Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 10 (last issue was listed as No. 3)

July 12, 1889 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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[It was usual for a small weekly newspaper to order newsprint that had some pages already printed when it was received, leaving some pages blank to be printed locally. The front page of the Beacon was pre-printed (and seems to be addicted to death and mayhem) detailing notices of deaths & disasters from around the country. Since this information may not be available anywhere else, and it might help someone in their family research I'll take the time to transcribe it. Linda]

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John Snyder, died of hydrophobia at Danville, Ill.

Thadeus Van Pelt shot and killed Wm. Stone in a quarrel about the latter's wife at Angola, Ind.

Rev. Dr. Thomas F Davies, of Philadelphia, recently elected bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, has accepted the charge.

Eglinton Francis, later manager of the American Insurance Company of Philadelphia, dropped dead of heart disease in Cincinnati.

While Thomas Bean was talking to Minnie Ray on a street corner in Chicago William Hutchinson came along, and made insulting remarks about the girl, which led to a fight, and Bean was stabbed to death.

Joe Mackin, the Chicago political <...> worker serving a term in the Illinois penitentiary for crimes against the ballot, has been pardoned.

A steel bridge will be built across the Tennessee river at Chattanooga, to cost about $225,000.

Dr. L. T. Smith was assaulted by thieves at his home near Greensburg, Pa., and robbed of $500.

Two freight trains on the Erie and Pittsburg Railroad collided near Fewcastle, Pa., and the trainmen made narrow escapes.

A waterspout broke over Altoona, Pa. Destroying $100,000 worth of property.

At the same time the Johnstown flood was destroying thousands of lives, a flood in Hong Kong was doing terrible damage to life and property. A number of persons were killed by lightening.

A tramp Indian attempted to assault a farmer's wife at Graveity, Iowa, and was hanged to a tree by a mob.

William Schlitz and Charles Schroeder, sixteen year old boys, were drowned Sunday while boating near Chicago.

Toney Arkena, his wife and five children were poisoned by eating bad rice bought from a peddler in Chicago.

Earthquake shocks of more or less severity continue in the Sierra Nevadas.

Daniel A. Jonozin, twenty-three years old, a New York policeman, attempted suicide.

Governor Beaver inspected the work of clearing away the debris at Johnstown.

After a delay of twenty-eight years, the trial of J. Logan Sigman for a murder committed at the beginning of the war took place at Mount Vernon, Ky., and was concluded with a verdict of acquittal.

Capt. William Pierce, of the Continental Guards, committed suicide in New Orleans.

Oscar O. Gibbs, formerly editor of the Farmer's Review, Chicago died at Kenosho, Wis.

E. D. Obson, of Clifton, Texas, chased his family out of the house at the point of a gun, then fired the building, and leaping into the flames, was burned to death.

A band of so called regulators at Tularge, Cal., took a man named Eigeu, a suspected thief, out of jail and hanged him two or three times, letting him down each time when nearly strangled.

The marriage of Miss Elizabeth Drexel, daughter of the late Joseph Drexel, the banker, and John Vinton Dahlgren, son of the late Rear Admiral Dahlgren, took place in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, and was a grand affair.

John Brown, seventeen years old, of Troy, N. Y., whose name was mixed up in a murder case, committed suicide.

William Bjur, foreman of F. Connor's piano factory in New York city, committed suicide.

The Chicago Grand Jury has indicted Martin Burke, Patrick Cooney, John P. Baggs, Daniel Couglin, Patrick O'Sullivan, Frank Kunze and Frank Woolruff, for complicity in the murder of Dr. Cronin.

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[Headlines - National News]

TRADE OF THE WEEK. Unusually Good Trade Activity Make a Good Outlook.

THE GREEN STAMP MUST GO. The Color to be Changed to Either Carmine or Metallic Red [postage stamp]

MORMONS AT WORK: Trouble Ahead for the Missionaries Operating in West Virginia.

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WORK AND WORKERS. [snippets of national business news]

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NOW THE LARGEST CITY. Chicago Annexes Hyde Park and Other Suburban Towns.

MARKETS. [current market prices]

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ROASTED IN A WRECK. Frightful Disaster on the Nofolk and Western. 30 Killed, 80 [large hole in paper]

PROGRESS OF THE SOUTH. Over a Thousand New Industries Established in Three Months

CONSULAR APPOINTMENTS. The President has made the following appointments.

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During a <...> near Clinton, Arkansas, a man named Emerson lost his wife and seven children.

Four children of Thomas Dunn, of Belleville, N. J., have died of diphtheria within 10 days.

Thirty-one persons, at Findlay, Ohio, were poisoned by eating corned beef, and it is thought some of the cases will terminate fatelly.

Two men named Bertrand and LaBlonde, were drowned while fishing in the St. Lawrence river, at St. Henri, by the capsizing of their canoe.

George Dix was crushed to death between two cars at Kobinbor Colliery, and Patrick Gangham was killed by a fall of coal at Packer Shaft No 4 at Shenandoah, Pa.

Kate Rynback tried to pour gasoline into the tank of a lighted oil stove at the <...> Hotel, St. Louis, with the result that she and Kate Rynsoza were probably fatally burned.

The schooner Jennie W. Knight was sunk off Sharp's Island, in the Chesapeake, by the freight steamer Wm. R. McCabe, Captain Fisher, his wife and a seaman named Barber were drowned.

Neil Burgess, the actor, was severely though not fatally burned, at his residence at Highlands, N. J., by an explosion of gasoline. His life was saved by the heroic efforts of his wife.

A boiler in the brewery of George Renner, Jr., in Youngstown, Ohio, exploded, killing Charles Richter, the engineer, and severely injuring Carl Staeter, Michael Welsh and Thomas Reynolds. A fire followed the explosion. Loss about 75,000.

A two-story vacant frame house in South Boston collapsed, burying several people in the ruins. Annie Mullen, aged 10, and Thomas Flaherty, aged 12, were taken out dead, and several others were injured more or less seriously. The building had been condemned, and the residents of the vicinity had taken much of it away for firewood.

A boatman carrying passengers and freight on the Saint Maurice river, Quebec, became unmanageable near Grand <...> owing to the swiftness of the current and was carried over the falls near that place. Joseph Rivard and two children, George Ha<...> of St. Etienne; B Ballerive and Miss Bellerive were drownded.

A boating party consisting of John Mattimore, Edward and Joseph Hoover, Maude and Maggie Hoover, and two other young ladies, cousins of the Hoover girls, from Hudson, N. Y., while rowing on the river opposite the Knickerbocker <...> houses at Bath, N. Y., were run down by the tug Evangeline and the boat upset. Before assistance could reach them all were drowned excepting Joseph Cody, who escaped, but was almost completely exhausted by his efforts to save his companions.

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TO THE PUBLIC. - With this issue my name goes on the mast head of the Beacon as its Local Editor. As such I shall endeavor to do my duty, giving its readers all the latest news of the town and section, and ask my friends and the public generally to give me all news of interest that may come under their observation. By so doing you will render a great favor. Respectfully, W. Fletcher Ausborn.

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NORTH CAROLINA WOMAN WHO HAS FIVE HUSBANDS LIVING. Charlotte, N. C. Jul 3 - Samuel Nickerson ... requested a marriage license for himself and Isabella Davis. ... Found that she was a bigamist ... her 16 year old son testified against her in court ... never lived with any of her husbands longer than 18 months ... 1st married at age 15 ... in 1872 to Amos Johnson ... In 1875 she married S. B. McCane ... In 1878 she married Rev Abram McElmore ... in 1885 she married Paul R. Halton ... married William R. Furgerson last year ... all now living. Paul R. Halton after being separated from her married Jane Alexander and he too is to answer to the charge for bigamy. ... - Richmond Dispatch

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A military company has been organized at Wilson.

There are more cotton mills in Gaston than in any other county in the State.

Ceremonies are different in every country; but true politeness is everywhere the same.

Nashville brags because building contracts, amounting to over $1,000,000 are now being carried out in that city.

The time of holding the meeting of the North Carolina Press Association, has been changed from July 17th to July 24th, at Lenoir.

The country has been divided in 173 census districts, preparatory to taking the census in 1890. North Carolina is divided into five.

The next meeting of the Plaid Manufacturer's Association is to be held in Charlotte to-day. All the leading plaid makers of the South will be there.

The proprietor of a Louisville bone factor announces that persons leaving their bones with him can have them ground at short notice.

The seventh annual session of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union meets at Asheville on July 24th, 25th and 26th. - Asheville Citizen

The next session of the University of North Carolina will open the first Thursday in September. The Trustees having ordered the change at their recent meeting.

The grading of the Scotland Neck Branch road running from Scotland Neck to Greenville has been completed and they are now making rapid progress laying the iron. - Ex.

Tuesday morning of last week fire originated in a grog-shop at Eufield, Halifax county, and destroyed a dozen business houses. The loss above insurance is estimated to be $12,000 to $15,000.

The Durham Plant says: One of our factories shipped to-day at one time six car loads of goods, going into every state and Territory in the union, and has orders in hand for goods for European markets.

A new cotton compress in Wilmington is of power sufficient to compress a bale of cotton to a thickness (or a thinness) of only five inches. The weight of the press is said to be 190 tons, or 320,000 pounds, and it took eight cars to get it there. - Ex.

Greece has made a contract with an English company to build the Athens-Larissa railway, requiring it be completed in five years. In just half that length of time, Col. Julian A Gray of the C.F. & N.V. Railway, can take his squad of North Carolina convicts and build a railroad around the entire Kingdom. - Call.

The following officers were elected at the meeting of the North Carolina State Dental Association for the ensuring year: President, Dr. Sid P. Hillard, Rocky Mount; First Vice-President, Dr. George W. Whitsett, Greensboro, Second Vice-President, Dr. W. J. Conrad, Winston, Secretary, Dr. H. C. Herring, Concord, Treasurer, Dr. J. W. Hunter, Salem, Essayist, Dr. C. A. Rominger, Reidsville. - Ex.

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