Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 7, 1960 · Page 10
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 10

Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, July 7, 1960
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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH THUHSDAV, JULY 7,1080 Shawneetown Had Vital p«*«. ' * Role in Early History ft? JOHN W. AlAf \ to 1W» the Catholic Church at Cahokta observed the ending of Ms first 250 .ware of continuous existence. The settlement of Prairie da Rocher began much low the plare where the paved highway reaches the river in the old town. Two years later — that is. in Peter 1818 — Henry KimmH came Eddy and down the Onto on a f tat boat with some type and a cnide press to estab- rmirre uu nuuin WCB«HI j..«>-.. -. • • more than 200 yenrs ago. Shiloh|«sh the Illinois Emigrant the .MethodiM Church near Belleville has observed its 150th anniver- »ry. In the past decade man second newspaper to be published in the state. Some of the original type still was in the town places in southern Illinois have 155 years later. Shawneetown be~ came the financial capital of the marked their centennials. Perhaps It can be said that the region is growing up. Now comes Shawneetown with the observance of its sesquicen- state and the trading center for a great area. Before Illinois became a state Gen. Thomas Posey came to Vls- UH? uusfivniiwr ui n.-» .-^*mwii..x-.. ----- . tennial last weekend. It now has jit his daughter and her husband completed 130 years of rot po-1 there, bringing with him the rate existence The settlement i American flag that the troops he really is older than that, for it (led carried in the storming of dates back to the time when!Stony Point. The flag still is in Michael Sprinkle camp to locate!existence. Posey died in Shaw his shop there several years • neetown and is burled in the : cemetery north of town. Name Committee At Metlora Church MEDORA — The Rev. Ward Spencer appointed the following committees at the mommg service at the Baptist Church: Nominating, Harris Carr, Walter Mercer. Mrs. Charles Stnmk. A. T. Wilton, Melvin Bennett, Mrs Arthur Gwlllim, Viss Sharon Hubbard and the pastor; flag, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Strunk; fan, Harris Carr, Ralph Lewis, Melvin Bennett, Don Cameron and Ed Smith. To Oo Ovefwws MEDORA — Airman 2-ctTesse H.uff and wife arrived the latter part of the week from Cha in October. Mr. am) Mrs. Wayne Moffttt, Losmi, were, weekend guests >trf Mr. and Mrs. Preab Wise, nute Field, Rantoul, for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Huff, and tint parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ealey, pod- frey. Airman Huff will leave .Tu- Mr. and Mrs. GlenSummers, ily 20 for Travis Airfield. Calif, j Springfield, visited Tuesday eve-, and on July 24 will leave forcing at the hdtne of his sister, j was held at Mafquette Patlt, 'overseas duty. He will be sta-JMrs. Leo Scott. Pamela Scott j near Qrafton, Sunday. Present end. Mrs. Arnold Define returned home Sunday from G&iHfivlUt Area Hospital, where she had undergone snrgery. MEDORA — A picnic dftmet itioned on the island of Guam for i accompanied them home for a 18 months. He has been in serv-i visit. ice since October 1958. Mrs. Huff i Callers at the home of Mrs. Iwill remain with her parents nt'H. E. Warner Sunday were El- ; bert Randolph and daughter, iWaverly, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Godfrey while hf is mvay. 1 Medora Notes were: Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hayes and family, Glrard, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hilyard and family, Jerseyville, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Gaffney and family, Medora. MEDORA — Mrs. Tom Ryan'Warner, .lerseyvllle. Mr. andj Guests at a picnic dinner Monand children, Bret and Bren<la,;Mrs. Gilbert Vancamp, Wood arrived Wednesday morning j River, Mrs. Nelle Warner, Car- from Norfolk, Va., and are vis-jlinville, Mrs. Ina French. iting with her parents, Mr. nndj Miss Johanna Heyen returned Mrs. Gerald Varble, and other!to the University of Illinois, Uri relatives. Teh family will remain ibana. Monday evening after bt- lhere. Ryan will be out of service ling home for the holiday week- day at the Brighton Park were Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor and son, Eugene, Medora, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schnelton and family, Carrollton, Mr. and Mrs. John Guttman, Alton. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lewis and family and Alfred Sarglnson attended A picnic dinner Monday evening on the Iftwn at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Sargin- sdn at Chesterfield. Read Telegraph Want Ads Daily Vdft HMMM Mlrn •^ CHpfWf. Cfflft raiti MENS SHOP! 88 R. feifttson, Wood (liter s«§ Belle Street, Alton 1884 Washington, Alton 5M8 Button Ate,, St. Looto . I.A.O. SCHWARTZ (OPTOMETRIST) I 1 wW ^raffv^M Hl^^W (Afcfom tfwi Flfft . Item HO 14111 Pride* • «,ffl. tt» • t».m. Hours: Dftllv • a.m. to >:M p.m., Wednetdw • a.m. to It Norn Sprinkle an artisan who com-1 Shawneetown had become a: bined the grades ot blacksmith significant river port from the and gunsmith in the shop ho outset but with the coming of | established at Shawneetown ^earners, it became one of the as earlv at 1800. was the first,more important ones along the settler of record at the place!moor. Much of the marketable where the old Gallatin County Produce of the region was ship- village now stands. Even before !Pfd from the town and most of the coming of Sprinkle there ; the goods sold by early-day mer-1 was a Milage of the Shawnee'ch™.* .of southern I linois werej Indian* there where traders and i "ought here and hauled to local, trappers stopped. It also washes in ox wagons. | the nearest point on the riv er; Famous nver men stopped to the place where the Indians!here It was here that Mark had made salt at the saline 'Twain became acquainted with springs for many centuries. j 3 " "Cresting youngster named v * Thomas Sawyer Splvey. There is Might}- Migration a story, apparently with a basis aco^iaint- the name - -" * " . i a siury. auuarenu, By 1800 a mighty migration of Qf ^ from peoples was getting under way. ance Twain ^^ _ __ Shawneetown found itself one of ^ mwh Q{ )hp inddent fop ^ the logical gateways to an inviting territory. Roadways soon were extended from this 1 central point and a stream of immigrants began to cross the Ohio by the Shawneetown ferry and move inland. For many years it remained the most important port of entry into the Illinois Country. The volume of production at the saline springs steadily in- dreased and they became a principal source of salt supply for the Midwest. Hardly realizing it, Shawneetown increased in importance. It became a shipping point for salt and a port for river craft. Its importance became such that a town was platted there before the region was surveyed by the national government. This brought it a measure of distinction. It was one of two towns laid out by government surveyors and sold as town lots before any of the surrounding lands were measured. Only immortal classic, "Tom Sawyer." It also was here that he found a leading character, Mulberry Sellers, for another volume, "The Gilded Age." Logan and Lincoln Lawyers of note came to plead in the court at Shawneetown. Among others were John A. Logan, Robert 1 G. Ingersoll, John A. MeClerland, Elias Kent Kane, and Abraham Lincoln. Here, in his later years, fifty years after the Revolutionary War began,! Lafayette stopped on his tour of the nation he had helped to free. Several generals, including Lawler, McClerland, Wilson, Town-! send, and Hargrave, came from! the vicinity, i In the town and in the terri-j tory about it, many slaves were) held to labor, and were bought' and sold. Here "Leather" Moore! led his Regulators, pledged,; among oilier things, to control the comings and going of Ne,, . A ,,gi-oes. Here also. Michael Law-, one other city in the United',, ei . , ed his vigilantes to counter! States, Washington, D. C., shares jthe , awlegs actions of ^ R , this distinction. ^ lulators | Lots alt aawneetown were the, ,_ wuh the comi of railroads first lands sold from the public and ^ decline of river domain in the state. A govern ment land office was established there and sales to the public began in 1814. This office closed on May 2, 1856, after selling more.than three million acres of government land. Town Prospered N Despite the fact that it was beset with many disadvantages like'floods and roistering river men, the town prospered. In 1816 the first bank in Illinois Terri- Shawneetown began its long slide downward until little of its early importance remains. A dozen great river floods took their toll. The one of 1937 reached a stage eight feet above the levee top. Many, many people already have come to wander, about the town and revel in its history. Other thousands will come during the summer. If "there were giants in those days," some of them walked in old Shawnee- tory was established by John| town Those interested in Marshall in a room of his resi-, state>s ear , y story can fjnd dence that still stands hard! in the ghostlike town behind the! against the levee a short way be. jl(!vee- No one can k||ow thej ! story of southern Illinois with- iout knowing of Shawneetown. STOP ITCHING! IN 15 MINUTES Eugene Y °itch el a t nd e Sodalist burning disappear! Use Instant- drying 1TCH-ME-NOT day or night (or eczema, ringworm, Insect bites, foot Itch, Qther surface rashes. TO- PAY at Thrifty Drug Company. (Adv.) President was forced to quit school at the age of 14. He went to work in railroad paint shops in his birthplace of Terre Haute, Ind. ENDS SATURDAY, JULY 30tb Jull July Clearance sale $785 *O85 / and Regular styles as nationally advertised. $10.95 to $12.95. A few at $13.95. F*r WMI iligbtly higbw Don't mite tbii etle! Get «ever«) paire of your Uvorite Eone jfttielu while they're etill *t thete low tale price*. Not tvery eJetip every etyle, but there'* etill • good (election. Remember ... *• won't have toother Eon* Jetticki wtle (or *ii month* ALL OTHER SUMMER SHOES Reduced! FRANK'S SHOE STORE .Weed River BIEDERMANS ¥• ' Exclusive! The Giant Feature-Packed gross capacity But Not at This Low Price 15- YEAR FACTORY WARRANTY Covering 1-yr. on •ntire appliance and 15-yr. replacement contract on compressor on pro-rated basis. Automatic Defrosting Refrigerator* Freezer Not just a little one but a GREAT BIG GIANT 15'/J-Cu. ft. 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