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Grand Juries

Source:  A Gazetteer of Madison County by James Hair, 1866

Grand Jury of Inquest, June Term, 1814

William Rabb (Foreman) William Otwell John Clark Ben. Stedman Isaac Gillham, Sr.
William C. Davidson John Kirkpatrick Samuel Judah Robert McMahan James Renfoe
James Right James Kirkpatrick Charles Gillham Francis Kirkpatrick John McKinney
Josias Right

Samuel G. Moore

John Robinson Solomon Pruitt Martin Woods
Joseph White William Perviance Samuel Brown    

 

Source: Alton Weekly Telegraph, February 28, 1873

The Common Council met this day, pursuant to the call of His Honor the Mayor, and there were present Mayor Pfeiffenberger, and Aldermen Biggins, Clifford, Coppinger, Adams, Noonan, McPike, Whitehead, Guelich, Joesting, Haskel and Smith. Alton City Court Grand Jurors selected:

Charles Kuehn John Park William Atkinson D. S. Hoaglan A. Wade
James Cotter J. W. Hart A. G. Wolford C. A. Murray M. H. Topping
D. D. Ryrie J. A. Woods Edward Grady Thomas Richardson James Galvin
Isaac Price M. Steiner A. Inveen George Quigley J. A. Cooley
J. D. Biship E. B. Blaisdell A. Benedict    

Petit Jurors selected:

A. L. Chouteau R. W. English James Lamb L. Robidou W. Cunningham
W. Young J. A. Auten L. E. Houghton James Cousley W. H. Burroughs
M. Newman Thomas Casey F. Regan B. Morsn J. Mullen
G. H. Weigler L. McKee A. Maley Charles Reader John Buckmaster
A. R. McKinney Edward E. Hindall A. Dow W. Clafflin  

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Letters (This mail was advertised in local newspapers for the individual to pick up at the post office)

Source: Alton Telegraph, October 17, 1840
Edwardsville, O. Meeker, Postmaster
Austin, George Bottrick, John Barber, Dr. James M. Bowles, Lewis Brown, E.
Bischfield, Miss Delila Cracker, E. Cox, Isaac Crumpton, T. J. Dunn, Lawrence
Dobbins, O. N. Dobbins, J. B. Dobbins, Mrs. Elizabeth E. Dove, John Dolson, D. B.
Davis, Thomas R. Dunigan, Thomas G. Eavens, Thomas Elliott, S. N. P. Fleck, James
Forse, David Gerke, Doctor Gary, M. C. Gaskell, Bern(?) Howard, Benjamin G.
Harrison, William Ingram, Zadoc Irwin, John Jones, Charles Jackson, Eldridge
Jackson, Samuel Kelly, Thomas Killerhane, Demers Kindall, Susan Long, Davis
Long, John Luker, David Lamb, Gross(?) Lacy, Mrs. Mary Lingenfelter, G. W.
Maybre, James Miller, Andrew Moffel, John Montgomery, William Mize, William
Masson, ? Matthews, Alex Marshall, R. P. McManus, J. C. Nince, J.
Nace, Eli Opdyke, S. B. Pea, Ezekiel Putnam, G. W. Prophet, Jeremiah
Pervines, William Ryan, Michael Reaves, Isaac Smith, Johnathan G. Sparks, Thomas
Swain, N. J. Snowden, Col. John H. Thomas, J. Tular, R. Tackaberry, John
Weir, J. H. Willard, Joseph Ward, -, M Wheeler, Nathan Wright, John W.
Wilson, Mrs. Sarah        
 
Ridge Prairie, G. Churchill, Postmaster
Baur, Lewis Brown, John S. Byrd, John Cooper, Thomas Cole, Isaac
Copfenberger, George Faneger, Joseph Ferguson, Isaac Housen, Jacob Hunier, Samuel S.
Holdaway, William Hawks, Solomon Job, Zephaniah Kelley, Samuel Kelierhals, John
Kuntz, Reinhard McElroy, Mrs. Mary Mills, James Riggin, William B. Shaw, Joseph
Swain, John Jr. White, James Woods, John    
 
Six Mile Prairie, J. Squire, Postmaster
Surles, William Ball, George Rankin, Amos H. Hall, Samuel Herring, Abner
Whiting, Edward Davis, Allen Gorton, Edward Balch, J. T. Eales, William
Gillham, Isaac Hadley, William F. Young, J. Gentry, George Steward, David
Rand, Thomas Springfield, William R. Spilare, William Cradman, Edward Mechem, Silas
Adkins, William Haw, James Petingill, Daniel    
 
Marine, G. B. Judd, Postmaster
Anderson, Francis A. Anderson, Daniel Allison, Elijah Cannaday, Joseph Cason, John
Dell, James T. Duncan, James East, Matthew G. Greidu, Abraham Ground, Daniel
Gray, William Huntys, Nicholas Hutchinson, James Ross Heines, Jacob Kuntz, Reinhard
Kistler, Reuben Lewis, Caleb Leggett, Almirs(?) Nobles, B. G. Orgnod, Levi
Parker, John G. Preston, W. E. Rice, Henry Small, Julia A. Stanton, B. C.
Slay, John Self, David C. Schneider, Peter Trebell, John Willowbe, Elisha
Wayne, William        
 
Alton, N. Buckmaster, Postmaster
Avery, William A. Adkins, William Andrews, W. G. Ampus, John Barker, Moses
Bull, Mrs. M. E. Besby, William Barton, Joseph Bevett, F. D. Barber, M.
Beebe, D. Bosworth, C. H. Conlee, A. Cannon, F. Cutler, T. H.
Chamberlain, A. A. Cornelison, Josiah Colwell, John E. Cook, John Carlton, Mr.
Debaum, D. R. Dye, John Daugherty, Miss K. J. Dyke, Mrs. S. Dawes, Willilam
Dunn, R. Ekely, J. O. Emerson, M. Evans, Gordon Ellett, John J.
Filamorris, James Gillham, J. B. Gladne, Mrs. M. Gerry, Reuben Gutsweller, Peter
Geichell, Miss C. Gerry, R. Jr. Houchins, James B. Harrison, William Sr. Hetter, Solomon
Hope, William Hart, John Haggard, William Hudson, J. P. Hamilton, S. W.
Hoffman, J. Hankins, Amos Howard, B. Johns, William C. Jones, I.
Johnson, M. Jones, P. H. Jonson, James C. Knight, Dr. S. F. Klugsland & Lightner
Keirsey, William Kelley, R. Long, John Lowe, A. J. Lathy, H. K.
Leonard, H. S. Langworthy, Dr. A. Longden, Mrs. E. Leverett, William Lane, L.
Long, Mrs. N. T. Miles, William Moore, H. E. Morrison, J. M. Mathingley, James
Mackuen, Patrick Moore, Miss M. H. or N. Miller, Joseph H. Morrison, S. M. McReynolds, Joseph
Nolan, Thomas Owen, W. K. Olney, George W. Owens, Mrs. E. Philips, J.
Pens, E. M. Prichard, A. or J. Rorer, S. Riner, P. S. Rogers, M.
Rowley, Dr. J. S. Sheriff Charles H. Stretein, A. Smith, Jacob Sweetser, H. C.
Stration, L. P. Scarritt, N. Tyler, Edward Toomer, Miss F. Turner, Jairns B.
Tallent, Julia Thomas, J. L. J. Todd, Anderson Thravodey, F. Todd, R. P.
Thompson, J. L. Tenny, Thomas Vaughn, Joshua Williams, Miss B. Wood, Jonathon
Walden, Joseph Wherlen, ? Wallace, Thomas    
 
Upper Alton, David Smith, Postmaster
Ames, George Bosby, William Burton, Isaac Bassett, Cushman Blevins, Preston
Bragg, Austin Bradford, Dr. J. T. Cowles, Louise Crague, Elijah Churchill, William B.
Colby, Levi Combs, John D. Digman, Jackson Evans, John Jr. Eaton, Tolmes A.
Fay, Jonathan Fountain, Edward Flach, George Grimsley, Thomas Green, Mark
Gordon, Joseph Gardner, Silas Haney, William Hull, Mary E. Hankins, Joseph
Knapp, Abial Kear, W. W. Kennedy, Timothy Leverett, Rev. W. Laspler, Hardy
Lawrence, William Maxey, William O. Montgomery, William Mills, Jacob Moore, Anne
Miller, David Middaugh, James McCarty, B. F. Merriam, F. Newman, Z. B.
Olive, Mary Orton, Preston & Co. Poston, Louisa Price, Joseph Palmer, James
Pentzer, George Rogers, Rev. E. Raltan, W. H. Steer, Nelson Smart, Thomas
Step, Soloman Stanton, Dr. Thomas Settlemoirs, David Smith, Hobert Town, Hodary
Thompson, Samuel Tong, Nicolaus Winship, William Walker, Lafayette White, William

 

Source: Alton Telegraph, January 12, 1839/Upper Alton Post Office; David Smith, Post Master

Ash, Martin T. Brewer, Peter Beebe, David Brown, James Bolinger, T. & W.
Burnham, F. N. Burnap, Joseph Bell, G. W. Burase, Susannah Benson or Aliva, Mr.
Bentley, Jonathan Barton, William Clough, Lucy C. Chapman, Daniel Churchill, Almira
Cheswell, Philander Coals, A. Celley, George W. Clark, F. J. Culp, Benjamin F.
Curtis, Jona Coblee, John Chilton, Matthew Cummings, John Crumwell, Joseph
Elwell, J. M. Flagg, Richard Green, Deborah Gardner, M. Getcher, Henry
Grant, Joshua Gallagher, E. L. Gilvary, Martin M. Hazard, Jane Harrison, James
Higham, John Hurlburt, T. B. Hogan, John Hughs, R. T. Harday, John G.
Hollowell, Mr. Hall, Stephen Hill, Elizabeth Jonson, James Jones, W. P.
Keelo, Carter Keele, John Klecher, John Long, Isaac Lovejoy, Owen
Lacy, Bird Miller, A. B. Morrow, Jane Murray, Mary C. Morrison, John
Marsh, Ephraim Munson, D. Morgan, George W. Morrow, Henry McGilton, Andrew
Plotner, D. M. Pinkard, James Perkins, E. B. Pentbrook, Ellahu Phillips, William
Pattingill & Co. Pettingill, Benjamin Randle, P. W. Randle, J. B. & Co. Riley, Calvin
Robbins, Lavinia Ridgeley, Richard Staley, David Slater, Philander Scarritt, Nathan
Smith, William Stanton, Thomas Smith, Robert Taylor, Henry Telple, Mr.
Tesea, Pierre Tolman, John Tessier, Peter Thompson Temple, William T.
Taul, Daniel Thompson, Samuel Thompson, P. J. Vansant, Abner Vickory, John
Vanderslice, Thomas Williams, Madison Walker, Demosthenes West, William A. West, David
Warnock, Elizabeth Wall, Olive S. Whrodes, Katherine    

 

Source: Alton Weekly Courier, September 6, 1855/Alton Post Office

Brown, Mary R. Batelon, Mary Jane Brooks, Eliza Bradish, Ludy Bradbury, Mary
Campbell, E. W. Carroll, Mary Carr, Maria Culbertson, Mrs. John Champion, Lucinda
Creswell, Mary Claypool, Eliza J. Christin, Anna E. Cubberley, Mary Diemera, R.
Davidson, Sarah D. Defaid, Rebecca Dye, Clarissa Edwards, Sophia Enos, P. P.
Foreman, Elizabeth Fairbanks, Julia A. Gray, Hestor Ann Gorrell, Catharine Gilson, Lavina
Gillman, Adelino Griffith, Ann Grota, Mary A. Hundsucker, Helenda Holcrufft, Elizabeth
Halpins, Mary Ann Higgins, Anna Higgins, Ellen Hood, Jane Hundley, Meek
Long, Hannah Leech, Ruth Ann Lund, Elizabeth McCorkie, Mary J. Magee, Malinda
McKorkle, Sarah Mulquiny, Anny Muligan, Mary Ohlen, Ann Parker, Cass
Proctor, Mary A. Parsens, Mrs. Lewis B. Powers, Martha J. Patterson, Elizabeth Plimpton, Charlotta
Reynolds, Martha Raney, Mollie Robertson, Isabella J. Ramsey, Mary A. Rodgers, Elizabeth
Stare, Catharine Strong, Ebbie E. Secrice, Margaret Sandford, Rebecca Sulivan, Mrs.
Stanford, Mrs. Tindle, Elizabeth Traugue, Cecelia Troy, Miss Wilcox, Martha
Wagner, Mary Wood, Sarah Walicot, Susan Warner, E. F. Wilson, Adeline
Wabb, Mrs. Nathan Alcorn, David F. Akers, Jonathan Angne, Wilhelm Albrecht, Rudolph
Akard, B. W. Armbruster, John Boyd, Geo W. Breese, Auston Baksic, P. E.
Baily, John F. Barns, John Barthen, Cornelius Bright, Harrison Breen, Patrick N.
Ball, Henry Brown, D. S. Brown, Garrett Blakely, Thomas Betson, Thomas
Barns, Geo Banyan, A. Ba***, Dr. R. S. Brown, John Bartheimer, Michael
Beker, S. Boyle, Na** Baker, Nicholas Bowers T. Brown, Olive
Bayler, Robert Beckman, Genl. Albert Bragg, Henry Braund, James Berry, David D.
Briggins, Patrick Bergain, John Broderick, William Coleman, Owen Coleman, John
Callahan, James Carney, John Carrington, Rev. J. B. Clark, James Clark, Henry
Clinton, Charles Clifford, John Carr, Thomas Carroll, W. Cooper, Edwin
Copeland, Henry K. Clark, Joseph Day, Denus Duff, Capt. Dealy, David
Dietter, Eugene Davis, Franklin Davis, Herbert Dugan, William Drake, Charles
Devine, John Dymond, Robert Elisworth, Henry Elisworth W. H. Fleming, Rev. P.
Farley, Matthew Grayson, Elder James Greenwood, John Green, William Gillham, Daniel
Howard, Thomas Hughes, John Harris, John P. Hitchcock, William H. Hendricks, John C.
Hogan, Daniel Jarman, William Jones, John E. Jones, Walter Jones, S. B.
Jackson, W. R. Johnson, Jas B. Kelly, James Knecht, John Klein, ?
Kirsch, George Keyser, H. T. Leigh, Augustus Littleton, Michael Milligan, James
Muller, Eugene Muller, Abraham W. Mayer, Gustavis Mayer, Charles Murphy, Michael
Mudge, E. Moore, S. W. Murphy, Pat Nutt, Levy Napp, Gottleib
O'Brien, Michael Payne, Charles Prescott, Geo Pratt, John Pratt, Joseph E.
Perry A. C. Plumb, Henry Patrick, Theodore Ryan, Edward Richmond, Elkanoh
Randall, Marion Rudolph Wm. Richard, David Shaw, David Smith, Geo W.
Schultz, Heman Smith, Horace Greely Sullivan, Patrick Scott, Henry Stone, E. K.
Turner, James Taylor, John Wilson, George D. Williams, John Wilkerson, Summerfield
Whiting, Daniel Wood, Jonathan Wilson, Daniel S. Watson, William Wells, I. M.
Welch, William Walker, Thomas Wilkerson, Daniel Webb, W. E. Whitlock, O. P.
Wallace, J. R. Wilson, Elijah Woods, Alfred J. McCarty, John McNaly, James

 

 

Source: Madison County Weekly Courier, October 12, 1865/Edwardsville Post Office/J. W. Coventry, Postmaster

Beay, Mrs. Caroline

Brown, Mrs. Nancy Ann

Dever, Mr. Reuben

Griffith, Wm Glass, Miss Lizzie Gilbert, Arthur C.
Hannes, Wm Harding, H. E. Hughes, Mrs. Julia
Hannon, R. Hendricks, Randolph Henderson, Edgar
Hilton Victor Jones, Miss Eliza Leonard, Roberts
Long, Miss Josephine McGeeau, Miss Lizza McDaniels, Wm. R.
McGill, Henry Moreland, G. W. Nelson, Henry
Nevill, Rogers Primas, Williams Rice, H. H.
Reed, Rebecca Rowley, J. A. Sheperd, George
Sparks, Samuel Sermitter, Jacob Smith, Jeptha
Steinhaushe, Mrs. Ana Shiegelmily, Paul Schwarz, Herman E.
Whiteside, Miss Jenie Wersel, Miss Jenie Young, Miss L.

 

 

Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, January 31, 1880/Alton Post Office/Chas. Holden, Jr., Postmaster

Ashley, J. M. Andrews, Miss Lou Campbell, Mrs. R. E.
Caldwell, Mrs. M. Collins, Mrs. P. Dodd, Mr. & Mrs. M.
Fry, Samuel Green, Miss Lucy Gewin, Thomas B.
Ives, Mrs. Julia Joel, Miss Julia Kuper, Miss J. H.
Lawrence, Richard Morgan, Mrs. Liz Mullenaux, Thos.
Miller, Miss Mary Martin, Robert Reno, Mr.
Ross, Gen. L. F. Rutter, J. W. & Co. Redmond, Mrs. M.
Skaggs, Squire Smith, Miss Sarah Smith, J. A.
Spencer, Mrs. M. Tidwell, Mrs. Dr. J. T. Taylor, Robert
Wake, R. C. Wade, Miss M. Woodward, Peter

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Lodges

Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, May 28, 1897

Edwardsville Post, No. 461, G. A. R.

Organized November 20, 1884. A number of the old veterans, some of whom had been members of camps in other places, realized the importance of banding the old soldiers of the city together in an organization. T. J. Newsham, Joseph Edmonds, Joseph Volbracht and Charles Sponho_z were the prime movers in the project, and the latter two circulated the papers to secure charter members. The charter was procured by Mr. Edmonds, and on the evening of November 20 the initial meeting took place in the old Armory Hall. The camp started with thirty-five charter members. The first officers were T. J. Newsham, commander; Joseph Edmonds, senior vice-commander; Clay H. Lynch, junior vice; Cyrus W. Happy, quartermaster; Henry Little, adjutant; Joseph P. Robinson, officer of the day; Dr. Joseph Pogue, surgeon; C. L. Cook, sergeant major; Rev. R. H. Manier, chaplain. The commanders of the different years since the founding of the camp in order of their service were: 1885, T. J. Newsham; 1886, C. L. Cook; 1887, T. J. Newsham; 1888, F. G. Bernius; 1889, C. W. Happy; 1890, W. W. Jarvis; 1891, W. H. Shaffer; 1892, C. L. Cook; 1893, F. G. Bernius; 1894, Joseph Edmonds; 1895, A. P. Wolf; 1896, H. T. Wharff; 1897, Thomas Barnett. The first death the camp sustained among its members was that of Charles Sponholz, who died on April 3, 1886. As years pass the ranks become thinner, but the members hope that the camp will stand firm until "taps" has been sounded for the last comrade. The roll of members now contains 73 names as follows:

 

F. G. Bernius H. J. Berlemann S. O. Bonner
Thomas Barnett Charles Behrendt Herman Bender
Louis Bode C. C. Buckley R. C. Barnett
Jule A. Barnsback Jr. W. P. Bradshaw J. N. Daniels
Frank Dalhaus John Duban Joseph Edmonds
Benjamin Epping William P. Eaton J. B. Fensterman
V. Ferguson Henry Fiesler Joseph Fierst
John Gaffney Joseph Granger Valentine Gillig
W. T. Granger Jacob Hanser Cyrus Happy
W. S. Hall Charles W. Heinrich Louis Hartung
W. C. Hinch Thomas Hamilton Alf Zimmeril
J. G. Irwin W. W. Jarvis John Kaufman
D. A. Lynch Clay H. Lynch M. N. B. Lane
Henry Lawrence T. J. Lewis Thomas Morton
Aug Mummee Gottfried Maire Joseph Pogue
A. C. Patterson H. H. Padon A. J. Poag
John Ryan William Storig Henry Schwarz
Charles Schwarz C. M. Schwarz E. L. Schwarz
W. H. Shaffer George D. Shaffer Gottlieb Schmidt
Henry Schmidt William Smith Mark Shepard
John Senden Joseph Volibracht Charles Vanderbroeck
Philip Volk John Vallany Joel Waters
O. E. Wolf A. P. Wolf H. T. Wharff
Jacob Wood Mike Walluck William Wassman
Edwin Wood    

 

The officers for the present year [1897] are: Thomas Barnett, commander; Herman Berlemann, senior vice-commander; Gottfried Meyer, junior vice; Dr. H. T. Wharff, surgeon; W. H. Shaffer, adjutant; Otto Wolf, quartermaster; D. A. Lynch, Chaplain; Voseph Vollbracht, quartermaster sergeant; Joseph Edmonds, sergeant major; Thomas Lewis, inner guard; William Granger, outer guard.

 

A glance at the records of the Post reveals many interesting points, strewn throughout the lights and shadows through which this organization, like all others, has passed. Out of the thirty-five charter members, sixteen, or nearly half, have died. The first few meetings were held in Armory hall, then quarters in the Odd Fellows' building on Main street were secured and have been retained since. The camp at the outset was named Shiloh No. 461, in memory of the engagement through which many of the comrades had passed, but a few months later it was deemed expedient to change the name to that which it now bears. Soon after the affairs of the new post began running smoothly, it was decided by the members to purchase a tract of land in Woodlawn for the last resting place of those soldiers who were without lots there, and three were secured and set aside for that purpose. It is also said that the ground upon which the pavilion stands near the driveway in the cemetery is the property of the old soldiers, having been deeded to them and that some day a monument should be erected to their memory there. The post has never since the start been inactive or dormant, and some of its meetings have been graced by the presence of men of not only state, but national fame. One of the latter was General William T. Sherman, whose visit here will be remembered by many. On the night of April 20, 1885, the Post gave a campfire, or asit has been called, "Sherman's Reception," at the Opera House, at which the distinguished warrior addressed a large audience, and afterwards held a reception, personally greeting the old soldiers. His visit is one of the brightest spots in the history of the camp. Other well known men have addressed the post at different times - among them General A. J. Smith, who died in St. Louis a few months ago; Col. C. P. Dyer of St. Louis; and Lieutenant Governor W. A. Northcott. The Post has been well officered throughout its existence, some of the comrades being elected again and again to certain offices they were particularly fitter for. Joseph Vollbracht was the veteran quartermaster of the Post, having held that position eight years, and Joseph Edmonds, the present sergeant major, was adjutant for seven years. Such, though given in fragments, was the history of this organization, which has held and will continue to maintain a prominent position among the different orders of the city. May it ever hold the place which the individual prowess and self-sacrifice of its members have won for it in the heart of the community.

 

 

 

Source:  Alton Daily Telegraph, January 6, 1880

Upper Alton:  The following officers of Upper Alton Lodge, No. 466, I.O.O.F., were installed last evening by John Leverett, D.D.G.M., assisted by L. A. Real, as G.M.;

A. E. Benbow, as G.W.; T. J. Hastings, as G. Sec., and Lewis Powless, as G.T.:

 

Tomlinson, D. G. - N. G. Schmidt, C. L. - V. G.
Bell, W. E. - Sec'y Seymour, A. - Treas.
Bailey, W. - Warden Benbow, A. E. - Cond'r
Powless, L. - Chaplain Hulbert, A. - I.G.
Hastings, T. J. - O.G. Betts, E. E. - R. S. S.
Ferguson, C. J. - L. S. S. Real, L. A. - R. S. N. G.
Harris, John - L. S. N. G. Kittinger, D. M. - R. S. V. G.
Wright, Jesse - L. S. V. G.  
   
The following committees were appointed:
Finance - L. A. Real, A. E. Benbow Relief - John Leverett, T. J. Hastings, C. J. Ferguson

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Patents

For an Improvement in Reaping Machines: Jonathan Read, Alton, Illinois; patented March 12, 1842; extended March 12, 1856; re-issued August 19, 1856.

Claim: "1st, The sickle, with its cutting edge when both scalloped and serrated.  2nd, Reserving the serration on the edge of the sickle in short sections. 3d, Constructing the guard fingers in the shape of a spear head, for the purpose of affording a shoulder on each edge against which the grain will be held, thus counteracting its tendency to slip from the action of the sickle, and forming an acute-angled space in front of the edge of the sickle to render the severing of the grain more easy and certain."

 

For an Improvement in Reaping Machines: Jonathan Read, Alton, Illinois; patented March 12, 1842; extended March 12, 1856; re-issued August 19, 1856.

Claim: "1st, The combination with the platform of a reaping machine, of a mechanical rake, which traverses said platform at intervals, and draws off the grain gathered thereon. 2d, The combination with a mechanical rake, of the roof or screen, or the equivalent thereof, to intervene and keep the gravel of grain collected on the platform separated during its discharge by the rake from the grain just cut, and falling towards the platform, thereby avoiding the scattering and entanglement which takes place when the grain passing off and that falling upon the platform are not kept separate. 3d, The combination with the roof or screen of a mechanical rake, of a stripper or guard, or its equivalent, to sweep from the screen any grain which may have fallen upon it during the passage of the rake to and fro over the platform.  4th, Constructing the platform with slats or ribs for the grain to lie on, and intermediate spaces for the teeth of the rake to run in to pass below the grain, and thus avoid all danger of overrunning and imperfectly discharging it."

 

For an Improvement in Reaping Machines: Jonathan Read, Alton, Illinois; patented March 12, 1842; extended March 12, 1856; re-issued August 19, 1856.

Claim: "The combination of the reel for gathering the grain to the cutting apparatus, and depositing it on the platform, with the seat or position for the raker, to enable the raker to ride and rake the grain from the platform, and free the reel and cutting apparatus from obstructions."

 

For an Improvement in Reaping Machines: Jonathan Read, Alton, Illinois; patented March 12, 1842; extended March 12, 1856; re-issued August 19, 1856.

Claim: "In combination with the main frame of the machine hung or balanced on the supporting wheels, and the thills or tongue by which the horses draw the machine hinged to the said frame, a lever connected with, or acting upon one, and extending to the driver's stand or seat on the other, so that the driver, who is the sole conductor of the machine, may, from said stand, by this arrangement, raise or depress the cutter at pleasure during the operation of the machine for cutting grain at any suitable height above the ground, or for passing over any intervening obstacles."

 

For an Improvement in Harvesting Machines: Jonathan Read, Alton, Illinois; patented March 12, 1842; extended March 12, 1856; re-issued August 19, 1856.

Claim: "The arrangement of parts whereby a clear space is obtained, and the grain discharged between the platform and the path of the driving wheel, before the latter has passed the discharged grain."

 

Source:  Journal of the Franklin Institute, by the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; American Patents which issued in August, 1856. (Book in Public Domain)

 

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 17, 1904 - J. H. Williams, foreman at the Chicago and Alton roundhouse in this city [Alton], has patented in the United States and Canada a new type of locomotive he has invented which he says will run 100 miles an hour with ease, and which he predicts will be the locomotive of the future on all railroads in the country....Railroad men who have seen the new engine say the idea is a good one and a radical departure from old plans of constructing locomotives for railroad use.

 

Probate Court

Source: Alton Telegraph, July 19, 1883

Constantune Kreuzer, of Helvetia, gives new bond in $4,650, as guardian of Volentine Kreuzer and others.
Catharine Hoffmann resigns as administratrix of Fridolin Hoffmann, of Helvetia, and Jos. C. Ammann is substituted, who qualifies.
Orson Hewitt accepts letters as guardian of Maggie and Wm. Brice.
Martin Bauer has settlement as guardian, showing due to Caroline Bauer, $1,550, to Mary Bauer $1,536.48 and to William Bauer $1,543.15.
Robert Suppiger receives letters as administrator of Martin Wies, of Helvetia, to fill the place of C. Boeschenstein, deceased.
John A. Marcum appears in court and gives receipt to H. S. Pettingill for all moneys, and said Pettingill is discharged as guardian.
Ed Boeschenstein, administrator of Charles Boeschenstein, of Highland, has settlement, as such administrator; so far as relates to estate of Martin Wies. By such settlement there is shown to be due to estate of said Wies $2,500, which sum he passed over to R. Suppiger, the present administrator of Wies, and files the voucher therefore.
Administrator of Margaret Hilbert, of Saline, makes an account of the condition of the estate, showing the personal estate to be insufficient for payment of debts, deficiency of $1,956.15.
The administratrix of Therese Friesse, of Marine, files appraisement bill, showing value of personal estate to be $530.25, and of the child's award $690.
The administratrix of William Hilmer, of Nameoki, shows that the whole estate amounted to $949.75; subject to mortgage. That the award of the widow was estimated at $1,370; that she paid the funeral and administration charges, and applied the balance on the widow's award; and there being no estate to apply towards debts, she is discharged as administratrix.
 

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Road Labor

Source:  A Gazetteer of Madison County by James Hair, 1866.            List of Persons Subject to Road Labor, March 1815:

                    

Ordered to work on the public road leading from Edwardsville by Thomas Goods' to Samuel Judy's:

Black, Andrew Good, Ezekiel Courtney, William Dean, Joshua
Gillham, William Kirkpatrick, Francis Good, James Gillham, Charles
Sherone, William Robertson, James Randle, Josias Good, Thomas
Tilford, William Watson, James Robertson, John Jr. Robertson, John Sr.
Wright, Richard      

 

Ordered to work on public road leading from New Bridge on Cahokia Creek near Edwrdsville, to where road crosses Indian Creek:

Bradshaw, Field Bradshaw, Jonas Bradshaw, Obadiah Lawless, William
Davidson, Ephraim White, Joseph Fullmore, John Beasley, Silas
Heritt, Rowland Hewitt, John Springer, John Dodd, Michael
Kirkpatrick, Thomas Kirkpatrick, John Newman, John Newman, Zadock
Montgomery, William Gillham, James Dunagan, Andrew Gillham, Ryderus
Stout, John Smith, Upton Stanford, Richard Vaughn, Josiah

 

Ordered to work on public road from Edwardsville to Isom Gillham's Bridge on Cahokia Creek, James Kirkpatrick, Supervisor:

Delaplane, John Sr. Otwell, William Lawless, William Bell, Jesse
Cox, Micajah Barnett, John Suggs, James, Sr. Bonner, Alexander V.
Stedman, Benjamin Roberson, Beniah McKinney, John Bonner, Henry
Kirkpatrick, James, Suprv. Coventry, George Delaplane, Joshua Delaplane, Samuel
Nix, Temple Scepler, Thornton Gillaspy, Robert Gillham, Isom
Wright, John W. Wright, James Greenwood, James Randle, Thomas
Davidson, George Davidson, Samuel    

Ordered to work on public road leading from Cahokia to Indian Ford on Cahokia Creek, beginning at lower edge or margin of that point of

woods next above where David Moore formerly lived, and ending at the said Indian ford, George Belsha supervisor.

Folly, Robert Smith, Thomas Cohne, Francis Cook, John
Cox, William Crawford, John Judy, Samuel Judy, Jacob
Cook, Henry Arthur, Hiram Folly, Cornelius Nix, Ambrose
Whiteside, Uel Whiteside, William B. Reynolds, James Reynolds, Robert Jr.
Reynolds, Thomas Vaughan, Joshua Alexander, Elisha Wallace, Joseph
Hewson, Phillip Hubbard, Peter    

 

Ordered to work on public road beginning at lower edge of woods next above where David Moore formerly lived, and ending at bridge on

Canteen Creek. John Waggoner supervisor.

Sadler, George Sadler, John Sadler, Stephen Robb, William Sr.
Lloyd, David Moore, Thomas Squire, Michael Winkfield, William
Robb, Andrew Robb, William Jr. Newman, Joseph  

 

Order to work on public road beginning at Isom Gillham's Ferry on Mississippi River, ending where public road, leading from Edwardsville

crosses Indian Creek to said Ferry. Daniel Stockton supervisor.

Gillham, Jacob C. Brown, Samuel Stockton, Samuel Finley, John
Gillham, Isaac Gillham, Samuel Gillham, Harry Gillham, David
Powell, John LeHoure, Joseph Patterson, Ghersom Meacham, Ethan
Meacham, Willeritt Meacham, Adit McFaggin, Joseph Ryon, William
Cox, Thomas Crosby, Hezekiah Meacham, Joseph  

 

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School Reports

 

Source: Alton Weekly Telegraph, February 28, 1873.  Bethalto, Illinois, Feb. 18th, 1873.  Dear Editor: Please insert this, as the monthly report of Oak Grove School, near Bethalto, Ill., for the month ending February 5, 1873:

 

NAMES ATTEN. DEPORT. SCHOL.
Wiemers, George 8 10 9
Dude, Henry 8-5 10 9-5
Miller, John 10 10 9-5
Owens, Jemima 10 10 9-5
Owens, Josiah 10 10 9-8
Owens, Veniah 10 10 9-5
Springer, Jennie 9 10 9-5
Springer, Mary 9 10 9-5
Bailey, Oliver 9-5 10 9
Gum, Emma 10 10 10
Gum, Eliza 10 10 9-25
Mitchell, Lizzie 9 10 9-5
Largent, John 10 10 9
Wiemers, William 9 10 9
Stolze, John 10 10 9-5
Owens, Rosetta 10 10 9-5
Springer, Thomas 8 10 9-5

In the above report, 10 is perfect. The number of pupils in each class should be twice as large. Causes of absence from school: sickness and cold weather. I failed to publish last month's examination on account of the schools being so small and so irregular, and consequently so poorly prepared for examination. As the weather is getting fine, and sickness abating, I hope to have a larger and more regular attendance. I trust parents and guardians will see to it that no trifling matter be allowed to keep a pupil out of school, Patrons, school officers, and friends of education, solicited to call upon us.    J. S. Deck, Teacher

 

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