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IAIK HISTOIUG'AL Bo
Mexico Missouri Message,
MEXICO, MISSOURI, OCT. 3, 1912
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MR POWELL TELLS ABOUT
HIMSELF AND OTHERS.
Rising Sun Church and Its Char
The Message has no warmer
friend than "Uncle" T. Jeff.
Powell. He will be SO yearn old
t,t. Jptli cf next month. He was
in Mexico last week and paid this
office h much appreciated call. We
wrung from him some facts re
garding liis early life, and he also
tolil us some good points of early
Audrain county history outside
Mr. Powell is a Kentuckyan.
Moved from Nicholas county,
Kv., near Carlisle, to Audrain
county in 1858. Settled on the
good little 95 acre farm where he
itill lives in 18C6. Says his farm
is now worth $9,500 and no one
could get it for a cent less.
Mr. Powell got his wife in Ken
tucky. She was Miss Rachel B.
Hawkins. She was the best look
ing woman in Kentucky and Mi.
Powell thinks her yet the best
looking woman in all the world.
She is five years his junior.
Seven children were born to
this union, three dying in infancy.
Those living are: Marshall a.
and James Powell and Mrs. Mil
ford Berry and Miss Minnie June
Powell, all living in this county.
Mr. Powell's farm is northwest
of Rising Sun Christian church:
tw miles to the church straight
thru the fields but four miles to
follow the road around, on the.
The first settlers around him
the old neighbors have all pass
ed over the River. Among them
were: Alexander Carter, Wm. 0.
Johnson, Gus Dillard, Robert Dil-
lard, "Uncle" Bobby Powell,
Frank Doan, Wash Willingham, j
Billie Dyer, George Dyer, Marion
Barnes all dead. They were aTl
good friends of Mr. Powell, he
says. All used to gather at times,
and what delightful hours were
pent together. More visiting
then than now and the neighbors
were neighborly and eood.
Mr. Powell calls his home four
miles from Mexico. Some of those !
living near him now are: Oscar
Lewis, Ewell Pasley, Earl Carter,
Wm. Mason Jumna O T)nu:n11
Wm. McMurtry, Conrad Schutte,!
Frank Harris, John Quinlan,
Theo. Selb. Jiid Aler C.ter
Mr. Powell recalls when Rising
Sun church was organized. It
aa about 1867. A meeting was
held at Frank Doan's, on Salt
River. It was in the hot summer
hme and the gathering was under
large tree. The organization
" lurmea with the following
barter members: T. Jeff. Powell,
am Duly, Daniel Householder,
Mwedilh Myers, Derrick Hill,
s"n Bnmton, Richard Fletcher,
Alexander Carter and Wm. 0.
Johnson. Two elders were clect-Jd-Danicl
Householder and Sam
Duy- Wm. 0. Johnson and Der
"i'k Hill were elected deacons.
'lhe Mason was the first pastor.
w first services were held at
u'y school house 5 preaching ser-
lCes rnnt;.,.J .1 .1..
""u mere uiuu me
ntruction of Rising Sun
thureh was commenced in 1872.
K emirch is now one of the most
Df'd and prosperous rural
churches in th M,,nt,,
Riihew ('urP p rM..i ..
""r of Judge Alex. Carter,
Jted in Risig gun neighbor-
7Q rntly and attended
" at the church
1,1 lu neighborhood since he
left 35 years ago and he did not
meet a soul at the church he
knew except Mrs. T. J. Powell.
All moved to other parts or dead
Mr. Fowell well remembers
early conditions in Mexico. Much
is changed for the better now. He
has seen many wagons stall in the
deep mud on the south side of the
Square, years ago before paving
and in the days of the old hitch
"Grcenhead" flies used to be so
bad on the prairies that you
could not plow in the field after 9
o'clock in the forenoon the flies
would eat your team up. A boy
could not ride a horse in his bare
feet flies and mosquitoes would
get him. Most plowing was done
Prairie chickens used to swarm
over the fields light around your
house like snow birds. Hut yon
don't Ree a prairie chicken any
Mr. Powell was arrested several
times by the Federals during the
Civil War and brought to Mexico,
but after an hour or two, when
they could find no fault in him,"
they released him and let him re
Mr. Powell is of a most sunny
disposition. He wants to stay in
this world as long as he can is
better acquainted here. He loves
the church and God's Old Book
Anti-Single Tax Speeches.
The Audrain County Anti-Single
Tax League has arranged
meetings in the county during
this week as follows:
Bryan's School, on Young's
Creek, Hon. E. A. Shannon, Fri
day, Oct. 4, 7:30 p. m.
Farber, Hon. E. A. Shannon
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p. m.
Rush Hill, Hon. E. A. Shannon.
Monday, Sept. 30, 7 :30 p. m.
Cant, Hon. Dave Robertson,
Friday, Oct. 4, 7 :30 p. m. '
Bean Creek, Hon. S. D. Stocks.
Friday, Oct. 4, 7 :30 p. m.
Beagles, Hon. A. C. Whitson.
Tu"da 0ct' J; 1912' 7:30 p.
Thompson, Hon. S. D. Stocks,
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 :30 p. m.
Jackson School, Hon. II. P.
Warden, Friday, Oct. 4, 7 :30 p. m.
Laddonia, Hon. A. C. Whitson,
Hon. E. A. Shannon, Saturday,
Oct. 5, 1912, 7:30 p. m.
Laddonia, Judge R. D. Rodg
ers, Saturday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p. m.
The Campaign Committee re-
ucsa uml P,aces Ior "P"w '
I'fvidcd by the residents of each
piucc, aim me voters ue uounec
.epnone, oi tie
i mnuueenieu ana interests
"Pe"" expected to complete
Quartz Looks Like Gold.
Laddonia, Mo., Sept. 27. Ja
cob Williams and Frank Brakel
who are sinking a shaft for the
Laddonia Coal Company just east
of town, at a depth of eighty-five
feet struck a flint rock with a
quartz very much resembling
gold. It will be sent to the School
ot Alines at Kolla lor examina
Mrs. Taylor Dead.
Mrs. Annie laylor, oz years
old, wife of K. W. Taylor, died at
her home in this city lust Tlnirs
day morning. She had been sick
9 months with cancer of the
stomach. Besides the husband
three children survive her, as fol
lows: Earl and Charlie Taylor
and Mrs. George Landers. The
burial was in Lockridge cemetery
south of Mexico.
The infant daughter but a day
old of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett
Rosser was buried last Saturday
! Lloyd Hudson was fined a few
liquor for minors.
Jones Buys Farm Paige ' Visit
in N. Y. Jesses to N. M.
Gibbs Gentry: I live at Halls
ville. Used to live in Mexico, you
know. 1 have to come back to see
the old town occasionally. I
raised a fine corn crop this year.
Mrs. W. N. Boatman. My
daughter, Mrs. C. C. Cohoon, in
Oklahoma, sent us a quantity of
peaches, fine ones, they Mere.
They boast that they raise 'em
L. W. Jones: 1 have bought
back my nice little 40 acre farm,
out beyond Will Smith's, south-
ast of Mexico. I expect to move
to it next March and then I shall
be happy again. Town life does
not suit me.
E. B. Norris: When the fanner
is not prosperous neither is any
body else, and especially does the
iborcr ieel depression when it
comes, ion hit the tanner with
the Single Tax in this State
everybody except the fellow
a lull bunk will be hit also.
Mrs. J. C. Jesse : We are at
Laddonia to bid our relatives anil
friends goodbye. Our family
moves to Artesia, X. M. Send the
Message to us down there; can't
get along without it. We enjoyed
living in Mexico aud shall never
forget the happy days spent in
Harry Turner: I and family
will move from Montgomery City
to Kansas City to spend the win
ter. We would like to get back
to Mexico, and we may make thai
move some time. Wilson is going
to be the next President of the
United Slates. Roosevelt will gc
far more vites than Taf't.
Eld. W. H. Hook: I preached
for the Macedonia people last
Sunday. They are nil against the
Single Tax out that way, and for
Wilson for President and Hook
for County Representative if he
were running, i. ou know 1 some
times joke. But every Democrat
is for the Democratic ticket from
top to bottom.
15. Marvin: I'm a Republican.
I've always liked Roosevelt, but
since tlie Chicago convention
they've luid me guessing. I'm
something like Donnelly's frogs
.sure enough, hardly know which
way to jump. This question, how
ver, how can a fellow go with
the Mooscrs and still call himself
a Republican Y
W. B. Douglass : I want to sub
scribe for the Message for my
sister, Miss Maude Douglass, at
Dallas, Texas. She is stenograph
r lor Gum & Co., publishers, m
that city. She used to be a stu
dent in the Mexico High School
I have two sisters in Dallas. We
ire a scattered family; some of u
got as far away as California.
M. B. Paige : My wife and I re
turned last Friday from a 30
days' visit in New York and
.Michigan, in which States we used
to live. I had not been back to
N'ew York for 43 years. Big
changes since then. Farms ar
all small. One hundred acres is
large farm. They build large
barns in that State, big enough to
take in a threshing separator, and
in the barn is where the threshing
is done. Building permanent gooc
roads wherever we went, especial
ly in Michigan. A frost in Michi
gaii just before we left that got
the cucumbers uid such.
Mrs. Geo. II. Handle, of this
city, and her brother, J. T. Finks
if San Francisco, Cali., are visit
ug relatives in St. Louis.
LY AND PICNIC
CHAMP CLARK AND E. W.
MAJOR MAKE SPEECHES.
The Town of " Champ :" Other
Attorney General Major's first
speech on his campaign for Gover
nor outside of St. Louis was de
livered last Thursday to 2,000
farmers at the Audrain-Boone-
Callaway picnic. He and Speaker
Clark divided honors. Cornelius
Roach, Secretary of Stale, was
the other speaker.
Mr. Major reviewed Democrat
achievement in the history of
the State, especially in the last
He Hayed Gov. Hadley because
as a member of the State Board of
Equalization Hadley had sought
to treble the taxes of the land
owners ot the Mate wiuiout any
need or justification
He told his auditors how the
Democratic majority on that
board had been able to check this
unnecessary and unwarranted tax
of the people, and, further, how
I hose same Democrats, occupying
State offices, had saved millions
f dollars for the people, not
withstanding the obstacles placed
their way by Hadley in an ef
fort to "play politics."
"And, my friends," he said, "I
mi starting this fight for the sue-
ess of the Democratic party in
Missouri on the record made by
its officials under the handicap ot
a Republican Governor, as well a--
its record in former years. I am
not afraid to place before you my
record as Attorney General and
my whole political life, regardless
of the threats of exposure made
"I believe when a man makes a
promise he should stand by it. 1
have fought the people's fights. I
have ke.pt the faith. It is said
that the tree shall be known by
I leave it to your judgment
whether the fruits be good or
Cornelius Roach spoke before
the arrival of Mr. Major.
A committee composed of Geo.
Robertson, Fred A. Morris, John
B. Graham and A. H. Whitney
'net Speaker and Mrs. Clark and
Gen. Major here at noon and took
them to the picnic grounds in au
tomobiles. The picnic was held one-hall
mile east of Hickory Grove
Church, eighteen miles from Mex
ico. The spot is a large hickory
grove within a few mundred feel
of where Audrain, Boone and Cal
laway counties join.
Speaker Clark was introduce )
by Col. Green Clay of Audrain
county; Gen. Major by Represen
tative Frank Harris of Boom
county and Secretary Roach by
W. R. Taylor of Callaway county.
On the way out from Mexico
Champ Clark and party made n
brief stop at Champ, named in
honor of Mr. Clark, which is five
miles southwest of here. The
place will become a town when
the electric railway is extended
southwest from Mexico.
McMillan Band, of the Mexico
High School, made the music for
the big picnic.
The Columbia Times a few davs
ago issued a monster trades edi
tioii. W H. Vetnleventer, a
licensed euibalmer. lormerly of
Mexico, was given a tine write-up
and his picture printed.
Mr. and Mrs. W. .V. Boatman
re visiting relatives and friends
Robberty in Flat Rock Mrs. Mc
Gee Able to Be Around.
Wallace Robinson, of this city,
was robbed of $15 last week while
attending the St. Louis Fair.
Mrs. K. O. Snedeker, of West
Lick, this county, returned a few
days ago from Colorado wnere
she went for the benefit of htr
Mrs. J. C. McGee who was
seriously hurt a number of weeks
ago in a railroad accident, near
I lit Ice Plant, has been able to gel
around a little lately.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Jaekman
have moved to Risen, Ark., where
Mr. Jackmnn goes for the benefit
of his health. L. I). Penny takes
Mr. Jackman's place with the Mo.
A. L. Bruton, of Laddonia, has
opened a racket store at Frank
ford. Mr. Bruton has had a store
it Laddonia for years and he also
has another in partnership with
nines Wilkins at Bowling Green.
Mr. Tom .1. Goran, a son of Mr.
ind Mrs. I'. S. Goran of Yandalia.
was married last week to Miss Re
becca Green, also of Yandalia. Mr.
did Mrs. Goran will make their
home at Farber where Mr. Goran
las a position in the coal mine.
J. II. Bailey, of Bent ley, 111.,
was in Mexico last week and
while passing thru Flat' Rock says
iie was robbed by two negroes of
$55. Georgia Abington and Mil
Ion King, negroes, were arrested
ii i'.ic charge ot! committing the
robbery and all but seven dollars
of Bailey '8 money was restored.
J. W. Watson, of near St.
Joseph, has been visiting his
laughter, Mrs. J. II. La Rue, of
Kastholm, this city. First visit to
Mexico, and he was well impress-
d with our city. Mr. Watson
used to know J. II. Whitson and
amily of this city who used to
live near St. Joseph also, a line
M'ople, Mr; Watson says the
Whitson folks are.
C. N. Sansberry and wife spent
Saturday and Sunday in Mexico.
Squire Jerman of Texas is visit
ng friends and relatives in this
T. M. Broaddus bought a team
f mares from Mr. Shrout.
Several from this vicinity at
tended the Joe Cousidine sale aud
cport slock to have sold well.
Several men in this neighbor
hood are delivering oats to Cen
tralia parties at 28 and 29 cents
Bruce Edwards bought a hay
baler at R. D. Simpson's sale for
C. Duffy has returned from a
visit with his daughter who lives
T. M. Broaddus sold Brisk
Daniel a mule eolt for .$35.
Mrs. Effie Dalby and family
who have been living on Mrs.
Dalby's father's place have moved
Bob Shock has moved to the
Tom Clayton place.
E. E. Jones bought four head of
mules at the It. D. Simpson sale.
The ladies of Salt River church
who furnished dinner at the R. D.
Simpson sale cleared above all ex
Eugene Lott and wife of Uolt-
! ville, Cali., visited their aunt, Mrs.
'James Martin and other relatives,
near Venice, last week.
: Miss Mary Johnston, who is
teaching near Santa Fe, visited
her grandparents here . Saturday
and Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. W. N.
Mr. Rucker Dead
Walter H. Rucker. 28 years old,
formerly proprietor of the South
Side Drug Store in this city, died
last Monday in Colorado Springs,
where he had gone for his health,
undergoing an operation there
one day last week, lie sold his
business here last spring and went
to his father's home in Sturgeon.
Later he took down with the ty
phoid fever, from the effects of
which he never fully recovered.
The father and four brothers
survive him. The brothers are:
Robt. Rucker, Jr., of Moberly ;
Leslie and Ellis Rucker, of Stur
geon, uud Marvin Rucker, of
The body was brought back
home for burial, interment at
Mr. Rucker was a-t exatuplary
young man and was high up in
Masonry. He was Eminent Com
niander of Crusade Commandery.
Knight Templars, in this city, aud
died in ofliee, and belonged also to
Mexico Lodge No. 544, A. F. & A
M.; Mexico Chapter No. 20, R. A.
M.; Centralia Council, No. 34;
Crusade Commandery No. 23.
Knights Templar, .did Ararat
Temple of the Mystic Shrine, and
was also a member of Mexico
Lodge B. P. O. Elks, and of Mex
ico Aerie, Maternal Order of
We are to have a blacksmith.
Phil Rogers has rented the Dud
geon building and is repairing it
and preparing to open a shop.
Wheat sowing is about over.
The moderate showers in Septem
ber made the season early. There
is some talk of chinch bugs.
E. M. Crooks has just completed
a large t!, the first in this lieigh
borhood, and we are watching the
experiment. He will feed to fat
Several of our neighbors are
building substantial barns this
year. Albert Erdel, Joe Pfeifcr.
Frank Paige, Ed. Atchison and
others are in on the list. People
are progressive, in the spirit of
enterprise if not political.
The Littleby Baptist Sunday
School voted Sunday to continue
Sunday School another quarter
before going into winter miarters
In our last letter we promised
a little write up of the Littlebv
Sunday School annual picnic out
ing. We did not give the write
up for different reasons but the
outing was given by the girls of
the school to the boys as a result
of the red and blue contest and
was a great success all right.
Geo. Green and wire, W. C. At-1
kins and wife, Herrod .Hopkins
and Misses Anna Crawford, Cor
die Botts and Lucinda Talley at
tended the Audrain' Baptist Asso
ciation nt Union church last week.
Mrs. WT S Cable is visiting in
the Kingdom of Callaway.
Gaither Berry, E. M. Crooks
and otherR are starting cattle on
feed. There is a difference of
opinion on the opening price of
new com. V.'e hope it will be bet
tor tl'iin oats.
Herrod Hop!:1-': -id brother
Carl came near linviu;r a serious
accident Sunday. In lcavine-
church somehow I h
the buggy, tossing the occupants
clear of the wreck. Thev escaped
with only a few bniies.
Approximately !KM) persons at
tended the Mexico Christian
church Bible School last Sunday.
Dr. J. L. Garvin, president of
William Woods College, at Ful
ton, delivered ail address. Miss
Ella B. Mct'une won the prize of
one dollar offered the boy or girl
bringing the nicest bouquet. She
returned the dollar, reipicstin
, that it be sent to the Orphans'
Dome in St. Louis.
Mr. and Mrs. P. II. Culten are-
I e t ..:..
MARRIED MAN SHOOTS HER
AND THEN KILLS SELF.
round Out That She Did
Like Stage Life.
Paris, Mo., Sept. 25. Lucillo
May, the actress, who was slain
by Harry Hector, wrestler, at
Yincennes, Ind., Saturday night,
was buried here this afternoon
following funeral services at tho
Christian Church by Rev. F. W.
Miss May was a cousin of Mrs.
E. W. Siebert of Paris and passed
the summer here, falling in love
with the town and its people to
such an extent that she asked to
be buried here when she died, lit
tle dreaming of the imminence of
her own death at the time.
She sang at the Paris Chant au
iiia, became a member of the Mis
sionary Society of the Christian
Church, and so deported herself
as to win the esteem of the towns
people, the floral offerings at her
funeral being many and beauti
ful. Hector threatened to follow her
to Paris and last summer dogged
her with registered letters. The
last reply she made to him was
from Paris. In it she plaintively
voiced her new-found happiness
in getting a taste of home life and
winning the regard of friends.
"1 foil ml out," she wrote,
"that 1 never enjoyed liTc as I
should have and as I though I
had. 1 thought up to this summer
that I had had as good a time as
any girl, but 1 hadn't. I have had
such a good time aud crave more.
Don't you think you are awfully
selfish! You have lived a great
deal in your life aud have really
The letter referred to her en
joyment of girl friends of her
own age, lamenting that she had
been ou the stage since baby
hood, aud begged Hector to cease
troubling her, mentioning his
wife and child and the deception
j practiced on her. When sh
Hector she believed him to be
Mrs. Helen May, her mother, is
prostrated and will remain here
Mr. Judd Dead.
Wm. M. Judd, 74 years old,
died at his home in this city last
Saturday morning, at 8:30.
Deceased came to Mexico about
30 years ago from Ohio. He ser
ved in the Union army during the
Civil War. Two children" survive
him, WTm. Judd and Mrs. It. G.
Powell. Funeral service was held
at the home Sunday afternoon,
conducted by Rev. J. E. Avscue.
Mrs. E. H. SkeUy who has been
visiting her daughter, Mrs. W. E.
Yeerkamp, at Neosho, Mo., re
turned to Mexico this week and is
now at the home of her daughter
,M'r,' Mrs- h- W. Roberts. Mrs.
SkeI'y has been Very ill. Her sou,
! T- - Melly, of Los Angeles. Cali.,
and her daughter, Mrs. Roberts,
accompanied lier here from
F. L. Crosby attended the State
Fair at Sedali.i this week and had
soim of his fine live stock ou ex
Mexico Savings Bank
43rd Year in Business.