, 1878




Mr. Appleton BOWERS and others here, are contemplating a pleasure trip to the far west, in the month of September.

Frank DILLON has sold thus far this season, twenty buggies, which is considered good business for the hard times.

John W. DAVIS is the owner of a fine bay mare which can knock three minutes colder than ice...

The Akron Public School under the directorship of Mr. David KNOTT, closed last Friday...




Cal. VanTRUMP has been appointed Assignee for J. G. COOK, a bankrupt.

STOCKTON, the harness maker, is improving his property on Main Street, by adding another story to his residence, and building a business room in which to make and display harness.

Isaiah CONNOR and Edward CALKINS have formed a partnership, and hung out their sign as "CONNOR & CALKINS, Attorneys at Law." They can be found in Jesse SHIELDS' building, in the office formerly occupied by STURGEON & CONNOR...






Al J. KITT is prospecting at Chalmer's Station in White county, this week.

Among the Peru excursionists, who came over last Tuesday, we noticed our genial friend, M. DANZIGER.

SMITH & RICKLE attorneys at law will occupy the corner office in the Masonic building.

The Logansport excursion train brought in Paul TABER and Dio HAUK, both well and favorably known in this community.

Mrs. Dio HAUK and her sprightly baby are visiting at the old home stead, the Wallace House.

O. GATES, formerly a resident of this place, was at the Central House this week. He is selling goods for an Indianapolis house.

The tower on the new engine house is going up slow but sure; likewise are our city taxes.

J. W. BAUGHER has moved his saw mill from Grant, and located it four miles west of Plymouth in Marshall county...

Charlie O'DONALD is in receipt of a letter from Prof. NEVOTI, in New York City. The Professor states that he belongs to the Thirteenth Regiment, Brooklyn Militia, as solo cornet player. Its Band plays concerts on the excursion boat "Columbia."...Peru Sentinel.




Dr. PETERS has petered out and gone.

John FOGLESONG has his barn about enclosed.

Miss Emma BARNETT and Miss Norma PHILLIPS have returned and will spend their vacation here.

Milt HILAND now occupies his new room with a full line of furniture, which is one of the finest rooms in this place.

SNEPP & RITCHEY have started a restaurant and bakery at Milt HILAND's old furniture stand...

SNEPP & RITCHEY have opened a first-class meat market, one door west of the Kewanna House...




While plowing, John BARRET received a severe lick on the foot by a root, which has caused him to furnish employment for one of your boys.

DIED. -Hardman HORN, one of the oldest citizens of the county, died very suddenly on last Monday, morning, with the heart disease.[8]


The Rochester Independent is no more ... died last Saturday morning, aged six months...



WILL IT PAY? In a recent conversation with one of the leading attorneys of this place, the "eastern outlet" question was sprung and discussed from various stand points. In the course of the conversation the attorney advanced the practical idea that a western branch running from the Eel River Valley railroad at North Manchester to Rochester via Akron, would sooner or later be built; not only as a paying enterprise but as a necessity. Rochester is fast developing into a good grain and cattle market, and has long felt the want of a through route east... An east and west road running near the north side of Manitau Lake would certainly be the cause of the construction of a lot of large houses for storing ice to be shipped east...


(Notice to Contractors) Sealed proposals for building a School House in Liberty Township... will be received by the Trustee of said township at his residence near Green Oak... Isom R. NEW, Trustee. P.O. Address, Green Oak, Ind.





The "Golden Ball" is a new cigar manufactured by L. S. EMRICK. Every cigar dealer in town is selling them.

The Bell Telephone agent was in town Wednesday, wanting to rent a single instrument for ten dollars a year.

There is some talk of connecting Rochester and Kewanna by telephone. It could probably be made a paying enterprise.

BIRTH. -Dave RADER was seen acting very strange upon the street on Wednesday. Inquiry about his quick movements disclosed the fact that it was all on account of a little girl at his house, the first for eight years.

Mrs. R. N. RANNELLS was seriously ill yesterday.




Wilber TRUSLOW, an ex-resident of this place, is in town.

T. J. McCLARY will occupy the southwest corner office in the Masonic building.

Frank ZARTMAN was in town yesterday, and smiled on a number of his lady friends.

Miss Della BLOUNT, daughter of Dr. BLOUNT of Wabash, visited Miss Carrie SHRYOCK this week.

Hon. D. R. BEARSS and wife and Col. SHRYOCK and wife, spent the fourth at Oak Grove, and partook of the generous hospitality of Omer BEARSS and lady.

Our old townsman, L. M. MONTGOMERY, now located at Auburn, made us a call on his recent visit...


MARRIED. -The marriage ceremony which united Rev. A. M. WORK, of this place, and Miss (----) ELMORE, of near Crawfordsville, took place at Crawfordsville on Thursday afternoon of last week.







Everybody was just returning from dinner to their places of business, on Thursday, when the startling report spread from one to another that Rolla MARTIN had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a revolver.

Many people rushed to Andy EDWARDS' saloon to see and learn more about the would-be self-murder. He was found in a long shed used as a ten-pin alley, in the rear of the saloon. Only a few minutes prior to the shooting, he was upon the street in apparent good health and duly sober. From the street he went back into the shed, and being entirely along, held the revolver to his temple and fired... Dr. HILL was summoned, and for a time it was thought the shot would prove fatal. He was removed to his boarding house, where a careful examination was made, when it was found that the ball entered about two inches above, and the same distance to the rear of the right eye, then glided downward about five inches and found lodgement in his cheek. His wound was properly cared for, and at this writing he is in a fair way to recover.

Martin is a young man, rather peculiar in some of his ways. He is a fine carpenter and joiner, and could make himself comfortable and happy by leaving off some of the vices to which he is addicted. About two years ago he attempted to destroy his life by taking strychnine, but he failed in his purpose at that time, as he has in the present instance. Only a few weeks ago, in a saloon row, he drew his revolver and attempted to shoot a man named BAKER, but he missed his aim and shot the keeper of the saloon. His many strange freaks, particularly when intoxicated, has led the community to the belief that there is a derangement of the mind which makes his acts dangerous to himself and the community in general.




The Debating Club has fizzled out.

Under the supervision of S. CAVENGER, Stringtown will have a singing school.

Miss Alice BITTERS has returned to her home in Akron, after a two weeks visit in this place.

Mr. D. COLE became badly poisoned last week by some poisonous weeds, and is now confined to his bed.


(Notice to Non-Residents)... Nancy E. FOUTS vs John A. FOUTS, plaintiff, by Jacob S. SLICK, Attorney... that said Defendant... is not a resident of the State of Indiana... this 2d day of July, 1878. Samuel KEELY, Clerk.


Saturday, July 13, 1878




Nineteen paupers are being fed at the poor farm.

Sam WALLACE, the "boss graphic," continues to display his skill as an artist in the sign painting business.

J. D. BROWN, the hog buyer, has purchased the KENT farm bordering on the lake. This is one of the largest and best situated plantations in the county.

DIED. -Rolla MARTIN, the young man who attempted to commit suicide on Thursday of last week, received a wound that ended his earthly career on last Saturday forenoon. The funeral services which took place last Sunday afternoon were largely attended by Rolla's friends and acquaintances.

Mr. John SHIELDS of Dallas, Texas, but formerly of Peru, gave us a very pleasant call yesterday... He is visiting Dr. ROBBINS and family.

MARRIED. -We happened into Esquire HERMAN's office, on Thursday evening, just at a time when John MORRIS and Eliza WHITIES, from near Fulton, were ready to hold up -- that is, unite their hearts and hands in marriage vows. 'Squire is an expert at tying conjugal knots, and in this instance, as is usual custom, he invited the then happy couple to call upon him when storms arose and they wanted a divorce.

-Elwood LOYD and Susan A. MOORE were also married yesterday afternoon at the same place and by the same person. Loyd was so particular about the fee to be paid for the ceremony, insisting that a dollar was too much, that the 'Squire made no contract with him to procure him a divorce.




-George D. MEREDITH and Mary J. ANDERSON came from Virginia, we believe, and stopped at Lincoln, Miami county, about the first of this year.

They went to housekeeping and lived together as man and wife. All went well for a time, but it finally transpired that Meredith had enticed the woman from her eastern home, where she had left a husband and nine children, and wrote them affectionate letters, through which means the husband learned the whereabouts of his absconding wife and unnatural mother of his children. Coming to Peru, he caused the arrest of Meredith on a charge of adultry. He was convicted and fined $50. ANDERSON then compromised with his wife and they are gone and lost sight of. Meredith having no funds to pay his fine, served five months in the Miami county jail, completing his term on the 14th of last month. On the 24th ult, he arrived at this place destitute of means and in bad health. He refused to tell who he was or from when he came, and there being no alternative but to supply his needs he was taken to the Poor House, where he died on last Sunday. A short time before he died he made a statement embodying the above facts, and letters and papers found among his effects confirms his story.




Mr. John ROBBINS is improving in health, but has not regained his speech entirely yet.

Mr. Uriah SHAFFER and family, of Logansport, are visiting with Mr. ROBBINS of this place.

A noisy crew was heard on the streets last Saturday night, caused by imbibing too freely down on Saloon street.

Rev. W. W. JONES was notified by telegram this week, that his mother was very low. He started for her bedside as soon as notified of her critical condition.


(Dissolution Notice) The Co-partnership between REX & MOORE as Dentists, has been dissolved by mutual consent. Rex will still continue at the old stand. M. M. REX.





Saturday, July 20, 1878


A MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURE - Davidson's Academy of Music


The enterprising people of Rochester and Fulton county, can now boast of one of the finest and most comodious structures in the northwest, which is rapidly approaching completion, and according to the suggestion of the Sentinel will be known as "Davidson's Academy of Music," a very appropriate and classical name.

This mammoth building is situated at the north end of town on the corner of Main and Market streets, opposite the Wallace House. The building has been in course of construction for over a year, and is carefully and substantially made in every particular. The massive brick walls rest on very heavy stone foundations, while the large timbers that support the upper story and the roof are of the best quality and thoroughly bolted to their respective places. On the first floor are two very large and elegantly finished store rooms, containing all modern improvements and conveniences, such as large plate glass fronts, improved counters, gas chandeliers, etc. They are now ready for occupancy, and can be rented on desirable terms.

The capacious Academy of Music is probably one of the largest in the State, being 100 feet long, 40 feet wide and 33 feet between the floor and ceiling, containing a well arranged gallery capable of seating four hundred persons. The stage is 30x40 feet with four convenient dressing rooms connected by short stiarways. Forty-six gas burners will furnish light for the stage. The whole Theatre will contain about one hundred gas lights.

The finishing of the interior department of the building is under the supervision of Mr. J. E. LESLIE late of Cincinnati, Ohio, who is personally engaged in painting the scenery. The exquisite blending of brilliant colors in the various picturings of the artist's brush, reminds one of the enchanted descriptions of an Arabian Night's fairy fable, and are a glorious testimony of the culture and aesthetic taste of the scenic artist. The drop curtain is one of his best productions, representing the Castle of Maximillian and scenery near Lake Como. The balance of the scenery will consist of garden, landscape, forest, chamber, street, kitchen and gothic scenes, finished in a manner that would do credit to any theatre in the country. The room can be well ventilated by two rows of large windows on the north and east sides.

The total cost of the whole structure will exceed twenty thousand dollars. It is a grand enduring monument, an honor to its proprietor and owner, a credit to the town, and one that the people of the county can justly feel proud of.




Arthur COPELAND, Jr., is visiting at the old homestead in Sandusky, Ohio.

One hundred tons of ice were shipped from this place to Logansport on Wednesday, by Tob GOSS, on which he realized $4.25 per ton...

The dwelling house of Mrs. Sarah HOOVER a widow lady residing about half way between this place and Akron, was entered by thieves the other day in the absence of the family, and thoroughly ransacked.... The thieves are yet at large.

Miss Lizzie MILLER, of Hamilton, Ohio, is visiting friends in this place.

DIED  -A very distressing accident occurred in Henry Township, on Tuesday evening. A fifteen year old daughter of Dormand BOWERS, in her haste to kindle a fire in the cook stove, applied to the coal oil can to aid her in her purpose, with the never failing result -a terrific explosion, scattering oil all over her clothing and person, and burning her to death. The accident occurred at about 7 o'clock in the evening, but so horribly was she burned that the poor sufferer died at 3 o'clock on Wednesday morning...

-We neglected to mention last week, the death of John W. GRAHAM, which occurred at Yankton, D.T., Saturday, July 6th, 1878. Mr. Graham was for many years a resident of this county. He was born in New York Jan. 16th, 1841, and was at the time of death, 36 years, 6 months and 20 days of age. In early life he became a resident of this county, but for the past three years he has been at and near Yankton, where he died. His only surviving near relative is Mrs. J. P. MYERS of this place, who is deeply grieved at the loss of her last brother. Mr. Graham was a genial and kind hearted gentleman whose death will be lamented by his numerous friends and acquaintances in this county. He was one of the heirs of the WALLACE ESTATE which is yet in an unsettled condition.

Every day this week a train load of ice consisting of from thirty to forty cars each have passed over this road going south.

BIRTH. -Lyman BRACKETT thought he was sun struck last Monday morning, but it happened to be a fine 10 pound girl.



Most of the citizens of Rochester, and many throughout the county, knew, or had heard of Joe COLLINS. His peculiarity of manners gave him something of a notoriety. For many years he has been a victim of epileptic fits which somewhat impaired his mind, and in his imagination he was a great doctor and teacher of morals, philosophy, &c. He was very inoffensive and at times quite entertaining in his conversation. He was always on the move, never abaiding long at one place, but seldom got without the county limits. He was disposed to be industrious and usually maintained himself by his labor. Only occasionally has he been a county charge. In his meanderings about the country, he happened at the residence of Henry BARNETT, a farmer living about four miles down the river, where he had been stopping for a few days. Each morning while there he went to the Tippecanoe River, but a short distance off to bathe before breakfast. On Monday morning he went to the river as usual, but did not return for breakfast. His absence created no alarm for it was supposed he had gone to some neighbor's house for breakfast. About ten o'clock that forenoon, as Mr. Barnett was looking after some cattle along the banks of the stream, he discovered the body of Collins on the bottom of the river a few feet from the bank...

(coroner's report):... death by accidental drowning... was forty-three years of age; that he was of light, or sandy complexion, about five feet eight inches high... Given under hands and seal, this 15th day of July, 1878: Isaiah WALKER, Dan. AGNEW, T. J. McCLARY, E. M. ZOOK, S. J. MILLER, Samuel MILLER, Peter BAKER, A. V. HOUSE, W. L. MOON, David RADER, A. W. HENDRICKS, Julius ROWLEY, Jurors. E. M. KRATZER, Coroner, F.C.

The deceased having no known relatives, his body was very appropriately cared for and taken to the Poor Farm, where it was buried.[9]




DIED. -Mrs. JONES, mother of Rev. W. W. JONES, died soon after his arrival.

Grandmother RICHEY of Donelson, Marshall county Ind. is failing very fast. Her length of days will soon be numbered.

We understand that Mr. HAINBAUGH of Rochester has been engaged to teach the Kewanna Graded School.

Wm. BALL of Lincoln Valley, Nebraska, writes to his friends at this place stating that he had his entire crop destroyed by a terrific storm...




Henry WARD is well pleased with his purp.

S. Y. GROVE is suffering with one of Job's afflictions on his arm.



Saturday, July 27, 1878




John MILLER is reading law with CONNOR & CALKINS.

Mrs. F. B. ERNSPERGER is pleasure seeking at Williamsport, Pa.

Dr. PLANK will light his new drug store with gas. Verily Rochester is putting on city airs.

Carpenters are rushing the new Central Block toward completion very fast.

Mrs. INMAN of Chicago, a sister to Ches. CHAMBERLAIN, is visiting her relatives in this place.

Davidson's grand Academy of Music will be open to the public during the County Fair, which will be held from September 19 to 21st.

Mr. J. J. BABCOCK, formerly a resident of this place but now a citizen of Greenville, Mich., is here with his family, visiting his relations and numerous friends.


Again Jesse SHRIVER, of Henry Township, is the victim of another malicious trick. A few weeks ago his reaper was badly broken by unknown outlaws. While threshing one day this week with his own threshing machine, the cylinder was torn to pieces by several large stones that were concealed in sheaves of wheat. Verily the ways of the Shriver neighborhood are hard.

Mr. M. C. FURLONG & SON, was in town this week erecting a beautiful Italian marble monument at the graves of David SPOTTS and wife...

Frank SHRYOCK is now located at Michigan City as one of the night guards at the Penitentiary, at the snug sum of $65 a month...

The Evangelical, or German Methodist Association, of which D. J. PONTIOUS is the Pastor for the charge at this place, have purchased the vacant lot owned by Dr. DANZIGER, on the corner of Jefferson and South street, and will erect a fine brick church on it this season.

Mr. Geo. KING, the Henry Township farmer, who was taken to the Indianapolis Insane Asylum some weeks ago, recently returned to his home, having silently folded his duds and stole away. He walked home, stopping occasionally a day or two in order to keep himself refreshed. Some of his neighbors report that he is much improved mentally.

There are still persons going from this county to find homes in the West. B. F. LEAR, a gentleman living three miles west of Rochester, on the Winamac road, will sell his personal property... on Thursday, August 1st, 1878... It is his intention to go by private conveyances to Nebraska and Kansas in search of a new home.

Miss Lizzie DUNKLE and Nellie ADAMS, of Logansport, are visiting the WALLACE girls in this place.

Uncle Jesse SHIELDS has fenced in the vacant lot in the rear of his store, thus cutting off one more place for farmers to hitch and feed their teams.


DIED. -Harvey FLETCHER the young man who died on Friday night of last week of typhoid fever, was buried on Saturday.

-Cora, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. ZOOK, of this place, died after a very short illness, on Tuesday evening, and was buried on Wednesday, funeral services at the residence by Rev. F. M. RULE. She was four years and 23 days of age. The Band, of which Mr. Zook is a prominent member, attended the funeral in full uniform, and on the march to the cemetery, played that beautiful and touching piece of music: "Sweet by and by."

-The funeral of Mrs. Jane HARPER took place at Mt. Zion, Presbyterian church, Friday, July 19th, at 10 o'clock a.m.

Mrs. H. had almost completed her eighty-fifth year. The forces of nature being exhausted, she gradually lost sight of all things earthly. No disease aided as agent in her departure. But her allotted time having expired, she "fell asleep" as peacefully as the innocent child on its mother's bosom. Children, grand-children and great grand-children with friends and neighbors came to pay their last respects to this aged one. She united with the United Brethren church in 1848, and lived an exemplary life to the last. The services at the church were conducted by Rev. A. M. WORK...




Miss Belle FINLEY is in this burg visiting her parents.

Henry WARD has just returned from Chicago with a nice lot of dry goods.


Saturday, August 3, 1878




The I.P. & C. is now running a new Woodruff "sleeper" and palace car.

A very pleasant surprise party was given Miss Tella LYON on Wednesday evening...

E. R. SHOEMAKER has again engaged in the sewing machine and notion trade. His place of business is in the frame building, first door east of the Citizen's Block...

Marcus COOK, the very efficient Clerk at LAUER's clothing establishment for several years past, has severed his connection with that house and will, in a short time, open a clothing house of his own, in the north room of the Masonic block.

Capt. JEWELL is negotiating with parties at Evanston, Ill., for a steam pleasure yacht worth one thousand dollars. If the citizens of Rochester assist him to the extent of two hundred dollars, he proposes to furnish the balance and launch the steam yacht into Lake Manitau at an early day.

Joe BOWEN, the noted money lender who nearly always evades paying taxes on his thousands, was in town this week. He feasts on free lunches and takes his tea at the town pump.

The fencing of the SHIELDS and VanTRUMP lot west of the Centennial Block, has abated another nuisance -- that of feeding teams so near Main street. Wherever teams continue to feed there will filth accumulate.


MARRIAGE LICENSES issued by the Clerk


Alfred GREER to Sarah HORNBERGER. Wm. A. MILLOW to Matilda ZINN. Frank E. HANSON to Mary CAMPBELL. John MORRIS to [Eliza] WHITEIS. Elwood LOYD to Susan MOORE. Philip ANDERSON to Mary LEWIS. John KAHOE to Phebe McKEE.


Miss Lulu ROBBINS is visiting her relations and friends in Peru.

Hattie O'DONALD, wife of the Sheriff of Miami county, was among her friends in this place a few days ago.

Supt. WALLICK, of the W. U. Telegraph Co., furnishes six telephones for use at the entertainment Monday evening.

Next Saturday there will be a large Sunday School Picnic held at what is known as "Dead Man's College," in Richland Township...




A week or two ago we related in these columns the singular circumstance of the abduction of Mrs. ANDERSON from her family in Ohio, by [George] D. MEREDITH, and their journeying to Lincoln, Miami county, where they lived in open adultry; the subsequent arrest of Meredith, his incarceration in the Miami county jail, and finally his death at the poor house of this county, and burial in the county burying grounds. Mrs. Anderson and her legitimate husband were supposed to have returned to their broken up home in Ohio, but in that we were mistaken. They immediately took up their abode at Akron, where they yet remain.

Learning from the Sentinel that Meredith had died in the Poor House, she came down one day last week to visit and weep over the grave of her paramour. The resting place of her adored was kindly pointed out by Mr. BLACK, the Superintendent. Her husband was by her side and witnessed her great grief and the tears that she shed to dampen the grave of him who had lured her from her husband, children and home to lead a life of shame. The husband looked on unmoved, and when the scene at the grave was over, both returned to their home at Akron. ...




The plumbers are now at work putting in water works in H. PHILLIPS and A. D. TONER's houses.

Dork HUDKINS got a finger mashed the other day, while handling a coal oil barrel. Amputation will probably be necessary.

George HILFICKER is now at home, after five years service in the regular army of the U.S.A. While in the army he spent most of his time at Fort Clark, Texas...


DIED. -Lorma, widow of the Rev. John RITCHEY, died July 24, 1878, aged 77 years, 6 months and 12 days.

Her remains were deposited beside her husband in the Kewanna cemetery on last Thursday. The deceased was an earnest faithful Christian mother, who had labored in the M.E. church for many years. A great portion of her life being spent in this place and surrounding country; she with her husband being among the first settlers of this and Cass county. Her husband who was a pioneer minister in the M.E. Church for 28 years, was ever accompanied by his faithful Christian companion through every field of labor, amid privation and affliction which oft befell them. She outlived her husband 28 years, during which time she lived with her sons, ever sowing the seeds of fidelity and Christian love wherever her lot was cast. When she neared the river of death, she was calm and serene, pouring blessings of love on her friends, and especially on her daughter-in-law who had so faithfully cared for her through many long years of affliction, and as she neared the stream she said her work would soon be done and she soon would meet her Redeemer and friends who had passed on before. She lived to raise twelve children, three of whom only survive her, and who should ever profit by and practice the teachings of a loving Christian mother.


Mrs. STEPHENSON, of South Bend, is visiting the family of her brother-in-law, Mr. Hugh STEPHENSON, of this city.


(RE-OPENED. The well-known Meat Market opposite the Post Office, has been re-opened... WEASNER & BACHELOR.


(Application for License)... to sell spirituous, vinous and malt liquors... In the room on the ground floor of the two-story frame building situated on the west end of the north half of the south half of lot number thirty-three (33) in the old plat of the town of Rochester... Frederick BOSENBERG.




Peter MEREDITH has returned from his visit to the West.

Risden NELLANS has a felon on his finger and Emanuel STOCKBERGER on his toe. Who next?

Abs. NELLANS paid our burg a short visit on last Monday, and carried home one bushel of blackberries with him.

Moses NELLANS says he pitched seven loads of hay on the wagon, and put up fifteen haycocks after supper one day last week.

On Saturday of last week, while hauling wheat to the machine, George DOREMIRE's horses run away with the wagon. The damages were light.

BIRTH. -Chas. HAMLET came very near getting son struck last week. He steps high and loudly proclaims it to be a girl.


Saturday, August 10, 1878


As a result of the manner in which the Republican party has conducted the financial affairs of the country, the popular dry goods firm of D. S. GOULD & BROS. of this place have been forced to close their doors and go into bankruptcy...




Lawyer PARMALEE, of Indianapolis, called on his friends in this place one day this week.

The young druggist, John VALENTINE, of Akron, is jugling bottles in Dawson's drug store.

Kissing by telephone is the latest. Mr. LEONARD, of Peru was at the Rochester depot the other night, and kissed his daughter, who was at the Peru depot.


The Presbyterian Society at its meeting last Thursday night, elected as Trustees for the coming two years: Messrs. J. B. ELLIOTT, G. I. MILLER, John SHOUP, H. MACKEY and Isaac NICODEMUS. The Trustees report the financial affairs of the church in a healthful condition.

DIED. -About noon on Monday of this week, death claimed for its victim little Nona, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. A. H. ROBBINS, which caused much sorrow in the household where she was such a favorite. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon from the residence, the services being conducted by Rev. A. M. WORK.

E. T. REED, of Newcastle Township, was chosen Chairman of the Democratic Central Committee... last Saturday...

Jim GAINER's new brick residence is coming to a peak. The carpenters are working on the roof.

Dr. TERRY and wife are yet at Three Rivers, Mich., where the Doctor has been seriously ill. Last accounts report him recovering slowly.

Mr. LEONARD of Peru, gave a very clear and interesting lecture on the "Philosophy of Sound" at the Opera Hall Monday night. Owing to some of the wires not being properly arranged, the telephone exhibition was almost a failure. The lecture being full of information redeemed the occasion and everybody departed satisfied.

John STALLARD is on duty as night watchman of the town. Midnight prowlers had better keep a sharp lookout for him.




Miss Tillie BAUGHER is visiting her brother and many friends at this place.

Chas. McCANN, of Winamac moved his steam boiler from here last week.

F. BUGBY is improving his shoe shop by a nice square front and some good paint.

Uncle Henry WINDBIGLER is suffering terrible with the rheumatism. His hands and limbs are swollen so that he is hardly able to get about.


The Old Reliable BOOT & SHOE STAND opposite the Bank... FARRIGAN & CLARY.


(Administratrix Sale)... Estate of Jestus D. COPNER, late of Fulton county, Indiana, deceased, will offer for sale at Public Auction at the late residence of the decedent, 1-1/2 miles south of Fulton, and a half mile west of the Michigan Road, on Saturday, August 31, 1878 All the personal property... Elizabeth COPNER, Administratrix.


(Application for License)... to sell spirituous, vinous and malt liquors... In the back room of the one-story frame building on the west end of the south half of the north half of lot number thirty-three (33) old plat of the town of Rochester...Frederick E. CORNELIUS.


(Application for License)... to sell spirituous, vinous and malt liquors... In the front room of the one-story frame building situated on the twenty-one feet and two inches off the south side of lot number thirty-two (32) old plat... Rochester...Anton THALMANN.




John HILL is completing a fine brick residence on north Jefferson street.

The new rooms in the Central Block will be occupied about Sept. 1st by C. C. WOLF, Jeweler, and PLANK & MILLER, druggists. The massive window frames are now ready to receive the large plate glass. Gas fixtures will be put in both rooms, and a good quality of gas will be used for light.

On last Wednesday night, Robert JEWELL started for Evanston, Illinois, to purchase a steam pleasure yacht, that will soon be launched into Lake Manitau. According to Mr. Jewelll's description of the little steamer, it will carry 20 or 25 passengers with safety, and run ten or twelve miles an hour...

Yesterday afternoon was held the last session of the present term of the Rochester Normal School. No especial or unusual exercises were had, except a short and encouraging address by Dr. MOSS, President of the Bloomington University. The term was of six weeks duration and was attended by about fifty pupils...




James M. BEEBER of Plymouth was in town yesterday.

Miss Mollie MERCER is down sick with billious fever.

Frank ZARTMAN of Denver was in town last Sunday, visiting his cousin.

Dr. SHERWIN will occupy rooms on the second floor of Dr. PLANK's new building.

George EDWARDS still raises his tenor voice in behalf of the vocal cause at the Baptist church.

John DUNLAP, of Silver Lake, formerly a dry goods merchant at Akron, was at the Central House, Thursday.

Miss Jennie CORNOYER, of Vincennes is visiting her cousin, Miss Tillie BROUILLETTE of this place.

Miss Rena DALE and Miss Ella FISHER, of Noblesville were the guests of G. H. KILLEN and lady in this place, this week.

Friendy STRONG, of Akron, has returned from the Valparaiso Normal, and will now enjoy the pleasures of home for a few weeks.

Mrs. Joseph BENDEL, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. SAMUELS in this place, will start for her Kentucky home some time next week.

Frank P. BITTERS will open a Normal school at Akron on the 2d of September. He is a competent instructor, and tuition for the term will be moderate.

Ben MECHLING, the dry goods merchant from Hillsdale, Michigan, returned to this place last Saturday night, for the purpose of seeing and interviewing his gentleman and lady friends.





RIMES has a new blacksmith.

J. F. NUTT has gone to see the west.

David PERKINS' son has arrived from Ohio.

Wm. REAM, the Jeweler has located here again.

Alice CLELAND is home again, after a term at the Valpariaso Normal School.

F. H. GRAHAM our neighbor on the south, has commenced building a new house.

The Baptist church as far as completed, presents a very fine appearance.

The Kewanna Base Ball Club intend playing a game with the Rosedale Club, at Winamac Thursday.

BIRTH. -A. E. HUDKINS, our neighbor on the north, is the happiest man in town; all on account of the nicest little boy in town. Productive soil around the KNISS property!


Saturday, August 24, 1878


Felix McLAUGHLIN, a well-to-do farmer of Wayne Township, met with quite a misfortune on last Sunday evening. His large barn, into which had just been stored away most of the products of his year's labor, burned down, destroying everything, including four valuable horses. It is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary.




A hoop pole factory is doing a shaving business at the north end of town.

Young WILSON, the gentleman so horribly mangled in the horse-power of a threshing machine, in Richland Township, last Saturday, was to have been married to-morrow. The pleasing event will probably be postponed for a season.

Davidson's Academy of Music will be opened to the public on Friday evening, September 20th.

DIED. -James NELSON, a very worthy young man, formerly engaged as a blacksmith in Heffly wagon manufactory, died at Roann, on last Saturday. Being a member of the Masonic Lodge of this place, some of the brethren journeyed over there in carriages to attend the funeral.

On Thursday morning, an excursion train passed through this place from Michigan City, on its way to Cincinnati via Indianapolis. It consisted of five coaches, which were comfortably filled when they arrived here. There were quite a number from Rochester and the country, that availed themselves of the cheap rates to spend a day or two in the porkopolis of the world.

The fast sailing "Nonesuch," has arrived at Jewell's Landing, and is now ready to accommodate tourists, pleasure seekers and fishermen. Her crew is small but consists of capable old time mariners. Phil JENKINS is first engineer, under the command of the popular sailing master, Capt. Robt. JEWELL. This new craft is about 25 feet long with six feet beam and will carry a weight nearly equal to two tons...

DIED. -Mrs. James MAXEY died at the residence of Andrew KROMERS, a few miles west of town, on Thursday, and was buried yesterday. Services at the Burton school house by Rev. A. B. CHARPIE. [10]

BIRTH. -Billy ORR, Jr., met with a stroke of good or bad luck, just as you are pleased to call it, on Thursday. His wife presented him with a pair of bouncing boys, which makes Billy the proudest father in town.

A painful accident happened in Richland Township last Saturday afternoon. While driving the team attached to a horse power, for a threshing machine, at Runion ARMSTRONG's, a young man 23 years of age, Fredeus C. WILSON, accidentally let his foot get caught in the revolving cog wheels, mashing the lower part of the limb so badly that amputation was necessary. Doctor SUTTON, assisted by Doctor ROBBINS, amputated the leg at about half way between the ankle and knee joints, and according to latest reports the unfortunate young man was doing well...




J. W. RICKLE and family will occupy the cozy residence just east of the Citizens block some time next week.

Henry KEELY of Indianapolis was in town this week as the guest of Samuel KEELY.

Miss Clara STURGEON, Miss Anna JACKSON, and their consorts, W. H. SICKMAN and Charley NEWHOUSE were at Maxinkuckee Lake, Tuesday.

Dick THOMPSON, of Rochester, was inspecting the navy on Lake Manitau lately. He may yet be "Secretary of the navy" for Mr. JEWELL.

Frank SHRYOCK was at home a few days this week. He says that he likes the night watchman's pay, better than the work.

The services of Miss Lida STRADLEY have been engaged to teach the juveniles in the south end school building for the coming year.

Mrs. J. C. SPOHN and Miss. J. E. HILTON are spending a few weeks at the mineral springs, at Three Rivers, Mich., for recreation and the improvement of their health.




J. LEITER and wife attended the Battle Ground Camp meeting.

James CARTER and V. P. CALVIN are on the sick list.

BIRTH. -H. PHILLIPS has to enlarge his house one room, for a little stranger that called a few days ago. The architect failed to make allowance.

A son of Wm. WARE fell from a beam in his barn yesterday and had his leg broken. It was a very bad break, but was set in good order by Dr. J. Q. HOWELL, and was doing well when last heard from.




George KESLER has purchased a new buggy.

Polk STARNER is suffering with erysipelas in his foot and limb.

A. MOLEN has purchased Geo. KESLER's interest in the store of KESLER & FISH.

P. C. DUMBAULD has removed to his farm, and J. M. FISH now occupies his residence in this place.

W. H. BAUGHER lost a horse this week with what was supposed to be a genuine case of horse consumption.

DIED. -Mrs. Phebe MASTON died very suddenly, on last Saturday evening, at her Uncle George TIPTON's.

Elijah COPLEN is making arrangements to go to Kansas on the excursion next week, to look for a location.

Doctor N. N. CLYMER is going to Cincinnati some time next month, and expects to be gone four months...



Dr. Chas. G. HARTMAN, Winamac, Ind... Independent candidate for Joint Representative... Fulton, Pulaski and Starke counties...


PLANK & MILLER are moving their stock of drugs into the new room near the Masonic corner. The interior department of the "Central Drug Store," promises to be magnificent to look upon.

At a Murphy meeting last Sabbath afternoon, Dr. HILL was re-elected President of the organization; Rev. A. M. WORK, Vice President, and Rev. Jasper McCOY, Secretary...


(Notice to Non-Residents)... Samuel S. TERRY vs Elizabeth SHAFFER and David T. SHAFFER... Plaintiff, by Jacob S. SLICK, Attorney... that said Defendant, David T. Shaffer, is not a resident of the State of Indiana... this 26th day of August, 1878. Samuel KEELY, Clerk.



(Estray Notice) Information is wanted about 2 Cows that left the subscriber's place - the Stock Farm just north of the Tippecanoe river in Richland Township... on Sunday, August 18th, 1878... Report to Dr. M. M. REX, Rochester, Ind., or to the undersigned, on the Stock Farm. Amos W. BLOOM. August 27th, 1878.




Judge KEITH will listen to a number of divorce cases during the next term of Court. Among the number will be Sarah VANDERKARR vs John VANDERKARR.

During the storm on Wednesday, lightning struck the dwelling of Jim MARTINDALE, in Richland Township, shocked one of the members of the family who were at the dinner table, quite serverly and killed the house dog that had taken refuge under the bed.

The elegant new passenger and sleeping coaches on the I.P. & C. are being well patronized.

The divorce cases of ROBBINS vs ROBBINS and HICKS vs HICKS are billed for the next term of Court.

MARRIED. - In Rochester, Ind., Aug. 28th, 1878, by Rev. A. E. GIFT, Mr. V. ZEMPLEMANN to Miss C. GRUPP, both of Kewanna, Fulton County, Ind.

Frank HAIMBAUGH will commence a ten weeks term of select school at Kewanna next Monday. After that time he will act as Principal of the regular term at the same place...

DIED. -Mrs. Wm. BLACKETOR, living east of the lake, died on Thursday and was buried yesterday. The deceased was about 55 years of age, whose life went out after long suffering with consumption.[11]

-John DIXON, a young man on whom fortune had never smiled very benignly, was stricken with disease, and last week was taken to the Poor House where he died on Thursday. While in health he had a very fair disposition to work and earn a livelihood, but like too many young men, he squandered all his earnings for foolish things and never laid up anything against a "rainy day."




Mrs. Dr. HEFFLEY, of Logansport, was in town this week as the guest of Mrs. John SMITH, her sister-in-law.

Miss Dora ROBBINS has gone to spend a few weeks in recreation with her friends at the capital of the State.

Mrs. E. P. NEWHOUSE and her sons have gone to Marshtown and established themselves in a general variety store.

A pleasure party consisting of Ed. CHINN, Lulu ROBBINS, Scott SHIELDS and Miss Lida STRADLEY visited Lake Maxinkuckee last Sunday.

J. S. ELLIOTT, son of B. M. ELLIOTT lately returned from Petersburg, Pa. He will remain here and attend the Rochester High School during the winter.


The following are the Grand and Petit Jurors for the September Term of the Circuit Court:

(Grand Jurors) Edward McLOCHLIN, John AYDELOTTE, P. M. BOZARTH, Noah BRUMBACK, Christopher CAMPBELL, John P. BARNHART.

(Petit Jurors) Peter BRUNCK, Jr., Benneville STAMM, Charles DAVIDSON, Jacob STUDEBAKER, William WALLACE, John TRIMBLE, Samuel PUNTIOUS, Sen., Jacob HISEY, Lawrence McCARTER, Conrad HAIMBAUGH, Henry F. HOWER, Edward NEWCOMER.




A. E. BABCOCK will preach the funeral of Richard COPLEN at the Christian church on the fifth Sabbath of September.




James CARTER is improving in health.

Joseph McKEE has been appointed Marshal.

J. C. PHILLIPS and Mrs. J. LEITER intend going West on an excursion soon.

N. FERGUSON, a former resident of this place, is not expected to live.


The Murphy Society elected new officers on last Monday night. A. T. JACKSON was elected President, J. LEITER, Vice President and C. E. NEWTON, Secretary. The Society numbers 416.




Lincoln - situated eight miles south of Rochester on the I.P. & C. R.R., is a thrifty little village, and contains all the elements that are requisite for a first-class town. It contains two good hotels, three dry goods and grocery establishments, two drug stores and one hardware, also one first-class furniture store that larger places might boast of. The mechanical and manufacturing departments are also well represented, there being two blacksmith shops, wagon and carriage factory, boot and shoe shop and a flouring mill. The moral element is represented by two churches of the M.E. and Christian denominations, and are always well filled during Divine service. We have one good school house, but no school at present. First-class teachers are always selected for fall and winter terms.

"Competition is the life of trade," and Lincoln is full of it.

J. NORMAN, threshed from twenty-five acres, 1600 bushels of oats - hard to beat.

Our physicians and druggists are joyful over the arrival of several loads of fine looking melons. Quinine, $8.00 per ounce.

J. W. HURST, our grain merchant buys and ships an immense quantity of grain and always pays the highest market price.

Daniel SWIHART, proprietor of the flouring mills, runs his own engine, he also drives a fine horse and buggy as many of the fair sex will testify to...


Saturday, September 7, 1878




The Logansport Journal says that Miss Ella WALLACE is visiting friends in that city.

J. S. TAYLOR, has been afflicted with the summer complaint for a few days. He is now able to be about again.

MARRIED. -C. J. STRADLEY tied a nuptial knot for F. P. MAXWELL and Miss Cleopatra GUNCKLE, on last Tuesday. The cards and cakes were left out.

The new rooms in the Central Block are now occupied. Mr. WOLF's stock of jewelry makes a fine display in the south room, while PLANK & MILLER's "Central Drug Store" is the attraction on the north side.

Among the Rochesterites who attended the Voorhees meeting at Peru, Tuesday, was Samuel KEELY, J. S. SLICK, Milo R. SMITH, A. BAKER, R. C. WALLACE, George HOLMAN and John MILLER.

M. L. GRAFF, a young attorney from Ft. Wayne, was in town a few days this week, visiting his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. FEDER...

L. M. BRACKETT has been on the sick list for several days, but is now out and around again.

Mr. W. H. DAVIDSON, the manager and owner of the new Academy of Music, recently returned from Chicago, where he succeeded in engaging the services of the "Lyceum Dramatic Company," with which to open his threatre on the night of the 19th of this month...

Allie HOLEMAN has put down a good substantial side walk in front of his new room. The Holeman building will be ornamented with a plate front, similar to those in the Central Block.

Miss Ella SHIELDS, of Rochester, is visiting in the city, the guest of her sister, Mrs. Vint O'DONALD. -Peru Sentinel.

CARTER's supply of ice has been exhausted and he is now receiving shipments from Laporte to supply those with whom he has contracts...

DIED. -Rhoda Sophia BLANCHARD, born in Jennings county, Indiana, May 18th, 1878 [sic], died in Rochester, Sept. 4th, 1878, aged 22 years, 3 months and 12 days. Funeral services were conducted at the residence of John L. BLANCHARD, father of the deceased, by Rev. A. B. CHARPIE of the Baptist church.

-Rev. F. M. BELL, a superannuated member of the North Indiana Conference of the M.E. Church, died at his residence near Lincoln, Miami county, last Tuesday, and was buried by the I.O.O.F., on Wednesday at one o'clock. Mr. Bell was at one time a very excellent preacher, but consumption of the bowels forced him to superannuate several years ago, since which time has has cheerfully awaited the call of the Master, and when it came, the jewel dropped from the casket and was borne by angel hands to the skies, where it will forever reflect the glory of God.[12]

E. E. COWGILL and lady are visiting at Dayton, Ohio.

Miss Ella LYON, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is visiting relatives in this place.

Prof. WILLIAMS is wrestling with a stubborn case of billious fever. Young Hugh BROWN is trying to fill his educational shoes at the school house, and is making a respectable effort.




Mr. RIMES and John KILLMER to in Chicago this week.

J. S. WILLIAMS and family have gone to visit his son, John, near Lafayette.

Amos STEWARD raised a nutmeg melon weighing 11 lbs and 10 ounches. How is that for nutmegs?

SNEPP and RITCHEY drive a very nice meat wagon, which speaks well for A. RIMES as a workman.

Elmer APT and brother started for Ohio on last Tuesday. Elmer intends spending the winter there.

J. C. PHILLIPS, Mrs. Jane LEITER, Mrs. Lydia SPARKS started for Nebraska on last Tuesday. They will probably spend about three weeks in the west.

Rev. W. W. JONES and family left this place to-day... They will attend Conference and await his appointment... have been among us three years...




D. SWIHART is looking for fresh pasture.

On last Friday, J. W. HURST bought and shipped one thousand bushels of wheat.

The BILLS BROS. have threshed over twenty thousand bushels of grain in this vicinity this season, and not near done yet.

Dr. BOGGS has put up a nice street lamp in front of his establishment. The HURST BROS. followed suit.

CARL & CLENDENING yet to hear from.

DIED. -On the evening of 2d inst., at Five Corners, Rev. F. M. BELL. The funeral services were held on Wednesday last, at 2 o'clock p.m., and conducted by the I.O.O.F., the Akron and Lincoln Lodges officiating.


MADE TO ORDER. Our $4.00 Pants and $15 Suits are a decided Bargain. Call and look at the Goods. FEDER & SILBERBERG.




Among the new arrivals in our city, we notice that Mr. R. E. SHARRARD, of Louisville, Ky., is located here with his family. He has been engaged in the silversmith business for the past twenty-three years, and is a first-class workman... sober, honest and industrious... his shop is in Kirtland's Book and Variety Store.



Saturday, September 14, 1878




A meeting was held at the Court House on last Monday evening for the purpose of devising means to raise a fund for the relief of the yellow fever sufferers in the south. There were but few in attendance, but all were willing to do something for the relief... Col. K. G. SHRYOCK was called to preside... on motion of Dr. A. H. ROBBINS, appointed a committee of eight... to canvass the town and solicit cash subscriptions... D. W. LYON, E. P. COPELAND, Rev. A. B. CHARPIE, F. K. KENDRICK, Mrs. A. K. PLANK, Mrs. E. P. COPELAND, Mrs. M. L. ESSICK, Mrs. E. KIRTLAND...




Half of our last week's edition was worked off before the fire which destroyed J. E. CLARKE's stave factory, last Saturday morning, occurred... The factory was first established here about seven years ago by CLARKE & WEAVER. It employed several hands and used much timber which made it an institution valuable to laborers and those having timber to sell. Four years ago it was destroyed by fire... but it was immediately rebuilt by the firm, and has been doing a prosperous business... Last February the firm of Clarke & Weaver was dissolved and Mr. Clarke became sole proprietor. The property was valued at $5,000 and as there was no insurance, the loss sustained bears with a heavy hand upon the proprietor. Whether it will be rebuilt or not is to us unknown.


The withdrawal of David LOUGH from the political contest, as a candidate on the Greenback ticket for County Commissioner is a move in the right direction...




All of the new buildings on Main street are nearly completed.

"Dora" and "Sweethearts" at the Academy of Music, Tuesday night.

Simon HARTMAN now occupies the little shop, opposite the P.O., for the manufacture of his patent bed spring.

T. J. McCLARY delivered a greenback speech at Bowman school house in Wayne Township, Tuesday night.

The Fulton Co. Agricultural Society have engaged the services of the Rochester Light Guards to do police duty on the Fair grounds during the fair.

Doc. SHERWIN will remove his dental headquarters to the rooms over PLANK & MILLER's new drug store - a very desirable location for a tooth carpenter.

H. D. WEAVER, formerly of the firm of CLARKE & WEAVER of this place, gave us a friendly call on Tuesday. For the past few years he has been located at Michigantown, Franklin county, doing a thriving business in the manufacture of staves, heading, &c.

MARRIED. -At the residence of the bride's father on Tuesday, Sept. 10th, by the Rev. A. HOUSE, Henry RINEHART to Nancy E. FOUTS.

-At the residence of A. V. HOUSE, on Thursday, Sept. 12th, Jacob PUTMAN to Miss Eliza J. CAFFEL. The above parties all hail from Fulton County.

J. D. BROWN is building a long line of board fence on his farm just east of the Jesse SHIELDS place.

J. A. AWALT, a gentleman formerly well known to Rochester and vicinity as being in the jewelry trade in this place, is visiting C. C. WOLF who is his brother-in-law. Johnny is now the proprietor of a large and very fine jewelry establishment at Anderson, Ind...




An accident occurred on the farm of Albert HEIGHWEIGHER, in Newcastle Township, yesterday morning. Lewis STRONG was there with his steam thresher, for the purpose of threshing the farmer's crop of wheat. He fired up his engine and started the machinery. Everything was thought to be in good order, but at an unexpected moment the boiler exploded and inflicted serious, though perhaps not fatal injuries upon Strong, who was the engineer, and a son of Mr. Heighweigher...


MARRIED. -A very quiet, but pleasant affair occurred at the residence of G. H. KILLEN last Sunday night. It seems that our young friend Jay SHIELDS had quietly arranged to take unto himself Miss Frank KILLEN as a life partner, which he did with the assistance of Rev. A. M. WORK...[13]




The Agricultural Board met at the Court House on Saturday last... (names mentioned): A. T. JACKSON, S. WHEELER, G. PERSCHBACHER, Ben C. WILSON, D. R. MARTIN, Wm. McMAHAN, L. W. SHELTON, Pres't., V. GOULD Sec'y.


Saturday, September 21, 1878


Active rehearsals have commenced for the purpose of placing the great moral drama of "The Ticket of Leave Man," upon the stage... for the patronage of the Rochester people.

(names mentioned): R. C. WALLACE, H. F. LINCOLN, Walt. W. STICKLES, Jos. STEPHENSON, John HUNTER, A. F. HERMAN, J. Sheridan ELLIOTT, T. S. SHIELDS, Miss Lida STRADLEY, Miss Carrie SHRYOCK, Miss Lou ROBBINS...




Mrs. MORROW's millinery shop has been removed to the old Mansion building.

Two of the substantial citizens in Henry Township, Jos. DICKERHOFF and Henry HUFFMAN took in the show Thursday night.

Several casas of scarlet fever about town. A little daughter of A. BAKER has had a severe attack, but is now recovering.

Gus. MIESCH has established himself in the grocery trade in the room formerly occupied by Mrs. MORROW for a millinery shop, opposite the Court House...

Brick, and other material for the building of an Albright or Evangelical Association church on the corner of Jefferson and South streets, are being put upon the ground. Workmen will begin to lay the foundation walls next week. The building is to be 34 x 60 feet, 20 feet high and of gothic design. Its front will be on South street...

Jim GASAWAY has recovered from a severe spell of sickness, and with the aid of a cane is again able to be on the street.

Among the Kewannaites at the opening of the Academy of Music Thursday night we noticed Capt. TROUTMAN and Hickman PHILLIPS.

Prof. Jos. NEVOTTI, the popular young gentleman and master corner soloist, is visiting friends for a few days in this city. -Peru Republican.

DIED. -Mrs. Mercey A. SMITH, widow of the late Luman SMITH, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. George INGRAM, in Rochester, on Monday morning of this week.

The funeral took place from the house on Tuesday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. N. L. LORD.

Mrs. Smith was in her 62d year - was married in 1839 - and with her husband united with the Presbyterian church, at Mishawaka, Ind., in 1841. She was the mother of eight children, four of whom survive her - one son and three daughters. For several years prior to her death she was an invalid, as helpless as a child. Her sufferings were very great, but the end of all earthly things with her, was peace.




Dr. S. R. FISH is riding in a sulky.

Hog cholera is abating in this vicinity under the treatment of S. B. BALLIET.

Wm. WINDBIGLER is teaching a subscription school here this fall.

George and Richard STARNER are getting ready to take in the mink and muskrats. They are the "bosses" in that business.

The Singing School at the Christian church, which is under the instructions of J. N. DORAN, was finished on last Sunday. J. N. is a good vocalist and merits the honor as such.




A little daughter of D. K. OGDEN's got badly scalded last week.

One of Dr. BARNES' boarders complains that our street lamps are a nuisance because he can not slip in ("in the wee sma' hours") without being discovered and reported by the night watch.

Dr. BOGGS is bound not to be beaten. In addition to his large stock of drugs, dry goods and groceries, he is adding a mammoth stock of clothing. He seems determined to clothe the naked, feed the hungry and relieve the sick and distressed. Our other merchants must look out for their laurels.


Saturday, September 28, 1878


(Public Sale) The undersigned, Administrator of the Estate of Hartman HORN, deceased, will offer for sale at public auction at the late residence of the decedent, three miles west of Sevastopol, in Newcastle Township, on Thursday, October 17th, 1878 (personal property) William HORN, Administrator. George BURNS, Auctioneer.


(Notice of Administration)... William HORN appointed Administrator of the Estate of Hartman HORN, late of Fulton County, deceased... September 25th, 1878.




John VALENTINE, of Akron, is again clerking in Dawson's drug store.

Frank DAWSON has returned to Ann Arbor to pursue his studies in pharmacy.

D. W. LYON is the most enterprising man on the sidewalk question in town. His latest "lay down" is a solid substantial plank walk around the Masonic corner. There are other gentlemen in this burg, who should follow the example set by D. W.

MARRIED. -At the residence of the bride's parents, by Rev. S. F. HERSHEY, on last Thursday evening, Charles F. KOCHENDORFER to Miss May SHIELDS; both of Rochester. The newly wedded pair are highly esteemed by all who know them, and both are prominent in the young society here..


Saturday, October 5, 1878




Boxes, barrels and signs were seen traveling eastward.

Trees were uprooted and smoke houses rooted up.

Rail and board fences on Sol. WAGNER's and Isaac GOOD's farms were blown down.

The front window in Mrs. MORROW's Millinery shop in the Continental building was caved in.

The scuttle cover was lifted from the roof of DAVIDSON's Academy of Music and fell through the skylight into Perry SHORE's upper room. The water washed in on the stage and slightly stained some of the scenes.


The Amateur Dramatic Company of this place have acted upon the suggestion of several prominent citizens and decided to devote the proceeds of their entertainment to the benefit of the needy poor of Rochester, instead of the yellow fever sufferers of the south...




BOWMAN & DIDEMIRE are making arrangements to re-roof their mill.

DIED. -Tomorrow is the time that Brother A. E. BABCOCK preaches the funeral of Richard COPLEN.

W. H. BAUGHER is rather unlucky with his horses. He lost another this week, making two this summer.

David BUSENBURG has returned from Colorado, where he went last Spring in search of a fortune, that failed to present itself to his satisfaction.


(Notice of Insolvency) At the September Term of the Fulton Circuit Court of Fulton County, Indiana, the estate of William STURGEON was declared insolvent... Martin STURGEON, Administrator. September 27th, 1878.


(Dissolution Notice) Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing between J. G. HILL and J. M. BOLDWIN, known as the firm of HILL & BOLDWIN, Clothes Rack Manufacturers, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent. J. G. HILL, J. M. BOLDWIN. Rochester, Ind., Oct 2d, 1878.




Miss Carrie MATHEWS, of Peru has been "doing" Rochester as the guest of the "Wallace sisters."

Mr. SHARRARD, the jeweler, has gone to Louisville and will soon return with his family.

Chas. KOCHENDORFER and lady made their wedding tour to Newark, Ohio, where his parents reside. They will soon return to the place and go to housekeeping.

The Bearss building, north of the post office has been repaired and repainted, so it presents a neat appearance. Mr. J. G. COOK is occupying it as a dwelling and store room. Mr. Cook has a good stock of groceries that he is offering at extra bargains.

I. W. BROWN arrived from Toledo this morning, looking as fresh as a rose. Lake breezes and success in wheat speculations gives him a healthful appearance and a good political countenance.

DIED. -A. S. WARD, brother of Sheriff WARD, died at his residence four miles west of Rochester at an early hour on Thursday morning. The funeral took place yesterday at 10-1/2 o'clock at the Burton school house. The deceased had suffered long and severely with dropsy and was 57 years of age. He leaves a wife and three children. He has been a resident of this county for many years - in fact was one of its early settlers - and was a highly respectable and worthy citizen.

MARRIED. -Sept. 27th, by Rev. A. V. HOUSE, at his office, William WARNICK and Angeline ROUCH.

-Also at the same time and place, Benjamin TUTTLE and Elizabeth SMITH, all of Liberty township.




Dr. FAUSDIC has gone to Ann Arbor, Mich., to complete a course of lectures in medicine.

Marion BALL, of Lincoln Valley, Nebraska, intends spending a year in this place, provided he does not get homesick.

Dr. S. W. RITCHEY, of Donelson, Ind., has located in this place, for the practice of medicine.

DIED. -Mrs. KELLY, who has long been a resident near this place, was buried on last Sunday. She was a lady much esteemed by all who knew her.

Miss CARTER, grand daughter of James CARTER, was thrown from a horse on last Sunday, and was so seriously mangled that there is but little hopes of her recovery.

Mr. T. P. BENNETT, of Monticello, has engaged to sell goods for H. PHILLIPS. Mr. Bennett has had experience in the goods business, and no doublt will please his many customers.


Saturday, October 12, 1878


ELECTION. Official Vote of Fulton County.

(tabulated, showing NEWCOMB elected Clerk; WARD, Sheriff; CAFFYN, Auditor; NELLANS, Treasurer; BLANCHARD, Recorder; BRYANT and STURGEON, Commissioners; KEMP, Coroner; MILLER, Surveyor)


The Stave Factory Sheds for Sale. Not being able to rebuild, I will dispose of the fine, long sheds on the Stave Factory ground at Very Low figures. Also the ground and other building, on easy terms. J. E. CLARK.


(Notice of Administration)... Isaac BUSENBURG appointed Administrator of the Estate of Lewis STRONG, late of Fulton county, deceased. October 8th, 1878.




A few day boarders can secure good board on reasonable terms at F. J. DAYS' restaurant.

MARRIED. -Rev. A. V. HOUSE, joined together as husband and wife Charles BUSH and Mariett RALSTIN on Saturday of last week...

Col. SHRYOCK and I. CONNER are at St. Elmo, Ill., interviewing A. J. DAVIDSON or rather taking his deposition in a case in which the Weed Sewing Maching Company have an interest.

G. I. MILLER has a force of workmen engaged making excavations and laying foundations for a new brick business room on the burnt district, between Dawson's corner and Heilbrun's store. It will be but one story high but will be so arranged that another story can be added in the future. When completed it will be occupied by Mrs. G. I. MILLER for a millinery store.

Gabe MILLER lost a good horse on Thursday evening, in Henry township. He was riding it over a piece of new road when it stumbled and fell, breaking its neck.

Parties wishing a good load of sawed, dry wood at reasonable rates should call on Ed. BIBLER...


One of George NORRIS' mules that he drives to his brick wagon fell dead in its harness yesterday while hauling a load of brick, east of the lake.

Charles RICHEY's oldest boy was found in the Court Yard yesterday afternoon in an unconscious state. He was carried home by Sheriff WARD, and examined by Dr. HECTOR who is of the opinion that the boy was injured by falling from a tree, under which he was found.

MARRIED. -At the M.E. Parsonage Thursday at 10 minutes after 12 o'clock by Rev. F. M. RULE, Mr. William E. BLUE and Miss May L. NELLANS. The parties, accompanied by the officiating Minister repaired to the home of the bride's father Moses NELLANS, Esq., at Bloomingsburg where a bountious repast was enjoyed and all went merry as a marriage bell...

DIED. -On last Wednesday Benjamin BERLIN, father-in-law to Orlando SMITH of this place, went to his farm about a mile east of Akron, to do a little work by cold weather set in. While there he boarded with Eli ADAMSON who lived near the Berlin farm. Yesterday morning just before daylight Mr. Adamson heard Mr. Berlin breathing heavy and went to his room to ascertain the trouble which he found to be very serious. "Uncle Beny," as he was commonly called, was entirely unconscious of his condition, for he told Mr. Adamson all was right, and in a few moments breathed his last. It is reported that he has been troubled with the heart disease, which was probably the cause of his sudden demise. He was 73 years of age and had resided in this county about 40 years. He leaves three grown daughters and a son to mourn their loss. Mr. Berlin was a hard working honest farmer and good neighbor. His funeral will occur in this place to-morrow.




W. H. HOOVER and family start for Kansas next week, they intend making it their future home.

BORN. -H. PULVER is the proudest man in town after a marriage of twelve years he is made happy - it's a girl.

DIED. -W. H. BILLS buried their little child, on he 8th inst.




Saturday, October 19, 1878


We are glad to learn that our old friend, Gus. MEISCH, has re-opened business at Rochester. The Sentinel says that he "has a nice stock of groceries just opened." Gus was a successful grocery merchant at Huntington eight or ten years ago. -Peru Sentinel.

Finley EMMONS, one of Fulton county's champion advocates of temperance has gone to Battle Creek, Mich., in search of health... We have also learned that since his arrival there and during the progress of a Seventh Day Adventist meeting, he has joined that denomination...





MARRIAGE LICENSES issued since Sept. 15th by the County Clerk:


Austin J. TILDEN - Mary M. HARDING. Wm. BROWER - Isabella BOWMAN. John H. BRYANT - Laura A. KUHN. Calvin FLETCHER - Nancy GROVE. Geo. W. EXAVER - Samantha PONTIOUS. Thos. F. MELVIN - Florence I. NICODEMUS. Benj. HARTS - Almeda J. HEMINGER.   Chas. F. KOCHENDERFER - Clio May SHIELDS.   Benj. TUTTLE - Elizabeth SMITH. William WARNICK - Angeline ROUCH. Wm. H. BRIGHT - Margaret THOMPSON. Jos. A. ROBINSON - Helena A. MAHLER. John M. LOUGH -Isabelle A. HUNNESHAGEN. Thomas COSTELLO - Mary C. LOWMAN. Charles BUSH -

Mariett RALSTIN.   Marshall A. RALSTIN - Cornelia DUMBAULD.   Lyman W. DAUGHERTY - Catharine M. BROWN. Charles YOUNG - Catharine ESHELMAN. Geo. W. HEMINGER - Sarah J. SMITH. Wm. REX - Mary E. BROUGH. Wm. E. BLUE - Mary L. NELLANS. W. H. CUMMINS - Laura E. TRIMBLE. Silas M. EVANS - Amanda B. HARRIS. Martin REED - Adelia HEBRON. William F. MOORE - Harriet JACKSON. Melvin P. SLICK - Minerva JACKSON.


(Administrator's Sale)... the undersigned, Administrator of the extate of Lewis STRONG, deceased, will offer for sale at Public Auction, at the late residence of the decedent in Newcastle township... Saturday, the 9th day of November, 1878, the personal property... Isaac BUSENBERG, Adm'r.


(Sheriff's Sales) Charles H. REEVE vs Hannah VANMETER, Susan HOOT, John VANMETER, Tamson VANMETER, Mary VANMETER, Richard VANMETER, James VANMETER and Phillip HOOT... Public Sale... Saturday, November 9th, 1878 (real estate described)...

 Joseph LEFFERT and Mary LEFFERT vs Henry W. BAILEY... public sale... Saturday, November 9th, 1878... (real estate described) situate in Fulton County... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County. J. S. SLICK, Attorney for Plaintiff. October 17th, 1878.


(Commissioner's Sale) Pursuant to an order of the Fulton Circuit Court... the undersigned a Commissioner of said Court, will on or after the 18th day of November, 1878, sell at private sale (real estate described)... also lot number forty (40)... new plat of the town of Rochester... Jacob W. EIDSON, Commissioner. J. S. SLICK, Att'y.


CHEAP PROPERTY. A very desirable house and lot, in the north end of town, owned by Mrs. VANDERKARR, will be sold very cheap by making application immediately.


W. F. MOORE, Dentist... Office over Fromm's Hardware Store, in Commercial Block, Rochester, Ind...








Frank SHRYOCK has moved his family to Michigan City.

Bricklayers are putting up the walls of the Albright church.

Ben. MECHLING, of Hillsdale, Mich., recently paid his friends in this place a brief visit.

Robert KEITH, a young man from Brandon, Vermont, is reading law with Col. SHRYOCK.

Dr. J. Q. HOWELL was in town on Thursday, on his way home to Kewanna from visiting his brother, who was severely ill at Muncie, Ind.

Mr. SHARRARD, the jeweler who intended to locate in this place permanently, was recently taken sick at Louisville, Ky., where he now lays in a critical condition.




The foundation for a new M.E. Parsonage is being laid.

J. C. PHILLIPS is rapidly recovering from injuries received on the day of the match game hunt.

Miss Mollie BARNETT has returned from Pennsylvania where she has been visiting friends for a year past.

Frank KILLMER, of Danville, Ills., arrived here to-day. He has been sick for some weeks past, but is improving slowly.


MARRIED. -It is reported that Wm. REX and Miss BROUGH were united in wedlock by F. H. GRAHAM, Esq., one quiet evening last week.[14]

DIED. -Mr. P. SENOTT, an old resident of Wayne Township died last week after years of suffering from cancer. He was an honest and respected citizen.

Marion BALL, after a short visit in this place, got homesick and started for Nebraska...

T. M. SHAFFER and family started for California to-day, where they expect to make it their future home. Walter HUDKINS and Daniel BRUCE expect to meet them in Chicago and then accompany them to the Golden State.




Saturday, October 26, 1878


On Tuesday of this week occurred the ceremony of ordaining and installing Rev. A. M. WORK, as pastor of the Presbyterian church at this place....

John D. BROWN, the hog merchant and lately the purchaser of the KENT farm, was in town this week hobbling around on one foot, the result of a serious wound inflicted with a sharp axe. Any fellow that gets up before daylight to split kindling wood is liable to meet with such a mishap.





(Notice of Administration)... Aaron BEERY appointed Administrator of the Estate of Albert S. WARD, late of Fulton county, deceased... October 19th, 1878.



(Sheriff's Sales) Michael HAVIER vs A. D. CORNELIUS and Hellen E. D. CORNELIUS... Public Sale... Saturday, November 16th, 1878... The south half of the south half of Lot Number Thirty-three (33) in the old plat of the Town of Rochester in Fulton County...

James ALLEY vs Frank ALLEY and Nancy E. ALLEY... Public Sale... Saturday, November 16th, 1878... (real estate described)... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana. Oct. 24th, 1878.


(Notice to Non-Resident)... Elmira WALLACE and Robert WALLACE vs. John HUNTER, Nelson G. HUNTER, Terrissa V. SLICK, Charles C. HUNTER, et al... Plaintiffs by CONNER & CALKINS, attorneys... that said Defendant, Charles C. HUNTER, is not a resident of the State of Indiana... this 22d day of October, 1878. Samuel KEELY, Clerk.




Miss Helene THIERS the daring lady balloonist has returned to this place to spend the winter.

J. T. MILLER, a well-to-do farmer of Miami county was in Rochester a few days this week, as guest of his son-in-law, Mr. ECKLEBERGER, the bakery man.

Since printing the programmes for the entertainment to-night, we learn that the firm of CRAWFORD & STUBS, makers of boots and shoes, have collapsed and evacuated the town...

Williamson's Orchestra will lend tone to the entertainment at the Academy of Music to-night.

DIED. -Doctor & Mrs. V. GOULD mourn the loss of an infant child, that died on Monday, and was buried on Tuesday.

The Kankakee hunting party consisting of John PEARSON, Lyman BRACKETT, Curg RANNELLS, Scott SHIELDS and Havey SPENCER, returned from the hunting grounds Wednesday, bringing with them a few mud hens, a duck, a tame goose and a gaunt dog.

We learn that D. S. GOULD has made arrangements to go into the dry goods trade at Silver Lake, where he will remove to in about a week. He will take charge of the stock formerly owned by DUNLAP BROTHERS of that place...

MARRIED. -Wm. WALLACE, Jr., son of 'Squire WALLACE of this place, was lately married to a charming young lady at Greenville, Ohio, where he has been located for a number of years. Only a very few of the Wallace family now enjoy single blessedness, and our pencil is sharpened for those in status quo.





The Christian church is being papered and carpeted.

The United Brethren in Wayne Township have built a church near Mr. KUMLER's this fall.

The new Baptist church will soon be completed. It will be much the finest church in town.

E. STREET has caught the building mania and brought in some sills for a commencement of a dwelling near the M.E. church.


Joe McKEE, the old Pioneer Miller, who has ground the grain of 25 harvests, is now making the best brands of Flour that can be found in any market, at the old Steam Mill, east of the Central House, Rochester, Ind...


Saturday, November 2, 1878




Charley HOLMAN and his wife have gone to Chetoba, Kansas, where they will remain until spring, in hopes of improving Mrs. Holman's health.

MARRIED. -At the residence of the gentleman officiating, by the Rev. A. V. HOUSE, Charles N. DOWNS and Mary MATHIAS one day this week.

Billy STAHL says that a number of hungry tramps attempted to "go through" him while on his way home last Monday night. He claims that he escaped by a hard struggle and a long winded run.

DIED. -B. C. WILSON, or "Uncle Ben," as he was usually called, met with a severe accident on Tuesday. He was on a load of hay, which tipped over with him, injuring his spinal column from the effects of which he died on Thursday evening. His funeral occurred yesterday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. F. M. RULE, at the Methodist church. Mr. Wilson was an early pioneer of this county, an aged gentleman and worthy of an extended notice, which we are unable to give this week, but will probably be able to do next week.

ANNIVERSARY. -On Thursday evening, "Halloween," Hon M. L. ESSICK and his estimable wife celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary...

On Wednesday, while J. E. CLARKE had left his office to go to dinner, some hardened wretch broke in at the window and robbed him of all the clothing he possessed, except what he had on at the time. His boots were also taken and an old pair left in their stead...


We manufacture our Fine Worsted Overcoats in our house, giving you a better made, better fitting garment and at as low a price as eastern made Overcoats. FEDER  & SILBERBERG.


(Proceedings in Attachment) Before Charles J. STRADLEY, J.P., Frederick BOSENBERG vs Frank NICKOLAY... defendant... not found... (ordered to appear) 18th of November... this 30th day of October, 1878. Charles J. STRADLEY, J.P.


(Administrator's Sale of Real Estate)... the undersigned, Administrator of the Estate of Stephen J. HILL, deceased, will offer for sale at auction on the premises on Saturday, November 23d, 1878 (real estate described)... William J. HILL, Administrator.


(Sheriff's Sale) Josiah FARRAR, Adm'r of the Estate of Susan GIFFIN vs William L. CAIN and Josiah E. KIMBALL... Public Sale Saturday, November 23d, 1878... (real estate described)... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Indiana.




Henry HOLZMAN of Hillsdale, Mich., is visiting home and friends in this place for a few days.

'Squire WALLACE has opened a police court in the front room over Allman's store in the Commercial Block, where he will attend to the wants of the lawbreakers and lawmakers. Corpulent William's court is now open, and ready for business. Get into a row and give him a call.

While on his way home, about 9 o'clock last Tuesday night Ed. CHINN, Sr. reports that he was waylayed by two or three ruffians, near Samuel HEFFLEY's residence. He thinks that the men intended to rob him, but were frightened away by some girls coming along with a lantern...

The great moral drama, "The Ticket of Leave Man," was presented to well entertained audiences at the Academy of Music on last Saturday and Monday evenings... (cast included): H. F. LINCOLN, R. C. WALLACE, W. W. STICKLES, John HUNTER, Miss Lida STRADLEY, Miss Lou ROBBINS, Miss Nellie KEELY, Jos. STEPHENSON, T. S. SHIELDS, A. H. SPENCER, A. F. HERMAN, Chas. BRACKETT and J. Sheridan ELLIOTT.




The HURST BROS. are closing out their entire stock of goods.

MARRIED. - Allen WILKISON committed matrimony last week. Miss HEMMING's participated with him in the affair.

The Lincoln school has been in progress two weeks. Prof. WOODRING, Principal and Miss CARVEY, Assistant are giving good satisfaction.

The Odd Fellows are adding another story to the store building of Wm. HATCH, which they intend to finish up and use as a hall.

DIED. -The wife of I. NORMAN, who lives a few miles east of here, died very suddenly on the 30th inst. She leaves a husband and a large family of children to mourn her loss.[15]



LOOK OUT FOR COUNTERFEIT SEWING MACHINES. The genuine Singer Sewing Machine is sold in Fulton county by John L. BLANCHARD, William G. DOWNEY and E. B. CHINN. Any other persons offering to sell you the Singer is a fraud and handles bogus Singer machines. Genuine machines sold on time and on monthly payments. All kinds of machine findings kept constantly on hand. Office at Wolf's Jewelry Store. SINGER COMPANY.


All you that want Men's, Women's, Misses' and Children's Shoes and Boots, go to C. HOOVER, Commercial Block, J. W. REITER, Salesman.




Saturday, November 9, 1878


The beautiful sacred opera, Queen Esther, was presented to the public at the Academy of Music, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings of this week...(cast included): Prof. RICE, J. W. SHIELDS, Miss Carrie SHRYOCK, Miss Mollie MERCER, Miss Mattie COOPER, Miss Dora ROBBINS, Miss Lou HICKMAN, Miss Belle McCARTER, Geo. EDWARDS, J. E. CLARKE, O. F. MONTGOMERY, Miss Annie KEITH, Profs. WILLIAMSON and PEARSON.



(Notice to Non-Resident)... Sarah R. RALSTIN vs Philander RALSTIN... Plaintiff, by CONNER & CALKINS, Attorneys... that said Defendant... is not a resident of the State of Indiana... this 6th day of November, 1878. William NEWCOMB, Clerk.


(Application for License)... to sell spirituous, vinous and malt liquors...  ground floor of the two story brick building fronting on South street,...known as the NORRIS room, situated on the west half of the east half of the east half of lot number twenty (2) old plat, and the west half of the east half of the east half of the south half of lot number nineteen (19) old plat of the town of Rochester... John MURPHY.















(Ditch Notice)... Isaiah WALKER and Simon WHEELER,... Viewers appointed by the Board of Commissioners of Fulton county, Indiana, at the September Term, 1878, and Amos KISTLER, George W. BECKLEY and Thomas BARR, Viewers appointed by the Board of Commissioners of Cass county, Indiana, filed ... their Report of a ditch... petitioned for by John G. HOEHNE, et al... (described) will affectthe lands of the following named persons, to-wit: John G. HOEHNE, John C. EVANS, The Heirs of Andrew CAW, deceased: Sarah CAW, widow, Francis FERGUSON, Belle CAW, Uriah COWALL, Mary COWALL, Melvina HAGER, Emeline CAW, Harriet COWALL, John CAW, Samuel CAW, Philip HAGER, John BASSLER, Abraham BROWN, John B. HOLLENBACK, Charles F. HABENTHAL, George POWELL, Thomas LANY, C. M. FERGUSON, John FOY, George W. ORWIN, Alfred ELLIOTT, John McCAUGHEY, Roger MARONEY, Wm. J. HILL, George W. HOLLENBACK, Leonard POWELL, Edward McLOCHLIN, Felix McLAUGHLIN, David M. KINGRY, Heirs of Robert C. YANTIS, names unknown; Fulton county  Benefit to Highways,  Joseph HORN,  Heirs of (----) GOLDTHAITE, names unknown; Martha E. GOLDTHAITE, Heirs of Jacob SMITH, deceased, names unknown; Isaac N. CLARY, David PUGH, Samuel GRABLE, Jonathan GRABLE, Cass county Benefit to Highways, Levi MICHAEL, Heirs of William KIRTLAND, deceased, names unknown; George GEISER, Martin LUDWIG, Frank YANTIS, William G. KEYS, Elizabeth RANNS, Ira TILTON, Heirs of William SANDSHAFT, deceased, names unknown; William POWELL, Aaron HIZER.... Charles W. CAFFYN, Auditor, Fulton County.




The fellow who presented the heavy man in Johnson's minstrels with a barnyard bouquet, is wanted by the indignant members of that Ethiopian band.

Miss Mary CAFFYN returned on Monday from a visit to Lincoln, Neb., accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Charles BOGGS, who will remain among her numerous friends and acquaintances of this place for a season.

Since the commencement of the new brick building opposite the Court House, G. I. MILLER has concluded to add the second story, and workmen are now engaged upon it.

Mrs. L. S. EMRICK is spending a few weeks at Indianapolis among her friends of that city. On Thursday of next week will occur the marriage of her sister, Miss Mattie SPOTTS, of Indianapolis, and her visit will be protracted until after that event.

Sanford BAKER and his family removed from this place to Denmark, Ark., recently. They spent several weeks in making the journey, stopping at many towns and cities on the way... he adds that there are but few towns through which he passed that are as lively and enterprising as Rochester. He also advises those who have good homes here, to remain and not go west. He likes the portion of the country he is now in, and will probably make it his future home.

While hunting ducks on Lake Manitau last Saturday, Harry, eldest son of E. B. CHINN, met with a serious accident, by his gun exploding. His left hand was so badly mangled that the amputation of the fore-finger and thumb was necessary. Dr. BROWN examined the wound, and Messrs. ROBBINS and SUTTON did the amputating and dressing. The unfortunate boy is doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances.


PETIT JURORS. The following persons have been drawn to serve as petit jurors at the November term of the Circuit Court:

Benneville GUISE, Michael SINNOTT, Hiram HENDERSON, Wm. D. MOORE, David CORBIN, Geo. W. DOWNS, John JOHNSON, Levi BURCH, John KING, James WARE, Daniel STRUCKMAN, Robinson WHEELER.


DIED. -Old Father Time with his sharp, keen and swift gathering scythe is still in the field of humanity reaping his harvest by plucking a sheaf here and there. On Sunday, he called for Wm. WEIRICK and bore his spirit to that far off home beyond the skies.

Mr. Weirick was born in Pennsylvania in 1808, and was at the time of his death, 70 years of age. His wife was taken from him by death several years ago, and during his eleven years residence in Indiana, he made his home among his children, and died at the residence of Abraham NICODEMUS, his son-in-law, in Henry Township, at the time above stated. He served faithfully as a soldier in the Mexican war and would have engaged in the war of the rebellion if his age and infirmities had not prevented his enlistment. Whatever may have been his natural weaknesses and habits that kept him reduced to the position of a menial, he was a kind gentleman and brave soldier. His funeral occurred on Tuesday, and his remains were deposited in the Odd Fellows' cemetery, at this place without pomp or display. A number of children are left to mourn o'er the departure of a loved father.


Why load your stomach with stale bread when you can buy fresh sweet wholesome bread at GREEN & CO's Bakery, opposite the Court House. You can buy everything in the Bakery line of them at low prices. Give them a call, first door north of WILE's store.


(Applications for Licenses)... to sell spirituous, vinous and malt liquors... in the one-story frame building situate on the south half of the north half of lot numbered thirty-eight (38)... plat of the town of Pleasant Grove, (now called Kewanna)... Gideon P. TALBOTT.

... in the one-story frame building located on the south half of the north half of lot number seventy-seven (77) fronting on Main street and owned by Augustine MEISCH, in the new addition to the town of Rochester... Henry MEYER.

... in the front room on the lower floor of that part of the two and a half story frame building known as the mammoth building, which part is situated upon the south half of the south half of lot number sixty-one (61) old plat of the town of Rochester... Jacob KREIG...

... in the first room back of the front room in the one story frame building nearest to the railroad, fronting on Pearl street, on the south side of the west half of lot number three hundred and seventy-two (372) of Robbins & Harter's addition to the town of Rochester... Isaac J. ALEXANDER.


(Ditch Notice)... Jesse A. LEASE, Jacob SNYDER and Peter SNYDER... petition ... (location of ditch described)... will affect the lands of the following persons, viz: Fulton county, Elizabeth MARSH, Jacob SNYDER, Jesse A. LEASE and Mary LEASE, Abraham HOOBER, Michael SNYDER, James BEATTIE, John SNYDER, George SNYDER, William SNYDER, Henry SNYDER, Peter SNYDER, Elizabeth MILLER, Ann COSTILLO, Jno. W. and George M. COSTILLO... this 31st day of October, 1878.  Charles W. CAFFYN, Auditor, Fulton County.


(Ditch Notice)... George W. NORRIS and Jackson RICHARDSON... petition (location of ditch described)... will affect the lands of George MILLER, Jackson RICHARDSON, George W. NORRIS, The County Road, Oliver ALSPACH, Caroline STURKEN and Sarah CRIPE.



Saturday, November 16, 1878


BURIED BONANZAS For Which a Squad of Men are Now Digging NEAR ROCHESTER.

For several weeks past Augustine J. TOPOSH, of Dowagiac, Michigan, one of the few remaining Indians of the Pottawattomie tribe has been in and about this place looking after his people's rights, which he says "still exists under many different treaties." He is the great grandson of the old chief To-pe-ne-bee, and of First Belly of the Miami tribe. Just now he is engaged in digging for buried treasures, which he claims can be found near the bank of the Tippecanoe river, somewhere between the Railroad bridge and the Michigan road bridge.

Mr. Toposh, who by the way is rather intelligent and a very pleasant gentleman, says that about 46 years ago his great grandfather, Chief To-be-no-bee, sold a large tract of land to TABER, EWING and other parties, for sums amounting to over a hundred thousand dollars, which the old Chief silently buried in the locality indicated above, and gave the secret to his "Secretary of the Treasurer," an old Indian 106 years of age, who lives in Michigan. Recently this aged warrior revealed the great secret to his friend Toposh, and described as near as possible the exact spot where the buried money lies.

"Uncle" Dan JONES (as he is commonly called), one of the old pioneers of the county, who is now boarding at the Wallace House, remembers the particulars of the land sale, and says that the money was paid to the Chief by a man names Wash. EWING. Mr. Jones and a number of other pioneers are of the opinion that Ewing, who was somewhat tricky, and one or two of his friends kept close watch of the Chief and knew where he deposited his wealth, which they undoubtedly lifted at the first opportunity. But Toposh is sanguine that the hidden gold will be found. He is being assisted by George GLAZE, Andy EDWARDS and Doc. IDEN, who also appear to be certain of finding the money. According to the directions given by the old Indian in Michigan, they are digging three feet deep and will probably handle a large amount of real estate before striking the kettle.


BIRTH. -Another Reed organ at the north end of town. Harry REED says it is a boy with good lungs.




MARRIAGE LICENSES issued by the County Clerk:

William L. ROGERS to Sarah BECK. Jesse M. ROGERS to Mary C. BRUCE. Ira O. MOORE to Iva L. ANDERSON. Jefferson HOLDER to Sarah A. MOORE. Cyrus T. PIERCE to Ellen M. DEWITT. H. H. WARD to Ray SAMUELS. Michael GIER to Anna RAUS.




BOWMAN & DITMIRE are now recovering their grist mill.

Our blacksmith has taken Lige NEFF in as a partner...

We have not got any one to teach our winter school yet. Will some one apply for the place that is capable and willing to do his part? Bloomingsburg is not as hard a place as it once was. I will give a short description of the place: Bloomingsburg is situated on the banks of Tippecanoe river in the north east corner of the county and has a population of about two hundred souls. One Christian church, one school house, one grist mill, two saw mills, two stores, one wagon shop, one blacksmith shop, one physician, one boarding house, and one Justice of the Peace.




Several car loads of hogs have been shipped from this place this fall. On Thursday, VanTRUMP, GOSS and BIBBLER loaded and shipped to Chicago, 400 head of good, fat Fulton county porkers.

MARRIED. -Henry WARD, son of Sheriff WARD, was married to Miss Ray SAMUELS, at Bloomingsburg, last Sunday...

J. Sheridan ELLIOTT, a young man, son of B. M. ELLIOTT was skipping along the street at a rapid rate, on Thursday when Havey SPENCER, just for the "fun of the thing," projected his foot in front of him, dashing the boy headlong upon the sidewalk. A badly dislocated wrist was the result. It was a painful operation, but Dr. ROBBINS put it in place again. The lesson to be learned is -- don't play with boys.




John FOGLESON has taken in a partner in the livery business.

MURRAY & SON sold their interest in the Kewanna mills to Mr. KILLGORE of Peru.

Wm. COLLINS and Henry POLING have returned from the west to winter in Indiana. "No place like home."

James MOHAFFEY has moved back to his home in this place. A bad penny will return, and so does most people that move from this place.

The new Baptist church will be dedicated on Sunday Dec. 1st 10 o'clock a.m....

It is rumored that John LEITER has gone into the livery business with Mr. FIELDS of Plymouth. He will probably sail on the dutch merchant experience. Leiter will furnish the capital and Fields the experience; but at the end of the year, Fields will have the capital and Leiter the experience.




GRAND JURY. -If a Grand Jury is called for the coming session of the Circuit Court, it will consist of the following persons:



Saturday, November 23, 1878


The Rochester Republican, Deacon MATTINGLY's Post office organ, has suspended for the want of a living support. Rochester is not large enough for three papers. Valparaiso Messenger.


The Jury in the case of the State vs Myron ADAMS, found a verdict of not guilty. Mention was made in these columns a few weeks ago of this young man purloining a stray package of money from Jerome EDMINISTER saloon. Having a widowed mother depending on him for support, and previously sustaining a good reputation, the Jury considered it was indiscretion instead of a clear case of stealing.


DIED. -Great sorrow was brought upon the household of Mr. and Mrs. Dan MILLER, living near Akron, by the death of their only son, four years old. The child suffered terribly with putrid sore throat for four weeks, and died on Wednesday.




Last Saturday night three young dime novel readers, who have evidently got the Indian "idea" on the brain, launched their boat in the raging Wabash at Peru and started west to "grow up with the country." The excursion consists of Lyman BEARSS, aged 15, son of Geo. R. BEARSS, Lewis COLE, aged 14, son of a prominent citizen of Peru, and Ed. BEARSS, 13, son of Omer BEARSS of this county. A deputy sheriff from Peru heard of the boys a few miles below Logansport, where he lost the "scent." They were will fixed with guns, blankets, robes, and had considerable currency. It is thought that they will bring up somewhere in Kansas, and will not return until the scalps of "Ike the forest King," and "Zeke the terror of the plains," dangles to their belts. Of course the mothers of the boys are greatly exercised, but their fathers propose to cure them by giving them full swing until they get enough of the cold world. It is a bad case of "runaway."

Doctor Adam AULT and W. H. SICKMAN are dealing in real estate "more or less." Both are shrewd traders, and like to get every pound of sand there is in the transactions, which is all right.

A stage has been erected in Jerome EDMINISTER's saloon for free-and-easy purposes. It is reported that Johnson's talented minstrel troupe will shine before the candle lights in this new theatre and edify the anti-murphyites every evening, except Sunday.


(Notice of Administration)... David C. SWONGER appointed Administrator of the Estate of Lewis KING, late of Fulton County, deceased.







At their next meeting, Tuesday night our firemen will probably elect William FERGUSON Foreman and John STALLARD Secretary.

DIED. -The Wabash Courier announces the death of Mrs. Abaline LAY, wife of Joseph LAY, which occurred in that city on Tuesday of last week. Mr. and Mrs. Lay were formerly residents of this county, having lived in Henry Township for many years. Mrs. Lay was quite an aged lady, highly respected by a large circle of friends in this county who will be grieved to learn of her death.

Henry MYER has purchased the large frame residence on north Main street. The property belonged to the BOGNER estate. Bogner and his family removed to Texas, a few years since where he died soon after. Mrs. Bogner died quite recently in the same State, and the property in this place they possessed is now being sold by the guardian of the children of that family.




Mrs. MURPHY has concluded not to teach in the Kewanna graded school the coming winter.

BIRTH. -Billy WILSON's beard is not extravagant, yet he thinks it is nice to be called father -- "it's a girl."

Elder E. M. McGRAW and daughter-in-law arrived in this place last night, where they will spend a short season in visiting friends.

SNEPP & RITCHEY slaughtered a lot of chickens and turkeys which they sent to Chicago. A little too early for Thanksgiving.

Oliver COOK has purchased of Thomas WILSON, 100 acres of land lying north of the road. He intends building on it in the spring.

MARRIED. -By Rev. Jesse SPARKS, at his residence on Sunday, November 17th, 1878, Frank APT and Miss Hannah CARTER...

Willow creek ditch is completed after a siege of a year or more. The water and beer are both running down at present. "Won't it be joyous" when all the ditches are dug.

Walter HUDKINS has landed on the Pacific coast...

The Journal of Winamac, Ind., says that Mr. DILTZ of that place has the finest Secretary in town. Said Secretary was manufactured in this place by Cabinet maker, George WAGONER.




Nancy WINDBIGLER is under the Doctor's care with billious fever.

Lewis ELEY has a contract for getting four car loads of butter firkin staves for a company in Joliet.

Charley FISH has moved his harness shop from Argos to our burg which needed something in that line very much.

G. H. GROVE, Peter JEFFRIES and Ruby BATZ have returned from Colorado with the intention of returning in the spring. The boys are fat and hearty.






The Odd Fellows have their hall almost completed.

The hog trade is lively. Charlie FARRAR is the boss buyer.

The roads are terrible muddy, so are the streets of Lincoln.

Jerry NORMAN hacked three of his fingers with his little - butcher knife. He is now laid up for repairs.

Will BRAY can bray higher up in the air than any other man in the township. There are but few that he looks up to.

J. E. SLAYBAUGH of Akron and A. WILKINSON of this place left here last Tuesday to attend a session of the Grand Lodge of I.O.O.F. at Indianapolis.

DIED. -There were three deaths in vicinity last week - Joseph WILLIAMS, Mrs. CLELLAND and Mrs. YOST. They were all well advanced in years.


Saturday, November 30, 1878




Another excitement is coming up over the building of the Chicago & Atlantic railroad, the same that has been talked of and written about so much for several years past. Last Monday a meeting of the directors was held at Huntington, at which several influential citizens of Winamac were in attendance, plotting to secure the building of the road to that point on its way to Chicago... Other towns are wide awake, and Rochester must be the same if we hope to compete with rival towns on either side.


(Sale of Forfeited Land Mortgaged for Loan of School Funds)... (real estate described) the same having been mortgaged by Jacob SMITH and Catharine SMITH... Chas. W. CAFFYN, Auditor Fulton County.


(Notice of Administration)... Wm. T. BUTLER appointed Administrator of the Estate of William GREGORY, late of Fulton County, deceased.




James CHAPIN is out again looking healthy, and attending to his dry goods establishment at the north end of town.



MARRIED. -Dr. J. E. BRACKETT formerly of this place, according to reports, was married recently, at Washington, D.C., to Jennie D. FOSTER.

-The marriage of Alfred RANNELLS to Susan BRIDEGROOM occurred at the Rochester House on last Saturday, A. V. HOUSE officiating.


Ches. CHINN, the ex-Deputy postmaster will "teach" the big girls and small boys in a Richland Township school house, somewhere near Center.

Stock men in this vicinity have handled an unusual number of live hogs this week, paying for them, delivered at the railroad, $2.25 and $2.30. About 18 car loads were shipped from this place to Chicago this week.

In the case of VANMETER vs S. C. DAVIDSON - bastardy - appealed from this Circuit Court to the Supreme Court, the judgment of the lower court for $500 against the defendant, has been affirmed.

Henry WARD, son of Sheriff WARD, is having a streak of good luck. He recently married a charming lady of this place and since then, although a staunch Democrat, has had the postmastership of Bloomingsburg bestowed upon him.

Simon HARTMAN is manufacturing a first-class quality of hominy and serving it to his customers every day, in any portion of the town... we hope he will find the manufacture of it a profitable employment.

Citizens and property owners on the south end of Jefferson street, appear to have a little more pride and enterprise than those living along the center and a little farther north. A new sidewalk has been laid along several squares in the south end and the people rejoice because they can get "down town" without wading through the mud. Those living farther north still wear high boots and think they can wade through a few years more.

DIED. -Amos MEREDITH, an old and respected citizen of Aubbeenaubbee township, died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. SAXON, on last Sunday morning. His funeral took place at Leiter's Ford, on Monday, the services being conducted by Rev. A. E. BABCOCK. The deceased was 63 years of age and has been a resident of this county for many years. He was regarded by all who knew him as an honorable and upright man and his death has cast a gloom over his large circle of relatives and admiring friends.

John MOORE is an "American citizen of African descent," who has been a resident of this county for ten years, engaged as a knight of the razor, beer jerker and an inveterate hunter and fisherman. He is also handy with a bow and can make fair music by drawing horse hairs over the taut intestines of a defunct feline. Many times have the young people of Rochester and vicinity tripped the "light fantastic toe" from dewy eve to early dawn, to the music which he furnished with his violin and the thumping of his heel which pounded a hole in the floor in his efforts to keep time. His strong hold was in telling yarns of the days of his slavery and the years of his experience as steward on a Mississippi steamboat. Of course, his big yarns did not always "paralyze," but they were enjoyed all the same. John was a good old darkey for whom everybody had a kind word and a nickel to wet his whistle when he was very dry. On Wednesday he and his family started for Fayette county, Pa., to remain with his aged mother who is about to "cross the river," and who is reported to be possessed of considerable property. He left his Rochester friends with many regrets and his sable countenance will be missed upon the streets by many.

BIRTH. -M. WILE is exceedingly happy. This time it is a boy.

Mrs. Ella SHIELDS, of Rochester, spent Sabbath last in our city, the guest of her sister, Mrs. Hattie O'DONALD.  -Peru Sentinel.

At a meeting of the "crack" and barn shots at Doc. McCONNEHEY's office Monday night, for the purpose of organizing for a game hunt, Scott SHIELDS and Lyman BRACKETT were chosen as captains, and the following named gentlemen as privates: Brackett selected John PEARSON, Frank SHIELDS, Mart. INGLEDUE, Geo. HOLMAN, Doc. COLLINS, John STALLARD, Chas. BRACKETT, Ed. JEWELL, T. J. McCLARY, Milt. MOORE, Chris. HOOVER and Sam. SHIELDS. Shields' company consists of Doc. McCONNEHEY, Curg RANNELLS, Wm. STINSON, J. S. SLICK, L. R. LINKENHELT, Warren REED, Havey SPENCER, Ed. ECKELBERGER, Capt. JEWELL, Frank TERRY, P. DORCH and Isaac Washington BROWN... with Levi EMRICK, Milo R. SMITH and Ben. ELLIOTT for judges and committee on arrangements...

MARRIED. -At the residence of the bride's mother, near Rochester, on Thursday, November 28th, 1878, by Rev. A. B. CHARPIE, Nelson G. HUNTER to Miss Mary J. HOLMES.

The ceremony was performed on the morning of Thanksgiving day in the presence of a few immediate friends. The bride is a young woman of many admirable qualities having the love and confidence of many friends. She is the daughter of the late Hon. A. J. HOLMES who for eight years was one of the most popular county officers Fulton county ever elected and whose labors as Secretary of the State Board of Agriculture are known and appreciated all over the state. Mr. Hunter is a pleasant young man, who will be remembered by the people of this and adjoining counties as "Nels, the writing teacher." He possesses many good qualities, and will doubtless make a husband worthy of his amiable bride.

The new bell for the Evangelical church has arrived, and will soon be placed in a ringing condition.

John NELLANS has been Treasurer "protem" this week. His girl has received the usual attention all the same.

The approaching travelers can now count six church spires in Rochester. One church is doing business without any spire.

In a few days G. M. SERGEANT will move his stock of dry goods to his store room on Main street, now occupied by John MURPHY.

Ad. SIBERT is about opening a wholesale liquor house in the east room of the Centennial Block. He will sell under a Government license.

Rochester now has a first-class store that runs exclusively to fancy goods. It is located in the Danziger building and is known as COFFIN'S BAZAR.

DIED. -Our Akron reporter says that an aged and respected lady, Mrs. SIPPY, who resided 2 miles east of that place, recently departed this life, leaving several children and many friends to mourn her loss.


POULTRY MARKET. Farmers and poultry raisers can get the highest cash price for live turkeys, geese and chickens at Fred FROMM's, in the Commercial Block. Drive your tame birds in and get money for them.


Saturday, December 7, 1878


The Commissioners issued retail liquor licenses to Jacob KRIEG, Henry MYER, I. H. ALEXANDER and John MURPHY yesterday forenoon. Owing to the "pressure" brought to bear on the Board, by the Kewannaites, Mr. TALBOTT failed to procure a license. "It was ever thus."

A. B. SIBERT, commonly called "Fritz" has purchased and is now installed as proprietor of the ANTHONY restaurant and bakery...




Wm. KREIGHBAUM's new residence is ready for occupancy.

Mr. James M. PERRY, the skillful coach artist is still among us.

Mr. John STAR, the fashionable shoemaker who has for a long time been in the employ of A. A. GAST, has formed a co-partnership with Henry VALENTINE, for the purpose of extensively carrying on the boot and shoe trade...

The Akron school which is under the management of a Mr. FERRY from near Bloomingsburg, has an increase of scholars over that of last winter's number...


(Public Sale) The undersigned, Administrator of the estate of Wm. E. GREGORY, deceased, will sell at Public Auction, at the late residence of the decedent in Liberty Township, two miles north and one mile west of Fulton, on Tuesday, December 24, 1878 (personal property)... W. T. BUTLER, Administrator.



(Sheriff's Sales) James McCREA vs. Margaret WILSON and Ellis WILSON... Public Sale... Saturday, December 28, 1878... rents and profits for a term not exceeding seven years of... Lot number Eighty-four (84) in the old plat of the town of Rochester... If...not sufficient... I will... expose the fee simple of said Real Estate...

Samuel S. TERRY vs Elizabeth SHAFFER, Alfred SHAFFER, David T. SHAFFER, Brunson SHAFFER, Virgil SHAFFER, Arthur L. SHAFFER and Lyda RITTER... Public Sale... Saturday, December 28th, 1878... (real estate described)... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Ind.


(Notice to Non-Resident)... William D. MEHRLING vs Araminta MEHRLING... Plaintiff, by CONNER & CALKINS, Attorneys... that said defendant... is not a resident of the State of Indiana... this 4th day of December, 1878... William NEWCOMB, Clerk.




Mr. Julius COLLINS intends taking a trip to Kansas soon.

School has commenced with an increase of scholars. Mrs. Irene HEIMBURGER is teaching in the primary department.

Mr. Thomas MOGLE has gone west to take a look at the western prairies and improve his health.

Mr. H. P. BENNETT, of Monticello, was visiting friends and relatives in this vicinity during the last week.

James RHOADS and John SHOUP, Jr., have been off on a hunt the greater part of this week...

The dedication of the Baptist church took place on last Sunday, which was a pleasant affair, notwithstanding the stormy weather. Elders STETSON, LEONARD, CHARPIE, BABCOCK, FOOT and McGRAW, were present at the services. A debt of $2,000 was secured by subscription...

MARRIED.  -By Rev. G. J. VAUGHT, on Sunday evening, November 24, 1878, Jerome KENNEDY and Miss Ida SMITH, all of this place...

-At the residence of John TONER, on Nov. 28, 1878, by Rev. G. J. VAUGHT, Mr. William CALVIN and Miss Meliss TONER...


FOR SALE. A black mare, 7 years old, for sale, cheap. Inquire of J. W. SMITH, over Wolf's Jewelry store.





The doctors report several cases of lung fever in town.

EMRICK's cigar makers are putting in full time, making "beauties," "hand mades" and "diamonds."

Miss Mary ELMORE, of Crawfordsville, sister of Mrs. A. M. WORK, has been spending a few days in Rochester.

Mrs. BROWN has purchased a house and lot opposite Andy SHEPHERD's, on South Jefferson street, and is now occupying it.

Charley ORR started for Little Rock, Ark., on Tuesday, where he expects to remain during the winter for the purpose of recruiting his health.

Our congenial young friend, Ed. F. CHINN, has returned to his home in this place to spend the winter... after a prolonged stay in that awful wick-ed city - Chicago.

Geo. NORRIS was at Indianapolis this week purchasing fixtures for his room in the Centennial Block.

About 20 barrels of hurricanes was seen moving toward the depot Thursday. They were accumulated at M. WILE's who pays the highest market price for good beans.

Simon WHEELER, of Wayne township, slaughtered the "boss" hog of this county, this week. His hogship lacked one day of being 18 months old and dressed 614 pounds...

Rochester Lodge, No. 79, F.& A.M., elected... on Wednesday evening...: J. A. SUTTON, Joseph SIDMORE, A. BAKER, M. O. REES, F. K. KENDRICK...


I am agent for the old reliable C. S. Maltby Fresh Oysters - 43 years in the market. Sold by the can or bulk, at J. F. COLLINS'.


Dick VANDIEN, one of the cleanliest and best bakers in the State bakes at Sibert's Eagle Bakery.


PUT UP!. The citizens of the corporation of Rochester are hereby notified that the time for putting up stock expires on the 15th day of December, and that all cattle, mules and horses found running at large thereafter will be impounded. F. M. REID, Marshal.


Saturday, December 14, 1878



(dated Dec. 2, 1878, signed S. C. DAVIDSON:...names mentioned: Dr. JENNINGS; H. S. McCLOUD, of Akron; John GUTHRIE formerly of Logansport, now of the firm of GUTHRIE & BRO., Attorneys; O. B. HOLMAN, formerly one of Fulton county's citizens; ... found him sober and plying his tongue in assisting people to dispose of their property, or in other words, he was auctioneering; Frank WEAVER a former Akronite; Dick VANMETER; Al. SIBERT; Rochester's former citizen, Moore RALSTIN...)

At a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, held last week, it was determined by the members of the same that they would construct an iron bridge over the Tippecanoe River at a point in Richland Township, known as the Germany fond...

Wolf SAMUELS, of Roann, Wabash county, was in town this week attending to the suit of SAMUELS & MUSSER vs SLICK & CALKINS. Mr. S. is not well pleased over the verdict of $240 in his favor.

The Sheriff has been restrained from selling the HOLZMAN goods. They still remain in the store room where the business was carried on, and are securely guarded by the Deputy Sheriff. Holzman is still off visiting at some unknown point.

One day last week Tomy MEREDITH sold his farm near the lake to Elija OLDFATHER from near Bunker Hill for $3,000. Tomy will prospect in the west for a time and should he conclude to locate beyond the Mississippi and "grow up with the country," Fulton county will lose another honest industrious citizen.

Mrs. Jud AULT celebrated her birthday by a taffy-pulling party, on Thursday evening. It was a stick, lick and sweet affair.

Parties dealing in real estate should always call on STEVENSON & SON, and see about the title to any tract of land in the county.




MARRIED. -On Sabbath last, the Rev. George WILKINSON spliced to-gether Benjamin CARL and Miss CARUTHERS.




Henry SNYDER is suffering with the erysipelas on his face.

Lige NEFF has moved to this place and has resolved to do a good business in the way of blacksmithing.

The I.O.O.F. of this place have come to the conclusion that they will have a more convenient place to meet, hence a new building in the "Burg.

MARRIED. -Two more souls made happy by Rev. O. MEREDITH - on last Sunday, Martin HODGE and Sophia LOVE were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony...

The telephone business has been lively here. Last week there was one constructed from the store of H. H. WARD to that of J. M. FISH, and on Saturday evening some of the boys thought it would be fun to cut it down.

The school at this place is progressing finely. Mr. GOUCHER of Leiter's Ford is teaching... There was a Literary Society organized for the benefit of the school last week...


(Gravel Road Notice)... at the December Term, 1878, of the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County, Indiana, Geo. W. NORRIS, William DOWNS and others filed their petition for a Gravel Road (location described)... appointed as Viewers thereon: George PERSHBACHER, A. T. JACKSON and John JOHNSON, and Silas J. MILLER, Engineer... Charles W. CAFFYN, Auditor, Fulton County.


(Sheriff's Sale) Samuel S. TERRY vs Jesse W. EMMONS and Susan EMMONS... Public Sale... Saturday, January 4th, 1879... (real estate described) situate in Fulton County... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County, Ind.




(Notice to Contractors)... sealed proposals will be received... until Tuesday, January 27th, 1879 for the building of two stone abutments for a Bridge across the Tippecanoe River at a point known as PLANTZ' ford... Charles W. CAFFYN, Auditor, Fulton County.


(Notices of Administration)... Levi HOLLOWAY appointed Executor of the Estate of Elvira MACHLAN late of Fulton County, deceased...

Francis A. ROGERS appointed Administrator of the Estate of Nancy CRAFT, late of Fulton County, deceased...




BEARSS and VanTRUMP sent a couple car loads of hogs to Chicago Wednesday.

Constable Tom EIDSON, the cornet blower, is talking of removing with his family to Battle Creek, Michigan.

BIRTH. -A. V. HOUSE had a wake at his house one night this week. It is a healthy girl and keeps the whole family awake.

M. WILE started for Chicago Wednesday with a carload of beans and one of clover seed. While in the city he will purchase a lot of new goods for the holiday trade.

Mr. and Mrs. C. ANTHONY are occupying rooms in the Holman building opposite the Court House, where they will heal the afflicted with their wonderful electric bath.

Jerry BURNS, of Henry township, shipped several car loads of hogs from this place to Chicago this week. He paid to the farmers prices averaging $2.25 per hundred.

A number of HOLTZMAN creditors have formed a combination for the purpose of setting aside the Max FEDER judgment, if possible. It promises to be a lively muss and one that will give nearly all of the attorneys in town a whack at the players.

The wayward boys who ran away from Peru a few days ago have returned in good order. Eddie BEARSS, the youngest one of the three arrived at this place Tuesday, and was accompanied by a large bow and arrow, probably the former property of the chief of the Choctaw tribe. The boys reached their destination in Southern Kansas, and were entertained by George R. BEARSS who is contemplating writing a novel on the "daring exploits of the Peru braves." The boys are all at home and their mamas are happy.

DIED. -Our Akron correspondent informs us that Wm. JOHNSTON, the gentleman who lately vacated the KENT farm and moved to Newton, Kansas, died of lung fever soon after settling in his new home. He was a brother of Doctor JOHNSTON of Akron.




Until within the past few years Rochester had but few colored people. Now they are as numerous as in most any town in the northern portion of the State having no greater population. Among the number are a few who have proven themselves honorable and upright citizens, but recently we have received an invoice of colored women whose deportment has not been such as to reflect much credit upon the morals of the town. They are said to be prostitutes of the worst character who not only ply their vocation among those of their own color, but have been known to associate with certain "white trash," who are the inferiors of the blacks in virtue, honesty and common decency. Not only have we these colored courtesans in town, but we have not less than two half white and half black families commingling in married relations. This state of affairs has existed for a long time, and is a dark blot upon the fair name of the town, and a reproach upon the people to say nothing of the negligence of the officers of the law in a civilized and Christianized community. We have called attention to these facts before and shall continue to do so until some steps are taken to remove the evils of which we speak, from our midst. If we have a law for the suppression of such vices, let it be enforced and save the town and people from further disgrace.


RE-ESTABLISHED.  J. G. HILL, formerly of the firm of FEISER & HILL, has again established himself in the carriage, wagon, painting and blacksmithing business at the north end of town, in the shops formerly occupied by CRAVEN...




Mr. and Mrs. ANTHONY are occupying family apartments in the second story of HOLZMAN's new building.



Saturday, December 21, 1878




A meeting advertised to be held at Winamac on the 14th inst, having for its object an advancement of the interests of the ATLANTIC & CHICAGO railroad, was a complete failure... The completion of the road is a fixed fact, the only question to be determined is, where it shall be located... To build the road on the line now proposed, making Akron and Rochester points on the line, this county will be required to furnish local aid for not less than 22 miles, amounting to the aggregate of $66,000...


MARRIED. -Last Thursday evening many of the elite of the town assembled at the residence of the bride's parents to witness the marriage ceremony which legally linked the fortunes, hearts and hands of Miss Dora ROBBINS and Lycurgus E. RANNELLS.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. A. M. WORK. The festivities connected with this fine social event were enjoyed by over fifty couples who tendered their congratulations and compliments in the shape of many expensive and elegant presents. The bride is the daughter of one of our wealthiest citizens, and is an accomplished lady with a large circle of friends in which she has enjoyed a prominent position. Mr. L. E. RANNELLS, the other contracting party, is the son of R. N. RANNELLS, the widely known landlord. "Curg," as he is commonly called, has a host of friends and acquaintances who wish him success...



A. T. BALL, of Warsaw, and A. F. BRIGHT, of Akron, have gone to Nebraska on a prospecting tour.

The HOLZMAN "New York Cash Store" is now open to the public. The Receiver announces that the immense stock will be sold at a great sacrifice.

Our young friends, Milo C. CHESTNUT and J. F. AULT, are teaching in Liberty Township, and their schools are reported as model ones. We learn also the Ches. CHINN, who is engaged in Richland Township, is conducting his school in a masterly manner, and is giving general satisfaction...

Fourteen loaves of bread at SIBERT'S EAGLE BAKERY for $1.

Billy CARTER, the ice dealer, has been dangerously ill for some time, but hopes are entertained for his recovery.

An ordinance has been passed and is now in effect prohibiting hogs from running on the streets. Pen up your swine if you don't want to find them in the pound.


(Estray Notice) Taken up by John EASH, of Fulton county, Ind., on the 6th day of December, 1878, one red Cow... appraised at $14. William WALLACE, J.P.


(Notice of Administration)... Simon BRUGH appointed Administrator of the Estate of Ambrose MEREDITH, late of Fulton County, deceased.




J. M. SHORE, of Lewistown, Missouri, one of our new subscribers, informs us that the snow in his locality is 24 inches deep.

The proprietors of the Central House desire us to announce that they will furnish supper for the dancing party next Tuesday night.

We are under obligations to W. W. ANDERSON, of the Lincoln Flouring Mill, for a choice lot of flour...

Now comes Theodore MONTGOMERY, one of Fulton county's best farmers, living close to the corporation line of Rochester, and says that his best porker weighs 740 gross...


(Notice to Non-Residents)... Simon STAHL vs Frank BARNEY, Mary E. BARNEY and Jerome AULT... Plaintiff, by HERMAN & ROWLEY, Attorneys... that said Defendants... are not residents of the State of Indiana... this 20th day of December, 1878. Wm. NEWCOMB, Clerk, C.C.




E. C. COWGILL has been appointed Receiver for HOLZMAN estate. A very judicious selection.

The Board of Town Trustees have determined upon passing an ordinance prohibiting hogs from running upon the streets at any season of the year...

DIED. -On Friday morning of last week, five miles southeast of Rochester, Mrs. Mary M. McQUEEN, wife of Newton McQUEEN, aged 23 years. The funeral service took place last Saturday at the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. A. M. WORK, after which the remains of the departed were deposited in the Odd Fellows cemetery. The deceased was dearly beloved by all who knew her, and her early death falls with crushing weight upon the bereaved and heartbroken husband.







Doc HARTER and Andy STRONG talk of building brick dwellings next spring.

Doc CLYMER has rented the ANDERSON property, lately vacated by KREIGHBAUM.

Legal blanks of all kinds kept on hand at the office of Fred W. DANIELS, Notary Public.

Everybody is talking railroad here. The great drawback among the farmers here, is the fact that they have been humbugged heretofore. Let us have an early meeting and see if the public pulse will beat railroad time.

Appleton BOWERS, one of our best farmers, says that he will not raise any more hogs for sale, until there is a sure prospect of getting five cents a pound gross weight...

Last week a shindig was given at Widow DICKERHOFF's in honor of one NEAISWANGER...



Saturday, December 28, 1878


DIED. -George McGUIRE, an old resident of Fulton county, died in Rochester on Tuesday of this week.

The deceased was a well-to-do farmer in Richland township, a few years ago, but after a time he sold his farm and made Rochester his home, where he first engaged in the sale of liquors, but failing in which he was forced to abandon the traffic and engage as a day laborer at odd jobs. Although engaged in the sale of liquors for several years, he never acquired a habit of indulging to an excess. His honesty and lack of knowledge of business enterprises soon swept away the product of his honest toil, and for several years he has been, by reason of sickness and other misfortunes, almost a pauper. For the past few months he has scarcely been able to leave his home, but as a mark of his honesty we relate the following circumstance which probably was the secondary cause of his death. Last week a package of money containing $2,000 addressed to the Rochester Bank, was lost upon the street and found by a little son of Mr. McGUIRE, who immediately carried it to his father, who was sick in bed. He arose at once and although the day was the coldest of the season, he heroically walked four squares and returned the lost treasure to its proper owner, for which he received a small reward. He grew worse from day to day from the exposure, and finally died at the time stated. His funeral took place Christmas from the Presbyterian church, where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. N. L. LORD and a few philanthropists. There are other incidents connected with his life, death and burial which we would like to give, but space forbids. At a future time it may furnish a subject for moralization on the duty of mankind to each other.




(names mentioned): Supt. MYERS, O. F. MONTGOMERY, F. D. HAIMBAUGH, J. F. AULT, GOULD, MURDEN, Miss Ollie DAVIS, MOON, T. B. FARRY, Belle McCARTER, Mrs. Kate FORD, C. M. CHESTNUTT, Miss Clara ORR, A. F. BOWERS, S. R. MOORE, Prof. WILLIAMS, Lete COOPER.




Professor GOUCHER, of Leiters Ford, spent Christmas in this place.

Miss Lida STRADLEY will visit friends in Valparaiso during the coming week.

Occasionally we hear that Milo R. SMITH and Cal. VanTRUMP are candidates for directorship of the Northern Prison. Either of them would make a good officer.

Mrs. R. N. and L. E. RANNELLS, Mrs. M. F. BRACKETT and Miss Tella LYON will keep "open house" and receive visitors at the residence of R. N. Rannells, on Jefferson street, on New Year's day from 6 to 6 [sic] o'clock p.m.

MARRIED. -At the Evangelical Parsonage, Rochester, Ind., Tuesday, December 24th, 1878, by Rev. D. J. PONTIUS, Mr. Charles WAGONER to Miss Ella FLORA, both of this place.

-On Christmas, by Rev. A. M. WORK, at the residence of the bride's parents in Henry Township, Clarence B. MASTELLER and Miss Ruhama GRINDLE...


-Akron. -Jesse SHRIVER, of this Township, was married to Mrs. Cathrine UNDERHILL of Palestine on Christmas day, by Rev. Jacob WHITTENBERGER...

Last Tuesday forenoon the farm dwelling belonging to Andy STRONG, and occupied by Wm. GRINDLE, was destroyed by fire...


(Notices to Non-Residents)... Michael CLIFFORD vs William WALTERS and James D. GARVIN... Plaintiff, by Jacob S. SLICK, Attorney... that said Defendant, William Walters, is not a resident of the State of Indiana... this 25th day of December, 1878.

Samuel S. TERRY vs Josephus M. SANDERS, Elizabeth MOATS and Eliza UVY... Plaintiff by Jacob S. SLICK, Attorney... that said Defendants... are not residents of the State of Indiana...this 25th day of December, 1878.  William NEWCOMB, Clerk.




Rip Van Winkle at the Academy of Music, to-night, instead of at the Opera House, as announced on the bills.

Jim BROWN was the melodious prompter at the Christmas Eve Ball.

Tramps are numerous again. The Marshal finds lodging for an average of five every night.

A. M. SHIELDS and F. P. BITTERS go to Louisville, Ky., next Thursday for a six months course of medical lectures.


LETTER FROM KANSAS (signed S. C. DAVIDSON...names mentioned: HUFFMAN; Wash GRAY; Joseph, James and Jackson GREGSON; Mother GREGSON; Mr. and Mrs. WHARTON; Dave RHOADES and family; Henry LANDIS; Sam FULTZ; John SUTTON; Mr. HILL... [all formerly from Fulton county])


(Sheriff's Sale) Martin RARRICK and Elizabeth RARRICK vs Henry RARRICK... public sale... Saturday, January 18th, 1879... A life estate running with the lives of Martin Rarrick and Elizabeth Rarrick, in (real estate described)... William A. WARD, Sheriff, Fulton County. I. CONNER, Attorney for Plaintiff.










Rochester Independent








Published every Saturday






Office temporarily located in the east room in

Centennial Block, Rochester, Indiana




Saturday, December 15, 1877

Volume 1, Number 1








...The undersigned are both old-time residents of this region and locality, both natives of this State, and one of us is to the manor born....Singularly enough, though widely separated and each unaware that his feelings were shared by the other, both felt an overwhelming prompting to return at almost the same time, and severed their business relations abroad at nearly the same date... we found that events had so shaped themselves as to secure the success of an independent political newspaper...

Our party affiliations have heretofore been different, but upon a comparison of views we find that there are many points of agreement...





The post office controversy in Rochester may now be regarded as settled, at least so far as the presidential appointment is concerned. It remains to be confirmed by the Senate, and though an attempt will be made to defeat it there, the effort gives us no alarm. The lucky man spells his name W. H. MATTINGLY, and is the writer hereof...


The Independent office is temporarily located in the east room of the Centennial Block, with Mr. Chas. P. HINMAN for landlord. In the course of a few weeks, after due announcement, we expect to remove to the Commercial Block, and run up our flag over the building owned by E. KIRTLAND, Esq., on the second floor of which commodious room, and eligable quarters are being prepared for us.




We will take a few loads of good solid wood on subscription.

The plasterers are at work on KIRTLAND's rooms, in Commercial Block.

The elderly ladies of Rochester are holding a series of "gatherings," these pleasant evenings, from which gentlemen are excluded.

Invitations have been issued for a Masquerade ball at Opera Hall, on Christmas Eve, under the auspices of the Rochester Light Guards.

Mrs. Catherine DAVIDSON, E. R. POWERS and A. C. MITCHELL were the first to place their names upon the Independent subscription books.

Geo. M. SARGENT, a former resident of this place, but who has been residing in Wisconsin for the past two years, returned to Rochester this week, and is looking around with a view to locating here again.

A. C. SHEPHERD, John NELLANS, John CATES and Joseph SIDMORE attended a conclave of the Knights Templar, and participated in the election of eminent commander John W. HOUGHTON, at Plymouth, Tuesday night.

A team belonging to Samuel BARKDOLL became frightened, at the train, while standing near the planing mill Monday afternoon, and taking advantage of the situation ran away. While at top speed they collided with a freight car, with serious results. One horse was instantly killed and the other somewhat bruised.

Remember the Townsend Family at Opera Hall, Monday evening.

For drunkenness, Bill TAYLOR reposed in the city bastile Tuesday night.

Rev. HERSHEY will deliver a lecture at the Court house next Monday evening, for the benefit of the Murphy society.

Bill WHITEFORD is running a boot and shoe shop in the room one door north of REES' furniture store, and is prepared to do all kinds of work in his line.

A meeting will be held at Opera Hall, at 1 o'clock to-day, to consider the construction of a turnpike on the Warsaw and Ft. Wayne road from Rochester to the Kosciusko County line.

Grant LONG has opened a shoe shop in the north room of ERNSPERGER & JACKSON's new brick...

Doc COLLINS, the old and popular restaurant man, has returned to Rochester and located in the room one door north of the bank, where he proposes to feed the hungry with palatable grub. Go and see him.

One of the most important cases tried at the present term of the Circuit Court, was the case of the State vs John RALLINS, upon an indictment for an assault and battery with intent to commit a rape on one Mary L. BUFFINGTON. The complaining witness is a little girl, 11 years old. The time and place of the offense, as fixed by witnesses in behalf of the state, was February 5th, 1877, upon a pathway leading from Jacob GROVE's dwelling to a second house in Newcastle township, in this county. The trial lasted two days and a half. The defense was successfully conducted by SHRYOCK & CONNER. Much interest was manifested in the trial by friends and neighbors of the accused and the news of his acquittal was received with expressions of joy.


ATTENTION. The Rochester Light Guards will parade Monday Dec. 24th, at 3 p.m. sharp. Every member is expected to be present. E. R. HERMAN, Capt. A. T. BITTERS, Orderly.




The average attendance at the Rochester public schools has increased 114 during the past four years. The present number enrolled is 450. This when compared with the whole number enumerated, which is about 650, indicates that here, as in other towns of the size of Rochester, many children are upon our streets who ought to be in school...

Mr. Frank HAIMBAUGH is acting in the capacity of pedagogue at Black Oak. Frank is one of a very few students, who, while attending school at Rochester, carried five studies without failing to recite, for a whole term.

S. R. MOON is teaching a good school in the new school house just south of town on the Michigan road. It is a new business for Sidney.

The school at Prairie Union is presided over by C. W. MONTGOMERY.

The school at Mount Nebo is under the tutorship of F. GOULD. This is his second school. We wish him great success. Fanny is a good scholar.


Over Sandhill school, not far away,

  CORNELIUS doth hold sway.

No wanting sand, he hath to spare

  For those to whom it is more rare.


Next on the list, not far from town,

  Goes forth to teach our friend Hugh BROWN,

He teaches where he taught before,

  Which indicates he is no bore.


DAVIDSON hath cone out, too,

  A lasting kind of work to do;

He teaches now I know not where,

  But teaches still the young and fair.


BITTERS, Frank, doth Akron show,

  From soil of brain how ideas grow;

Grow up to trees of thoughts most high,

  Whose topmost boughs reach to the sky.



Supt MYERS has been visiting the schools of Liberty township this week. He reports them in a flourishing condition...

Number of children of school age enumerated in this county, five thousand. Number of teachers now engaged in teaching in the county, 102.




The conflagration that swept away the block facing the court house square in January or February, 1876, gave birth to the Centennial Block, the first in date of construction of the improvements to which we allude. Business men felt the necessity of safer quarters than were afforded by the wooden structures that then for the most part lined Main street. Negotiations soon commenced for a building site near the public square, but none could be obtained on Main street on terms satisfactory to the projectors of the enterprise. It was almost an untried experiment then to attempt to do business off of Main street, but the building company were determined to attract it by devices familiar to business men. Full of faith in their ability so to do, they purchased a site on the east side of the public square and to set to work to build up a structure that was to be an ornament to the town, eclipsing in magnificence anything then known in local annals.... Events have justified the sagacity of the projectors, and we may safely say that no spot in Rochester witnesses the gransaction of a greater volume of business. If we could afford to stop to particularize, we might mention the splendid double room occupied by FEDER & SILBERBERG, who carry perhaps a larger stock of clothing than any establishment in Northern Indiana, not even excepting the heaviest houses in Ft. Wayne.... A plate glass front, set off with walnut casings and panels, strikes the eye of the beholder as something rather unexpected in a burg no larger than ours. Another heavy establishment in this block is that of Messrs. SHEPHERD & DENISTON, hardware dealers.... They also occupy a double room. Besides these there are four other rooms in this block, all occupied by thriving tradesmen.

The CITIZENS' Block also sprang from the ashes of a conflagration. This occupies the site of the old BEEBER Block, on the south side of the public square, and comprises ten rooms, some of which are not yet completed. The corner rooms are occupied by Messrs. KILLEN BROS., with a huge stock of groceries in one room and boots and shoes in the other. ...

Next and last is the COMMERCIAL Block, situated on Main street in the north end of town... In truth it is magnificent, and though not yet completed, gives abundant promise of exceeding grandeur. It comprises eight rooms, the four corner ones being three stories in height, the remainder two stories. The DAVIDSON rooms are to be lighted with gas, manufactured on the premises. The entire block is to be fronted with plate glass, and is decked with a tasteful galvanized iron cornice, all of like design and finish. The accessories to this and other blocks include a broad concrete pavement, in appearance like stone and equally hard and durable...

All of these improvements have been made within the past twelve months, except the Centennial Block, which dates back some eighteen months.




Drs. ROBBINS & SUTTON, Tender their professional services to the citizens of Rochester and surrounding country. Office on Main street, two doors north of the Post-office, Rochester, Indiana.


Dr. ANGUS BROWN, Homoepathic Physician, gives special attention to Chronic Diseases and Diseases of Women and Children. Calls from town or country attended to, either by day or night. Office in the second story of SHIELDS' building, Rochester, Indiana.


CALKINS & McCLARY, Attorneys at Law and Notaries Public. Prompt attention given to collections and all legal matters. Office in Masonic building, Rochester, Indiana.


SHRYOCK & CONNER, Attorneys at Law and Notaries Public. Office on Washington street, west of Main, Rochester, Ind. All business faithfully attended.



Saturday, December 2, 1877




ESSICK & HOLEMAN, Attorneys at Law, Rochester, Indiana, second story Citizens' Block, corner of Main and Pearl street. Special attention given to probate business and conveyancing. G. W. HOLEMAN, Notary Public.


Dr. M. M. REX, Rooms one door north of Ernsperger & Jackson's store, Rochester, Indiana. All work in the dental line promptly executed. Dr. Rex is also agent for Pianos, Organs and Melodions.



On and after Monday, May 14th, 1877, trains will run as follows:

(Mail - Lv Indpls 7:25 a.m., arr Rochester 12:19 p.m.

(Accom. - Lv Indpls 4:35 p.m., arr Rochester 9:28 p.m.

(Mail - Lv Mich City 9:10 a.m., arr Rochester 12:10 p.m.

(Accom - Lv Mich City 8:05 p.m., arr Rochester 11:24 p.m.)





Work is progressing finely on the artesian well.

THOMAS' Orchestra will furnish music for the masquerade Christmas eve.

Mr. James CHAPIN was confined to his bed with pleurisy, the fore part of the week.

Spend your leisure moments at the Murphy reading rooms, over Heilbrun's store.

Thirty car loads of Oliver Chilled Plows passed through this place Thursday, for the eastern markets.

A. M. SHIELDS returned from Greencastle, Wednesday. He will spend holidays with his friends.

The township institute will be held at the Saw Mill school house, on mile south of town, next Saturday.

A. B. CHARPIE, of Richmond, Ind., will preach at the Baptist Church next Sabbath morning and evening....

Miss Ella KIRTLAND returned from Logansport Friday night, to spend holidays.

Ed. BIBLER came out victorious in the umbrella scuffle with GOLDSMITH.

Father HINMAN delivered an address on usury, his favorite topic, at the court house Tuesday night.

Ed. BIBLER acts as a middleman between the farmers and our townspeople, buying corn and wood from the one and disposing of it to the other. He makes himself quite useful, and his services are frequently called into requisition.

SHRYOCK & CONNER have dissolved partnership. The colonel will play a "lone hand" hereafter, while Mr. Conner joins his fortunes with those of Enoch STURGEON, Esq. STURGEON & CONNER will make a strong team...

Three young men or boys, Wesley CARTER, Will CHINN and Christ. ALDERMAN, shipped out for the far west Wednesday night. They didn't take along much cash capital, but from the stock of clothing gathered in by them and the amount of eatables laid in for the journey, a doubt has arisen as to whether they intend to start a clothing store or a restaurant.

Dr. DANZIGER has sold his stock of drugs to Mr. J. B. PELLENS, a young man but a druggist of ten years' experience, who is now invoicing the stock...




The grand hunt gotten up the first of the week came off Thursday, and was in all respects a success for the winning party. It was participated in by Dr. McCONNEHEY, V. H. DANIELS, J. S. SLICK, Paul DORSCH, Geo. ELLIOTT, Geo. KILLEN and G. VANSKIKE, with L. R. LINKENHELT as captain; and I. W. BROWN, L. E. RANNELLS, E. CALKINS, T. J. McCLARY, L. M. MONTGOMERY, Wm. FERGUSON and Will REX, with John P. MYERS for captain. ...

... Suffice it to say that Captain Linkenhelt's party bore off the victor's prize, and were subsequently entertained at the Wallace House by their defeated opponents. ...

Many amusing incidents occurred prior to and during the hunt. Ike BROWN's dog was stolen on Wednesday, but came home about noon with a rope on his neck. Ike took the dog to bed with him that night. A visit to Capt. LINKENHELT's residence, Wednesday evening, revealed the presence of a hunting dog chained in the sitting room. Jake SLICK and Dr. McConnehey had a runaway and got their buggy smashed. Jake came in covered with white hairs, and it was suggested that he had to carry the horse. Accusations were rife that the winning side bought the most of their game from farmers, and an attempt on their part to bring in three turkeys was rejected with scorn by the opposition...




Rev. S. F. HERSHEY delivered an exceedingly interesting and eloquent temperance lecture at the court house last Monday evening. Unfortunately there was but a small crowd in attendance.....






Saturday, December 29, 1877




Frank DAWSON is home from Ann Arbor, on a short vacation.

Mrs. Minnie HUGHSTON, of Michigan City, is visiting with her friends here.

Dr. Scott RANNELLS, of Monterey, took a hand in the Masquerade, Christmas Eve.

Mr. A. C. BEARSS, mail agent on the I.P. & C. R.R., was numbered among the holiday visitors in Rochester.

Mrs. Phil BLACK, Mr. Chas. O'DONNELL, and several other Peruvians were in attendance at the Masquerade.

MARRIED. -Mr. John PYLE and Miss Mollie NEWHOUSE, daughter of Thos. NEWHOUSE, were married last Thursday evening.

Mr. Benj. F. MECHLING, of Hillsdale, Michigan, visited with his many friends in this place Christmas...

Ed. CALKINS, Wm. TRIBBITT, Jas. KEELY and Hudson STILES, with laudable enterprise, solicited subscriptions to the amount of $62, for the benefit of the poor of Rochester, on Christmas day.

Hon. Milo SMITH has resolved to turn over a new leaf. He will not pursue the bounding tiger to his lair during 1878. To avoid temptation he will wear a patent clothes-pin on his nose.

The following ladies will keep open houses and receive callers New Year's day: Mrs. RYLAND and daughter from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m., assisted by Mrs. A. T. BITTERS, Mrs. L. S. EMRICK, Mrs. Frank SHIELDS, Miss Cynthia BROWN and Miss Mattie SPOTTS, of Indianapolis. Miss Dora ROBBINS and Miss Tella LYON, at the residence of D. W. LYON. Miss Minnie BRACKETT and Mrs. L. M. BRACKETT, at the residence of L. M. BRACKETT.

Kokomo Tribune: "Charlie HUTCHINSON, the little telegraph boy," has been transferred from Mallott Park, to Rochester, and is now in the employ of the I. P. & C. R.R., as train dispatcher at that place.

Rev. J. K. WALTS, preacher in charge of Lincoln Circuit, North Indiana Conference, was in town last Wednesday, and reports success at the appointments in the neighborhood of Rochester. Sixty persons have united with the church during the last three months.

DIED. -Mrs. Elizabeth ROSE died at her residence in this place last Wednesday evening, of consumption. She was aged about 45 years, and has been a sufferer with the above dread disease for more than two years. She was an early settler of this place, and a worthy woman.

One MOREHOUSE, a carriage trimmer and upholsterer, skipped the town, last Saturday evening, leaving a board bill, printing bill and several unpaid accounts in his rear. The last noble act of his life--while a resident of Rochester--was to borrow ten cents to get a drink of "ackomorantus." The eulogy, written for publication in this paper, by the absentee, will be cheerfully turned over to the creditors on application.

Last Sabbath evening Rev. RULE was obliged to gently rebuke some of the young men of this place for their bad conduct on previous occasions. He said he liked to have his remarks appreciated by the young men in question, but was averse to their showing their appreciation by stamping and shuffling of the feet; also that he would much rather close the benediction without assistance...

MARRIED. -At the residence of the bride's father, 2-1/2 miles south east of Rochester, Sunday afternoon, Dec. 23, 1877, by Rev. N. L. LORD, Mr. Frank F. MOORE and Miss Jennie V. McMAHAN.

A number of invited guests were present, and the occasion is said to have been a very enjoyable one. On Monday following a reception was given at the residence of the bridegroom's father, a number of relations and friends from Wabash, Peru, Lincoln, and this place being present...

The exercises at the M.E. church on Christmas evening were full of interest and enjoyment. The musical programme is especially worthy of mention, as embracing fine selections, and being rendered in a style which called forth the highest praise. Miss Mary MERCER  fairly  eclipsed  herself in the song entitled,  "My Ain Countree." ...

Father WEICHMAN will conduct services at the Catholic church tomorrow morning and evening, Dec. 30th.

The taxable property of Fulton county amounts to $4,702,435, of which $1,055,924 is personal. Number of polls 2,385; number of dogs, 10,362. The tax assessed and collectable amounts to $57,747.11.


PETTIT JURORS for February Term of Circuit Court



The water mill, under the management of Messrs. ELLIOTT, HICKMAN & LEITER, is rapidly acquiring an extensive and enviable reputation. Their flour is always satisfactory to housewives, and many families insist now on that particular brand and will accept no other.


MARRIAGE LICENSES issued this month

John J. ZECHIEL and Sarah J. STAMM. James P. STINSON and Christena PENCE. Chas. DAVIS and Alice PRINCE. Wm. R. WILHELM and Lavina COOPER. Alden K. ASHELMAN and Malinda SWATZLANDER. John F. WILSON and Emma R. CARTER. Henry D. HOWELL and Ida E. CLELAND. Emanuel ROUCH and Emma V. SHELTON. Wm. TUTTLE and Jeannetta SPENCER. John VANKIRK and Ellen WAGONER. John M. LONG and Emma E. VANMETER, Jonathan BIXLER and Amanda LUCAS. Uriah SMITH and Harriet M. RICHARDSON. Leroy ARMSTRONG and Lucinda J. LEAR. Frank F. MOORE and Jennie V. McMAHAN. John PYLE and Mary NEWHOUSE.


William H. MATTINGLY, formerly a "boy" of this place, has been appointed postmaster at Rochester, this state. The family seems to be in luck. The father is P.M. at Bourbon, and now the son reads the postal cards at Rochester. Corydon Republican.


BLOOMINGSBURG ITEMS, Dec. 27, 1877 by Hawkeye.


H. TIPTON, living a quarter of a mile east of this place, has the finest hogs that we have seen.

J. B. EMMONS is being seriously tormented with the typhoid fever.

On the 25th of the present month we attended the wolf-hunt near the town of Argos, in Marshall county...There were about 500 men and boys engaged in the hunt, and about 100 guns used. The three wolves shot were sold for $8.35, the lucky sportsmen being Sam GORDON, W. STAFFORD and Jonas ABRAMS.



The good citizens of Rochester did not forget the poor on Christmas, but remembered by their generous action, that it is written, "the poor he always have with you."

Early in the morning a committee was organized to solicit donations, and by noon their work was completed. In the afternoon the purchases of flour, meat, butter, tea, coffee and sugar, were made and loaded upon the large delivery wagon owned by Jasper TRUE, and this worthy citizen, accompanied by a portion of the committee, delivered the same in fair quantities at the houses of eighteen families of Rochester's worthy poor, who welcomed this kind visitation of providence with much surprise and gratitude. ...

The amount donated was $62.17, of which $42.17 was expended, leaving $20 in the hands of E. CALKINS, treasurer, subject to call for benevolent purposes...



Saturday, January 5, 1878




Editor Independent: - By request of the Christian Union Sunday School, of Kewanna, Indiana, I send you the following report for publication.

Officers elected for the year 1878, Supt. P. S. TROUTMAN, Asst. Supt. J. F. NUTT, Sec'y. J. W. CARTER, Asst. Sec'y. Miss Hattie DUKES, Treas'r. Owen MURRY.....




Pursuant to the call, the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Fulton County Agricultural Society met at the Court House on Saturday, Dec. 29th, 1877, and the following board of directors were elected for the ensuing year, viz: Aubbeenaubbee, Henry GINTHER. Union, A. T. JACKSON. Wayne, Simeon WHEELER. Liberty, Sabastian GOSS. Richland, B. C. WILSON. Newcastle, M. PERSHBAUCHER. Henry, Joseph NICODEMUS. Rochester, L. W. SHELTON, Vernon GOULD and E. MILLER...




Leiter's Ford, Dec. 22d, 1877.

Institute convened at Leiter's school house at 10 o'clock, a.m., and was called to order by E. MYERS, County Superintendent. On motion J. T. GOUCHER was elected secretary, and N. D. ELLIS critic. ...

In the afternoon Messrs. BOYCE, MOON, ELLIS, MILLER, ALLEN, GOUCHER, and MINTON demonstrated respectively their method of teaching primary reading, subtraction of simple numbers, physiology, grammar, geography, methods of finding the greatest common divisor, and history. ...




G. G. LONG moved his household goods to Indianapolis yesterday, where he will take up his residence in the future. Grant leaves many friends in Rochester, who will regret his departure.

"Bidy" MYERS, postal clerk on the Lake Shore & Michigan Railroad, is visiting with his brother John P. MYERS. To his labors in the service of Uncle Sam are giving him both health and wealth.

A regular stage line now runs from this place to Kewanna, and under the superintendence of the gentlemanly conductor, Mr. MILLS, passengers are put through in double quick time.

A. H. D. GRAY will dispose of a lot of live stock and farming implements at public sale at his residence in Newcastle township on Friday, January 11th.

MARRIED. -Mr. Anton THALMANN and Miss Susan ALEXANDER, were married at the residence of the bride's parents, by Esq. HERMAN, New Year's Eve.

-Also Mr. Wm. WHITEFORD and Miss Mary CRISSUORE. All hands return thanks for the nice sample of cake which accompanied the latter notice.

Rev. A. B. CHARPIE, late of Richmond, Ind., has been employed as pastor of the Baptist Church of Rochester for the ensuing year...




Frank KEWNEY spent the first day of the new year among his Rochester friends. Frank wears a blue coat and brass buttons, and is a guard at the Michigan City state prison.

N. G. HUNTER, visited the Independent office a day or two ago, and made a three months' investment in its fortunes. Nels is now a resident of Roann, Wabash county, where he serves the Lord in a dry goods store.

J. M. REITER, who is now engaged in business at Goodland, Newton county, made a holiday visit to his family last week...

Joe CARR, of Anderson, Ind., was in town one day last week. Joe is anxious to see his fellow-townsman, Eb. HENDERSON, who is also a former resident of Rochester, nominated for treasurer of state on the Democratic ticket. We shall try to make it lively for Eb. if he is nominated. His Rochester record is not altogether savory.

MARRIED. -Mr. John H. PYLE, of Robinson, Ill., who was united in marriage to Miss Mollie, eldest daughter of Thos. NEWHOUSE, Esq., last Thursday week, is spending his honeymoon among relatives and friends in the vicinity of Rochester. John is a native of Fulton county, and the eldest son of James PYLE, Sr. Like his father, John is favorably known hereabouts.... Mr. Pyle fills the position of telegraph operator at Robinson, where he has resided for the past eighteen months...




Christmas evening a woman and man, representing themselves as man and wife, and hailing from Columbia City, Ind., stopped at the Central House, in this place, and occupied room number 30, in which was situated a wardrobe containing the wearing apparel of Mrs. E. B. RANNELLS.

Wednesday evening following, Mrs. Rannells missed from her wardrobe a new silk dress valued at $70, suspicion at once rested upon the parties from Columbia City, who had taken their departure Christmas night. They were followed by Lon RANNELLS, the dress found in the trunk belonging to the woman, and she was arrested and brought to this place and tried before Esq. HERMAN yesterday. They were bound over to appear at Circuit Court, and are now incarcerated in the county bastile.

The woman, who gave her name as Kitty BLAKE, is about 19 years old, and is not a bad looking girl. Frequent frolics with such fellows as CARTER (the man who accompanied her), have told upon her countenance, and she bears the stamp of her dissipated life.

Ed. B. CARTER, the young man who probably will form the first party to the prosecution, is about 25 years of age, and is said to have respectable parents residing in Columbia City. However that may be, their son stands a fair show to count the nail heads in the Northern Penitentiary. The Marshal of Columbia City accompanied the pair, and appeared to feel a good deal of solicitude for the welfare of Kittie Blake.




W. COPLEN has been visiting friends in Whitley county.

Gusa, son of Rev. O. MEREDITH, is ill with lung fever.

S. BIDWELL, of Noble county, is spending the holidays with old friends and associates hereabouts.

J. B. EMMONS is slowly recovering from a severe attack of typhoid fever.

J. DRUDGE is just finishing the nicest dwelling we have seen. The workmanship is that of J. ZOLMAN.

The Literary at the Dover school house is enjoyable and first-class.



Saturday, January 12, 1878




BIRTH. -Max SILBERBERG rejoices in a bran new addition to his family--a boy.

Mr. Joseph ALLMAN has been confined to his bed by a billious attack.

Charlie MANN and Orton MITCHELL will start for Notre Dame in a few weeks.

DIED. -Mr. Lindley MOORE, an old and respected citizen of Wayne township, this county, died last Sunday.

Kitty BLAKE is not confined in the jail with her ex-partner, but enjoys the freedom of the sheriff's residence.

There will be a called meeting of the Y.M.C.A. at the Baptist church on next Wednesday evening, for the transaction of business...

Probably it is not generally known that A. C. MITCHELL is a member of the printing fraternity. However, he enjoys that distinction, having rolled for the first edition of newspapers ever printed in Rochester. J. Q. HOWELL, now residing in Kewanna, was editor and publisher of the paper, and the office was located in the old building north of K. G. SHRYOCK's law office.

A. C. COPELAND, Allie HOLEMAN and Milo R. SMITH will accompany the Centennial Editorial Excursion to Philadelphia, next Monday, as representatives of the Rochester Spy and Sentinel.

Parties visiting Kewanna will find no difficulty in securing transportation to and from railroad points, by making application to Messrs. BLAIR & MILLS, who are provided with good conveyances.

Miss Anna JACKSON returned to the Musical Conservatory at Ft. Wayne, this week. A good musical institution is something that Rochester ought to have, and no doubt will have ere many months. All the money expended for the musical education of young ladies might just as well be kept at home as paid to institutions at a distance.

The Spy compliments our old friend, Geo. BURNS, of Akron, as a temperance orator, which is good enough, and we hope true. George will never again equal the speech he once made as an auctioneer, however. He was selling a medical library, and picked up a book entitled, "A Lexicon of the Latin Language." Bestowing merely a glance upon the superscription, he read: "Lexington on the Latin Language." Some of the crowd began to laugh, when George winked knowlingly and remarked: "Old Lexington was a cuss; wasn't he, boys?"

V. ZIMMERMAN has purchased the J. B. ELLIOTT room in the new Commercial Block, and will open out therein with an entire new stock, in the course of the next thirty days....

Sol. MILLER, Chris. CAMPBELL and Steve RARICK, of Aubbeenaubbee, three of the staunchest men in Fulton county, have already caused their names to be placed upon our books, and are doing a good work in their respective neighborhoods...

We had the pleasure, on Wednesday last, of clasping hands with an old tired and true friend, J[ohn] R. SMALLEY, of Wayne township...




A swarm of bees came out of their hive and flew away, on the farm of J. WEIR, on the 22d of December. The season was remarkable if the circumstance was not.

Mr. FINLEY is doing a good business in the grocery line.

The Murphy movement has about subsided at this place. Very few blue ribbons to be seen.

P. C. DUMBAULD, our dry goods merchant, is a great hater of dogs, since one jumped through his store window, breaking out a large pane of glass.

B. KALMBAUCHER, whose arm was broken by a runaway team a few days ago, is suffering all the pains and aches of his misfortune.

The protracted effort that is being held here in the Christian church, by Elders FOWLER and McNEALY, from all appearances will be a grand success...

H. BAUGHER, our village wagon-maker, is a first-class workman.

Miss Ella BARB is teaching a No. 1 school, at the new school house on H. FERRY's farm.

Jasper WINDBIGLER, of Kewanna, is visiting friends and relatives in this vicinity.




Miss Emma McCARTER, of Rochester, is visiting friends in this place.

There is some talk of organizing a literary society at the G. T. rooms, at this place, Monday night.

Mr. KEIM, of our vicinity, came near getting some of his teeth knocked out by a Rochester dentist the other day.

The Sunday School at this place will be carried on during the winter. Mr. L. W. SHELTON is the superintendent.

The prospect for good sleighing is not very flattering, but Mike NEW has got a new sleigh and is watching the weather pretty close.






At the meeting of the directors of the Fulton County Agricultural Society, held at the Court House on Saturday Jan. 5th, 1878, the board organized by the choice of L. W. SHELTON, president; B. C. WILSON, vice president; Vernon GOULD, secretary; and E. E. COWGILL, treasurer...



Saturday, January 19, 1878


NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION. The undersigned heretofore doing business under the firm name of E. Kirtland & Co., have this day dissolved partnership by mutual consent. E. Kirtland will continue the business... Rochester, Jan. 17th, 1878. E. KIRTLAND, E. H. HOFFMAN.




Messrs. I. W. CONNER and Geo. HOLMAN are in Kansas, taking depositions.

Rochester contains over four miles of good, substantial plank and stone sidewalk.

Tom CHAMBERLAIN is assisting in shelving the new stock of hardware at FROMM's store.

FISSEL, the drayman, hauls the hook and ladder trucks to a fire in double quick time.

Four prisoners on their way to Michigan City attracted quite a crowd at the depot Monday.

Fred HICKS is not only proprietor of the Pelican Barber shop, but is also an accomodating workman.

Harlan HADLEY, Esq., and Mr. S. M. COOK, of Plainfield, are visiting J. G. COOK and family, of this place.

One hundred acres of the SPOTTS farm have been sold to a man named ZACHMAN, from Marshall county.

Two cases of croup at Recorder CHAMBERLAIN's this week. This is the right kind of weather for that malady.

Mr. HOLZMAN is down on dogs forever more. One of the breed jumped through his store window the other day.

Our old friend Frisbee RICHARDSON has been elected Noble Grand of Akron Lodge, I.O.O.F. A good selection.

Jake VanTRUMP has bought the Joseph REED farm, southeast of town, and will shortly be a granger and with the grangers stand.

Rochester Good Templars meet in GOULD's photographic gallery every Friday evening. A revival of interest is in progress.

Report says that the Jim BEEBER residence is being fitted up for the occupation of a soon-to-be-married couple.

FROMM & CURTIS are packing two hundred heavy hogs, this season. The yield of pork will be in the neighborhood of 40,000 pounds.

The pleasant countenance of Frank HECTOR is to be seen on our streets. Frank has been attending medical college at Cincinnati.

Jap. TRUE runs the best dray in town for moving purposes. He can haul double an ordinary load, but charges no more for trip than others.

COOK, the Centennial block grocer, has established a delivery wagon...

We had the pleasure of crossing palms with Capt. Alfred MARTIN, of Liberty township, last Thursday, and adding his name to the already respectable list at Fulton.

The roof on the Davidson building will henceforth be a conspicuous object on the landscape. In shape it is something after the mansard pattern, and being covered with tin, will glow in the sunlight like a conflagration. It is self-supporting, and claimed to be one of the best of its kind. At all events, it is costing a pile of money.

MARRIED. -Rev. and D.D.G.M. Jacob WHITTENBERGER, of Akron lodge, I.O.G.T., officiated in his ministerial character, last Sunday, at the marriage of D.D.G.M. Wm. R. MARSHALL, of Lincoln lodge, I.O.G.T., Miami county, and Miss Sarah KAMP, of Henry township, this county. It is not often that one district deputy grand master is called upon to perform the marriage ceremony for a brother of similar rank.

A. RIMES has purchased the shop and business of Mr. ROBBINS, at Kewanna, and will hereafter make that place his headquarters...

Ed. BIBBLER is prepared to furnish wood at low rates to such of our citizens as may desire to patronize him. Shouldn't wonder if a woodyard is needed here. Then we could buy fuel by measure, and know what we are getting, instead of by load from a wagon box half-filled with straw, as is sometimes the case.

Johnnie BELL, a boy about 14 years old ...[was given] a silver half-dollar to make a purchase of some sort, and he put it in his mouth for safe keeping when, as he says, "sudden as a spark from smitten steel" down it went, lodging in the lower portion of his throat. The little fellow, of course, became mighty uneasy, took a big dose of salts, and watched the silvermovement closely... He swallowed it on Monday, and on the Wednesday following he resumed specie payment with great joy and gladness. He thinks, though, he will keep that half-dollar to buy the last nail in his coffin.




F. MONTGOMERY is teaching a first-class school in this place.

J. B. EMMONS is still on the sick list.

A new sawmill will be set up on the farm of Elijah COPLEN in about three weeks. E. PACKER, proprietor.



Saturday, January 26, 1878




H. B. JAMISON, Peru, was in the city Thursday.

Mrs. Ella FOX, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, is visiting with Mr. Al. G. PUGH.

DIED. -Mrs. PETERS, mother of Mrs. Ed. DITTON, died in this place last Thursday evening.

-A man named McCLURE, a ralroad section hand, died Wednesday evening last. He was a very worthy man, we are informed.

-Mr. John SCHOLDER, a German resident of the North end, died last Monday, of consumption. He was well known in this community, having resided here about fifteen years.

-Mrs. Polly PARKER, relict of Hardy PARKER, Esq., died last Monday, aged 73 years. Deceased was an old resident of this vicinity, and very widely known and esteemed. She was distinguished for all the virtues of a faithful wife and fond mother, performing her duties in a manner that endeared her to her children and friends. ... Her disease was typhoid pneumonia.

Mr. L. WHITTENBERGER will sell all of his personal property at public sale next Thursday, preparatory to moving to Kansas.

J. G. COOK has rigged up a first-class delivery wagon, and is now prepared to deliver groceries to any part of the city free of charge.

MARRIED. -"Two minds with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one." We mean John M. QUIGG and Mrs. Margaret J. TRUE, who were married at the M.E. parsonage, by Rev. F. M. RULE, last Thursday morning, and are now on their way to Tennessee. Mr. Quigg is from California, and his bride is well known as a lady of culture and wealth in an adjoining township.

-Dr. BURKET was in town yesterday, looking radiant and happy. What makes the doctor feel so pleasant just now is the fact that he has encountered his destiny--gone and got married. The lady's name was WALL, a resident of Warsaw. Congratulations, doctor.

Mr. KENNEDY, of Ohio, father of Emi, was in town this week.

Messers. J. A. BARNETT and Noah BRUMBACH are the latest additions to our Kewanna list...

Dr. W. S. RANNELLS, of Monterey, Ind., better known in this community as "Scott," has recently taken unto himself a wife...

Mrs. RAINES, a colored lady residing in Rochester, came near taking passage to the shining shore, via the morphine line, yesterday morning. Her husband... found her in a stupor... called Dr. BROWN, ... A package of the deadly powder had been carelessly thrown into a common receptacle for medicine, and hence the mistake.




The death of Mrs. Annie KENDRICK, wife of F. K. KENDRICK, Esq., which occurred last Saturday evening, produced a shock and spread a gloom over this entire community only to be accounted for by the lovable disposition of the lady herself and the general esteem in which she was held be all classes of society. Apparently in the enjoyment of superb health, yet really an acute sufferer for some years past, her death was wholly unexpected and as little to be looked for as that of any person in our midst. Though a sufferer, as we have said, she maintained a cheerfulness of demeanor that entirely concealed the ravages of disease, and led intimate friends to anticipate for her a long lease of life and usefulness. She was never so happy as when surrounded by friends, dispensing the hospitalities of her elegant home, or ministering to the wants of her now stricken husband, whose idol she was and whose affliction seems heavier than he can bear. No social gathering was complete without her presence, while innocent and kindly mirth continually flowed from her lips. She was friendly with all, and bestowed on each a smile that instantly put the recipient in a good humor with himself and the world. Her lot forbade the display of brilliant qualities of mind, or the achievement of deeds that will live in song or story, but in the domain of affection she ruled supreme throughout a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Always prompt at the call of mercy, her liberal hand bestowed comforts on the sick and needy, nor was she ashamed to be seen visiting the humble habitations of the poor, where she was welcomed as a comforter and dispenser of blessings. The loss of such an one by death is indeed a calamity far reaching in its consequences, and an occasion for sincere regret and sorrow. Deceased's age was about 56 years. She was born in Canada, of Scotch parentage. Her residence in this county dates back to 1842. Two years later, while on a visit to South Bend, she became acquainted with Mr. KENDRICK, whom she subsequently married. Her wedded life has been one of uninterrupted peach, during which she discharged all the duties of a wife conscientiously and to the great satisfaction of her partner. ... The evening prior to her death she attended an evening party, and came home and retired in good spirits. About 2 a.m. Saturday she was stricken with a chill, which ultimated in her death at about 10:30 p.m....


Saturday, February 2, 1878




Misses Estella LYON and Minnie BRACKETT are attending musical school at Chicago.

Jim BROWN returned from a Kansas voyage this week.

Thomas DAVIS and Charles MACY indulged in a knock-down last Monday evening near the Wallace House, which terminated in a victory for the former.

Those attending court can be accommodated with good board and lodging at $1 per day by applying at J. F. COLLINS' restaurant.

Fifty-four tramps boarded a south bound freight train on the I. P. & C. Railroad, one night this week, at Plymouth, nailed themselves in box cars, and were not discovered until they reached this place, where they were "bounced" by the conductor of the train. Ten of them found lodging in the calaboose, and the remainder sought quarters in the grove east of the race, built a fire, and camped out for the night. They were interviewed by some of our citizens and expressed themselves as not only honest and virtuous, but extremely happy.

The Independent office is now permanently located in Kirtland's new room, up stairs in Commercial Block...

DIED. -We learn that the wife of Mr. Andrew OLIVER, Sr., died the fore part of this week. Old settlers speak of her as an estimable lady.[16]

-In the death of Joseph ALLMAN, which occurred Wednesday last, this community loses a rising young business man and a very worthy citizen.

Mr. Allman had resided in Rochester nearly a decade, and our acquaintance with him covered the entire period. We always found him fair in deal, liberal in spirit, and though conservative in business methods, yet far-seeing and enterprising. We never heard an imputation put upon his character, and believe he was universally considered honest and straight-forward in all the relations of life. His habits were more than usually correct, and he was possessed of one of those equable temperaments that made him at once popular with his associates and rendered him capable of enduring business cares with comparative east. His death leaves a void in many hearts that will be hard to fill, and his sorrowing relatives have the sincere sympathy of this whole people. The remains were taken to the Jewish burying ground at Laporte for interment, after receiving appropriate Masonic honors from his brethren of Rochester. Deceased was aged about 30 years, and his demise just at the dawn of what promised to be a life of exceeding usefulness is peculiarly saddening.

-At his residence at Leiter's Ford, Ind. Jan. 24th, 1878, Andrew BARGER, aged 61 years, 11 months and 26 days.

The subject of this sketch was born in Perry county, Penn., Jan. 25th, 1816. He removed to Ohio, from whence he removed to Fulton county, Ind., where he continued to reside until his demise. He was twice married and leaves a wife and six children, besides an innumerable number of sincere and intimate friends, to mourn his demise. He united with the Evangelical Association 31 years ago, from which time he continued an exemplary member of the church and died triumphant in the faith which he truly believed and fully practiced. For 24 years he was a resident of this county and one of the oldest residents in Aubbeenaubbee Tp.--all knew him well, and all loved him truly. He was an exemplary man in all that constitutes true nobility--in sterling worth, in rectitude of intention--virtuous conduct-- and it may truly be said, he was an honest man. Mr. Barger received an apoplectic stroke in May last, which terminated in cerebritus, with a clot formation. By careful nursing and a thorough course of medication he slowly convalesced--and recovered to such an extent as to walk about and partialy attend daily duties. There still existed a partial paralysis of the left upper extremity. Upon the 7th of Jan. he was again stricken with paralysis, and lingered 17 days. Notwithstanding the best of medical skill was offered, the nervous shock was too extended to yield to medication. ....

Funeral obsequie, at M.E. church, Friday afternoon, Rev. JONES, of Kewanna, officiating.




Mr. and Mrs. MILLER, of Elkhart, Ind., have been making an extended visit at Mrs. BARGER's. Mrs. Miller is a daughter of Mrs. Barger and Andrew BARGER, deceased.

Wheat thieves are on the rampage along the Tippecanoe. Sam'l RARRICK had about 30 bushels stolen, and Mrs. BLANSEY had about 6 bushels taken. A person who will steal from a widow, deserves the hottest corner of purgatory.



A very successful revival has been progressing in the M. E. church at Lincoln, Miami county.

Cyrus TABOR, the first white child born in Marshall county, died recently at his residence, five miles south of Plymouth.


Saturday, February 9, 1878




Rochester has ten saloons.

Orton MITCHELL is attending Notre Dame school at South Bend.

BIRTH. -Jacob ROSENBERG rejoices over the addition of a daughter to his family.

DIED. -Mr. Samuel SIBERT, residing east of the lake, died and was buried last week.

Charley PLANK is acting as deputy postmaster during Mrs. RYLAND's illness.

Perry SHORE will move into his new room in the Commercial Block, in a few days.

Harry RYLAND of Williamsburg, Ind., son of Mrs. E. J. RYLAND, is visiting with his friends.

Joe GUNTENSBERGER has purchased Andrew EDWARDS' saloon, and made application for license.

Fred FROMM is now located in his new rooms in Commercial Block...

Last Monday, Miss Annie JACKSON returned to her studies at the Ft. Wayne Conservatory of Music, after a week's visit at home.

Rochester is large enough and sufficiently wealthy to support a lodge of Knights of Pythias. As there are two members of the order in this place, a move will probably be made toward the organization of a lodge.

Doctor ROBBINS has finished his rooms in the Citizens' Block in a style that would reflect credit upon a much larger place than this. The moulding on the upper rooms speaks well for the mechanical skill of SHIELDS & CO.

Esq. NEWCOMB, of Richland township, who is confined to his bed with typhoid pneumonia, is said to be in a critical condition.

The Marshal would do well to look into the condition of some of the alleys in this place, which are being used for barn-lots and hog pens.

Uncle Billy CARTER, the ice man, was seriously injured while storing his ice house the other day. However, hopes are entertained of his speedy recovery.

Frank BEARSS dropped in on us last Saturday, but only to shake hands, wish us success and take his departure...

Numerous neighbors of Ephriam DAUGHERTY have been endeavoring to impeach his honor, or in other words Ephriam has sworn that he did not steal a certain lot of hoop poles, and they are determined to prove that he did.

DIED. -A man named Wm. HOLLOWAY, living north-east of town and well known here, died very suddenly one day last week. His sickness was a matter of a few hours only. The number of sudden deaths in this vicinity has been unusually large lately.

A telephone, reaching from the Sentinel office to M. O. REES' undertaking establishment, is one of the curiosities and necessities at the South End. Hard times warn the Sentinel boys that a coffin may be needed at a moment's notice.

Fred FROMM owes not a little of his success in business to the corps of assistants which he is always able to command. To Mr. WEILLS and Emanuel KRATZER, head salesmen in the hardware and grocery departments, respectively, he may safely commit his interests. They are polite, obliging and popular, and honest as the day is long.

John MARSHMAN, Charley MANN, and several other young bloods of this place, attended a dance at John SAYLES', near Leiter's Ford, Tuesday night, and indulged in a high old pugilistic racket. Marshman succeeded in administering a severe beating to a young man named RARICK, when he in turn was set upon by a crowd of Monterey boys, and pounded almost into a jelly. No serious results are liable to occur from the fracas, but the marks will remain as a gentle reminder that when a fellow indulges in brawls he is as liable to get hit in the face as anywhere else.

Rev. Abel M. WORK, of Lane Theological Seminary, will preach at the Presbyterian church, Sabbath, February 17th, morning and evening.

Rochester is to have a new engine house. That is a fixed fact. The contract for the building has been let to Geo. NORRIS and C. P. HINMAN for the sum of $1,460. The building will be located on Washington street, east of CLARK's livery stable.

Wm. BRAMAN, who some years ago was a dealer in "hard cider" at Fulton, this county, was last week arrested for manufacturing and passing counterfeit silver coin, and bound over to the United States Court, at Indianapolis, in the sum of $1,000. He was taken in by a one-armed government detective, who played the confidential upon him, by persuading him to go into partnership with him. They went to Logansport for the purpose of "setting up in the business," where Braman was arrested and the dies and other tools ... were found upon his person...





(Application for License)... to sell spiritous, vinous and malt liquors... In the front room, first floor, of the two-story frame building ssituated ... part of lot (described)...Joseph V. P. GUNTENSBERGER.




Wheat $1 per bushel; corn 35 cents.

Stave haulers still passing through this place.

Mr. DOVER is starting up a singing school here.

J. ZOLMAN has moved upon the farm of Mr. GRAFF.

Samuel FOUDRAY is slowly recovering from a severe attack of spinal affliction.

J. HAIMBAUGH has returned from his visit to Kansas, and says he likes the country well.

DIED. -On last Saturday evening Wm. HOLLOWAY, who resided a few miles east of this place, returned home from church at 11 o'clock, and went to bed, feeling as well as usual. About 1 a.m. his wife was aroused from slumber. Not noticing her husband breathing, she attempted to awaken him, but he did not answer, and by laying her hand upon him she discovered that the dread destroyer had visited her household and taken away its head and support. The family have the sympathy of the entire community, and Mr. Holloway was well-known and generally respected. [17]


(Resolutions of Respect) To the memory of Isaac MELVIN, Steward of Antioch Grange, No. 1012...from our midst... Jan. 12th, 1878... copy of these... presented to the family of the deceased. A. T. SHEETS, R. W. NEWELL, Com.



Saturday, February 16, 1878




[long article] ... It will take in a range of county seats both west and east of you, going from Rochester, via Palestine, Warsaw, Webster, Cromwell, Ligonier, LaGrange, Angola, to connect at Bankers with a Detroit line...

... It would open to us the markets of Lake Erie ports, and give a direct connection with water transportation to New York and the Atlantic sea board... Such a road would at once add ten per cent to the value of all lands in this county...




Fulton, Jan. 26th, '78. -Institute convened in Fulton school house at 10:30 a.m., and was called to order by trustee F. PETERSON... F. WAITE was appointed critic... Primary reading, Miss COONS; history by A. MURDEN; fundamental rules of arithmetic by F. WAITE; digestion by G. M. CONN; grammar, participles by P. STINGLEY; spelling by Miss JOHNSON; primary grammar by Miss CARTER.

(other names mentioned): J. F. AULT, E. P. TOWNSEND, J. R. SHELTON, G. W. CONN.




Mr. Wm. COOK, invited his young friends to jollify a little Saturday evening. A pleasant company met at the residence of Mr. Samuel BARGER and an enjoyable time was had by all...

An infant daughter of M. J. RARRICK is quite ill.

The small child of Mr. & Mrs. John GINTHER, that had been so seriously ill, has entirely recovered.

The local, in last week's Independent, was incorrect in a measure. The Bummer's dance was held at George SALES instead of John SALES..




Elijah COPLIN will build a fine residence next spring.

Green Hill literary association is by no means a failure.


DIED. -At her residence in Richland township, this county, on Wednesday, February 13th, '78, Mrs. Elizabeth RALSTIN, widow of Young RALSTIN, Esq., aged 58 years.

Deceased was born near Wooster, Ohio, and emigrated with her parents at an early age to the Eel river country, this state. Her maiden name was GOUDY. She was married to Young Ralstin in 1838, and immediately removed to this county, where she continued to reside until the day of her death. She was the mother of thirteen children, of whom but six survive. Five of the remainder reached manhood and womanhood, and have all died within the last six years. Including the parents, there have been seven deaths in the family within the time stated. Three have occurred within the last twelvemonth.

"Aunt Eliza," the name by which deceased was popularly known, was extensively acquainted throughout this region, not only by reason of long residence, but on account of qualities of heart and head that endeared her to all. The Ralstin mansion, up to a recent date, was a country inn, where travelers along the Michigan road delighted to stop, in full assurance of good cheer for both man and beast. It was also a favorite place of resort for the young people of neighborhing towns and the country around. At all these times and seasons "Aunt Eliza" represented the spirit of order and decorum, and her beautiful larder supplied the cravings of the inner man. Directed by her counsel, the husband became prosperous, and laid by a goodly share of this world's gear. The family was reared in comfort and happiness, and grew up to reflect honor upon their parents and compensate for their loving care. ... The first to died of those who reached maturity was Rebecca, wife of Rev. A. V. HOUSE, in 1872. James, aged 19, died in 1873. Next was the loved father, Young Ralstin, Esq., who died in 1874. Matilda died in 1875; John H. in 1877; Lafayette in January last, and now the mother....

-Near Knox, Starke county, Ind., February 7th, 1878, Charlotte Ann PERSONETT, eldest sister of Chas. W. and daughter of George W. and Mary Ann HOLEMAN.

Deceased was born in the city of Hudson, N.Y., October 22, 1806; emigrated with her parents to Wayne county, Ind., 1818, and has ever since resided in this state. She was the mother of nine children, six of whom, together with her husband, still survive to mourn her loss. She was married October 28, 1824, and united with the Christian church in 1835, remaining a consistent and faithful disciple until death. She was a kind neighbor, a loving mother and faithful wife, and a large circle of relatives and acquaintances will long remember her virtues and regret her departure from the scene of life. ...


MARRIED. -In Rochester, on Thursday evening, February 14, 1878, by Rev. F. M. RULE, Mr. Victor H. DANIELS, of the Sentinel, and Miss Allie RYLAND, daughter of Mrs. E. J. RYLAND, all of this place.

The above event, though for some time anticipated, is none the less happy and auspicious. We congratulate the young couple, and predict for them a long a prosperous voyage through life. Our friend Vic has a fair start in his chosen career of a journalist, in which he has attracted notice by his sprightliness and unmistakable talent. It is a more delicate task to enumerate the good qualities of the bride, but we may properly say that she is likely to prove an efficient helpmeet to her husband. Her rare good nature, cheerful disposition and affectionate temperament will no doubt serve to smooth over the rough places in the pathway of live, and make home and fireside the dearest spot on earth to her companion. ...




Mr. MATTINGLY has been officially notified of his appointment as post-master at this place.

The plate glass for the front of Davidson's building, Commercial Block, were put in position last Wednesday. They are the largest in the state, measuring 11 feet by 8 feet 8 inches.

A poor fellow named WHITESIDE, living north of town a short distance, attempted suicide by cutting his throat last Sunday. Fortunately, he did not succeed in his fell design. The unfortunate man has the consumption, and has been bedridden several months. ... The self-inflicted wound is likely to heal, but the sufferer's days on earth are numbered...

Many, at least several, Fulton county farmers are talking of going to Arkansas in search of homes. Mr. Geo. HOOK will shortly remove his saw-mill thither...

Miss Cora WOOLEY is seriously sick.

BIRTH. -Ben VAWTER is the proud parent of a bran new boy baby.

DIED. -The friends and neighbors of Mr. Samuel FREAR, of Liberty township, deeply sympathize with him in the loss of two stalwart sons, who went to Colorado some months ago in search of health. Both have died in that far-away land, and the grief stricken father has gone after their bodies. The deceased were named Simeon J. and William H. Their disease was consumption, and they died within a few days of each other. Both were men grown, and leave young families, we believe. They were raised in this county, and like their father, have always been numbered among our best citizens.


G. W. KILLAM has sold his stock of watches, jewelry, etc., to Oscar DECKER, and has turned his face westward, intending to locate in Tolona, Ill. Mr. Killam has resided in Rochester for a period of eight months, and has enjoyed a flourishing and constantly increasing trade. His manners are those of a perfect gentleman, and his conduct here has been such as to warrant the very favorable impression he has made upon the community...

Mr. Hudson STYLES, of this place, is temporarily engaged in the manufacture and sale of Brown's Patent Steel-Coppered Bed Bottom, at Peru...

A. J. SURGUY, of New Haven, Illinois, who has been visiting with his brother north of the river, paid us a pleasant call Monday.

Oscar DECKER occupies a window in SHORE's new store room with a stock of jewelry and bench for watch repairing. Oscar is a good boy and a superior workman.

Mr. Emanuel KRATZER, for seven years head salesman in the grocery department of FROMM's store, has relinquished that post and made an engagement of a similar nature at MERCER's hardware establishment. Of course better pay was the moving cause of the change. Mr. Kratzer is one of the most reliable and steady-going men in Rochester; few have a wider acquaintance or a greater number of friends.

Mrs. George POWERS is convalescent after a severa attack of lung disease.

Mrs. Robert NEW, of Green Oak, is confined to her bed with typhoid pneumonia.

Mrs. Andrew HATTERY, of near Green Oak, is recovering from a severe attack of pluero-pneumonia.

MARRIED. -February 7th, '78, by Rev. Jacob WHITTENBERGER, Mr. Milton SWARTZLANDER and Miss Eliza ALLMAN.

DIED. -Peter GOOD, residing near the line between this and Kosciusko counties, died last Wednesday, after a brief illness.

-Mr. HALL, living near Center, Richland township, died on Thursday, after an illness of but a few hours.

-Mary M., wife of Jacob BECK, Esq., died at her husband's residence, three miles east of Rochester, on Sunday last, the 10th instant. Her age was 42 years. She was married in 1861 to Jacob Beck, and proved a faithful and affectionate wife, ever mindful of her husband's interests and welfare. Her demise is a deep affliction to her companion and friends.

We learn that Mr. Jas. B. ELLIOTT does not intend to be a candidate for township trustee this spring. ... Mr. Elliott, we believe, has discharged his trust completely to the satisfcation of the public...



Saturday, February 23, 1878




Joe BARRET has got back to town.

John KEWNEY, Esq., is severely sick.

John P. MYERS has united with the M.E. Church.

Capt. Ira B. MYERS, of Peru, was in town yesterday.

Father HINMAN is laboring under severe indisposition.

Jacob Beck will dispose of his personal property at public sale to-day.

Rev. A. B. CHARPIE was ordained pastor of Baptist church last Wednesday evening. Full account elsewhere.

Mrs. J. E. MERRIAM, of Brandon, Vermont, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. L. M. BRACKETT, of this place.

Miss Cora WOOLLEY, we are glad to say, is recovering rapidly from the dangerous illness with which she has been prostrated.

Marion REITER, who has been sojourning at Bellefontaine, O., has returned to Rochester to accept a clerkship in Fromm's grocery store.

They do say that Charley BEERY is selling a power of goods at Akron, and that he is very popular with the trading public. Success, Charles.

M. L. COREY, of Walworth, New York, is visiting in Rochester. Melvin resided here when a lad. He has grown to be a fine-looking young man.

BORN and DIED. -A child was born in Rochester the other day, that weighed but 1-1/2 lbs. It was a boy, the son of Mr. Benj. VAWTERS. It lived but two or three days.

No young man in Rochester attends to business more strictly than Tommy SHAFFER. He has recently been promoted to a clerkship in FROMM's hardware store.

We have heretofore neglected to mention that John P. MYERS, of this place, has been appointed a railway postal clerk...

Josiah ADAMSON, Esq., of Richland township, is said to be a very entertaining temperance speaker...

Messers L. M. MONTGOMERY, Sam. KEELY, Ab. NELLANS, Chas. CAFFYN, Ches. CHAMBERLAIN, Fred. PACKER, A. T. BITTERS and A. J. KITT, of Rochester, and Isaac PONTIOUS, of Henry, Dr. O. P. WAITE, of Liberty, and D. McGAUGHEY, of Wayne, composed the Fulton county delegation to the Democratic state convention.

Ed. CARTER, the Columbia City youth confined in the county bastile for stealing a dress from Mrs. E. R. RANNELLS, was tried Tuesday, and sentenced to twenty days further incarceration in jail. ... Kitty BLAKE... was acquitted of the charge of larceny and allowed to go free. Sympathy had much to do with the verdict of the jury, no doubt. ... Miss Kitty is handsome, we are told, and looked so pretty and excited so much compassion by her tears that the jury could not find it in their hearts to convict her. The crowd in the court room went ever further, and raised her $50 to bear the expenses of the journey home. It will be seen that Kitty has made money by the trip. She has been six weeks in jail, board free; the county pays her lawyers for defending her, and she takes fifty dollars home as a souvenir of her visit to Rochester. Had she been a good, virtuous girl, working 18 hours per day at one of our hotels or in some private family, the utmost wages she could have expected would have been $2 per week... May the Lord bless the generous men who donated the sum above stated to Kitty. They only meant to evidence their sympathy, and encourage the girl in her professed desire to reform, but we fear their action is liable to be misunderstood...

... in circuit court... The will of Elizabeth RITTER was set aside for lack of the requisite number of witnesses, the law requiring two. John RITTER's will had been previously rendered void by the birth of a posthumous child, which was unprovided for by the instrument...


PRUNING, GRAFTING and BUDDING. Wm. DICKINSON, offers his services ... pruning, grafting and budding fruit... also competent to trim ornamental trees and shrubbery... also sets hedges... Wm. DICKINSON, Rochester, Ind. Feb. 23, '78.




Died, at his residence in Liberty township, Fulton county, on Friday, Feb. 15th, 1878, Richard REED, aged 68 years.

The subject of this sketch was born in Ohio, where he resided until 1846, when he removed to this county. Though not among the very earliest settlers of this region, still he has witnessed the transformation of an almost complete wilderness into a cultivated inheritance for civilized men. Here he reared his family; here the vigor of his manhood was expended in the toilsome duties of the farm. No man ever held higher rank in the estimation of his neighbors, who trusted him in many ways and constantly sought his counsel and advice. For a long series of years he has held the office of justice of the peace, and such was the universal confidence in his judgment that few appeals were ever taken from his decisions. He was a strictly honest man, accounting to the last penny for everything placed in his hands, and avoiding personal debt with scrupulous care. As a neighbor he was kind and compassionate, ever lending a willing ear to the annals of the poor, while his liberal hand was stretched forth to minister to their wants. As a parent affectionate, ruling his family by love rather than fear, and his sons and daughters knew no dearer name than that of father. As a husband, he was indulgent and sympathetic, living in peace and contentment with the partner of his youth until death closed her eyes, and cherishing her memory to the latest period of life. Few men were freer from faults. His life, in short, was a compendium of the Christian graces, which he daily practiced and taught by precept and example.

-DIED, in this place, Feb. 11th, 1878, Mrs. Abagail PERRIN, mother of Mrs. M. V. SWARTWOOD.

Deceased was born in Vermont, June 25, 1798, and lived to be 79 years, 7 months and 16 days old. She has been a member of the M.E. church for nearly sixty years... Deceased was the mother of three children, one boy and two girls--Lorenzo B. PERRIN, Jane FERGUSON and H. Ellen SWARTWOOD. Her husband, John PERRIN, the son and one daughter, have preceded her to the spirit land. Deceased was taken to Milan, Ohio, for burial, and laid beside her daughter. The funeral was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. The funeral sermon was preached at the M.E. church in Milan....

-DEPARTED THIS LIFE, at Walworth, Wayne county, N.Y., on Friday, Feb. 15th, 1878, Mrs. Barbara A. DURFEE, aged 67 years.

Deceased was born at the place where she died, in 1810. She was married to Barney, C0REY, Sr., about 1831, and removed to Marshall county, this state, in 1834. It will be seen that she was one of the oldest residents of this county, and, we may add, one of the most favorably known. She was the mother of six children, four of whom survive, one being a resident of Rochester. Her first husband, Mr. Corey, died in 1867, and after a period of widowhood she was married to Hiram DURFEE, who survives to mourn her loss. Deceased was a life-long and consistent member of the Baptist church, and died in the triumphs of faith.



ATTENTION HORSE COMPANY. There will be a meeting... at the court house, in Rochester, on Saturday, March 2, 1878 at 10 a.m. ...A. G. SINKS, Sec.



Saturday, March 2, 1878




Plymouth Republican, Feb 24


About 11 o'clock, Saturday morning, the town of Bourbon, in this county, was thrown into a terrible excitement by the report that Charles HAYWARD, a steady, sober young married man, had murdered his wife, and taken his own life.

The facts as we can gather them, are as follows: About ten o'clock he went down the street with a saw in his hand, entered a hardware store and after some conversation with a clerk, turned to leave. The clerk asked him if he did not wish to buy a knife, he said "no, what are your revolvers worth?" The clerk told him the prices of two--one large, the other small. He purchased the large one, went to a bakery and bought a cigar--something he had never been known to do before--lighted it and passed on towards his home smoking.

Reaching his home, he stepped into the front room, and calling his wife, said "Sarah, give me a clean shirt." Mrs. HAYWARD got the shirt and while in the act of handing it to him, he said, "Sarah, I guess we will have to die." He then fired three shots, two of them glancing from the forehead of his wife, the third entering near the shoulder and ranging downward into the bowels. Then placing the pistol to his own temple he fired another shot.

His wife's mother, who was in the adjoining room, and who, it seems from her evidence before the coroner, was afraid to interfere, now rushed across the street and informed a neighbor that her daughter was killed.

When help arrived, Charles Hayward was lying across a chair dead. His wife was insensible, and unable to speak. Her wounds were examined and pronounced fatal; but at the present writing she is alive.

Hayward had been married about eighteen months. It is said that he lived happily with his wife. But some recent difficulty, between himself and his brother-in-law and wife caused him to perpetrate the terrible crime. We understand that he had been a resident of the county several years, and a few years ago lost a limb at this place by a railroad accident. His wife has been for some time a resident of the county.


THE BEST OFFER ever made in Fulton County For the Sale of GOOD FARM Located two miles from Rochester, 230 acres of choice lands, lying on the Tippecanoe river, all well fenced, 100 acres under cultivation, Good House and Well, Thrifty Young Orchard, Price, $35.00 per acre... E. CALKINS, Rochester, Ind. March 2, 1878.




BIRTH. -Charley SMITH says it's a boy, and makes the announcement with lips wreathed in smiles.

Hickman PHILLIPS, A. D. TONER and John SEARS, Kewanna, contemplate building new residences this summer.

DIED. -Andrew EDWARDS, Sr., died in this place last Saturday. Deceased had been long a sufferer from consumption.

Several of the saloon keepers have been taken warning from the gentle hints of the press, and do not permit minors to loiter in their places of business.

Major BITTERS and his estimable lady will celebrate their china (twentieth) wedding anniversary next Monday evening, March 4th...

Just what the political significance of Curg RANNELLS' appointment may be we can not forecast. But of one thing we are certain, no better selection could have been made. Curt left for Buffalo, Wednesday. His duties are to weigh the mails passing between Buffalo and Chicago.

Messrs. Gavin MILLER and Horace MACKEY have formed a partnership for the purpose of carrying on the butchering business in Rochester. They have rented one of the elegant rooms in the Citizens' block ... The new firm is pretty well "heeled" financially, they say, and can afford to make the venture.

The Military Company will make a parade at 2 o'clock this afternoon. All members of the company are requested to meet at the armory a little before this time.

An alarm of fire was sounded, yesterday, caused by a little blaze on the roof of Mr. Chris. KAMMER's residence. The family suppressed the incipient confligration before the arrival of the fire department.

Our friend Frank ZARTMAN is fully established in Denver as a dealer in general merchandise....

CALKINS & ESSICK secured a verdict of $500 for their fair client, Miss COTNER, of Cass county, in her suit for breach of promise against Mr. TROUTMAN, of this place. The recalcitrant lover is a handsome young fellow, with a heart in him capable of deep feeling, some of which he poured out on his Cass county sweetheart...

The cause entitled RARICK & RARICK vs RARICK was hotly contested on both sides, and so evenly were the scales of justice poised that the plaintiffs recovered a verdict of but $10. This, however, carries costs--quite a large sum, we are informed. A motion is now pending to rescind the contract, which is one made between parents and son for the keeping of the old couple. They had been so foolish as to part with their property before death, a common mistake, but one usually regretted.




Wm. SALES is reported quite sick.

Rev. WENTZEL, of Marmount, discoursed Wednesday night.

Mrs. S. J. BARGER is added to the sick list on account of a catarrhal attack.

Mr. MINTON has been on the sick list, hence his school was closed for a few days.




The minstrel troupe which exhibited at the burg was well patronized.

BUGLY and WINDBIGLER are preparing to erect a wagon shop at this place.

Mr. FINLEY is doing a good grocery business in this place.

Samuel FOUDRY is slowly recovering from a bilious attack.

DIED. -A daughter of I. COPLEN, Esq., died Feb. 26th, of heart disease.




The great sensational drama, the "Color Guard," for the benefit of the Rochester Light Guards, was played at the Opera House, Feb. 27th and 28th, by the following cast: Will D. SAPHAR, W. H. DALY, H. F. LINCOLN, Walt W. STICKLES, T. S. SHIELDS, A. L. FINLEY, A. MONTGOMERY, A. H. SPENCER, Julius ROWLEY, Jerome KENNEDY, A. THOMPSON, John SHOUP, Jim BROWN, Jack KAHOE, Frank HECTOR, A. F. HERMAN, J. W. TITUS, H. E. SHERWIN, John SHOUP, Shannon MACKEY, Frank MAYO, W. F. KIRKENDOLL, Jim SMITH, Joe LONG, J. Sheridan ELLIOTT, Clara E. ROWLEY, Cora ROWLEY, Belle McCARTER, Mattie COOPER.


ADVERTISED LETTERS, remaining in Rochester Post Office, March 7, 1878:

Miss Jennie DICKER, Mike KOKENDIFER, Wm. or Jas. MARTIN, Mrs. Fen MILLER, Mrs. Nancy VANDEGRIFT, Edward GARN, Mrs. Mary KRIPP, Lansing MILLS, Mrs. May MYERS, Rose ZRUG. ... -W. H. MATTINGLY, P.M.


CARD OF THANKS. Messrs WILLIAMSON and PEARSON desire us to publicly return their sincere thanks to Misses Ella REX, Carrie SHRYOCK, Dora ROBBINS, Mrs. Allie DANIELS, Messrs. J. E. CLARKE, A. T. BITTERS and Geo. EDWARDS, for their valuable assistance at the concert on Monday evening last. Also to Prof. NEVOTTI, for the fine Cornet Solos rendered on that occasion.






Saturday, March 9, 1878




Miss Cora WOOLEY, who has been very ill for some time, is now able to take her meals at the table.

MARRIED. -Mr. Will H. COOPER and Miss Eva HEFFLEY were married at the residence of Samuel HEFFLEY, Thursday evening.

The flouring mills of this city furnish Peru and several other places with bread-stuff. This speaks well for our millers.

Len DOWNS wishes us to say that he has taken out license as auctioneer, and all wishing his services can have them on reasonable terms. He has appointed Saturday of each week as "sale day." Remember this, all that have goods to dispose of.

The Rochester Cornet Band is ... under the teachings of Prof. NEVOTTI...The manager, Mr. Lee EMERICK...

Mr. George GLAZE, who has returned to Rochester, talks of starting a woolen mill here... The building known as the Ghast property, we learn, is to be the place of the operation. No better location could be found in the city.

Miss Kate and Emma AWALT, of Inwood, are visiting their many friends, and sister Mrs. C. C. WOLF.

Dr. J. E. HORTON and family will soon move to Bluffton, Ind., where he will engage in the practice of medicine with his father. The doctor is a young man of good habits and we bespeak for him all the success imaginable.

We learn that Mr. Calvin VanTRUMP is being urged for the Democratic nomination for township trustee... Mr. VanTrump, some years ago, acted in the capacity of trustee for one term and a portion of another... will make a strong candidate...

Sidney MOON is winning laurels as a temperance talker.

Ad SIBERT has the Kansas fever badly, and fears are entertained that it will take him and others off before spring opens.

Prof. GREEN now knows the precise location of the Murphy reading room. His search for it was long and embarrassing, however.

DIED. -Jack WHITESIDE, living about a half mile north of town, died last Wednesday. He is a man who several weeks ago attempted suicide by cutting his throat.

Mace EMMONS, son of Finley, is losing his eyesight. Cataracts are forming over both pupils, and he has gone to Chicago to submit to a surgical operation for their removal.

Emi KENNEDY and family have permanently located at Indianapolis... We have been shown... a specimen of the work done on his quilting machine, and must say that it supplies a long felt want... Mr. Kennedy intends devoting his attention to the quilting business... His address is Cleveland Block, Indianapolis, Ind.

Mr. Joseph WHITTENBERGER has recently returned from a trip to Kansas. He says he likes the country so well that he would be willing to take $35 per acre for his farm and remove thither...

Mattie GEIGER, of Cicero, Ind., is visiting with the family of J. G. COOK.

A. G. SINKS had two cows killed by a passing train on the I. P. & C., one night this week.

Jack GEARSON will soon open out a tailor shop in the north room of ERNSPERGER & JACKSON's new brick.

A. H. D. GRAY has moved back to Rochester, in a few days will open out a stock of dry goods in the room now occupied by Joseph SIDMORE.

J. G. COOK, the popular grocer, is now permanently established in the north room of Masonic Block....



The M.E. Church at Leiter's Ford Struck by Lightning

One Man Killed and Several Persons More or Less Injured


Last Wednesday evening, about 8 o'clock, as the people of Leiter's Ford were engaged in worship in the M.E. church, the building was struck by lightning, one man killed almost instantly, and several others more or less shocked. Mr. Solomon MILLER, our informant, whose foot was paralyzed by the stroke, says that the scene in the church immediately following the shock, was behond description.

The first shock put out all the lights, and the room was shrouded in complete darkness. Some screamed, others cried and a perfect stampede was only checked by the lighting of the lamps by a person with presence of mind to master the situation, when an inventory of the damage was taken. It was found that Ellias BIDDINGER was past aid, breathing but twice after he was lifted from the floor; his body, however, showed none of the effects of a lightning stroke; Robert KING had the bottom of the big toe of his right foot badly burned; he was sitting next to Biddinger and nearest the spot where the lightning entered. Harrison WALTERS, sitting two seats in the rear of them, was severely though not seriously shocked, and a daughter of John HAYES was electrified and her clothing set on fire. A horse standing near the church was found dead, and his mate on the opposite side of the wagon unharmed. Mr. Biddinger was about twenty seven years of age, and leaves two children. The church is damaged very little, but the memory of the terrible scene will not soon be effaced from the minds of those present.

ANOTHER ACCOUNT, From our Leiter's Ford Correspondent.

It is our painful duty to record a heart-rendering occurrence that took place last night, (March 6).

The M.E. church at Leiter's Ford was struck by lightning about 8 o'clock last night. There was meeting at the time and about 75 or 100 persons were congregated in the house. The shaft of lightning or current of electricity struck the church steeple and passing downward, penetrated the roof and ran longitudinally along the ceiling about five feet, when it passed through the ceiling and, seemingly, took a diagonal course across the room, exhausting its force in the body of Elias BIDDINGER, killing him, it is supposed, instantly. Robert KING, who was sitting one or two seats to the rear of Mr. Biddinger, was severly shocked and partial paralysis of the right side intervened. Mr. H. WALTER, sitting by the side of Mr. Biddinger, was severely shocked upon the right side of his body and the great toe of the left foot was burned to a crisp upon the under side. Miss Alice HAY, daughter of Mr. John HAY, sitting on the opposite side of the house, near the stove, was severely shocked and one foot was severely burned in several places. Her dress was ignited in several places, but the flames were at once extinguished. A horse standing beside the church was instantly killed. Every lamp (6 lights) were instantly extinguished. The scene that followed was terrible in the extreme. Pen cannot depict nor language portray the excitement and intense feeling that succeeded. The shrieks of women and children, blanched faces of stern men, blended with the prayers and exhortations of members of the church, all united to make the occasion one of awfulness, and the scene, once seen, never to be effaced from memory. The consternation and emotion of the audience was excited to the highest pitch, when the mother of the deceased entered the church, to behold the inanimate form of her beloved son, lying a corpse upon the pulipt rostrum. A few moments before her son left her presence in perfect health and best of spirits, and in so short a time, he was "a corpse--a mangled corpse." Her shrieks and lamentations were heart-rendering in the extreme and were enough to touch and melt the stoutest heart. With the tenderest of filial love that a mother is capable of expressing she bewailed the awful result, and under the vain delusion that life was not yet extinct, she displayed a vial of liniment and proceeded to bathe his face and extremities of the deceased son. But, alas, death was only too sure of his victim and the spirit had, long ere this, taken its exit from its clayey receptacle. Several other persons were slightly injured, in fact all in the house experienced the shock, more or less, but no one was injured seriously except those mentioned. The accident, upon the whole was a terrible sad one.

The results were less severe, than under other circumstances might have been. The dampness of the atmosphere, the door of the church being almost immediately opened, the windows being open, all tended to prevent a conflagration occuring. The church building is injured considerable, but to what extent, is yet unknown. No insurance on the building. Latest word from those injured, report them all doing well. Considering the excitement of the audience, it is a wonder that more were not injured, as while it was yet dark, all rushed for the door, and had the audience been larger, many would have been crushed by the excited and hurried crowd.




E. COPLEN has got some of the material on the ground for his new dwelling.

Lots of Murphyites are renewing their pledge.

J. DRUDGE is getting out timber for the largest barn in the county; it will be 102 feet in length.

Miss S. A. COPLEN on he sick list this week.

L. SHAFFER's school closed last Friday....

B. F. HAMLET started last Monday on an extensive hunt to Kankakee swamps.

Elder PECK has returned from his visit to Ohio, and reports favorably.


Saturday, March 16, 1878


Hon Milo SMITH, of Rochester, gave us a call last Tuesday. Mr. Smith is a pleasant gentleman, an acute politician and a strict Democrat. He didn't come out flat-footed and tell us so, but we take it that Mr. Smith would be nothing loth to accept the Democratic nomination for Congress in this district. -Wabash Courier.




MARRIED. -Dr. J. C. SPOHN and Miss Ella REX were married on Tuesday evening last.

Miss Louise CLEVELAND, of Plymouth, is visiting Rev. N. L. LORD and family.

DIED. -W. M. CRAFT, aged about 40 years, died yesterday afternoon, about 4 o'clock. He was a good citizen.

J. R. PARMELEE was in the city yesterday. Parm has not grown a day older in appearance for the last ten years.

F. M. BURKETT, so well known in Fulton county, has opened a dental office over Fred Fromm's hardware store. His brother, C. C. BURKETT, will take charge of the office.

Amos SELBY, whose reputation as a pugilist is well-known in this community, was reported dead last Friday from disease of the heart. The rumor was untrue, however. He was dangerously ill, but has recovered sufficiently to travel, and started for Ohio Thursday night.

Tommy SHAFFER is practicing behind the bars at the post office. He promises to make a sprightly and efficient clerk.

E. S. BARNES, of Sturgis, Mich., is in town...

J. M. REITER, Esq., is in charge of the boot and shoe stock at Zimmerman's old stand. Jake is a first-class salesman ...

Chris. KAMMER has resumed the wagon making business, and is prepared to build and do all kinds of repairing on short notice...

John BLANCHARD, we learn, desires the Republican nomination for county recorder. John is a good, clever fellow and quite popular, but we wouldn't advise him or any other man to run for office. It is poor business at best, and presents too many risks for a decent man to engage in it.

BORN. -Will SHELTON now steps farther than ever, making use of all the slack material in the basement story of his pants. It is a sweet little girl and looks just like its pa. Will has been practicing the last three months, putting his head in a barrel and shouting "Papa," just to hear how it would sound.




Germany School, March 9, 1878.---

The teachers of Richland township assembled here to-day to hold their last institute of the winter, and were called to order at 10 o'clock by the trustee. On motion F. HENRY was elected secreatry, but by his request W. A. DILLON acted in that capacity. After which the roll was called, and Messrs. NEWTON, GOULD and COOPER were noted as absent, which was followed by music.

(names mentioned): E. F. HENDERSON, C. C. CHINN, J. L. MARTINDALE, F. I. HENRY.


WANTED, immediately, 200 perch of stone. Call on C. HOOVER or C. P. HINMAN.


Saturday, March 23, 1878




Charley BEERY and wife, of Akron, ate their Sunday dinner in Rochester.

They are building a calaboose in Kewanna. Just what it is for we are at a loss to know. We were always of the opinion that the people of that place were a civil set.

O. B. HOLMAN, of St. Louis, Mo., has been in town this week. Everybody in Fulton county knows "Bill," and will be glad to learn that he is prosperous. Many have had the pleasure of shaking his hand.

Dr. T. F. THORNTON, of Sturgis, Mich., editor of the Journal-Times, and our old partner, was here last Tuesday, looking after the interests of the mortgagee of the Independent office. .. He is the owner of four newspapers--three English and one German, and manages to make all pay...

It was all the work of Mrs. Lee EMRICK and Mrs. Jud AULT. The evening was favorable, and everybody was just in the humor for something of the kind. Accordingly a host of friends and well-wishers assembled at the residence of Rev. F. M. RULE, on Wednesday evening last, taking the family completely by surprise.

DIED. -Mr. W. A. DAVIS, a former resident of this place, but late of Plymouth, was intered here on last Monday, under the auspices of the I.O.O.F.

The pleasant features of J. A. BARNETT, of Union township, were visible on our streets last Tuesday...

Dr. S. S. TERRY kept the audience in a roar at the temperance meeting, Saturday evening last, by his witty remarks...

There is some talk of a combination of capital to secure the remaining third of the ground whereon the Mammoth building stands, together with the lot occupied by the cigar factory, and put up two more brick rooms at the same time that LYON and PLANK & MILLER build. Should the arrangement be consummated, we will have a structure at the center of town worthy the place it occupies.

Among the nominees of the Henry township Republican convention, we recognize the name of Esq. BERCH for justice of the peace. Mr. B. has held the office for a number of years, not for the sake of gain, but as a matter of accomodation to his neighbors...

Dr. A. H. ROBBINS made a most forcible and sensible temperance speech at the court house, one evening last week...

Daniel FINLEY has been appointed postmaster at Bloomingsburg, since Mr. FOUDRAY resigned.

Bob WALLACE made a speech at Akron, one night last week, that is highly commended. It stirred up temperance enthusiasm in that vicinity to a high pitch.

Everybody in the southwest part of town has been moving this week. E. P. COPELAND, Esq., has been all week moving his household goods across the street.

Through the efforts of the citizens of the vicinity, seconded by Col. SHRYOCK, a post office has been established at Richland Center, Richland township, and Geo. W. KESSLER appointed postmaster.

Among the candidates nominated by the Republicans of Liberty township, we notice the names Isam NEW for trustee, and Capt. Alf. MARTIN for Justice of the Peace. No better selections could be made...

John W. ELAM made a flying visit to his old home Tuesday, remaining over until Wednesday noon. ... John is one of the best fellows in the world, and deserves a larger share of success in life than he has yet attained. He hangs out now at Valparaiso, when not engaged on the road as a railway postal clerk.




By Rev. Jacob WHITTENBERGER, at Akron, on March 14, 1878, Mr. Floyd CLEMENS and Miss Naomi CLEVINGER, all of Henry Township.

The parents of the bride were united in marriage, 27 years ago by Mr. Whittenberger, who was then acting in the capacity of Justice of the Peace. He little expected then to perform a like ceremony for one of their children. ... In this case a $10 bill accompanied the ministerial blessing.

-By the same, at his residence in Akron, on Sunday, March 17, 1878, Mr. Joseph HARTMAN and Miss Sarah E. MELVIN, all of Henry township.

The bride received a handful of silver in this instance.




H. HORN is fast improving his farm one mile south of here.

Mr. BAUGHES, our wagon-maker, is a first-class workman.

Miss Lillie HAIMBAUGH will soon commence the spring term of school, at Shellbark school house.







Wednesday, March 27, 1878




Mrs. H. B. JAMISON, of Peru, is visiting old friends in Rochester.

We are glad to see our old friend John KEWNEY on the streets. He looks feeble but is worth a dozen dead men yet.

Rob't. JEWELL, at the Lakeview house, is adding some ten or fifteen additional craft to his fishing facilities...

Col. BRINGHURST, was in town Monday, looking up his chances in the congressional race.



Saturday, March 30, 1878




Mr. Wm. ROSS, living near Green Oak, is quite sick.

Al. J. KITT is in town, fixing his affairs. Al. is well satisfied with the turn matters have taken, blaming nobody here for the tangle into which his business has fallen...

A dispatch from Richmond, Va., in Tuesday's Chicago Times, states that Mr. George I. MILLER, of Rochester, had been summoned there by the sudden death of a sister, Miss Elizabeth MILLER. It is intimated that there was something mysterious about her demise, and Mr. Miller is looking into the affair. ...

It is not believed here by well-informed persons that Miss Elizabeth MILLER... committed suicide. She was in bad health, and not expected to live long at any rate. Some years ago an attempt was made to have her treated for insanity at the state asylum, but the authorities did not adjudge her in such mental condition as would warrant her commitment. She was eccentric in manner, and undoubtedly a prey to illusions at times. She had lately received a legacy from her grandfather's estate, and business connected therewith accounts for her presence at Richmond.

Night mails are now received here and dispatched from and to both Indianapolis and Chicago. ...

Saturday night last a thief broke the padlock on A. BACHELOR's smokehouse, and purloined from thence six hams, one of which belonged to R. N. RANNELLS, of the Central House.

Fred W. DANIELS, of Henry township, is a Democratic candidate for Recorder, and is making a lively canvass, but we cannot say that his prospects are very brilliant....

Dr. M. DANZIGER, who had resided in Rochester nearly or quite a quarter of a century, having sold his stock of drugs, etc., took his departure last Thursday week, for Peru, where he intends to reside for the remainder of his days. ... His object in removing was to procure better educational facilities for the "sole daughter of his house and heart."

The ditches on Main street are being relieved of the accumulated mud and filth of the winter.

DIED. -The family of Mr. Augustus McCLUNG have been bereaved by the loss of an infant child, aged about two years.

Aubbeenaubbee is enthusiastically for Col. SHRYOCK for congress, as we learn from leading Republicans of that section. ... if he concludes to run, will be unanimously endorsed by his own county and find warm supporters in every part of the district.

From the sexton we learn that only five interments have taken place in the Odd Fellows' cemetery since January 1st. .. It seems that this cemetery was opened for public use in January, 1856. Since that time and up to the 25th inst., 541 persons have been buried there, of whose graves about 240 are unmarked. ...




Mr. CLIFFORD, our accommodating ticket agent, has gone to Indianapolis on a visit. The office will be in the charge of Charley GLASS, the telegraph operator, until his return.

As a finished workman, Mr. Richard STARKE, a young carpenter of this place, has but few equals. A sample of his work may be seen in the beautiful front of V. Zimmerman's new room, in Commercial Block.

Mr. MOORE and Miss GARNER, of Henry township, have been having a lively time, if reports are true. It appears that Moore has been receiving more chin music than his nature could stand. His dignified soul rebelled at last, and he appeared before one of our justices and swore out a warrant to the effect that she was trying to provoke an assault. The justice was of the opinion that she deserved no thumping other than administered by this notice, and dismissed the case.

Mr. Ad. SIBERT and several families from this county, started Tuesday, for Kansas. They are expected back after the summer's work is over to spend the winter. 'Tis just such people that grumble at their bad luck. They are never contented with what they have, but with the intention of bettering their condition, they sell off all their property and spend the most of it in looking for a more suitable home; at last, disgusted and home-sick, they return to their first love, believing that if a man is willing he can do as well in Fulton county as any where under the shining sun.


ADVERTISED LETTERS, remaining in the Rochester post office... March 29, 1878;



Wednesday, April 3, 1878




SICKMAN scored 29 yesterday. Mark him down as an old bachelor, girls.

Rochester township can boast of a justice of the peace, almost equal in averdupoise to Judge David DAVIS. We refer to Wm. WALLACE, Esq., elected last Monday, who tips the scale at 265 pounds.

Curg RANNELLS has been heard from. He wants the Independent sent to him at Chicago care of Wood's Hotel...

Station-agent CLIFFORD has purchased the MOSS property, in the east part of town... [he] has acquired everybody's confidence in the position he holds.

Capt. Jethro NEW was in town yesterday, for the first time in three months. He is looking quite feeble, having just recovered from a severe spell of sickness. ... The Republicans of Fulton county could illy afford to spare any of the New family, least of all the venerable captain, who has earned his title both in politics and on the field of battle.

No more talk of gravel roads is heard. The discussion will be resumed next winter, perhaps.

PLANK & MILLER are removing their stock of drugs to the Bearss building, one door north of the post office. ... to make way for the new structure that is to take the place of the Mammoth building, materials for which are already on the ground.




Messers FINLEY & WARD have bought O. P. DUMBAULD's stock of dry goods and groceries at this place. Success to the new firm.

N. HEGGE  has sold his farm two and one-half miles south-west of here, and will remove to Argos.

Rev. McKNEEL will preach at the Christian church next Sunday at 10 o'clock.

Our postmaster, Mr. FINLEY, will take possession this week.


LETTER FROM IOWA. Des Moines, March 31. I arrived safe and sound... The school is progressing finely...S. C. DAVIDSON.




Fulton, March 9, '78. -The teachers assembled in Fulton school house and were called to order at 10:30 a.m. by Supt. MYERS. Mr. P. STINGLY was appointed critic... (names mentioned): Miss COONS, A. MURDEN, Miss JOHNSTON, Trustee PETERSON, J. F. AULT, F. WAITE, E. P. TOWNSEND, J. A. SHELTON, Miss CARTER, G. W. CONN.




C. C. WOLF will move into the room next to Capt. COLLINS, to-morrow.

We are glad to notice that Fred BOSENBERG, who has been very sick for some time past, is able to be on the street again.

There is a dead carcass on Market street, west of Main. Marshal, if you get a chance to ride, come down to the city and attend to it.

Mr. Will EWING, a young man formerly of this place, has been visiting his old acquaintances here for the past week. Will has been on the sick list for some time.

Uncle Bill WALLACE, who tied HINMAN for justice, proposes to weigh with him to see which shall serve. Hinman won't weigh, but offers to run him a foot race.

We sympathize with Charley CAFFYN. Like ourself, he has had to fight for every inch of ground he occupies. He is to have opposition in the race for renomination for auditor, in the person of E. R. HERMAN, Esq., who is likely to prove a formidable candidate.




The various townships of Fulton county... held elections last Monday for township offices... [lengthy tabulation]


For County Recorder.... Republican... James MAXEY.



Saturday, April 6, 1878




W. D. BITTERS has opened a harness shop in the room one door north of Dave RANNELLS' boarding house.

Uncle Sol. WAGONER's farm and residence are admired every bright day in Davidson's magnificent glass front.

Miss Linda BEVERLY, the spicy and piquant writer of "Sexe Murry" literature, has taken her departure for Peru, to accept a situation in the Republican office.

Dr. C. F. HARTER, formerly of Rochester now of Akron, is a Democratic candidate for county auditor. Barring the fact that the doctor is a trifle indolent, he is in every way competent, and, in our judgment, popular with the masses.


Y. M. C. A.


Cottage prayer meeting at the residence of A. E. BACHELOR, also at the residence of Paul MAY, at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

Regular weekly prayer meeting at the Presbyterian church, on Monday evening next...


ADVERTISED LETTERS  remaining in the Rochester post office... April 5, 1878:

Miss Lizzie FRY, Henry GAINES, Mrs. Margaret L. GROVE, D. A. HARRINGTON, George REISER, John SATON... -W. R. MATTINGLY, P.M.


For County Recorder ... Republican... John BLANCHARD.






ANDERSON and HARVEY have cleansed, white-washed and papered our store until it looks as nice as a new pin, and is now even fit for a lady to enter.

Aubbeenaubbee has gone Democratic... Daniel BIDDINGER is the coming man. He received more votes than any other candidate...

MARRIED. -Two hearts now beat as one. Our esteemed friend Louis ZUCK and Miss HARDIG were married at the residence of the bried's parents, on Tuesday last, by Rev. F. LEITER. ...

The following day about fifty invited guests assembled at the residence of Mr. Daniel ZUCK and partook of a bounteous and delicious infair [sic] dinner.




John WILLIAMS and Rance SHERMAN were put in the cooler Wednesday, for drunkenness. Williams broke out but was finally recaptured.

The two Misses ROWLEYs take the leading lady characters in the new play. Miss Cora, as Louise, and Clara, as Madam Donect.

MARRIED. -Lon EMMONS, an old friend of ours, was married to a young lady named HAYES, Tuesday. Thanks for the invitation... You have our good wishes...[18]



Wednesday, April 10, 1878




BORN. -Fred FROMM rejoices in a bran-new girl baby.

Mr. John BLANCHARD is detained at home by a very sick child, a babe of nine months, which is suffering with catarhal fever.

Mrs. I. W. HOLEMAN & SON are collecting material for a brick room, to be erected on the lot south of Heilbrun's store. The burnt district opposite the court house builds up rather slowly, but will soon present a solid front.

A normal school, for the special instruction of teachers, will open in Rochester on July 8th...

Mr. Wm. CARTER has on hand one hundred tons of clear ice, which he offers for sale. He will put it on the cars if desired.

Wolves are getting numerous and troublesome on the prairies west of town, and the commissioners have offered a bounty of $20 for scalps...

The demolition of the Mammoth building has commenced, and soon that ancient landmark will be lost to view...

The Michigan road is probably the worst that leads into Rochester... it is avoided as much as possible by the heavy ladened, as well as those who merely consult their own inclinations in traveling... Every once in a while the traveler encounters a patch of corduroy or a bridge from which a log or plank is missing. If he tries to go straight across, it is at the risk of a broken axle-tree or a lamed horse.


Saturday, April 13, 1878




A meeting will be held at Kewanna this evening for the purpose of organizing a Greenback club.

"Abraham Lincoln" will be the subject of Mr. COLFAX's lecture at Opera Hall, on Tuesday evening, April 23d.

A protracted meeting, under the supervision of Elders LANE and BARTLETT, will begin at the Advent church one week from this (Saturday) evening.

DIED. -The family of J. W. BLANCHARD were bereaved yesterday by the death of their youngest child, a babe of nine months. Funeral tomorrow forenoon, at 10 o'clock.

One of Mr. Joshua BLACKETOR's twin girls fractured her right arm, an inch above the elbow, at Ebeneezer school house, yesterday, by falling from the fence. Dr. J. W. BRACKETT attended the sufferer.

Work has been resumed on the artesian well. Steam power is to be applied as a driving force. A depth of 122 feet has already been reached...

MARRIED. -Ex-Treasurer M. W. DOWNEY, of Marshall county, was married to Miss Mary M. THOMPSON, of Shelby county, at the residence of G. R. McKEE, near Rochester, in the 2d inst.

Mrs. E. E. BROWN has moved back to the Bearss house, and is again permanently settled in the business of keeping boarders....




I. DOREN is teaching his second term of singing school at this place.

Finley EMMONS is to deliver a lecture on "Slavery," at this place, April 19th.




Mr. Harrison WALTER's mother is paying him a visit.

Miss Angie CAMPBELL is visiting friends in Illinois.

Mr. O. C. BERRY run a needle in his foot and an hour's surgical attendance was necessary to extract it.

S. MILLER, Esq., drives a nobby span of grays.


MARRIED. -At the residence of the bride's parents near Rochester, Ind., on Wednesday, April 10, 1878, by Rev. A. B. CHARPIE, Mr. Archie STINSON and Miss Josie DAVIDSON, all of Fulton county.

This is a match eminently fit to be made. The bride, a daughter of the late Hon. Stephen DAVIDSON, and recently a teacher in the public schools of Rochester, is well known and highly respected, while the groom is a young man of unexceptionable habits and good sense. They took the midnight train for Chillocothe, Ohio, where they make a short visit, and from thence they go to Kansas City, Mo. Metaphorically, our old shoe goes with them.

-At the residence of the bride's parents, by Rev. F. M. RULE, on Thursday evening, April 11, 1878, Mr. Finley C. WISER and Miss Mary A. NELLANS.


For County Recorder ...J. W. CARTER, of Union township... National party... -MANY VOTERS.




The marshal is doing a good job of gutter cleaning. It helps the looks of the street amazingly.

Will some one build a new hotel here this summer? We need one and must have it. We are as bad off for a good hotel building as Peru.

Our friend H. F. LINCOLN has shown us a plan of an improved Phonograph, which if successful, will place his name high among the inventive genius of the land...


ADVERTISED LETTERS remaining in the Rochester post office... April 5, 1878.


HELD FOR POSTAGE - Agt. I. P. & C. R.R. Noblesville, Ind., Miss Manda McKEE, Texas, O., Miss Hattie ANDERSON, Lafayette, Ind.  -W. H. MATTINGLY, P.M.


Wednesday, April 17, 1878




Judge KEITH spent Sunday with his family.

Mr. COLFAX will reach town next Tuesday at noon, via. North Manchester and Denver, and his many friends who wish to take his hand once more will doubtless have an opportunity during the afternoon.

Farmers, feed your horses when in town at VAMPNER'S FEED STABLE, rear of Continental House. Call at Central Flour & Feed Store, opposite Bank, for key. Charges reasonable.

Mr. A. C. SHEPHERD received notice, Monday, of the allowance of a claim for two horses captured at the battle of Perrysburg, Ky., fourteen years ago. But, sorrowful to relate, to the notice was appended a statement that no appropriation existed for the payment of the claim. When Andy gets the money, $250, he will be old enough to enjoy it.

A few days ago it was announced in the daily papers that Harmon BAYLOR, late postmaster at Bourbon, had been arrested for embezzlement. An examination was held at Indianapolis on Tuesday of last week, which showed that Mr. Baylor, when he retired from the office in 1877, was short in his money account $664....





Saturday afternoon last the report of a pistol was heard in Marshman's saloon, and the news quickly spread that Rolla MARTIN had shot and wounded Jerome EDMINISTER.

Inquiry developed the following facts: Martin had been quarrelling with a man named BAKER, who had drawn a chair upon him. By way of intimidation, Martin drew a revolver, without intending, he claims, to use it, except in self-defence. But, as he was quite drunk and not in a condition to handle a dangerous weapon with care, it was thought best to disarm him. In the struggle the pistol exploded, the ball taking effect in the back of Edminister's neck, inflicting a severe but not deadly wound.

Martin was arrested and confined in jail until Monday, when he was tried and acquitted before Justice STRADLEY, it appearing that the shooting of Edminister was purely accidental. The latter is able to be up and around.



A Secret Service Detective Unearths a Nest of Counterfeiters in Richland Township


... Some time ago Sheriff WARD received a description of a stolen horse from Decatur, Mich., accompanied by a statement of the following purport: "We think the horse has gone into your county, taken there by one of a gang whose headquarters are three miles north of your place. The ringleaders are a couple of men named LANGDON and FERDUN who bear very bad characters in there parts. They have bought a farm in your county, and we believe they keep a stopping-place for horse-thieves, and probably do a little of that kind of business themselves.

Thus posted, Mr. Ward began to keep an eye on these men. Inquiry concerning them, revealed that they were a jolly set. They had purchased the Doc WHITE farm, north of the river, and seemed to be keeping a sort of hotel. At least many strangers were thereabouts. One peculiarity about their guests--they always arrived and departed in the night. Some would stay several days, however, and then a dance would be gotten up and neighbors invited to share their festivities. But the staid farmers of Richland began to suspect that all was not right, and had forbidden their boys and girls to attend these hops. Yet nothing criminal was known concerning them. Watch as closely as he would, the sheriff could trace no horses to their barn, but, eventually, he began to suspect them of other crookedness. Counterfeit silver began to grow plenty around Rochester, and by dint of adding this to that, the sheriff began to suspect that the jolly crew above introduced were trying to inflate the currency. Fact after fact confirmed his suspicions, and at length he felt justified in telegraphing his suspicions to headquarters. The dispatch brought a secret service detective to Rochester, who has been ever since engaged in working the matter up.

...Suffice it to say that they were induced to commit themselves in a way that leaves no doubt as to their guilt. They furnished metal and molds to one of our citizens, and were finally arrested with bogus coin on their persons, and a search of their premises furnished further proofs of guilt.

The arrest of Langdon was made about 9:30 Friday night, just as he was untying his horse to start home. The fellow had evidently been warned that officers were on the lookout for him, as he seemed to be watching the opportunity to get out of town unmolested. Sheriff Ward tackled him in front, and R. C. WALLACE and Havey SPENCER sprang to his assistance in time to prevent any demonstration on the part of the prisoner. Mounting their horses, the officers, accompanied by the detective, then made all possible haste to the farm, where Ferndon was caught in the arms of Morpheus.

The whole affair was conducted with great skill and discretion. The deteceive, whose name was suppress for prudential reasons, compliments Sheriff Ward in the highest terms, and accords him the chief glory of the enterprise. The alleged counterfeiters were taken to Indianapolis, Monday, and with them went a number of witnesses and officers. The coin found in their possession was poor looking stuff, but it was not quite ready for circulation. It consisted in trade dollars, eight in number, and would have needed considerable polishing to deceive anybody. The molds were made by obtaining an impression of a genuine coin in plaster of paris.


Reserved seats for COLFAX's lecture can be secured at Dawson's Drug Store, only fifteen cents extra. Secure your seats early as but a limited number will be sold.



Saturday, April 20, 1878




The wool-buying season will open here in a few days. Prices are likely to be lower than last year, opening at about 20 cents for unwashed.

Miss Luella LONG, a teacher in our public schools, mailed a postal card, Wednesday, containing the extraordinary number of 989 words...

Mrs. James MAXEY is in such poor health as to be unable to leave her room.

Will COOPER, having gotten himself a bird, is now buidling a commodious cage on Madison street.

Mr. COPELAND intends erecting a new brick bank building some time during the coming summer.

Mr. B. S. LYON is lying at the point of death at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The family of F. B. ERNSPERGER, Esq., were summoned by telegraph to his bedside last night.

Dr. W. H. HILL has returned from his recent visit to the Health Institute at Battle Creek, Mich, very much improved in appearance and visibly restored as to bodily vigor.

Cole Oil 15 cents per gal. at Goldsmith's, Citizens' Block.

Dr. S. S. TERRY is sojourning at Three Rivers, Mich, to recruit his heath.




MARRIED. -Our young friends John FLINN and Miss Louise REICHTER were married on Tuesday evening. The young lady is 1 of our most exemplary girls, and good looking. John is not so good looking, but is a good, steady young man, and there is no reason to suppose that their future will be other than peaceful, prosperous and happy; at least that is our wish.




Ambrose MEREDITH was in this place last Wednesday.

J. HALL captured six young red foxes last week.

Asa COPLEN is slowly recovering from a severe attack of inflammation of the bowels.

Miss Lina WAUGH is teaching the summer term of school at White Oak.

There will be a grand hop at Kessler's Hall, in this place Monday evening, April 22d. All are invited.

FINLEY & WARD's 'huxter' wagon started on its usual route Wednesday morning last.

J. CARROLL, formerly of Tiosa, moved to this place recently.

A. MASSENA, is sweating over his hot furnace fire every day.

J. TIPTON is teaching singing at White school house south-east of this place one and a half miles.






A Man Killed by a Plank from a Buzz Saw


John HUDSON, a laboring man, who formerly resided near Green Oak, this county, was killed at a saw mill, two miles southeast of Gilead, Miami county, a week ago last Friday, under the following circumstances.

Hudson was standing near the saw, while the off-bearer was removing a plank. Accidentally the end of the plank touched the saw, which was revolving at lightning speed, throwing it with terrible force against Hudson, splitting his skull, breaking his shoulder and tearing a hole in his left breast large enough for a man's fist to enter.

Horrible to relate, the victim, who was of course felled to the earth by the blow, after lying as if dead for a few minutes, arose and ran some thirty yards before he was caught and conveyed home. He lingered in what must have been great agony, if at all conscious of his injuries, until the Monday night following, when death mercifully came to his relief.

We are indebted to Mr. Wm. GLAZE, of this place, for the above particulars. Hudson's father resides in Missouri and has been notified of the sad tragedy.


LETTER FROM TEXAS. -Leon Springs, April 7, '78.

Friend MYERS. -- [details of the trip] Mr. PERRIN (the man that furnishes us with a comfortable house free of rent).... he has a farm of nearly 500 acres...two houses, one a comfortable cottage of six rooms with portico and cellar. The other, the one we live in, is about 16 x 20, not finished, two stories neatly pained. We are fixing to build a good kitchen. He has a school house where his daughter, a young lady, is teaching an interesting school of boys and girls from 6 to 16 or 18 years old. A four-horse stage passes this place every day except Mondays, that leaves our mail at the front gate. They run from San Antonio to Boone, a distance of 30 miles and return, making the trip in ten hours... Truly yours, M. V. SWARTWOOD.



ADVERTISED LETTERS remaining in the Rochester post office... April 19, 1878:John BEBEE, Miss Agnes BOWMAN, Charles BOYER, Henry CULPS, Wesley DOLBY, Viola EDINGER, Oscar GROVE, H. GREEN, Mrs. Anna KENGRY, F. L. LIVERMORE, Theodore MOORE, E. I. OTIS, Mr. POST, Miss Rebecca PETERS, Bill VAUGHN, Miss Elizabeth WOODS, Miss Lena WACHTER, Mrs. Ella WELTSHIRE, Michael WRICKLE, Claris A. WOOD --W. H. MARTINDALE, P.M.


For County Recorder ... Horace C. LONG ... Republican...



Wednesday, April 24, 1878




Bill BRAMAN, the Fulton counterfeiter, broke jail at Logansport Friday night. At last accounts he was still at large.

It is reported that Mr. Amos SELBY, well-known in these parts, died recently in Ohio whither he went in search of health.

HINMAN & CO. have completed a very handsome and substantial stone wall for the foundation of the new LYON & PLANK building.

Mrs. RYLAND's late residence has been moved around on Pearl street and its late site is to be occupied by a brick residence, Mr. James GAINER, builder.

We are indebted to Mr. Thomas NEWHOUSE for contributions from his garden...

Davidson's Hall will not be completed before November, but when finished will be a noble monument to the enterprise of the builder...

We had the pleasure of once more grasping the honest hand of our aged friend, Mr. E. NEWHOUSE, of Marshall county, last Sunday. This rare old man is some 78 years of age, but by a life of temperance, industry and frugality has preserved his faculties in nearly perfect condition...

We had the pleasure of visiting Mr. Enoch STURGEON at his home last Sunday, and found him not half as badly off as we were led to expect. True, he is confined to his house, but not to his bed. His lungs are no doubt affected seriously, but his life is in no immediate peril. Rheumatism has been his worst enemy this spring, and it is that which keeps him in doors. Mr. Sturgeon feels a little sore over the published reports of his approaching end. He says he is not dead yet, nor does he feel hopeless of recovery. His office is in charge of his partner, Mr. CONNER, and he expects to be soon able to attend to business in person.

Mr. BLOOM and lady, of Pennsylvania, are visiting Dr. M. M. REX and family.




The dance at Heilbrun's Hall, Monday night, was one of the most enjoyable that has taken place for many a day. Everything passed off pleasantly. The participants partook of a sumptious supper prepared for the by Capt. COLLINS, at his dining parlot.


DIED. -The death of Benjamin S. LYON, of this place, was announced to his friends by telegraph on Monday last. It occurred at Cedar Rapids, Ia., on Saturday evening, April 20th, and was induced by typhoid fever.

Mr. Lyon had been called to Cedar Rapids by the death of his son, George W., which occurred a few months ago, and remained to settle of the estate. While thus engaged he was smitten by the same disease that struck down his boy, and died away from home, but not separated from the affections of those he loved. B. S. Lyon was in some respects a singular man, and one whose lot in life it was to be misunderstood by many of those among whom he lived and moved. But his record is now made up, and as the grave opens to receive him, his supposed faults seem to disappear, while his virtues stand out in bold relief. He was a just man, exacting the last penny, but scrupulously according like measure to those with whom he dealt. ... He preserved his christian integrity through all the vicisitudes of an active business career... His age was about 65 years. By reason of the absence of his family we have been unable to obtain the precise date of his location in our village, but he may be counted as an old citizen. Here a portion of his children, at least, were born and raised, and here his record as a business man was made....




ANDERSON & HARVEY have graced their store room with a fine wood awning.

Mr. ANDERSON and Dr. GOUCHER are preparing to inclose their lots with a substantial board fence.

Richland township is for Col. SHRYOCK for congress, and representative men from nearly every township have been and without exception, are in favor of Shryock...


Greenback Meeting... at Kewanna, on Saturday, April 27, 1878, at 1 o'clock, p.m., for the purpose of effecting the organization of the National Independent party in Union township...




Mr. COLFAX arrived in Rochester on the noon train, yesterday, and dined at Judge KEITH's residence. The afternoon was spent on the street, looking up and greeting old time friends, who seemed to feel genuine pleasure in again meeting their honored quondam representative. Mr. Colfax was much surprised at the growth of our town, and complimented the enterprise of our citizens in the highest terms. He remarked that no town he had visited in all his travels had improved so rapidly in the past ten years as Rochester. Mr. C. was too busy sight-seeing and hand-shaking to talk politics, except sub rosa and with an injunction not to print his views. He took tea with Col. SHRYOCK, and in the evening delivered his lecture on "Abraham Lincoln" to a large audience, after which he departed on the northward bound train. He is looking older, but not less hearty and good natured than in former years. We go to press too early to attempt a report of his lecture.



Saturday, April 27, 1878




The adjourned meeting of the Third Quarterly Conference, will be held at the M.E. Church, Monday evening...




Swis ELY's new shingle machine does good work.

The dramatic club will give an entertainment at White Oak this evening; free for all.

Geo. BAUGHER, of Bourbon, was visiting his friends here last Sunday.

Chas. W. HAMLET is having some large ditches cut through his farm this spring.

A few of the boys have not signed the Murphy pledge, by the appearance they displayed at the dance.

Miss Sarah HAIMBAUGH is teaching an extra good term of school at Shellbark school house, two miles west of this place.

MARRIED. -Henderson STARNER and Miss Maria YEAZEL were married last Saturday evening; both of this place. We tender our best wishes to the happy pair.




Sidney MOON is making Davidson's front shine like a mirror. As a house painter Sid has few equals in this neck of the woods.

Orton MITCHELL, who has been home on a short vacation from Notre Dame college, returned to his studies last Wednesday noon.

Capt. COLLINS tried to get us intoxicated on soda water from his $800 fountain the other day...

FEDER & SILBERBERG are to use the frame at the artesian well for advertising. They are boys that are not afraid to spread printer's ink, or paint either, and the consequence is they have the leading trade in this place on clothing.


For County Clerk ... Charles JACKSON ... Republican...


For Joint Representative ... Fulton and Kosciusko counties... A. C. COPELAND...



Wednesday, May 1, 1878




Today is the anniversary of the battle of Port Gibson, an engagement in which many Fulton county soldiers participated.

The defeat of Wm. BITTERS for the nomination for County Commissioner is a stinging slap in the face for the Rochester printing ring... Mr. Bitters is really a good man, but his name and editorial relations carried him down fathoms deep below the wave of popular distrust.


DIED. -It was announced in church Sunday evening that Father WHITTENBERGER, of Henry township, a man of extreme age and honored alike for a virtuous life and by the uniform good character of his descendants, had departed this life, and would be buried on Tuesday (yesterday)...

ERNSPERGER & JACKSON have dissolved partnership, the division of property leaving Mr. E. in possession of the stock in trade of the late firm. Mr. JACKSON will take advantage of this relief from business cares to run for office...


To the Ladies, Gentlemen and Children

I take pleasure in announcing to the citizens of Rochester and vicinity, that I will maintain the best Ice Cream to be found in this place. ... I will keep it from now constantly on hand every day during the season... F. J. ADAMS.




Miss Frank HUNTER spent Sabbath at home.

Rev. PONTIUS discoursed Sunday again.




Temperance meeting at Presbyterian church Wednesday night.

The Methodist Sunday school will give a concert at Opera Hall next Sunday evening.

The Fulton County Joint Stock Agricultural Society will hold their annual fair on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 19th, 20th and 21st.

Young DAUGHERTY, the woman beater, whose trial came off Friday last, was found guilty and fined five dollars and costs, in default of which, he is being kindly cared for by the sheriff. Poor boy. It's a shame he should be jugged just for whopping a woman.



A Stormy Day and an Anxious Time

Detailed statement of the Vote by Townships

[too long for inclusion herein]



Saturday, May 4, 1878




MARRIED. -In Henry township, Fulton county, Ind., on Thursday, May 1, by Rev. Jacob WHITTENBERGER, Mr. Francis O. KINDIG and Miss Alfareta NYE.

Fred HICKS and Jerry BARBER have traded rooms...

William GARRETT, a young man working on Holeman's new building, mashed his hand severely last Wednesday. Dr. ROBBINS dressed the wound, and Will is doing finely.


LIST OF LETTERS remaining in Rochester post office May 4, 1878:

S. F. BRUBAKER, Henry CRULL,  W. D. HENRY,  Mrs. Matilda WINES,  James SMITH, (----) ADAMSON, Wm. KARNES, J. P. M----, Sherman SICKMAN, John PLANK, Mary L. ROBIN, Rob't (----). --W. H. MATTINGLY, P.M.


For Joint Representative ... Fulton and Kosciusko counties ... E. E. COWGILL ... Republican...


Wednesday, May 8, 1878




We are authorized to announce that Colonel Kline G. SHRYOCK is a candidate for Representative in Congress from the Eleventh District, subject to the decision of the Republican Congressional Convention.

[long praisworthy artlcle]



Great Bargain. A No. 1 Haynes Square Grand Piano for sale at very low figures. For particulars enquire of Mrs. E. J. RYLAND.




Dr. M. DANZIGER spent Sunday with his friends in this city.






Saturday, May 11, 1878




A committee, consisting of Ches. CHAMBERLAIN, W. H. C. CHINN and the editor of the Independent, has been appointed to arrange for a colored picnic some time during the coming summer. Ches. is a candidate for marshal of the day.

The new marshal, F. M. REED, Esq., is one of those quiet, determined men who execute a duty fearlessly, yet he has plenty of sense and judgment, and will not be likely to make himself odious by officiousness or tyranical exercise of power. No better selection could have been made.

Deputy Sheriff R. WALLACE, conveyed G. J. KING, a Henry township farmer, to the asylum for the insane, at Indianapolis, one day this week. ...




Constable DOWNS in Petersburgh to-day with an armful of summons and executions.

Rarrick's lake is getting to be a great resort for fishermen...

We are indebted to our friend S. J. RARRICK for a fine mess of mushrooms...

Mr. Harmon GIESINGER, late of Rochester, has rented the blacksmith shop at this place and is prepared to do all kinds of blacksmithing to order...

Among the many agricultural implements of merit, may be mentioned the South Bend chilled plow. Mr. Jacob LEITER and S. J. RARRICK are using them and speak of them in the highest terms... Farmers would do well to call at Mr. MERCER's hardware store and examine them.




Al. KITT will be one of Frank ERNSPERGER's lively clerks shortly.

A. J. EDWARDS is building a residence close to the old GHAST property.

Miss Lulu ROBBINS gave us a pleasant call last Wednesday afternoon. That stroke of lightning did not seem to have mussed her up a bit. She was just as pretty and jovial as ever.

The band has moved into the room adjoining the Independent office. The I. O. of G. T's will occupy the old quarters of the band over REES' furniture store...

MARRIED. -On next Wednesday, Mr. Howard PETERS, of this city, and Miss Jennie PATRICK, of Frankfort, Ind., will commence working in double harness.


Pelican Barber Shop Removed. ... to the room midway between the Star Store and Baptist church, east side of Main street... FRED HICKS.


Y. M. C. A. - Weekly prayer meeting Monday evening at the M.E. church, at 7-1/2 o'clock. Cottage meeting at the residence of Samuel BRICKEL, in the north part of town, at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Sec'y.



ADVERTISED LETTERS, remaining in Rochester post office May 11, 1878:

M. E. CASE, ------, John DAVIS, ------, T. A. PARVIN, Elmer ----. -- W. H. MATTINGLY, P.M.


Wednesday, May 15, 1878




Dr. AULT and Marshal REED feed their horses too well. Both kicked the dash-boards off their owners' buggies yesterday.

FITZGERALD's is the place where all farmers should "lunch" at, as he keeps constantly pies, cakes, buns, &c., on hand.

The magnificent "drop curtain" for the Davidson Opera House is now complete...

A bridge has been thrown across the mill race at the crossing of the new thoroughfare leading from the Ft. Wayne road to the depot. This route is still blockaded by a fence, however, and will probably not be opened until "after harvest."

Ex-Marshal LINKENHELT and BAKER, the man who came near getting his quietus from a revolver in the hands of Rolla MARTIN a few weeks since, got into a little scuffle at the South end Saturday evening, which resulted in the latter getting his ears cuffed right royally. Had the Marshal kept his distance, "Link" would have gotten away with him.

Some of our Democratic friends talk of giving Col. F. B. ERNSPERGER, instead of Hon. Milo R. SMITH, a complimentary vote for congress.

Dr. HILL and Messrs McCLEARY and BIBLER went to Kewanna, Monday afternoon, and held a temperance meeting at night...




William WHITTENBERGER was born in Bedford county, Penn., in 1795. At the age of 21 years he was married to the one who now mourns the loss of an affectionate husband. About 42 years ago he moved to this county and settled on the farm on which he died.

In early life he embraced the Christian religion, and joined the Lutheran church. After coming to this State, there being no church of that denomination, he united with the Methodist church, and remained a worthy member until death, which occurred April 28th.

Father Whittenberger was a man of much prayer and patience, and trust in God, who, as he often expressed, had led him, and protected him all along the journey of life. ...

As a neighbor he was strictly honest in his dealings, never turning any one away empty, when in his power to give "his measure pressed down and running over."

As a husband and father he was kind and devoted and always ruled his household with love. His last sickness was only of two days' duration, and his suffering so intense that he was in no condition to converse with his friends ....




Dr. REX and Dr. MOORE have formed a co-partnership in the dental business.

Mrs. Rosa RALSTIN will start for Kansas next Tuesday, where she will help her husband kill grasshoppers...



Wool Buyers. S. H. HOUSTON, at the elevator, will pay the highest prices in cash for wool during the season.


Application for License... to sell spiritous, vinous and malt liquors... in the front room, first floor, of the two-story frame building situated ... Rochester, Indiana... John A. EDWARDS.



Saturday, May 18, 1878




The upper story of the Chris. HOOVER building, adjacent to the Independent office, is being plastered and fitted up for occupation.

Dan AGNEW returned home from his western trip rugged after the fatigue of the journey. Mrs. A's health was considerably improved by the tour...

JEWELL is just beginning to reap a harvest of dimes from the pleasure seeking visitors to Lake Manitau. He has enough boats and ample fishing tackle for all comers...

Jim BEEBER made his Rochester friends a flying visit, Thursday.

Mr. ROWLEY is canvassing Marshall county for the nomination for prosecutor.

Jas. RHODES, the architect, is superintending the erection of the Toner mansion at Kewanna.

The break in the race has been thoroughly repaired, and the wheels are again in motion. The mill is turning out an average of 8,000 pounds of merchant flour every 24 hours.

Our old friend Henry PLATT is now located at Wolf Creek Mills, Marshall county, where he has opened a blacksmith and wagon making shop...


Land for Sale. ... 25 acres of first-class land, 18 acres improved, and remainder prairie, 3 miles northeast of Kewanna, on reasonable terms... Les DOWNS, Rochester, Ind.




Orton MITCHELL is home from Notre Dame again.

Building is at a standstill for the want of brick.

MARRIED. -Howard PETERS and Jennie PATRICK were married on Wednesday evening, at the residence of his sister, by Rev. Mr. CHARPIE...



Wednesday, May 22, 1878




High LYON, of Cedar Rapids, is here on a visit.

Sammy SHIELDS opens his butcher shop to-day...

Lon RANNELLS and Geo. EDWARDS will take possession of the Central House, next Saturday evening.

Dr. TERRY, of Silver Lake, Dr. TERRY, A. C. ELLIOTT, of Rochester, John GORDON and Son, of Walnut, went to Kansas yesterday.

DIED. -Mr. Wm. BARRETT, a section hand on the I.P. & C. R.R., died Monday, of consumption. He was taken to Plymouth Tuesday for burial.




We hear that Miss Clara ROWLEY is giving the best of satisfaction with her school at Bloomingsburg, as is also Miss Allie EDWARDS, at Black Oak.





He is Brought to Justice


A married merchant of this city who has as nice a little family as the sun ever shone on, has gotten himself into a bad box. The facts of the case, as shown in court, are as follows: A poor working girl who worked at G. M. SERGENT's, comes into court and makes complaint that he had made an assault on her person. The facts brought out in the testimony show that on last Friday morning about 6 o'clock, Sergent got out of his own bed and went into the room of the girl, where also slept one of his own little children; that he made such propositions and advances as would put to shame the damned of another world; that the girl resisted with all the modesty and strength that virtue possesses, that the licentious devil laid violent hands on her and forced her to listen to his base offers. There was but a feeble effort on the part of the defense and the verdict of the justice was no surprise to those in attendance.

Mr. REES after summing up the evidence and facts connected with the case, never made a more just sentence than he did yesterday, when he set the fine of the defendant at $25 and costs, and wished that it was within his jurisdiction to make it more.

The young lady is about nineteen years of age, rather good looking and possesses the name and character of a good, honest, girl, but whose greatest misfortune is that she has to work for a livelihood. She is ignorant as far as book learning goes, and this is probably the reason why the villain went as far as he did.

Sergent is about 38 years old, is engaged in the mercantile business, and is, we are sorry to say, a yankee. He is one of the most covetous men we ever knew, and this offense is but a repetition of many similar ones.

Mr. ROWLEY was for the prosecution and handled his case well. Mr. John SMITH was attorney for the defense, and we have just this to say, and we don't care a darn whether it suits or not; we have but little respect for a man who will plead a case for a client knowing him to be a dirty, mean, guilty wretch, and try to throw the odium of disgrace that would cling forever to the character, on a poor unprotected and innocent girl. If we were a lawyer, no matter how hard up we might be for business, we would cut our own throat from ear to ear rather than cast reflections on a female who we felt and knew to be virtuous. Great God, has human nature sunk so low that money can induce a man, who pretends to be a christian, to help steal the honor of an innocent person! This thumping is written too hastily to express our loathing of the defendant and our don'tcareadamnativeness for his attorney. If they don't like it they can easily find out who wrote it, and we want them to understand that we were, are and always will be, a champion for innocence, truth and virtue.

The case has gone to a higher court and it is to be hoped the guilty wretch will get his just deserts.   -W.H.S.




The Work of the Republican County Convention...


Convention convened at 10 o'clock a.m. Dr. James A. SUTTON, was chosen chairman.

On motion of Major CALKINS a committee, consisting of one delegate from each township, was appointed by the chairman on credentials.

On the report of committee, the following resolutions were read by Hon. M. L. ESSICK... and upon a motion made by B. M. ELLIOTT, said resolutions were adopted. .....

The following candidates were nominated by acclamation.

George KESSLER, Treasurer, Newcastle township; Fred PETERSON, Auditor, Liberty township; Hudson STILES, Sheriff, Rochester township; Alex. CURTIS, Commissioner, Henry township; Stephen BISHOP, Commissioner, Richland township. Ballot was called for Clerk. Candidates before the convention, Chas. JACKSON and James McCLUNG. Before ballot was had, Mr. James McClung withdrew his name... and Jackson was nominated by acclamation.

A ballot was then had for Recorder. Candidates, John BLANCHARD, Capt. LONG, James MAXEY and Geo. MECHLING... Blanchard was delared duly nominated. Dr. THOMPSON, of Liberty was nominated by acclamation for coroner. ...

The townships reported the following delegates to Congressional Convention:

Liberty Township, F. M. DAY; Union, H. B. APT; Aubbeenaubbee, N. D. ELLIS; Richland, Aaron BALL; Newcastle, A. H. MASSENA; Henry, H. B. SCOTT, A. B. DAWSON and F. N. RICHARDSON; Wayne, Wm. POTTER; Rochester, M. L. ESSICK, Ed. CALKINS, Omer BEARSS, Willis LINE and Ben. ELLIOTT.

[delegates instructed] to cast the vote of Fulton county for Col. K. G. SHRYOCK, first, last and all the time.



Saturday, May 25, 1878




The family of the late B. S. LYON have disposed of their Rochester homestead, and start this morning for Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which will hereafter be their residence. Previous to his decease, Mr. Lyon had transferred a large portion of his capital to Cedar Rapids, and there also is the estate of Geo. W. LYON, deceased, requiring their presence and attention. Their departure from our midst leaves a vacancy in the social circle, and among their church brethren and sisters, which will be hard to fill. They bear with them the good wishes of the entire community. Mr. R. N. RANNELLS purchased their late dwelling.

Our reporter gave way to youthful enthusiasm in his remarks about the part taken by Mr. John SMITH in the SERGENT trial. Mr. Smith was an attorney for defense, and was bound to do all in his power for his client. It may seem fallacious to some minds, yet it is a fact that a certain license should be accorded lawyers when the interests of their clients demand an apparent variation from the strict line of rectitude. Perhaps it would assist in understanding their position to remember that the lawyer is only an agent, not a principal. What he says or does is as if uttered or done by his client, who, on his part, has the clear right to avail himself of any defense he may see proper to make. People are apt to be too hard on lawyers, as our reporter was in this case. However, we don't think Mr. Smith has suffered any injury. A little advertising never hurts a business man, especially an attorney, even if it is couched in terms of criticism.





Our friend Ed. MATTHEWS, of Peru, is painting the roof on Commercial block.

We understand the famous WALLACE SISTERS will occupy the Centennial Opera House during fair week.

M. O. REES is building a handsome and substantial residence on Fulton street, just north of the Advent church.

L. S. EMRICK is building a work house in the rear of his cigar store. The "benches" will miss a good deal of what will be going on in front, but will make more cigars, no doubt.

We do not plead ignorance that it is a lawyer's duty to defend his client to the limit of his ability. And we do not censure Mr. Smith for anything he did until he made his plea to the justice. We think in that he overdid what was demanded of him as a lawyer, and we are not alone in our supposition.



Bloomingsburg has two shoe shops.

A cabinet shop has been started in this place by S. R. FISH.




A small but exceedingly pleasant party of gentlemen assembled at Mr. E. J. RYLAND's cozy residence, Wednesday evening last, the occasion being the 67th anniversary of the birthday, of the father of the hostess, Col. Kline G. SHRYOCK.

Among the guests was Col. D. R. BEARSS, of Peru, the lifelong friend of Col. Shryock, and the silver locks of the twain bore witness to the enduring nature of the attachment formed when both were young men in the vigor of their prime. ...Hon. E. CALKINS, on behalf of the Rochester guests, arose and presented Col. Shryock with a heavy, plain gold ring ... Hon. M. L. ESSICK [also presented a gold headed cane] on behalf of Col. Bearss.


Wednesday, May 29, 1878




A workman in a saw mill at Grant had his hand nearly sawed off last Saturday.

Henry MOONSHOUR living east of Rochester, was seriously kicked, and had his collar bone broken by a vicious horse last Saturday.

Brokaw vs Brokejaw would have been a not inappropriate title for a case tried before Esq. HERMAN yesterday afternoon. Charley BROKAW battered Porte OWENS on the jaw with a club--wherefore he was fined $2.50 and costs.




Two brothers named SMITH, whose homes are at Colfax, Clinton county, but who seemed to have been visiting relatives in Fulton county, stole two horses, Wednesday night last, from their own uncle, Jacob BRUCE, of Bruce's Lake. They were pursued, and over-hauled by the sheriff of Pulaski county near Francesville. Both were brought back to Rochester and jailed last Saturday morning. They are hard cases, one having forged an order sometime ago, whereby he came near getting into trouble. The stolen horses were ordinary farm animals, and only pure cussedness could have led to their abduction.




Joseph BARRETT and Byron MYERS, of Peru, are visiting friends in this place.

DIED. -A little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. STOCKTON's died last Friday morning. Aged 10 months.

Jacob GERSON employs eleven hands at his merchant tailoring establishment, eight ladies and three gentlemen...

James McQUERN, living three miles east of Rochester, has some fine bred of sheep. He sheared from one 14 pounds of woll, and from 19 yead he got 140 pounds. Who can beat it?



Saturday, June 1, 1878


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Wednesday, June 5, 1878




The Wallace House is again in full blast, with R. WALLACE in chief command, and Tommy SHAFFER for clerk.

Mr. JEWELL has run up a shanty containing three rooms, for the accommodation of campers who may desire to spend the evening on the lake.

Saturday night a thief broke into and robbed the store of R. A. NEW, at Green Oak. Goods to the amount of $25 to $50 were taken; also $12 or $15 in cash, the latter belonging to the postoffice...

Col SHRYOCK, Dr. SUTTON, Hon. Ed. CALKINS, Hon. A. C. COPELAND, and others, are attending the Republican State convention at Indianapolis.

J. F. COLLINS went to Indianapolis, yesterday, to buy an overgrown stock of confectionary, ice cream freezers, &c...




Ed. CHINN, Jr., is home on a visit for a day or two.

Miss Effie HASSLER, of Warsaw, is visiting friends in this city this week.

Mr. and Mrs. SHANKS, formerly Miss Kate NORRIS, of Chesterton, Ind., are visiting Capt. COLLINS and lady, of this place. Mrs. Shanks was at one time a resident of Rochester.

We are under obligation to Mrs. H. S. FARRINGTON, for a box of the finest strawberries we have seen this season...

The first annual commencement of the Rochester high school took place at Opera Hall, last Friday evening... The quartettes by Misses Minnie BRACKETT, Carrie SHRYOCK, and Messrs. T. M. BITTERS and Geo. EDWARDS were well rendered and loudly applauded. The duette by Mrs. J. C. SPOHN and Miss Dora ROBBINS, was grand and showed high musical culture. ... Misses Mary MERCER and Laura COPELAND's duette, was heartily cheered...

We mention the name of each member of the class...

Edwin Colfax MERCER, who is a young gentleman of about 16 years of age, was born and raised in Fulton county... Ed. is the youngest of the class...

John Conant KEITH was unavoidably absent... He is about 16 years of age, and is also a native of Fulton county... He is the son of Judge KEITH...

Hugh BROWN has lived here some ten years, is 19 years old...

John Brown DAVIDSON is the son of the late Hon. Stephen DAVIDSON, is 20 years old and lives about two miles east of Rochester...

Orbra F. MONTGOMERY was born about 20 years ago on the sand hill overlooking the city, and where he yet lives. He is the superintendent of the Baptist Sunday school... He has, until within a few years past, worked hard for his parents on the farm...

Frank D. HAIMBAUGH... is from the country and is about 22 years of age...


Administrator's Sale ... Administrator of the estate of Wm. WHITTENBERGER, deceased ... Public Sale, at the late residence of the decedent, in Henry Township, Fulton County, Indiana, Friday, June the 21st... (personal property described)... Joseph WHITTENBERGER, Administrator.


Notice of Administration ... Joseph WHITTENBERGER appointed Administrator of the estate of Wm. WHITTENBERGER... May 29, 1878.


Saturday, June 8, 1878




Lyman DAUGHERTY was kicked out of time by a playful horse the other day. He says that if they call that horse-play he wants no more of it.

Gus MEISCH is able to move around the room a little, but the accident by which his knee-cap was bursted still confines him to the house.

Until further notice the services of the Reformed church will be held at Opera Hall...

Jacob BRUCE, uncle of the boys in jail, was in town Wednesday, trying to get them sent to the Reform school.




John M. FISH is making preparations for emigrating west.

P. HAMLET has the finest and best two-year-old colt in this part of the country; it is a beautiful roan.

Rev. Asa BACHELOR, of Rochester, preached a splendid sermon at Shelbark school house one mile and a half southwest of this place, last Sabbath a week.


ADVERTISED LETTERS remaining in Rochester post office June 7, 1878:

Mrs. Lou WALLICK, Miss Clara WHITSON, "S. J. S.", C. W. MORSE, C. J. TRACY, Parish PILKET, Sarah Ann DIPERT, Elisham DANIELS, James CALLOWAY, Wm. H. CLEVINGER, Kitty BLAKE.  -W. H. MATTINGLY, P.M.


Wednesday, June 12, 1878




PLANK & LYON's new building will probably be lighted with gas.

DIED. -An old gentleman named AXTELL, late a resident of the northwest part of town, was buried last Saturday.[19]

BORN. -It will probably grow up a Democrat, but then it is a nice boy, and Milt REES is the proudest man in town.




Mr. Will D. SAPHER is in town.

Will McELHANEY, of Pery, spent a few days last week with old friends here.

The Cornet Band will go to Kewanna on the Fourth, but the Murphies expect to have music all the same.



Saturday, June 15, 1878




Mrs. COOPER and daughter are visiting at Dr. HECTOR's.

Many Rochester people have attended the races at Peru this week.

Messers. CATES & NORRIS have just finished burning a large kiln of brick, for which orders have already been received.

Mr. Robert GOULD, photographer, has just returned from a visit to Maxinkuckee lake, where he has been taking stereoscopic views of the scenery...

Oscar BALDWIN has about as rosy a little residence as can be found in town. It's a beauty.

Mrs. Dr. BURKETT, of Plymouth, and Miss WALL, of Warsaw, have been visiting friends in Rochester this week.

Dr. C. C. BURKETT has sold out his business here and gone to Plymouth...

Another MATTINGLY has gotten into the printing business--R. LEON, of Francesville, Ind., who sends us the Home Banner, of which he appears to be editor-in-chief and proprietor-general. We haven't a great deal of "family pride," but must say that Leon gets out a rather spicy little sheet. Here's our XX Coz.

Fred DONALSON has returned to Rochester, and will resume his old place in Ernsperger's store next Monday. Fred will be heartily welcomed back by a host of old friends.

The excursion train to Peru leaves here at 7 o'clock, on the morning of the 19th. Returning, leaves Peru at about 5 o'clock. Fare for round trip 90 cents. The train is not to be run in the interest of any candidate, but is a railroad enterprise exclusively.


ADVERTISED LETTERS remaining in Rochester post office June 14, 1878:

J. H. DEDDLET, John ELLIS, Isaac PACKARD, Schuyler STEFFEY, Miss Elizabeth UNGER.  -W. H. MATTINGLY, P.M.


Wednesday, June 19, 1878




John MARSHMAN has left town.

Ike BROWN spent the Sabbath at home.


Horace LONG, Jr., has left the world and gone to Stark county to pick huckleberries.

Mr. WESTFALL is building some extremely elegant counters for PLANK & MILLER's new room.

MARRIED. -By Rev. Jacob WHITTENBERGER, at his residence, on Thursday, June 13th, 1878, Mr. Edward MOONSHOWER and Miss Sophia MITCHELL, all of Henry township.

Capt. LUCAS and lady, old-time friends of Rev. F. M. RULE and wife, came over from Peru on the fish-nic excursion, yesterday, to pay them a visit. Mr. Lucas is at present superintendent of the T. W. & W. office in Peru.

Mr. JUNGELAUS, the efficient and gentlemanly clerk at Hoover's boot and shoe store, took a Sunday ride into Richland township, where a slight mishap befell him. A two-year old colt reached out with his hind leg, and our friend suddenly found himself flying through space, minus an adequate supply of breath. The main force of the blow fell on his watch, however, crushing the case badly. Perhaps the watch saved his life, or severe injury at the very least.

On Saturday last John MARSHMAN was arrested, at the instance of Lon RANNELLS, of the Central House, for larceny, but owing to some defect in the affidavit, it was quashed at his examination on Monday, and the defendant discharged. While in custody Marshman made affidavit against one Harry GILL for keeping a gambling house. Gill was arrested, plead guilty, and now lies in jail to expiate a fine of $25 and costs. Marshman also swore out an affidavit against Jerome EDMINSTER for selling liquor between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Edminster likewise plead guilty, and made a small contribution to the school fund.

Miss Lillie ERNSPERGER, who has been attending the Young Ladies' College at Evanston, Ill., is expected home next week.

Mr. Levi MONTGOMERY is about to remove to Auburn, Ind., to take charge of the Eel River R. R. grain elevator, a business in which he has considerable experience and for which he possesses peculiar qualifications. Mr. M. was brought up in this county, and is a member of one of our oldest and best families. In 1868 he was elected sheriff, and again in 1870 was chosen to the same office... Since that time he has served on the board of trustees... For several years he has been engaged in buying grain, owning an interest in the elevator at this place until it was destroyed by fire in 1876, when he rebuilt it with his own means, or at least bought out his partner after it was rebuilt.... His departure and that of his family will leave a void in the social circle that will be hard to fill...





St. Croix Falls, Wis., June 11, 1878.

Ed. Independent: ... My father settled in Rochester township nearly 20 years ago, when I was only a boy... I have for nearly eleven years, and do still, live at St. Croix Falls, Polk county, Wis...

My respects to the people of Fulton county. I hope that my old colonel, K. G. SHRYOCK, may be your next congressman.   -John H. BROKAW.




Barney DAWSON is home from Ann Arbor university. He will return after vacation.

The Pottowattomie base ball club go to Plymouth next Saturday. They will have to get right down to business to retain the laurels already won.

The following is the cast for the laughable play of "Handy Andy," to be produced at Opera Hall, Thursday and Friday evenings, June 27th and 28th, by our amateurs: Jim BROWN, Floyd HERMAN, Sam P. TERRY, Leet COOPER, Jack KAHOE, Ferd. HEILBRUN, J. KAHOE, Cora ROWLEY, Clary ROWLEY, Mary GOSS.


Wednesday, June 26, 1878




Al. J. KITT is rusticating at Chalmers, White county.

The Potts got a complete scouring at Plymouth last Saturday.

The Orr school, Miss Emma L. PYLE teacher, will close next Friday.

Rev. J. J. McCOY, one of Rochester's local preachers, occupied the Argos M.E. pulpit last Sabbath week.

Rev PRITCHARD, of the U.B. church, baptized eight persons last Sunday in Mud creek.

The postmaster's salary has been increased $100 per annum. This will enable us to keep the Independent afloat a while longer.

Rev. CHARPIE has removed to the CRAMER residence, in the north end...

Rans. SHERMAN is reported in trouble at Etna Green, Kosciusko county, for crookedness in horse trading. He is also wanted here on a similar charge. Probably will not amount to much.

Rather old news, but it may be fresh to some readers. John H. PYLE, Esq., has purchased the R. DUNLAP place, southwest of town, and resumed the calling of a granger. Success, John.

Temperance meeting Sunday afternoon, June 30, at 3 o'clock, at Yellow Creek Baptist church, in Newcastle township. Dr. HILL and Finley EMMONS are expected to be present and address the meeting.

Normal school begins next Monday week.

The PLANK & LYON building will contain 100,000 brick. They are furnished and put in the wall for $7.00 per M. Cheap.

Temperance meeting Sunday afternoon, at 4 o'clock, at Mount Nebo school house, Richland township. Dr. S. S. TERRY will address the meeting.

Deo HAWK, son-in-law of the Wallace House, and personally well and favorably known here, was one of the Logansport excursionists yesterday.



Miss Lillie ERNSPERGER arrived home from school last Friday. She will return after vacation.

Leet COOPER distinguished himself in the game of ball at Plymouth, Saturday, by putting out seven men.

We are under obligations to Sam TERRY for a delightful buggy ride last Monday.

Obed OSGOOD has on exhibition at his shop, opposite the post office, a large specimen of a blacksnake. Where it was captured is not known, but was sent in a box of goods shipped to him not long ago.

Davidson's ACADEMY OF MUSIC will be opened on Friday and Saturday evenings, Sept. 20th and 21st. ...

Our young friend Abe SAMUELS will start next Monday for Austin, Texas, to accept a position as clerk in a wholesale house with his brother...


Saturday, June 29, 1878




John G. HILL is rebuilding his burned residence.

Work on the artesian well has been suspended--probably abandoned.

Rev. Dr. TERRY visited at Silver Lake this week.

Jim GAINER's new residence will deserve to be called a mansion, almost.

The P.O. will remain open, and mails will arrive and depart as usual on the 4th.

Miss Clara ROWLEY closed a very successful term of school at Bloomingsburg yesterday afternoon.

Amos KATO, Esq., has taken up his residence with us again...