Monday, August 15, 2011

Local Matters

RE-ROOFED. – the flat roof of Merwin’s block has been removed preparatory to replacing it with a good shingle roof.  Pity the building could not be turned upside down and singled again.

KEROSENE OIL – PRICE REDUCED. – The best quality of Kerosene Oil for sale at 40 cents per gallon, by Dart & Sons, No. 2, Lesslie’s block, Front street.

GOODEY’S LADY’S BOOK for April is already on our table.  It contains in all seventy-eight illustrations, one of which is a fine line engraving.  The numbers for March and April contain patterns of forty spring dresses.  It may be had at the bookstores.

LUMBER – Mr. G. K. Bard has employed Mr. Christian Miller, late with French and Davies, as salesman at his mill, Burnell’s old stand.  Mr. Bard still has on hand a good assortment of lumber, and is ready to fill all orders he may be favored with.

SCHOOL DIRECTORS IN TROUBLE. – Five Directors in Zuma township, Rock Island county, have been fined $25 each, for employing a teacher who had no legal certificate.  They are also individually liable to the teacher for his wages since last October.

THE CAMBELLS. – Remember, to-night this famous company exhibit to the people of Davenport.  They bring good recommendations from other cities where they have been, to their ability as musicians, and also as mirth-provokers.  Tickets may be obtained at Starr’s news-rooms, Le Claire Row and Post Office.

PHRENOLOGY. – Dr. Wagner still continues his interesting lectures at Le Claire Hall in phrenology and physiology.  Crowded houses go away each night well pleased with the Dr.’s discourses.  His delineations of character are remarkably correct.  He gives another free lecture this evening, and examines heads privately at the hall during the day.

SPRING SPORTS. – “The roundenses,” “fendubs,” “knuckle down,” “you’re out,” “I aint,” “I say you are;” these and kindred phrases applicable to the scientific game of marbles, may now be heard daily on our streets among the juveniles, as gathered in little knots they fill up the sidewalks, and effectually stop the progress of their governors, as intent on business they go bowling along, kicking the marbles left and right in their haste, forgetful that they ever indulged in the innocent amusement.  Boys, seek retired places and go it to the top o’ your bent.

PRINTED RELICS. – We notice papers in different parts of the State have been presented with copies of the Ulster County (N. Y.) Gazette, printed in the year 1800, and containing an account of the funeral of Washington.  These papers are of course highly prized on account of their antiquity.  But we have before us copies of the Iowa Sun, printed nearly twenty years before the Gazettes spoken of were; and of course if these latter are antique, the former must be grand or great-grand antique.  The fact is, a copy of the Ulster County Gazette issued in January 1800, was stereotyped a few years ago, and immense numbers of copies scattered through the country, there being several casts of the paper taken.

CITY CHARTERS. – Some of the Tom Thumb cities of the State are trying to induce the Legislature to take away their charters, and thus reduce them to the ranks.  Iowa City, Newton and our neighbor Le Claire, which in the flush times, got themselves converted into cities with mayors and aldermen and all the envied paraphernalia of the Babylons of the world, are now among the penitents, begging the State to take their elephants off their hands.  The Legislature will probably pass an act to enable such communities to get down to their proper proportions whenever they desire to come down.


On the 12th inst., of Diptheria, WILLIE HERBERT, son of BENJAMIN and ELECTA BRAYTON, aged 5 years, 11 months and 15 days.

The funeral wall take place from the residence of his parents, Thirteenth and Brady streets, at 2 p. m., to-day, Thursday, the 13th inst.  The friends of the family are invited to attend.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday Morning, March 13, 1862, p. 1

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