Richland County


The Olney Weekly Times. Wednesday, March 29, 1876


Only one marriage license was issued during the past week - James T. MAXFIELD and Miss Mary HORSMAN.

An almanac with the month of March left out would command a premium. We with March would go to Canada and stay there.

Owing to the inclemency of the weather no session of the Turkey Creek Literary Society was held last Friday evening. The Programmer as published last week will be performed next Friday evening.

A great many people have been kept away from Olney for the past week or two by the bogus small-pox scare. The mud kept the balance away, and between the two the burg has been rather lonesome.

An accident occurred last Saturday morning near Dundas which resulted in the sudden death of Mrs. ZIRKLE, a widow lady. The family were preparing to move and had laid two loaded guns on a bed, preparatory to packing them with other movables in the wagon. The sons were out at the barn when they heard the report of one of the guns, and hurrying to the house found that their mother in drawing the gun to her as is supposed had discharged it and received the contents in her breast, inflicting injuries from which she died in a short time. The occurrence was a very sad one, and the afflicted family have the sincere sympathy of their entire neighborhood.


Proceedings of a convention representing the counties of Clay, Wayne, Effingham, Richland, Crawford, and Jasper bolden at Flora, Clay County, Ill on March 22d, 1876, for the purpose of taking the necessary steps for a reunion of the 98th Regiment of Volunteers, Illinois Mounted Infantry, at one o'clock P.M. at the Major House. The convention organized by appointing Maj. A.T. BARNES Chairman, and Aden KNOPH Secretary. The Chairman having stated the object of the meeting, stirring speeches, ----- and piquant, were made by Capt. T.W. SCOTT and Ira A. FLOOD and Private John R. TANNER.

Whereupon on motion of Capt. FLOOD, Wednesday, September 6th, 1876, was fixed as the time for holding such reunion. The question of place of holding the reunion being in order and several places being suggested a vote was taken and the city of Olney having received the greatest number of votes, Private TANNER presented the following resolution which was adopted una voce, via:

Resolved, that a reunion of the 98th Regiment Volunteers, Illinois Mounted Infantry, be held at the city of Olney, Ill, on Sept 6th, 1876, encamping on the ground the night of said day.

On motion Capt. F.D. PRESTON was selected and appointed to deliver the address of welcome and Maj. A.T. BARNES the oration and Adjutant Aden KNOPH to prepare and read a brief history of the regiment, its organization and services.

Whereupon the following committees were appointed:


Adjt. Aden KNOPH, Lient. W.C. RICKARD, Sergts. Charley HARDY, B.S. WYATT, John W. FINDLEY, Private Harvey FAHS, Moses JOHNSON, Amos B. SNIVLEY and Adam BUSHONG. Mrs. Dr. T.M. JOHNSON, Mrs. Henry SPRING, Mrs. Dr. R.C. MORRIS, Mrs. H. HAYWARD, Mrs. Jane HOFFMAN, Mrs. John H. GUNN, Mrs. Chas. HARDY, Mrs. W.C. RICKARD and Mrs. Aden KNOPH


Contributed by Brian and Ana Kinkade from the Olney Times, 1876

News from The Olney Weekly Times - September 5, 1877

Sabbath School Celebration

The Baptist Sabbath School, north of Dundas, will hold a celebration in Mr. Kermicle's Grove, one-fourth mile east of New Dundas, Saturday, Sept 8th. The exercises of the day will be singing and addresses by the school. Good music will be furnished, and every effort is being made that all may feel amply repaid for attending. A plentiful supply of water will be on the grounds and the enjoyment of every person will be considered. Come everyone with your baskets well filled, and have a pleasent time with us. - Anna Colbert, Sec'y

Mortuary Report

The following deaths have occured in this county on the dates given as appears from the record kept by Geo. Lutz, undertaker:
Aug. 29 Child of Wm. Von Almen
Sept. 1 Sarah Whitney
" 4 Wife of D. Br-----

Letter List

List of letters advertised at the postoffice at Olney, Richland county, Illinois, for the week of Sept 1, 1877:

Gentleman's List

Allen, James S
Curry, H V
Marlay, Leroy
Neal, WmB
Peneton, John
Smith, Andy

Ladies List

Aldridge, Amine
Kinedy, Eliza J
Lain, Mary
Stout, Mrs Sarah
Gerbe, Katie H

Persons calling for the above letters will please say that they were advertised. A.V. Vampbell, P.M.

Contributed by Brian and Ana Kinkade from the Olney Times, 1877

News from The Olney Times - Wednesday, November 19, 1884


Circuit Court continued in session during the past week and adjourned last Monday evening. Not much interest was manifested in the proceedings owing to the election excitement. The following is the summary of the important cases:

Lawrence Jennings, who was indicted for illegal voting, had his case nollied.
Joseph Allison failed to appear and default was taken on his bondsmen.
For disturbing meeting, William Lemay and Albert Lemay, plead guilty and were fined each $5 and costs.
Sion Gaddy plead guilty to cutting trees and was fined $10 costs.
Micheal Frazer, who was arrested with Dan Stout in the car robbery case, plead not guilty; trial had, and jury found him not guilty and he was discharged.

Malicious mischief, two; carring concealed weapons, two; burglary and larceny, and disturbing meeting, one each.

Nothing of importance transpired on the law docket.

Sarah E. Lewis was divorced from Nelson Lewis. Lydia Hudnell was divorced from Thos. E. Hudnell. Mattie M. Kinkade was divorced from Wm Kinkade. Mary E. Morris was divorced from John R. Morris. Wm Christy was divorced from Sarah Christy. N.V. Dyke was divorced from Louisa Dyke. Jean Densmore and James Densmore concluded they did not want to be divorced, so suit was dismissed. Caroline J. Mathews was divorced from Jefferson Mathews. Elizabeth Kinkade was divorced from John Kinkade. Alfred Snider was divorced from Anna B. Snider.


To the kind friends and neighbors who ministered and assisted us in the great affliction that befell us, I return my heartfelt thanks. May God's blessing ever be theirs. - Thos. L. Stewart


G.T. Green, of the Children's Home, Cincinnati, Ohio, will be at the Commercial Hotel, in Olney, all day Wednesday, December 3, 1884, with a company of boys and girls from three to twelve years old to be placed in good homes.They are well trained, healthy children; and the conditions are, made known on the day of the visit.


(To the Editor of the Times)
Stringtown, Ill., Nov. 17, 1884

Not seeing any items from this part of the county for some time, we thought of sending in a few. Now that the election is over and the exciting scenes of campaign have come to an end, while Cleveland, Hendricks and almost all the Democratic canidates are happy, we might glance around us for some of the Blaine, Logan, and Mattoon (?) men. We just see them turning the corner, with downeast eyes and stiff upper lips, crying "hurrah for Blaine," but "there will be no Jim Blaine there."
Rev. Crow preached a good sermon to a large audience Sunday afternoon. Mr.Crow is a gentleman of refined talent and a good minister.
Miss Ella Smith, teacher of No. 2, went to Fairview Saturday.
The farmers will soon be through gathering corn. Some will have good crops while others not more than half crops.
Grand Democratic ratitleation passed off near the prarie Saturday.
Master William Dishong is in Shelby county. His friends expect him home this week.


The election is over and the long winter evenings are here. Farmers now have time to read periodicals devoted to their calling, and to those wanting to subscribe for such, we can confidently recommend Colman's Rural World, a live weekly Agricultural Paper that has been conducted by Norman J. Colman, of St. Louis, for more than a third of a century. It is published at $1.50 per year, and the remaining copies for 1884 will be sent free to every one subscribing for 1885. Every branch of Agriculture is ably treated in it. Send for a copy.


We are all aware of the fact that the laws of our State are compulsory in regard to the education of our youth. Why is it that we notice so many boys lounging around the street corners and making their presence so uncomfortable in the stores of our city? Is the law of no avail, or do the officers of our city neglect their duty by permtting so many to waste their precious time in strolling the streets? We would like to see the law enforced in regard to this matter, and we do not see why it cannot be.

Contributed by Brian and Ana Kinkade from the Olney Times, 1884

News From The Olney Times - Wednesday, February 11, 1885

To the Editor of the Times
Fransonia, ILL Feb 6, 1885

Having seen nothing from this township for some time I thought I would give you a few items, if you will allow them space in your valuable paper. The snow has melted and the roads are getting muddy. Wheat in this neighborhood looks very well. J. M. Gallagher is building a new dwelling, which improves the looks of his place greatly. Hornbacker & Humbert are putting up a saw mill near George Day's farm. As it is something that is needed in this part of the county we hope that it will do well. The protracted meeting which has been in progress for over two weeks conducted by Revs. Grey and Herron, at the Pleasent View church, closed last night with no conversions. Mart Truitt has removed his corn mill to Fransonia, and we believe is getting a good share of custom, which he deserves, and is doing excellent work. Riley Hedrick is visiting relatives in this vicinity. Health in this vicinity is very good. Last Monday while Esq. Bradley and John Zimmerman were moving an engine belonging to H. Clark the engine got into a ditch and caused a wreck, breaking the hind axle and doing other damage to the engine. We understand that Baily & Parker are going to put up a corn mill on Fox river east of Jasper Henry's farm, where that are now running a saw mill.

To the Editor of the Times
Dundas, ILL, Feb 9, 1885

Everything is quite in Dundas except the judicial question. Serveral old Democrats are dissatisfied with Saturday's proceedings. Our town will have a new store soon. Success to the new firm - Conner & Stewart. Collector Scherer reports collections pretty dull. Oh yes ! that man Robt. Stotler comes to Dundas to take lessons in equestrianism. We learn through gossip that there will be a wedding in our village soon. Stotler & Colbert are running their saw mill again. Fashnacht, the shoemaker, seems to be the only man in Dundas who has plenty of work, and sticks to his last. Postmaster Kermicle cuts his tobacco finer than ever since the election of Cleveland. J.T. Alton in voting for Allen thought he was aiding Preston and opposing Wilson. Died, at her home in Dundas, February 6, 1885, Mrs B.F. Kinkade. Simpson Sinner is still buying stock. Parties having stock to sell will do well to consult him. Plenty of mud. Wheat looks well considering the cold weather. More at some future time.

To the Editor of the Times
Preston Tp., Feb. 7, 1885

As your regular correspondent from this place has failed to put in his apperance for some time, we shall write a few line for the perusal of your many readers. If the "groung-hog" sign can be depended upon we will have winter for ---- unreadable ---. On account of the death of his infant son A.W. Poland has not been able to teach for some time. In this their first sorrow we extend to the youthful parents our heartfelt sympathy. Protracted meetings have been going on for sometime at Dundas , and also at West Liberty. January 29th must have been a lucky day as will be noticed from the following: married, at the residence of William Von Allmen, Mr William Schilt to Miss Lizzie Von Allmen. Same day, at the residence of Mr. Gadaw, Mr George Reich to Miss Maggie Scherer. The boys did not fail to visit both couples and gave them an old fashioned serenade. May their journey through life be a smooth one is wished of the writer. We are informed that the Oak Ridge school is running smoothly since the teacher, who seems determined to keep things straight, has thoroughly flogged ten of the "big boys". Some of these same boys can boost that they nor any of their "big" brothers ever took a "licking" from any teacher. We think that a little more "hickory oil" and a little less expelling pupils would help most our schools. There was no preaching at the Lutheran church on the prarie last Sunday, on account of the minister, Rev Lingle, being away from home.

Contributed by Brian and Ana Kinkade from the Olney Times, 1885

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