As is our usual custom, we present below a chronological
history of important events happening in this city and county
during the year 1876. We have taken great care to make our history
as full and complete as possible, having made it up from the fifty-two
numbers of The Tribune which have been issued during the year.
If any important events are overlooked, readers will lay it to
the fact that such happenings were not recorded in our paper,
because we were not informed of them. We have tried as near as
possible to present the most important events, the records of
deaths, marriages, etc , and we hope our readers may find what
follows of sufficient interest to put away the paper, for they
will find it useful for many years to come. The year 1876 has
been an important one and will long be remembered. But without
further comment, we will allow readers to peruse the matter below,
believing that it is of much interest, having been prepared with
the greatest of care:
1. A salute of one hundred guns fired in honor of
the Centennial year . . . David SMITH, one of the County Commissioners,
severely injured by being thrown from his carriage, while returning
2. Mrs. George LEE, aged 53, died, near Cassville
. . . Revival commenced at the Christian and Methodist Churches
. . . Judge N.R. LINSDAY and Mrs. M.P. FOWLER married . . . Rev
A.S. WOOD preaches at the Congregational Church, the first time
for several months, on account of serious illness.
7. Annual meeting of the Orphans Home Association.
10 and 11. Brown, the great Mind Reader, appears
at the Opera House.
12. Harmonic Society give a concert at the Opera
15 and 16. District meeting of the Young Men's Christian
Association, at the Methodist Church, in this city. Gospel meetings
held morning and evening, Large Union meeting held at Opera House
on Sunday night, 16th, conducted by Dr. L.W. MUNHALL, and all
the ministers of the city.
16. Mrs. Robert BLAKE stricken with paralysis.
18. Mercury 59 above zero.
21. George HARNESS died, near Poplar Grove . . .
Mrs. Lucy THORN died at Twin Springs.
22. Centennial Tea Party at Center School House .
. . Annual meeting of the Howard County Agricultural Society
. . . A.J. PREBLE died at Ervin . . . No snow has fallen during
the winter, up to this time.
24. Kokomo Amateur Dramatic Company appear at Opera
House in the play of " Ticket-of-Leave Man " . . .
Cyrus K. CHAPMAN dies . . . Death of Miss Belle, only daughter
of Dr. and Mrs. R.Q. WILSON . . . Mrs. MONTOMERY, wife of S.T.
MONTGOMERY, died . . . Wm MCLAUGHLIN died.
25. Isaac MOORE and his divorced wife were reunited
in marriage, at Jonesboro . . . Mr. and Mrs. E.O. WILSON celebrate
the fifth anniversary of their marriage.
26. Mrs. Jordan JOHNSON died, at half-past three
o'clock, in afternoon.
28. Mrs. Victoria WOODHULL lectures at Opera House.
29. Union religious services held all week, twice
a day, from church to church. . . Independent County Convention
at Court House.
1. Ann Eliza YOUNG, 19th wife of Brigham, lectures
at Opera House . . . Mahala MORRIS died, near Sycamore Corner.
2. Mrs. Mary A. LIVERMORE lectures at Opera House
. . . Coldest day of the winter thus far: mercury at 6 degrees
4. First Quarterly meeting commenced at the Friends'
Church . . . Marriage of Milton HANSON, of this city, to Miss
Lizzie MENDENHALL, of Marion county.
5. First Anniversary of the Hesperian Literary Society
. . . Centennial entertainment at Vermont School House, Howard
township . . . Republican County Convention at Court House, to
select delegates to attend State Convention.
6. Death of John B. DURET.
7. Annual meeting of Kokomo Building Loan Fund, and
8. Independent Convention at Court House.
9. Social at Wildman Lodge, No. 295 . . . Caroline
RICHINGS-BERNARD Opera troupe at Opera House.
10. The Tennesseean Slave Cabin Singers at Opera
11. Eighth lecture of the regular winter Course,
at Opera House, by Prof. R.A. PROCTOR . . . Fire in Western Union
Telegraph office, originating from lightning running in on wires
. . . Mercury 58 degrees above zero . . . Mrs. H.H. HARROD, long
a resident of Alto, died at that place.
12. Enterprise Grange, at West Middleton, dedicated
with appropriate services.
13. Severe rain and wind-storm. Water fell to depth
of 2 1/4 inches in less than three hours.
14. St. Valentine's Day.
15. Thos. COMER, a well-known citizen of Taylor
died of paralysis, at his home in Fairfield.
17. Festival at M.E. Church, in Russiaville.
22. Junior Literary Club hold an open session.
24. Entertainment and social at the Christian Church.
25. M.E. Church festival at New London.
1. Centennial entertainment and Tea Party given by
the ladies, in Armstrong's new block.
4. The Tribune proprietors issue a Centennial number
of sixteen pages, which is pronounced by the press at large to
be the best copy of a country newspaper ever printed in the State
. . . Richard CARTER, of Russiaville, commits suicide by blowing
out his brains.
6. District Conference of M.E. Church, met at Galveston.
7. Mrs. John B. RICE died at Ervin.
9. "Eli PERKINS" lectured at Opera House
. . . Centennial masquerade ball at the Clinton house.
11. Junta Literary Society give an exhibition at
New London . . . Lafayette CUNNINGHAM died at Cassville.
16. Protracted meetings in progress at Cassville,
managed by Rev's J.I. PUCKETT and W.K. HOBACK.
17. Excursion to Peru . . . St. Patrick's Day
19. Rev. A.S. WOOD, of the Congregational Church,
and Elder C.M. ROBERTSON, of the Christian church, exchange pulpits.
20. Henry DAVIS, the senior member, withdraws from
the firm of Davis & Co. . . . Kokomo Amateur Company play
the " Octoroon " at Opera House.
24. Theodore TILTON lectures at Opera House, on "
The Human Mind " . . . Father Matthew Society ball at Clinton
25. Partial eclipse of the sun-not visible on account
of cloudy weather . . . Death of Jas. W. ROBINSON, a pioneer citizen
of Howard county at Fowler, Ind.
27. Death of Wm.M. STOUT, in this city . . . Burning
of G.W. MCKINSEY'S residence at New London . . . Katie PUTNAM
Company at Opera House.
29. Mercury 16 degrees above zero and snow 12 inches
deep . . . John RAYL and Norman SHARP dig their way out of jail.
31. Jesse KELLY, a night policeman, and son of our
city marshal, stabbed at the junction, by Chas. HAWKINS . . .
Miss Alice, daughter of C.B. NORTON, died at Cassville.
1. All Fool's Day . . . Democratic County Convention
met at Court House . . . Death of James MCDOWELL . . . Marshall
SIMPSON died at West Liberty . . . Chas. HAWKINS, the would-be
murderer of Jesse Kelly, arrested at his father's house, near
Nevada, Tipton county.
3. Death of Homer M. DUNHAM and Richard MCCULLOUGH,
in this city.
5. Burning of John SLIDER'S house on North Union
street . . . Joseph B. CUTHREIL, of Union township, instantly
killed by a fallen tree.
6. Eli TARKINGTON died.
9. The jury return a verdict of acquittal in the
GARR murder case . . . John WILDRIDGE, of this city, and Olla
B. DAVIS, of Indianapolis, married.
13. Semi-annual "opening" at S. Davis &
Sons' Dry Goods Store.
15. Center Township Republican Convention met at
the Court House.
16. Easter Sunday.
18. Dr. I.W. MARTIN, of Ervin tp., opened up the
Democratic campaign in this city by saying that he applauded J.
Wilkes BOOTH for assassinating Lincoln, whereupon he was knocked
down without ceremony by Joe FREED, a one-legged soldier.
20. Republican Delegate Convention to nominate
for county offices, held at Court House . . . Railroad meeting
at Opera House to consider the Eastern extension of the F. &
K. R. R. . . . W.J. FLOYD'S residence near New London, destroyed
22. A Woman's Christian Temperance Union organized
23. Lecture by Luther BENSON, the eloquent temperance
orator, at Opera House . . . R.C. MCKINNEY, a grocer of this city,
elopes with a young girl named Mattie MARTIN.
24. A Women's Christian Temperance Union organized
at New London.
30. Frank PEARCE and Caddie BIDLEMAN, of this city,
1. Catholic Church festival in second room of Opera
House block . . . County board of education met at Superintendent's
office, all the trustees being present. They presented enumeration
of children in different townships and city.
2. City election - first political contest. The
make a clean sweep electing a Councilman in each ward. They hold
a jollification meeting at night in honor of their victory.
4. DAYHUFF & SHARP'S new hall formally dedicated
by a grand ball.
8. New City Council met for first time. Annual reports
from city officers received and new committees appointed.
9. Camilla URSO Concert Troupe at Opera House. Excursion
comes over from Frankfort in evening.
10. Salsbury's Troubadors at Opera House . . . A
hen belonging to Wm. MIDDLETON performs the great Centennial feat
of laying a double egg, of a dumb-bell pattern.
12. County Temperance Convention held in this city
. . . Interesting literary exercises and chemical and philosophical
experiments at High School building. A large number in attendance.
15. Amateur shooting match at the Clinton House,
between King KENNEDY and Mr. WALLACE, a traveling man, in which
the latter is wounded, though not seriously . . . Great European
Circus and Menagerie exhibits here.
16. Will J. DOREY and Miss Louise J. HAZZARD, the
latter a former resident of this place, were married at Indianapolis.
19. The wife of Mr. E.C. SCOVEN died at 8 o'clock
24. Knights of Pythias Lodge give a festival at Dayhuff
& Sharp's hall.
25. Evening-Graduating exercises of Kokomo High School,
at Opera House . . . Eli Y. SMITH and Belle HAGGARD married.
26. Meeting of School trustees-teachers chosen for
27. County Sabbath School Convention to organize
a S.S. Union . . . The graduates of Kokomo High School met at
the residence of Prof. COX and organized an Alumni Association.
29. L.A. WAGGAMAN'S store at West Middleton broken
into and robbed.
30. Decoration Day . . . Orphan's Home entertainment
at Opera House . . . Michael COLEMAN, an old man, while walking
on the F.& K. R. R., was struck by an engine and died in three
hours thereafter, from the injuries received.
31. The jury in the case of Chas. HAWKINS, charged
with assault and battery with intent to kill, on the person of
Jesse KELLY, returned a verdict of $1 fine and sentenced the defendant
to two years in the penitentiary.
1. Col. T. H. BRINGHURST declines to
candidate for the Congrssional nomination . . . The wife of R.
Blake died at 9 o'clock p.m.
3 and 4. First quarterly meeting of present conference
year at M. E. Church . . . Elder HOBACK, of M. E. Church, baptized
eight persons in Wildcat river, near Jerome.
5. Large meeting of citizens at Court House to arrange
for celebrating the 4th of July. Committees
7. Firemen's Tournament at Peru. Our fire company
went over, taking our steam fire engine . . . Concert by Miss
Allie MOORE, of this city, assisted by the best talent of the
Fort Wayne Musical Conservatory, given at Opera House.
8. Strawberry festival at DAYHUFF & SHARP'S
hall, given by the ladies of the Christian church
10. Mass meeting of mechanics at Court House to
prepare for a proper celebration of July 4th.
11. Children's Day at the M. E. Church.
12. City printing awarded by the Council to The
Tribune and Dispatch publishers jointly, at $1 per square for
each . . . Jefferson BRONSON, of Ervin township, died at Three
Rivers, Mich, where he had gone for his health.
13. Annual meeting of the Howard County Medical
Society . . . Redpath English Opera Company at Opera House.
17. OddFellow's celebration and basket meeting in
the grove, near Greentown . . . Jollification meeting of Republicans
at Court House, to ratify the nomination of HAYES and WHEELER. W. W.
CURRY addresses the meeting.
20. North American Medicine Company organized.
22. Republican Congressional Convention, for this,
the 11th district, convened in this city, at the
Opera House, and renominated Hon. J. L. EVANS . . . Joint
Convention nominated W.H. THOMPSON for Representative from Howard
and Miami counties . . . Judicial Convention nominated J. F.
VAILE for Prosecutor . . . Lethia SHILLING, a little colored girl,
fell from a third story window of the Clinton House to the hard
stone pavement below, and was seriously, though not fatally injured.
23. The celebrated CARMAN family give a concert
at the M. E. Church.
25. Luther M. CONN and Mollie E. YOUNT married.
27. Interesting shooting tournament at the fair ground
by the Kokomo Shooting Club . . . Dr. R. Q. WILSON'S property,
occupied by O. W. LEE as a furniture room, on the north side of
the square, totally destroyed by fire and S. DAVIS & Sons'
dry goods room badly damaged. Loss about $10,000.
29. Prof. H. T. SHOWALTER and Miss Sadie PYKE married.
1. Democratic Congressional, Joint
Representative and Judicial
Convention held at Opera House. A. F. ARMSTRONG nominated for
Congress, Milton BELL, for Joint-Representative, and Jas. I. PARKER,
of Tipton county, for Prosecuting Attorney.
2. Churches of the city beautifully decorated and the
sing the National airs and other patriotic music.
4. The Centennial Fourth was ushered in by a terrific
rain storm. But our people had their "thuse" up, and a long procession
formed at 11 o'clock, and after parading the principal streets,
halted at the fair ground where interesting and patriotic exercises
were held. Grand display of fireworks at night . . . Interesting
exercises and reunion of the Hesperian, Platonic and Junior Literary
Societies, of this city, the Junta, of New London, and the
of West Middleton, at the latter place . . . J. J. GRIMES badly hurt at
the Fair Grounds, by the premature discharge of a cannon,
which he was helping to load.
5. The Kokomo Vanguard, a paper in the interest of the
American Medicine Co., makes its appearance.
7. Jasper CUSTER, an esteemed citizen of Cassville,
9. Death of Peter GRAY, at Russiaville, who was the
in the county; aged, 88 years . . . Geo. P. HEATON, a son of
John O. HEATON, is drowned in Wilcat, while bathing.
10. Jas. T. WEBB'S horse scared at a reaper, on
and ran away, throwing Mr. WEBB out of the carriage and injuring
him severely . . . Burglars effected an entrance into the leather
store of J. CAIN & Sons but were scared away. They afterward
visited the grocery of Geo. DEFFENBAUGH, near the Peru Depot,
and committed some petty thieving.
11. Jesse KELLY dies from the effects of a wound
time since, at the hands of Chas. HAWKINS . . . Mollie, aged
12, a smart and interesting daughter of Joseph ALEXANDER, died,
in Ervin township.
13. Thieves entered Capt. PEARCE'S saloon, on Railroad
and robbed it of about $100 worth of cigars.
16. In connection with the regular service at the M.E.
the ordinance of baptism was administed to 40 persons, who were
taken into full membership . . . Friends' Quarterly meeting at
17. The Russiaville and Kokomo Base Ball Clubs play a
in which the latter won by a close shave.
18. Seventh Day Adventists have been holding a series of
for six weeks past, in their tent, near West Liberty . . . Dr.
G. C. BEEKS lectures at M.E. Church on "The Magnitude and
Harmony, of the Universe."
19. A HAYES & WHEELER Club was organized in this
city . .
. James PURDUM and Elsie NEWCOMB married.
20. Opening of the campaign. Gen. John COBURN speaks at
House in evening . . . Little Willie, son of G.W. HOCKER, thrown
from a runaway pony and badly injured . . . J.S. BUTLER, while
getting ready to shoot at a rat, accidentally discharged his revolver
and the load lodged in his thigh creating a painful, though not
21. Wm. A. QUICK'S stores at Alto, broken into and
robbed of $100
worth of goods.
22. Independent County Convention at Court House . . .
resolutions adopted "in a hole." Democrats take possession
and nominate a county ticket.
23. Rev. Mr. THORNTON, of St. Joseph, Mo., preached at
Church in morning . . . John LINSON'S wife died in Monroe township.
24. The Central Normal commenced its session at the High
building, and also the Russiaville Normal, began at that village.
25. Colored folks picnic at the fair ground.
29. David TURPIE addresses the Democrats from Court
31. A residence belonging to Philip BURCH, at West
totally destroyed by fire . . . Some vandals entered the orchard
of Frank HILL, near this city and cut trees down and peeled off
the bark . . . Catholic picnic in HASKETT'S Grove. Excursions
come over from Peru and Logansport.
1. HAYES and WHEELER club organized at
Helm's school house, Taylor
township . . . Mrs. PURDUM, mother of the groom, gave a reception
at her home, to Mr. And Mrs. J.W. PURDUM . . . Boys' HAYES and
WHEELER Club organized at Tribune office with fifty members .
. . Dr. S.T. KIRK, of this city and Mrs. S.J. SULLIVAN, of Columbus,
were married at that place.
2. A little daughter of H.W. HACKLEY was seriously
a door falling on her . . . Hayes & WHEELER club organized
4 - 5 Series of races at fair ground, under supervision
4. At six o'clock, a.m. little Freddie, infant son of
Rena PHILIPS, died.
6. Rev. F.M. ELLIOTT, formerly pastor of the
here, occupies Congregational pulpit in evening.
8. Luther BENSON lectured at New London.
9. Francis STOOK, of this city, gave premature birth to
at Noblesville, of which Coate HAGGARD is afterwards proved to
be the father.
10. HAYES and WHEELER club organized at Center school
11. Cutting affray on north side of square. Jimmy
John THOMPSON in the neck, with a large pocket-knife, inflicting
a painful flesh wound . . . HAYES and WHEELER club organized at
12. Republican pole-raising at Russiaville . . . Bad
a dance at O'Dowd's farm, 2 2/3 miles west of town. Jim ("Snake")
O'DOWD stabbed in the back one Wm. FRENCH.
13. Prof. HARRISON lectures at Alto, on temperance . . .
FRAZIER, a former pastor of the Christian church of this city,
preaches there in the evening . . . Services discontinued at
church - summer vacation of four weeks.
15. TILDEN and HENDRICKS club organized at court house .
Mr. Rees HASKETT, of this city, is married to Miss Emma WEBB,
of Brooklyn, at that city.
17. Enthusiastic meeting of HAYES and WHEELER club at
court house. Mayor RICHMOND and Judge LINSDAY address the crowd.
19. Democrats meet at court house to nominate a county
. . . Gen. E. M. LEE addresses Republican meeting at same place
20. Basket meeting in grove near Poplar Grove, given by
22. Open session of the Hesperian literary society given
school building . . . Baseball match between the Pugs and Longitudinals
in this city. The latter victorious.
23. Hon. E.P. PHELPS, of Virginia, and Hon. Isaac P.
candidate for Secretary of State, address the people of Russiaville
. . . Mercury 96 degrees in the shade . . . Mrs. Mahala HAZELTINE
24. Excursion over P.C. & St. L. R.R. to
at Dayton, Ohio . . . Alfred MOORE, Republican, of Huntington,
and Hon. Anson WOLCOTT, Independent, of Indianapolis, speak to
the people at the court house.
25. Death of John, eldest son of Alfred LEE.
28. Howard county teachers' institute convenes at high
building . . . Soldiers' meeting at court house in evening to
make preparation to attend State reunion.
29. Hon. P.B.S. PINCHBACK, of Louisiana, addresses the
in afternoon, from court house steps . . . Mr. And Mrs. Rees
HASKETT, on their return from the east, are accorded a reception
at the residence of Robert E. HASKETT and wife . . . H. GORDEN,
living near Shanghai, instantly killed by a log rolling over him.
30. Hon. A.W. TENNY makes a Republican speech at court
and Dave GOODING address the Democrats at opera house . . . Hon.
John M. FARNSWORTH speaks to a slim crowd of mossy-backs Grand
fizzle of an extensively advertised rally.
31. Dr. MOULDER and Lucy O'BRIEN married at M.E. church.
1. Temperance meeting at the M.E. Church . . . "Old
the cannon, belonging to the Republicans, explodes at Pleasant
Grove church, five miles south of town. D.O. Freeman and O.A.
SOMERS, who were firing it, had a miraculous escape from death,
but neither were seriously injured.
3. Excursion to Noblesville. Basket meeting of Christian
at that place, Elder BLACK, of Indianapolis, officiating.
5. Annual meeting of Y.M.C.A. at M.E. church . . . John
who lived near Middlefork, fatally injured by being kicked by
a cow, while milking.
6. Excursion to Logansport.
7. John MORRISON died at Shanghai . . . Gen. E.M. LEE
a soldiers' meeting at the court house . . . A residence belonging
to J.H. KROH, on Union street, burned to the ground.
9. Thos. CRUNNELL died at Shanghai . . . Grand
at court house in evening.
10. Quarterly meeting at the Methodist church.
11. Public schools of the city opened . . . John E. NEFF
Eb. HENDERSON address the Democrats at the court house.
13. Courtland BLACKLIDGE, a young attorney of this city,
married to Miss Addie JENISON, of Connersville, at that place.
18. The largest political rally ever held in Howard
mass meeting. 15,000 people in town. 2,000 blazing torches
at night. Gen. Ben. HARRISON, candidate for Governor, addresses
the people in the afternoon, at HASKETT'S grove, followed by
Hon. A.G. PORTER. In evening, Hon. Nate KIMBALL and A.G. PORTER
speak from court house steps. Excursions come from Logansport
and Peru . . . Little Joe, a son of R.H. MARKLEY, died . . .
During the night six persons escaped from jail by blowing out
with powder a rock in the wall.
19. Louisa C., wife of T.J. HANNA, died.
24. James DUDLEY, third son of Jos. And Louisa
at his parent's home, in Ervin township.
25. Regular services resumed at the Congregational
26. Hon. J.M. BUTLER delivered a stirring Republican
the Court House in the evening.
27.Andrew Patterson married to Mrs. Nancy O'NEAL . . .
to Peru. BRISTOW speaks there . . . R.E. MOORE, of Fairfield,
meets death by being run over by the south bound night train,
on the Peru road, 3 ½ miles south of town. Intoxicated. Body badly
mutilated . . . Democratic district (?) rally. Speeches
in afternoon by Gov. HENDRICKS and DORSHEIMER. Torch-light procession
and speeches at night.
28. Excursion to Russiaville to hear Gen. KILPATRICK . .
Greencastle, Ind., Mr. A.N. GRANT, of this city, was married to
Miss Mary DARNALL, of that place . . . Prof. W.A. BELL, of
lectured before the county institute in evening on "The Centennial"
. . . Republican rally at West End. Gen. Judson KILPATRICK speaks
at Russiaville in afternoon.
2. Excursion to Logansport to hear Hon. J.C. BURROWS and
PEASE in evening. 500 torch bearers go over.
3. Robert MCWADE appears in Rip Van Winkle in opera
6. Grand Republican mass meeting. Hon. J.C. BURROWS
court house and Gov. WOODFORD at opera house in afternoon. At
night Senator PEASE and Gov. WOODFORD at former place and Burrows,
at latter. Excursion from Logansport. Very large torchlight
7. Large excursion to Frankfort in evening. Fully 1,200
go over from this city to attend a Republican meeting, 500
of whom carried torches.
10. Election day. Howard county gives a Republican
of 1050. Peaceable and quiet.
11, 12, 13, 14. County fair - almost a total failure.
13. James WINTEROWD died at his home, 3 ½ miles east of town.
17. Burning of Simon STERN'S residence on Union street .
. . The
Democrats jollify over their defeat in Howard county.
18. At two o'clock, a.m. the wife of Rawson VAILE died .
. . Mr.
And Mrs. J.W. CROWLEY of this city celebrate the 40th
anniversary of their marriage . . . At night, a grand Republican
jollification meeting and speeches, in honor of Howard county's
good work. Torch-light procession. Nearly all the business houses
19. Larkin MYERS, who lives near Cassville, fell out of
while picking apples, and was severely injured.
23. Kokomo military company organized. Disbanded when
parties began to talk "wah" in consequence of the close
24. Lancers dancing club organized . . . The remains of
child of Prof. And Mrs. A.C. HOPKINS brought here from Indianapolis,
for burial in Crown Point cemetery.
26. John ACHEY, after hunting, while returning home, met
a serious accident, by the premature discharge of a gun, from
the effects of which he died Oct. 28th . . .
broken into and robbed of $60 worth of stamps.
28. Regular examination of teachers at high school
. . Cheap excursion to the Centennial via Panhandle road: $15.50
for round trip . . . John MILLER, an old and esteemed citizen,
died near Shiloh.
29. Corner stone of the new Catholic church laid:
from Logansport, Peru and Indianapolis. Imposing ceremonies.
30. Geo. H. WELSH Jr. and Amanda C. FOSTER married.
1. Crawford GRIFFITH'S barn, four miles north-west of
- Loss about $2,500. 80 tons of hay burned.
3. David TRUAX died at his home near Cassville . . .
SMITH and two children seriously injured by being thrown from
a buggy - runaway horse.
4. Hon. D.D. PRATT and H.C. THORNTON speak on political
at opera house, at night . . . Post office at Shiloh discontinued.
4 and 5 Friends' Quarterly meeting in this city.
5. Mrs. Elizabeth ROWE died.
6. Hon. T.H. NELSON makes a red-hot Republican speech at
7. Presidential election. Howard county makes a glorious
and increases her Republican majority 162 . . . D.O. FREEMAN assumes
the duties of County Sheriff . . . A son of Judson LEARNED, of
this city, foully murdered at Anderson by the Democratic marshal
there. At night the telegraph offices, court house and streets
are crowed with men anxious to hear election news. Early telegrams
are not relished by the Republicans, who go home early, with sad
hearts. Democrats get boisterous, noisy, and many very drunk.
8 and 9 Days long to be remembered.
8. The day opened up darkly. Republicans still feel
belief that TILDEN is elected. Morning papers confirm night telegrams
and Republicans settle down as calmly as possible to the conviction
that they have attended their own funeral. By the middle of the
afternoon news began to arrive that HAYES might be elected after
all. Between 4 and 5 o'clock a telegram came (afterwards turning
out to be bogus) that set Republicans wild with enthusiasm. It
was to the effect that New York State had gone Republican. Banners
were unfurled, the air was rent with cheering and old men wept
for joy. The good feeling was unbounded and when a telegram came
confirming the first report, the excitement was intense. Fully
2,000 men congregated about The Tribune office, and they fairly
screamed for joy. Then dispatches came, saying that "both
parties claim victory," etc., and then a season of suspense
followed that was more actually painful than that of defeat in
8. Rev. Samuel LAMB, formerly a citizen of this place,
9. Mrs. Rebecca POPE died, 1 ½ miles north-east of town.
9. Excitement over election still continues. Men refuse
or sleep, and collect together in crowds on the street to discuss
the situation. By evening some dispatches were received encouraging
to Democrats but they did not enthuse, while Republicans had become
stolid, determining to await a fair count in the three Southern
doubtful States believing that would undoubtedly insure victory.
10. Joy changed about and Democrats are happy while
are discouraged, but hopeful. For over a week the excitement
still continues up to the highest pitch. Republicans are joyful
in the mornings over the news, while the evenings furnish comfort
to the Democrats.
13. Mrs. Catharine GOODWINE died, at the home of her
3 miles east of town.
14. The colored people give a concert at opera house.
18. The Tribune allows its eagle to soar, believing that
the news of Hayes' election - a belief that has since been confirmed
. . . Lucille WESTERN appears at opera house, in "East Lynne."
19. Quarterly meeting at M.E. church . . . Joint Sabbath
convention of Liberty and Union townships held at Greentown.
21. Excursion to Chicago to hear MOODY and SANKEY.
22. Baptist church supper given by the ladies.
23. Mrs. J.A. JAMES, formerly a resident of this city,
to Andrew J. BROUSE, near Hillsboro, O.
27. Snead THOMAS, near New London died.
29. "Josh BILLINGS" lectured at opera house . . .
Geo. W. DEARRINGER, died at Ervin.
30. Thanksgiving. Union services held at M.E. church.
by Dr. CORNELIUS, D.D. . . . Lecture by Rev. Dr. DELAMATYR, at
M.E. church, in evening . . . A.O. MILLER'S Dramatic company at
opera house, in "Hamlet" . . . Mr. And Mrs. Wm. GAUSE
and Mr. And Mrs. Geo. MCGOWAN, celebrate the sixth and thirteenth
anniversaries of their marriage, at the residence of the latte
2. The Tribune proprietors issue a large edition
interesting local history, and a biography of Hon. Tilghman A.
HOWARD, after whom this county was named.
3. Jonathan DUNKLE, an old resident of this city died.
4. At six o'clock, p.m. Mrs. Frances Julia PHILIPS, wife
the senior and mother of the junior editors of The Tribune, died,
after a lingering illness, in the 53rd year of
5. John SHELTON died at Alto.
8. Mrs. FOSS gives a reading at the opera house. First
of the regular course.
9. Mercury 20 degrees below zero . . . Residence of
at New London, totally destroyed by fire.
10 to 14 Religious meeting conducted by Rachel W.
at Grange hall, in south side of Center township. Much good
12. Mrs. Lydia BROWN died, near Jerome.
13. Installation of officers of Howard Lodge, F.
14. Eli WEST died at his home, five miles west of this
15. Social and donation party at the residence of Rev.
H. J. MECK.
16. Hannah M., wife of Henry C. LINDLEY, died.
17. Second Joint Sabbath school convention of Union and
townships, held at Jerome.
18. The wife of Henry THOMAS died one mile east of
21. Heine concert at opera house . . . At nine o'clock
one of the most brilliant meteors of the century appeared in
the western horizon and passed not in an arc, but straight to
the east, bursting into more than a hundred fragments each having
a different shade of color. After the meteor disappeared a rumbling
noise was heard, resembling and earthquake shock, which shook
houses and rattled doors and windows throughout the city.
22. Second lecture of winter course, at opera house, by
23. First Teachers' Institute, of Clay township, held at
23. Christmas Tree exercises at the Congregational
church and at opera house, the latter given by the M.E. church. All
places filled and exercises quite interesting.
25. A quiet Christmas . . . Frank BOWEN, a son of W.D.
while out hunting near his home, in Harrison township, blew into
the barrel of his gun to see if it was loaded, when his foot slipped
and the load was discharged in his head, killing him instantly
. . . In evening Christmas tree festivities at Christian church. Large
audience present. . . . Wm. GEARHARD and Mollie HARRIS
26. Concert by the CARMAN family at Congregational
the benefit of the Orphans' Home.
27. Mush and milk supper and social at Grange hall, No.
1 ½ miles south of town . . . Public installation of officers
and festival at St. Mark Lodge, No. 15, in this city.
28. Concert and supper given by the Catholic church, at
& SHARP'S hall . . . Public installation of officers of
Lodge, F.& A.M., at Fairfield.
30. Teachers' Annual reunion, at Kokomo high school