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From: Charlotte Maness <>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] MISSOURI, Jefferson Co., BIRTHS & etc.
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2003 20:00:55 -0600

Hello everyone. I am going out of town tomorrow so you will have to go
"cold turkey" for a week till I get back and can compile the next series
of "Pearls" for you all.



Just to remind everyone -- Charlotte's "Pearls" are

now archived permanently at


Jefferson Democrat

Hillsboro, Jefferson county, Missouri


We made brief mention last week of the burning of a house with Frank
SPALDING in it. An inquest held by Coroner BREWSTER developed the fact
that two men had been burned. The facts as gleaned from the inquest and
other sources are these: Three men named Peter DRINDLE, Albert DRINDLE
and Jo. SECSTEM were employed by Wm. ARPY, of St. Louis, to chop some
wood on his land near Pevely. They built a log cabin in which to live,
about a half mile from SPALDING's. This cabin was the building burned,
and Peter DRINDLE and Frank SPALDING the persons whose remains were in
at the time The evening preceding the tragedy SPALDING went to Pevely
and got a jug of whiskey which he carried to the cabin occupied by the
three wood choppers, and there the four began emptying the jug. What
occured subsequently is only guessed at by the statement of the two
survivors, and the surroundings. Albert DRINDLE raised the alarm the
next morning, and informed Mrs. SPALDING that the cabin and the two men
were burned. He stated that after taking five drinks apiece they began
trying the strength of their arms; that SECSTOM got angry and said he
was going to leave, that he concluded to go with him, and that the two
packed up their things and left; that he only went a short distance when
he concluded to go back, and when he got to the cabin found it burning;
saw the bodies of two men it; sat there till morning and then raised the
alarm. Mrs. SPALDING testified that the two men, Albert DRINDLE and Jo.
SECSTOM, were at her house twice that night trying to gain admission,
and claiming that SPALDING had sent them there, to sleep. She refused
to admit them and they went away. Albert, who is the son of Peter, who
was burned, was watched the next day, and after the coroner's inquest
was taken charge of under a warrant issued by Esq. SMITH, and brought by
Constable SPILKER to jail. Jo. SECSTEM was not seen anymore, but was
supposed to have gone back to St. Louis. Sheriff JONES, when
telegraphed for, was in St. Louis, but on his return home and learning
the news, he proceeded at once to get a description of SECSTEM, and then
went to St. Louis in search of him, and on Saturday was rewarded by
finding him in a saloon. He arrested him and brought him down, and
lodged him in jail. They will both have a hearing before Esq. SMITH to-day.

PROBATE COURT - February 19, 1881 - A.B. HENSLEY allowed against estate
of Alfred HENSLEY, $3.50.

KIMMSWICK ITEMS - By ZULU - Kimmswick, Mo., Feb'y 25, 1881. Alex ISRAEL
has obtained license to run a steam ferry from Kimmswick to SMITH's
Landing, Illinois;. A petition is being circulated for raising a portion
of the funds necessary to purchase a ferryboat. If enough funds are
raised the ferry will be started early in March.

CRYSTAL CITY ITEMS - by "T" - Crystal City, Feb'y 21, 1881 - Mr. Chas
NOCE of this place, and Miss Jane McKEO(?) of Victoria, were united in
the bonds of wedlock at Victoria, on the 18th inst., by Rev. Wm. McKAY.
They returned to the City on the evening of the 20th, looking like all
newly married people but he had not proceeded far down Smoky row street,
towards the residence of the mother of the groom, till the "Nicholson"
pavement gave way, and the bride stuck in the mud. However she acted
philosophically, and we presume thought that misfortunes -- al the old
adage says -- "come singly."

DE SOTO ITEMS; - By H.S. JENKS - De Soto, Mo., Feb. 21, 1880 - Last
Thursday a man named BROWN, who had been for some time in the employ of
G.R. RATHBUN as teamster, but who lived with his family on the hill near
the Presbyterian Church, made a brutal and perhaps a fatal assault on
his wife. Their little boy ran out and gave the alarm. Parties on
reaching the dwelling found the woman lying in insensible, covered with
blood from several bruises and out the head. Dr. KENNY was called in
and dressed the wounds, but it is impossible to tell as yet what the
result will be. It seems the husband and wife had not lived pleasantly
together, as on Thursday morning she had him arrested for assault, for
which his fine and costs amounted to $9., and on his return home at
night he evidently was taking revenge. BROWN immediately skipped town,
and has not been arrested at writing. He left his family in an entirely
destitute condition--but on Saturday Mrs. BUSBY, Mrs. BEMENT and her
daughter Viola, called on some of our citizens and procured provisions,
clothing, etc. for their immediate wants.

There's a new girl come to town and is stopping at the residence of Mr.
George FLINT.

Mrs. Esther CLARK, wife of Jno. B. CLARK, died at Victoria on Thursday,
Feb'y 17, 1881, aged 21 years.

MARRIED - RAWDON--DAVIS.--Feb'y 17, 1881, at the residence of Henry
BLACK, of Valle township, by Esq. Thos. WELCH, Mr. Asa RAWDON to Miss
Mary DAVIS. All of this county.

OBITUARY - CUNNINGHAM--Feb'y 7, 1881, A.A., son of John and Letitia
CUNNINGHAM, of Plattin township, aged 13 years.

PLASS - Feb'y 11, 1881, Emile, infant son of Wm. PLASS.

VINYARD - Jan. 29, 1881, in Plattin township, infant daughter of Geo.
and Eila VINYARD, aged 5 months.


Isham SHELTON's little boy seven or eight years of age, died last week.
Mr. SHELTON is this week sick with pneumonia.

William DAVIS of Big River is keeping up the reputation established for
the name by his namesake of Dry Creek. His wife presented him with twin
girls the other day. Mrs. Jacob SCAGGS, sister-in-law of Mrs. DAVIS,
living about half a mile away, also has twin girls, born about six
months ago.

Mrs. Edward COTTER, who since the death of her husband has been living
alone, found that kind of life entirely too lonesome, and has sold out
her personal property here and gone to live awhile with her nephew, near
Harrisonville, Illinois. She says it is hard for her to leave the
neighborhood in which she has lived so long--even temporarily--but
thinks it for the best.


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