Brimfield Gazette
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1878



The roads are rough.

And now for the reading room.

Tice's tidal wave struck us on time.

It did get down to zero, despite the mud.

New Year's day passed off quietly. But few people were in town.

The hog market is still down and likely to remain so.

Sixteen car loads of hogs were shipped from this station yesterday.

No school last Monday forenoon, as there was no coal for the furnaces.

Read our "want" and "sale" column. Good bargains there.

John T. Marriott visited Peoria last week on business.

Mr. F. Hayward visited Peoria on business last Wednesday. Our business men inform us that business has been fair, despite the condition of the roads.

The Congregational sociable held at the residence of Mrs. B. Hall last Wednesday evening, was an enjoyable experience.

Red Ribbon meeting next Thursday evening at Cady's Hall. Interesting programme. Come out.

Postmaster Cowles expects to have the postoffice located in its new quarters by the last of this week.

Religious services are being held this week by union of all the churches in this place and the attendance, so far has been good.

Consult your interests by reading the many invitations extended in these columns by our business men and what they offer.

From sales of butter made by the Messrs. Day, we are of the opinion everybody wanted butter. They sold 124 pounds over the counter that day.

Mr. W. H. Day when he went east last fall weighed only 107 1/2 pounds; now he kicks the beam at 125. Nothing like a clear conscience and good living.

Mr. J. W. Herrington and lady returned from their bridal tour east, last week, and are kindly welcome by many friends and relatives.

The familiar face of A. W. Heald greeted us the first of last week, who with Mrs. Heald enjoyed New Year's day with Mr. Cheek and family. Mr. H. returned home New Year's Day. Mrs. H. remaining to enjoy a visit among her friends.

Geo. Hayward has entered into partnership with his brother Frank, at Farmington, in the dry goods business. George has the best wishes of many friends in his new home.

The wheelbarrow brigade has been active for the past two weeks, delivering coal; but as it has frozen up, wagons can again be used.

Edward Cady is the champion manufacturer of machinery with which to run turning lathes. He has got up a horse power and makes the chips fly.

We inadvertently omitted, last week to mention the name of Ray Burt in giving names of the little children who took part in the exercises at the Congregational church Christmas Eve.

The Red Ribbon meeting in Cady's Hall last evening was a success. Select reading, declamation and remarks for the benefit of the club, made up the programme for the meeting, the attendance was large.

Cannot our city fathers put a stop to this disgusting and troublesome noise on the side walks, which is made every evening and kept up to a late hour. If parents cannot keep their children at home, the law should provide a way. Some evenings it is almost impossible for a lady or gentleman to pass along our business streets.

By the certified statement of a physician, which was filed in the county clerk's office yesterday, as now required by law, we learn that a lady in Hallock township, who is only thirty-six years of age, has just become the mother of her twelfth child. Now will our boasting exchanges in other counties please cave. -- Transcript


Last Friday evening we spent at Davis school house, the school is taught by Frank Plummer, where a spelling match was in progress. The attendance was large, considering the roads, and short notice given. The first spelled from McGuffey's speller and defeated by their opponent, John McCabe, from Scotland Prairie school district. In the next match, spelling from the book used there, and Hattie Bridson of Davis' district came off victorious, but in the whole Frank Plummer proved the best speller, but we class him as an outsider, not as a scholar. Thus as it now stands a tie between the two scholars. Let us have another trial Frank and see who will be victorious. -- Speller.


The Lyceum was called to order on the evening of the 3d inst., by the President. Some motions in regard to the minutes were made when the Secretary resigned, and R. Pacy was appointed Secretary pro tem. After which election of officers was made, which resulted in Geo. Paul being elected President and Miss Church Secretary, and Treasurer.

Next in order was debate on the following question with J. Hindle, D. Williams, Thos. Pacy, Geo. Paul and Geo. Church on the affirmative; and P. Tully, R. Pacy, Charles Hayes and Eph. Harriott on the negative:

Resolved, That the hostile Indians should be exterminated.
The judges returned decision in favor of negative.
The following subject was chosen for decision on the evening of the 10th inst.:
Resolved, That timber is more profitable than coal, to any nation.
After selecting the above question came reading of paper, by James Hindle, which elected laughter, and selected reading by Mary Brandt and Vesta Hindle, after which the Lyceum adjourned.


The following programme of exercises were endorsed for next Saturday evening, Jan. 12th at Cady's Hall:
Music. Debate. Question --
Resolved That the works of art are more pleasing to the eye than the works of nature. D. R. Strain, Jason Newton, affirmative, Alfred Cady, H. Mowry, negative.
Music. Intermission.
Essay. Miss Ida Burt.
Declamation. Geo. Plummer.
Oration. Walter Wiley.
Select Reading. Ella Collins.
All male attendance will be charged five cents at the door.


Mrs. Ella Brown celebrated her birthday (our reporter failed to obtain age) at her mother's, Mrs. S. Moss, the other day, when a few acquaintances were invited to tea, and before leaving left the following presents as tokens of regard:
Mrs. Dr. Blanchard, a curl basket; Mrs. Burt, tidy; Mrs. Richardson, toilet set; Mrs. Vincent Aten, linen collars; Mrs. Girvin, teapot stand; Miss Julia Wiley, card receiver; Miss Burt and Miss Clark, curl bracket,; Mrs. Moss, handsome towels; her brothers, Jack beautiful gaiters, and Charley Blundy, a silk tie. After tea the company enjoyed good music by David Strain and Miss Annie Hayward, after which they retired to their homes.


School report of district No. 8, Princeville township, for the month of December. No. of scholars' names enrolled fifty-two. Those who were present every day were Eddie Conklin, Montie Cummins, Charley Gelling, Frank Goodman, Agnes Rochelle, William Scanlan and Andy Scanlan. No. of visitors 24.


The Rev. Dr. Samuel Chase, of Jubilee township, in this county, an old and esteemed clergyman, is now lying dangerously ill at his residence in Robins Nest. He contracted diarrhea in the army and has never been rid of it since. He was taken worse while attending the Episcopal Convention at Quincy, recently, and has been gradually sinking since then. Dr. Corcoran was called to see him Monday, and he looks upon the case as very grave, and with little hope of recovery. His son, Rev. March Chase of Alton, and his daughters, have been telegraphed for.


That dance which Mr. Jos. Clute gave in honor of his daughter's marriage was a "boss" affair and seemed to be enjoyed by all present. The company consisted of between 30 and 40 young folks from around the neighborhood, and all seemed to vie with each other in making it a most pleasing affair, and one to be long remembered by those present. About 12 o'clock supper was announced and all seemed ready
to partake of the choice "wedding cake" which was set before them. After supper was over dancing was resumed and kept up until daylight, at which time the company dispersed to their several homes to enjoy a half day's rest at least. All of the company were well behaved but one young "gent" from another state, and if he is a specimen of the way that the folks act out there deliver me from ever having to meet more than one at a time, for I really think it would be dangerous. With thanks to the editor for taking up so much of his valuable paper and hoping that before the close of another year that ye humble correspondent may have the pleasure of witnessing many more of the same kind of affairs and with good wishes for the happy couple, we would advise the readers to "go thou and do likewise".


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