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Source: Alton Telegraph, November 1, 1837
At a meeting of the citizens of Madison county, held at Troy on Saturday, the 7th inst., Maj. Isaac Ferguson was called to the chair, and George B. Judd appointed Secretary pro tem. After the object of the meeting was explained by the President, the following Preamble and Constitution were adopted:

Whereas, it is evident from the frequent accounts of horses and other property being stolen, that our country is infested with a clan of men whose practice it is to live on what they can filch from the honest and industrious citizens of the country. And whereas, for want of united action on the part of the citizens, they are too often suffered to commit their acts of villany with impunity. How, therefore -

Revolved, That we, the citizens of Madison county and State of Illinois, in order that we may be the better able to act in concert and with success in detecting and punishing villains and restoring stolen property to the proper owners, agree to form ourselves into a society, to be denominated "the Madison County Patriotic Society;" and adopt the following Constitution for our government:

Article 1. Any person may be a member of this Society by subscribing this Constitution, and paying one dollar, and an equal part of any further sum which the Board of Managers may order for the benefit of the Society.

Article 2. The officers of this Society shall consist of one President, one Vice-President, one Secretary, one Treasurer, and five Directors, chosen by the Society, who shall form a Board of Mangers, and hold their offices for one year and until their successors are elected and perform the duties of their respective offices gratuitously, five of whom shall form a quorum.

Article 3. It shall be the duty of the President to call a meeting of the Society or Board of Managers whenever the interest of the Society demands it, and preside in said meetings.

Article 4. The Secretary shall take a minute of the proceedings of the Society and Board at their meetings, and enter the same in a book to be bought with the funds of the Society and kept for that purpose; and also make a report of the proceedings of the Board to the Society at its annual meeting, and to deliver over to his successor in office all the records and documents belonging to the Society.

Article 5. The Treasurer shall receive and safely keep the funds of the Society, and pay them out to the order or direction of the Board of Managers, and report the state of the funds to the Society at its annual meeting, and to the Board when called on, and deliver to his successor in office all the funds and other property in his possession belonging to the Society.

Article 6. It shall be the duty of the Board of Managers to employ as many suitable persons, members of this Society, as they may think the interest of the Society demands, to be denominated Pursuers, whose duty it shall be to hold themselves in readiness at a minute's warning, with a fleet, substantial horse, to pursue any thief who may steal a horse or other property from any member of this Society, or widow within its bounds, and use due diligence to detect and bring the thief to justice, and restore the stolen property to its owner.

Article 7. When any member of this Society, or widow, within its bounds, shall have a horse or other property stolen, it shall be his or her duty immediately to give all the necessary information to the Pursuers, or a sufficient number of them, to enable them to make pursuit; and any person giving such information without good and sufficient grounds in the opinion of the Board of Managers, to believe that such horse or other property was actually stolen, shall be taxed with the cost of pursuit, and on refusing to pay the same, shall receive no further aid from the Society.

Article 8. It shall be the duty of the President, when informed by a Pursuer that he has unadjusted claims against the Society, to call a meeting of the Board of Managers, at which time and place all persons having claims shall present them for adjustment; and it shall be the duty of the Board to examine the account of each claimant, and to require satisfactory evidence to substantiate the same, and to grant an order to the Treasurer in favor of each Pursuer entitled thereto, for a sum which shall be a fair and reasonable compensation for the services performed; and a premium of $25 for each thief detected and brought to justice; and any member who may be successful in detecting and bringing a thief to justice shall receive a like compensation.

Article 9. There shall be a meeting of this Society at Troy, on the 1st Saturday in September, annually, at which time this Constitution may be altered or amended by a majority of the members present, the officers of the Society elected, and any other business transacted; and any member failing to attend said meeting shall, without a good excuse, forfeit and pay fifty cents for the benefit of the Society; and any member of the Board of Managers failing to attend a meeting of the Board, shall also, without a good excuse, forfeit and pay one dollar for the benefit of the Society.

Article 10. Any member of this Society accepting an office, and neglecting or refusing to discharge the duties of said office, shall forfeit his rights and benefits as a member.

The Society then proceeded to the election of its officers, which resulted as follows: Major Issac Furguson, President; Josiah Caswell, Esq., Vice-President; Thomas S. Waddle, Secretary; Jesse Renfro, Treasurer; and James Sackett, Elijah Ellison, Edmund Fruit, Jubilee Posey, and Archilus Walker, Directors. After which the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:

On motion:
1st. Resolved, That, as the present crisis seems to demand a simultaneous effort in order to rid the country of a set of horse thieves and highway robbers who are continually harassing the honest community by their acts of villainy, and are corrupting the morals and characters of the youth of our fair and flourishing country; this Society recommend the getting up of similar Societies in other counties in the State, to hold correspondence and to act in concert with the one now in existence.

On motion:
2nd. Resolved, That the Secretary be requested to make out and transmit a copy of the proceedings of this meeting to the Editors of the Alton Telegraph and Spectator, for publication; and other Editors who are friendly to the object of the Society, are requested to give them a place in their columns, accompanied with such remarks as may be thought proper.

On motion, the Society adjourned. Signed by Isaac Furguson, President; Thomas S. Waddle, Secretary


Source: Alton Telegraph, August 8, 1851
We gave this place a flying visit last week, and were much pleased with the appearance of things in it. Some of the good citizens have thrown aside the lethargy which has so long tied them down, as well as in other towns in the county, and have determined that this beautiful village shall improve and become a place worthy of the fine country surrounding it, for which we must say that no town in our county is more advantageously situated than this, and by proper exertion it could be made the center of considerable trade. Troy has near it, within a mile, a quarry of very good building rock, that might be used to advantage, if attempts were made properly to work it. This is a great object to a town, and we are surprised that it is not worked.

The first thing that strikes the attention of the stranger on entering the place from the west, is the fine new mill, nearly completed and erected by Messrs. Reiner & Swain. We have examined the mill, and find that it is finished with all the modern improvements in the milling department, and we believe that work will be done at this mill equal to any in the country. By the erection of such manufactories as this, Troy will improve, and the surrounding country will be benefitted much.


Source: Alton Telegraph, December 24, 1852
Troy was once distinguished for its successful gamblers, who sent away those less skillful than themselves, impressed with a bitter hatred for the place, and many such still delight to magnify its disrepute. It formerly excelled, also, in intemperance and its associated vices, but the citizens have “seen the error of their ways,” and turned from them. There is not a dram shop, either public or covert, here, and at this time a more temperate, prosperous, or moral place is not to be found in Southern Illinois. Our pulpits are filled with the very best of talent, viz: Rev. Mr. Gibson in the Presbyterian; Rev. Mr. Dodson in the Baptist; and the Rev. Mr. Matison in the Methodist Church. They are all educated and gifted men, and the community at large is punctual in its attendance upon public worship. As was the case with the Apostle Paul, may not the same qualities which distinguished the citizens of this place in evil, be relatively as efficient in doing good, when that has become to be their object. Signed, “A Witness.”


Source: Alton Telegraph, March 31, 1865
A shooting affray occurred at Troy on Thursday last, which might have had a fatal termination. Dr. F. A. Sabin of that place, two days previous, married a daughter of Dr. Lytle, and a number of rowdies took it upon themselves to charivari the newly arrived couple. During the musical performance, Dr. Sabin fired a pistol from the second story window into the crowd, wounding a man – a refugee from Missouri – in the thigh. We had supposed that this heathenish practice had been pretty thoroughly suppressed in all parts of the country. It is a perfect outrage that quiet and respectable people should be thus disturbed by an ignorant and depraved rabble. And if the law is not strong enough to prevent such insults from being offered, no one should be surprised if the unoffending parties should protect themselves against such indignities, by whatever means may be in their possession.


Source: Syracuse, New York Daily Standard, November 17, 1884
William Vanderburg stabbed and killed Michael Gibbons, in a political altercation on Friday night. He was captured yesterday.


Source: Troy Star, June 21, 1894
I desire to announce through the Star that I have opened a cigar factory in Troy, and will make only first-class cigars. I have competent union workmen, and the tobacco with which I manufacture my cigars is of the best quality. I will not retail cigars myself, but sell only to dealers. Hoping you will call on your grocer or other dealers and try my manufacture. I remain Very Respectfully, Adolph Buscher.


Source: Syracuse, New York Evening Herald, November 25, 1899
The Troy Exchange bank at Troy, Illinois, eight miles from St. Louis, was wrecked by safe blowers. about 2:e0 A. M. and everything of value that was in the bank was taken. The robbers secured between $3,000 and $5,000 in cash and a large amount of bonds and other securities and escaped.


Source: Buffalo, New York Morning Express, May 25, 1890
A terrible railroad accident is reported on the Vandalia line near Troy, Illinois. Trains with help and physicians have been sent to the scene of the accident. Reports are very meager. The railroad officials acknowledge there will be no train in over the road before noon tomorrow. 12.45 A. M. - It is now reported that six or seven passengers were killed. It is impossible at this time to get anything definite.

Source: Rochester, New York Democrat Chronicle, May 26, 1890
On the Vandalia railroad today a, fast freight train, laden with cattle collided with a local freight. Both engines and a dozen freight cars were demolished. William Butler, a brakeman, was killed and horribly mangled. Five others were injured.


Source: Troy Star, September 13, 1894
Henry Ritcher, a son of Aug. Ritcher, intended to take a drive out on the Marine road Sunday morning, but as he was driving west on Market street his horse became unmanageable and he decided to turn to the right on the St. Jacob road. A high rail fence around the Zenk pasture at this corner completely shuts off the view of the St. Jacob road. As he turned this corner trying to hold his horse, he collided with Jac. Hoenig's team, Mr. Hoenig and family being on their way to church. One of the latter's horses was instantly killed by the collision, the shaft of Ritcher's wagon entering its breast. Mr. Ritcher immediately offered $50 to make good Mr. Hoenig's loss, but the latter refused, saying he wanted $65. It is the general opinion that Mr. Hoenig is acting unwisely in the matter. In the first place, it was not entirely Mr. Ritcher's fault, and $50 cash will buy a first-class horse these days. It would be a good idea if the street committee of this city would look into the matter, as this place of accident has a very short turn; with the high fence lowered the danger would be nine-tenths less.


Source: Troy Star, September 20, 1894
The old frame building between the Commercial hotel and M. F. Auwarter's store has been purchased of the latter by John C. Gebauer, who is tearing it down for the use of the lumber, which, despite its old age, is still in first-class condition. This is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It was built in 1838 by John Brede, and has done good service ever since. Mr. Auwarter will immediately erect a one-story brick business building on the site. One by one the old buildings are giving way to new and better ones. Boom 'er up, an investment in Troy real estate is a "sure thing."


Source: Troy Star, November 22, 1894
The cornerstone of the new Catholic church, now in process of erection, will be laid on Thanksgiving day - next Thursday. The ceremonies will be opened at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Revs. Aug. Schlegel, of Edwardsville, and J. Meckel, of Highland, will deliver appropriate sermons. Solemnity will be added to the occasion by the splendid music, which will be furnished by the celebrated Black Jack brass band. Everybody is invited to attend the celebration.


Source: Troy Call, January 1, 1900
Otto Bress, while shucking corn last week in a field near the residence of John M. Riebold in the Blackjack community, found an old Spanish silver coin which is 113 years old. It is about the size of a half dollar and in a fairly good state of preservation. On one side is the bust of a man and the words "Carolius IIII, Dei Gratia, 1805," and on the other "Hispan Et. Ind. Rex. 2R. F. J." and a coat of arms. No one seems to know the value of the coin. The history of how it got where found and how long it has lain there would doubtless be interesting.


Source: Troy Weekly Call, July 17,1914
After negotiations extending over a period of six months, the Alton Glove Company has finally decided to locate in Troy. This information was received here this morning by Edward H. Klein from L. S. Carter, superintendent of the concern. Mr. Carter stated that the plant at Alton is now being dismantled. The machinery and equipment are being loaded in cars and will arrive here Monday. The glove factory will occupy the second floor of the shoe factory building. The machinery will be installed at once, and the factory is expected to be ready for operation at an early date. A line of cheap canvas and leather gloves and gauntlets will be manufactured for which there is a steady demand. The inducements offered by Troy for the removal of the factory to this city was the payment of moving expenses and a guarantee of free rent for a period of five years. The company is said to have been dissatisfied with Alton as a location, on account of its inability to secure help, the other industries there having offered greater inducements to the working girls. Superintendent Carter stated that with the factory in full operation, as high as sixty girls would be employed nine months in the year, besides the other help. Edward H. Klein, owner of the shoe factory building, was instrumental in getting the glove factory to located .... [unreadable]....The glove factory should prove a valuable and important addition to the industries of Troy. It will not only offer employment to the working girls of Troy and vicinity, but will contribute to local business and should have the encouragement of citizens generally.


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