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MEXICO, MISSOURI, JAN. 2, 1912
Fulton, Mo., Dec. 25.-J. Kelly
Wright of Columbia, former Su
perintendent of Schools in Boone
county now a lecturer for the
State Bureau of Agriculture, be
fore the Callaway County Farm
ers' Institute yesterday referred
to the present system of rural
schools as a relic of the Mediaeval
period in so far as to prepare the
boys and girls for the practical
"What we want," said Mr.
Wright," is more about the farm
how to raise corn, wheat and
oats; how to fatten hogs and cat
tle; how to preserve the fertility
of the soil and the many kindred
arts, that go to make a successful
"We do not give enough voca
tional training in the rural
schools. Only about 15 per cent
of the pupils go any further than
the district schools, yet all of
them are trained in preparation
for entering higher education in
studies instead of being trained
in matters of the farm."
FORMES MEXICO MAN.
Shocked to Death on a Metal
Coping and Doorplate.
Alexandria, La., Dec. 26.
Despite a warning not to enter a
saloon, A. S. Gray of Pawnee, La.,
said to have once resided in Mex
ico, Mo., tonight stepped upon the
steel doorsill and was instantly
A her.vily charged clectrio wire
had fallen upon the building in
which the saloon was located,
charging the metal coping and
steel front which connected with
Repair men had admonished
Gray not to enter.
The above dispatch appeared in
the metropolitan press a few days
ago. It was learned by a check
for $25 found on Mr. Gray's per
son that he was a brother of Mrs.
A. P. Green of this city. Mrs.
Green had sent him the check as a
Mr. Gray was a native of North
Carolina, was 50 years old and
unmarried. Besides his sister
here, Mrs. Green, he leaves a
brother, R. II. Gray, who resides
at Columbia, Mo.
. Mr. Gray '8 body was shipped to
Sedalia, Mo., for burial.
Mr. A. J. Landrum, of near
Laddonia, and Miss Lizzie Acton,
daughter of Mrs. Mary E. Acton
of this city, were married at the
bride's home here last Saturday
night, Rev. W. A. Shullenberger
officiating. The attendants were
Mr. and Mrs. James Acton, of
near Benton City. Only imme
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umie relatives and mends were
present. The bride was one of
Mexico's loveliest daughters
while her husband is one of the
county b hustling young farmers
and best citizens. May prosperity.
'ug me and happiness attend
1 Wedding at Vandalia.
Vandalia. Mo.. Den. 28 A
ciety event here was the marriage
or Miss May Caldwell to Mr. Ear
Motley. Both are members
vcnuny ana prominent pioneer
iamines of Audrain and Pike
counties. The attendants were
Miss Nannie Chilton and Frank
Hollingsworth. Misses Dorothy
ana ousie McPike, twin nieces
the bride, were ribbon bearers.
Miss Zola Beal visited In
Louis last week.
Three Weddings Little Child
Dead Mr. Lee Buys Dairy
J. W. Lee, Jr., has bought an
interest in the Rock Springs
Dairy from I. T. Van Note.
Mr. Harvey Mitchell and Miss
earl Ilildebrand, both of this
county, were united in marriage
in Mexico last Thursday, Judge
W. W. Botts officiating. We ex
tend Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell con
gratulations and best wishes.
Mr. Artie Payton, of Rush Hill,
and Miss Florence Duty, of near
Mexico, were united in marriage
here last Thursday afternoon,
Rev. C. A. Mitchell officiating.
Our congratulations and best
wishes extended the happy
C. E. Maxwell, thru the coming
year, will have charge pf the Wal
lace Rogers farm, a mile south
west of Rush Hill. Mr. Rogers
now lives near Columbia. Several
years ago he sold the place to J.
S. Wilson, of Grinnell, Iowa. The
house on the farm burned less
than a year ago and Mr. Wilson
erected a neat cottage in its place.
The engagement of Miss
Frances Mason, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. J. W. Mason of this
city, to Dr. Howard Welch, of
Bozeman, Mont., has been an
nounced. The wedding will take
place some time next fall. Miss
Mason has scores of friends in
this city who extend congratula
tions in advance. Her intended
is a graduate of Missouri and Cor
We notice that James W.
Skelly, son of Mrs. C. M.
Skelly, northeast of Mexico, has
been elected Worshipful Master
of Tucson Lodge No. 360, A. F. &
A. M of St. Louis. Right Wor
shipful Brother Joseph S. Mcln-
tyre, formerly of Mexico, as
Grand Marshal, was one of the
installing officers. Clayton R.
upton, also formerly of Mexico,
is one of the lecturing committee
of Tucson Lodge.
Mr. John Henry Dean and Miss
11a Holloway were married last
Thursday at the bride's home
near Skinner, Rev. J. D. Greer of
Mexico officiating. The attend
ants were Mr. Foy Dean, Mr
Richard Squires and Misses Lela
Holloway and Grace Ridgeway
The guests and all enjoyed a two
course lunch together. It's a
splendid young couple and we
join many friends in extending
them warmest congratulations
and best wishes.
Raymond Lee, the 17-months
old son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J
Downs of this city, died at 4:30
o'clock last Saturday morning of
whoopiDg cough and pneumonia.
The funeral was conducted at the
home Sunday morning by Rev. J
E. Ayscue, burial at Bethlehem
church. 14 miles northwest of
Mexico, in the neighborhood
from which Mr. and Mrs. Downs
moved to Mexico several months
ago. Raymond Lee was the only
child in the home and the parents
keenly mourn his death. We ex
tend them our sympathy in this
sad time of trial.
E. J. Miles, according to the
Review, blew into Auxvasse one
day last week from St. Louis. He
seems to have known well of the
Mexico Savings Bank. Said Mil
ler went to Joe Dudley's clothing
store and bargained for a cap for
a dollar, giving a check on the
Mexico Savings B"ank for $5.00
and getting $4.00 in change. He
then went to Bryant's livery
stable and hired a rig to go into
the country, giving a check for
$2.50 in payment on the same
bank. He returned and put up at
Kemp's restaurant over night and
to settle his bill issued another
check on the same bank for $5.00,
getting $3.00 in change. But Mr.
Dudley, the first victim named
above, got onto the ropes about
this time and made Miles cough
up. Miles then got miles away as
luiekly as he could and Bryant
and Kemp arc holding bad checks
Miles not known at the Mexico
Mr. Massey, New R. F. D. Carrier
Interesting Personal Men
tion. Molino, Mo., Dec. 30. Peyton
Cauthorn and wife entertained T.
Henderson and family Sunday
Thomas Botts and family, Dode
Cauthorn and family and Porter
Cauthorn and wife attended the
reunion Christmas day at Mexico
of Mrs. Virginia Botts' family.
R. L. Heizer and wife enter
tained the following with a tur
key dinner Sunday: Wm. Cun
ningham of St. Louis, J. E. Blum
and wife of Mexico, Edgar Ber-
rey and wife of Gantt, J. B.
Weaver and wife of Littleby, II.
L. Weaver and daughter and Will
Heizer and wife and Robert
Heizer and sister, Annie.
Joe Hale and family of near
Santa Fe, were the guests of Ed
gar Martin and family Sunday.
Arley Winterhalter and family,
of near Rush Hill, ate Christmas
dinner with O. L. Woods and
H. L. Weaver and daughter en
tertained the following at dinner
Saturday: John Cawthorn and
family, J. S. Creed and family,
Mrs. Nan Williams and family,
Miss Mattie Williams, R. L. Rob
inson and wife and J. B. Weaver
and wife of Littleby.
Mrs. Homer Fry of Perry spent
several days last week with R. L
Robiiuon and wife.
Dr. J. F. Flynt and family
spent the holidays with relatives
in Boone county.
T. U. Stuart and wife and Mrs
Will Duncan spent Friday with
Dode Barnes and family.
Reed Massey and family have
moved to Mexico to reside. Mr,
Massey will be the new carrier on
rural route 7, Harry McGee, re
Thomas Peyton, of Boonville
is visiting relatives here.
R. L. Robinson put a new cover
ing of shingles on the school
Gene Williams left for St
Weather still continues fine.
Farmers busy cribbing the corn
crop. Wheat looking good.
Mr. Roe and wife of Scott
City, Kansas, are visiting their
daughter, Mrs. James S. Porter
Landy Boyd, one of our young
i'n nners, has a new barn about
completed. Ed. Hale of Auxvasse
doing the carpenter work.
John McPheeters and Brothers
bought the stock of merchandise
of Mrs. Oldham at Hattou and
have taken charge. The Messrs
McPheeters are hustling business
Mrs. J. Kennon has added to
the Oak Lawn Stock Farm a new
T. Kennon and family, of north
west Iowa, are spending the holi
days visiting Mr. Kennon's moth
er, Mrs. A. J. Kennon, of the Oak
Rev. and Mrs. G. A. Shadwick
and little child, of Centralia, vis
ited Mrs. Chadwick's parents in
Mexico last week, Mr. and Mrs.
T. A. Laws.
Paris, Monroe county, a few
days ago held a big corn and
poultry show and spelling con
test. The school boys of the
county had on exhibition fine
specimens of corn they had grown
and several boys received prizes.
The poultry show also was a most
nteresting feature. Fine chicken
stock was on exhibition from
every neighborhood of the coun
Great interet centered in the
spelling contest. Miss Aimee
(.'leary, of the Strother district,
not many miles north of Mexico,
by the way, won first honors in
the county spelling contest and
will represent Monroe county in
the state contest at Jefferson City.
Ray Carter, of the Starr district,
was second. After dashing off
the hordest sort of words as fast
as they came his way he finally
became a bit excited and went
down on "definite."
The Paris Appeal prints the
pictures below and also comments
as follows regarding Miss Aimce
Cleary, the winner of first-honors
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MISS AIMEE CLEARY.
in the county spelling contest,
speaking also for the winner of
second honors, Mr. Carter:
Miss Cleary is the oldest child
in a family of motherless children
and is a little mother to them all.
Besides keeping to the front in
her school work she takes care of
the home and otherwise demon
strates that she is one of the
brightest and most deserving
girls in the county. Ray Carter
is the son of J. W. Carter, near
Tulip, and one of the brightest
pupils of his district.
Next year the Message would
like to see a spelling match in Au
drain county. It would be worth
something to get into this State
contest. Boys,and girls, suppose
you begin to get ready now.
The annual conference of the
colored M. E. church is to be held
in Mexico in April. A white
bishop will preside and there will
be other distinguished white
churchmen present. It w ill be an
MRS. SMITH DEAD.
Excellent Christian Woman Pass
es to Her Reward.
Mrs. W. O. Smith, 66 years, one
mouth and seven days old, died
last Tuesday, Dec. 24th, at her
home, just southwest of Gant. Her
death was caused from cancer of
the stomach and inflamatory
rheumatism. She was a promi
nent woman in the community,
beloved by all who knew her.
Mrs. Smith was the mother of
14 children. The following chil
dren survive her: V. V. Smith,
W. O. Smith, Joe Smith and Basil
Smith, all of Gant neighborhood;
Arch Smith, of Washington
State; Mrs. Laura Smiley, of
Pittsburg, Kan., and Mrs. Alice
Roberts, of Gallatin, Mo. The
husband preceded the wife to the
grave several years ago.
The funeral was held at Salt
River Christian church Saturday
afternoon, at 1:30 o'clock, con
ducted by Dr. D. J. Mayes, of
Centralia. A large concourse of
friends was in attendance to pay
their last respects to the dead. We
join in extending deepest sympa
thy to the children and other sor
F. Miller's Return Mr. Web
ber's House Burns New
Preacher at Bethlehem.
A. B. Smock: I am not
knocker on the churches.
think they are the greatest power
for good in all the world. But
really, don't you think five or six
churches are too many for most
any of our small towns! It's
great burden a waste of means
and energy. The churches ought
to learn something from the com
mercial world do some combing,
too, unite with each other, get a
little more together. That opti
mistic prophet was evidently
looking forward to such a day
when he said, "They shall not
kill nor hurt anymore in all my
holy mountain, for the knowl
edge of the Lord shall fill the
earth as the waters cover the
F. L. McGee: You might use
this item: Midway church, near
Ilollensville, has called Rev.
Herudon, of Centralia, as pastor
for the year 1913. He will preach
his first sermon for this church
Rev. Royal Jesse: I happen in
this Christmas week just to con
gratulate you on that good paper
you are issuing. Two of m
daughters in distant States take it
and they think it an ideal publi
cation for a country newspaper.
Stick to your policy of always
telling the truth, Brother, and
Z. T. Bondurant: Revs. Adams
and Oaks closed a revival meet
ing recently at Mt. Olivet church,
southwest of Vandalia, which re
sulted in 37 additions to the
cnurcli membership. Another
item: Edwin Webber's five room
residence burned Wednesday, be
fore Christmas, fire catching from
a flue. Building and contents in
sured for $1,000; but Mr. Web
ber is a loser just the same.
C. Y. Porter: Let me give you
some live stock and farm news. I
live over in "The Kingdom" to
ward Auxvasse from Mexico.
George McDonald sold to J. W.
liniley 500 bushels of corn at 50e
per; J. W. Bailey is shoveling
corn to two ear loads of mighty
line two year old steers these
balmy winter days; E. E. Kennon
bought of J. J. McPheeters & Son
500 bushels of corn at 50 cents;
John Moseley & Son bought up a
car load of yearling heifers and
will put them on full corn rations
his week; Gilmore Bros., of
North Callaway, last week sold to
he Maxwell Crouchc Mule Co. of
St. Louis 24 head of extra large
otton mules at $'J()0 per head.
J. II. Lewellen: Finest roads
out in the country, Mr. Editor,
you ever saw. 1 live down south
east of Laddonia, a little over 11
niles from Vandalia. My family
and 1 went over in an auto to the
itter city the other day to see
lohn Buz Lewellen, who is in bad
health of late. We made the re
turn trip home in just 35 minutes.
That was going some, but what
could wc have done ou bad roads,
or, for that matter, how much can
anybody do when the roads arc
out of condition?
Charles E. Hamilton : Here,
Brother, $2.00, which will push
my Message subscription date
well up into 1JU4. I wish a hap
py New Year to you and the Mes
Mrs. E. A. Ellis: I've been un
well of late. Missed all the big
Christmas "doings' 'in town this
time. Invited out to dinners but
couldn't go, line as the weather
was. But 1 trust we'll all live to
L-lieer another day.
W. II. Beal : I notice the fol
lowing paragraph in the Paris
Appeal. It refers to a man 1
knew 40 years ago. He used to
herd cattle down on Lick Creek
in Audrain county. He is
mighty good man and I am sure
lie is telling the truth in what the
Appeal says of him: Uncle Jell'
Bridgford mingled with the
crowds on the streets Tuesday
aiieruoon, tue day just elor
Christmas, and seemed as full of
the Christmas spirit as any of
them. "I have lived thru 'M
Christmas seasons," he said to an
Appeal man, "but never have
known of such weather as we
have had this time. The Christ
mas tree was unknown among our
people when 1 was small but the
custom of hanging up stockings
prevailed everywhere. Young
folks nowadays laugh at the so
cial affairs we featured in those
pioneer days but if they get hull
as much fun out of their swell
balls as we got out of our turkey
shoots, cotton pickings, quiltings
uud log-rolling bees and hoe
down dances I am badly fooled.
Uut I can't get over this weather.
The idea of going from the first
of September to the first of Janu
ury without half a dozen cloudy,
.ncleiiient days beats anything 1
Martin Donnelly: How are my
frogs ? I shipped them all to Tex
as lately. Grazing them ou a
pasture ou the Brazos River. 1
i ouched them, took olf their shoes
and turned them loose. Had a
lelegram that I must come and
ring 'em as they had broken into
.1 farmer's nut-field. All, those
frogs are all right, but a Bull
Mooser won't grow horns; he may
flourish u heavy main and tail.
Some nonsense about this, but a
little fun now and then you
know how it is.
li. F. Miller: I came home a
few days ago from McGreger, and
other points, in Iowa, where 1
helped dispose of apples for the
Wilkersou Nursery & Orchard
Co. Billy Wilkersou, of Madison,
Monroe county, and Reed Mitch
ell, of Vandalia, also came us I
did. We were all up there on the
same mission. Nice country we
were in but it doesn't come up
with old Audrain ,not by a long
D. B. Douglass, of Beptoif
City neighborhood, called the
other day and renewed for the
A BIG FIRE
Mo., Dec. 27. Two
blocks, the Catholic .
church and Buss' blacksmith"
shop were destroyed by fire here.
at 2 o'clock this morning with A
oss of $5,000. The fire was dis
covered in U. E. Tighe's drug
store. It quickly Bpread before
the bucket brigade could get con
trol of it. The origin is sot
SANTA FE SERAPHS. .
Tom Anderson to Move Inter
esting Local Pickups.
Santa Fe., Mo., Dec. 30. A
happy New Year to all Message
Mrs. Mamie Snyder entertained r
her Sunday school class Monday
eve, from two till five o'clock.
Frank Harlow and wife visited
Mrs. Scobee and children Sunday,- .
The oyster and iec cream sup-
per given by the Ladies Aid was
well ut tended Saturday night.
Win. Rolliiiaii of Chicago is vis
iting at Will llanna's this week.
Dr. and Mrs. Botts entertained
a few young folks Saturday
Homer Bridgford 's family were
guests of Robt Smiley and family
M is. Scobee and Essie were
guests of OUic Moore and family
Charley Lucas and wife called
on Mrs. Mattie Moore and family
Maurice Norman of Kansas
City is spending the holidays at
Cm eh MeC'utcheon's.
Tom Anderson and family
spent Sunday with Will Sterrett
and family. Mr. Anderson and
family, we understand, will move
from Molino to his place in Santa
Fe in the spring.
MRS. JURGENSEN DEAD.
Mrs. Elizabeth Jurgcnson died
unexpectedly at her home in this
city Wednesday of last week. De
ceased was a native of Alteinker-
gen, Prussia, and was born in
1836. With her parents she came
to this country in 1845, settling in
Iowa. In 1859 she was married to
Ferdinand Jurgensen. Mr. Jur
gensen served as a soldier in the
L'niou Army. He and his wife,
after the War, settled in Macob
county, Mo. Mr. Jurgensen died
in 1885. Mrs. Jurgensen moved
to Mexico three years ago. The
following children survive her:
Frederick, Mrs. F. Foreman, of
Chicago; Christopher C. of
Pierre, S. D. ; Miss Clara and Mrs.
Geo. Lee, of this city; Mrs. J. W.
Gelhaus, Mrs. Anthony Baduruc
eo of Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, and Bernard, of Pierre, S.
D. A sister and brother also sur
vive. They are: Mrs. Avery
Crary, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and
Peter Broel, living in Iowa.
Deceased was a devoted mem
ber of the Catholic church. Rev.
Father J. J. Dillon conducted
funeral services at the Catholic
church here Saturday morning.
We extend deepest sympathy to
the bereaved ones.
Mr. and Mrs. L. II. Bell, of
near Laddonia, visited Prof, and
Mrs. J. L. Shobe in Mexico last
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