organ County Republican.
CENTRAL MISSOURI FARMING, MINING, REAL ESTATE, RAILROAD AND GENERAL NEWS.
Versailles, Mo., Thursday Morning, Feby. 7, 1907.
AFFAlkS IN AND AROUND
What W have Done, And What
W Are Going: to Do,
As a traveling man said to us a few
ays ago, "There Is no place in Mis
5 'soarj, wherever I travel, hut what one
hearsahput the natural resources of
VeraiUea. I see no reason .why this
towAi is not destined to he the heat
in Central Missouri, and that
Vithn the next five years."
This sentiment, from a well-known
traveling salesman, voices the senti
tnent entertained by a large number
oi people wno are laminar with tnc
onditions of Versailles.
The 'Hanking institutions of Ver
sailles were never in better condition
than at thciresent time, and a glance
tit the statements of the two Hanks is
sufficient to prove this.
During the year just past a sub
stantial building movemen has been
on foot. This has not been in the
Jhature of a boom, but is the result of
the natural growth, and because of
.the demands of the town. The Odd
Fellow's building, of course, stands
ut the head of the list of improve
ments in the town. The men behind
this project are all business men of
good judgment, and have the courage
to build tor the future growth of the
city. It required .'ncrve," as well
tis cash, to, build a structure costing
.SJ2.000 in a town of 2,000, but this
ningnificienf building the best in
Central Missouri stands as a inonu
. ment to the foresight and business sa
gacity of the builders. The Mason
V fardy Iilock comes next in cost
und general appearance and the
building of this block which is a
credit tu any town fills a long-felt
, want, and at the same time furnishes
' u handsome business home to the two
I owners. (Jeo. Holding's fine little
j 'building is a credit to the town, and
we hope the entire block will, in the
near future, be built up. The im
' provents made in the City Hotel stpre
room by S. T. Spurlock, adds anoth
er handsome business house to the
city's big list. The Hank of Ver
sailles has re-modeled its home office,
(tutting in a large plate glass front,
and'a complete heating system, while
many other business houses have been
improved, as has also private dwell
ings, all showing the thrift and ener-
.... .. ...
y ui uui ..mania.
the Versailles fire Hnck it uav
Company was established three years
ago, and almost from the start has
proven a success. This success has
'been very marked under the able
management of the present Superin
tendent, F. A. White, whose execu
live ndiljty and knowledge of fine
clays' has made his company a
splendid profit, and whioh is result-
in an ever-increasing business,
company has shipped from . their
t since the 1st of the year, about
ars of fire brick, and regardless
ofweather, have been compelled to
jntinue operations to nil their
ders. This great output means
eccessarny a large lorce oi wonting-
.. . . .
.men, wno are empioyeti at good
wages, all of which adds to the up
building of the town.
From the industrial standpoint it is
hard to determine which is the
greater benefit to the community at
bilge,, the Versailles Fire Brick and
Cay Company, or the Missouri
Cpnncl Coal Company.
The Missouri Cannel Coal Com
p; ny, who are also the owners of the
Versailles and Scdalia Railroad, are
I. .'ill. ..V.! J..1.. ! .u.
tl)i IMgCfr,. employers oi - ncip iu mc
county. During the construction of
their six mites of road, they have
employed as many as 125 men at a
time, and they now have on their
payroll fifty men, not including the
office force. They have expended
up to date 875.500 in construction
and development work, the greater
portion, except that paid for steel,
having been expended for labor, and
which has gone directly to the
benefit of the people of Versailles
and surrounding country. Work has
now begun in earnest on the coal
proposition; which will give employ
ment to a full force of men, which
will be increased, rather than de
creased, as the development work
makes room for the use of more men.
In addition to the coal, new deposits
of which arc being developed right
along, and which gives assurance of
lasting for many years, the company
has developed perhaps the largest
deposit of fire clay in the State of
Missouri. The mere sight of this
vast mountain of flint fireclay is well
worth going to see, and one-stands in
awe as he looks at these wonderful
natural resources which have endured
through all the ages, and which now,
by the hand of man, are being com
pelled to yield up their riches.
The citizens of Versailles have how
ever done their small part in assisting
this enterprise. They have subscrib
ed exactly $1250 towards getting the
right-of-way, none of which has as
yet been paid, although it is all good,
and will be paid according to the
agreement between the citizens and
the Coal Company. This subscrip
tion has been much appreciated by
The price charged by the Company
at its yard for coal is S2.25 per ton.
The contract for furnishing coal to
consumers is let to one man, who
does the delivering, and who is re
sponsible for the collection of all bills.
This party must necessarily make a
small margin of profit on his labor
and time, he must keep a team and
wagon, and the profit on delivering
coal at his price of S.'J.25 per ton is
small compared with the amount of
labor and capital invested, There
should be no complaint from citizens
on this account, any more than there
would in paying a profit to the man
who has an engine and saw, and saws
One of the busiest places in Ver
sailles, (excepting the Kkpiiimcan
office), is at the handle ami pin fac
tory. Here thousands of doxens of
the finest white oak handles are made,
finding a ready market all over tnc
north and west, goods being shipped
to the states of Oregon and Washing
ton, as well as to all the nearby states.
The making of pins and brackets tor
telephone and telegraph lines was an
afterthought of the Company. In
making handles it was found that such
good timber was going to waste, or
had to be sold as fuel, so one experi
mental machine was installed to make
up this by-product. The venture met
with instant success, and two ma
,,., arc ow keK a)m0!)t constant
ly at work making pins and brackets.
In addition to the waste material be
ing used, locust, black and red oak,
osagc orange and walnut is being
boughj,' and sale can be had for
thousands of cords of wood, which,
in the past, has been otherwise lute-
less, and which has gone to waste in
the timber. The price paid for pin
and bracket timber is $8.50 and 14.
00 per cord, while a uniform price of
$0.00 per cord is paid for handle
timber, either hickory or white oak,
Versailles also has a nice little
broom factory and no citizen hat
worked harder for success than hat .J,
T. Shores, who has worked night and
day to establish this modest little
plant. Mr. Shores is constantly gain
ing trade, and, in an Interview a few
days ago, states that he4 could sell
twice the goods could he but manu
Take it all in all, the people of
Versailles, and surrounding commun
ity, have been wonderfully blessed
during the year just passed, one of
the best years in the history of the
town, Let us, with our faces turned
to the future, and as courageous men
and women, work together for the
further upbuilding of this beauty
spot" on God's footstool.
The Morgan County Mining Com
pany Getting1 Ready For Buslne-ii.
The Morgan County Mining and
Prospecting Company, J. F. Lewis,
Supt. and (Sen. Manager, after thor
oughly prospecting the tracf of land
on which their mines are located,
through the secretary, C. F.. Seward,
of Altoona, Pa., closed the deal for
the 200 acre tract six miles southwest
of Versailles, while here last month,
and now, in addition to their rich
mines of lead and zinc, which they
will work twenty-four hours each day,
they will erect a large plant for the
manufacture of telegraph and tele
phone pins and brackets. Supt. Lewis
will begin at once the erection of a
building 30x70 feet for factory, which
will be fitted up with the latest and
most approved machinery, with an
engine house 12x14, and a boarding
house 24x08. When buildings are
completed and everything in working
order the Company will employ 20 to
25 men. Work will be pushed as fast
as the weather will permit. The fac
tory and mines are located 1 1-4 miles
from the Rock Island Ry. They arc
now down 85 feet and in rich miner
al. They shipped out a large lot of
lead last month, for which they re
ceived $85 per ton. The deal for the
land has been on for ipiite a while,
and now that it is completed this Co.
will make a good showing both in
the product of factory anil mine. This
is another one of the big things for
Versailles realized, and there are oth
ers just as good that will be in sight
ere spring opens.
Mr. McCohsteu huh son, of Kniil, sold
KautTmau Mime nice veal calves last
week, which he shipped tu the St. Louis
A fine drove of l.'IO head of cattle Ik;-
longing tu Wilson hiii I llromley, pushed
through the cast end last week going
west in search of a buyer.
Dr. .Southern, of independence, Mo ,
was in Morgan county last week looking
after his line tiff mines soulh of Vei
sallies. The Dr., in company with Miss
Nellie Allen, one of the teneherH of the
Versailles; school, visited John Allen, of
Hnid, the Ur.'s cousin, and Miss Nellie's
Abe Arte delivered some fine wheat to
I'ortuna, for which he received the top
of the market. Mr. Aitx raises the best
cf wheat, peaches and applet., besides ull
kinds of miihII fruits, lie is one of our
The shifting at Dethel church last week
was well attended, and many hearts were
thrilled und their religions enthusiasm
raised to loftier heights by participating
in these beautiful soug services.
A grand old-fashioned selling took
place last week at the Ha.el Dell school
house. All seemed to enjoy llieiilielvert
ami felt paid Mr attending.
Drawn Bros', have lij head of sheep, 128
of which they are fattening tor the mar
ket. if they don't look out Mr, Wolt will
gather in the profit, fur he is heard iu the
neighborhood ahtiost every night. We
advise: a wolf Hunt, and that too before
It la too lat.
I Mr. Stephens, of Saline county, visited
I nil relative', Mir, Withitc, of Unid, last
week. Mr. Stephens tried to buy some
heavy cattle, while here, but failed to
find exactly what he wanted in site, ijual.
Ileti Shanks and Charley Parks, who
have a feed stable on lien's farm near
Itllld, sold Meyers last week five mules
ut $195 each. They were splendid mules
as the boys seldom have any other kind.
Mrs. Sarah Hutchinson, of near barn
ctt, who has been quite nick for the past
eight weeks, is much improved under
the skillful treatment of t)r. lltacklmrn.
Parties living near the Rock Island Ky.
east of Versailles, have been troubled
considerably of late with tramps. One
day last week Mrs. John Shanks gave
one a peck, or more, of good grub, which
he ate! then ambled on to Mr. Miller's,
where he drank six cups of coffee and nte
other tilings in proKrtion; then he push
ed on to James Kitsminger's, where he
was escorted out of the yard backwards
by the dogs.
Mr. Casper Thomason, west of Kxccl-
sior, sold fifty-seven good cattle to Mr.
Mayfictd, for which he is to receive J5.I0
when delivered in May. Mr. Thomason
bought these cattle when calves, and we
hope they have grown Into a whole bush
el of money for him.
George Snorgrass, who died iu Tipton
last week, whs uncle to Leslie Snorgrass
of linid, and George Snorgrass of lixccl
sior. Owing to the had weather thev did
not hear of his death until after the fun
eral. Dan Cline and his son, west of Kxccl
sior, sold last week to Mayiield, nineteen
head of cattle, to be taken about Pel).
10th, price $5.00 per ll)0.
A Mr. Mayfield, of F.ldon, whs
doing business in the fruit tree line with
the farmers between Burnett and Ver
sailles last week.
Jake Kauffraan, last Saturday, sold to
a party from the Oiage Hi vera span of
Mike McDonald, of near Hopewell
church, who ban rented bin farm to Mr.
Ivy, wtll have a big sale Peb. I'Jth. He
will sell cattle, horses, mules, hogs, hay,
com, farm implements and household
and kitchen furniture.
L. K. Myers, of Windsor, bought quite
a number of mules west of Kxcelsior last
week. Casper Thomason sold him two
for V5j am Ramer, two for j 100; Joe
Williams, one for Slii"i.50,a nd some oth
ers we failed to get the exact facts about
John Moore .sold Mayiield twenty head
of cattle, to he delivered about Peb, 10th,
at $5.00 per 100.
Judge Kidwell's family now enjoys the
pleasures to be derived from a Phono,
graph, and his hoy entertained his young
friends with music over the telephone
last Saturday night.
The annual meeting of the Parmer's
Telephone Company will be held at the
Prairie Valley school house, l'eb :Mrd,
PJ07. There is considerable business of.
iinKirtaiice to lie transacted, and it is to
be hoped that all the members of the
Company will be present to hear their
share of the responsibilities, for the Kx-
ecutive Hoard needs all the help and en
couragement it can get.
Mrs. Showalters, ot delisted, recently
sold her dwelling in that thriving little
village to Hev, David llowmau, who will
take possession March 1st, 1007.
Charles P.usiuiuger, of Proctor, rejmrts
the Osige River out of the bottoms and
still falling. He says lie has sevcnlren
young lambs and has lost none yet. His
male hog crippled a good wor' mule for
him, and it will take a month or So to
get well. He has thirty good hogs on
feed for the market, average weight
Milly and Lena Driver took Sunday
dinner with Mr. Shores Hunter, after
which Miss Lena walked over to her
grmdpi's, Dan Driver's, where she is
boarding while teaching the SunnysMe
John R. Driver, hst Prl'day, sold n
span of nice young mutes. We failed to
learn name of purchaser or price paid.
We have had a lot of trouble trying to
settle the mooted question as to which
set their incubator first, Mrs. Hniltla
Drown or Mrs. Greer, but the ladles
finally settled the matter by agreeing
that Mrs. Greer set hers three days first.
Mrs. Greer has hr second one bet, and
over 100 egg toward the third. There
is something doing in the poultry yards
of these industrious Eastern people. If
there are no fancy fried chickens on the
city man's table it will notbetheMor-
gan County poultry people's fault. Jmt
make the price about 35 ceuts a pound,
and sec what happens.
Mr. Wadclt, of Itnid, got badly
crippled lust fall by being thrown from a
wagon drawn by a fun away team, and
he has not been ante to work to much
satisfaction on account of injuries to his
krtee, so his crop of Corn was stilt utl
gathered until a few days ago, when hi
good neighbors assembled, with wagon
and teams, and soon put his Corn in the
crib, That is the kind of spirit we like
to sec exist in a community.
As we sail over the country in out
flying machine we notice many farmct
have all their stock, feed and machint r;
snugly boused, while others have ever,
thing exposed to the inclement weather.
The warm side of a barbed wire fence is
alt the shelter some stock has. As r
sailed about, tins week wc saw Cy
Williams kawiug wood ami shredding
fodder for Air. McCollister who by tin
way, has things fixed about right. WV
think even the dog and cat should have
a com portable place to rest and sleep.
Nam Clifton ami sons this week sold
Price Hunter live hundred bushels corn
at forty-live cents per bushel, to Ik
delivered as soon as convenient. Mr.
Clifton and sous bad iu 185 acres of corn
last year, and it was a good crop, averag
ing aliout thirty bushels per acrci They
sold Tom Hunter anil John Moore about
oOO hurhels each, which was delivered at
gathering time at forty ceuts per bushel.
The Walnut Grove entertainment Vut
given on Saturday night, instead t
lidgar Deviuila and Hoy famous wi-nl
to Olterville last week, lidgar mi
transacting business with Mr. Mnylirld.
Mr. Mayfield, of Olterville, bought
quite a lot of stock here lately, '
Mr. Kohr, of Cooper County, bought
mules here lust week, he paid as high as
fl per spun. Jake KaulTiuau told bun
one very line span and NVwt Todd sold
another line one. Mich meiu us .Mr,
Kohr are always welcomed here.
Mr. Mayfield, formerly of Latham,
hut now of lilduu, was through In.1 re last
week canvassing for Stark nursery.
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i run nuuu win ihh i, .Intnl..- in.
.Morris farm this year.
Dob Todd was in this vicinity last
Tom Daniels sold a span of mules Li-1
Weuger and Lehman are b'lyi'U'
horses and mules to ship to Ohio.
Mrs David llowmau is on th-sick list
at this writing, she was consulting J )i .
Kelly last Saturday.
Johnny Kaulfin.iii, who is uUettdiMK
school at Goshen, llid., is hiifTcring iroMi
Dan Kauffuian has gone to ''nishiii.
1 tattle and Ruth Harnett visited Coi-
Hawks, and attended the Walnut Crow
lobii Ueiwiler has been hauling hedgi
posts from the vicinity ol Aknisviin.
.Many are interested in the posts; someol
them will be used to fence Prairie V'i'
Mrs. S. T, Stone and little daughti i
attvuded preaching at Akiusville laM
Saturday. The little girls vibited then
Grand wrente, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Todd,
Prairie I'nion will have a spring lei in
y.ero weather has suspended ull bus''
ness on the farm.
It was u good thing that Mr. tlfotllln
hog went hack to his hole on the Jrd foi
he would have certainly frore to ileal h
Gus Rugeit's rick folks are IhijlrUvihp,
but very slowly.
Jno, A. Klieh's daughter, Gustle, Ir
very sick ut this Writing, with
Miss Gustle and Khmia Druukhci-i,
who have been visiting with their sistei .
Mrsi J. J. jones, for the past three weeks,
returned home Sunday.
MUsIc parties seem to be the go dowli
our way. Iwt week the round coin
meheedatj. P. Smith's Monday night.
Twin Jones1 Thursday nigbti and Pied
Nottings' Saturday night.
L. U Siegel, of Stover, was llowlt aguih
last week buying slock, !. C. is a litlst
ler and buys lots of stock. He ship-d
two car loads Monday,
The Richland Telephone Co. will have
their annual meeting on Peb. 22d, at
the- betlilebeni Germaii church,
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