Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 12, 1963 · Page 17
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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SECOND SECTION MI VERNON REGISTER-NEWS SQUARE DEAL *OR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE MEMBER OF AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER The Home Paper Of Jefferson, Wayne And Hamilton Counties VOLUME XLIV — NO. 62 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1963 30c PER WEEK SUPERHIGH WA Y 64 ROUTING Will Cross Interstate 57lnMt u V. The proposed routing of In- torsl.ilo (11 through Jeffovson county H IP subject of a public lu'tiriiiK in Ml. Vernon today. TI H> east-uvst supcrhiKh- w.iy will inti'iseel Intcrslatn 57. norlli-south road whoso ri^ht-ol'-way through the comity has already been approved. The top map indicates that. Interstate. f> 1 will pass almost, two miles north of W'oodlnwn which is scekini; change at that point. 1.1. S. 'Hit) lie> south of Wood I aw n. ('enter map elia is t be intcr- sevt.on ol 1-ti! and I ->7 at Ml. Vernon, i -ll! would ha\o an ill- tei<'han :;e with Illinois .'17 south ol Mi. Vernon and would join •.")7 about a mile west of the ililerrhair .ie. The two super- hi:;.n'.a >s \.oiild run loi ;ether up the v. est -id,. o| Ml. Vernon to near lite Uiehview road, at which point I-ii'l continues west. All iiitcrchaiii '.e with 1'. •ICib at the west ed'.;e of Ml. Vernon is provided. There are only two iniiMThaii!.:os proposed ill .lolfer.son county. Lower map shows I-iil running south ol lllulord and north of Opdvkc. 'I'lu! .Iclleison County Hoard lias called lor an intersection m this men. Pioneer's Notes Tell Of Southern Illinois Ky JOHN W. ALLEN 1 Southern Illinois University l r or those who nre constantly curious and keep a sharp lookout, there nre many old diaries, letters and written accounts lying about, apparently awaiting an opportunity to tell their part of a story. Assorted notes of this type were left by James Green, born svithin the limits of present-day Carbondale in 1816, almost -10 years before the town came. Portions of Green's notes have been preserved and made available by John C. ("John Jock") Williams of Carbondale. These notes, so far as incidents are concerned, check rather closely with others but their geography is somewhat muddled. This is not strange when we learn that Green, born in Carbondale, never was farther north than !>u Quoin nor farther west than Rockwood; excepting one time when lie went to St. Louis, became lost and "swore" that be never would K<> there a^aiu. Southward he ranged to Cairo and east a few miles beyond Carbondale. This was in about 90 years of living. From Green's notes we learn something of his ancestry. We find him to be a blend of nationalities, religions and crafts that settled the now country. His maternal grandmother had for her parents a Spanish naval doctor and the daughter of an Irish innkeeper. They were married in Ireland and came to Philadelphia to practice his profession and were of the Catholic faith. > « « His paternal grandfather was a Baptist preacher who operated a small button factory near Philadelphia. Both sets of grandparents frowned upon the marriage of Sally Logan and Larken Green, whereupon the youngsters eloped to Ohio and were married. Green, raised in n button factory, became a tanner. In April. ISO-!, they started by I la (boat for a Spanish .settlement near Cape Girardeau, Mo. They went ashore at Fort Massac, then the largest military post in the nation, planning to continue their journey overland. They awaited a larger group to make the journey across Illinois safer. When a band of I Of) Indians with their ponies and cattle came clown the Ohio under flags of truce on their way lo the new Indian country beyond the "big river," the Greens joined them. Flooded streams forced them to take a wandering course that somehow led them to Drury Creek in the Makanda- Boskydell area. Here the Indians stopped to trap awl hunt nnd to gather herbs for making medicine. They even reported finding gold in a stream bed. Indian Creek, east of Drury, still reminds one of their stay. | Ijnkcn Ci recti moved a few i miles beyond the place where: the Indians halted and built bis i log cabin on ground that later 1 became one of the outlots of i ; Carbondale. He made trading trips with these Indians to Fcrt i Massac nnd to Shawncctown. Some years later the Green family went to Brownsville I about ten miles away. On this trip they slopped at a farm! house where Murphysboro now is to water their horses and to rest. One can only imagine the surprise of all parties concerned when this farmer turned out to be Sally Green's brother, John Logan. Neither bad beard from the other since their parting in Pennsylvania several | years earlier. ' A short time later the Greens i moved to Brownsville, taking their household goods on shaft slings that trailed behind the ponies like those used by the plains Indians. There the son, James, saw his first iion stove i and his first mirror at which he made laces. James tells us that his father did not like the uncle because Logan bought and sold slaves, ol ten capturing runaway slaves- and selling them to slave deal-! ers. According to Green rhis' was a principal source of income for Logan. «- * • Two or three yearn later the family returned to the Carbondale cabin. Young Green noted the absence of the Indians in the region. They had moved west. He tells of the country store near Carbondale that kept a scant stock of Hour nnd beans and a liberal supply of whiskey. About this time young Green and his sister began to attend a school kept at the I filler - Wright Christian I Church several miles away. Upon the death of the father | the widow Green and her children moved into house Logan built for them where the Logan House now stands in Murphysboro. James helped his mother I weave carpets and linsey-wool­ sey cloth and worked some at i the stables where Logan kept! | several race horses. Grown to manhood Green worked at the j carpenter trade until blinded in one eye by smallpox. In 1 1810 he was employed by Logan and Alexander Jenkins to take the census of Jackson and Union counties. While doing this work he tells us that he "helped a woman have H baby" and was held up by three robbers. He "got the drop on them" and shot one. The others fled. He- also saved a man from drowning. As Green went about taking the census, lie also peddled ; medicines lil e 'pepsum* for I stomachache vermiluge for 'wormj. Through hli work u census taker and medicine peddler he came out with SM"), "the most money I had ever seen in my life." Green tells in liis notes about cholera coming to the region nnd of the steps taken to control it. He tells of a couple found dead in a cabin in the Bend of the Big Muddy, supposedly having died of cholera. The cabin was burned to prevent the spread of the disease, the bodies being left in it. He tells of the building of , the Illinois Central Railway and says that men were paid One cent for each thrcew hccl- ' barows loads of dirt moved. Some hustlers made as much as a dollar a day. He served as a Chilian guard I of them ; at the Big Muddy railway 16 p.m. trestle north of Carbondale dur ing the Civil War and waited a! year to get. his pay. On the fly | Between leaf of a Bible he left the ear- 1 Palestine was held as BRITISH MANDATE 1922 and liest written record found j about the first. Decoration Day) services held for the Civil War dead in Carbondale. Such writing these often give glimpses of things the history texts leave out. Although tornadoes have occurred at all times of day, most strike between 3 and date territory by Great under the League of Nations and. later, under the United Nations, according to the En­ cyclopaedia Bri tannica. ELECTED BY POPULARITY In most states, members of the federal judiciary and judges of the state courts are elected by popular vole, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. THIRD HIGHEST 1948, 1 Mount Kangchenjunga Is the , man-' world's third highest mountain, Britain j rising 28,168 feet. This peak stands on the border of Nepal and Sikkim,. south of the main axis of the Himalayas. FIRST FLAO The Stars and Stripes first were flown over an American man-of-war at Portsmouth, N It., on July 4. 1777. The ship was I lie famous Ranger commanded bv John Paul Jones. 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